RCM Honors Leaders Making a Difference

Periodically, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee honors “Leaders Making a Difference” – members of the club or community who go above and beyond in contributing to the work of the Club in our on-going efforts to Make a Difference.


Recently, the Club honored three Rotarians for their work through the award of Paul Harris Fellow points.




John Walker, John Thiel and Phil Vollrath






The Club honored John Walker for his leadership in support of the Johnsons Park Initiative over the last 5 years. John deserves much of the credit for the continued momentum of this community project, which includes the Brown Street Academy schoolyard, funded by the Andrew Bell Grant of the RCM Community Trust. For his tireless work on behalf of the Brown Street Academy schoolyard and the Johnsons Park Initiative, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee has made John a Paul Harris Fellow +2.


The club honored Phil Vollrath and John Thiel for their work on the Marketing & Communications committee. Time and time again, they have offered their talents and the time of their firms, Vollrath Associates and Thiel Design, to help Rotary put its best face forward. Phil and John donated the writing and design of our 2008 and 2010 Club Reports – and you can look for the 2014 version this spring. Phil and John were also instrumental in the Marketing committee’s efforts to help us celebrate our centennial and open the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum. John’s design work appeared on materials throughout our centennial year, including the banners at our Tuesday luncheons. Phil and his Vollrath team played a large part in garnering the outstanding media coverage for the Arboretum opening.


For their marketing leadership, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee has made John Thiel a Paul Harris Fellow and Phil Vollrath a Paul Harris Fellow +2.