In keeping with our legacy of initiating enduring projects in our community— the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, the Milwaukee Rotary Amphitheater at Pier Wisconsin, Second Harvest--the RCM Board of directors has decided that the time is right for yet another significant contribution to the community. But what should it be?
That is for the Rotarians in our club to recommend. In the summer of 2016 RCM Board put out a “call” to club members to identify potential projects that match the needs in our community with the philanthropic interests of our members and strengths of our club.
These projects will be evaluated by a committee chaired by Past President Dan Vliet. Other committee members include: JoAnne Anton, Jim Barry, Joe Caruso, Kathie Eilers, JoAnne MacInnes Grunau, Mary McCormick, Toby Reynolds, John Ridley, Fred Royal, Jerry Stepaniak and Stacy Williams.
The committee will use the following criteria to evaluate the projects:
• Match the needs in our community with the philanthropic interests of our members and strengths of our club.
• Indicate high expected buy-in by club members.
• Have a sustainable financial model for continued success. Have been well vetted by the community and other funding partners so there is a high likelihood that the project will be completed as proposed.
• Offers Rotary an oportunity for a leadership role in the project development and community recognition for Rotary’s effort.
The 2020 Project Selection committee received nine proposals which they have started to review. They will make a firstround of selections by early January. Proposals that make the first round of selections will make a formal presentation to the club in mid to late March. Short project descriptions follow. If you would like more information, please contact the Rotary Office.
Rotary Grows Program
In partnership with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools, this proposal seeks funding from RCM to create a Rotary Grows Program to complement their current efforts in engaging MPS students to grow fresh, healthy food year-round utilizing an environmentally sustainable easy to use indoor growing system.
RCM Scholarship Program
The RCM Scholarship Committee would like grow the endowed scholarship fund by at $250,000 to expand our scholarship program.
Revitalize Washington High School
Washington High School is located in the Sherman Park neighborhood which has recently attracted substantial attention as being a neglected and dangerous section of Milwaukee. Common Ground has targeted Washington High School as a location where an investment in upgrading their Athletic Field could have a significant impact on the entire neighborhood.
Milwaukee Public Library Learning Commons
In recent years there has been an impressive increase in those who use the Milwaukee Public Library’s (MPL) computer classes, job labs and available library computers for creating resumes, researching job information, submitting job applications, and for training job-related skills. With funding from RCM, MPL seeks to research the current workforce and technology programs to determine the areas of greatest need.
Supporting Communities through Greening Our Schools
Working in conjunction with other recent green school investments, RCM would partner with the nonprofit Reflo and the Green School Consortium of Milwaukee to support the development of important eco-literacy curriculum connections. This project would provide funding for three schools for three years to implement eco-literacy curriculum that would allow them to tour water treatment facilities, shadow engineers and contractors, enroll in Urban Ecology Classes, build and maintain school gardens, etc.
Milwaukee Community Equestrian Center
An accomplished group of civic, law enforcement, community development and human service leaders have completed plans for a 30,000 square feet Milwaukee Community Equestrian Center that will house 24 horses – half dedicated to the Milwaukee Police Department’s Mounted Patrols and half devoted to a therapy program for the community’s most vulnerable citizens.
International Freshwater Festival
For the past year RCM’s Maritime Committee has been examining the potential for the club to take a leading role in the development and introduction of a global freshwater festival. In partnership with several organizations, this project would create a festival to showcase Milwaukee’s waterfront and expose attendees to our maritime resources; offering educational opportunities to Milwaukee residents and other visitors on the importance of freshwater to the world and our local economy.
Gold Star Family Memorial Monument
In coordination with the Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, this project proposes to construct a Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in an approved location at Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park. This monument will honor families of servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving in the military.
Shhhhh! The ninth proposal was marked confidential—so we can’t share any details here.