At the October 3rd luncheon, President JoAnne announced with great enthusiasm that the Rotary Club of Milwaukee will join other community leaders in developing the Lincoln Avenue Stable. Our club will donate $250,000 to the project.
The Lincoln Avenue Stable is an entirely new concept as it connects the Milwaukee Police Department with equine-assisted therapy. The Stable will house 24 highly trained horses that will be used for equine-assisted therapy, community engagement and Milwaukee Police Department patrols.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn joined the announcement to talk about the value of mounted patrols for public safety and community engagement. Chief Flynn reported that in 1934, Mayor Hoan tried to abolish the Mounted Police Patrol against the wishes of Police Chief Laubenheimer. The Chief reached out to Edward Wagner, then the Rotary Club of Milwaukee President, and under his leadership Rotarians raised over $3,000 to save the mounted patrol. When the National Safety Council in 1934 declared Milwaukee the safest city in the nation, the Chief gave the credit to Rotary.
In the words of Chief Flynn: “There is a proud tradition not just of service in the mounted unit, but of service by Rotary with the mounted unit.”
At the October 3rd luncheon Rotarian Marianne Canter also eloquently explained equine-assisted therapy and how it helps children and adults with autism, mobility issues and PTSD.
To date, 36 donors have contributed just over $110,000 to the Lincoln Avenue Stable. We hope that all Club members will want to support this effort and help the Club meet our obligation to the community. This serves as another example of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee’s commitment to the Four-Way Test.