Getting ready for World Affairs Seminar
Three very enthusiastic student-candidates to Rotary's World Affairs Seminar visited us on April 28 to share their thoughts.
Representing New Berlin Eisenhower are Nathan and Drisya. Illsia and Madeline from New Berlin West round out the four student-candidates attending WAS.
All the students are excited to attend WAS. Nathan loves science and is particularly interested in how water and science tie together. He wants to know what can be done to protect this precious resource. Drisya is excited to absorb what she learns and pass on the valuable information to peers and others. Illsia is looking forward to meeting other students and working on the various projects. (Madeline was unable to attend our meeting.) Our club is sponsoring two students; the school district will sponsor the other two.
World Affairs Seminar
is an initiative of Rotary District 6270, which comprises most of the clubs in Wisconsin. These events are designed to create global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous program. The course is held at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., and involves high school students from across the US and around the world. The theme for this year's program, which runs June 21 - July 1, is "Water: A Global Resource to Share and Protect." This is the fourth year that our club has sponsored students to WAS.
The students will be invited back after the program to discuss their experiences. We wish them well.
Also during this meeting, Tina Weiss, Executive Director of KIDS From Wisconsin, provided an update on this year's concerts.
The KIDS will perform 70 shows this summer. There was such an overwhelming demand for performances, Weiss says, that they had to turn away 12 show-holder applicants. Rotary Club of New Berlin is once again hosting a show. Our concert will take place at New Berlin West on Friday, Aug. 19. Ross Spadaro from New Berlin and Emily Watt of Waukesha will be the show's "local" KIDS. Music selection will include Penatonics, Swing Jump & Jive, current hits and a tribute to Stevie Wonder.
Tickets will be available for purchase on our website soon.
Meeting one of New Berlin's 4-legged officers
Our April 13 meeting took on a furry angle as New Berlin K9 Officer JJ Ament brought Condor in for an introduction and presentation.
A purebred German shepherd, Condor has been partnered with Ament the entire three years he has been with the department. Now 4-1/2 years old, the dog is involved in both patrol work and drug searches. Condor is trained in all major narcotics and their derivatives, Ament says.
Condor's highly trained nose serves well in tracking. If a suspect touches a surface, Ament swabs that and lets Condor get a whiff. Condor is able to track over hard surfaces, which is unusual for dogs, Ament says. Wet grass holds scents particularly well, aiding in searches. Condor can track a scent 24 hours old, and could be used in cadaver recovery. When confronting a person, Condor is trained to grab and hold the subject.
Condor is used in about a dozen searches monthly, Ament says. Due to mutual aid agreements, some of those searches are at the request of nearby departments. Waukesha, for example, has called for help in finding homicide and armed-robbery suspects.
Throughout Wednesday's presentation, the "very excitable" Condor couldn't wait for his turn. Ament had placed several boxes on the floor, one of which contained a trace of narcotics. Immediately upon release, Condor made a beeline for the correct box. Later, he quickly "lighted" on the room's fire extinguisher. Ament had placed a trace of narcotic on the bottom. When lead nearby, Condor jumped up and started scratching the extinguisher (no harm done).
This scratching, done only at the location of the drugs, is sufficient to justify a search, Ament says. However, he has worked with Condor long enough to recognize other traits that indicate the dog is onto something.
Condor and New Berlin's other K9, Askan, regularly undergo follow-up training, Ament says. Included are two 8-hour days each month. The morning is typically spent involved in drug work, with the afternoon devoted to patrol duties (building searches, tracking, handler protection and such). The dogs may see additional training as time and opportunities permit, Ament says.
During this meeting we had the pleasure of presenting a check for $1,000 to the Police Department for its Midnight Volleyball program. Officer Tony Fus accepts the check from club president Shawn Schnabl. Accompanying him is Sgt. Dan Hanlon.
This is the 6th consecutive year that Rotary Club of New Berlin has contributed to the Midnight Volleyball program. Total donations now exceed $6,000. Midnight Volleyball (which actually runs from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.) is held Monday evenings at Malone Park throughout the summer. The games offer area high school kids a safe and healthy evening of activity.