KIDS From Wisconsin concert Aug. 21
Rotary Club of New Berlin is proud to once again host a KIDS From Wisconsin concert. You are in for a treat as nearly three dozen exceptional young people showcase their talents at New Berlin Eisenhower's Lohmiller-Sutherland Theater. This is the only concert the KIDS will perform in New Berlin. You won't want to miss it! For all details, and to order tickets, click on the link at right. --------------------------------------- >
World Affairs Seminar leaves impression on New Berlin youth
The four New Berlin high school students would attended World Affairs Seminar this summer returned on July 22 to share their experiences. Rotary Club of New Berlin is proud to again sponsor two New Berlin students to that prestigious event. (School District of New Berlin also sponsored two students.)
Attending were Margaret C. and Megan W. from New Berlin Eisenhower and Manisha V. and Danny W. from New Berlin West. Each offered some thoughts about the program.
Danny and Manisha appreciated meeting people from across the US and all over the world, including Canada, Africa, the Cayman Islands and Great Britain. Presenters said that the world will need multiple sources of energy to solve our energy problems. They noted major companies represented included WE Energies, General Electric and Johnson Controls.
Margaret: Said this was the most amazing thing she has experienced. She really liked the ice breakers, during which she met people from 22 states and 13 countries. She learned that compressed algae could be a source of energy. She took part in a field trip to General Electric to learn more about their operations. Had fun during the talent show at the end of the program. Has set a goal for our Interact Club to work with many students toward a really big project.
Megan: Like the others, she enjoyed meeting people from other areas. For her, those included Canada, Norway and the east coast, to name a few. She was impressed to learn the that wasting less food could save so much energy. She really liked the dance at the end, especially after getting to know so many people. Her takeaway was the value of community gardens. She hopes more people will grow their own food, which will save energy and cut down on food waste.
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 ran June 20-26, was "Global Energy: Who's Got The Power?"
Helping our youth make the right choices
We were treated to a powerful story from Miss Wisconsin 2015, Rosalie Smith, on July 22. Although she enjoyed talking about her pageants, Smith is most passionate about her cause, which is named for her late brother, Colin.
Colin suffered from alcohol addiction for several years, and eventually entered a rehab facility in Boston. He returned home after 18 months of treatment a changed man. "[Colin was] finally the big brother I wanted," Smith says. A gifted young man, Colin spoke four languages (including Russian) and played several instruments.
He wanted to return to UW-Milwaukee, Smith says, but the alcoholism "consumed him." Soon after returning from Boston, Colin reconnected with some old friends. His was drinking even more than before. One night in April 2013 Colin attended a party at a friend's apartment. He became severely inebriated, and collapsed and died. Calling her brother her "hero," Smith realized that she wanted to make a difference. She recalls a friend telling her, "Rosalie, this is your chance. Colin is looking down at you."
A 2014 graduate of Waukesha North High School, Smith competed in this year's Miss Wisconsin pageant as Miss New Berlin. She received her tiara on June 20. Her platform is the program she created to honor Colin: “Centered on Loving in Need – Substance Abuse Awareness.” Smith, who is available for booking
, shares her story in hopes that young people can avoid the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. "He inspired a lot of people to come clean," Smith says. "I want to do the same for the community."
In this image, Smith is joined by club president Shawn Schnabl. As Miss Wisconsin, Smith receives a $10,000 cash scholarship (among other awards) and will compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sept. 13.
She is attending UW-Milwaukee's Nursing program, and will pursue a career in pediatric oncology. Online courses allow her to continue her studies while she performs her duties as Miss Wisconsin.