Helping out at the food pantry
Rotarians and New Berlin National Honor Society students lend a hand for a good cause on Saturday, Dec. 3. For two hours that morning, volunteers sorted and stacked food collected by residents of New Berlin's Weatherstone subdivision. The collection filled 19.5 barrels, totaling an estimated 5,580 pounds. Almost all was food, but a number of personal care items were donated as well. The Weathstone drive, held in December, has been taking place for more than 30 years.
In addition to the Weatherstone collection, members of New Berlin West's National Honor Society chipped in with their donation. According to Anna, a senior at West, each Honor Society member received one Society point for each item donated. Some students donated 10 items, she said. The collection, held in November, netted 301 items. This was the first year for their collection. "We'll try to make it an annual event," Anna said. Eight Honor Society members helped out at the food pantry on Saturday.
The first step is to check the expiration date. Any food item more than six months beyond expiration must be discarded. Items are then shelved by type and expiration year. The New Berlin food pantry serves 132 families each month; this collection is expected to last into February.
Rotarians participating were (front row) Carmelita Stehr and Stephanie Friemoth. Back row: Dianne Moore, Shawn Schnabl and Tom Fuszard. This is the fourth consecutive year our club has assisted with the project. The Weatherstone collection is the second largest for the food pantry. Even larger is the annual postal service collection, held in May.
A time to celebrate the holidays
Rotary Club of New Berlin participated in the city's Christmas parade, held in the afternoon of Dec. 3. Our float touted Rotary's water-related efforts in impoverished communities around the world. While walking the route, we provided candy to many of the youngsters we encountered. A hearty 'thank you' to Rotarians Kathy and Mike Erickson. They constructed the float, and lent their trailer and pickup truck. Costco of New Berlin provided nine cases of bottled water for the display. That water will be donated to New Berlin Police Department's Midnight Basketball program.
Participating were (from left) Rotarian Dianne Moore, two high school students, and Rotarians Tom Fuszard and Kathy Erickson. Not pictured--because he was taking the picture--is Rotarian Mike Erickson.
Reviewing the finer points of a fine image
Gail Rust provided an interesting overview of image building during our meeting on Nov. 9. A professional image consultant, Rust stated that we have just three to seven seconds to make that positive first impression. A polished image builds credibility and trust, improves our confidence, and can lead to a better income, she says.
According to Rust, 55% of the image we project is nonverbal, while 38% is based on the way we speak. (Only 7% of that image is related to content.) Therefore, 93% of your message is relayed "before you open your mouth," she says.
We don't have any control over our race, gender or age, Rust reminds us, but we can control our appearance and actions, such as handshake. To that end, she offered suggestions for the proper handshake also. It should be firm but not overpowering, and no pumping.
Rust handed out copies of her points-based dressing system for men and women. Each item (tattoo, belt buckle, bracelet, and so on) is worth one point. Rust suggests men keep their point totals to no more than 12 for "best dressed" and social occasions. Women should strive for a value of 14 for a professional look.
Dressing well and acting confidently help us project that the image we strive for. "Wow factor happens when the beauty on the inside matches the beauty on the outside," Rust says.
Also during the meeting we reviewed upcoming volunteering opportunities. On Nov. 12, the Weathertstone subdivision is holding its annual buckthorn removal program at Weatherstone Park.
Rotarians have two opportunities to help on Dec. 3. In the morning, we're welcome to sort and stack food items at New Berlin Food Pantry. Residents of Weatherstone subdivision are holding their annual food drive that day. It's a big event--the second largest the food pantry sees--and will be larger this year due to a food drive held at New Berlin High schools.
New Berlin's Christmas parade will take place at 3:00 p.m. that day. Our club will again have a float; Rotarians are encouraged to walk along.