Rotary Club of New Berlin
Chartered 1970     District 6270

Helping make New Berlin an even better community
one project at a time
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think,
say or do:
1)    Is it the TRUTH?
2)    Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3)    Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4)    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Club Executives & Directors

Vice President
Public Relations Director
Membership Chair
Seargant at Arms
Past President
To contact any of our directors, click on the person's name. That will launch the contact form.
Gus Sorenson and Ken Matthews
A helping hand for those who served
Military veterans with paraplegia and other spinal cord dysfunction have a great resource in Paralyzed Veterans of America. And Milwaukee is blessed to be home to the Wisconsin chapter. Gus Sorenson, Government Relations Director, and chapter Vice President Ken Matthews reviewed their organization during our April 22 meeting.
PVA helps individuals with spinal cord injuries, as well as those with MS and ALS. The injury does not have to be service related. Gus' quadriplegia is the result of an automobile accident that occurred years after he left the Army. ("Please lock your seatbelt," he says. "We don't need any more statistics.")
The organization helps veterans obtain quality healthcare and counseling, and advocates for accessibility and other needs. Matthews says PVA is highly regarded in Congress for its advocacy efforts. The PVA secured more than $1 billion in funding this past year. "No benefits group has gotten as much for vets as Paralyzed Vets of America," Matthews says.
Problems with VA hospitals in Phoenix and Tomah, Wis., have tarnished the VA's image somewhat. Even so, VA hospitals consistently get high marks in surveys. "Nobody can care for a disabled vet like the VA can," Matthews says.
In addition to helping with healthcare needs, PVA encourages veterans to participate in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Wheelchair-bound veterans compete in a variety of sports, including track and field, swimming, rugby, table tennis and trap shooting. "[The games are] great fun and great confidence builders," Matthews says. The newly injured, especially, realize that they can accomplish things.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in 1946. The Wisconsin chapter, located in West Allis, opened in 1982. It has about 330 regular members and more than 300 associate members. While their efforts are limited to current and former service personnel, the office occasionally receives calls from nonveterans. They gladly offer information and referrals. "We do whatever we can to help people," Sorenson says.
For more information, visit their website, or call 414-328-8910.
In other news, club president Scott Klaas announced the formation of an Interact club at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School. Eight students, including all 4 World Affairs Seminar students, attended the inaugural meeting. "They had a ton of enthusiasm, and I believe this will only grow," Scott says.
Supporting those who protect us
We received in interesting education in the New Berlin Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association during our April 8 meeting. Representing the association were president Stephanie Brown, Treasurer Jerry Vogel and (seated between them) board member Bernie Kramer.
Founded in 2011, the association is open to all alumni of the New Berlin Police Department's Citizens Academy. As Stephanie Brown explains, the academy is a free, 11-week course that exposes citizens to all phases of law enforcement work. "[The course] is designed to give people a better understanding of what the police department does."
Each session focuses on a separate area of law enforcement. Subjects include crime scene investigation, drug investigations, patrol procedures, and firearms fundamentals, among others. Students also get to ride along with an officer during a shift. The ride is especially valuable, Stephanie says, because students "get to see firsthand that [the police officers] are just like you and me." The course is open to adults who live or work in New Berlin.
Graduates are welcome to join the alumni association. Dues are $10.00 per year. In addition to quarterly membership meetings, the association hosts several fundraisers throughout the year. Since starting in 2011, the association has donated $32,000 to the police department. Those funds have gone toward a variety of projects, including:
- Quick Clot Medical kits for each officer
- Tables, chairs and lectern for a new training room
- A SWAT team shield
- Custom lockers for the SWAT team
- Three pieces of exercise equipment for the department's gym
For more information on the citizens academy or the alumni association, call 414-425-4997.
Also during this meeting, Mark Juds, a board member of  KIDS From Wisconsin, requested raffle items for the KIDS' premier show on June 24. The raffle with raise funds for the group's outreach efforts. KIDS alumni mentor students interested in music. If you'd like to donate an item or have a question, call 414-266-7067.
Mark, son of Rotarian Audrey Juds, is a KIDS alumnus. He played the trombone during their 1969 season.

Rotary: Doing good all around the world

The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.

Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

 Rotary Club of New Berlin

Light Up Rotary

The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at noon
New Berlin Hills Clubhouse
13175 W. Graham St.
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States
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May 13, 2015
Jason VanderPal
Improving your leadership skills through enhanced speaking skills
May 27, 2015
Tom Gaumond
The CARING Group
Jun 10, 2015
Club meeting
4th of July parade and KIDS concert
Jul 22, 2015
World Affairs Seminar students
Their experiences during the event

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