Gearing up for Murder Mystery 2016
Rotarian Stephanie Friemoth kicked off our march toward our 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner. The theme for this event is, "Total Rad '80s Prom Gone Bad." Our dinner will take place at New Berlin Banquet Center on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Friemoth reviewed the list of items we need. They include gifts and gift cards for the raffle and bottles of wine for the wine pull. She encouraged all Rotarians to reach out to local business for donations. The DJ, Scott of Magnum Entertainment, is already signed up. We've used him before, and he's excited about the prom theme for this event.
This is one of two fundraisers our club holds during the year. Funds go toward local youth projects, such as World Affair Seminar and the Police Department's Midnight Volleyball program. We raised about $3,600 this year, Friemoth says. Her goal for 2016 is $5,000.
If you or your business would like to donate a gift, contact Stephanie Friemoth through the email link at left. Stay tuned to our website. We'll have a lot more details, as well as your chance to buy tickets. We hope you'll be up for an '80s-style prom event on Feb. 6!
Also during our Nov. 18 meeting, Rotarian Dianne Moore informed us that our club "adopted" three families for the Christmas season. We budgeted $290 for this, one of our regular club projects. Moore selected from a list of needy families that had applied at the food pantry. Their requests tend to be for "everyday items," Moore says: winter boots, socks, and so forth.
Club members will purchase the items in the coming days. The wrapped gifts will be delivered to the food pantry on Dec. 16.
Helping Waukesha County seniors remain independent
Waukesha County seniors have access to yet another valuable agency. Heather Stoskoph introduced us to Interfaith Senior Programs during our meeting on Nov. 4. Interfaith's volunteers assist with some basic tasks, allowing many seniors to stay in their homes. "All seniors have the right to live in their homes as long as they choose to," Stoskoph says.
According to Stoskoph, a typical client is a widowed homeowner in her 70s or 80s. Services, which are provided free, include transportation (to the grocery store and doctor's office), seasonal yard cleanup, and non-medical respite caregiver support. Interfaith serves approximately 1,100 seniors in Waukesha County each year. Having them stay at home, as opposed to taxpayer-supported assisted living or skilled nursing facilities, saves $60,000 per person per year.
Active seniors are welcome to volunteer their time and talents. One gentleman shovels driveways for six of his neighbors. "It gives him a sense of purpose," Stoskoph says. Other possibilities include being a pen pal for seniors and tutoring youth in math and reading.
Interfaith Senior Programs began in 2007, the result of a merger between Interfaith Caregiving Network, Inc. and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County, Inc. With the county's senior citizen population expected to grow 34% by 2020, Stoskoph says there will be an increasing demand for their services. Interfaith currently is in "desperate need" of drivers.
Donations and fundraisers, like the upcoming Santa 5K Run, provide valuable funds. To learn more, or to volunteer, call Interfaith Senior Programs at 262-549-3348, or visit their website