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?
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KIDS From Wisconsin to rock the state during summer
Our club got a taste of some fine Wisconsin musical talent during our meeting on April 9. Tina Weiss, executive director, and Mark Juds (red sweater vest) stopped by to introduce us to KIDS From Wisconsin, a musical troupe comprised of high school kids from around the state.
Starting its 46th season, KIDS From Wisconsin is gearing up for a full schedule of concerts around Wisconsin this summer. This year's theme is "Can't Hold Us." Weiss played snippets from previous concerts. The very talented young people sing and play instruments during the shows, Weiss said. Music genres include jazz and swing, current hits, and show tunes, among others.
This year's troupe is comprised of 33 kids from all over Wisconsin, including Isaac Surprenant, a senior at New Berlin Eisenhower High School. KIDS alumni have gone onto prominence in many areas of entertainment, Weiss said. A 2012 alumnus was a finalist on "American Idol"; another alumnus works on Broadway.
KIDS From Wisconsin performs everyday of State Fair, in addition to their regular schedule of more than two dozen shows during the summer. Annual auditions, held in Madison, Eau Claire and Stevens Point, are "very rigorous," Weiss said. "[The performer] has to be the epitome of a kid from Wisconsin."
The Rotary Club of New Berlin is proud to host a KIDS From Wisconsin concert this summer. The show will take place at New Berlin West High School's auditorium on Aug. 22. Watch for more details in our calendar.
Also during this meeting we were able to meet three of the four student-candidates to this year's World Affairs Seminar. All are looking forward to the program. When asked why they applied for the WAS program, they responded:
- Connect with people all over the world
- Connect with people all over the world
- Help others in their communities
- Help people in other parts of the world
The Rotary Club of New Berlin is a proud sponsor of two WAS students. New Berlin School District is sponsoring the other two. Superintendent Joe Garza enthusiastically supports World Affairs Seminar. "What they experience will be central in their preparation beyond 12th grade," he said during the meeting.
These students will be invited back to a Rotary Club meeting in late summer to share their experiences at the World Affairs Seminar. You can learn more about World Affairs Seminar here.
Protecting life and property for 60 years
Fire Chief Lloyd Bertram visited our meeting on March 12 to review the city's fire department. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the New Berlin fire department's four stations offer New Berlin residences and businesses the full array of fire services.
For decades after its inception in 1954, the fire department was an all-volunteer force. That started changing in 2001, Bertram said, when the city decided to switch from a private volunteer company to a municipal fire department. From 2001 to 2008 the department gradually transitioned toward a full-time staff. In 2008, the first personnel trained to the paramedic level began working 24-hour shifts.Currently, all four fire stations are staffed 24/7 with a total of 12 paramedics and firefighters.
Bertram started his firefighting career with the Franklin Fire Department in 1989. He was hired at chief of New Berlin Fire Department in October 2010.
New Berlin Fire Department handles 3,700-3,800 calls each year, Bertram said. Of those, 80% are for ambulance services. "Everything from cuts to pulse-less, nonbreathing [individuals]," he said.
Mutual aid agreements allowed the city to close one fire station, at a considerable cost savings. Additional savings were realized when New Berlin joined the Waukesha County Communications system. "All calls go seamlessly through the dispatch center," he said.
Responding to a question, Bertram advised everyone to install a carbon monoxide detector at home. The detector, which can be placed anywhere in the house, is a "very worthwhile investment."
Bertram is very happy to be New Berlin's fire chief. "It's the best job in the world," he said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
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.
District 6270 annual conference
Apr 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM –
Apr 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Rotary Event For New Rotarians - What is Rotary?
New Berlin Ale HouseApr 30, 2014
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sorting food at food pantry
New Berlin Food PantryMay 10, 2014
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
World Affairs Seminar
Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM –
Jun 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM
KIDS From Wisconsin concert
New Berlin West High SchoolAug 22, 2014
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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