KIDS From Wisconsin to rock New Berlin West Aug. 19
The KIDS From Wisconsin bring their high-energy show, "Sing!," to New Berlin West for just one concert. We are proud to once again host a night of dance and music from this highly talented group of performers. For all the details, and to purchase tickets, click on the link at right.
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Helping at-risk youth and others in need
When you hear of Rawhide, what thoughts come to mind? Probably Bart Starr, boys and donating cars. But there's a lot more to the organization, as we learned on July 13. According to Development Manager Tre Waldren, Rawhide provides a host of services at its Ranch and outpatient clinics.
Rawhide Ranch near New London, Wis., serves boys 11 to 18 years of age. Residential treatment is combined with life and work skills. Boys attend Starr Academy, a fully accredited high school. In addition to a standard curriculum, residents can study woodworking, culinary skills and automotive repair and other trades. Life skills training prepares the boys for living and working on their own. A scholarship program encourages further education.
Most youths are referred by judges or social workers. A 30-day initial assessment allows staff to determine whether Rawhide is the proper facility. Longer-term services include residential care, transitional group home and outpatient counseling, among others. Rawhide has a "tremendous success record" of 70%, compared to 14% among other organizations and programs, Waldren says.
Rawhide's Youth & Family Counseling Services serves clients from six outpatient clinics in the state. (A seventh is planned for 2017.) Available to anyone, treatment is available for those suffering from depression, anxiety, adolescent defiance, marital discord and other issues. Services are covered by insurance, Waldren says, adding that they offer a sliding scale for those in need. "We don't turn anyone away for an inability to pay."
1. A traditional, home-based model at the Ranch. Each house is designed to mimic family life with a house father, a house mother and a standard environment.
2. Faith-based, but non-denominational.
3. Outpatient services. As noted above, counselors treat a variety of disorders. Among youth, opiate addiction is common today. Rawhide has a 100% success rate for those who stay through the 12-month program, Waldren says. Clients range in age from five to 72 years.
Rawhide Ranch currently serves 37 boys. Just one part of a sprawling complex on 714 acres, the campus includes an auditorium, equestrian center, maintenance shop and more.
Yes, they still accept cars, as well as boats and other vehicles. Refurbished cars are sold through a network of auto dealers in Wisconsin. Other items are offered for sale through eBay. These sales are an important source of revenue for the organization. Another source are the Friday fish fries
. Held six times a year, the dinners provide important training for youth at the Ranch. Rawhide accepts cash donations, as well as books, CDs and DVDs.
Founded in 1965, Rawhide's biggest need, Waldren says, "is for people to understand us and use us." To learn more, visit their website
, or call 1-800-729-4433.
Ushering in a new era
A new chapter has opened in our club. Pat McLaughlin officially became club president during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Wednesday, June 21. The event, held at The Preserve at Deer Creek, is an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next.
McLaughlin has been a member of our club since August 2014. His goal is to strengthen the club through enhanced membership. One way to achieve that is to regularly invite a guest to meetings.
A licensed broker with Kutschenreuter Financial Services in New Berlin, McLaughlin is excited about a new feature in our meetings called Spotlight. Two members will be given the chance to talk about their businesses. The goal is to encourage members to do business with each other. McLaughlin further noted that being engaged and involved in club activities will only make our club stronger.
McLaughlin's term runs July 1 through June 30, 2017.
In his remarks, outgoing president Shawn Schnabl thanked club members for their efforts this past year. Though a smaller cub, ours still makes an difference. "Our footprint is very solid," he says. Schnabl called out each board member by name and acknowledged that person's particular benefit to the club.
Noting that no one person runs the club, Schnabl thanked everyone for working as a team. "Pat yourself on the back for giving back." He said he can't wait to see what the club accomplishes under new president Pat McLaughlin
Outgoing president Shawn Schanbl is honored for his year of service. Incoming president Pat McLaughlin presents a plaque from the club.
You can find more images from the dinner by clicking on "Scenes from club meetings, events, 2016" at right.