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?
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Membership Chair
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Articles discussing our past meetings and events can be found by clicking on the Archive tab above.
The Rotary District 6270 website has information about our district, as well as a list of other Rotary clubs in the district.
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KIDS From Wisconsin return to New Berlin!
We are proud to once again host a KIDS From Wisconsin concert. Those amazingly talented and gifted performers bring their "Head Out On The Highway" tour to New Berlin Eisenhower for one night only: Wednesday, July 12. You won't want to miss this concert.
For details and ticket information, click on the link at right. ------------- >
Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary, Karen Schlindwein
Promoting the virtues of adoption and foster parenting
Sometimes a difficult situation can have a very positive outcome. Such was the case with Karen Schlindwein and her husband, Tom. After struggling with infertility issues and the heartbreak of a miscarriage, they discovered the joy of adoption. That decision, more than 20 years ago, led the Waukesha couple toward a new mission in life: advocating for adoption and foster care.
Their adopted children are grown and married now. Yet each followed Mom's example: Amalie Bowling (now 24) and Joseph Schlindwein (26) are themselves proud parents of two adopted children each.
Foster care was not new to Schlindwein. Her parents cared for foster children while she was growing up. Just as her mother was open about the concept of adoption, she and Tom made sure their children knew they were adopted. But also that they had a loving and nurturing home.
Schlindwein speaks often and passionately about this topic, as we learned when she visited us on June 14. Citing statistics from 2015, the most recent year available, she noted that:
  • 644 children were adopted through the foster care system in Wisconsin; 1,267 others were waiting to be adopted at the end of the year.
  • Wisconsin had 7,091 children in foster care (out of 428,000 nationwide).
On average, about 100 kids are placed in foster care each month in Milwaukee County, with more than 2,000 in foster care at any time. Waukesha, with 50 licensed homes, had approximately 120 children in foster care recently. (Waukesha County is looking to add another 40 foster families in 2017.) If no one takes in a child, the young person ends up in a group home or detention center. The issue is “becoming a crisis in Waukesha County,” she says.
While her children were growing up, Schlindwein stayed in touch with their birth mothers through regular cards and letters. About five years ago she got to meet Amalie's birth mother, Lois. Lois was dying of cancer, so her family arranged what Schlindwein described as an "awesome" reunion. On display was the album containing all those cards and letters Lois had saved. Though torn and tattered, they were Lois' "lifeline" to her daughter. She realized she made the right decision in giving up her daughter for adoption.
Later that year Amalie and Jason Bowling founded Chosen, Inc., a Christian-based organization promoting adoption and foster care. (Schlindwein serves as Executive Director.) They recently opened The Family Closet, a donation center where foster parents can "shop" for new merchandise and gently used clothing. The Family Closet is found inside their offices at 217 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha.
Schlindwein and Amalie Bowling have collaborated on "Dear Lois: Our Adoption Journey," a poignant story told largely through those letters to the birth mothers.
Although Chosen, Inc. is a Christian organization, Schlindwein emphasizes that it not associated with any one church or denomination. And while the primary focus is adoption, the not-for-profit organization strives to serve foster families and, when the children have been reunited, biological families as well. The hope is that the child finds a permanent and loving family, what they call a Forever Family.  "So, the fostering, or supporting of, Forever Families is inclusive to both adoption and biological families," Schlindwein says.
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Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary, Lloyd BertramNew Berlin's Fire Department has come a long way
The once all-volunteer fire department now features four stations staffed full-time with firefighter-paramedics, several of whom are trained in critical care. We leaned this and more during Fire Chief Lloyd Bertram's presentation on May 24.
New Berlin's Fire Department consists of 35 full-time firefighter-paramedics and more than 30 part-time staff.  Each of the city's four fire stations is staffed around the clock. Firefighters work 48 hours straight, then are off for four days. When not on a call, firefighters are engaged in training, inspection and other duties, Bertram says.
Our fire department is the second busiest in the county (behind Waukesha's). Part of that is due to the city's size. Another contributing factor, he says, is the large number of senior facilities. Those naturally tend to generate more calls for ambulatory services.
Founded in 1954, the department was an all-volunteer agency (and the largest of its kind in the state) when it transitioned to a paid staff in 2001. Today the department consists of 35 full-time firefighter-paramedics and more than 30 part-time staff. Ten firefighters are trained in critical care. "The department has really evolved in recent years," Bertram says.
Bertram started as a paramedic firefighter in 1985 in his hometown of Franklin. He rose to assistant chief when, in 2010, New Berlin selected him to be its new fire chief.
Another positive change change in recent years is the auto-aid agreement with the Brookfield Fire Department. Brookfield's fire station at S. Calhoun Rd. and W. Greenfield Ave. covers New Berlin's northwest corner. Similarly, New Berlin's Station 2 responds to calls in Brookfield's southeast corner. New Berlin was able to close its old Station #5 on S. Calhoun Rd as a result. Emergency response is just as prompt, Bertram says, and New Berlin saved significant dollars with the closing.
New Berlin's fire stations include #1 at 16250 W. National Ave., #2 (1711 S. Sunnyslope Rd.), #3 (5150 S. Racine Av.) and #4 (5161 S. Sunnyslope Rd.). Our crews and equipment are frequently dispatched to neighboring communities. This mutual aid arrangement means New Berlin receive assistance from West Allis, Brookfield, Tess Corners and other departments when needed.
Typical of other fire departments, New Berlin charges for ambulance runs. A basic transport call costs $700, with a critical care run costing $1,300 plus mileage. Some of that cost may be covered by insurance or Medicare. New Berlin fire department is on track to collect about $1 million in fees this year. Bertram is quick to point out that those fees cover a significant portion of the department's budget that would otherwise be borne by taxpayers.
As an example of expenses, Bertram pointed to the cost of Narcan. The popular agent used to treat opioid overdoses once cost about $5 per vial. Today, a vial is $200. They use it about once a week, Bertram says.
Firefighters typically hold associate degrees. Paramedic certification requires an additional full year (40 hours) of college courses. Firefighter-paramedics start at $50,000/year, and earn up to $75,000/year after five years.
At the end, Bertram offered important advice regarding home fire extinguishers. First, they should be inspected every month or two. In addition to checking the gauge, tip the unit or give it a good shake. That will help prevent the powder from caking up inside. Replace or recharge the unit as needed.
He recommends one extinguisher on each floor. It should be placed near a doorway so you have an exit in an emergency. He also recommends a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and one in the garage. Look for the ABC rating. As for size, a 5 lb. or 10 lb. unit is sufficient.
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!

New Berlin Rotary Club

Rotary Serving Humanity

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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Join Us For Lunch!
Curious about Rotary and what we do? Stop by during one of our meetings. You'll get to know us better and enjoy a nice lunch. Let's talk about how you can further your community service ambitions--and even network a bit.
Details of where and when we meet can be found at the bottom of this page.
Simply contact one of our board members so we know to expect you. You can reach them from the contact section at left. We hope to see you soon!
General club meeting
Jun 28, 2017
No Meeting
Jul 12, 2017
KIDS From Wisconsin concert is tonight
General club meeting
Jul 26, 2017
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