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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Offering pet care and community service since 2009
Nina Race, co-owner of Spa Paw & Tail in New Berlin, introduced us to her business and business philosophy during our meeting on Sept. 24.
Opened in 2009, Spa Paw & Tail offers a full array of grooming and spa services (including facials and nail trims), play time and boarding. While it caters mostly to dogs, they will take care of your cat as well.
It was back in the '80s that Nina conceived of a place "where people can bring their dogs and play."
"People told me I was crazy," she says. She stuck with her idea, doing research and visiting other facilities. She and her husband opened Spa Paw & Tail in August 2009. It was an immediate success, and has seen double-digit growth each year. Ninety percent of their clientele live in the city. "New Berlin has been really supportive," Nina says.
They recently purchased their building, which will allow them to expand from 9,300 to 21,000 square feet. Nina says they hope to add workshops and other presentations to an enhanced operations.
Devoted to our community, they organized a Strut Your Mutt walk at Malone Park last October. The event raised $2,800 for the police department's K-9 unit. One hundred people participated during that event; Nina hopes to double the attendance this year.
Nina is particularly proud of their emphasis on hiring military veterans, the unemployed and those with disabilities. "I think it's therapeutic to work with pets," she says.
With winter approaching, Nina advises pet owners to take care of the paws. Simple treatments like warm water and honey alleviate the effects of the cold weather. "The main thing is taking care of their feet," she says.
Also during this meeting, club president Scott Klaas presented a check for $2,000 to Natalie Baertschy, Music Chair of the School District of New Berlin. We raised these funds during our KIDS From Wisconsin concert on Aug. 22. Natalie says they will be used for instruments in the elementary general music classrooms.
"This truly is a gift that benefits many," Natalie says. "We look forward to our continued partnership with the New Berlin Rotary Club."
What Rotary means to us
Club president Scott Klaas used our Sept. 10 meeting to review the value of Rotary in our lives. He invited members to share their reasons for joining and what they hoped to get out of their membership.
Scott said that he joined the Rotary club to meet people and help out in the community. His decision hit home as he was sorting food at the food pantry during the Postal Service food drive. He was amazed at the amount of food collected and the number of families helped.
Here are some of the comments offered by members:
Hamilton Dowden, D.C.: A new club member and co-owner of Pure Family Chiropractic, Dr. Dowden said he was drawn to Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. "I wanted to join an organization that shared our values," he said. (Rotary's 4-Way Test is shown at left.)
Brady Reinke: Another new member, Brady, principal at Poplar Creek Elementary School, said he joined to learn more about New Berlin and see how he could serve the community.
Patrick McLauglin: Our newest member has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. A licensed broker with Kutschenreuter Financial Services, Pat said he wanted to "get involved; to do something." He and his wife have raised approximately 30 foster children over the years, so "we were always involved."
Dianne Moore: One of our veteran members, Dianne realized years ago that joining Rotary could help her professionally. Co-owner of All Inclusive Vacations in West Allis, Dianne said that she has always cherished meeting people. "Getting to know other people," she said, "helps you with your career and as a person."
Stephanie Friemoth: The immediate past president of our club, Stephanie said she wanted to meet new people in our community. A financial advisor with Edward Jones in New Berlin, Stephanie said she looks forward to projects and events that she can get involved with.
John Pelishek: An automobile sales representative, John said he thought this would be a good way to meet people. "It's been a very good experience," he said.
People join Rotary for a host of reasons. Among them is a desire to help others. We invite you to visit one of our luncheon meetings so you can learn more about our club and Rotary in general. Our calendar is at right. Feel free to stop by someday; we'd love to meet you. Lunch is on us, and there is no obligation.
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.
Rotary District Fall Seminar
Oct 18, 2014
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Volunteer event at Weatherstone Park
Nov 01, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Berlin Christmas Parade
Nov 29, 2014
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sort food at New Berlin Food Pantry
Dec 06, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weatherstone Food Drive
New Berlin Food PantryDec 06, 2014
9:58 AM – 12:00 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner / fundraiser
New Berlin Banquet CenterFeb 07, 2015
5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Olympia ResortFeb 21, 2015
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Rotary clubs follow the Four-Way Test, which is shown on the left side of this page. For more on the value of incorporating the Four-Way Test in your business, read this article from the BizTimes of Milwaukee: