Summer Luncheon 2013, Milwaukee

July 18, 2013

It was a hot summer day in Milwaukee – we have not had many of those this year – a good day to get together with friends. Italian Fest was about to start at the Summer Fest grounds. We celebrated over lasagna, seafood stuffed tomato, and spumoni – that’s Italian!

Our new attendees at his meeting came all the way from Bremen, Indiana. Rich Nabholz and his wife Nancy joined us for lunch. He had a basket full of vintage Johnson Controls goodies and mentioned that he still uses those blue books. One of our 20+ year members, Rich ‘bleeds Johnson blue.’ Keep the stock, with folks like Rich on the job!

Our first order of business was to say thank-you to two long-time officers of the society. John Enright, Membership and Bonnie Lenz, Treasurer, have retired from their positions. Bonnie will continue to serve on the board. Both have made significant contributions to the society and its members. Thanks John and Bonnie, best wishes from all of us!

It was also our good fortune to have Kim Metcalf-Kupres, who is leading the project, with us. And, Karen Sommer, our project manager introduced the website and its features. She also described how it will serve to help our members connect and build community.

It really is fantastic for these two very busy executives to take the time to be with us. They were great. When you hear about the commitment of Johnson Controls to sustainability, lifelong engagement, and community, believe it! and executive support for our society demonstrate that it is for real. Thanks to Steve, Alex, Kim, and Karen we can connect, help each other, and contribute to our communities with support from that has no match.

By now you all should have received the mailings on registration for the site, and maybe given it a run. If so, you may be reading this on the website. If not, give it a try. To find it, just enter “” into your browser’s search window. I think you will find it friendly to use. Karen and her team have done an awesome job with the site. Now it needs you sharing your stories and interests with other members – enjoy!

Reported by Jude Anders


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Rich Nabholz

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Thanks Bonnie

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Thanks John

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Karen & Kim Our Team Leaders