Summer Luncheon 2017

August 17, 2017

From a railroad to aboard ship on the Denis Sullivan…

At the Spring Luncheon in April we were introduced to the East Troy Railroad. Members participating in the Summer Luncheon, July 20, were treated to the behind-the-scenes story of Milwaukee’s own tall ship, the sailing vessel Denis Sullivan, the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted great lakes schooner – we’re traveling!

Jennifer Clearwater, Director of Philanthropy, and Kelly Christman, Volunteer and Training Manager provided the story of the Denis Sullivan from construction through its role today at Discovery World engaging our community in the Great Lakes. As they made their presentation, the Denis Sullivan was in Quebec, Canada extending that role to the entire Great Lakes community.

Not a passive relic, the Denis Sullivan is here to actively engage the community. It and the Kohl’s Design IT! Lab are listed as “Experiences” available at Discovery World. Public Sails are offered along with Professional & Private Charters and, for educators, there are On-board Educational Programs.

Did you catch the position titles of Jennifer and Kelly? There are opportunities here to contribute. Lou Davit was on hand at the luncheon to tell about his volunteer experience with the original construction – by professional shipwrights and almost 1,000 volunteers. This was a community project from the start. Does that sound interesting to you? Check it out at the Discovery World website:

And, there was more! Anne Kumor was with us for her first time. It was good to see her again. Several members reported that they had a great time at the Golf Outing. Check the website Photo Gallery/Golf Outing 2017 for pictures that seem to verify that fact.

Also, Jim Pasterczyk asked for new ideas for Reunion 2018. That’s right, Jim and Janice Peters, our Program Team, are in planning mode already. They want to offer an event that you will enjoy – so please send them your thoughts. Or, send a note via Join the Discussion and I’ll pass it along.

President Gene Strehlow did conduct a formal meeting with some good thoughts as always, and a reminder that while elections for the Board are next year, new members are invited at anytime.

Interested? Contact Gene …

Jude Anders, VP Communications