Milwaukee club celebrates its centennial with an arboretum

The stone arch has become  a signature icon of the new arboretum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Milwaukee

The stone arch has become a signature of the new arboretum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Milwaukee

By Jim Barry, member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

In 2007, when I was president of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, we started to look ahead to celebrating our 100th year in 2013. We put out a call to our members to identify a grand gift we could make to the community to commemorate our centennial.

That seed grew into the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, which opened this past September – a beautiful new natural space in the heart of the city, reclaimed from post-industrial land. It was indeed a grand undertaking – and some had their doubts that we could do it. But through it all, Rotary volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help usher the project along.

Each of the Rotary presidents succeeding me lent their enthusiastic support and made sure the arboretum was a continuing priority. Having been involved with the arboretum since the very beginning, I was so proud to give the invocation at the opening celebration this September, and to walk through the soon-to-be iconic stone arch with my family.

The arboretum is a gift to future generations and a testament to the power of Rotary to build relationships and make things happen.

3 thoughts on “Milwaukee club celebrates its centennial with an arboretum

  1. Pingback: Milwaukee club celebrates its centennial with an arboretum | Warsaw Rotary , Club 3393, District 6540

  2. Pingback: Today’s Links | Rotary International District 3040

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s