Tue, 28 January 2014
In 1914, the Endurance, a sailing ship under the command of Sir Ernest Shackleton, set sail for Antarctica. The objective of the expedition was to drop off a landing party at Vahsel Bay on the Weddell Sea, who would then attempt to cross the Antarctic Continent overland to the South Pole and then to the Ross Sea. In October, 1915, still 85 miles from the drop-off point, the ship was trapped in ice floes, then crushed and sank, leaving the crew stranded on the ice. For many months Shackleton and his 27 crewmen, drifting on ice floes, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world. Oshkosh Rotarian Dick Campbell, a long-time student of history, shared this magnificent story of leadership in time of crisis, and one of history’s greatest epics of survival.
Direct download: Rotary_1.28.14_-_Dick_Campbell_-_Shackletons_Incredible_Voyage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT
Tue, 21 January 2014
The USOC, US Speedskating, international cycling, and major league baseball: Mike Plant has been a leader in all of those, and each would be a fascinating topic. Milwaukee has a singular legacy in speedskating on the former outdoor Olympic Oval, where Mike trained for the 1980 Winter Games, and, since 1992, in the Pettit Center. On the “eve” of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Mike shared his candid perspective on the sport of speedskating, his recruitment to be President of the US Speedskating Board, the role of the Pettit Center, plus his experience as US Chef de Mission for the 2010 Winter Games.
Direct download: Rotary_1.21.14_-_Mike_Plant_-_the_Sport_of_Speedskating.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT
Tue, 14 January 2014
Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, presented his organization’s comprehensive analysis of the financial and physical needs of public and privately-owned arts, cultural, recreational, and entertainment institutions in Milwaukee County. The report, which was released in mid-December, has received widespread media attention and is being used to inform the deliberations of a special task force that will be considering new strategies to support the region’s cultural and entertainment assets. Rob’s presentation summarized the study’s key findings and explained how those findings may impact specific funding approaches and governance structures the community may wish to consider.
Direct download: Rotary_1.14.14_-_Rob_Henken_-_Milwaukees_Cultural_and_Entertainment_Capital_Needs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT