President's Corner: by Art Heitzer

Despite the polar vortex and a variety of other unique challenges, Milwaukee Turners are off to a great start for 2019. Here’s a brief update, and we welcome your membership, renewal, and support in all appropriate ways.

First, we are thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Nicholas La Joie who began coinciding with the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in January. Nicholas has taken the reins (& there are many of them) firmly in hand. These include our 130 year old building suffering from the slings and arrows of invading snow and arctic air, freezing and aging pipes (despite the best prevention efforts), and some significant shaking as our multi million dollar neighbor across the street had its roof imploded and massive steel and concrete are still crashing down as I write this.  We and structural engineers are assessing the results. 

Milwaukee Turners presenting $8,000 matching donation to ABHM on Monday, February 18, 2019

Milwaukee Turners presenting $8,000 matching donation to ABHM on Monday, February 18, 2019

We’re also thrilled to announce that our initiative to support America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee reached a nearly perfect landing by the February 4 deadline (Rosa Parks’s birthday), with a series of generous donations almost exactly matching the $4000 challenge that some of us announced late last year. We delivered just over $8,000 last week, which will be doubled again by another matching grant.  With several other significant donations that have been promised in response to our initiatives, this should result in some $20,000 to help make this a first class museum to show an essential history that many of our students and others may not otherwise receive from school or our mainstream media.  Thank you for your support!

We are now several months into our new partnership with the Tavern at Turner Hall. Virtually every visitor report has been glowing. And we been promised a 10% discount for our members with a  Milwaukee Turners membership card, so please be sure to get your card and membership up-to-date, and stop by!

We have many challenges, including preserving our historic landmark building, presenting our history and mission more effectively, advancing our progressive traditions, offering contemporary physical fitness programs, and growing our membership and base of support. We both need and welcome your support.



Art Heitzer, President