GREENDALE VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Greendale Veterans Memorial,
With the beginning of a new calendar year, we thought it would be important to review our accomplishments to date, and identify some new ideas for 2016. We hope this newsletter is informative, however, if you have any questions please contact Tim Baranzyk (414-628-7081) or Ken Kieck, (414-421-8621) or log on to our web site, at greendaleveteransmemorial.org for answers to your questions.
CASINO NIGHT – JANUARY, 2015
What a great event! Not only did the ticket holders have lots of fun, the event raised $2,528.17 for the Greendale Veteran’s Memorial. Of course, without the many donated prizes and financial support of our sponsors, (please check our web site for a complete list and support them when you can) this fund raiser could not have achieved the desired results. We sincerely appreciate the many volunteer hours of the event organizers and workers who helped make this a successful event.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
On September 15, 2015, The Greendale Village Board agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee to build the memorial at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Southway. The terms and responsibilities of each party were specified in this written agreement. We now have three years to raise the required funds to build this memorial. Special thanks to the village trustees, village staff and our legal counsel for making this happen.
“LUCKY STRIKE” MOVIE IN GREENDALE
On November 13th, 2015, the premier showing of the movie “Lucky Strike” occurred at the newly renovated Historic Hose Tower on Parking Street. This WWII documentary film featured local resident Bob Birmingham whose plane was severely damaged by flak over Germany and caused him to parachute out over neutral Sweden where he was interned for the balance of the war. A sellout crowd enjoyed refreshments and a great human interest movie about an important part of WWII. A profit of $5,000.00 was realized from this event and deposited in the memorial account.
Special thanks to Bonnie and Jim Cyganiak for coordinating this event, our many sponsors, and all the committee volunteers who helped with this important activity.
A second showing in February, 2016 is being planned. Check our web site for more information.
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE FORMED
The Veterans Memorial Committee approved formation of a special fund raising committee with Tim Baranzyk as the sub-committee chair. More volunteers are needed to make this committee successful. With civilians and veterans working together to develop lists of individuals and corporations to solicit, we will achieve our financial goals. Contact Tim Baranzyk (414-628-7081) for more information or to send prospective donor names. We need this information!
Please check our web site (greendaleveteransmemorial.org) for a picture of the planned veteran’s memorial, tax deductible donation information, and order forms to purchase a brick or block to memorialize all donations. (Remember, you do not have to be a Greendale resident to purchase a brick/block, nor do you have to be a veteran to make a purchase/donation.) Make all checks payable to the American Legion Foundation and write on the memo line “Greendale Veterans Memorial.” All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to verify each donation. Those wishing to make a tax deductible donation without the purchase of a brick/block should follow the same procedures.
We are very pleased to announce that VFW Post 10519 recently donated
$500.00 toward the veterans’ memorial. Large donations like this help to
move us toward the final goal.
PUBLICITY COMMITTEE FORMED
Our web site (greendaleveteransmemorial.org) has been updated along with a Face Book page with the latest information regarding progress on the memorial. We appreciate the work of Kristin Dodds and Eileen Soto who worked on these improvements. We also appreciate the work of Bob Naffier who has added information to the Legion web page regarding events and information connected with the memorial. All of this is designed to keep our friends and supporters in the communication loop.
Additional volunteers are needed for the Publicity Committee. Contact Tim
Baranzyk (414-628-7081) to add your name to the list of volunteers. Please
consider using your own Face Book page and email lists to inform friends,
relatives and neighbors about the memorial project. Not only Greendale
residents, but residents in surrounding communities have expressed an
interest in this memorial project. We appreciate their interest and support,
and hope they follow-up with a financial commitment.
Several companies, including Northwest Mutual Insurance Company, GZA Environmental, The Sigma Group, R.A. Smith, Inc. and Metropolitan Survey have been instrumental in assisting the committee up to this point. All their help is sincerely appreciated!
We also appreciate the work of committee members Bill Kewan for the original memorial design concepts, and Harold Krueger for the original construction drawings. Their work provided the committee with a tangible starting point for the final construction plans which will be submitted to the Village Trustees and Village Planning Commission.
Sometime in January, 2016, test borings will be conducted for purposes of determining the underground soil conditions. Contact committee co-chair Ken Kieck if you have questions about the village approval procedures or
construction timelines. Special thanks to Ken for his help in securing a donation of all the granite needed for this memorial. His contacts in the construction industry have been invaluable and saved the committee thousands of dollars.
2016 PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED
The Veterans Memorial Committee meets the second Monday of each month in the American Legion Post 416 Squad Room, 6:30 to 8PM. They are accepting new volunteers who would like to participate in a variety of important activities. Discussion items include the possibility of holding another pancake breakfast, selling advertising space on restaurant place mats, promoting the sale of our pens and pins, another Vet Fest event, selling more engraved bricks/blocks to those wishing to commemorate their support of the memorial, and of course, a second movie showing of the WWII documentary, “Lucky Strike.”
The committee will continue to have a presence at the annual Fourth of July parade, Village Days and Hay Days events, and donation buckets at various village events. Also in discussion is the development of a power point
presentation which could be shown to various community groups in order to increase their awareness of the veteran’s memorial project.
SINCERE THANKS FROM ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
We sincerely appreciate all veteran and civilian help in working to make the Greendale Veterans Memorial a reality in the near future.
Tim Branzyk, Co-Chair email@example.com
Ken Kieck, Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Chadwick, Secretary email@example.com
Dave Pier, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Chadwick, Member email@example.com
Bill Kewan, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Krueger, Member email@example.com
Harold Kuehnel, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernie Schroedl, Member email@example.com
Dr. Tom Slota, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy & Ron Wishman, Members email@example.com