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Photo Voting

Hearts in Unity, Children, Orphans, Photo, Tanzania, Seela, Calendar, Vote

Our "Hearts in Unity" 2012 Tanzania Photo Calendar is nearly ready for production.  All that remains is to select the final 12  photos to be featured on the pages of the calendar.  We've narrowed down the selection of our 10,000+ "Life in Tanzania" photos to just 40, and this is where we need your help! 

Please go to to view the photos.  Choose your favorite photos (up to 12) and email a list of the numbers of your favorite photos to us at

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Patricia McConnell! Dogs Have Owners but Cats Have Staff...

Dogs Have Owners but Cats Have Staff

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Jon Katz book reading and signing to benefit Wisc Humane Society

Jon Katz Reading and Book Signing

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

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Always Learning, Always Educating

HAWS, learning, Fashion for Paws, education, behavior evaluation, adopt

Always learning about animals!  - Kids at summer campOne of my HAWS co-workers related a story to me of an interaction she had recently with a potential adoptive family.  It centered around her trying to give a dog and a family a chance - a situation that, on paper, didn't look possible.

Whenever a dog comes to our shelter, our highly-trained behaviorists take it through an extensive evaluation process.  The eval helps us determine - through exercises with the dog, past history given to us, and applied knowledge - what will be an appropriate new home situation.  These evals can take hours, and are not done haphazardly.  The utmost in care and consideration are put into the evals.  We want every pet that comes to HAWS to have an equally great chance to find their new, FOREVER home.  We want to set everyone up for success and a long happy life together.

The particular dog in this story has been given an "age restriction."  He's mouthy during play, so we have determined he wouldn't do well in a home with younger kids (less than 6 years old).  Younger kids don't understand "dog play" - and often dogs don't see younger kids as anything other than a littermate - or even a squeaky toy.  (Kids make great squeaks!)  Sure enough, when the family with a younger child was allowed to interact with the dog, eventually play became rough and the mouthiness occured.  To protect the child, my co-worker stopped the interaction, explained why, and guided the family to choose another dog.  Unfortunately, the family didn't like this part, as you can imagine, even though my co-worker was trying to protect the child from a potentially serious bite situation!

So, now we're stuck in an awkward position - a position where trying to think outside the box and be situation-specific (rather than in generalize rigidly) turns around and...nips us in the hands.  My co-worker wants the dog to go to a loving family, but the family needs to understand we're trying to protect both them AND the dog entrusted to us.  Our responsibility is to both, and we don't take that responsibility lightly.  (And, unfortunately, we see all to often the results when the wrong dog and family get together - it is one of the reasons we're so badly needed in our community, and why education has become such a huge part of our mission.)

Just a day in the life...but we'll keep trying...and educating...and thinking outside the crate!

By the way - Fashion for Paws for HAWS tickets are now available!  Join us for cocktails, appetizers and a runway fashion show on Friday, October 14th.  All the details are at our Fashion for Paws webpage!

Help Children Make the First Five Count

Autism, Early Intervention, Birth to Three

This is a guest blog created by Robert Glowacki, CEO Easter Seals Southeast WI

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Donors: Be Careful in Wake of 9/11 Anniversary

September_11, 9/11, charity, scams

Sunday’s anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is sure to evoke memories, emotion and, for some, philanthropy. The BBB wants to remind people that scammers may take advantage of the anniversary, and that donors should carefully research a charity before they give.

A recent Associated Press investigation found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, yet continue to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay.

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Fair Trade for Tanzania

tanzania, africa, fair trade for all, children, meru, gifts

Mark your calendars!  

You can help the children of Tanzania by simply shopping for yourself and for your family and friends.  

And isn't now the perfect time to start thinking about holiday gifts?  

On Saturday, October 8th, "Fair Trade for All" will donate 10% of all sales at their Wauwatosa retail store
to purchase textbooks and school supplies for the children in Seela, Tanzania.

"Fair Trade for All" (8730 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa) carries a unique selection of socially responsible, eco-friendly gifts, clothing, jewelry, home decor, coffee, chocolate, baskets, music and more from 40+ countries around the world, including Tanzania.  

October is Fair Trade month!  

Shop at "Fair Trade for All" between 10am and 6pm on Saturday, October 8, and the treasures you buy will in turn be a blessing for the children of Tanzania!


Be a Smart Renter

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There is a good chance you or a family member is a renter – or will be.

Since the housing market bust, nearly 3 million households have become renters, with another 3 million expected by 2015, according to census data analyzed by Harvard’s Joint Center for House Studies and The Associated Press. Thirty-eight million now rent apartments or houses.

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Strutting our Stuff at HAWS

Fashion, fundraiser, HAWS, adopt, pets, benefit, shelter

HAWS proudly announces a brand new event, with all proceeds to benefit animal care and the programs and services of the Waukesha pet resource center.

On Friday, October 14, 2011 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., HAWS Fashion for Paws guests will flock like paparazzi to Silver Spring Golf and Banquet Center, N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr.  Cocktails, wine and appetizers will be served while attendees take in a revolutionary runway fashion show featuring clothing from local shoppes Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie Consignment and Next Door. 

Each year, hundreds of area residents attend HAWS’ fall fundraiser to support the shelter and have fun...and this year also for fresh fall fashion!

Admission is $75 per person; advance tickets can be purchased at the HAWS shelter, online at and at the event itself. Sponsorships and reserved tables are available by contacting HAWS at 262-542-8851, x112. 

Along with the runway show the event will include silent and voice auctions and a meet’n’greet with HAWS adoptable pets.

10/5/11 Tanzania Event at the Germantown Library

Tanzania, Africa, Hearts in Unity, Library

One World – Many Stories: Life in Tanzania, Africa

Join us for an evening like no other!

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Easter Seals' 3rd Annual Thought Leader Luncheon featuring Leslie Crutchfield

Easter Seals, Leslie Crutchfield, FSG, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, nonprofit leadership,

Join Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, for its 3rd Annual Thought Leaders Luncheon, presented by the Biz Times Media.  This thought-provoking afternoon will feature keynote speaker, Leslie Crutchfield with a presentation titled, “So, You Want to Change the World?”

Leslie Crutchfield is the co-author of the book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and a leading authority on effective philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership and management. She also serves as a senior advisor at FSG, a global nonprofit strategy consulting firm.
Lunch reservations are $50 for an individual or $1000 for a corporate sponsor.  For more information or to register, please visit or contact Chris Cornolo at 414-449-4444 x254.

More about Featured Guest speaker, Leslie Crutchfield

Leslie Crutchfield is an author, social entrepreneur and a renowned expert on philanthropy and nonprofits. Her book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist. She released a follow-up book in March of 2011, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. Hear Ms. Crutchfield speak more about the book at

Ms. Crutchfield is a seasoned philanthropy advisor and nonprofit leader who has launched, led, funded, and advised top nonprofit and philanthropic groups. She was recently recognized by Newsweek as a Top Leader Under 40 for her experience directing millions in investments to entrepreneurial nonprofits.

Don Natzke Receives National Award for His Advocacy of Individuals with Disabilities

The Easter Seals’ National Board of Directors has recently announced the award winner for the 2011 Outstanding Advocate Award for Local Government, Milwaukee County’s Office of Persons with Disabilities Executive Director, Don Natzke. Each year the Easter Seals’ National Board of Directors awards an elected or appointed federal, state or municipal official the Outstanding Advocate Award. The award may be given to recognize an ongoing commitment to issues affecting people with disabilities or for one specifically noteworthy accomplishment. 

Don Natzke has a long-standing commitment to the disability community and the Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin. He is being recognized for his role in the process to privatize the programming of Wil-O-Way, a recreational facility for adults with disabilities. Don chose Easter Seals as the recreation provider creating a partnership with the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities which is responsible for the success that Wil-O-Way has become today.   “Don is a visionary. He is passionate and always finds a way to get things done regardless of red tape or budget difficulties,” says Bob Glowacki, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin CEO, “Don is very deserving of this prestigious national recognition.  He is continuously advocating for the rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and finding ways to make them happen.”

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Difficult times

It has taken me a while to write about it but here goes...A call came in on my cell on a hot Friday morning.  It was a call from a former co-worker.  He called to say a mutual friend had died the night before.  It did not register for a while because my mind did not want to accept the fact someone I had known and worked with for 10+ years had passed.  Ted was a couple of years older but our kids were the same age.  This was a sudden and unexpected passing.  I have a lot of great memories of traveling with Ted to octoberfest in Munich Germany a few years back with a great group of guys.  I have fond memories of grabbing a beer and listening to him tell a story and laughing til my sides hurt.

There is an fundraiser event coming up in October for his family.  Details will be following soon that I will post here.  The fundraiser will be in Milwaukee and will be a tailgate event during a Packer game.  It sounds to be the perfect way to remember Ted and to raise money for the family.

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Together Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin and Marquette High are Tackling Autism

Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, Marquette University High School, Football, Autism

Join Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin and Marquette University High School on Oct. 9 for a free football clinic for children with autism and their siblings. The day of football fun is an opportunity to integrate individuals affected by autism into the community. The inclusion of the individuals and their families will raise awareness for Easter Seals’ autism services.

Children with autism, ages 3-18 and their siblings are encouraged to attend. The clinic will be held at Marquette University High School’s football field from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 9. The clinic will include basic football drills such as throwing and catching, trying on the team’s uniforms, and relay races. Staff members of Easter Seals’ autism department will also be available for training and additional support.

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Come Say Hello to Your (New) Little Friend!

Adopt, HAWS, gerbils, hamsters, pets, fashion, fundraiser

HAWS has many, many, MANY little pets currently available for adoption!  So, we're having a special event to promote them...

Come to HAWS this Sunday, October 2nd, from Noon - 3pm for our first-ever 


Meet the many adult and baby gerbils and hamsters in need of loving forever homes.  We have singles, pairs and trios all available!

Adopt a little best friend from HAWS for only $5!
(Along with your little best friend you'll also receive a free care item.)

Volunteers will be on hand to answer your little pet questions, to make sure you and your new best friend get things started off on the right paw!

By the way - don't forget to reserve your spot along the catwalk for HAWS' Fashion for Paws fundraiser on Friday, October 14th!  Only a few weeks away - don't miss this fun and fashionable evening in support of the HAWS cause.

Dog Adoptions Suspended at Wisconsin Humane Society Due to Canine Distemper Case

Dog Adoptions Temporarily Suspended at Wisconsin Humane Society Due to Canine Distemper Case

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that it will be temporarily suspending all dog adoptions at both the Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses after a puppy tested positive in Milwaukee for Canine Distemper.  Cat and small animal adoptions will remain unaffected because the virus is not transmissible to cats or to the small animals available at the shelters. It is also not transmissible to humans. 

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Dog Adoption Suspension Lifted

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dog Adoption Suspension Lifted at Wisconsin Humane Society

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Party with Your Pooch at Halloween Howl!

Halloween Howl
Bring your furry ghouls and ghosts in for a party at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  Win prizes and enjoy treats for dogs and people, too!

WHEN: Friday, October 14th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
WHAT: For dogs and their humans.  This howling night will include a canine costume contest, tricks for treats, bobbing for hot dogs, a bone dig and more.
WHERE:       The Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

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School Board Members Paid TOO Much?

Local Issues

A while ago I posted a blog saying that school board members and other elected officials should get paid more, much more money to do the job. I got chastised from many of you in the community, especially self professed conservatives. Why do I bring this up?

In the online edition of JSOnline titled: Investment firm to pay 5 school districts $30 million

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