Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
A whole bunch of South Milwaukee, Cudahy, St. Francis, Oak Creak and Bay View neighbors are going to enjoy great Thanksgiving feasts thanks to a whole bunch of neighbors in those communities, plus Franklin, who belong to the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and their helpers (i.e. spouses, chidren and other kin).
Rotarians and relatives turned out early on Saturday at the Clarion Hotel across from Mitchell International Airport and filled 40 baskets – well boxes, really – with turkeys and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner.
And it didn’t take much time either. The turkeys, bags of potatoes, oranges, apples, celery, onions, boxes of stuffing mix, cans of sweet potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, gravy and cranberry sauce, packages of dinner rolls, even packages of butter, had been bought by Rotary members, then picked up and stored in a cooler at the Clarion. Saturday at 8 a.m. sharp, the food was wheeled into one of the hotel banquet rooms where the volunteers, one as young as four years old, went to work filling the boxes. In little over half and hour, the deed was done.
Then, before loading the boxes, plus 26 prepared meals for home-bound neighbors, into their cars, the Rotarians and their family members enjoyed a quick little feast of their own – bagels, muffins, sweet rolls, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee. Thus fortified, off they went, making like Thanksgiving Santas, delivering the boxes and meals to families and home-bound whose names had been provided by area social services groups.
The money to pay for the food was part of the proceeds from last month’s annual Rotary auction. (That was a lot of fun too!)
So a hearty big thanks all around to the Rotarians and their helpers.