The Shorewood Men’s Club and Covid-19
A Message from Roger Ruggeri, former Shorewood Men’s Club President:
The Shorewood Men’s Club has for many years been a leader in helping to raise funds for scholarships for Shorewood students, and for many other worthwhile community projects or events. But due to the Covid-19 emergency, the SMC has had to cancel this year several of the public events and fundraising activities that it has traditionally held. Those include its March candidate forum, its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hubbard Park, and its Annual Chicken BBQ Picnic at Atwater Park in June.
Many in the Village are going to miss those events this year (no toddlers scrambling to find candy filled eggs, no adults enjoying a yummy chicken BBQ dinner with a beer overlooking the Lake in June).
Despite this, the SMC is continuing to fund this year many important local projects, including college scholarships for graduating Shorewood High School seniors.
If you are a Shorewood community organization that needs funds to meet a Covid-19 need, we urge you to consider submitting a grant proposal to us.
If you are someone who would like to help the SMC in its community work, there are several ways you can help. The Shorewood Chicken BBQ has traditionally been the event that raises the most money for the SMC’s charitable and grant activities. Folks in Shorewood who will be unable to support the SMC’s mission by buying SMC Chicken BBQ tickets this year can still continue to support the SMC’s charitable work by sending donations to: Shorewood Men’s Club, P.O. Box 11127, Shorewood, WI 53211. Please make your check payable to Shorewood Men’s Club, Inc.
Also, the SMC’s second biggest annual fundraiser is its November “Turkey Raffle” event. One great way people in Shorewood can help support Shorewood businesses hurt by Covid-19 is to buy gift certificates from Shorewood businesses now, and then donate those to the SMC; the SMC will then include those certificates as prizes in this fall’s Turkey Raffle. Proceeds from the Turkey Raffle enable the SMC to be generous when it receives grant proposals from the Village or Village organizations. Gift certificates should be made out to “bearer” or “SMC Turkey Raffle Winner,” and can be sent to the above address.
We look forward to resuming our normal, vigorous operations, events and meetings this fall.
In the meantime, be smart, be safe, be healthy.
Who We Are
The Shorewood Men’s Club is a community organization, founded in 1956, as a way for the men in the Village of Shorewood to meet, enjoy a little camaraderie and support worthy village organizations. 64 years later, we are still working to make the Village of Shorewood great by contributing to local charities and organizations. The club is open to all men (and their spouses) who live in, or work in, Shorewood. If you are interested in joining, check out our membership page.
What We Do
The Shorewood Men’s Club meets on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Wednesday of each month from September to June at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 North Morris Blvd. For the members who can make the meeting, a typical evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with friendly conversation/drinks and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Following dinner, the evening’s guest speaker will entertain, enlighten or amaze. A typical evening wraps up by 8:30 p.m., except for members who choose to stick around for a spirited game of Sheepshead or a drink at the bar.
Four times each year, we hold fundraisers in the village. These fundraisers allow us to donate over $10,000 annually, which goes to charities and organizations which benefit the residents of Shorewood.
Banner photo: Plensa sculpture Spillover II and Supemoon rising at Atwater Park on November 13, 2016, 6:30 pm, taken by Peter Chow