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.
What a great group! In exchange for the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field having the most excellent Garlic Mustard Pickers play (if you've ever heard them, you know what I'm talking about) at its annual fundraising auction in October, them Garlic Mustard Pickers turned around and donated $250 to Rotary International's PolioPlus project -- an all-out effort to eradicate polio from the face of the Earth.
What good will $250 do against such a mammoth problem, you might ask? It's called one step at a time. $250 here, $250 there and pretty soon you've got eradication in all but four countries in the world. Yes, that is only FOUR -- as in 4 -- countries left that have not been eradicated of polio. The four left to go are Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. So the Garlic Mustard Pickers' very generous donation is going to do a LOT of good. Way to go, Garlic Mustard Pickers! Way to go Rotary International!
Another question you might ask is why the South Milwaukee-based Garlic Mustard Pickers, a six-member Celtic/Irish folk band that plays a lot of of their own original music, would take money they made from a performance then turn around and give it away. Being a non-profit organization, the group covers its expenses then gives back the rest back to the community. This time the recipient was the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, which serves the communities of Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Franklin.
Now, that's real community.