• April 14, 2021- Wednesday

Next Scheduled MRPA Meeting

With many of our members getting vaccinated, everyone is becoming more comfortable getting back together with all of our friends.  Our March meeting had a medium sized group who were entertained for 90 minutes by Sherwood Alper playing and singing all our favorite hits from the 40’s to the 70’s.  He gave us one terrific performance as he did 2 years ago, and even got people up and dancing.

We look forward to seeing you at the Todd Post at our next scheduled meeting on WEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021. We will have a short business meeting at 1:00PM, followed by a presentation by Steve Basting President of the Milwaukee Police Historical Society on “The Birth of the Milwaukee Police Department”. 

Many of us have researched out family ancestry to find out “where did we come from” and why are we the way we are which can be so interesting.  In addition to our “blood” family ancestry, we are also an integral part of the “law enforcement family”.  We have all been an important part of the Milwaukee Police Department, so what is the history of the MPD- what were it’s earliest beginnings, and how did it evolve into such an impressive department that we are all so proud of?

          You’ll see images of the earliest MPD photos on our 75” TV with descriptions of how Milwaukee evolved from one lone marshal to a professional police force, from 1885 to the turn of the century.  The Historical Society will also have numerous 1800’s MPD artifacts on hand to view so that you can visualize how the Department was equipped in it’s early years.  Steve will also inform you of the Historical Society’s development over the years securing hundreds of treasured MPD equipment and documents.  There will also be a professional video presentation by PBS Host Portia Young on the Milwaukee Police Department’s Fallen Officer Memorial at our Training Academy, and the ongoing work to capture relatives on video describing their lost loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice during the performance of their police duties. Please join us for one very special afternoon reliving the history of the Milwaukee Police Department from it’s very beginning!

February 2020- Meeting

13th MRPA Spring Fling/Fish Fry

April 30, 2021 @ Aliotos Supper Club

Menu: Aliotos Fabulous Fish Fry Buffet: Deep Fried and Baked Icelandic Cod, Fried Chicken, Pasta w/alfredo sauce, Mostaccioli, French Fries, New Potatoes, salad, coleslaw, cake, coffee, tea, milk.

Cost$ 25.00/person includes tax & tip. Make checks out to MRPA and send no later than Friday, April 23, 2021. No checks or money will be accepted after due date of April 23, 2021.

NOTE:  As of March 28, 2021, there are all ready 100 members who have sent in their reservations for the Fish Fry.  Due to health regulations, Alioto’s has a maximum limit of 150 for our regular downstairs hall.  Therefore, if you want to go to the fish fry, send your money in now- it will be first come- first serve.   Unfortunately, we will have to cut off the reservations at 150 members.

Any questions, please contact MRPA for more information at email address .

A Charity Auction by Yoder Auctions in Memory of Greg Dobratz

UPDATE (3/6/2021) : The recent on-line auction held in memory of Greg Dobratz to benefit the Wautoma Clay Crushers Youth Trap Team and the Wautoma Rod & Gun Club raised $13,022.50!!

Thanks to Wayne Yoder of WYoder Auctions for staging this awesome event!

MRPA Member Kevin Fitzgerald and others are spearheading a fundraiser Auction for the Wautoma High School Trap Team and Wauotma Rod & Gun Club in Greg Dobratz’s memory.

Kevin and Greg were not only squad partners but they golfed, hunted, and fished together for many years. Greg taught close to 5,000 students in Hunter Safety classes in Wautoma and in Milwaukee over the years so to honor his dedication to safe hunters and shooters, here’s your opportunity for you sportsmen and sportswomen to clean out your closets and garages and have Yoder Auctions sell the items on-line with the money going in Greg’s name to the 2 clubs.



Thursday May 20, 2021

COST: $42 per person INCLUDES: Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation, $13.00 Lunch Voucher and $10 in Slot Play.  COVID RULES IN EFFECT: Happy Times & Diamond Jo requires patrons to wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking.  


7:00am, Depart Hales Corners Park & Ride, Highway 100 just south of Layton Avenue

7:30am, Depart Watertown Plank Park & Ride

There will be a 30 minute break stop in the Madison area and we’ll arrive at the casino at 11AM;

Depart casino at 4PM and arrive in the Milwaukee area between 7PM and 730PM.

Contact Kenn Ziebell, (262) 532-2597, for reservations or questions.

Kenn needs your legal name, address with zip code, phone number, date of birth and

Player’s Card Number. If you do not have a Player’s Card, you can get one upon arrival.

Make your check out to HAPPY TIMES TOURS. Checks will not clear the bank until after the trip. Your seat on the bus is not reserved until Kenn has your check. Mail to:

Kenn Ziebell, W148 N12560 Pleasant View Drive, Germantown WI 53022

or you can pay Kenn at the April 14 MRPA meeting.

Rhinelander Reunion – June 12, 2021

RHINELANDER LUNCH SATURDAY, JUNE 12TH: June will be here before we know it so Larry, Renee, Alicia, and Regan Miszewski are getting ready to host the 20th get-together at the Northwoods Banquet Center, 1540 Pueblo Drive in Rhinelander. With the party having been cancelled last year, we know a lot of you are looking forward to attending and Larry is hoping to see some new faces. The festivities get going at noon with an all-you-can-eat buffet served at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person; make your check out to Larry and mail it to him at 4054 County Highway P, Rhinelander Wisconsin 54501. If you have any questions contact Larry by email, and please note we had Larry’s email address incorrect in the March newsletter.