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Annual Meeting & Investiture of Jill Geisler & John Cary

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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Newsroom Pub
137 E. Wells St. Milwaukee WI, 53202

Join the Milwaukee Press Club for its Annual Meeting and the Investiture of

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Distinguished Journalist
Jill Geisler

into the order of
Knights of the Golden Quill

Business and Community Leader
John Cary
into the circle of
Knights of Bohemia

Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 – 8pm

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Advanced registration is suggested.

5:30 p.m. Social
6:15 p.m. MPC Annual Meeting
6:30 p.m. Knighting Ceremony
7:30 p.m. Adjourn for Further Reveling

MPC Endowment Elections and Referendum:  All members of the Milwaukee Press Club are members of the MPC Endowment, the club’s 501(c)3 foundation.  Members can access ballots at the links below.  Return your ballot to the club by Tuesday, September 18th for our Annual Meeting or bring it to the meeting at The Newsroom Pub, where voting will conclude at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to download 2018/2019 Election Ballot for the Milwaukee Press Club

 Click here to download 2018/2019 Election Ballot for MPC Endowment, Ltd

Agenda: During the Annual Meeting, a brief state-of-the-club address and ratification of board member elections will take place prior to the investiture of Jill Geisler as a Knight of the Golden Quill and John Cary as a Knight of Bohemia.

The Order of the Knights of the Golden Quill, the highest journalism honor bestowed by the Milwaukee Press Club, recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment.

This year’s honoree, Jill Geisler, is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and an internationally recognized expert in leadership and management. She is also the Freedom Forum’s Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership.  Geisler designs and delivers programs in the Newseum’s new “Power Shift” initiative. The goal is workplace integrity – which exists when organizations are free from sexual misconduct, discrimination and incivility and full of opportunity, especially for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles.

Geisler also is the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” and “News Leadership at the Head of the Class” and she writes a monthly management column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

Her first career was in broadcast journalism, where she began as a reporter, photographer and anchor, then became one of the country’s first female TV news directors at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Her award-winning newsroom was known for its culture of enterprise and ethics. After 25 years on the front lines of news management, she joined the faculty of the Poynter Institute, where she guided its leadership and management programs for 16 years.

Geisler has been inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Wisconsin Broadcasters Associations Hall of Fame and the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame. She serves on the advisory boards of the Journalism and Women Symposium and the University of Wisconsin Center for Journalism Ethics and is the lead faculty for the American Society of News Editors’ Emerging Leaders workshops.

Her management mantra is “Life’s too short to work with jerks.”

The Circle of the Knights of Bohemia is comprised of community leaders who are not journalists and recognizes exemplary community leadership. This year, we honor John Cary for his long-standing contributions to our community.

Cary recently retired after 36 years as executive director of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). The MACC Fund was founded 42 years ago by former Milwaukee Bucks star Jon McGlocklin and former Bucks radio announcer Eddie Doucette. The organization works with sponsors, volunteers, corporations, teams, schools and individuals to raise money to fight childhood cancer. Since its inception in 1976, the MACC Fund has contributed more than $63 million for pediatric cancer and blood disorders research for diseases like aplastic anemia and sickle cell.

Under Cary’s leadership, the MACC Fund grew from $250,000 in annual revenue to nearly $5 million and its efforts have been significant in helping to increase childhood cancer survival rates from 20% in 1976 to 80% today.  Each year, Cary and the MACC Fund are visible in the community through fundraising events such as golf outings, Trek 100, the MACC Fund Bucks Game, Aaron Rodgers’ 12 Days of Christmas benefitting the MACC Fund, and Candy Cane Lane.

Prior to joining the MACC Fund staff in 1982, Cary was a special events manager for Harnischfeger Corp. and assistant to the president of Marquette University High School. Cary is known for his professionalism and drive to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

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