Open Arms, the free clinic in Elkhorn.
The Open Arms Clinic is a free, independent, community based, charitable organization created in Dec. 2011. Since then the clinic’s enrolled patient volume has grown to approximately 2,000. Geneva Shore Report reporters spoke with the very enthusiastic, and passionate executive director Sara Nichols. Sara has worked with the Open Arms Clinic since day one and can answer any questions and explain very clearly how the not-for-profit 501c3 organization works. The clinic is run by 200 active volunteers, over 20 contributing providers, and licensed professionals who provide onsite services that include almost every element of what we all know to be modern medicine and dentistry, including counseling and vision care. The current services are provided for all enrolled patients who have fallen through an insurance gap or are uninsured and meet minimal financial or social criteria. The Open Arms Clinic staff is professional, caring, and will do its best to see patients needs are met. If they can’t help someone then their counselors will do their very best to step in and find the best care in the area. Sara says, “The clinic is totally funded through, grants, private donors, and fundraisers.” She also mentions that the licensed and supporting staff of doctors, nurses, counselors, coordinators, receptionists, etc. are ALL VOLUNTEERS, and without them the clinic could not exist. Sara’s new goal for the organization is to reach the next tier, adding a volunteer dental assistant, and budgeting for a pharmacist technician. Sara says that word of mouth has brought the clinic great success in providing qualified staff. The next fundraiser for the Open Arm Clinic will be hosted by Geneva National. Come out and show your support February 28th for the “Night of Love” benefit for the Open Arms Clinic. More volunteers and donations always help. Please call to make a contribution of goods, money or yourself! Open Arm Clinic @ 262-379-1401, 205 East Commerce Ct., Elkhorn, Wi.
Winterfest comes to Lake Geneva once again.
The only national snow carving contest in the United States kicks off as this issue of the Geneva Shore Report is being published. Teams come in from all over the nation to compete, eat, drink (a lot) and generally have a great time, while they create art using small implements to form images that are anything but small in creative talent. Ice sculpture events around the world put Lake Geneva’s small creations to shame (in Norway they build things like ice hotels!), but not in the beauty of the work. These sculptures in snow are to be found forming and taking shape at the foot of Riviera Pier across from Speedo’s Harborside Grill. Speedo’s is mentioned here not only because Speedy is this really terrific ex-mayor and ex-alderperson, but because his food is good, the hot chocolate is hot and his place has a full blown liquor license. There’s nothing quite like the aroma of one of Speedo’s Bloody Mary’s on an ice cold Saturday morning.
Making Veteran’s Park handicap accessible.
Why does a park need to be handicap accessible? Access to what? Not just to the park, but playground equipment specifically designed to be safely and successfully enjoyed by children with physical challenges and disabilities. Now who would not get behind such a project? Only stonehearted creatures such as some of the ones running for president of the United States. However, on the local front, the only opposition to this million-dollar access provision comes down to paying for it. So far, the city is “in” for fifteen grand, but that’s it. According to the Lake Geneva City Clerk the rest of the money is supposed to come from grants and people making charitable contributions. If those don’t come through then the city will step in. Maybe. The biggest question, (aside from is it the right thing to build handicap access to this wonderful park and whom would say no to that?), has reference to the history of such ‘charitable’ projects like the new gazebo in Flat Iron Park that the GSR has termed the Bunk Pavilion ever since it was built. What happened there? Oh, a hundred thousand dollar project was expanded into a four hundred thousand dollar project by adding three hundred thousand in profit. The charitable contribution of the Brunk family (nice as that was) came to a hundred thousand. Mr. Dreihaus, the Chamber and more were going to make up the difference. What happened? The city contributed the land and paid the “expenses” of building. The Brunk’s paid their hundred grand. The other characters remained quiet and unavailable, and certainly not contributing. Voila! Lake Geneva gets stuck with paying three hundred grand. Great cause, bad project. Is history repeating itself here?