John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Ruth has distinguished herself in the Bay View community as an eager volunteer, leader and neighbor. Her volunteer activities include the Bay View Arts Guild, Bay View Historical Society, Bay View Neighborhood Association and serving as the Captain of the Humboldt Park Watch. Under her leadership, in 2002, the Humboldt Park Watch was named "Outstanding Block Club of the Year" by the Milwaukee Police Department's 2nd District. Activities in the Park Watch include an annual Easter egg hunt for children ages two through 12, park clean-up each spring, 4th of July float, annual corn roast fund raiser, winter pot luck, winter fun and tree day in October, a program for 1st - 3rd grade children in an effort to raise young children's awareness of nature and the importance of trees to the environment.
In her personal life, Ruth is an active mother and grandmother. A talented artist, she was featured in last summer's Gallery Night at David Pritchard's 180 Fitness. A multifaceted artist, she displayed a variety of works including watercolors, pastels, and block prints, many of which were inspired by her continuing education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. On a lighter note, Ruth could be spotted in many parades and events, including the South Shore Water Frolics, as one of our own Dancing Grannies. A member for ten years (1985-1995), she performed with the twenty - member drill team inspiring all to be happy, healthy and active, even in their golden years.
Ruth is truly one of the most deserving grandmas, mothers, artists and volunteers that we know. She wears all of her hats gracefully and is an inspiration to all who know her.
On July 22nd, Ruth is being honored by the Bay View Neighborhood Association at their Chill on the Hill program at the Humboldt Park Chalet. I wish for her to have the time of her life, for she is very deserving of the award being given to her. The next Tuesday, she will be present at the annual Humboldt Park Corn Roast fund raiser. As president of the Humboldt Park Watch she has done a lot for Bay View. She is more concerned about others than herself. Take the time to visit her both at the Chill on the Hill concerts and at the corn roast fund raiser. Congratulations Ruth on your award.