Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Intervarsity Thank You

Today we received a thank you letter from Intervarsity for our donation to Intervarsity. It was really nice receiving the letter. The donation was for $1600.00, let hope we can do the same next year.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

1st Fundraiser

The fundraiser was a success, thanks for all our family and friends who helped staff the event, donated items for the silent auction, or purchased items from the show. Thank for everyones help. We were able to donate $1600.00 to Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. We are planning on making this an annual event, next years date is September 23rd & 24th. To see some of the photos of the event go our facebook page, MJC Memorial Craft Fair.

Monday, October 11, 2010

MJC Memorial Craft Fair

It is hard to believe, the craft fair fundraiser is almost here. It will be here soon,3 weeks to go. I hope to see some of Mikes friends and family. We will have some cool silent auction items to bid on, like a signed Packer football and many more items. We hope to make this an annual event, we are hoping all goes well, and would love everyones support. Come and get of your holiday shopping done, and the proceeds will support a great organization, that Mike loved.

On October 28th & 29th 11 a.m.-6 p.m.,30th 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
at the First Assembly of God Church campus at 1240 Grand Avenue here in Waukesha. All proceeds will go to support the non-profit ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – an inter-denominational ministry that serves tens of thousands of students from many different backgrounds on about 650 college campuses in the United States. All proceeds from this event will go to the work at UW-Whitewater (Mike’s school) and help students there attend campus and conferences – which were so very beneficial to Mike.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MJC Memorial Craft Fair

MJC Memorial Craft Fair October 28-29 11-6, 30th 10-4
First Assembly Of God North Campus
1240 Grand Avenue, Waukesha, WI

We will be having our first fundraiser for Mike with the funds going to Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. We would love your support so we could make this an annual event. We need volunteers to make this event a success. We also need donations for raffles, bake sale items and shoppers. Tell all your friends. If you would like to help is any way please let us know. We need a total of 16 volunteers for Thursday, 8 volunteers for Friday, and 16 volunteers for Saturday.

Update On Whitewater Traffic Light

This is the intersection where Mike was hit.
Royal Purple NewsPaper

Traffic signal design approved
By Michael Poe

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 05:03

UW-Whitewater students will soon be able to cross Main Street in a safer manner with the aid of a new device called the Navigator.

The Whitewater Common Council unanimously approved the design of new crosswalk signal March 16. The city has not set a date for installation for the Whiton and Main Street intersection.

The council had to choose between two actuators which were demonstrated at a public meeting Feb. 23.

The Navigator emits a constant beeping tone that allows visually impaired pedestrians to find the device. The device is activated by a sensitive push button.

“We have definitely done a lot of research and (the Navigator) is at the top of the market,” Director of Public Works Dean Fischer said.

The cost of the unit is $270 each with a total of eight being installed at each intersection. The Navigator device requires a controller at each traffic signal panel to operate, with an installation cost of $2,400.

UW-Whitewater informed the city that it will pay for similar equipment for both the Prairie andMain streets and and Prince and Main streets intersections.

The Navigator will tell the pedestrian it is time to cross with a voice system. When the crosswalk time is starting to count down, the Navigator will also countdown the amount of time left to cross the street. The city will eventually implement the Navigator at existing pedestrian signals throughout the city.

The other actuator, the Latching Bulldog, also has a sensitive push button, but would beep once rather than continuously and light up instead of a voice command. The cost of each device is $120.

City Manager Kevin Brunner said the university is very supportive of the higher-level system.

“I do like the idea of trying this system out for a few months and then retrofitting other intersections at a time in the future,” Brunner said. “[Chancellor Richard Telfer] is in favor of the Navigator because of the large number of disabled students that we have on campus and throughout the community.”

The University’s Center for Students with Disabilities was allowed to test the devices out. The Navigator was the overwhelming choice by the students.

The new pedestrian signals will be part of the federal project to add traffic lights and improve the intersection at a cost of $138,000. State and federal government will cover 90 percent of the project cost.

Debate regarding Main Street safety originated from an accident in late 2008 involving UW-Whitewater graduate Mike Chaloupkae.

Chaloupka, 23, was struck by a vehicle, while attempting to cross main Street. Chaloupka later died of injuries sustained from the accident.

In fall of 2009 a Fort Atkinson resident and sophomore Stephen Johnson also were struck while crossing Main street intersections.

The Whitewater Common Council voted in late 2008, as a result of Chaloupka’s death, to install traffic lights at the Main and Whiton streets intersection in summer 2010.

The trombone-arm pedestrian yield signs were installed at the two Main Street intersections in May 2008.

The Department of Transportation sent the city an agreement for the project covering 90 percent of traffic light installation. The agreement covers the costs of the project including engineering, equipment and installation costs.

The remaining 10 percent of the project will be funded by the city. Brunner said the intersection safety revamp will cost $12,000 to $15,000. The project carries an estimated total cost of $138, 400.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Gift

We got a surprise today in the mail. Another donation by one of Mike's friends, Heather Stoskopf. A gift in Memory of Mike Chaloupka has been made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was quite a surprise, it was very thoughtful of her to make the donation. Mike had a form of Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks Heather for the generous donation.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Intervarsity Scholarships Awarded

Scholarships will be given out to Whitewater Students to attend Intervarsity conferences. $1000.00 in scholarships will be given away by the end of summer. Mike absolutely loved going to these conferences. All money raised from The MJC Memorial Craft Fair will go towards scholarships, or handicapped accessible accommodations for conferences. Which will be in October, if you would like to help out or volunteer, please let us know.

A Special Gift

We attended one of Mike's Best Friends Wedding, and there was a table at the wedding for Mike, A tribute to Mike. Check out the vase, it is now on the bookshelf at our home with other things of Mike.
The verse on the vase reads,
In loving memory
these flowers bloom
as a symbol of
a life and love

It was a very emotional day, many tears of happiness were shed.
Thanks Matt & Lindsay Strzyzewski

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Features in Mikes Garden

A week or so ago we did some decorating around the Angel Bush we got from Debbie at Mike's Funeral. Last summer we added a couple of re-blooming roses on the sides. For Christmas Judy gave us a beautiful metal sculpture made of silver silverware. Julie added to that some glass pieces on the petals and is now the center item in the metal sculpture. The 3 items around the center one are metal sculpture we bought at a craft show this spring. Those are also recycled made by a couple of young fellows around Mike's age out of cars, wash machines, and left over car paint. The metal sculpture will continue to bloom all year around. The Mosaic Tile on the left all four of us in the family made one evening together, we all had a part in that. The one on the right Mom and Jenny did.

I have had a lot of people ask me what the heck is it with you and gardening all of a sudden. Those upside down planters. All those flowers. The random dragon trees and rescue plants that I keep trying to rescue from the dumpster when people toss them out. Maybe looking at Mike's Garden will tell part of the story. That's all I'll say. Dad.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Mike Chaloupka Leadership Award Scholarship

Well, we went to the DAAC Awards Banquet last Wednesday. The Mike Chaloupka Leadership Award Scholarship was presented to a deserving young fellow, Mitch Pashen. Jenny and I (Dad) went in front, Jenny spoke about Mike and about the award. The photographer thought that Jenny(Sister) was the Mom, and Mom was the Sister (Actually Mom was afraid to go up and present). The food was good and the event was inspiring. The dance part, not so much....

Chit-chat later, Dr. Telfer was telling us about all the changes concerning the intersection where the fateful event happened. The University is going to have to pay to move the stone gate entry pillars on the campus adjacent to the intersection in order to make room for the traffic signals. This is delaying the signal installation a bit because of changes to planning and the red tape involved. It seem as though Mike is still shaking things up on campus and in the Whitewater community almost 2 years after his passing.

The University is also putting a crosswalk control system in a different part of the campus where they had near misses, and are lobbying the State/City to improve safety on a few others.

That is all from me for now. Thanks for your interest.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mike Chaloupka Leadership Award-Photo's

Did you find the typo, yes Jenny thought it was pretty funny. The three n's in her name. She was laughing so hard, especially since her friend made the power point. It was a fun evening with lots of laughing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Update On Stop Light

City holds traffic signal demonstration

City of Whitewater officials held a demonstration and open-house forum last week presenting information on the Main and Whiton streets traffic signal project.
The meeting showcased the new traffic signal control with vehicle and pedestrian indicators and push button activators with voice component.
Project Manager Luke Holman said designing of the project will continue through May 1 with contract bidding taking place in July.
“The actual construction will not happen until the fall,” he said. “Typical traffic signal jobs from a construction start usually take about two months.”
Safety enhancements are being implemented after UW-Whitewater graduate Mike Chaloupka died in September 2008 from injuries sustained after he was struck by a car while crossing Main Street in his wheelchair.
Director of Public Works Dean Fischer said the process will take a bit longer since it is a state and federal project.
“If this was a city level project, we would have it on the council floor tomorrow night,” he said. “Because we are getting federal money, we have to follow their rules and their rules are very slow.”
Holman said construction will not result in any road closings, but some activities are best done when an outside lane can be closed.
As soon as construction begins the yellow pedestrian lights at Whiton Street will be removed by the city. Some trees along the street will be removed, as well as moving the pedestrian barriers at the entrance to the Alumni Center back several feet.
“We are also going to be closing some sidewalks,” Holman said. “We’re going to have to ask students to find another way to get [to campus], maybe take the long way.”
Traffic signals are serviced once the pedestrian button is pushed, followed by a walk-time interval, then a pedestrian clearance countdown.
“The good thing is these lights are no different than what Prince and Prairie Streets are today,” Holman said.
The traffic signal for vehicles crossing Main Street off of Whiton Street will not turn green unless a vehicle is present or a pedestrian pushes the walk button.
“The street is really going to become a very distinct four-way versus what it looks like now which is more of a three-way intersection with a driveway,” Fischer said.
The project is estimated to cost $138,000. Ninety percent of the project will be paid for by state and federal government. The city of Whitewater will cover the remaining 10 percent and any additional costs.

Fundraiser Planned

Here is the application and info on the Fundraiser planned. If you are interested in helping out in any way let us know, by volunteering, or donating an item for the silent auction, or bake sale. The fundraiser is in the form of a craft sale, we plan on having as an annual event. Here is the application, if you are a crafter and would like to participate.