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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 5:00 PM The AWS Milwaukee Section presents: Scholarship Night with presentations by local artists: Emmett Gross & Jesse Meyer

Join us in congratulating the AWS Milwaukee Section’s 2014 Scholarship recipients with an evening of art!

Emmett Gross is has been working in metal for about 15 years. He was trained in design in the Architecture school at UWM and trained in metal work by his father, Larry Gross. His early work primarily focused on custom bicycles and he continues to teach a bicycle design class at Bay View High School. His most recent work explores the relationship between human built patterns and natural forms. He looks to maps and industrial relics for inspiration. He attempts to tell a story of the physical, social, and economic forces that drive and shape urban forms. He hopes that his work will lead the viewer to explore more deeply the history of cities.

Jesse Meyer studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) alumni and co-founded Flux Design, as seen on Made In Milwaukee. He has always been intrigued by the human body, its beauty, and the expressive force it contains. His recent works explore a process which involves cold-forging via hammer and anvil, sheet metals such as steel, stainless steel, and bronze into individual forms. These forms then become the facets that collectively give shape to a human form.

$25.00 per person
Hilton Garden Inn * 11600 West Park Place * Milwaukee, WI 53224

Please RSVP to Nathan Liszewski at (414) 364-3919 or or register online below with a credit card using PayPal.

We hope to see you there!

The AWS Milwaukee Board

Printable Notice

Spring 2014 Welding Job Fair

Dear Employers,

The MATC JOBshop invites you to participate in a spring job fair on Wednesday, April 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the MATC Oak Creek Campus for all of our students in the welding programs. There is no charge to participate in this recruiting event. Space is limited. The following MATC program students and alumni will be invited to the job fair: The Welding Technology Associate Degree Program and the Welding Technical Diploma Program. We will be inviting approximately 30 students as well as alumni that are registered on the TechConnect Job System.

Please click here (Word document) or here (PDF) for more details and a registration form.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board


Renew your Patron Membership for 2014!

Dear Patron Member,

We were able to award $5,500 in scholarships students from MATC and WCTC, in 2013. The support we receive from our Patron Members is impactful to students pursuing an education in welding. We believe strongly that in addition to providing students with rewarding career opportunities, this also strengthens Southeastern Wisconsin as a leader in welding.

We feature our GOLD and SILVER level Patron Members' logos in each of our mailings, as well as a link to their website on our website. We hope that you will take a quick moment to look at this, as these companies’ efforts are greatly appreciated.

We now offer the following options for Patron Members:

Gold Member: $500 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)
• Logo or name on every flyer
• 8 Free passes (one per active month, excluding Past Chairs Night) for an AWS Milwaukee event.

Silver Member: $250 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)
• Logo or name on every flyer

Bronze Member: $100 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)

NEW FOR 2014!

If you register for multiple years:

(Effective as of 2/1/2014) Gold Silver Bronze
1 year $500.00 $250.00 $100.00
2 years (10% discount) $900.00 $450.00 $180.00
3 years (10% discount) $1,350.00 $675.00 $270.00
4 years (15% discount) $1,700.00 $850.00 $340.00
5 years (15% discount) $2,125.00 $1,062.50 $425.00

Please contact Bob Dricken at or James Johannsen for information on becoming a Patron Member.

You may also renew using PayPal below.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

GOLD level

SILVER level

BRONZE level


Special Note to Members

As a service to our membership, companies, students, and welders, the AWS Milwaukee Section is beginning a concerted effort to assist companies in reaching potential welding related employees. If you work for a company that is currently hiring welding related employees, we would ask that you email us what positions you are looking to fill, and whom to contact at your company. This information will be accessible through our Facebook page, our LinkedIn group, and our website, and to our local high school and apprenticeship contacts, at no cost to any AWS member.
The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Anni VanDyke, Chair
Phone: 414.803.4511
Roger Warren, Vice Chair
Phone: 414.744.1706

Sue Silverstein, Secretary
Phone: 414.840.9935


Local Manufacturer Brightens Hospitalized Children's Holiday

On December 2nd, 2011, the management team at Steelwind
Industries participated in the Children's Hospital toy drive at the
Farm N' Fleet in Oak Creek sponsored by Sports Radio 1250.
Steelwind donated 14 shopping carts of assorted toys totaling


John F. Hinrichs - Board Member

Hinrichs, John F. Passed away after a long struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on June 5, 2012, at the age of 78. Incredible husband of Patricia E. "Patti" (nee Illian) for nearly 52 years. Most loving Dad of Rob (Julie) Hinrichs and Susie (Terry) Weber. Beloved Papa of Heather and Haley Hinrichs; Austin, Rachel and Joshua Weber. John will be dearly missed by friends, colleagues and especially Tootsie Roll. As a mentor of many, his Engineering & Robotic's legacy continues. Memorials may be made to the American Welding Society John Hinrichs Memorial Endowed Scholarship, attn: S. Gentry, 550 N. W. LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL 33126 would be appreciated. Visitation Friday, June 8, 2012, at HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd., in Menomonee Falls, from 3PM until time of the Funeral Service at 7PM.

Please click here to view the obituary posted in the Milwaukee Journal sentinel.


Hans Werner Gerlach – Past Chairman 1984 AWS Milwaukee Section

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Gerlach, Hans Werner Of Oconomowoc, January 28, 2012. Born in Riddorf, Germany, on July 4, 1931. Beloved husband of the late Florence. Dear father of Chris (Keri) and Carl (Claire) Gerlach. Loving grandpa of Kirsten. Dear brother of Helmut, Ursula, Friedrich and the late Paul and late Edith. Fiance of Patricia Quartaro. Further survived by Pat's children Tony, Carrie, Mary and Andy and nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Masonic Services will be held Saturday, February 4, at 3:00PM, at Three Pillars-Wisconsin Masonic Home, 36225 Sunset Dr., Dousman, under the auspices of the Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge #364 F&AM. Visitation Saturday 1PM until time of the Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriner Hospital in Chicago appreciated. Private entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park. Hans was a member of the Glenn L. Humphrey Masonic Lodge #364 F&AM, Tripoli Shrine-Milwaukee and Scottish Rite-Milwaukee. He was President of Summit Metal Fabricating and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Chairman of the American Welding Society – Milwaukee Section 1984. Proud to be an American.

Rodney Charles Behnke

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Rodney Charles Behnke, 65, of Waukesha, formerly of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Madison, the son of August and Clara (Dykoff) Behnke.

Rod has been a long standing AWS Member, board member and Chair of our trap shooting events. We will miss him greatly.

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Section 14 Board Contacts

Anni VanDyke
Phone: 414.803.4511

Roger Warren
Phone: 414.744.1706

Sue Silverstein

Phone: 414.840.9935
Paul Fischer

Phone: 262.790.6940
Dale Loiselle
Phone: 262.782.3653

Bob Bruss
Phone: 414.708.2010
Bob Dricken
Phone: 262.783.1544
Nathan Liszewski
Phone: 414.364.3919

Roger Warren
Phone: 414.744.1706

Jim Potter
Phone: 262.349.3563

Joe E. Campbell
Phone: 414.651.4395