HWTN Board Updates

Time to renew your membership for 2016

HWTN’s annual membership period runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 — so if you haven’t renewed for the 2016 year, please don’t delay any longer and do it today.

quillIf you’ve been a member, you know the many benefits you’ll get from joining, including the opportunity to have an impact on important neighborhood issues, meet your neighbors, learn about valuable home-improvement tax credits and participate in historic preservation efforts.

Another major benefit — you’re entitled to join us at our annual, members-only holiday party. This year, it’ll be held again at member Andy Nunemaker’s beautiful N. Terrace Ave. mansion. You don’t want to miss this party, bout you need to be a member to register and attend.

To renew your membership or join for the first time, go to our membership webpage and sign up online or download and mail in our form. Either way, don’t delay.

2015 HWTN Officers, Trustees Elected

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood membership has elected our 2015 officers and trustees. Here’s who will be serving as leaders of HWTN during 2015. Thanks for your service, folks!

President: Donna Neal
President Elect: Sally Peltz
VP Communications: Jeff Bentoff
VP Membership: Andrew Brusky
VP Events: Adrian Zilvetti
Secretary: Dawn McCarthy
Treasurer: Colin Scanes
Immediate Past President: Sandra McSweeney


Area 1:
Mary Beth Geraci
Adrian Zilvetti (VP Events)
Toby Reynolds
Lise Sadagopan
Stephanie Fitch Van Alyea

Area 2:
Diane Bacha
Jeff Bentoff (VP Communications)
Lloyd Dickinson
George Gurria
Dawn McCarthy (Secretary)
Donna Neal (President)
Sally Peltz (President Elect)
Anne Reed
Andrew Brusky (VP Membership)

Area 3:
Richard Kimball
Sandra McSweeney (Past President)
Gina Spang
Colin Scanes (Treasurer)
Bruce Thompson

HWTN’s 2015 Monthly Meeting Dates Set

Below is the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s 2015 schedule of regular monthly meetings.

Most months, we meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Please note, however, that we’re meeting on the second Wednesday in January and September in 2015. All the 2015 meetings are scheduled to be held in the Marcia Coles Community Room of Lake Park Pavilion.

Members will receive emails detailing the meeting agendas and speakers, or watch our website and Facebook page. See you there!

2015 Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Monthly MeetingspavilionSM
Jan 14 (2nd Wednesday)
Feb 4
Mar 4
Apr 1
May 6
Jun 3
Sept 9 (2nd Wednesday)
Oct 7
Nov 4

NEW: Online sign-up now available for HWTN membership

HWTN for the first time is now offering an online membership sign-up option.

To join or renew your membership, click here and choose to register and pay either online or by mail.

Either way, please consider supporting your neighborhood be being an Historic Water Tower Neighborhood member for 2014. Now’s the time to join or renew your annual membership.

Founded in 1973, HWTN recently turned 40, making us one of Milwaukee’s oldest neighborhood groups. Benefits of membership include:

  • Keeping up with neighborhood issues and supporting efforts to preserve our historic area.
  • Hearing dynamic speakers and meeting neighbors at our monthly meetings.
  • Receiving agendas and minutes of monthly meetings in advance.
  • Receiving and be included in our annual Membership Directory.
  • Being able to attend member events including the annual holiday party.
  • Being eligible to become a HWTN officer, trustee and / or committee member.
  • Receiving a complimentary copy of “The Heritage Guidebook,” an out-of-print guide by architectural historian Russell Zimmermann to Milwaukee landmarks, including many in the HWTN.

Our board and committees monitor proposed zoning revisions, commercial development and safety and quality-of-life issues. We communicate regularly with elected officials, representatives of law enforcement, businesses, UWM, and other neighborhood associations about proposed changes affecting the East Side.

HWTN also arranges cultural and social events and supports community initiatives, such as our recent partnership with UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning on their summer field study of the North Point area.

HWTN meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, except July, August and December, in the Marcia Coles Community Room of the Lake Park Pavilion (below Lake Park Bistro). A featured speaker or program usually kicks off our board meeting. Come between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and join us for mingling time, with refreshments.

Please considering renewing or joining. More info on our website page on membership. We hope you’ll be part of HWTN’s new year.

New Officers, Trustee Elected for 2014

Two new officers and one new trustee have been unanimously elected to serve on the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood board in 2014.

VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan displays cupcakes decorated with North Point Water Towers. Members enjoyed the cupcakes and other treats at the meeting to celebrate HWTN's 40th anniversary.

VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan displays cupcakes decorated with North Point Water Towers. Members enjoyed the cupcakes and other treats at the meeting to celebrate HWTN’s 40th anniversary.

At our group’s Nov. 6, 2013, annual meeting, Trustee Donna Neal was elected as 2014 president elect, and she’ll serve as president in 2015. Sandra McSweeney, the current president-elect, will become president for 2014. Trustee Adrian Zilvetti was elected VP-Special Events for next year, and member Colin Scanes was elected as a new Area 3 trustee.

Re-elected for 2014 were current VP-Communications Jeff Bentoff, Secretary Dawn McCarthy, Treasurer Donna Neal and Trustee Sally Peltz. We currently have an open VP-membership position.

At the annual meeting, trustees thanked three outgoing officers for their years of service — President Lloyd Dickinson, VP-Special Events Lise Sadagopan and VP-Membership Thea Kovac. Lloyd served as president for 2012 and 2013. Lise and Thea have served for multiple years in their current positions but did not seek re-election for 2014. In 2014, Lloyd will serve as immediate past president, and Lise and Thea will remain as trustees.

Members also celebrated HWTN’s 40th anniversary with treats and champagne. VP-Communications Jeff Bentoff gave a presentation on our group’s history, and Ald. Nik Kovac presented the board and members with a proclamation honoring the group for its anniversary and contributions to the neighborhood. In another proclamation, Mayor Barrett had declared the day “Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Day.” More info on our group’s history is available at http://hwtn.org/about-hwtn/hwtn-history/ and http://hwtn.org/accomplishments/.