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Welcome

The MCWAH Resident Spouse Association (RSA) would like to welcome residents, fellows and their families to MCWAH and the Milwaukee area.

RSA typically conducts several "meet and greets" for newcomers during new resident/fellow orientation in late June and July. For example, we typically have a dedicated space at MCWAH's orientation as well a welcome picnic. We also host an evening get-together at a member's house or a night out at a local restaurant. These are all great opportunities to come learn more about RSA. We will post dates for these events on this page when they are scheduled or you can join our Facebook page.

If you are finding us sometime between these events, don't wait and don't be shy, join us at one of our upcoming regular member activities such as kid's playgroup, book club, or Spouse's Night Out or find us on Facebook! We're looking forward to meeting you.

View our calendar of events

If you have any questions or suggestions for us, e-mail us at rsa.mcwah@gmail.com.

 What is RSA?

A Message from the President

The Resident Spouse Association (RSA) is an organization for the spouses and significant others of MCWAH residents and fellows. We exist to help ease the adjustment to residency or fellowship life, and we do that by offering many fun social activities for our members and their families. We know that residency and fellowship involve many unique challenges that other couples and or families (outside of medicine) may not understand. Our organization affords members a chance to meet and connect with other people who are dealing with similar challenges (crazy call schedule anyone!?) Listed below are just a few of the key things that you will get with your RSA membership:

  • A one-year subscription to our e-newsletter, The Beeper, providing dates, times & locations of all RSA events
  • The chance to meet other people experiencing the same life situation (it isn’t always easy and we know it!)
  • Become familiar with Milwaukee area and what it has to offer
  • Free or discounted admission to a variety of fun-filled, pre-planned activities
  • A chance to help out the community by participating in philanthropy projects
  • Create new friendships for you, your spouse and your children

We strive to meet the needs of all spouses and significant others, so whether you are new to the Milwaukee area or are a native Milwaukeean, whether you have children or not, we have activities designed for you! Feel free to check out our calendar of activities. Our membership fee is $30 for the year, and the membership form can be found on our website. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck this year and welcome! We look forward to getting to know you!

Katie Schauberger, RSA President
 



RSA's Executive Board 2014-2015

President- Katie Schauberger

Vice-President- Renata Anderson

Treasurer/Children's Playgroup- Meghan Burns

Editor/Philanthropy- Katie Cox

Book Club- Lorri Hansen

Family & Children's Activities- Cherine Montie and Molley Light

Helping Hands Support- Renata Anderson

Spouse's Night Out- Rose Clearfield

Wine and Culture Club/Thirsty Thursdays- Elissa Cahn

Contact us at rsa.mcwah@gmail.com.


 

 How many members are actively involved in the RSA?

We currently have an e-mail list of more than 40 spouses!

 How do I become a member?

Complete the membership form - Membership Form (DOCX).

If you have any questions, or encounter problems filling out this form, please e-mail: rsa.mcwah@gmail.com

 Are there any fees or dues?

There is an annual dues payment of $30. Dues help cover expenses such as:

  • The Beeper, a bi-monthly newsletter featuring activity details, dates and locations
  • Monthly activities
  • Holiday parties and special events
 What activities are available?

Spouses' Night Out
This is a monthly get-together which rotates among members' homes and the occasional outside activity. This night is solely for us as spouses and partners and usually entails much talking, laughing and, of course, support.

Philanthropy

RSA is dedicated to giving back to the community. We are currently working with the Ronald McDonald House to provide meals once every 8 weeks to families who are staying there while their children are being cared for at Children's Hospital.

Wine and Culture Club

Wine and Culture Club is a monthly event which brings together RSA members to enjoy a fun evening of wine and/or other activities. We visit wine venues to try great new flavors and learn more about the world of wine. Cultural activities could include local theater performances, movie night, visiting Milwaukee landmarks and more. This activity was expanded beyond wine so there will be something for everyone! Spouses are always welcome to join us.

Thirsty Thursdays

Looking for a chance to get out of the house, socialize and explore Milwaukee? Join us each month to check out a new Milwaukee area hotspot. Come solo, bring your spouse/significant other or a few friends for an opportunity to meet and mingle.

Children's Playgroups

Playgroups take place every Thursday morning from 9:30am - 11:30am. During late spring, summer and early fall, we meet at local parks. During inclement months (October through March) we meet at members' homes or local indoor facilities.

Kids' Activities

In addition to the weekly playgroups, a special children's activity is organized each month. These activities include fun-filled trips and events such as: the Milwaukee County Zoo, museums, beaches, pumpkin patches, creative art days and others!

Parties and Special Events

Just give us a reason to celebrate! RSA hosts parties and special events throughout the year. For example we usually host both a winter holiday party and a spring party and some years we've even help Halloween parties. Other special events include our Fall Softball Tournament and our Winter Membership Drive Event. among others.

Helping Hands

This is not a regularly scheduled activity, but is in place to set up a support network for resident spouses who need help during a particularly challenging time. We are best known for bringing dinners to families after the birth of a baby. But, members may contact the Helping Hands coordinator to request help during a move, loss in the family or other circumstances. We are here to help!

Book Club
We meet the last Mondays of every month to discuss a book. If you're interested in joining the book club, come to a meeting. Don't worry if you've not completed the book. Here are the books up for discussion in the coming months:

June 2014 - The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart {Non-fiction - Science/Ecology}

July 2014 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman {Fantasy}

The RSA offers a reliable rotation of events each month. Visit the calendar for dates, times and locations.

 Do All RSA members have children? What ages are the kids in RSA?

While many members do have children, there are many members who do not. The ratio of members with children to members without children can fluctuate widely from year to year. As such, we make a point to offer adult-oriented activities (Spouses' Night Out, Third Thursdays, Book Club) as well as child and family-friendly ones (Weekly Playgroup, Monthly Kids' Activities).

It is typical for several babies to be born to RSA members each year, and our Helping Hands network provides support to new families. The children range in age from newborns to early school-age kids.

 Recommendations Guide
The Resident Spouse Association has compiled a guide containing recommendations for places and services they have found useful, including everything from doctors to daycare, restaurants to car repair. Please view our guide (PDF)
 Is there any help in finding housing?

See Housing Information
Neighborhoods & Moving

 

 What is Milwaukee weather really like?

Milwaukee experiences every season to its fullest! Spring, summer and fall are gorgeous. Don't let the cooler months worry you, we offer outdoor activities throughout the year, and our summers full of festivals balance the equation!

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