The “Be Proud, Be Inspired” wall, located at the Berlin High School, is in its 4th year. Nomination for the 2016 honorees is now open. Any current or former Berlinite can submit a person’s name by filling out a nomination form (see below) and emailing to: email@example.com or mail to: Berlin Area Historical Society; P O Box 83, Berlin WI 54923. Two or more honorees will be chosen each year.
The wall is located in a main thoroughfare in the school where it can be viewed by students every day. The purpose of the project, done in co-operation with Berlin Area Historical Society and the Berlin School District, is to inspire students of today and tomorrow to prepare for their future and to work toward their best potential.
Questions can be directed to Bobbie Erdmann at 920-361-2460 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the following documents for information on how to nominate someone for the Inspiration Wall:
I just received my “Echo” from the BHS Alumni Association, and was absolutely delighted to see the article on the Inspiration Wall. I was moved to tears when I saw the photo of my Uncle Tom (Klein). I am so grateful that he is Being remembered as the inspirational person that he certainly was.
I think of Tom often as it was he who encouraged me to compete in forensics, write for both the high school and town paper, and go out for several different sports. I know he inspired many others to put through obstacles to achieve what they wanted. He had a wonderful gift for cutting through the nonsense and getting to the heart of matters, and I truly appreciated this quality.
Each summer I try to bring my children back to Berlin to visit relatives, and we always stop to see the Tom Klein Field. This summer I will be visiting with my 13 year old son, and I can’t wait to show him the Inspiration Wall. It will probably mean more to me than it will to my son, as it’s hard to feel a connection to someone that you never personally met, but I believe that Tom’s story will continue to touch and inspire others.
I thank the Berlin Area Historical Society for including Tom on the Inspiration Wall. It is a wonderful idea and you should be congratulated for making it happen.
All the best,
Dee Marie Rawlinson (formerly Jezwinski)