The Newsmakers to be featured in the panel discussion will be Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards and Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich.
Each of the three community leaders were elected or appointed to their jobs in recent months, yet each was forced to respond quickly to the Aug. 5 shootings that killed six people and wounded three others at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
The Press Club is presenting this special Newsmaker Luncheon as a special community forum to examine the lessons learned about emergency preparedness in southeastern Wisconsin.
The Press Club is inviting its members, working media, the public, mayors, police chiefs, fire chiefs and other first-responders in southeastern Wisconsin to attend the event and glean insights from the Oak Creek panelists as they discuss the lessons learned from the emergency.
Questions to be answered include: What worked? What did not work? What would they do differently if there is a next time? What interagency collaborations were helpful? What other collaborations would have been useful? How did the media respond? How were the official interactions with the media and the community handled? How was the crime scene managed? How has the community been changed by the event? How is the Sikh community recovering from the trauma? How are the wounded victims recovering from the shootings?
The questions will be asked by a panel of professional journalists in Milwaukee. The event will be moderated by Steve Jagler, executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee and a past president of the Milwaukee Press Club. Jagler is an Oak Creek native and resident.
The Newsmaker Luncheon will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Free parking is available. The cost to attend is $20 for members of the Milwaukee Press Club and $25 for non-members. To register to attend, visit http://www.milwaukeepressclub.org/. Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required.
Checks may be mailed to the MPC at P.O. Box 176, North Prairie, WI 53153-0176. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at email@example.com with any questions; or to pay by credit card, call 262-894-2224.