Megan Baker – Jason Gosz Memorial 2014 Scholarship Winner

Megan Baker  - Jason Gosz Memorial Scholarship Winnner 2014

Megan Baker, a fraction-of-an-inch-shy-of-6-feet Waterford Union High School 2014 graduate won the Tall Club of Milwaukee Scholarship of $250 and one of the Tall Clubs International Scholarships of $1000. Megan will be studying Communications Disorders with a minor in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin – Madison this fall. Dave Rasmussen, President – Tall Club of Milwaukee, will make the presentation at the high school awards cermony, May 28, 2014.

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Nicholas Umbs finally wins TCI Foundation Scholarship

Dear Nicholas (from Menomonee Falls):

It is with extreme pleasure that I have enclosed a check for $1000.00 to help you in your pursuit of a college education. There were mere decimal points separating each of the finalists for the 2013 Foundation scholarships. We did not have a policy in effect to deal with TCI family applicants at the time of evaluation.

We now have the policy in effect and due to an upturn in our investments we would like to offer you this scholarship at this time. It is very important for the Foundation to honor the family members of our faithful TCI members. We had never figured this happening in our scholarship criteria.

I sincerely hope that we will find your name on a club roster some day. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Yours in tallism,

Carolyn Goldstein
TCI Foundation Chair

cc: Barry Umbs
Tall Club of Milwaukee

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Dave and Sandy on Ford TV!

See a video shot by Ford at the Chicago weekend, endorsing the Transit Connect!


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From: Linda Huege <>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 12:39 pm
Subject: Chicago Weekend – Major Publicity Event

Hi Wanda and Barry,
Can you please send this out to MTT and Milwaukee members who might be coming to Chicago’s Weekend on Friday night?
Hi Everyone,
Ford Motor Company is planning on arriving at the Hilton Garden Inn around noon on Friday, Jan. 24th to prepare for an introduction of their newest vehicle, the Transit Connect Wagon, during a cocktail party/reception with Tall Clubs International.   Supposedly this new vehicle has much more leg room and head room and they are looking for our endorsement.  Ford contacted Sue Karon, TCI Publicity about this exciting opportunity.
Press will be invited, the vehicle may be in the lobby or ballroom.    We are still working out all the details between TCI, Paramount, Ford and the hotel.    Just wanted to give you all a “heads up” to try and be at the hotel by 6pm so you won’t miss it!   Ford will be compensating our guests with food or drinks that evening.   So leave work early and come on down to share in this exciting publicity.  
Linda Huege
Paramount President and Weekend Co-Chair

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Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and Happy New Year

We finally got a basic  fall 2013 newsletter out for the club. Little did we know that while trying to be funny about birthdays, Tom actually had had a stroke. None of us knew until late December when his sister wrote back about the note written on Tom’s newsletter – “What has happened to you Tom?”. If you’re a friend of his, he can be sent letters at Manor Care, N26w23977 Watertown Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188. He’s lost control of the left half of his body but is alert and can still eat and talk. Friend support is needed now. That’s something us tall friends can do!

I am going to visit Tom on Christmas Eve Day and leave a shoebox of club photographs from over the years. Perhaps he will like to talk to others about some of them.

Laura Cofran who used to be with the Chicago Paramount Tall Club moved to Prince Edward Island with her husband Jeff some years ago. She also could use your prayers – after a ruptured brain anneurism left her in a coma for nearly a month. At present they are trying to ween her off a respirator. Jeff has a blog about her progress at

I wish everyone else a healthy and happy holiday season and hope to see some of you next year, if not before.   -Dave, President or General Manager of the Tall Club of Milwaukee.

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Tall Clubs International Charity

The National Marfan Foundation recently added some pictures to their home page in which Dave Rasmussen, TCI’s Liaison to the NMF and member/leader of the Tall Club of Milwaukee, shows up in one. But more importantly, if Marfan syndrome is something new to you, read a little about it. You might save a life!

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AJ O’Bradys on Main St in Menomonee Falls Tuesday Oct 22

Come join other tall people from the Tall Club of Milwaukee or Milwaukee Tall Meetup group for happy hour and $1 burgers. See you there?

N88 W16495 Main Street, Menomonee Falls, WI near the falls.

drinks after work 4-6, we order food around 6. Questions, call the club line, 414-982-5501 or 414-9-TALL-01

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October events

We had a great turnout and fine weather during Oktoberfest at Bavarian Field in Glendale on Sep 21 as can be seen in the previous picture. Some members from the Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee clubs.

October we have 2 items currently scheduled. On Thursday the 10th there is a discounted (groupon already purchased) dinner for 4, and however many more come at Bluemound Gardens, and then team trivia at 7pm.

On Saturday Oct 26, Dave invites his tall and other friends to share in his first concert of the year with the Concord Chamber Orchestra, followed by a reception thereafter.

Details for both of these can be found on the Milwaukee Talls Meetup

Questions? Call the club voicemail at 414-9TALL01 or 414-982-5501 and someone will get back to you.

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Midwest Tall Clubs and Milwaukee Meetup at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest  Sept 21 2013 at Glendale WI Bavarian Inn with members of the Milwaukee Meetup, Tall Club of Milwaukee, Paramount Tall Club of Chicago and the Mad Town Talls.


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Scholarship forms are ready for 2014

The Jason Gosz and Tall Clubs International Kae Sumner Einfeldt and Virginia Linquist Winker Scholarships are ready for applications for the 2014 graduating seniors. Applicants from the Milwaukee Metro are may download the forms on this web site. If they are our selection after the March 1, 2014 deadline, we will send them on for the draw of however many $1000 scholarships at the TCI national level.

Our winner for 2013 actually was the grandson of Barry Umbs. We always feature the essay of our winner, and the half a page we now ask them to write about Marfan Syndrome. Here is  what  Nicolas Umbs, having graduated with honors from Menomonee Falls High School last spring, wrote:

What Being TalI Means to Me

Being tall means that I hit my head a lot in my basement among many other
places, but it also means that people naturally look up to me. Ever since elementary
school I have been one of the top three tallest people in my grade. When I walk down the hallway everyone can see me, and when I was at North Middle school to promote art to students I had many kids come up to me and ask howtall I was, since many of them are nearly half of my height. While making decisions in groups for classes, people look for me to give the answer. This has made me a better leader since I need to be informed and pay attention in class so that I am able to understand the content and teach it to my peers.

As an assistant coach in Jr. Indians football and wrestling I am seen by the young
athletes as a role model. I play high school football, I wrestle and run track for the high school, and I do recreational basketball with a high school league. With all of those sports my height is an advantage and a disadvantage. I am not able to get lower than others and therefore I am at a disadv antagein wrestling and football. But I have a long reach and stride so I have an advantage in track and basketball. Also my height makes it certain that everyone can see me when I get on the field or when I’m on the sidelines. The biggest part about being tall in a team sport is that my teammates look to me. They expect me to point out to them what they can work on to improve.

As a Boy Scout I have always been in a leadership position, and many times scouts will look to me first. It’s very hard to sleep in a tent with another scout, when they
are made for campers who are 5’5″ or less. As a tall scout I have always been seen as a role model, and I am expected to know all of the scout skills. Being tall has made me become a better leader, because people look up to me and expect me to be a good leader.
What Marfan Syndrome Means to Me

At this time, I am not personally afiEected by Marfan syndrome. I do not know of
any family history of this disorder, and I have not been diagnosed with it. I did not know it existed before I started to write this essay. However I can see how it could affect me in the future. Being that one of the effects of the disorder is unusual height and long limbs, I could see someone with this disorder being part of Tall Club. If I become part of Tall CIub, I might have the opportunity to interact with people with this genetic defect. This means that I might become friends with some people who have heart problems, back issues, among many other issues. I will have to be wary of this, because right now there is no cure for Marfan syndrome, since it is genetic, and doctors are only able to treat the symptoms not the disease.


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