- 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!)
Free or discounted admission to a variety of fun-filled, pre-planned activities (PDF)
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 Web site. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 fillable membership form in Adobe Acrobat - Membership Form (PDF).
If you have any questions, or encounter problems filling out this form, please e-mail: email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
January/February 2015- Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
January 2015- Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
The RSA offers a reliable rotation of events each month. Visit the list of activities (PDF) 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
- 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.