Please introduce yourself:
Hi. My name is Pat Adams. I am the coordinator for the Racine County Medical Reserve Corps, the district coordinator for Team Rubicon, a certified emergency manager, a member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 767 and an author of several books about Racine. I’m a voracious reader, a world traveler, a passionate gardener and a life-long student.
Where are you from originally?
I was born and bred in Racine. My family has been here over 170 years.
How did your life’s journey keep you in Racine?
Aside from a few years away, I have always called Racine home. My family is centered here, and family is the most important thing to me.
What do you like best about Racine?
A lot of things. Our history here and the small town feel with the option of the big city a short distance away. Residents don’t realize the gems our city has to offer. There is culture – the symphony, the art museums, the history – Mound Cemetery, the Heritage Museum, the homes of the city’s founders, the sports – a world-class fishing tournament, international races, family sports, youth sports and the Raiders! Architectural wonders – the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, the Lighthouse family events – the parades, the zoo, the festivals and downtown events, manufacturing – several international companies and many mom and pop businesses, education – nationally rated prep, colleges and universities within driving range, the natural beauties – the beach, the rolling farmland, prairies and grasslands, food – many ethnic restaurants and of course, kringle! You can’t ask for much more.
Please give some examples of how your work has made a positive impact on the community.
I like to think I’ve helped increase awareness of our veterans and the role they play in the community. I hope that I have helped bring recognition to the service our veterans have given in the past and what they are doing to continue that service through our chapter’s work. I hope young people have a better understanding of the sacrifice that our men and women have given for their country.
What’s the least understood aspect about what you do?
I think my work with disaster response through Team Rubicon. The team is made up of mostly veterans and first-responders who continue to give back to their community by helping people at the worst times of their lives following disasters. We have responded to over 250 domestic disasters and many international ones. I have been deployed over 25 times in the last three years.
What would you like to accomplish during the next 6 months? 12 months?
Bring the “Moving Wall” back to Racine in May 2019 for its 35th Anniversary. It will give the community still another chance to connect with and understand our Vietnam veterans. We are starting our fundraising efforts how. This will be the last chance for residents to see this event. Our group is Last Man’s Club and we are aging fast. If you want to donate, send a check to: Moving Wall 2019, PO Box 081036, Racine, WI 53408-1036. All contributions are tax-deductible.
I am also on a recruiting mission. If anyone wants to get down and dirty mucking out houses, cleaning debris and helping out people on the worst days of their lives, contact teamrubiconusa.org.
If you would rather help out locally by learning about mass fatality response, urban search and rescue, hospital surge of community first aid tents, contact https://www.cityofracine.org/Departments/Health/Administration/Racine-County-Medical-Reserve-Corps/
Or, if you just want to stay close to home, learn CPR, “Stop the Bleed” and get a 72-hour “Go Kit” for your family members and pets in case of a quick evacuation.
What’s the best way to contact you?
By email, email@example.com or by home phone (262) 634-6859.