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The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to service society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
4-Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do...
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Club Leadership Development Series - Schedule Change

2022 brings a new Club Leadership Development Series to District 6270. Series topics were identified by Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and other club and district leaders, to create a full year of content to support our Rotary mission. The Club Leadership Development Series will cover subjects ranging from using technology and setting goals, to developing programming and running engaging meetings, to fundraising and growing membership.
SCHEDULE CHANGE:  Our second session has been moved to February 23rd from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. on the topic of "Leading Effective Training". Have you been asked to speak, teach, train, or be a panelist? Training in the virtual world is different (and more challenging!) than in person! Leading Effective Training will provide tips for developing training content, selecting and using tools that engage participants, and will share presentation skills that will connect you with your audience. This session on Wednesday, February 23rd, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., will be co-presented by District Trainer Lisa O'Halloran, DGN Don Griffing, and Body Language Expert Kristin Bock. 

Register today for "Club Leadership Development Series: Leading Effective Training" on Wednesday, February 23rd, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m via Zoom. All are welcome! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Looking for additional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resources for yourself or your club? A variety of webinars and training courses are available in the Resources section on the District 6270 website.

Club Meetings in District 6270

Some clubs in Rotary District 6270 are pausing regular in-person meetings and or offering hybrid meetings. Please go to the website of any club you intend to visit to confirm their current meeting schedule and any pre-registration requirements, as it may not be updated on the calendar of this website. This is still a great time to take advantage of 'visiting' clubs all over the world offering hybrid meetings that allow you to join in electronically. Be well!

Pete Bosch to be District Governor for Rotary Year 2024-25

The Rotary International District 6270 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Pete Bosch from the Rotary Club of Waukesha to serve as the District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year, subject to ratification by the District at the annual business meeting in the spring of 2022, and approval by Rotary International.
Pete has held a number of roles within his club and the District, most recently as Rotary Club of Waukesha President 2019-2020, Assistant District Governor for Area M (Hartland-Lake Country, Waukesha, and Waukesha Sunrise), and as a member of the District Technology Committee. 
Please join us in congratulating Pete and supporting him in his new role.

PDG Catherine Zimmerman Awarded RI Service Above Self Award

Rotary International District 6270 is honored to announce that Rotary International’s Service Above Self award has been conferred upon PDG (2003 – 2004) Catherine Zimmerman. The award is bestowed by the Rotary International Board of Directors on no more than 150 recipients worldwide each year, and is Rotary’s highest individual honor, one based entirely on the recipient’s volunteer service, both to Rotary, and non-Rotary causes.
Cathy’s dedication to service has been wide and deep, and covers decades dating to the beginning of her professional career. She later joined the Rotary Club of Oshkosh in June of 1987; just 56 days after the U.S. Supreme Court mandated that women be allowed to join Rotary. She has made the most of every year since then serving Rotary and other worthy causes.
Proving as always to be a gracious, effective, and motivational leader, on receiving the award, Cathy said, “I am overwhelmed and so humbled to have received the RI Service Above Self Award. This recognition is possible only because of the fellowship and friendships of so many Rotarians and others, supporting each other, rolling-up their sleeves and working together to accomplish a common mission and vision.”
District 6270 is so very lucky to have had Cathy in our midst for so long. She is truly a role model for what it takes to be a Rotarian, and to be a leader – in any arena of life.

Congratulations to the New Fond du Lac Afterhours Satellite Club

It is with great pleasure we welcome a new satellite club to District 6270. New clubs make it possible for current, past members, and new members of Rotary to create more opportunity for service in our community and the world. A special thanks to Barb Senn and the board of Fond du Lac Morning for spearheading this effort. It is wonderful to see how Rotary can renew itself and adjust to new times and circumstances. The new club is currently meeting once a month virtually but is looking to change to hybrid meetings in the coming months. With 10 active members, the club is set for growth.
A satellite club offers current members of a club the opportunity to meet a changing schedule or circumstance, past members to rejoin Rotary, and new members to join at a time and place that fits their work hours or family schedule better.
A few comments from club members to illustrate some of the many reason for clubs to offer an alternative to a traditional Rotary experience:
    “We used to be Interact members and wanted to rejoin the Rotary World, but a morning club did not make that possible.”
    “We now spend several months out of state and the time difference makes it difficult to participate in a morning meeting.”
    “I am commuting to work at 7:00 AM and an afterhours club makes it possible to join Rotary.”

Congratulations to Fond du Lac Afterhours. Four growing active Satellite Clubs are now part of our District.
Do you have similar circumstance in your Club? It is time to think about a Satellite Club! Let’s talk!  Contact Steen Sanderhoff, District 6270 Club Development/Extension Chair for more information.

2021-2022 Global Grant Scholarship Recipient Announced

A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with low confidenceRotary International (RI) District 6270 is pleased to announce the selection of Alaina Eckert, Sussex, WI, as its Global Grant Scholarship recipient for 2021-2022.
Ms. Eckert is a graduate of Sussex Hamilton H.S. and of The University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has already begun a dual degree, Master of Science/Master of International Nature Conservation, in a cooperative program of the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University in Lincoln, New Zealand.
The practical approach of the program is to preserve the integrity of nature, in combination with the assessment of risk management and conservation strategy, and offers an invaluable experience in the education of international conservation. The four-semester program offers new perspectives to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems that allow local communities to be resilient to future ecological changes, maintain economic stability and growth, use adaptive conservation management strategies for both the betterment of the community and the ecosystem, and preserve critical ecological systems. Thus, Ms. Eckert’s program of studies aligns with RI’s “Community Economic Development” Area of Focus, and it anticipates close alignment with RI’s newest Area of Focus, “Protecting the Environment,” which becomes effective on July 1, 2021.
The amount of the Global Grant Scholarship is U.S. $30,000. RI District 6270 is providing $15,000 of that amount, and The Rotary Foundation is matching it with another $15,000. The Rotary Foundation, RI districts, and Rotary clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study through the Global Grant Scholarship program. Information about Rotary’s other scholarship programs can be accessed at:

Don Griffing to be District Governor for Rotary Year 2023 - 2024

DGN-D Don GriffingThe Rotary International District 6270 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Donald E. Griffing to serve as the District Governor for the 2023 - 2024 Rotary year, subject to ratification by the District at the annual business meeting in the spring of 2021, and approval by Rotary International.
A member of the Rotary Club of Oshkosh, Don has served four clubs in five districts since joining Rotary in 2007. At the club level, he has served as club president, board of directors member, PR chair, social media chair, community service chair, club trainer, and a wide variety of other committee roles. At the district level he has also served in a wide variety of roles, including his present roles as our district's technology chair, assistant district educator, and as a governance committee member.

Global Grant Scholar Establishes Belfast Rotaract Club

Ciara McHugh was the District 6270 Global Grant Scholar for 2018-2019. She is approaching her third year of a Ph.D. research program, focusing on "how to ameliorate strained relationships between police and minority communities, specifically through visual technologies, and the ways in which gender paradigms can help overcome barriers between the two groups." Recently, Ciara was instrumental in establishing a new Rotaract Club at her school, Queen’s University Belfast.  To read more about her adventures, read her blog, Leaps & Bounds.

Clearly, the RI Global Grant Scholarship program, the Interact clubs, and Rotary clubs throughout the world are having an impact in these days of COVID-19 (and beyond). Congratulations, Ciara, on your continued involvement in Rotary! Keep on keeping on!

Following is her report:

Early in the year, a group came together with the intention of creating a Rotaract chapter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We were from a variety of disciplines, a range of countries, and each were introduced to Rotary in different ways. After a number of late-night brainstorming sessions at QUB's [Queen’s University Belfast’s] cafe (pre-lockdown, of course), we allocated board positions and made plans to get a Queen's University Belfast Rotaract Club off the ground.

Theo, a Belfast native and active Interactor, was chosen as president; Veja, who is from Slovakia, volunteered her experiences from her Scottish Rotaract days as Outreach chair; Anna, a Global Grant scholar from Wisconsin, became secretary; and I volunteered as treasurer.

Over the last few months, we've had to adjust our approaches and strategies to adapt to pandemic conditions. But, with ongoing support from the Belfast Rotary Club, our bi-weekly Zoom calls are full of the same energy and enthusiasm as those first brainstorming sessions. I'm pleased to say that our members have kept busy: with social distanced volunteering at Age-NI, donating energy bars to frontline and hospital workers, engaging with local racial-justice organizations, and organizing an online charity quiz to raise money for local pandemic efforts.

I'm honored to be a part of such an encouraging and engaged group of Rotaractors, and I look forward to expanding our outreach in the years to come.


African Region Certified Wild Polio-Free

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Holger Knaack                                                    K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                           Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Jennifer E. Jones Makes History, Named Rotary President-Nominee

(By Ryan Hyland) Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

Rotary Foundation Trustees & Rotary International Board of Directors Unanimously Approve Addition of Supporting the Environment as an Area of Focus

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.

“I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.

Foundation Trustee Chair Gary C.K. Huang says that with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.

“It is time for us to use our collective resources to invest in a smart and efficient way to protecting our environment,” says Huang. “We are qualified to take this initiative because we are a global group of problem solvers with diversified talents.”

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