Welcome to Rotary International District 6270

Serving Clubs in Southeastern Wisconsin, USA
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as your District Governor for the 2023/24 Rotary Year. It is an honor and privilege to lead and represent a diverse group of passionate individuals who are dedicated to creating lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves. My preparations for the past two years for this role have reaffirmed the transformative power of Rotary's mission. This remarkable work is carried out by our clubs. The commitment of members of Rotary to service, fellowship, and ethical leadership is truly inspiring. I thank you for the trust you have placed in me to guide and support you in your endeavors. I look forward to the countless opportunities to collaborate, learn, and grow with you. Let us have fun and fellowship as we CREATE HOPE in the WORLD!
 
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NEWS FROM DISTRICT 6270

In a world often fraught with conflict and discord, there emerges a beacon of hope in the form of individuals dedicated to fostering peace and understanding. We proudly celebrate Jonathan “Jon” Ward, a retired U.S. diplomat, for his acceptance into the esteemed second cohort of Rotary Positive Peace Activators. Jon’s illustrious career, spanning diplomatic missions across diverse regions and his unwavering commitment to service, exemplifies the spirit of peacebuilding that lies at the heart of this transformative initiative.

Jon’s journey embodies the essence of Rotary’s mission to promote goodwill and peace worldwide. From his service in Saudi Arabia to his diplomatic postings in Papua New Guinea, Iraq, and beyond, Jon has represented his country and has also become a steadfast advocate for diplomacy and conflict resolution. His rich experiences, coupled with his educational background and military service, equip him with a unique perspective and invaluable insights into the complexities of global peace and security.

 

Mukwonago Rotary Club Helps Mayan Population in Chichicastenango, Guatemala

April 26, 2024  ~ Mark Blodgett

A group of people holding a large checkDescription automatically generatedAt their meeting on April 25, 2024, the Rotary Club of Mukwonago continued in its support of Guatemala Service Projects (GSP) by awarding a $5,000 check to its founder and president, Jennifer Demar.  The mission of GSP is to improve the lives of impoverished Guatemalans through direct educational projects, nutrition programs, and community assistance opportunities.  Their team consists of adoptive parents, teachers, business owners, healthcare professionals, and community leaders. 
 
Over the last several years, the Mukwonago Rotary has helped to fund a cistern for a community garden project, high-efficiency wood-burning residential stoves, and water filters. The club has also had members volunteer in the mountainous areas in and around Chichicastenango to help deliver 75 water filters and build chicken coops for the underprivileged Mayan population. A group of people standing in a rowDescription automatically generated
 
This latest donation will help with an elementary school kitchen remodel in Canton Xabillaguach. Other funding will go toward the purchase of six more cook stoves for individual families, six water filters for individual families, and vegetable seed packets and/or fruit trees for 122 families. 
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Rotary District 6270's Pivotal Role in Supporting Ukrainian Relief Efforts
April 27, 2024 ~ Peter Bosch
 
The Rotary Clubs across Southeast Wisconsin, encompassed by Rotary District 6270, have played a significant role in supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine during its time of crisis. This article highlights the impactful work facilitated by these clubs, in partnership with Be an Angel e.V. Germany and Friends of Be an Angel USA (Mequon, Wisconsin).
 
Generators for Hope and Survival
In August 2022, anticipating the severe winter energy crisis due to ongoing conflict, Rotary District 6270 participated in a vital initiative to provide generators to Ukrainian hospitals, refugee centers, and other critical infrastructures. This project, coordinated by Friends of Be an Angel, supplied 1,715 generators, distributing over 8,017 kW of power. These generators are essential in ensuring that life-saving medical and heating equipment can continue to function despite attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. 
 
An estimated total of 20,475 people have been directly helped within the first week of this project.
The beneficiaries of these efforts included over 150 hospitals and clinics, 80 warming stations, and numerous other facilities that cater to vulnerable populations such as orphanages and schools. A particular focus was placed on the Donetsk region, where the need was greatest due to the intensity of the conflict. 
 
Broad Community Impact
The generosity of Rotary District 6270 extended beyond material donations. The District was integral in forming a network that included the Rotary Club of Lviv-Leopolis, which provided ground support, and the Women’s Movement for the Future, which managed warehousing and distribution of the aid. This network ensured that the aid reached where it was most needed quickly and efficiently.
 
Gratitude and Recognition
Be an Angel e.V. Germany and Friends of Be an Angel USA have expressed their deep gratitude to all the members of Rotary District 6270 for their unwavering support. Andreas Tölke and Anya Verkhovskaya, representing these organizations, have personally thanked the District for the contributions that have made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Ukrainians.
 
Ongoing Commitment
The impact of Rotary District 6270’s involvement highlights the powerful role that organizations can play in global humanitarian efforts. The District continues to seek opportunities to assist and expand its reach to ensure that even in times of great need, the spirit of community and support shines through. Rotary District 6270 embodies the Rotary International’s commitment to serving humanity and supporting communities in need, both locally and globally. Their efforts in Ukraine are a testament to their dedication to making a positive impact on the world, proving that together, we can bring light during the darkest times.
 
Image of Statistics credit: Friends of Be an Angel USA website.

Nestled in the heart of Shorewood, Wisconsin, radiates a beacon of service, commitment, and dedication to Rotary ideals. Nancy Rhodes, a member since November 1, 1988, has devoted over 35 years to weaving an illustrious tapestry of service within Rotary.

Nancy's journey began humbly as a member of the Rotary Club of West Allis. Little did she foresee that her path would lead her to become a cornerstone of Rotary service, impacting lives across districts and continents.

Throughout her tenure, Nancy's steadfast commitment to Rotary has been evident in her diverse roles within the organization. From serving as Club Secretary to ascending to the esteemed position of Club President, her leadership acumen was apparent from the outset. Her influence transcended the local club level, culminating in her tenure as District Governor during the 2011-2012 term, leaving an indelible mark on District 6270.

JOB POSTING: Club Administrator, Waukesha Rotary Club
 
SUMMARY
Under minimal supervision, the Club Administrator offers administrative support to the Club Board of Directors, Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of the Waukesha Rotary Club.  This role manages a variety of duties to ensure that club objectives are met and the club operations run efficiently.  Demands and expectations are prone to change on a day-to-day basis.
 
TARGET DATE to fill this position: July 1, 2024 or before.  Click Read More for details. 

When Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022, Rotarian Fran Wargolet felt compelled to help those impacted by the escalating conflict.

As a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Fran went to Rotary.org to explore ways to provide aid. She soon learned about ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity founded in 2000 by Rotary Clubs in the UK. ShelterBox was already on the ground in Ukraine, providing vital shelter and supplies to displaced families.

Though retired, 76-year-old Fran was determined to get involved. She contacted ShelterBox and asked, "How can I help spread awareness about your relief efforts?" Soon after, Fran became a ShelterBox Ambassador. She began traveling around Wisconsin giving presentations at Rotary Club meetings to share ShelterBox’s mission. To date, she has spoken to over a dozen clubs, garnering support and funding for ShelterBox initiatives.

How ShelterBox Works

ShelterBox has grown from its humble beginnings helping just 10 families into an independent charity that partners closely with Rotary International. When disaster strikes worldwide, ShelterBox is often one of the first organizations to

The Rotary International District 6270 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Dawn Heath-Fiedler to serve as the District Governor for the 2026 - 2027 Rotary year.

Dawn became a member of the Rotary Club of Delavan-Darien in February 2015 after being told that she needed to join Rotary. The moment she stepped into her first meeting, she felt an immediate sense of belonging. Due to a change in employers, Dawn later transferred to the Rotary Club of Elkhorn.

As part of her preparations as a president-nominee, Dawn attended the 2017 District Conference. During a workshop on human trafficking, her life took a new direction. Inspired by the experience, she founded the 501(c)3 non-profit Join the Movement Events, Inc. (JTM), initially focused on raising awareness of human trafficking in rural communities.Following her term as club president, Dawn

Applications are now being accepted for the 2025 Rotary Peace Fellowships.
The application process will be open until 15 May 2024, and interested candidates can apply through the application webpage.

This year, The Rotary Foundation will award up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and up to 80 fellowships for professional development certificates at premier universities throughout the world — including the newest Rotary Peace Center in Istanbul.
 
As a humanitarian organization, promoting peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission. By carrying out service projects, supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, and partnering with others, Rotary members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. We believe that supporting peace and development leaders in their education and

Nicole McNevin, a Wisconsin native, is currently living in Tokyo as she pursues her Master's degree at the prestigious International Christian University (ICU). As one of Rotary International's honored Peace Fellows, Nicole is not only receiving a fully-funded graduate education but also gaining hands-on experience advancing the Rotary mission of peace and conflict resolution. 

So how did this small-town girl land such a competitive scholarship? A combination of strong international experience, language skills, and encouragement from her local Rotary club. Nicole spent four years teaching English in rural Japan as part of the JET program, where she immersed herself in the culture and became fluent in Japanese. This piqued her interest in barriers that prevent youth in rural areas from studying abroad. When Rotarian Betsy Rozelle (Rotary Club of Neenah) learned about the Rotary Peace Fellowship, she immediately thought of Nicole and persistently encouraged her to apply. 
 
On December 9, 2023, Betsy Rozelle interviewed Nicole with the assistance of District 6270's Rotary Peace Fellowship Committee Chair Larry Myers (Rotary Club of Elmbrook). The recorded interview here provides many insights into the Rotary Peace Fellowship program in general and into Ms. McNevin's experiences specifically. 
 
 

Now at ICU, Nicole is conducting groundbreaking research on how to expand access to study abroad programs for Japanese youth in underserved areas. She is collaborating directly with local governments in rural prefectures to distribute surveys to students and identify trends in barriers they face. Nicole hopes her Master's thesis will lead to actionable recommendations for exchange sponsors like Rotary Youth Exchange to reach more students.  

In her scarce personal time, Nicole squeezes in speaking engagements at Rotary clubs across Japan. As one of the only Peace Fellows fluent in Japanese, Nicole is in high demand to discuss the program. She's making connections that she knows will last far beyond her studies. 

What's next for this promising peacebuilder? Nicole is keeping an open mind, but sees herself continuing to promote educational exchange in Japan and bridge cultures however she can – perhaps through nonprofit work, government programs, or corporations.

Nicole's story demonstrates the

 

Sept 29, 2023 Update from Brigitte Potter, Global Grant Recipient

Just wanted to say a quick Hello!

This picture is from a Rotaract event I attended last night. It’s a small group that the leader is trying to get going so we had a brainstorming session with a pint. I also wanted to share the link to my blog for anyone who wants to follow along: brigittenpotter.wixsite.com/londonbrig

Brigitte Potter is a Masters student studying International Migration and Public Policy (IMPP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for the 2023-2024 academic year. Follow her blog to keep up with her activities.

Rotary International Districts 6270 and 6220 from Eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan recently funded and delivered a customized trailer outfitted as a mobile emergency room to the Mykolaiv region. This area has faced heavy attacks during Russia's invasion, damaging healthcare infrastructure and cutting off access to essential medical services.

The sturdy mobile unit serves as a rapid-response platform to directly bring urgently needed trauma care to communities near the front lines. A Mobile Emergency Clinic (MEC) is staffed by military doctors and equipped to handle minor injuries, infections, childbirth, dental procedures, and other emergencies. The MEC contains an exam table, monitors, medications, surgical tools, testing supplies, and

Rotary District 6270 is excited to share that preparations are in full swing for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program's 2024-25 exchange year. Rotary Youth Exchange plays an instrumental role in fostering peace, one young individual at a time. This program offers an exceptional opportunity for young students to embark on an enriching journey filled with cultural immersion, personal development, and the cultivation of international friendships.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a flagship initiative of Rotary International, with a central mission of nurturing global understanding and promoting peace through cultural exchange. This program has been uniting adventurous young minds from diverse backgrounds for years, encouraging them to explore, learn, and connect with the world beyond their familiar horizons.

Presently, over 100 million individuals worldwide are enduring the loss of their homes due to disasters and conflicts. ShelterBox’s mission is to make a difference in their lives. They work tirelessly to provide emergency shelter, tools, and household supplies to families displaced by calamities, empowering them to begin rebuilding and transforming despair into hope.

 

For six and a half decades, the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field had been a beacon of hope, supporting local initiatives and improving lives. The club celebrated its 65th Anniversary during the Changing of Guard on June 28th. The club and Rotary International have come a long way since the club received its charter on July 5, 1958. In 1958, there were 9,800 Rotary Clubs in over 100 countries. Today, there are more than 46,000 Rotary and Rotaract clubs in 221 countries worldwide. Through this network of clubs, members can work with like-minded individuals to advance community and worldwide understanding, goodwill, and peace.

Rotary Districts 6220 and 6270, encompassing much of Northern and all of Eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, have taken decisive action in response to the healthcare crisis unfolding in Ukraine due to ongoing conflict. The districts have pooled their resources to secure a Disaster Response Grant from Rotary International, resulting in a critical healthcare lifeline: a Mobile Emergency Clinic.


 
Leif Van Grinsven was the D-6270 Global Grant Scholar in 2019-2020. He is a product of Cudahy, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Wheaton College, where he not only excelled in academics but was also a three-time All-American in Track and Field. His Global Grant Scholarship resulted in a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. After several short stints with the United Nations and the World Health Organization, he landed in Rwanda and then in Malawi, where his newly developed skills in economic development have produced great results.

In his own words, he reports the following. Small Farm Cities (SFC) has grown considerably. We have two sites, our development center, which acts as
 
Rotary International District 6270 is awarding a Global Grant Scholarship in the amount of $30,000 to Brigitte N. Potter of Glendale, Wisc. The grant has been approved by The Rotary Foundation with an 80% match of District Designated Funds (DDF) provided by the district. 

Ms. Potter will use the grant to obtain a Master of Science degree in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. She intends to focus on the issues surrounding refugees and forced migration. Her Rotary Area of Focus is “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.”
 
Ms. Potter is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and
Waukesha Club Uses a Custom “Zoom Machine” to Ease Tech Load
By Pete Bosch, April 13, 2023

Club meetings are more inclusive when delivered hybrid. But the equipment is time-consuming and complicated to set up and take down. Also, it is often difficult to show the audience, the speaker, and what the speaker is presenting, if they are including a PowerPoint in their program.

This article is about a simplified device and approach to hybrid meetings that my club uses. Setup and teardown both take less than 5 minutes. 

To read Pete's entire Zoom Machine article, download the PDF. It is filled with details and images.

At 8 AM on December 3rd, 2022 the first of two shifts assembled in a donated 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Germantown. Rotarians from the Milwaukee - and other - Rotary clubs and volunteers with the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) were briefed on the day’s efforts by Dr. Doug Davis.

Over the course of the morning, five pallets of donated medical supplies from Hospitals throughout Wisconsin were broken down and sorted into stations representing 12 situational categories from Front Line EMT & Emergency Room, to Surgical, Wound Care, Rehab, PPE, and others. At each of those stations, those supplies, along with others staged from previous efforts were further sorted by volunteers with medical experience into dozens of subcategories such as catheters, suture kits, central lines, wound care, ECG Electrodes, and so on. 

Rotary International District 6270 is pleased to announce that Nicole McNevin of Neenah, Wisc., has received a prized Rotary Peace Fellowship (RPF) for 2023-2025. She has been accepted into the Master’s Course in Peace Studies, Public Policy and Public Research Program, at International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.
 
The daughter of Mary & Richard McNevin of Neenah, Wisc., Nicole is a graduate of Neenah High School and Wheaton College, Ill. (2017) She speaks Japanese and is currently in the 4th year of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program where she teaches English and culture to students in low-income areas.
 
February 22, 2023 via Rotary.org

Turkey and Syria were struck by a devastating earthquake on 6 February that has killed tens of thousands of people, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures, and left people across the region without shelter in bitterly cold winter weather. While still providing aid to those impacted by the first earthquake, another 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same area on 20 February, bringing even more devastation. 

The Rotary world responded to this catastrophe immediately. RI President Jennifer Jones activated

    On 25 January the five Ozaukee County Rotary clubs embraced this year’s theme “Imagine Rotary”, by coordinating the first of many “Rotary Mix & Mingle” events. This event was promoted and open to the public. Rotarians and guests had an opportunity to Meet-Network-Share Ideas. Each club president, or their representative shared some of their club’s recent projects and invited prospective and former members to visit a meeting, or future club event.
     
    Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.

    McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 9 January. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.

    "The goal is to restore hope — to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and, in turn, to help us achieve lasting change for ourselves," McInally said at Rotary's annual training event for incoming district governors.
     
    In the face of the unprovoked and brutal attack by Russia on Ukraine, District 6270 and its Rotary Clubs have stepped up in many ways to alleviate suffering in Ukraine.

    The Formation of the Rotary Disaster Response Fund’s Ukraine Effort 

    Shortly after Ukraine was invaded by Russia in February of 2022, Rotarians started asking Rotary International (RI) to provide grants in service of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The RI Trustees met in late February and decided to use the Disaster Response Fund for the purpose. They announced that all donations to the fund between March 3rd and April 30th would be dedicated to service to Ukraine. During those eight weeks, Rotarians donated almost $15MM to the fund, and grants became immediately available.
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