District 6270 Changing of the Guard

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Get Tickets  Purchase your ticket by Wed June 14, 2023 Advance reservations and payment are required – no walk-ins.

Join Us for an Inspiring Evening!

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2022-23 Rotary year under the leadership of District Governor Mike Phillips and look ahead to 2023-24 with Don Griffing as our new District Governor!

Who: All Rotarians, Rotaractors, and their spouses/significant others are invited

When: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | 5:00 - 8:30 PM
   5:00 Doors open
   5:15 Social Hour (Cash Bar)
   6:00 Buffet Dinner with Dessert
   8:30 Program Concludes

Where: Chandelier Ballroom, 150 Jefferson Street, Hartford, WI 53027
Cost: Price per person*
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Purchase your ticket or RSVP by 11:59 PM on June 14, 2023
Advance reservations and payment are required – no walk-ins.
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Keynote Speaker: Chris Kolenda, “Challenges Veterans Face” 

Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D., founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, writes life-changing books, bicycles for great causes like the 1700-mile Fallen Hero Honor Ride, and helps leaders achieve their dreams. A West Point graduate, internationally renowned combat leader, and retired Army colonel, he was a trusted advisor to three 4-star generals and two Secretaries of Defense. Chris became the first American to have both fought the Taliban as a commander in combat and negotiated successfully with them in peace talks. 
His unique warrior-diplomacy has been featured in New York Times bestselling books, including The Outpost by Jake Tapper. His contributions have also been cited in the world's leading newspapers and on television. Chris’s books include Leadership: The Warrior's Art, and INDIE'S #1 War & Military book of 2021, Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War.

A member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Chris was featured on the cover of Rotary magazine in March 2023

We hope to see you there!
District 6270 Changing of the Guard Cindy Petted 2023-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Waukesha Club Uses a Custom “Zoom Machine” to Ease Tech Load

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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.

Waukesha Club Uses a Custom “Zoom Machine” to Ease Tech Load Cindy Petted 2023-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Nicole McNevin of Neenah Receives Rotary Peace Fellowship

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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.
Nicole McNevin of Neenah Receives Rotary Peace Fellowship  Cindy Petted 2023-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary responds to earthquake that has devastated areas of Turkey and Syria

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 our disaster response efforts, communicated with the affected districts, and encouraged governors in those regions to apply for disaster response grants and share information about their relief efforts so that Rotary can amplify the calls for support.

Read the full story here

Rotary's project partner ShelterBox also has an emergency response team assessing the needs in the region and how it can respond. That team is communicating with Rotary district leaders. Rotary's service partner Habitat for Humanity International is also working on its response. Many Rotary members are asking how they can help. Here's how to have the greatest impact:

  • Give to Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund. Donations help clubs and districts provide aid and support rebuilding efforts where the need is greatest. The funds are distributed to affected communities through disaster response grants. The Disaster Response Fund can accept cash contributions and District Designated Funds (DDF).
  • Support local initiatives. As we learn about local response efforts that are being led by clubs and districts, Rotary raises awareness about how to support them. People can then support these projects by working directly with Rotary members in the region. If you want us to publicize information about local response efforts, write to relief@rotary.org.
Rotary responds to earthquake that has devastated areas of Turkey and Syria Cindy Petted 2023-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mix & Mingle - Imagining Rotary

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.
Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise member Cindy Shaffer was our host at her Spur 16 development’s Mequon Public Market and provided the 85+ guests with delicious small plates and beverages. Thiensville-Mequon Noon member, PE Jenne Hohn, was the cheerleader of this event and received press support and participation from many members of the other Ozaukee County Rotary clubs of Cedarburg- Grafton, Port Washington-Saukville, and Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport.
Thanks to having this event listed on the D6270’s calendar we had guest appearances and announcements from DG Mike Phillips, Polio Plus Society Chair Rob Bassett, and Milwaukee RC’s International Chair Pat Cronin. There were also two members from the Elmbrook RC visiting to see how this type of Rotary networking event could be duplicated in their area. All in all, it was a very successful and enjoyable initial event and a great way for the Ozaukee County Rotary clubs to “Imagine Rotary”. (Contributor, Brian Monroe; Photos, Dean Johnson)
Rotary Mix & Mingle - Imagining Rotary 2023-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

RI President-elect Announces 2023-24 Presidential Theme

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.
RI President-elect Announces 2023-24 Presidential Theme  Cindy Petted 2023-01-12 06:00:00Z 0

District 6270 Steps Up to Help Ukraine

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.
Grants would be limited to $25K per district, and require partnering with a club in or near Ukraine for on-the-ground execution. Signatories would be District Governors and Rotary Foundation Chairs, and reporting would be required on an annual basis, and at completion.

During the next 37 weeks, 274 districts in 55 countries participated, running 440 grants, providing a wide range of needs from medical and hospital equipment to refugee shelters and psychological support. Our own district processed three grants.
District 6270 Steps Up to Help Ukraine 2022-12-26 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Prepare Medical Supplies for Shipment to Ukraine

Rotarians Prepare Medical Supplies for Shipment to Ukraine

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. 

Layperson volunteers at each station boxed the supplies according to subcategory and loaded them into Gaylords (giant cardboard crates). Shipping manifests were attached to the Gaylords and they were moved to an outbound shipping area.

Through the hard work of UMANA member Anya Verkhovskaya, these Gaylords will be shipped through Gdansk, Poland to Lviv, Ukraine. In Lviv, there are even more volunteers, working long hours in a cramped and bomb-damaged warehouse, often in cold and low light. These people will partition the boxes of specific supplies into carefully configured shipments to hospitals, clinics, front-line aid stations, and even combat medics. Then still more volunteers – some braving direct small arms and artillery fire, will transport these supplies to their destinations where they will be put to work saving lives.

High-criticality and high-value donations such as procedural equipment, pain and anesthetic medications, wound vacs and surgical instruments are packaged into suitcases, and “mules,” people who are traveling to Ukraine, carry them directly and much more quickly, to the volunteers in Lviv. UMANA has shipped hundreds of suitcases full of such supplies.

At a shift changeover assembly, we were informed that in typical warfare, for every three people wounded, one dies. Due in small part to our efforts – and with a very humble nod towards the inspiring performance of their military, for Ukrainians, that figure improves to only one death per seven wounded.

Today, we packaged about nine tons of supplies. The entire effort in Wisconsin has sent over 80 tons and the parent effort, centered in Illinois, has collectively sent about 350 tons of supplies. The need is immense, and the effort will go on. 


Rotarians Prepare Medical Supplies for Shipment to Ukraine Cindy Petted 2022-12-26 06:00:00Z 0

Liz Nevitt Selected as District Governor Candidate for the 2025/26 Rotary Year

We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth “Liz” Nevitt has been selected as our candidate for District Governor for the 2025/2026 Rotary year, subject to approval by Rotary International and ratification by the District members at the annual business meeting in the spring of 2023.

Liz is a fourth generation Rotarian. She joined the Menasha Rotary Club in 1998 and moved to the Ripon Rotary Club in 2012. Liz served as President of each club twice, and held other club leadership roles. At the District level, she served as Assistant Governor for three years, District Family of Rotary Resource Group Coordinator and has been the District Stewardship Subcommittee Chair for the past three years. Liz is also a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, Paul Harris Sustaining Member, and the District's newest PolioPlus Society member.

Please join us in congratulating her and thanking her for her continuing service to Rotary.
Liz Nevitt Selected as District Governor Candidate for the 2025/26 Rotary Year 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
2023 Rotary International Convention Cindy Petted 2022-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

First Case of Polio in US in Nearly a Decade

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has been informed of a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated individual in Rockland County, New York, United States.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are coordinating with New York State health authorities on their investigation. Initial sequencing confirmed by CDC indicates that the case is type 2 VDPV.

Any form of poliovirus anywhere is a threat to children everywhere. It is critical that the GPEI Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026 is fully resourced and fully implemented everywhere, to ensure a world free of all forms of poliovirus can be achieved.

We are calling on every single Rotarian to take action and be a part of the fight to end polio, helping to raise $50 million per year for polio eradication.

Mike McGovern

Chair, International PolioPlus Committee

First Case of Polio in US in Nearly a Decade 2022-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Why Travel for Rotary Service

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has a strong presence in the Highlands of Guatemala and several local EWB college chapters choose to work in the area.  Our trips are a means of solidifying and honoring our partnership.

The trips foster opportunities to build and celebrate essential relationships with Guatemalan Rotarians and community members.  The people who live in the villages impacted by the projects greatly appreciate that we care enough to show up for them.  And, we do our best to ensure the projects are needed and wanted by the community, not by outsiders, which is essential for the long-term sustainability of the work.  We bear witness to the integrity of the work allowing us to assure the funders that the money was used as intended – which also supports our future efforts to fund Global Grants in partnership with other Rotary Clubs.

It is critical that we have strong and trusting relationships with the Rotarians in Guatemala – relationships that are best built face to face.  Implementing a Global Grant is not for the faint of heart.  The upfront work in preparing the grant request is formidable and can’t be done from Milwaukee alone.  We count on Guatemalan Rotarians to monitor on-going progress, pay bills and work with us to prepare and submit interim and final reports to the Rotary Foundation.

Fellow travelers find the experience of working alongside students and community members to be a very rewarding part of the trip; however, it is probably the least valuable of the contributions that we make to the community.  The Guatemalan Highlands have plenty of able-bodied men and women to work.  The people of Guatemala need the funding and the expertise that we can provide.

However, I would be remiss not to say that the projects undertaken by the EWB teams are very valuable learning experiences for the students and our club has been glad to financially support these efforts as we can.  The students raise the money, design the project, and then work alongside the community to get it done.  Working on a project near home would not provide the same level of learning.

This trip provides a chance of a lifetime to work side by side with our partner organizations and the local community in Guatemala.  You will witness, firsthand, how impactful our work has been and continues to be.

Why Travel for Rotary Service  Mary McCormick 2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

From PDG Craig Burnett

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.
From PDG Craig Burnett 2021-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

From the Nominating Committee

Seeking District Governor Candidates for 2024-2025

The nominating committee of Rotary International District 6270 is seeking qualified, enthusiastic candidates to serve as District Governor in the 2024-2025 Rotary year. For complete details, see the District Governor Nomination Notice for 2024 – 2025.
If you have interest, we encourage you to talk with one of us, or any past district governor to learn about the role.
PDG Steen Sanderhoff & PDG Craig Burnett, Nominating Committee Co-Chairs
From the Nominating Committee 2021-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

From Steen Sanderhoff

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.
From Steen Sanderhoff 2021-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

From Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International 2020-21

2021 Rotary Convention Now Virtual

By now we have sadly grown accustomed to hearing of the need to shift major public events to being held virtually rather than face to face.  Unfortunately, the Rotary Board of Directors was compelled to again make the difficult decision to celebrate this year’s International Convention as a virtual event.  While this may not be an unexpected decision, it is still a deeply disappointing one — for us and for our friends in Taiwan who have been planning an exceptional event. I want to thank the Host Committee for the admirable job they did building support for what surely would have been one of Rotary’s finest events.

We had hoped that a combination of vaccine uptake and public health measures would have brought the COVID-19 pandemic under control. We all know that in many parts of the world the pandemic is still raging and we must maintain our vigilance and patience before resuming major public gatherings. Taiwan has done an admirable job managing the pandemic — and local Rotarians were still eager to host and celebrate with us. Under the guidance of the World Health Organization and the local public health organization in Taiwan, it became clear that an event of this scale would be impossible to host safely.

While we are disappointed that we could not have a traditional convention, we are excited about the virtual event being planned for all Rotarians worldwide. Last year’s convention attracted significant viewership during its weeklong program. This year, we will channel all we have learned about staging the very best in virtual events into a program that promises to open new opportunities for you to be entertained, enlightened and energized. We will share more details about the 2021 Virtual Convention soon.

Convention, pre-convention, and ticket refunds
We will automatically cancel and refund all existing registrations.  This includes purchases made for the Rotaract and Youth Exchange and the Intercountry Committees preconvention events, and ticketed meal events. We kindly ask that you do not contact RI Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket, or housing cancellations as we work diligently to inform all attendees and process cancellations and refunds.  For those who had already canceled prior to today, you will also receive a refund of the $50 processing fee.

Host Organization Committee (HOC) ticketed event registrations
The HOC event ticket fees will be refunded by the Taipei HOC.  For more information, please visit rotarytaipei2021.org.

Hotel rooms
If you have secured accommodations within Rotary’s official housing block, no action will be required on your end.  Maritz, Rotary’s official housing partner, will contact you with the details of your cancelation. 

If you have secured a group room block and made a full or partial payment, you will receive a follow-up communication and instructions on receiving a refund.

I want to thank all Rotarians and Rotaractors around the world for your understanding and your continued willingness to learn and adapt. We are becoming a stronger, more nimble organization because of this, and our Virtual Convention will be a reflection of this new Rotary.

Please be safe and take care of each other.
From Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International 2020-21 2021-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

From PDG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-20

A Very Considerate and Thoughtful Gift for a Past District Governor

It is an old tradition for the Incoming District Governor to give recognition in form of a gift to the Outgoing District Governor at the Change of the Guard, usually held in June. This year was, like most other events, a little different. The recognition was handed to PDG Steen Sanderhoff by DG Craig Burnett at his official Club visit to Racine Founders. What a beautiful canoe paddle with the inscription “Thank you for guiding Rotary International District 6270 as District Governor – 2019-2020” and the Rotary and “Rotary Connects the World” logos. (Quite an art to engrave this message in a wood paddle!)

So, some might ask…Why a canoe paddle to a big city boy like Steen? Boy Scouts with my son, Alan, and later with my daughter, Anne, taught me to love and appreciate canoeing in the wilderness. Each year for the last 20 years, I have enjoyed crisscrossing The Boundary Waters Canoe Area- a wilderness area in Northern Minnesota- with my kids, the Scouts, and later old Scout leaders when the kids went off the college. What an amazing opportunity to bond with each other and connect with wilderness at its best. Besides, Janice and I love to canoe the local waterways each summer.

Although “My Rotary Paddle” belongs on a wall, I have promised Craig to dip the paddle in the waters of BWCA and move my canoe forward – just like we all move the mission of Rotary ahead.

From PDG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-20 2020-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Invitation from Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser

Special District 6270 Event: Our Foundation - Opportunities within Challenging Times

All District 6270 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and their spouses/significant others/friends are invited to join us for an inspiring evening celebrating The Rotary Foundation.
When: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:15 - 7:45 PM (CST) (Please note adjustment to meeting times to accommodate our speaker's schedule)
Where: Virtual, Connect with Zoom
Keynote Speaker: Barry Rassin, Past President of Rotary International

A person standing in front of a buildingDescription automatically generatedA member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, Rassin has been described as one who strikes a perfect balance between Bahamian bonhomie and decisive leadership.  He earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System and is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association.    A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served as a director, a training leader, and the aide to 2015-2016 RI President K R Ravindran.  Rassin received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He served as Rotary International President in 2018-19, and currently is leading the HANWASH (Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Health Strategy) project in Haiti.   He and his wife, Esther, who he credits with keeping him grounded, are Major Donors and Benefactors of the Rotary Foundation. His mantra, “You’ve got to take risks in this life. That’s what we’re here to do: not to follow the same old path, but to take out your machete, cut away the bush, and create a new way.”  

Register in advance to receive your login information: Foundation Zoom Registration
Invitation from Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser 2020-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
From PDG Steen Sanderhoff 2020-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

From PDG Steen Sanderhoff

Rotary Citations for Rotary Year 2019-2020
Congratulations to the following District 6270 clubs who earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for the Rotary year 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, the clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.

Silver- Lake Country – Hartland, Neenah, Ripon     

Gold- Milwaukee Amigos, Oshkosh on the Water, Sheboygan, Two Rivers, West Bend, West Bend Sunrise

Platinum- Mequon – Thiensville, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc, Thiensville, Whitnall Park                                     
From PDG Steen Sanderhoff 2020-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

From Scholarships Chair Larry Myers

Global Grant Scholarship Opportunity 

RI District 6270 is pleased to announce that a Global Grant Scholarship in the amount of U.S. $30,000 is being offered for matriculation in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. The program of studies must be a graduate level program overseas, not in the United States, and must align closely with one of RI’s current six Areas of Focus. The 7th Area of Focus, “Supporting the Environment,” will not come on-line until July 1, 2021.

Applicants must hold at least an undergraduate degree or anticipate graduation within the current year. Application deadline is January 15, 2021; interviews, February 6; announcement of grant recipient, February 15. Application form and applicable reference documents are accessible on the RI District 6270 web site (www.rotary6270.org). Simply click on the image labeled “Scholarships Resource Center.”
Some people are not eligible to be candidates for a Global Grant Scholarship. They include:
1. Current Rotarians (Rotaractors are eligible to receive GG Scholarships.)
2. Employees of clubs, districts, other Rotary entities (as defined in section 1.040. of the Rotary Code of Policies) and of Rotary International
3. Rotarian spouses; children or grandchildren by blood, legal adoption, or marriage without adoption; the spouses of those children or grandchildren, or parents or grandparents by blood of people listed above; and employees of agencies, organizations, or institutions that work with Rotary International or the Foundation.
If you have ever wondered about the impact of the Global Grant Scholarship program, consider the following comments from Dr. Jason Gehrke, our District 6270 GG Scholar during 2016-2017, who did his Ph.D. dissertation research at the University of Strassbourg, France, in the "Peace and Conflict Resolution" Area of Focus:
     “Thank you for your goodwill to me and to all our fellow citizens. It has been too long since our last communication. After my year as a Rotary GG Scholar in France, we moved to Valparaiso, Indiana, where I put my studies in France to good use in teaching. At Valparaiso University I developed a course on the just war tradition, which incorporated much of what I had learned while taking courses in Strasbourg, especially when we get to the modern section of European policy. This year, I accepted a new role as Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College, MI, where my teaching will focus on the intersection of history, politics, and international relations.  I think that Hillsdale will be our permanent home.  And I know that the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship, not only because of its reputation but also because of the experiences gained through it, has directly impacted both my teaching and public service. I hope to see you all again soon.”
                                                                                                                                                                           —Jason Gehrke (GG Scholar, 2016-2017)
Please pass along this information to any aspiring scholar whom you know or meet who might be qualified to apply. Feel free to contact Larry Myers with any questions.
From Scholarships Chair Larry Myers 2020-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Craig Burnett

Rotary Million Dollar Journey Reaches its Goal… and Continues

After reaching a $1,000,000 fundraising goal early, Rotary International Districts 6220 & 6270 extend the goal deadline and dollar amount to support the Rotary Foundation during trying times
A joint effort between the Wisconsin & Michigan Rotarians of districts 6220 and 6270 to raise $1,000,000 for the Rotary Foundation by October, 2020 reached its goal four months early. With that success, and with even greater need, the districts will continue the journey by raising more funds, and a new conclusion in April, 2021.
A bit over one year ago, on the recommendation of Rotary International District Governors Steve Handrick and Steen Sanderhoff, their respective districts embarked on a path to collectively raise one million dollars of new gifts to the Rotary Foundation; a Million Dollar Journey. With many generous gifts – each in excess of $10,000 – from both districts, the goal was reached early, in July of 2020.
When the Journey launched, the districts planned a celebratory dinner for all of the contributors along the fundraising pathway, to have taken place in November 2020. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic will make that celebration impossible at that time, and the districts agreed that it should be postponed until April 29, 2021.
Seeing the postponement as an opportunity, now past-governors Handrick & Sanderhoff and current district governors Scott Knaffla and Craig Burnett agreed that the districts should continue the Journey’s effort, and have set a new goal of $2,000,000 to be reached by April 1, 2021.
As with the first part of the Journey, the minimum amount of gifts within the journey is $10,000 to qualify for attendance at the celebratory dinner. Gifts may be made in a number of ways:
  1. Outright gifts of cash or appreciated securities
  2. A three-year pledge of cash or appreciated securities
  3. A Life income agreement funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate, including charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or pooled income funds.
  4. A bequest commitment via a will, life insurance policy, revocable trust, or a retirement plan
Each district has a team of Rotarians who stand ready to discuss the continuing campaign, give a presentation about the journey, or to interact directly with a potential donor. Donors or clubs are encouraged to contact PDG and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Nancy Rhodes to discuss the opportunity to add needed funds to the Rotary International Foundation during this time of pandemic and worldwide economic challenge.
Rotarians and others are encouraged to join in this important Journey at a time when it is truly needed.
From DG Craig Burnett 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

From Scholarship Chair Larry Myers

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.


From Scholarship Chair Larry Myers 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser

Celebrating Foundation Successes

CONGRATULATIONS!! The 2019-2020 Rotary year was fantastic – and it is all because of YOU and your generosity! Despite the pandemic – or maybe because of it – you all opened your hearts and your hands and your wallets to truly provide Service Above Self.   
POLIO - As Rotarians and friends worldwide pitched in, we met the $50 million goal and as a result we received the full $100 million match from the Gates Foundation.    The true value in that achievement lies not only in the lives we are saving from the devastation of polio,  but it also showed the world that the infrastructure we have in place to fight polio has also been vital in tracking and preventing the spread of Covid-19.    Kudos to all of you!
ANNUAL FUND AND ENDOWMENT - We experienced a record year in contributions to the Annual Fund, and in commitments to the Endowment Fund.   Generous donations from all of you, and especially from new major donors, benefactors, and bequest society members, help secure our future and guarantee that we will have funding in the future for all the wonderful humanitarian projects we accomplish.  
LOCAL BENEFITS - Too often we think of our Service Above Self as taking place in other parts of the world and benefitting people we will never meet.   We contribute to the Foundation, and don’t pay attention to where our money goes.   This year has reminded us that our contributions truly do come home.  In addition to the $61,000+ in district grants, most of which was for projects in your own communities, we also received a $25,000 grant from the foundation for local Covid-19 related projects.   You all stepped up and provided PPE’s to health care workers and first responders, you provided food to those in need,  protective equipment for a free clinic, and you filled many other COVID related needs in your own communities. 
MILLION DOLLAR JOURNEY - Remember that we are on our Million Dollar Journey to raise funds for the future.  Contributions to the Annual Fund will provide us with working dollars in the near future, and commitments to the Endowment fund will provide us with support in years to come.  Please think about what you want your Rotary Legacy to be and contact a member of the Foundation committee for more information.
PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK! - So, let’s take time to celebrate 2019-2020 and everything that we accomplished.  It was a difficult year, and many of us had hard times, but we came through it with flying colors.   Now on to 2020-2021!  We can’t lose sight of our goal of Service Above Self.    Let’s continue to share what we have with those who have less – with those who are struggling – with those who are hopeless.   There is so much need, locally and around the world, and we have so much to share.   It may be our time – our talents – or our treasures – but we all have something to give. THANK YOU!
From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser 2020-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

From the Rotary International Nominating Committee

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.”

From the Rotary International Nominating Committee 2020-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

From the RI Nominating Committee

Jennifer E. Jones Named Rotary President-Nominee

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.”

From the RI Nominating Committee 2020-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

From the Nominating Committee

District Governor Nomination Notice for 2023-2024

Rotary District 6270 is now seeking candidate proposals from Rotary Clubs for the position of District Governor in the 2023-2024 Rotary Year.
Serving as Rotary District Governor (DG) is a great honor. Governors are the official representative of Rotary International in the district. The mission of a Governor is to lead clubs, inspire Rotarians, and engage the public by articulating Rotary’s role in our community. District Governors serve for one Rotary year, from July 1 to June 30.  Governors are actively engaged in District decision-making leading up to their year as Governor.  Serving as District Governor is a life-changing experience. As they prepare, Governors receive training, plan, assemble their teams of volunteers and collaborate to create a budget.  You can learn more about serving as District Governor by downloading Lead Your District: Governor, published by Rotary International. 
Duties of the District Governor (DG)
  • The DG is the officer of RI in the district functioning under the general supervision of the RI Board.  The governor leads and supports the clubs in the district by inspiring and motivating them and by ensuring continuity within the District. 
  • During the year in office, clubs will look to the DG for leadership and support as they carry out service projects and participate in Rotary programs. Candidates should have strong leadership and decision-making skills. 
  • The DG works to support and strengthen clubs, organize new clubs, and grow membership; encourage contributions and other support for The Rotary Foundation; promote positive public image for Rotary and serve as spokesperson for the district. The DG works to develop a safe environment for youth participants; conducts a district conference and other meetings; and trains club leaders. The DG works with the finance committee to prepare budgets, provide reports and help administer Rotary District Designated Funds. The DG works with governor-line, District Board and other district leaders (including implementing a district plan and appointing Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs).
Minimum Qualifications for Nominees
  • Be a District 6270 Rotarian in good standing.
  • Be a Rotarian maintaining full qualifications of active Rotary membership
  • Must have served a full term (1-year) as a Rotary club president, or as charter president from the date of charter to 30 June (six-month minimum), at the time of nomination.  (Per RI Bylaws 16.070.3)
  • Must have completed a minimum of seven (7) years of Rotary Membership, by the time of taking office.
Nominees must complete a Governor-nominee Form.  The form is found on District 6270 website, in ‘site pages’ listing.
From the Nominating Committee 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

From Mary Beth Seiser


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From Mary Beth Seiser 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Seventh Area of Focus Announced

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.”

Seventh Area of Focus Announced 2020-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

From Rotary Foundation Trustees & Rotary International Board

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

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

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.

In 1990-91, RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the Preserve Planet Earth subcommittee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives.

“We have finally caught up to Costa [his vision],” says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus.

“As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” says Riseley. “This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”

Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.

More information about this new cause will be announced soon.

From Rotary Foundation Trustees & Rotary International Board 2020-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Craig Burnett

Rotary Opens Opportunities

As we embark on the 2020 – 2021 Rotary year under the banner of RI President Holger Knaack’s theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, the entire Rotary world finds itself challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, and widespread global economic challenge.
In the face of such difficult times, many outside of Rotary would retreat from their volunteer activities. That is not the Rotary way; we are People of Action, and working to change the world for the better is in our blood. We have already seen this throughout our district as clubs are finding new and innovative ways to meet virtually or via creative and safe social distancing. Clubs in our district are also executing a diverse array of service projects. Many are different than those the clubs had planned before the pandemic, yet through these projects our clubs are continuing to serve our world.
As we move forward through this Rotary year in the shadow of COVID-19, it is critically important that we stay safe and be adaptable. If we do not take care of ourselves, our loved-ones, and our community through careful action to prevent infection, we will be less able to act on our motto, Service Above Self.  While the pandemic is still active, each and every Rotary event must be completely optional for in-person participation.
With that limitation, though, there are still many things we can do to continue to serve our world, and I encourage each club to brainstorm creatively, looking for novel approaches that are both safe and effective. 
It is also a time to embrace the unexpected opportunities that will arise amidst this crisis. Examples include building new and innovated membership and meeting models that work better when traditional in-person meetings are not being held (and may continue to work well in the long-term), inviting potential members, past members, and past alumni to join via virtual meetings, creative service projects to support communities harmed by the coronavirus, and more.
I urge us all to keep a positive focus on finding opportunities that will allow us to continue to serve. If we work together in optimism, we can do more than just survive – we have the opportunity to grow and thrive.
From DG Craig Burnett 2020-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Steen Sanderhoff

June is Fellowship Month

June is Fellowship month and a time to celebrate the Rotary year 2019-20. At the end of June, we will have Change of the Guard in the Clubs, District and RI. Through our fellowship, we will look back at the year and all the accomplishments we have made in the local communities and the world. As we face the obstacles of everyday life on our current situation, we can be very proud of our impact and reach. It is times like these, we as Rotarians show our strength, commitment, and endurance.

I am amazed by the creativity of the Clubs in our District. Many Clubs meet on virtual platforms for their weekly meetings, but also connect with their members for Fellowship through Quarantini Time, Snack Time and other creative ways to get together.

The District’s virtual annual meeting was held earlier this month and finances and budgets were presented and official business was conducted. We welcomed Mike Phillips as the new DGND for Rotary year 2022-23. Congratulations Mike, you will do a great job. We also elected PDG Angela Rester and PDG Daniel Christianson as our District’s Representatives for Council on Legislation / Council on Resolutions and PDG Mary Beth Seiser and PDG Nancy Rhodes as District Representatives to the 2020-21 Director Nomination Committee.

It was my honor and great pleasure, on behalf of Rotary International, to award PDG Nancy Rhodes, Rotary International’s “Service Above Self” award. Nancy is a powerhouse and a “super” Rotarian. I cannot imagine any one more deserving. Congratulations Nancy.

We are still on our Million Dollar Journey and now that we reflect on another successful Rotary year, it is a good time to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation. Join the journey as major donor or donate at any level you feel comfortable, but please do it now to be counted in this Rotary year. Remember we get money back for grants and scholarships three years from now.

Rotary Youth Exchange in our District, inbound and outbound, has for safety reasons been cancelled for the next Rotary year. It is such an important program. Let us use this coming year to plan for the next year and get more Clubs involved in the program. Thanks to Kelly and her committee for doing a fabulous job in a very difficult situation.

The program schedule for the virtual International Convention, June 20th to June 26th, has been published and can be found on RI website. Now is the time to participate in an International Conference from your armchair.

How proud we can be of being Rotarians. Together, under exceedingly difficult circumstances, we have moved the needle in the right direction. Thanks to you, we have Connected the World.

From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2020-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

From PDG Steen Sanderhoff

Nancy Rhodes Honored with Service Above Self Award

Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide, and no more than one from each district, each year.

I am pleased to share that this year, Rotary has chosen to honor one of our fellow District 6270 Rotarians, Nancy Rhodes.

Nancy Rhodes is a DYNAMO! She is a strong, determined, compassionate, tireless, & effective leader, in & out of Rotary. Since joining Rotary in 1988 -just one year after the Supreme Court ruled Rotary clubs may not exclude women based on gender- Nancy has held leadership positions at all levels of Rotary - from Club to International.  Her husband, Don Drecktrah, is also a Rotarian.

Nancy personifies what the Service Above Self award is all about. She is extremely dedicated to Rotary, and particularly to The Rotary Foundation, where she works diligently to identify prospective donors. As one member/donor put it, “She may be little, but Nancy can pick you up and shake you until every last nickel falls out of your pockets. And… she does it with a smile.”  

She is generous with her time, talents, & knowledge; her calendar is always full of Rotary meetings, events, & projects. Nancy never expects from others what she herself does not give, often many times over. What many aren’t aware of is her accomplishments behind the scenes- advocating & promoting support of people, ideas, & projects; quietly inspiring others to give money for causes; identifying people’s talents/capabilities & getting them involved in areas where they can make an impact. It is work with many hours of organizing, directing & being on one’s feet, the results of which many take for granted.

Nancy, on behalf of Rotary International, your fellow Rotarians, and the countless people whose lives are better because of you, CONGRATULATIONS!

From PDG Steen Sanderhoff 2020-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser

Support the Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund

Thank you for everything you are doing for yourselves, your families, and your community during the current coronavirus pandemic.   It has been heartwarming to see the activities of so many clubs in our district - providing personal protective equipment, hearty meals, food for food pantries, support for first responders and health care workers, and many other generous projects.   

As a district we were delighted to be able to offer supplemental district grants to clubs, and those were made possible by your previous generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.    Under normal circumstances, when we contribute to our Foundation we never know exactly when and where the funds will be used. We only know that Rotarians will see a need and will find a way to take care of it.  

But the current situation is not ‘normal’.   We are fighting a worldwide pandemic, and the need is urgent and specific.   Luckily Rotary had an established Disaster Response Fund and was prepared to allocate $1 million to COVID-19 projects.     Districts applied for grants for their local communities, but the needs quickly surpassed the available resources.    Rotary increased the amount to $3 million, but the need is still there.    Our district is one of those whose grant request is waiting in the queue until more money becomes available.   We don’t know, if, or when, it will be funded. 

Please consider a personal contribution to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund.  

Finally, stay safe and healthy, and THANK YOU for everything you do - it is appreciated!  

From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser 2020-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

From RI Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones

COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon **Changed to May 2nd**

Rotary International is pleased to share with you that we are championing a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster relief. This telethon will be simulcast on all Rotary International social channels and is anticipated to reach more than 100-thousand viewers with a goal of raising more than $1-million dollars.
Rotary’s 1.2-milion members across the globe have taken swift action. More than $3-million dollars from Rotary’s Disaster Relief Fund has already been put into action on the frontlines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our People of Action - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.
The Telethon date is **Saturday, May 2, 2020** (NOTE NEW DATE), 10:00am US Central Daylight Time (Chicago, Illinois). The telethon will also showcase how our Polio infrastructure is helping to combat COVID-19 in real time.
We will hear stories of hope from Rotarians across the globe as they share with us what they are doing to help their communities. We will hear stories of inspiration from Rotaract, Interact and friends of Rotary.
Our request: We are asking for your participation in either the form of a short ten to fifteen second video or a tweet on the day of the event at #RotaryResponds and @Rotary. These videos will provide hope, gratitude, and inspire our members. This does not need to be professionally packaged, we expect that you can simply record this on your iPad or phone. You will then send it via the instructions below.
If you would prefer to tweet then we would ask that you tweet during the broadcast time. We would appreciate learning of your message in advance so that we are ready to share this during the broadcast.
How to record your video message:
  • Your tone should be caring and hopeful, our goal is to comfort and to inspire.
  • Please use the language of your choice, Rotarians are in 200 nations around the world, and the telethon will simulcast in 8 languages.
  • Use your iPad or phone to record your message.
  • Please record in landscape (hold the device horizontally not vertically).
  • Due to the very tight timeline, we are asking for files by Tuesday, April 28th.
Please select one of these options:
Option 1: I want to add my voice to say thank you Rotarians. What you are doing is saving lives. 
Option 2: Your leadership is helping to ensure that lives are saved. Thank you.
Option 3: Rotarians, thank you for connecting the world and for taking care of your neighbours. 
Option 4: Thank you Rotarians for helping to stop COVID-19. You are truly people of action. 
Option 5: Your own message
How to submit your video:
  • Upload your video via dropbox.com using rotary6400@gmail.com as the recipient.
  • Please do not email the file, as email reduces the quality.
  • Questions may be directed to Rotary International Trustee Jennifer Jones at jjones@mediastreet.ca.
Thank you for your participation and your leadership.
From RI Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones 2020-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

From MT Sunrise Rotary

Hope Without Borders Preps for Latest Volunteer Trip Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Note: Our own Lance Parve and his wife Julie are featured in this WTMJ4 story on Hope Without Borders.

A local husband and wife who've devoted much of their lives to volunteer work overseas are gearing up for yet another trip to assist people living in severe poverty in the African country of Kenya. Lance Parve, a Wisconsin DOT engineer, and Julie Parve, a nurse practitioner, started Hope Without Borders in 2007.

"We founded Hope Without Borders to do humanitarian, charitable, nonprofit work as volunteers," Lance Parve said.

The organization has put together roughly 30 trips to countries in Africa, Central America, and South America since its creation. Lance and Julie Parve fundraise and apply for grants to fund their work and projects, but they don't ever get paid with the money raised, and neither do the volunteers they recruit. In May, they'll take a group of 15 such volunteers, who all paid for their own airfare, to Kenya.The group is monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic, but currently still plans to make the trip. Hope Without Borders previously traveled to Africa during an ebola outbreak.

"It always amazes me how people are willing to give up their vacation time, and open up their wallets," Julie Parve said.

"Though the years we've probably raised, with people volunteering, and with money, over $3 million," Lance Parve added.

The trip to Kenya in May includes many volunteers who are students in nursing, or nurse practitioner students. The group will begin their volunteer work by assisting with poverty relief in the Nairobi slums.

"These slums are in conditions you can't even imagine," Lance Parve said. "There's human waste everywhere. There aren't enough toilets for million-person slums."

"The people there, maybe they only eat one meal a day," he added.

One of the biggest challenges the impoverished locals face: A lack of clean drinking water.

From MT Sunrise Rotary 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Steen Sanderhoff

April is Maternal and Child Health Month

What a difference a month can make! Many people have been laid off, working from home or working on the front lines in supermarkets, hospitals or essential businesses or institutions. Rotary meetings and events have been cancelled and we are all trying to adjust to a new virtual reality. Rotary is more important than ever. It is in times like this Rotarians step up to the plate, show leadership, compassion and strength.

Rotary International is similarly adjusting and trying to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the Clubs and Districts. Access funds have been made available for emergency District Grants and our District Grants Committee is accepting applications and will payout grants as soon as possible. It would be great to have more funds available, but this is a reminder of how important it is to donate to the Rotary Foundation.
It is important we continue to meet and do good work. If not in person, then virtually. Don Griffing and Andy DeWitt have offered to help Clubs sign up with Zoom, please see contact information below. Several Clubs have already started to meet on-line with great success, and I encourage you to sign up. For some of us it is outside our comfort zone, but we can all learn, and we will be better for it when this is over, and the virtual environment is part of our everyday life.
                Don Griffing       Don.griffing.rotary@gmail.com
                Andy DeWitt      aadewitt@gmail.com
It is important we learn from each other and the District has established two folders on the District website where Rotarians and Clubs can post and exchange ideas, projects and best practices. Please communicate with each other, it will increase our reach and impact.
Rightfully so, we are caught in the very serious current situation, but we also must think long term and cannot forgot the projects and goals we have set. Polio is an example of the healthcare crises that started in 1940-1950s and is still present in the world. We need to finish the job; we are so close. Please keep donating to PolioPlus.
The programs of The Rotary Foundation continue to need your support. Janice and I just returned from a field trip to Guatemala with a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors from Fond du Lac and Milwaukee. The impact Rotary has is impressive. I would like to tell you and your Club more about it.
It was very difficult to cancel our District Convention, and so it must have been to cancel the International Convention. Janice and I looked forward to seeing you and celebrating an otherwise successful year.

Stay active and healthy and let Rotary Connect the World.
From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

From PDG Jeffrey Reed

Reflections on Rotary in India

During January 2020, I returned to India (location of our first D6270 Friendship Exchange in 2018) to visit clubs and projects in Cochin, Coimbatore, Maheshwar, Delhi, and Jhansi, for 2 weeks.  The journey involved interaction with more than eight Rotary Clubs and visits to over a dozen Rotary projects. 
National Immunization Day (NID) 2020 India.  Our Garg NID 2020 Team of nine from the USA (CA, OR, WA, & WI), organized by PDG Anil Garg (RID 5240), received briefings from WHO and UNICEF in Delhi, and from WHO - Jhansi.   We participated in immunization activities in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, including the End Polio Now Parade, Booth Day immunization drive, WHO Certification reporting, and House-to-House immunization confirmation activities.  We were welcomed by the four Rotary Clubs in Jhansi, a metropolitan area with over 2 million people and several hundred thousand children to immunize.  Planning for the NID was extremely detailed.  Dedication of people involved in the effort was observable.  Over 1,200 booths were operated on Booth Day for people to bring their children to receive the oral polio vaccine.  The next day, NID door-to-door activities commenced as NID workers checked to see whether children at each residence had received their polio vaccination – the left pinkie is colored purple, okay, vaccinated, otherwise we should vaccinate.   The partnership among WHO, UNICEF, RI, US CDC, Indian Government, and Gates Foundation is critical to continued polio-free success in India. 
Save Limbs Global Grant – Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.  South India is facing a growing problem with Diabetes.  The Rotary Foundation recently approved a Global Grant initiated by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Cosmopolitan, with the partnership of Fond du Lac Morning Rotary and support of Rotary Club of Milwaukee, in partnership with Mowthi Hospital in Coimbatore.  The project will conduct camps every other month for two years to provide education and treatment to diabetics with a goal of avoiding foot amputation.  My visit enabled a tour of the hospital site, detailed discussion of the project with hospital personnel and club officers overseeing the grant, experience of the educational program and interaction with current diabetic foot patients at the Mowthi Hospital. 
Other Projects visited.  In Cochin, Rotary Clubs have supported a government hospital, providing a CT Scanner, a medical linear accelerator, dialysis machines, and other equipment.  Other clubs in Cochin have secured $1.3 million in funding for low cost shelters for people who lost their homes in the August 2018 flooding.  In Maheshwar, the Jhoole project and Maheshwar Rotary Club have trained over 3,000 young women in textile skills at the Women’s Empowerment Centre, sponsored a Weaving Center, sponsored a school, and provided a home for aged poor.  In Jhansi, Rotarians have sponsored a primary school, provided free meals weekly for the poor and homeless and support a medical college. 
This is the Centennial Year of Rotary in India and Rotary in India is growing.  Clubs in India are celebrating their legacy.  Many Indian clubs have invested significant time, effort, resources and energy in projects to build their community and provide for the less fortunate.  Visiting Rotarians in India provides inspiration for and validation of our Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” 
From PDG Jeffrey Reed 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Convention Update

Celebrate 2020 & Rotary International Convention Cancelled

Celebrate 2020, the District 6220 and District 6270 Conference scheduled for May 1-2, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been cancelled. Also, the Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 6-10 June 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been canceled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The decision is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We are working diligently to inform registrants and process refunds. Learn more and read the latest information on how Rotary is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our operations, events, and members. 
Convention Update 2020-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

From Mark Daniel Maloney & Holger Knaack

Rotary's Role in Battling Coronavirus

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.
We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the rotary.org COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International
Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International 

From Mark Daniel Maloney & Holger Knaack 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

From Mark Daniel Maloney & Holger Knaack

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The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.
From Mark Daniel Maloney & Holger Knaack 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
From PDG Jeffrey Reed, PhD, Rotary Club of Fond du Lac Morning 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Sheboygan Rotary in the News - Courtesy of The Beacon

The U.S. Forest Service is awarding $200,000 in grant funding to mitigating the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer with Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan, the local program known as ROOTS.

The project will focus primarily on tree planting to replace the loss of ash trees and restore function to the Sheboygan River watershed and the Lake Michigan basin.

The grant will fund the planting of approximately 2,000 trees at sites on county-owned land including the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh, Gerber Lake, Esslingen, Roy Sebald, and Taylor Parks.

This project is one of only 21 projects selected for funding through this highly competitive federal grant program.

This project builds on complementary projects that ROOTS is actively engaged in and established relationships with local government, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and nonprofit partners that are part of the local EAB mitigation effort.

ROOTS was formed as a partnership between the Sheboygan Rotary Club and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership in response to the devastating loss of ash trees and is working to combat that loss and restore the tree canopy through public-private collaboration in Sheboygan County.

Sheboygan Rotary in the News - Courtesy of The Beacon 2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

From RI President-elect Holger Knaack

2020-21 Presidential Theme Announced

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.
From RI President-elect Holger Knaack 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Steen Sanderhoff

January is Vocational Service Month

Happy New Year. I hope the Holiday Season was peaceful and kind to you. For Janice and me, it is the best time of year. A time to reflect and a time to make plans for the new and coming year. What are our plans for Rotary? Let us make sure we continue to increase the reach and impact of Rotary and “Connect the World”.

Our clubs are a collection of members from many different vocations, people with many different skillsets, knowledge and experiences. Let us use this treasure chest to make a difference.

Look at the Club’s current membership and make sure as many vocations as possible are represented. It was our founding father’s basic philosophy. It makes for a diverse club and will better represent the community we serve.

Membership is still a concern in our District, the last available number shows a net loss of 18 members. We can do better! I know many of the Clubs are working hard to increase membership and expand Rotary’s impact and reach. Let us continue to focus and reach our goals for membership. Invite a family member, neighbor, friend or co-worker.

The final amount of money raised on End Polio Day was $20,047.89, which translates into $60,143.67 including the match from The Bill Gates Foundation. Thank you for all your efforts.

The registration for the District Convention in Oshkosh, May 1st and 2nd 2020, will be available in the beginning of January. Please mark your calendars, register and come join other Rotarians from our District, celebrating all the Club’s and District’s successes and accomplishments. The Convention will feature amazing programs, inspiring speakers, fellowship, and a gala at EAA Saturday night.

And do not forget to register for the International Conference in Honolulu. Go to www.rotary.org and register. I look forward to seeing you there.

I am grateful for the hard work you have done in the first six months of our year. Let’s push the envelope and make the coming six months even more successful.

From District Governor Steen Sanderhoff 2020-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

From the Scholarship Committee


District 6270 Global Grant Scholars Continue to Excel

District 6270 currently has two Global Grant Scholars who continue to excel in the pursuit of their graduate programs of study.
Ciara J. McHugh is in her second year of a Ph.D. research program at the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her Global Grant Scholarship award, initially awarded in 2018, has been stretched over two years to assist in funding. Earlier this year she learned that she had earned the “Alan Graham Fund Travel Scholarship” from Queens University to undertake fieldwork in the United States during this academic year. She is exploring how police and communities interact around the world, looking at tensions between minority groups and police forces and how we might rethink relationships between the two. You can follow her studies and adventures at her blog site:  https://ciarajmchugh.weebly.com.
W. Leif Van Grinsven is District 6270’s Global Grant Scholarship recipient for 2019-2020. A native of Franklin, Wisconsin, and graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran H.S., Van Grinsven graduated from Wheaton College this year with a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average in Interdisciplinary Studies. He was a three-time Division III Google Cloud Academic All-American and a four-time all-American in men's track & field, including two times this past season. This summer he engaged in a United Nations internship in the Netherlands. As a Development Studies Masters student at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in the United Kingdom (the #1 Development Studies program in the world), he has been diving into development, reading hundreds of pages, attending dozens of lectures, and meeting with professors and students who have researched and worked around the world. You can follow his progress and dreams for the future at his blog site:  https://betterworldbetteryou.blog/hello-world. You can even join his email list to be alerted each time he updates his blog.
From the Scholarship Committee 2019-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser

Districts 6270 & 6220 Million Dollar Journey 

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest rating- four stars- from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. More Rotarians, and others, see the wonderful results of our projects and scholarships worldwide, and they are using TRF as their “Charity of Choice” in their annual giving and their estate plans. 
So, in cooperation with District 6220 to our North, we decided to have a little fun and have set out on a Million Dollar Journey.  The goal for our two districts together is to find and recognize NEW Major gifts to the Foundation.
Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000 via the following gift types during this campaign period which will wrap up in late October 2020:
1.  Outright gifts – funded with cash or appreciated securities
2.  3-year pledge funded with cash or appreciated securities
3.  Life Income agreement funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate – this can include
     a charitable gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, or a pooled income fund
4.  Bequest commitment via a will, life insurance policy, revocable trust, or retirement plan.
The minimum gift amount for each of the above gift types is $10,000 to qualify for a Rotary Legacy Million Dollar Dinner to be held in November 2020.
From Foundation Chair Mary Beth Seiser 2019-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Steen Sanderhoff

November is Foundation Month

The Foundation helps fund the many programs and projects Rotary offers. Polio Eradication, Scholarships, District Grants, Vocational Training Teams, Global Grants, Disaster Relief Fund, just to mention a few. These programs help and support Clubs around the world provide resources, make our projects successful, and change the lives of people in our communities. I encourage all of you and your Clubs to utilize the opportunities the Foundation offers.
It is important we support the Foundation with charitable donations. Every Rotarian – Every Year. $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. What you are willing or able to, we ask you to donate. Sign up for automatic withdrawals from your checking account or charge to your credit card. It is easy and painless, and it makes a big difference in the lives of many people.
As mentioned earlier this year, District 6220 and 6270 started the Million Dollar Journey and we are working diligently to reach our goal. I would like to hear from you, if you are considering making a Major Gift or Bequest to the Foundation. We have Rotarians from TRF and the District that can help you find the right way to give.
We just celebrated World Polio Day and I’d like to thank all the Clubs that participated and raised funds for Polio Eradication. I have heard of many clever and successful ways Clubs have raised money. Thank you so much for all your efforts. At our District Foundation Dinner our District celebrated all our accomplishments and recognized individuals and Clubs for their generosity and support of the Foundation. I hope you were able to participate.
The Global Grant and the VTT committees are looking for projects in this Rotary year. If your Club is looking to send a team or is in the process of planning a project, please contact John Hein at JHein@dkattorneys.com .
Membership, Membership, Membership is our most important focus. New members, retain members, diversify membership are some of the topics we need to focus on. We have seen a net loss of 2 members in the first quarter of this Rotary year. We are still moving in the wrong direction. The District has a very effective and active membership committee and I hope you will ask for their input when needed. Rotary has so much to offer and I am convinced people in our communities want to be part of our success.
The District has started a “friendly” Membership Competition. We will recognize the 10 clubs with the most net gain with Paul Harris points for Paul Harris Awards. Are we competitive or not? Let’s make a difference.
The District is moving forward with the implementation of our strategic plan. Please be a part of the process. Have you updated your Club website lately? How are you are taking advantage of social media? Are you bragging and telling you community about your club’s success stories? We owe it to ourselves; we have so many positive stories to tell!!!
And we before we know it, it is Thanksgiving. A time for Family, Thanks,  and Reflection on all our opportunities and accomplishments.
Together, let Rotary Connect the World.
From District Governor Steen Sanderhoff 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Steen Sanderhoff

September is Basic Education & Literacy Month

Hard to believe summer is almost over and the kids are back to school. Now we sit behind the yellow school buses waiting for the kids to get on board.

One of the areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation is “Basic Education and Literacy”. Education is a very important component to the welfare and success of any individual and for society as a whole. We as Rotarians, community and business leaders, have an opportunity to help make sure our children and young people receive a good education and prepare them for a successful life. Through our international reach and the support of the Rotary Foundation, we can also improve the lives of people in the third world. Basic education and literacy usher in prosperity and lift communities out of poverty. Many Clubs in our District are already involved in programs and I encourage you to learn, adapt the best practices, and start programs in your community. Let “Rotary Connect the World”.
We also need to continue to educate ourselves, exchange ideas with other Clubs and inspire each other. The District is offering;

Club Leadership Development Workshops
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 / 5:00pm - 8:30pm / MATC Oak Creek Technical College / 6665 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 / 8:30am - 12pm / Waukesha County Technical College / 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 / 5:00pm - 8:30pm / Pine Hills Country Club / 4914 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081
As space is limited, please register as soon as possible, with Dana Kohlmeyer at dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org. All Rotarians are welcome.
In the first two months of the new Rotary year, I have had the pleasure of visiting more than half of the Club in our District. I am very impressed and have been inspired by enthusiasm and commitment to “Make a Difference”.  I cannot wait to visit the remaining Clubs and learn about your good work in the communities.

Enjoy the last days of summer and let’s together “Connect the World”.
From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

From Lake Country Rotary Club

Haiti Vision/Water Projects Seek Volunteers & Contributions


The Lake Country Rotary Club has been running a vision project in Haiti for 12 years.  The club currently does not have sufficient funds to fully support the project in 2020.  The project examines people’s eyes and gives them glasses when needed.  The project serves about 1,000 or more people per week.  It is in much demand from the people in the lower central plateau area of Haiti.  We have a staff of 12 Haitians who assist a team of 7 or more volunteer Rotarians and others serving in the project.  We have a good supply of glasses and equipment stored in Mirebalais, Haiti for the project.


For five days of clinics it would cost about $3,500, for 6 days $4,800 and for a two- week project (10 days of clinics) it would cost $12,000 in addition to money we currently have allocated, which includes a district grant.  In the past we have served 2,000 to 2,800 people in 10 days, at multiple clinic locations.


We are also looking for volunteers to participate in Haiti in January or February 2020.  It costs about $750 plus airfare for a 9 to10 day trip. Current estimate for airfare is $650 to $800.  We stay in a nice hotel with pool and eat supper in a safe restaurant.  No experience is necessary.   Anticipated starting date is Jan. 25, 2020


I will also be distributing water filters in Haiti in January 2020.  The cost to us is $30 per unit.  My goal is to be able to buy 1,300 filters.  These family size filters go a long way to prevent water born diseases such as Cholera.  Volunteers are needed to assemble and distribute filters.


For more information or to pledge or contribute contact Ken Schumann at dr.kenschumann@gmail.com or 920-474-4731.

From Lake Country Rotary Club 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

From District Grants Chair Jeff Reed

2019-20 District Grants Approved 


Twenty-one Rotary District Grants were approved in 2019-2020 by the District Grant Committee in District 6270. A total of $58,100 was awarded to fund clubs’ humanitarian service projects. 


A total of 21 applications were received for District Grants from Clubs in our Rotary District for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.  The District Grant Committee reviewed project applications in early July 2018.  All grant applications met the criteria for District Grants in Rotary District 6270.   The largest grant approved was $3,000.  The smallest grant amount approved was $1,500. 

From District Grants Chair Jeff Reed 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Steen Sanderhoff 

August is Membership & New Club Development Month

Membership is the key to a successful Rotary World. Rotary needs to grow with good new active members. We need a diverse group of people, representing the communities in which we live, more women and young people. The message from Rotary International is loud and clear. We need to evaluate the way we do business. Do we provide value to our current members and can we attract new members with our current format? I have started my club visits and have been listening to the conversations in the clubs. I am very encouraged!  Rotary has opened the gates to new types of clubs -Afterhours, Satellite, E-Clubs, and Passport Clubs. Rotary must accommodate a changing world. The District is ready to support the effort. Contact Cathy Christensen, Membership Chair at  cchristensen@hierl.com, or Kola Alayande, New Club Development Chair at kola.alayande@rotary6270.org, to access additional resources. Also visit “My Rotary” to download, for new members “Rotary Basics” or “Guide to Corporate Membership” or “Guide to Satellite Clubs”, among others.

The new District Strategic Plan was published this past week and is available on the District website. Thanks to Jeff Reed, his committee, and the many voices from all corners of our District that participated in the development of this plan. The District has a mission and plan to guide us the next few years and we can now start the implementation.

When planning events or fundraisers, be sure your club is covered by RI’s insurance. You can find more information on the RI website or contact Rick Debe, rick.debe@rotary6270.org.

The Rotary Foundation’s fundraising goal for Polio was met and exceeded last year. The goal was $50 million and $50.8 million was raised. Thank you so much to everybody who donated!

It is an exciting time in our District and in the Rotary World. Let Rotary Connect the World.  Have a great productive summer.

From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

From the Nominating Committee

District Governor Nomination Notice for 2022-2023

Rotary District 6270 is now seeking candidate proposals from Rotary Clubs for the position of District Governor in the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.


Serving as Rotary District Governor (DG) is a great honor. Governors are the official representative of Rotary International in the district. The mission of a Governor is to lead clubs, inspire Rotarians, and engage the public by articulating Rotary’s role in our community. District Governors serve for one Rotary year, from July 1 to June 30.  Governors are actively engaged in District decision-making leading up to their year as Governor.  Serving as District Governor is a life-changing experience. As they prepare, Governors receive training, plan, assemble their teams of volunteers and collaborate to create a budget.  You can learn more about serving as District Governor by downloading Lead Your District: Governor, published by Rotary International. 

From the Nominating Committee 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

From Elmbrook Rotary Club

Guatemala Literacy Project Seeking Participants

              Our Guatemala Literacy Project is in its ninth year and this coming February (travel dates February 23 and return on March 1, 2020) our 10th team will go to Antigua, Guatemala for one week of service activities organized by the St. Paul, MN based NGO, Common Hope (www.commonhope.org).  As in the past the visit will involve building a house for a Common Hope client family, assisting with social work calls (no language proficiency needed), teaching math concepts and/or leading craft exercises in the partner elementary schools, visiting client families in their homes, and doing maintenance and other jobs at the CH compound.  This year we will be working in the medical center classifying and stocking medications and doing general tasks as determined by its staff.

We have had teams as small as 10 and as large as 17 and have directly involved 26 ERC Rotarians plus 7 other D-6270 Rotarians (including 3 PDGs), and more than 40 additional individuals representing spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends of Rotarians, on past trips. Many have traveled more than once.

This year a core group of related volunteers that travel in alternate years cannot go, opening up roughly 4 to 6 spaces for outside participants. We are hopeful that a few new visiting Rotarians can join our team for 2020, and ask that anyone interested, either for the upcoming trip, or in general (we do visit other clubs and organizations from time to time and actually have spawned a few “spin-off” teams), will consider participating or learning more.

From Elmbrook Rotary Club 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

From Racine Founder's Rotary Club

Parading Rotary Pride


The Racine Founder's Rotary Club celebrated Independence Day this year by having a float in Racine's 4th Fest Parade for the first time ever! The 4th Fest Parade of Greater Racine, Inc. has nearly 100,000 spectators along the 2.4 mile parade route, that come to see the colorful floats.  This parade has been recognized as one of the Mid-west's largest Independence Day parades. It was cited by USA Today in 2008 as one of the top 10 places to be in the country for Independence Day (just behind Washington D.C.) "For this reason, we decided that Racine Rotary, which has over 100 years of history in Racine, needed to have a presence in this parade, to provide visibility and spread community awareness about our club and about Rotary International," said Claire Weslaski, the club's president.

From Racine Founder's Rotary Club 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

From DG Steen Sanderhoff

Rotary Connects the World

 We are starting a new Rotary year with Changing of the Guard in the Clubs and in the District. With fellowship and a lot of smiles, we have changed to new leadership. I hope the leadership teams in all Clubs are ready for another  active Rotary year, where we are going to Connect the World and do good with our Rotary projects and activities.


Mark Maloney, the new Rotary International President, has asked us to put emphasis on the following: 

  •     Grow Rotary by attracting new good members and retain our current members. Flexibility, diversity and new thinking will secure Rotary for the future.
  •     Make Rotary family friendly by including family and friends in Rotary meetings, activities and projects.
  •     Support, The Rotary Foundation and its activities by donating to PolioPlus, The Annual Fund, and The Endowment Fund.
  •     Make it easier for young Rotarians and working Rotarians to join the leadership team in Clubs and the District.
  •     Celebrate UN’s 75th Anniversary.
  •     And have fun and fellowship.

Personally, I would like to see a world at peace. One of our areas of focus is “Peace and Reconciliation” and we as Rotarians have an opportunity and an obligation to make a difference. Let’s do something about it! 


In the coming months, Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation will announce the new strategic plan for RI. Soon our District will do the same. I look forward to sharing with you how our District sees itself supporting and helping the Clubs move the mission of Rotary forward. I look forward to visiting the Clubs in our District and hearing about the difference we make.


We are looking for small articles with pictures of projects, fellowship, or any reason you have for sharing with other Clubs on the District website. Please send the material to dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org.


Let’s get started on a new Rotary year. Stay in touch. Do good work and I look forward to seeing you soon.

From DG Steen Sanderhoff 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

From the Nominating Committee

Lisa Werner Confirmed District Governor for 2021-22 

Rotary Club of Neenah member Lisa Werner will serve as District 6270 Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.  Her selection was confirmed at the District 6270 Annual Meeting on May 18, 2019.  Lisa served as Assistant Governor for Area L from 2017-19 and as Rotary Club of Neenah’s  President during 2016-17. A Rotarian since 2011, Lisa serves as her club’s Membership Chair, on her club’s foundation board, and she assists with her club’s three fundraisers.  An independent financial advisor at Marketplace Financial Group, Lisa brings a variety of talents to the role including a desire for collaboration and communication.  Personally, she is eager to volunteer more time to Rotary to model diversity of service for her children, Lauren and Jack, and she appreciates the support of her husband, Matt, to allow her to do so.

From the Nominating Committee 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

May is Youth Service Month

in the Rotary Calendar. As we all know, youth (40 years or younger per Rotary) are the future and we need to make sure we do all we can to assist with mentoring and strategically positioning them to take our district to the next level. As we are all aware, two critical areas of concern for Rotary International are membership and youth engagement! Let us do what we can to increase the membership of the youth.
The District Conference (DualCon 2019) registration is still below expectations despite attempts to reasonably accommodate requests and registration extensions. While we are still behind district 6220 in registration numbers, those of us who will be there are planning to have an amazing time.
For the Rotary (Presidential) Citation, currently only 3 clubs have met the requirements to earn it. Understandably, there was an issue a few months ago with tracking standings on Rotary.org but that has been resolved so members who have “My Rotary” accounts can view the Rotary Citation Recipients Report by signing in to My Rotary. Then, under Manage, in Club & District Administration, go to Reports and, in the Awards section, you’ll see Rotary Citation or click this link (http://msgfocus.rotary.org/c/1psCtorFYlgokW5kRCZTDaKYDl) directly if logged into My Rotary. Please check it to see what your club is missing and what your club needs to do to earn the Citation. It is a fairly easy process and I have attached the guide to this message. Please let’s ramp up the numbers as we have 60 days to make this happen!
Membership acquisition contest - Only one club (Wautoma) of the initial five winning clubs provided the required proof to get the $500 gift card for use in Hamburg, Germany so since there are still four $500 gift-cards left to give away, there will be another review of membership data up till April 30th to see if other clubs stepped up in their recruitment efforts and the 4 remaining $500 gift cards will be given to the new clubs that meets the same criteria of having a registered member who will be attending the international Convention and using the gift card while there.
The Paul Harris Awards for the top 10 member sponsors will be awarded/announced at the annual general meeting during the district conference (DualCon) and the data being used is from July 1st, 2018 – April 30th, 2019.
Finally, one of my goals for this Rotary year is the creation of a D6270 Business e-Directory and it is in the works so any Rotarian in the district (self-employed or otherwise) that wants to have their name and business listed should provide the information below to Dana Kohlmeyer (dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org) and copy me (kola.alayande@rotary6270.org)
Business Name:
Primary Area of Business Focus:
Rotarian’s Name:
Preferred Business Number:
Preferred Business Email:
Website address of the business:
The information above is needed on or before May 15th, 2019 (a window of two weeks from today.)
Thank you all and have a great month.
From District Governor Kola Alayande 2019-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

From PDG Julie Craig

2019 Women in Rotary Event and the Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award

Please join us for our 2019 Women in Rotary  Event at the International Convention in Hamburg!
This event will be held June 4, 2019 from 5 - 7 pm at NORD EVENT PANORAMADECK. The modern, light-filled NORD EVENT PANORAMADECK offers stunning 360° views over the Alster and city – indeed, everything that Hamburg has to offer.
Highlighting the event will be presenters touching on specific topics with the goal of inspiring and helping women while on their journey in Rotary, and to help women become more involved in Rotary. Stay tuned as we announce who this year's speakers will be! After all of the presentations are complete, the presenters will serve on a panel and will be open for your questions.
Amazing food for the evening will entail some local German favorites. The selections include: four different Mini Fish sandwiches from the "Hamburger Fischmarkt", potato salad from Northern Germany with meatballs, goulash soup, two varieties of cinnamon flavored pastry and hanseastic biscuits!
For complete details and to purchase your tickets go to 2019 Women in Rotary
Please note: Tickets will be refunded ONLY if the promoted event is canceled. Women in Rotary takes no responsibility for any travel-related costs incurred by Rotarians and their guests.
Ticket purchases will be charged in USD. If you are not able to process this event with your currency please email Julie Craig at julie@gjmllp.com for assistance in obtaining event tickets.
Not going to Hamburg? You can still be part of Women in Rotary by nominating a Rotarian you know (female or male) who has contributed to the success of Women in Rotary for the 2019 Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award. Criteria and a nomination form for this annual award can be found at 2019 SWLA Nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2019.
From PDG Julie Craig 2019-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

April is Maternal and Child Health Month

 April is here and I am sure glad to see some signs of Spring around us. The month of April is Rotary International’s month for Maternal and Child Health which is something that is critical to the foundation of any community’s growth or survival. According to the American Public Health Association, “far too many women, infants and children worldwide still have little or no access to essential, quality health services and education, clean air and water, and adequate sanitation and nutrition.”Improving the well-being of infants, children and mothers should be an important public health goal for every country because their well-being impacts and determines the health of the next generation but unfortunately, that is not always the case in different parts of the world. As Rotarians, let’s continue to locally or globally support projects that positively impact the well-being of mothers, children and infants with our selfless services, and contributions.
With regards to the dual district conference (DualCon 2019), we are seeing some registration numbers (currently less than 60 people are registered from our district) and I know we can much do better than that in a district of over 2700 members. It will be sad for District 6220, with its clubs being the farthest to the event venue and having less members, to outdo us in Rotarian participation (as of today, they currently are.) Please note that the block of rooms on hold at the hotel/resort has a cutoff date of  April 26, 2019 so kindly register via the website at www.dualcon2019.com and if you still do not see the hotel reservation code in the special note on your order receipt, please contact Dana Kohlmeyer (dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org) or myself (kola.alayande@rotary6270.org) for the hotel registration code.
There is upbeat news for the district in terms of club development, with the recent formation of a second satellite club in the district to be officially known as the Rotary Satellite Club of Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours Passport (RSCofMMAP.) 
Also, there was a positive uptick in the registrations for the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg because according to the message I received from RI yesterday, we now have 52 people registered to attend, which is 4 more than it was 2 weeks ago.
Thanks to everyone and have a great month.
From District Governor Kola Alayande 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

March is Water & Sanitation Month

Happy new month! It is March and per the Rotary Calendar, this is the Water and Sanitation month. Clean water should be accessible to everyone but unfortunately, many don’t have access to it.  There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. The World Health Organization says that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and death around the world. Most of the victims are young children, the vast majority of whom die of illnesses caused by organisms that thrive in water sources contaminated by raw sewage.


As a district we have been involved with various water related projects and continue to stay involved. PDG Rick Debe continues to do a splendid job getting the word around the district of the various water projects specific clubs are carrying out so we can all participate in them.


From the 11th through the 17th of March, the Rotary world will be celebrating the World Rotaract Week and on the 31st of March, the preregistration discount ends for the Rotary International Convention.


Registration continues for the district conference (http://www.dualcon2019.com/) and February 28th was the last day for the discounted price so currently, the regular price is $180 per Rotarian or guest attendee. Please remember to email Dana Kohlmeyer (dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org) or myself (kola.alayande@rotary6270.org) for the discount code to use for booking your rooms.


Have a splendid month and stay warm.

From District Governor Kola Alayande 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

From Immediate Past District Governor Jeffrey Reed

Rotary District 6270 Receives Project Partnership Award in Tree Planting from Urban Forestry Council

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Rotary International District 6270 received the Project Partnership Award from the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.  The award was presented at the 2019 Wisconsin Arborist Association/DNR Urban Forestry Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Rotary District 6270 was recognized for extraordinary partnership between local Rotary Clubs, and municipalities, other service organizations, and citizens in planting trees.  Receiving the award on behalf of Rotary District 6270 were Jeffrey Reed, 2017-18 Governor of Rotary District 6270 and member of Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club; and Connie Pukaite, former Mayor of Mequon, leader in creating Mequon’s Rotary Park, and a past Director of the Wisconsin DNR, representing District Tree Planting Coordinator Brian Monroe and the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club. 


Partners of the Rotary Clubs included city governments, schools, other service clubs (e.g., Lions), land trusts, boy/cub scouts, Rotaract and Interact clubs, environmental organizations, and others.  Rotarians planted numerous varieties of trees, including apple, cedar, elm, fir, hackberry, hickory, oak, pine, river birch, spruce, and many other species.  Some clubs secured grant funding to support tree planting.  Clubs were assisted by Urban Foresters in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local governments.  Rotarians also received support from the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG).

The project was stimulated by a challenge issued world-wide to members of Rotary International by the 2017-18 Rotary President Ian Riseley.  With over 1.2 million Rotary members, Riseley challenged each of the 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world to Make a Difference by planting at least one tree for each of its Rotary Members during the Rotary Year. 
From Immediate Past District Governor Jeffrey Reed 2019-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

Welcome to February

...which is both the month for Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution as well as the anniversary month for Rotary International (February 23rd.)


Paul P. Harris (Rotary International Founder) once said, “Fear and Hate Must Go! And they will go when nations have goodwill based on understanding.” For the world to have peace, we must have mutual understanding; we must share mutual respect; we must have compassion for one another, and we must listen to one another with open minds. As Rotarians, we are part of the bigger world so what we do within our homes, immediate network, and local communities has ripple effects on the world. Let’s seek and strive for peace in our homes, networks, and communities each day. Let’s embody the 4-way test to be the basic guiding principles in our thoughts and deeds so that there will be peace around us.


Good news to share - the Satellite Club of Whitnall Park Muskego was formally approved recently by Rotary International, so a hearty congratulations to Kelly Thompson and the rest of the team that made it a reality. Two other Satellite clubs are currently in different stages of formation as well.


You are all aware that the registration for the DualCon 2019 (Annual District Conference) went live on January 1st and the early bird registration discount that ends on February 28th. Please remember to use the discount code - DUALCON2019 when registering to get the discount. Please visit the website (http://www.dualcon2019.com/) for all the details with regards to the event!


Our district attendees for the International Convention currently number 48 and we are having a District 6270 dinner in Hamburg, Germany on June 2nd at 8 pm. If you are still planning on attending the International Convention and want to participate in the District 6270 dinner, please contact either Dana Kohlmeyer (Dana.Kohlmeyer@Rotary6270.org) or Sebastian Schmidt (schmidt414@gmail.com) who is coordinating the dinner.


Have a great month and stay blessed!

From District Governor Kola Alayande 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

Vocational Service Month

Happy New Year, Rotarians! May the year 2019 be the beginning of the best of our years!


January is the Vocational Service Month and so the focus is on how to make our Rotary lives intersect with our professional lives. As Paul Harris was quoted to have said in his autobiography, "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession."


Each of us, as Rotarians, have two obligations:

·         To appropriately represent Rotary to those we deal with in our vocations and activities

·         To represent and share our vocation to our fellow Rotarians


The two obligations connect to the Object of Rotary, which is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:


·         FIRST - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

·         SECOND - 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 serve society;

·         THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

·         FOURTH - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


So as Rotarians, let us put always remember that as we interact between ourselves and as we transact business in our varied vocations.

From District Governor Kola Alayande 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

Disease Prevention & Treatment

Dear Rotarians – I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving celebration with your family and loved ones. How fast time flies, we are now a few weeks away from celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. December being the last month of the year is also the halfway point for my year as the DG and I must admit that the journey has been enlightening. It has been a pleasure to see the great effort each club has been making to improve on its previous great deeds/accomplishments and for that I say Thank You! 


Rotary's current top priority is the eradication of polio and part of the Polio campaign is the vaccination of children, which has saved thousands of lives. While increasing awareness of the importance of polio eradication, the collective efforts of clubs across District 6270 raised $18,390.32 on World End Polio Day, which will be matched 2-for-1 by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation! Clean Water & Sanitation is the single most important way Rotary fights diseases so let’s continue to do whatever we can to support the various water projects. For any questions on the district water projects, please contact Rick Debe, PDG - rick.debe@rotary6270.org. I nicknamed him the “Clean Water Man” when he was DG based on his amazing and inspiring passion for clean water projects.


Quick reminder, the per capita membership growth contest ends this month and the five (5) winning clubs will be announced in early January. Please contact Dana Kohlmeyer - dana.kohlmeyer@rotary6270.org if you have any questions.


Finally, kindly take advantage of the early bird/registration discounts for the International Convention taking place in Hamburg, Germany. The discount ends on Dec.15th. We set a goal to have 35 Rotarians from our district there and I am proud to say that as of November 26th, we have 34 people registered to go. The Rotary Convention is an event every Rotarian should strive to attend, at least once, as it brings to home, the full glory of what Rotary means as a global organization.


Thank you again to all of you as you continue to make the world a better place in selfless service to mankind! God bless you all!

From District Governor Kola Alayande 2018-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee Proudly Presents

Rotary International's 2018-19 President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
11:45 am to 1:15 pm
War Memorial Center (Memorial Hall)
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and was the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as a Director. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation. In July 2018, The Bahamas Government recognized Barry as an Officer of The Order of Distinction. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran. Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. 

Advanced registration required. 
Cost: $20 payable at the door (cash only)
Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/RassinAtRCM  by Friday, November 30th

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee Proudly Presents 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

Basic Education and Literacy

Hello fellow Rotarians! I hope you are all doing well as you collectively continue to positively impact your community.
September is the Basic Education and Literacy month per the Rotary calendar. Basic education and literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. Basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Some basic points to consider-
·         If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
·         A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
·         If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
·         58 million children worldwide are out of school.
·         Even after four years of primary schooling, as many as 250 million children cannot read and write.
·         781 million adults are illiterate.
According to a 2014 United Nations Millennium Development Goals progress report, literacy rates among adults and youth are on the rise and the gender gap in literacy is narrowing but pressing global needs remain.
I encourage that we strive to devote this month to services geared towards volunteering for projects related to literacy.
Have a great month and remain blessed!
From District Governor Kola Alayande 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0


Your World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects! 

What is World Polio Day? World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus vaccine, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 
Polio is a disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is mainly spread by person-to-person contact. Polio can also be spread by drinking water or other drinks or eating raw or undercooked food that are contaminated with the feces of an infected person.  

$$$$$ - THE PRIZES! $500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact) $500 US for the most innovative project
What must you do? Whatever works best for your community, the choice is yours! All we ask is that the project improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness of it in YOUR community.  You could, for example:
From WASRAG 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Kola Alayande

August is Rotary Membership Month

Hello fellow Rotarians! It is an honor to be your District Governor and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during my club visits and tenure as District Governor.
The month of August is a month in the Rotary calendar that focuses on Membership and honestly, there is no more important issue in Rotary North America today than membership. Rotary International, in acknowledgement of this issue, has via the Council of Legislation created a lot of flexibility in the ways clubs operate to accommodate the changes in people’s lifestyles. These flexibilities are prominent in when, where and how clubs meet and the types of membership clubs can offer. Let us continue to utilize these options to start an upward membership growth trend in our clubs and district. Many resources can be found at https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/membership .
An award/recognition program will be initiated to reward the top 5 clubs in the district with per capita growth in the first half of this Rotary year (July – December 2018) as well as an awards/recognition program for the top 10 Rotarian sponsors in the district. Exact details will be communicated to all members after the first quarterly board meeting.
My simple tip for membership recruitment is to just ASK! Don’t presume, or assume, just ASK!
Have a fabulous August and God bless you all as you continue to selflessly serve!

From District Governor Kola Alayande 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

From the Nominating Committee

Craig Burnett Confirmed District Governor for 2020-21

Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club member Craig Burnett will serve as District 6270 Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.  His selection was confirmed at the District 6270 Annual Meeting on May 4, 2018.  Craig served as Assistant Governor for Area B in 2015-18 and as Oshkosh Southwest club president during 2008-09, having joined Rotary in 1999.  Craig received his club’s Rotarian of the Year award in 2003. He is a volunteer mediator for the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center and co-organizer of the TEDx Oshkosh Conference.  Craig is the owner of the Oshkosh-based web consulting and development firm Clareo Consulting, LLC, and is married to his wife Heidi, who is a veterinarian.
From the Nominating Committee 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Jeff Reed

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

This is my final monthly message as your District Governor.  Thank you for your support this year!  It has been great to make many new Rotary friends and see old friends as I have visited clubs around the district.  Let’s keep in touch.  There is more ahead for us to do to Make A Difference in our communities, our District, and around the world.
Congratulations to Craig Burnett, Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club, who was confirmed as District Governor Nominee Designee (DGND) at the District Annual Meeting on May 4 at TriCon 2018.  Craig becomes District Governor Nominee on July 1st and will serve as District Governor in 2020-2021. 
Toronto – the Annual RI Convention – is rapidly approaching June 23 through 27.  I look forward to seeing old friends from around the world and making to new friends.  I am excited to hear this year’s plenary speakers – HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne; Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Dr. Isis Mejias, WASRAG ambassador; Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; and so many more.  Over 90 breakout sessions are planned, such as: Human Trafficking and Slavery; Money and Food Do Grow on Trees; Rotary Business School; Community Well Being; Supporting Peace Through Social Enterprise, and so forth.  The House of Friendship, always huge, offers an opportunity to talk with people involved in service projects around the world and each of Rotary’s Focus areas.  And, it will be another visit to Toronto.
District 6270 Rotarians “Making a Difference”.  Eleven Rotarians from our District were selected to receive this recognition for 2017-18.  Nominees described how each person
·         Is an outstanding Rotarian 
·         Goes above and beyond 
·         Makes a real difference – in the club, in the community, in Rotary 
·         Shows that they are a role model for other Rotarians
Each of these people has Made a Difference in their club, their community and Rotary.  Awards were presented to many at the TriCon 2018 District Annual Business Meeting.  Congratulations to:
Pete Bosch
RC of Waukesha
Kelly Hicks
RC of Neenah
Sue Hebner
RC of Mitchell Field
George Matthews
RC of Milwaukee North Sunrise
Mary McCormick
RC of Milwaukee
Michael Reinbold
RC of Sheboygan Early Bird
TJ Rinaldi
RC of Wautoma
Sandi Roehrig
RC of Fond du Lac
Pam Seidl
RC of Neenah
Barbara Senn
RC of Fond du Lac Morning
David Wolbrink
RC of Hartford
From District Governor Jeff Reed 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Jeff Reed


May is Youth Service Month

What is Youth Services?  At one time we called it “New Generation” Services.  It is our emergent Fifth Avenue of Service.  Youth Services focuses on positive change implemented by youth.  It also recognizes youth involvement in service projects – both in the community and internationally.  The four primary youth programs involved have not changed - Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange.  But now they are linked in one area of focus. 


Interact is a program primarily for Middle-School and High-School youth.  We currently have about 29 active Interact Clubs operating in D6270.  Is your club sponsoring an Interact Club?  Interact students are great partners for service projects and have become involved in tree planting with a number of Rotary clubs this year.  Elmbrook sponsored a new club this year, as did Oshkosh Southwest.

Rotaract, a program for young adults age 18 through 30.  They include both University-based and community-based clubs. According to the “official” Rotary records we have 10 active clubs.   This year, Sheboygan sponsored a new Rotaract Club at Lakeland University.  And, a new club is getting off the ground at Carroll University, sponsored by Waukesha Noon Rotary.  Sponsoring a Rotaract Club is another way that Rotarians can reach out and Make A Difference for developing young professionals.  Try mentoring Rotaractors or inviting them to your meeting to network and learn from a speaker. 

From District Governor Jeff Reed 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Jeff Reed

District Governor's Message for January

Happy Rotary New Year!  By now, you have probably established your Rotary Goals for 2018.  Maybe it’s involvement in a new service project, a new fundraising idea for your club, joining a Rotary Fellowship or Action Group, or a plan to contribute to The Rotary Foundation.  Whatever it is - have a wonderful Rotary 2018. 
It is January - we are half way through the 2017-18 Rotary Year.  There has been much great activity.  As I review the District Calendar, I see are a number of activities around the District posted for January and February.  Of special note, I think, is the Human Trafficking Event on January 11 in Elkhorn.  If you want other Rotarians to know about an event your club is hosting, let our District Administrative Assistant Dana Kohlmeyer know so that she can post your event. 
My counterparts and I are in the final stages of preparation for travel to India in the Rotary Friendship Exchange.  All indications are that it will be an exciting adventure.  We will let you know what we see and learn.
Don’t forget to register for TriCon 2018 Wisconsin, our 3-district Annual Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, May 4 thru 6.
January is Vocational Service month in Rotary
Vocational Service has been a focus from the start of Rotary as noted by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman at the Presidential Celebration in 2003.  He asserted that “No matter how much we like to think that Paul Harris and his friends created Rotary for such noble ideas of humanitarian service, goodwill and world understanding — it just was not the case.  Rotary was started for business reasons and professional purposes.” Dochterman also reminded us that the Rotary Code of Business Ethics was adopted in 1916.    http://www.rotaryroom711.org/vocational-service-rotarys-first-concept/    
From District Governor Jeff Reed 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Service Opportunity

Join a Vision Team

Service Trip to Common Hope

in Antigua, Guatemala

April 8 - 15, 2018

Join the team in Antiqua, Guatemala, for lots of history, lots of families in need but lots of Hope because of organizations like Common Hope, a Minnesota based organization that provides education, medical care, dental care and homes for families in need.  Our team leader is Deb Wente, a seasoned traveler who led a team of 13 in spring 2017 and it was an amazing blend of service and culture. There are still vacancies on the team.


More information regarding Vision Team trips can be found at


Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

ContactDeborah Wente dgwente@outlook.com

Guatemala Service Opportunity 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Applications Now Available

District 6270 Offering Scholarly Stipends

Rotary clubs of Southeastern Wisconsin (District 6270) may award several Scholarly Stipends (SS) throughout the year ($2-3000) to provide an opportunity for the applicant to:  travel to attend a conference to present an accepted paper, fund coursework, or fund a short-term volunteer opportunity, all within one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
Applicants hold at least an undergraduate degree or anticipate graduation within the coming year. To be eligible applicant must be a resident in OR have strong ties to SE Wisconsin. Experience (professional or volunteer) in the field of study is required. Applicant cannot be a Rotarian or be related to a Rotarian but can be a member of Rotaract.
Scholarly Stipend applications are due and reviewed quarterly (February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15).  
To learn more about the scholarships’ criteria, process, eligibility, etc. go to the Rotary District 6270 Scholarship page OR contact Rotary District 6270 Scholarship Chair, Karen Plunkett 414-403-4878  scholarshipchair@rotary6270.org   
Scholarship Applications Now Available 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message for December 2017


December is Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Rotary is dedicated to fighting and preventing disease.  Disease Prevention and Treatment is one of Rotary’s Six Area of Focus.   Disease and illness results in pain and injury.  Prolonged severe illness may result in loss of employment and income.  It affects families.  It affects quality of life. 
Rotary and Rotarians are committed to helping people to live healthy lives.   Our signature project in this area is Polio Eradication.   But polio is not the only disease or aspect of healthy living on which Rotarians have expended energies.

One way in which Rotarians have elected to provide attention to an area of concern is through a Rotarian Action Group (RAG).  A Rotary Action Group (RAG) is a voluntary organization that functions independently of Rotary International.  Each RAG establishes its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.  RAGs are composed of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field.   Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects. 
District Governor's Message for December 2017 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Harvey Response

Hurricane Harvey Response

September 2, 2017


A message to Rotarians in District 6270


As you know many cities along the Gulf Coast of the United States, especially in Texas and Louisiana have been devastated by floods resulting from Hurricane Harvey.  Immediate response is underway with numerous parties involved – individuals, churches, non-profit organizations, Coast Guard, National Guard, government at all levels and other groups.  

We invite you to consider a donation to help neighbors as they rebuild their lives.  Listed in the attached is information about organizations accepting contributions, including links to Rotary Districts in Texas and Louisiana and to disaster relief organizations.   

<<Select this link for more information>>

Hurricane Harvey Response 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Jeff Reed


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Greetings Rotarians!   To the Rotarians in the more than 30 clubs I visited in July and August - Thank You.  I have enjoyed meeting you.  I appreciate your hospitality – morning, noon or night.  It has been wonderful visiting your projects.  I am impressed with the many great things that Rotarians across our district are doing to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the community and around the world.   If you have followed my travels on our District Facebook site you have seen the evidence in pictures.  To those clubs I have yet to visit, I’m on my way – see you soon.  I want to see your projects also. 

Basic Education and Literacy

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary.  This is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We all know how critical reading and writing are for success in life – for gaining information, communicating, making agreements, and so forth.  Enhancing Basic Education skills and Literacy are essential in reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.  Improvements can reduce maternal death, improve childhood survivability, and reduce poverty.  They can also enable success in business or a profession. 
From District Governor Jeff Reed 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Need Help Funding a Large Project?

Attend the Global Grants Management Seminar 

If your Club is planning to apply for a Global Grant in the Rotary year 2017-18 this is VERY important. The Rotary Foundation requires, among other things, that two Club members participate in a Global Grant Management Seminar in the Rotary year the grant application is submitted. If your Club only participated with one member at the first seminar at District Conference, make sure a second member registers now!
WHEN:  Thursday, August 3rd 2017 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: MPTC – West Bend
               2151 N. Main Street
               West Bend, WI 53090
To make sure we can accommodate all interested members, please RSVP to Global Grant Committee Chair Steen Sanderhoff at Sands2st@gmail.com, if you plan to attend.
Need Help Funding a Large Project? 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Growing With Haiti

Posted by Dr. Ken Schumann - Hartland-Lake Country Rotary Club
     Twenty one years ago my wife and I were asked by Rotary District 6270 and The Ventures In People Foundation to go to Haiti to see what could be done to improve the goat population.  We are both veterinarians and had raised goats for about ten years. That trip opened my eyes to how the poorest people in our hemisphere lived and the ways Rotary could help.  Over the years a number of projects have been done to improve goat husbandry education, improve goat genetics and train veterinary agents.  I moved on to hundreds of humanitarian projects, some were my idea but most were suggested or asked for by local people, especially Haitian Rotarians.
Growing With Haiti Dr. Ken Schumann - Hartland-Lake Country Rotary Club 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Mary Beth Seiser

Posted on Jan 31, 2015

January - Our Halfway Marker

Welcome to 2015!   Happy New Year to you and your families, and may it be a very happy and healthy year for everyone.  
I can’t believe we are already at the midway point of the Rotary year!  That means, of course, that we should be at the midway point of achieving our goals for the year.  We discussed goals at my official club visits and I ask that you take a few minutes now to review those goals, both at the club level and at your personal level.   If you are on track – congratulations !   If not, it may be time to review your plan of action and put it in motion.        
A quick review of the goals we discussed:
  1. MEMBERSHIP -  The more members we have, the more people we can help and the more good we can do in the world.   Keep your ‘ASK’ in gear and grow your clubs.      If your club goal has already been achieved, consider adjusting (hopefully upward!) based on your planned member attraction efforts for the rest of the year. 
From District Governor Mary Beth Seiser District Governor Mary Beth Seiser 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

To All President Elects

Mark Your Calendars

2-7-15 - PrePETS North - 8:30 - Noon
Bublitz Restaurant
580 East Ave.
Lomira, WI  53048
2-21-15 - PrePETS South - 8:30 am - Noon
Olympia Resort
1350 Royale Mile Rd
Oconomowoc, WI  53066
3-6-15 to 3-8-15 - PETS
Itasca, IL
As a reminder - Hotel Registration is NOT part of the Registration Fee.  You will need to accomplish your Hotel Reservation separately.
To All President Elects 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner 2014 - Awards and Recognition

Rotary District 6270 Rocks!

At the Rotary District 6270 Foundation Dinner held on November 6, 2014, there was much cause for joy and celebration.  Below is a list of clubs and members from our district who were recognized at this special event for contributions during 2013-14:
Contributions to Polio Plus in the amount of $1,500 or more:
Fox Cities Morning, Hartford, Manitowoc Sunrise, Milwaukee, Neenah, Oconomowoc, Oshkosh, Ripon, Sheboygan, Whitewater, Whitnall Park.
Top 3 Highest Per Capital Annual Giving: 
  1. Lake Geneva @ $386.46
  2. Waukesha Sunrise @ $212.88
  3. Cedarburg-Grafton @ $157.60
Every Rotarian Every Year:  Awarded to clubs that achieve a minimum of $100 per capita with every active member personally contributing SOME AMOUNT to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year:  Cedarburg-Grafton, Port Washington-Saukville, West Bend Sunrise
100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Clubs:  awarded to clubs with every active member of the club personally contributing $100 or MORE to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year:  Port Washington-Saukville, West Bend Sunrise
Finally, we recognized those Rotarians who became either a Benefactor, a member of the Bequest Society, or a Major donor during the past 2 years:
Benefactors:  Thomas Curl, Linda Curl, Penny Jo Zagel, Bernard H. Schreiner, Dana Kohlmeyer, Ann Affeldt, Steve Affeldt, Don Drecktrah
Bequest Society:  Ann Affeldt, Steve Affeldt, Penny Jo Zagel, Mary Beth Seiser, Thomas Curl, Linda Curl
Major Donors:  Ronald Becker, Joseph Kempen, Julilly Kohler, Nancy Rhodes, Raymond Smith, Robert Staufer, Jr., Mike White
*All information taken from RI reports.  Our apologies for any errors or omissions.
Congratulations to everyone who was recognized at our dinner.  And thank you to ALL clubs and individuals in District 6270 who give Service Above Self with projects, fundraisers, meetings, and contributions throughout the year.  As we strengthen our clubs through commitment and service, we "Light Up" our families, our communities, our nation, our world.  Let's continue to "make new friends, help our communities, and make the world a better, safer and healthier place."
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Shop On Amazon and Support The Rotary Foundation 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Engage Rotary With #GivingTuesday

This year, Rotary will kick-off the holiday season by joining the social media world on December 2nd for #GivingTuesday.  Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a movement to go online for a classic holiday tradition - giving to those in need.  Following the Thanksgiving weekend into Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday had 2.5 million views online last year.
Engage Rotary With #GivingTuesday 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

An Outbound Experience

By Aly, a 2014-2015 outbound student,
on exchange in Denmark. 
Aly is sponsored by the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club.
Submitted by Dennis Swetlik, District 6270 Outbound Coordinator     


     January of 2014 year was the longest month of my life.  I spent the first 25 days racing to the phone every time it rang, in the hopes that, this time, it would be Rotary calling to tell me where my exchange year was going to be spent.  When the call finally came, and I found out I was going to Denmark, the first thing I said was, “where is that?”  After a quick search in google, I had my answer, and my excitement grew exponentially.  
 In the months leading up to my departure, I began researching Denmark.  I wanted to know as much as possible about the foreign country that would soon not be so foreign.  I researched the food, the climate, and the main attractions: anything I could find was fair game.  Through all of this, I constantly reminded myself not to get too high of expectations, in case they weren’t met.  I arrived in Denmark expecting to ride my bike everywhere and to eat lots of potatoes.  Other than that, I had remained fairly open to the possibilities of what this year would bring with it.
An Outbound Experience 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

History of The Rotary Foundatioin

November - Foundation Month

     At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Growth of the Foundation:
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

History of The Rotary Foundatioin Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

So What Exactly Is...?

Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. RI recognizes donors to express gratitude for your commitment and offer individual and club recognition, as well as naming recognition that let you honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.  Please consider these many ways of planning and giving to Rotary:

So What Exactly Is...? 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Attention: All Clubs Using ClubRunner

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Oct 16, 2014

It's Time to Switch to ClubRunner 3.0!

As a reminder, as of October 31, 2014, ClubRunner will no longer be applying bug fixes to the Version 2.0 platform and all updates will only be made to Version 3.0, and so they strongly urge you to switch today. 

There is no difference in pricing between Version 2.0 and 3.0, plus switching is easy! Please note that you must have site administrator rights (access level 30) in order to switch.  For more information, please visit their website:  http://site.clubrunner.ca/​ 

Attention: All Clubs Using ClubRunner Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Reminder for Clubs to File Required Annual Information Return With IRS by November 15

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Oct 16, 2014
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Whether your club is a subordinate under Rotary International’s 501(c)(4) group exemption or is independently tax-exempt, the IRS requires that all Rotary clubs in the U.S. and its territories file an annual information return. For those clubs whose tax year follows the Rotary year, the deadline to file is 15 November. The form a club must file is dependent upon its gross receipts for the year. For more information, please see Frequently asked questions about annual reporting requirements for exempt organizations at www.irs.gov.

Reminder for Clubs to File Required Annual Information Return With IRS by November 15 Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Have You Surveyed Your Membership Lately?

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Sep 26, 2014
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     Healthy, vibrant and growing clubs require that all members feel they have a voice in the club.  Conducting regular member surveys is one way to improve member satisfaction in Rotary and increase member retention.  There are many tools, hi and low tech, available to help.  

Have You Surveyed Your Membership Lately? Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to Ebola Outbreak

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Sep 24, 2014
Rotary is continuing to follow the developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and advice of the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our partners in international public health. Although Rotary has limited opportunities to respond at a corporate level, our strength as an organization is firmly rooted in the grassroots response of Rotary clubs and Rotarians.
Rotary’s Response to Ebola Outbreak Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Sign Up Today - End Polio Now Monica Phillip 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

2015-16 District Grant Applications Now Available

Posted by Nancy Rhodes on Aug 14, 2014
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     It's not too early to get your 2015-16 District Grant Application turned in.  The forms are located under "Site Pages" (right hand column), "Grants-Rotary,"  "District Grant Application 2015-16."
     This application, signed by the President Elect (PE), must be electronically submitted to both, the District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) Mike Slawny, mslawny@charter.net and the District Grant Chair, Nancy Rhodes, nrhodes@milwpc.com by May 15th (at the latest), preferably as soon as possible.


2015-16 District Grant Applications Now Available Nancy Rhodes 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Important Notice - Youth Protection Update

Posted by Bob Hosch on Aug 11, 2014

Currently we obtain criminal background reports from Intellicorp at a cost of $3.15 each.  Intellicorp has announced changes in the price structure and content of these reports.  As of October 1, 2014 the cost per report will be $10.00 each.  On July 1 2015 the cost will increase to $14.95 each. These reports will include a national criminal search, national sex offender search, county of residence search, address history and verification of social security number.  

Important Notice - Youth Protection Update Bob Hosch 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Vaccinators Make Significant Headway in Nigeria

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jul 28, 2014

A vaccinator immunizes a child against polio in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Photo Credit: Diego Ibarra Sánchez

     Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease.
"Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho.
In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded the leaders to endorse vaccination by obtaining government assurance that mobile health camps would provide free checkups, medications, immunization against diseases besides polio, and other services.

Polio Vaccinators Make Significant Headway in Nigeria Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Barron County Sunrise Rotary Club Looking For Rotarian Curlers

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jul 23, 2014
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The International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians was formed by Rotarians who have a love for the sport of curling.  They are currently looking for Rotarians to form curling teams or individual curlers that would like to be placed on a team to participate in the upcoming Rotary USA Bonspiel, being held in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on October 10-12, 2014.

Barron County Sunrise Rotary Club Looking For Rotarian Curlers Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Mount Vaccine Drive After Polio Crops Up in Syria

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jul 19, 2014

     Thousands of volunteers recruited and deployed by nonprofit groups have inoculated some 1.4 million children in rebel-held parts of Syria this year, braving shelling and air strikes to combat the disease after an outbreak in October, reports The Washington Post.
A handful of groups active in Syria, united as the ad hoc Polio Control Task Force, won cooperation from opposition fighters to orchestrate the vaccine campaign in the northern part of the country, to which UNICEF and other global aid agencies have had limited access. The effort is supported by a patchwork of local charities, international aid groups, and foreign governments.
     Polio had not been seen in Syria for 15 years before last fall’s outbreak. 
 There have been no confirmed cases in nearly five months. Four volunteers have been killed during the campaign.

Volunteers Mount Vaccine Drive After Polio Crops Up in Syria Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Mary Beth Seiser


It’s May, and Spring has finally arrived – along with yardwork, graduations, weddings, and finally a rest for the tired furnace!   
The District Conference, a collaboration of three districts, is just around the corner.  Reservations are pouring in, speakers are finalizing their travel plans, 74 Youth Exchange students have registered and are planning their Flag Ceremony,  several Rotaract clubs are planning to meet with the Rotaract Club at Lawrence University, and we are buried in last minute details – in other words, everything is the normal organized chaos before a conference.    We hope to see you there and if you can’t come for the entire conference, consider joining us for a few hours, or for one day. Details and registration information are on the district website.
     One aspect of Rotary that I love is the opportunity for international relationships.  Not only can we practice Service Above Self by reaching out to people all over the world, but we can also expand our horizons by meeting and exchanging ideas with people in other cultures.  Many Rotarians don’t realize that there are established Rotary Fellowships, open to all of us as a way to build relationships.  
     Do you like Beer or Wine?  (I know, that can be a silly question in Wisconsin!).   There are fellowships for that.   Are you someone who loves to spend weekends bicycling – curling – geocaching – canoeing – or cooking ?     Are you a lawyer, a travel agent, or in Law Enforcement?   Do you love to travel, or attend Rotary International Conventions?   Are you single and someone who would like to meet other single Rotarians?    There are fellowships for all of those !    Are you interested in growing your business, or expanding overseas?   Check out  the “Rotary Means Business” fellowship.  I was part of the Quilters and Fiber Artist fellowship and we worked together to make quilts and afghans to raise money for Polio.     Rotarians from all over the world knit, crocheted, or pieced a quilt square, then a lovely Rotarian in England put them all together and they were auctioned at an International Convention.     
     With about 66 different fellowships you are bound to find something you like.    Check it out by Googling “Rotary Fellowships”  or searching under “MyRotary”on the RI website.     Then let me know which one you joined !
Finally, as the year draws to a close please be sure to make your contributions to the Rotary Foundation soon – preferably by May 31 - to guarantee they are booked in for this year. This is OUR Foundation and as Rotarians it is our duty, and our privilege, to contribute to the foundation, just as we contribute to our church, and our favorite charities.  The Rotary Foundation is unique – it is efficiently run, it funds a wide variety of projects, scholars, and vocational training teams, and we have a say in the way the funds are divested.   What we contribute this year will determine the District Designated Funds available to us three years from now.  Rotary has done great things in the past 110 years, but our work is far from complete. There is always more to do, and it is up to us to keep building for the future.    
Have a wonderful month of May and thank you for all you do to  LIGHT UP ROTARY !! ​
From District Governor Mary Beth Seiser 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0

Plan to Attend the 2015-16 GMS

Grant Management Seminar (GMS) Training for 2015-2016
Does your Rotary Club want to make a difference in either your local community or in the Global community during 2015-2016? Could your Club use financial assistance of District Designated Funds (DDF) to make that difference?  Has your club given the qualifying $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation at least for the last 2 years?
Plan now to be at the Grant Management Seminar to learn about District and Global Grants.  Be informed on the application steps.  Make sure to have your club represented at the annual Grant Management Seminar (GMS) Training, if no one representing your Rotary Clubs attends – the club cannot apply for Grants.
Only1 session remains for the 2015-16 Rotary year.
February 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 
Citizens Bank of Mukwonago 
New Berlin branch 
5450 S Moorland Rd, New Berlin
In order to qualify for a District or Global Grants:
Rotary club MUST be in attendance at the Grant Management Seminar.
Clubs are invited to send 2 minimum – 3 maximum representatives.
Pre-registration is requested. 
Please RSVP to Colleen at:  district6270@gmail.com  
Please include your name, club name and location preference.
Plan to Attend the 2015-16 GMS 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Be a Part of Rotary's New Visual Identity

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jan 04, 2014
If you've visited the Rotary website lately, you've seen examples of our bold new visual identity. Many Rotarians are eager to implement the new visual guidelines in their clubs and districts but have questions about how to get started. Read more, and see examples of how Rotarians are using the new look to strengthen Rotary's image in their communities.
Be a Part of Rotary's New Visual Identity Colleen Kalscheuer 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

Membership Goals 2013-14

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Dec 03, 2013

     Thank you to all of the clubs that helped our district update our membership goals for 2013-14.  At their October meeting, under the leadership of RI President Ron Burton, the RI Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the following recommendation from the RI Membership Development & Retention Committee:  "that membership is Rotary's highest priority, second only to polio eradication."  
     RI's goal is to achieve 1.3 million members by June 30, 2014.  As of July 1, 2013, our membership stands a 1.185 million members.  In other words, we continue moving in the wrong direction.   In our district alone, our membership was at 3,628 in 2003.  Today we are at 3,005.  (a loss of 17.17%)
     It is time to start turning this around.  Please have your members take a good look around your community. It is important that people be invited to a meeting - asked to join Rotary.  How are your Public Relations committees doing - what are they working on to promote Rotary in your area?  We can do better.

Membership Goals 2013-14 Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Dec 03, 2013


RI's new website has a section called "Rotary Showcase."  Here you can see how Rotarians are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Browse projects to explore the good work that Rotary clubs are doing locally and globally. Share your own with the Rotary community and your Facebook friends.  Take time to browse:  https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx

Making a Difference Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

An International Water Opportunity

Posted by David Wolbrink on Nov 30, 2013
In 1989, District 6270 paid for drilling over 30 wells in Haiti. The wells served the people for many years. However, time, and lack of maintenance have taken their toll and most of them no longer work. Now they must get their water from the river – where the cholera resides. The wells must be restored! 
An International Water Opportunity David Wolbrink 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

From District Governor Dan Christianson

Posted by Dan Christianson on Nov 30, 2013


December, 2013

     As I sit at my computer, I seem to be having difficulty gathering my thoughts.  My mind keeps shifting subjects and is unable to stay on one for any length of time.  We live in a society that seems to be pulling us in a number of directions all at the same time.
     I reflect back to my childhood when life seemed to be much simpler. We did things together as a family, made Christmas cookies both traditional and Norwegian, put up a real Christmas tree and decorated it as a family, enjoyed family and friends and took part in old traditions and made new ones.
     Christmas is a very Special time of the year. No matter what your religious background, we all need to give thanks for our blessings; family, friends, relationships and the opportunity to serve through Rotary.  It is also a time of the year when we need to reach out to those who are less fortunate.  There are a number of ways to reach out in our communities and we know what they are; we just need to continue to make it happen.
     We need to take charge of the events that surround us and put them into some type of order. This order will be different for each of us.
     Take time this Holiday Season to enjoy family and friends, and just plain relax and enjoy the season.
     My wife, Ruth, & I wish you the Blessings of this Holiday Season.

From District Governor Dan Christianson Dan Christianson 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

Community Marketplace

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Nov 20, 2013
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     Rotary International has a section on their website called "Community Marketplace."  The marketplace features solutions made for Rotarians by Rotarians.    
     You can submit your tool or website to have it posted here. Your tool/site must be Rotary-related and include a brief description of what it offers.   Below is a piece about peace that I found there.

"Peace cannot be wrapped up and brought home to us in a surprise package.  
There is something in its making that must come from us."

Check it out:  http://www.3clickstopeace.org/

Community Marketplace Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

How Can I Help?

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Nov 20, 2013

Rotary members in the Philippines pack relief goods for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.  
Hundreds of Rotary clubs around the world are also coordinating emergency aid packages for hard-hit communities.
(Photo Credit:  Photo courtesy of Rotary District 3860, Philippines)


     Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.
     The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.
     Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.



How Can I Help? Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Looking For a Club Program?

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Nov 20, 2013
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Just a reminder that we keep a running list of programs that have been recommended by other clubs in the district on our website. Go to:  "Site Pages" in the left hand column and find "Speaker, Program and Volunteer Ideas."

If you have a speaker that you would like to recommend, let me know and I'll add it to our list.  Good programs keep our members coming back!

Looking For a Club Program? Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor 2016-17 Announced

Posted by Dan Christianson on Nov 11, 2013
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DG Dan Christianson is pleased to announce that Julie Craig of the Rotary Club of Racine has been selected as this district’s District Governor for the year 2016-17.  Julie is now the District Governor Nominee Designate and will become District Governor Nominee July 1, 2014. In accordance with RI & district bylaws DG Dan will certify this to RI.

District Governor 2016-17 Announced Dan Christianson 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Don't Toss Those Shades!

Posted by Donald Drecktrah on Nov 04, 2013
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The Guatemala Medical Resource Partnership (GMRP)  is looking for donations of sunglasses for their trip in Jan of 2014.  Please contact Don Drecktrah:  e-mail  dond@milwpc.com or cell 414-573-7477.
Don't Toss Those Shades! Donald Drecktrah 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Help Wanted

Posted by Ken Schumann on Sep 30, 2013

Dr. Ken Schumann of the Lake Country Hartland Rotary Club is looking for a few volunteers to help him distribute water filters in Haiti in January.  If you think you might be able to help him out, please contact Ken at:   dr.kenschumann@gmail.com

Help Wanted Ken Schumann 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

FINAL NIDs in area Chandigarh

Posted by Frederick R. Luedke on Sep 15, 2013
The FINAL NIDs in area Chandigarh is coming up in early 2014.  Join in the celebration if you can.....this will be a real Rotary milestone.  

From Madhukar Malhotra:

RC Chandigarh D3080 has been hosting Polio NID teams of 15 to 50 members every year since 1999.  We hope to host the last of the NID teams this winter & look forward to India having 'Eradicated Polio'  on completion of 3 polio free years in January, 2014 or a week or so later by WHO.. Those interested are welcome to join the last NID team & the celebrations.

The contact person for this trip is:   PDG Madhukar Malhotra of RC-Chandigarh. - notification+zi1gfefe@facebookmail.com 


FINAL NIDs in area Chandigarh Frederick R. Luedke 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Moore Tornado Relief and Recovery

Posted by Rick Debe on May 21, 2013
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Perhaps some of you have started to take up collections to donate to the Moore and surrounding communities that were destroyed by the recent tornadoes that left a path of destruction over 2 miles long and nearly 1.3 miles wide.

Moore Tornado Relief and Recovery Rick Debe 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Spring District Assembly - 2013

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Apr 10, 2013
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May 11, 2013

     May 11 is the date for our 2013 Spring Assembly at Moraine Technical College in West Bend. Please put this date on your calendar - you won't want to miss this informative, FREE event!   

To Register Online:

·          Go to:  Registration  (You will also find an agenda, map, etc. here.)

·          Click on :  Members (under "Register Online")

·          Enter your username/password

·          Click "Register Me"

·          Click "Confirm"  (Under the comments box)

     ALL people planning on attending this event must register.  This includes:  Executive Committee Members, Speakers, Club Presidents, President Elects and all Rotarians and Guests.    Although there is no fee, we will be ordering food and making nametags.  Thank you for your help with this. 
Technologically challenged??  No worries.  Send me an email at district6270@gmail.com and I'll be happy to sign you up.  I will need your name, and club name.

Spring District Assembly - 2013 Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss This Article in the February 2013 Rotarian

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jan 21, 2013
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The Rotarian published an article in the February 2013 edition about a project started by Lee Breese of the West Allis Rotary Club.  It is this month's Insider article entitled, "Making the Grade."  (p. 71)  

Don't Miss This Article in the February 2013 Rotarian Colleen Kalscheuer 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

Getting Prepared for Future Vision

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Aug 20, 2012

     Is your Rotary Club ready for July 1, 2013 implementation of Future Vision?
     Plan now on attending the Fall Seminar – open to ALL Rotarians, on November 3, at the West Bend Moraine Park Technical College.  The morning session will feature an overview of how District 6270 will be doing business in regards to Scholarships, GSE / VTT, and Grants starting July 1, 2013.

Getting Prepared for Future Vision Colleen Kalscheuer 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotarian Magazine

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer


 The Rotarian Magazine is our link to the greater Rotary world. The pictures and stories tell us of the wonderful work that is being done, in and through Rotary, to make the world a better, safer and a more peaceful place…all because we are advancing the key elements of social justice, health projects, and educational opportunity and alleviating the dire effects of poverty.
A person is not free if they are hungry. A man is not free when he has to watch his children die because of the lack of clean water or adequate food. A mother will not be free if her sick child cannot receive medical care and when people are not free they will seek social justice even if it means going to war to achieve it.
Our magazine, paid for in our RI dues, is not junk mail. It makes you and me “literate” in the great story of Rotary. Read it. Share it with others. Drop it off in a public area where literature is offered, a dentist's reception area, the waiting room at your local hospital or when you go to your accountant's office to pick up your tax filings. Plant the seeds of Rotary by sharing our great story.

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Polio News

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer

December 2013 - Countries across the Middle East are launching special campaigns to vaccinate 23 million children in response to the polio outbreak in Syria, while cases have tapered off in the Horn of Africa; and progress has continued in the three polio-endemic countries, providing an incredible opportunity to turn off the polio tap at the source. Between them, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan have seen an almost 40% reduction in cases compared to this time last year, and wild poliovirus type 3 hasn’t been spotted anywhere in the world in more than 12 months. As the Polio Oversight Board stated recently: “The upcoming low transmission season (November to April) in countries currently affected by polio transmission will be crucial, and we agreed that endemic country plans could be further refined to capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity.” – 

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Attention: Non-profit Charitable 501 (c) (3) Organizations in the West Bend Area

Posted by Candice Sarauer
The West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club is continuing its invitation for non-profits in the area to submit an application for the 2014 $15,000 Give-Away. This fundraising activity is held to help at least one non-profit charitable 501 (c) (3) organization in the West Bend area to accomplish a creative project or begin a new service. Recipient(s) may not use this award for profit-making or administrative or staff salaries or benefits.
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New Procedure For Youth Protection Training 2013

Posted by Robert (Bob) Hosch

     In the past we have provided youth protection training at the spring and fall seminars, or we have met with the club to conduct the training.   This will no longer be done.  All president’s-elect got this information on the “Continuing Support Form” that they got at PETS this past March.


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Rotary Club of Milwaukee - On Milwaukee Public Radio

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer
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Earlier this week, the President of the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Rick White and member JoAnne Anton were interviewed on Lake Effect, Milwaukee Public Radio.  Congratulations on highlighting not only your own 100th Anniversary Project, but also the benefits of belonging to Rotary in a world where social media is the norm.

Listen to the interview at:  Milwaukee Public Radio

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Rotary International Website Will Be Down This Weekend

Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer
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All Rotary network systems will be unavailable over the weekend of 10-12 May for an important update to the data center. The shutdown will affect all systems at One Rotary Center including:

  • Rotary’s website
  • Member Access
  • The Rotary grants microsite
  • Rotary Club Central
  • Project Showcase

The data center update is scheduled to begin at 5:30 CDT on 10 May. If you need reports or would like to make a Mother’s Day tribute gift honoring those mothers in your life its best to do it before 5:30 on Friday

Rotary International Website Will Be Down This Weekend Colleen Kalscheuer 0