Birthplace of RI Founder Paul Harris

"Light Up Rotary"

Light Up Rotary


4-Way Test

Of the things we think, say and do...
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to service society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
November 2014

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November is Foundation Month

November is Rotary Foundation Month, and I admit that for this monthly newsletter I am going to borrow heavily from the newsletters of John Kenny, the Trustee Chair for 2014-2015.  His September letter reminded us that  “Rotarians are generous people.   They give to many good, charitable causes in their communities, but in many instances do not support their own charity: The Rotary Foundation  (TRF). “
     This Rotary year I would like to see every Rotarian make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation.    While the goal is $100 per person, I would be happy to see any amount – as long as EVERY Rotarian participates.    After all, the slogan is EVERY Rotarian Every Year.
     He also said that  “the good we do in the world is limited only by the contributions TRF receives.   When we give to the Foundation, we are not sending cash to Evanston -  we are helping a blind man see, a polio victim to walk, a child to grow to healthy adulthood,  a student to become better educated, and a family to have food to eat and clean water to drink. “

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
More information will be coming shortly.  Please decide which PrePETS you’d like to attend and clear your calendar for that morning.  Also, make sure you reserve the weekend of March 6-8, 2015 for your President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  Check back to our website soon for information on registration for each of these events.


Are You Telling the Correct Story?

Storytelling has quickly become a worn-out buzzword. Even your board members are parroting it. And while everybody’s telling you “We must do more storytelling” nobody seems to have a clue how to do it. Under "Site Pages" (right hand column) I have posted an eBook that was written to clear all that up. But even more importantly, it will guide you in teaching your participants and donors in how to tell their story about your mission, which can have the biggest impact of all.


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
‚ÄčBequest 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."

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.

Fun Way to Support TRF

Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the

 Rotary Foundation of Rotary International when you shop at AmazonSmile (


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.


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:

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.

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Colleen Kalscheuer at:
Rotary District 6270
P.O. Box 384
Hartland, WI   53029
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