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.
December 2014

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The Rotarian

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December is Family Month

     In the Rotary calendar, December is Family Month --  a time to step back from our busy schedules  and reflect upon the blessings of Family.    
     First of all, who is our Family ?   My trusty dictionary says it is a group of persons, consisting of parents and their children.   But it also says it is a group of persons forming a household, a succession of persons connected by blood, name, etc.  and  any class of like or related things.    
     In other words, Family is the people we live with, the people we work with, the people we share fun times and occasional hard times with.     Family is the members of our Rotary club, the polio survivors in the slums of Moradabad, India, the refugees from Syria, the orphans in Haiti, the villagers in Guatemala, the children in El Salvador.
     After all, we are all in the class of related things – we are all Human Beings.     Our differences often are just a result of where we were born.
      During this month of December, when we often remember our immediate family with our generosity (usually more gifts and food than we really need!) let’s remember the rest of our family as well.    Please reach out to those who might need a helping hand.   Through the Rotary Foundation, we can remember our international families and donate funds so others can improve their lives.   Just $100 can fund flocks of chickens for five families, or 50 citrus trees for a community, or a sewing machine to enable a woman to start her own business.   Locally, we can donate to food pantries, provide warm clothing and toys for those in homeless shelters, or give a little extra to our churches and synagogues.
     Then, share Rotary stories with your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.    Show them why you belong to the greatest service organization in the world.    Teach them about empathy and Service Above Self.   Those lessons may be the best gift you ever give them!
     Blessings of the Season to all of you, my Rotary Family, and  thank you for everything you do to LIGHT UP ROTARY !  



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.
Only 2 sessions will be offered for the 2015-16 Rotary year.
North -- January 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Robbins Restaurant, 1810 Omro Rd, Oshkosh WI
South – 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.
Same agenda will be presented at either location. Travel to the session that is convenient for you.
Pre-registration is requested.  Please RSVP to Colleen at:   Please include your name, club name and location preference.


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.


Putting Your Gift to Good Use

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's  of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission.

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."


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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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