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Rotary Serving Humanity

Rotary Club of West Bend

Service Above Self

The 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month we meet at West Bend Tap + Tavern (315 N. Main St.) . The 2nd Monday is reserved for Committee Meetings while the 4th Monday is a social meeting at a local restaurant. See our club calendar for more information!
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Incoming President Kellie Boone addresses the Rotary Club of West Bend during the Changing of the Guard proceedings at the recent Paul Harris Awards Banquet

Dates: June 3, 2016 - June 4, 2016
Friday, June 3:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Copper Box
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm - The Whiskeybelles
Food Trucks: The Gouda Girls Truck, Cream City Crêpes, Buddha's BBQ

Saturday, June 4:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - River City Blaskapelle
Noon - West Bend Dance Tumbling Troupe
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Extra Crispy Brass Band
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Honest Monday
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Low Down Sound
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm - 5 Card Studs
Food Trucks: Buddha's BBQ, Truckmeister Gourmet Burgers, Meat on the Street.
Beer, wine, soda and water available for purchase during the entire event.






John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Find the 2016-17 presidential theme logo and materials

Watch the president-elect's theme speech


Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”


Rotary International's new monthly theme for April is Maternal and Child Health!

Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.

To get more information and read news about Rotary's work to promote maternal and child health can be found at the link below:





2015-16 Rotary International President K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran and his spouse, Vanathy, on stage during the closing session and banquet at the International Assembly, San Diego, California, January 23rd, 2015.

Ravindran is a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and will will be the 105th president of Rotary International starting in July 2015. His theme for the 2015-2016 Rotary year is "Be a gift to the world." Ravindran is urging Rotary members worldwide to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

To learn more about K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran, check out his bio at the link below.



ShelterBox is proud to be Rotary International’s only official project partner worldwide. Now, with the relationship being extended into 2016, Alison Wallace explains why this is such a strong ‘circle of friendship’

In 2012 ShelterBox received the accolade of becoming Rotary International’s first-ever official Project Partner. Now it has heard that this unique partnership will be renewed until at least March 2016.

ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace says, ‘I’ve often thought that the phrase ‘what goes around, comes around’ suits Rotary ideally. Rotary has a circular emblem, and the notion of life having a circular karma - that personal acts of kindness will be returned to you via the kindness of others - seems to capture Rotary’s global spirit.’

‘The ShelterBox team shares that spirit, because there is no greater calling than helping people in distress. Time and again Rotarians work alongside ShelterBox – many of them within it. So I am delighted that Rotary International has extended our official project partnership, further strengthening a circle of friendship that reaches around the world.’



The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa.






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.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Rotary Foundation received $239,576,000 in 2013, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year.

"This clearly shows our members recognize the unparalleled value of giving to their Foundation," says John Hewko, Rotary's general secretary. "They know that by giving to the Foundation their dollars have a much greater impact. And friends of Rotary respect that the Foundation puts their gift to great use."

The Foundation recently earned a  from , the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. In the 2013-14 Rotary year, 92 percent of the Foundation's expenditures were applied to programs, with only 6 percent spent on fundraising and 2 percent on administrative expenses. The Foundation funded $23.5 million in district grants and $47.3 million in global grants. These grants support local and international humanitarian projects as well as scholarships.

Together with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has led the effort to eradicate polio, contributing more than $1.3 billion to the initiative since its outset. When an outbreak of polio threatened the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in 2013, Rotary provided emergency funds, including a $500,000 rapid-response grant for Somalia and a $500,000 grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to cover operational costs in the Middle East. As a result, the outbreak in the Horn of Africa slowed, and Syria reported only one case of polio in the first half of 2014.

Rotary is also at the forefront of efforts to fight other diseases. According to WHO, indoor air pollution causes 4.3 million deaths per year worldwide. To combat it, members of the Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro, New Mexico, USA, mobilized Rotary clubs in several countries to support the Himalayan Stove Project, which has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal.

In Tamil Nadu, India, Rotary clubs partnered with clubs in Maryland, USA, to use a Foundation global grant to purchase a large van and outfit it with X-ray equipment to screen women for breast cancer in hard-to-reach communities. The "mammobus" has conducted more than 2,500 free breast cancer screenings and detected and treated early-stage cancer in six women. Rotary members in Malindi, Kenya, teamed up with members in Maryland and Idaho, USA, to work with the Genesis World Mission in creating a rainwater catchment system to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops, and establish fish farms in Burangi, Kenya.

In Seattle, Washington, USA, Rotary members are diverting millions of pounds of fruit and vegetables from the waste stream and into the hands of those who need it through Rotary First Harvest, a program of District 5030.







The nominating committee has chosen Jeff Reed as the District Governor Nominee for District 6270 for 2017-2018.
Jeff is completing his third year as an assistant governor serving clubs in the Fond du Lac, Neenah Menasha, and Oshkosh areas.  Jeff joined Rotary in 2000 and was President in 2009-10.  He has served as Club Secretary, Vocational Chair, Silent Auction Chair, Scholarship Chair, Membership Chair, and Micro-Loan site visit team member to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia.  He follows in the footsteps of his father, George Edward Reed, who served as club President in Maryland D-7630, and his brother, George Philip Reed, who has served as both club President and Assistant Governor in Maryland D-7630.
Jeff is Professor of Management at Marian University and has served as Dean of the School of Business at Marian University. Jeff and his wife Sylvia, Director of Institutional Research at Marian University, live in Fond du Lac.  Their son, Daniel, is a graduate student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.
Jeff has demonstrated his leadership ability as assistant governor and will be an excellent addition to your district leadership team.  Please give him your support and join me in congratulating him on this new adventure!

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50114/Stories/jeff-reed#sthash.BdKPP6PH.dpuf





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Superintendent Erik Olson
West Bend School District
Dec 19, 2016
David Slinde
El Salvador
Feb 06, 2017
Craig Farrell
West Bend Chamber of Commerce
Mar 06, 2017
Craig Hoeppner
West Bend Parks & Forestry
Apr 03, 2017
Ken Mueler Chief of Police, WBPD
West Bend Police Department
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