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April 2019
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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.
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Suggestions, Questions, Comments?

Contact our District Administrative Assistant
Dana Kohlmeyer at:
Rotary District 6270
P.O. Box 0726
Manitowoc, WI   54221-0726
(If you would like a phone call, please send
your name and phone number in an email)

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 and if you still do not see the hotel reservation code in the special note on your order receipt, please contact Dana Kohlmeyer ( or myself ( 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.

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 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.

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. 

We Want to Help!

WASRAG has assembled a group of professionals to assist Rotary Clubs with their WASH projects. The team have experience in needs assessment, planning, grant preparation, implementation and WASH training. Members of the Professional Resources Team are from many countries, experienced in working in developing countries and are fluent in a number of languages.


If you need help with a project send an email to:  For more details visit


$500 for WASH Projects

The WASRAG Board has established a WASRAG Fund to encourage Rotary clubs to undertake water and sanitation projects that are sustainable and well designed.


Before a Club submits their Global Grant application to The Rotary Foundation they should send it to the WASRAG Fund review board at WASRAG experts in water and sanitation programs will review the application and make suggestions to improve the quality of the project. Once the suggestions are incorporated into the final application, WASRAG will contribute $500 towards the project.

$500 Additional for WinS Projects

The world is fortunate to have Rotary Clubs like Box Hill Central, District 9810, in Australia that are so committed to giving every child the right to an education by providing clean water and sanitation to schools. The "We Can't Wait" NGO that was established by Mark Balla, with the support of the Box Hill Central Club, has agreed to support any WASH in Schools (WinS) project with $500 if it is approved by the WASRAG Fund review committee. That is $1,000 towards your water, sanitation and hygiene project in schools. Get planning. 


Send your Global Grant application to to apply for both WASRAG Fund and We Can't Wait grants.

Kudos to Rotary for its Fight to End Polio!

A new book has been published in the field of public health highlighting Rotary’s role in the global effort to wipe out polio. It places it in the context of humanity’s relentless struggle to contain the world’s epidemics.  Entitled, “Health of Nations:  The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases,” the author Karen Bartlett surveys the global landscape of epidemics past, present and future. ”Who decided to rid the world of polio?  Not politicians or global health organizations … process was started by Rotary International, a network more used to enjoying convivial dinners, raising money for local good causes and organizing floats to carry Santa Claus around suburban neighborhoods at Christmas.”  (We have come a long way!)

Presentation for Prospective Members

The new Discover Rotary PowerPoint presentation is now available (see "Site Pages" - "Rotary Resources"). It provides an overview of Rotary, including our values, history, and the benefits of membership. Rotarians can add club-specific images and information to the presentation, which also comes with speaker notes. It can be helpful to anyone holding prospective member events, hosting prospective members at a meeting, or presenting to an audience of community members. Encourage Rotarians to have prospective member and club brochures on hand to distribute after the presentation. Be sure district membership chairs know about the presentation, so they can incorporate it into outreach activities.
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