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

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

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

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. 

 

Funds for District Grants are made available through District Designated Funds (DDF) received from The Rotary Foundation based on contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation made three years ago.  A total of $61,694 was budgeted for District Grants for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.  We have received notification from The Rotary Foundation that our application for district grant funding has been approved and that funds will be released to District 6270.

 

Half of approved grant funds will be disbursed to clubs in early August 2019.  The remaining funds for each grant will be disbursed to clubs following completion of each club’s project and approval of the final project and expense report by the District.  

 

Approved projects addressed a wide variety of humanitarian, educational, and poverty alleviation concerns.  They included efforts to provide access to water, improvements in health, literacy support, food and agriculture, and community development.  Most of the projects will be conducted in Wisconsin, although there are projects in other countries – Ghana, Guatemala and Haiti.

 

Many thanks to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in District 6270 for humanitarian work in your communities and around the world. 

 

A list of approved grants is posted on the District 6270 website. 

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

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

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

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.

 

High School students from the Interact club of St. Catherine's High School also helped with the project.  "We had about 30 people involved, including the Interact Club, the Rotary Club, and community members, helping with things such as providing the 55 foot semi-trailer (thanks American Erecting!), decorating the float, driving the truck, a DJ, providing coolers of water, and riding in the float," said Weslaski.  Ed Werner, a new Founder's Rotary member, and his family constructed a 14-foot Rotary Wheel for the float. 

 

The Interact Club students that participated in the parade dressed in Prom attire. This was to highlight Racine's Post-Prom which is an event that has been sponsored by Racine Rotary since 1953, in which nine area high schools all come together for a "Post-Prom" party after the individual proms are held at their high schools. This year the club also hosted the Special Needs prom for students with disabilities. Two students from the Special Needs prom also joined in riding the parade float.

 

The Racine Founder's Rotary Club 4th of July parade float was a huge success in many ways. The volunteers had a great time and great fellowship working together for a common cause.  The Rotary and Interact Clubs got the chance to work together on a fun project.  We spread awareness in the community about Rotary.  Rotarians that were there as parade spectators felt pride, and waved and shouted as our float went by.  And the weather on the 4th of July was perfect!

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

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

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

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:
Position/Title:
Preferred Business Number:
Preferred Business Email:
Website address of the business:
LinkedIn:
Facebook:
 
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
 

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

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

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

 http://www.commonhope.org/get-involved/join-a-vision-team/.

Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

ContactDeborah Wente dgwente@outlook.com

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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

For Your Budgeting Purposes:

Standard District Dues for 2017-18 per Rotarian in D6270 = $36.00 per year.
 
Special Assessment (year 2 of 3 years) per Rotarian in D6270 for 2017-18 = $10.00
 
Total District 6270 fees for 2017-18 per member Rotarian = $46.00 per year.
2017-18 District Dues 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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
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

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

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."
 
Foundation Dinner 2014 - Awards and Recognition 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Shop On Amazon and Support The Rotary Foundation 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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
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     

Denmark

     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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jul 28, 2014

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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
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
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

WELCOME SPRING!

It’s May, and Spring has finally arrived – along with yardwork, graduations, weddings, and finally a rest for the tired furnace!   
 
TRICON DISTRICT CONFERENCE -
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.
 
ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS –
     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 !
 
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION –
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
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
Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Jan 04, 2014
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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
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
Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Dec 03, 2013

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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
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
Posted by Dan Christianson on Nov 30, 2013

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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
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
Posted by Colleen Kalscheuer on Nov 20, 2013

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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
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
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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
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
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
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 

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE

FINAL NIDs in area Chandigarh Frederick R. Luedke 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
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
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SAVE THE DATE
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
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
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
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 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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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.” – 


http://www.polioeradication.org/Mediaroom/NewsletterPolioNews.aspx
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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.
Attention: Non-profit Charitable 501 (c) (3) Organizations in the West Bend Area Candice Sarauer 0
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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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

Rotary Club of Milwaukee - On Milwaukee Public Radio Colleen Kalscheuer 0
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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