Posted on May 21, 2019

Tuesday, May 14 - Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace - Author Andra Watkins

Our meeting was fun, interesting, and enlightening.  New Rotarians were inducted, including one who we had missed in previous official induction ceremonies .  Erik Carranza and Melissa Rickey were formally inducted, as well as, Bonnie Lee.

We  celebrated Amigo Rotarian Daniele Calasanzio naturalization that occurred in Atlanta on May 10, 2019.

Our presenter was Rotarian Andra Watkins, featured in the January 2017’s Rotarian Magazine and is a New York Times best selling author. She is one of the only living persons to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She had a life-changing adventure with her 80-year-old father. Her NYT best selling memoir Not Without My Father chronicles that experience.  We LOVED her presentation!  Her honesty, her humor, her wisdom.
 
     

Tuesday, May 7  - Catching Up - LOCATION - CORE El Centro 

Members had an opportunity to catch up on where we are, where we have been, and what we have learned from "being out in the community" and hearing about issues and initiatives in the community.  Newest Future Rotarian, Ronald Rickey, was also in attendance. 
Marta is developing a tool for Rotarians to indicate where they wish the club to focus resources in the community. Rotarians who wish to make a recommendation for the use of a District Grant will need to complete and submit to Angie by May 20 for the board to make within that next week.  Remember, a criteria for a grant request is a recently conducted needs assessment showing the community need and desire for the given project.  More information can be obtained at the District web site via this link.  Two Amigos Rotarians must also complete the training for District grants and if you are suggesting application then you must do so as well for the club.
  

Thursday, May 2 - Rotary Amigos Table Sponsor and Attendance at CORE El Centro - CORE Momentum - 17th Anniversary -

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people sitting and indoorRotary Amigos is sponsoring a table at this wonderful event. 
 
It was a FREE event though CORE El Centro hoped to enlighten everyone about their programs and purpose to inspire donations for their programs.
According to attending Rotarians, they successfully shared their mission, purpose, and results!
 
Paul Berger served as Table Host.

Saturday, May 4 - 8:30-11:30 am - SERVICE DAY at Hunger Task Force Farm 

Rotarians came together and made a big dent in the spreading of wood chips on trails to help the farmers and volunteers grow food.  This was a Rotary Partner Service Project with Rotary Clubs of Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, and Whitnall Park. 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, April 27 - 9 am - Noon (Noon - 2 pm After Party) - SERVICE DAY - Annual Milwaukee Riverkeepers Clean-Up Day - Amigos Rotarians did this event last year

Amigos is a partner with Milwaukee Riverkeepers and sponsors a segment of the Milwaukee River in Lincoln Park area.  Despite the cooler than usual weather, Rotarians Dorothy Krupa (volunteer chair / organizer on behalf of our club), Marta Carrion, Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, Daniele Calasanzio, Angela Rester, and newest  member Erik Carranza cleaned up on Saturday. Dorothy noted that despite the amount of trash, there was about 1/3rd as much as the same time last year.  Noted was the large amount of plastic and styrofoam, along with candy and cigar packaging, as well as, needles and things we won't mention.  Clearly people need to clean up after themselves and their friends and family!
 
 
   
Afterwards several of us went to the FREE celebration with Rock the Green in Estabrook Park .  We got to hear great music and visit numerous ecology-minded services and nonprofits serving our greater Milwaukee region.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 25

ROTARY IMPACT-WATER & SANITATION AROUND THE WORLD

Rotary Foundation Global and District grants for District 6270 have been very successful in the past because they have involved members like you and I.  MANY decades ago, Past District Governor "Ozzie" Oswald created opportunities for clubs to give for wells in Haiti and India.  Today, Past District Governor Rick Debe is bringing new opportunities to our clubs as our 2018-2019 District 6270 Water and Sanitation Chair.

Rick shared the following, "We are embarking on some larger Global grants for Water and Sanitation around the world. Our Clubs in #6270 are joining together to leverage and maximize our efforts.

Tuesday, September 18 - District Governor Kola Alayande 

District Governor Kola is a 2nd generation Rotarian and is a former Interactor, Rotaractor, AND Rotarian and may well be the only one in our District. He spoke to the club about growing the membership and staying true to Rotary without being so rigid that we don't grow or fulfill mission. As a change agent he hopes to inspire our clubs and individual Rotarians to stretch and do things differently so we remain vital and meaningful.  The board then met with Kola and reviewed what makes us an awesome club and how he and the district can better serve our club.  

Pictured from left to right - Past District Governor, Amigos Founder and current President Angela Rester
Daniele Calasanzio, Amigos International Director
Kola Alayande, District Governor 2018-2019
Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani - Amigos Secretary and President Nominee for 2020-2021
 
Thursday, September 13 - Rotary New(er) Member Orientation 
This orientation was a collaborative effort of the Rotary Clubs of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours, Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, and Whitnall Park.
Three Amigos Rotarians participated in this orientation that was very well received.

Tues, September 11 - Farewell to Gustavo de Arriba

Sadly we said farewell to Gustavo de Arriba.  He only recently learned that he has been hired at a new company based in Denmark .We know we will see him again but will miss his leadership, his joy, and warm welcomes at our wonderful little club.

 

Tuesday, August 28 - 6 - 8 pm - Service Night - Cathedral Center Dinner Service

Our club's 4th time serving dinner to the women and families residing at Cathedral Center. We had a lot of fun and one of our Rotary members volunteered with his family and a friend.

   


 
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Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

Tuesday, May 21 - 6 - 7 p.m. - District Grant Submissions

This meeting will be reviewing potential District Grant submissions (rough idea of what's needed.  May not have all 'nailed' down but would have by May 27)

1. Is there a completed needs assessment?

2. What will the project be?

3. Who from our Club is and will be involved?

4. What resources are needed? 

5. Anticipated impact and how will you know? 

We will hear from those wishing to submit a project for consideration.


Image may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people standingThursday, May 23 - 7 - 8:30 a.m. - Rotary District Friendship Exchange Team from District 9125 Nigeria and District 9211 Uganda

All Rotarians and those non-Rotarians interested in learning more about this part of the world are invited to attend Milwaukee North Sunrise Rotary Club at St Ann’s at 7am 

St. Ann Center - Bucyrus Campus
2450 W. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53205
United States of America
 
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A wonderful benefit of being a Rotarian is receiving the monthly Rotarian magazine.  See full article below highlighting editorial awards that the magazine received for 2018.


Who all can make it to support the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and their efforts to raise monies to feed those with less and other projects they support?

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The May Rotarian Magazine featured an article looking at the Opioid Crisis and what Rotarians are doing 

Fathers turn pain into healing solutions :  Rotary members destigmatize opioid recovery

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A father’s concern and fear propelled sleepless Ben Lowry, an attorney in Portland, Maine, out into the streets one evening searching for his eldest son. 

Just a year earlier, his son had been in college studying engineering when he began using drugs, including opioids. Lowry’s family spent more than $100,000 on treatment and recovery programs before Lowry gave his son an ultimatum: stop using or move out. His son moved out.

Now, hearing the wail of sirens on this cold fall night, Lowry feared the worst.

“Someone said there was an overdose nearby, and I hurried over, thinking it was my son,” Lowry said, his voice cracking with emotion. “There was a young woman dead in the street, probably in her 20s. It’s a very difficult thing to see, especially when your son is living out there.”

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine and New Hampshire recorded nearly 800 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 – a terrible toll, but a small fraction of the 47,600 opioid deaths across the United States that year.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, Lowry decided to do more than just address his own situation. He joined a group of Rotary members in the New England area who have come together to prevent overdose deaths. 

In partnership with public health agencies, the District 7780 Recovery Initiative Committee organizes seminars that educate the community on the dangers of opioids, supports education campaigns in public schools, and raises money to train recovery coaches who assist drug users who are trying to turn their lives around.

“I don’t know if I will be able to help my son,” Lowry says. “But if I can help others in a similar situation, I want to.”

Combatting stigma 

Robert MacKenzie, a member of the Rotary Club of Kennebunk, Maine, and the town’s police chief, has also been personally touched by the crisis. One of his daughters struggled with heroin dependency and is now in recovery. But that process, he says, is a long and uncertain one.

Read the rest of the article by clicking on this link - Rotary members destigmatize opioid recovery


The Rotarian takes home honors

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Every year, U.S. magazine publishers recognize the best in the business. In October, The Rotarian’s editor in chief, John Rezek, was honored as editorial director of the year at the 2018 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards celebration. More than 350 magazine professionals gathered at the Hilton Midtown in New York City for the annual event, which highlights excellence in magazine editing, design, and photography. Folio chose Rezek among entrants from both consumer and association/nonprofit magazines. Jennifer Moody, The Rotarian’s art director, received an honorable mention in the art director category. In June, the magazine also received honors from Association Media & Publishing, which serves association, nonprofit, and alumni publishing professionals.


The April Rotarian Magazine featured a series of articles, "Why Climate Change is Rotary's Business and What Rotarians are Already Doing About It".

Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action. They’re tackling the problem the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy — and planning for the future.

You are invited to read the Rotary International publication The Rotarian series to see:

 

 

 

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    Stritch announces Alumni Award Recipients for 2014

    The Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2014 Alumni Award Recipients.
    Through the awards program, Stritch annually honors individuals for their professional and personal achievements, which have made a significant impact in their field, and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their peers and professional colleagues.
    The 2014 winners are:
     

    The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Awar Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, ’01

     

     
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