Rotarians - People OF Action

 A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.


2019-20 District Grants Approved 

Amigos Rotary project in partnership with Victory Gardens and Cathedral Center was approved in the 2019-20 District Grants ($3,200)

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. 


Articles in July/August issue of Milwaukee Ethnic News list 22 ethnic events and involve these groups:

German, Jewish, African American, Welsh, Filipino, Armenian,  Mexican, French, Caribbean, Filipino, African, English, Indian, Southeast Asian, Croatian, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Ukrainian, American Indian, Latino, Kashubian, Quaker, International, and more




Amigos Rotarians ARE People of Action!
  • Presidential Citation and Presidential Distinction: Amigos Rotary Club has earned the 2018-2019 Rotary International Presidential Citation with Presidential Distinction
  • $45,000 Global Grant Approved: We received word that the Global Grant has been approved by Rotary International Foundation to provide micro-credit loans to at least 40 new women to grow or to start a small business in Mirebalais, Haiti, submitted by RC Mirebalais, Centre (D7020) and RC Milwaukee Amigos After Hours (D6270) has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$45,000. Rotary Clubs that helped financially support this project beyond the Amigos Club include the Rotary Clubs of Waukesha, ElmBrook, Milwaukee Northshore, West Allis, Mitchell Field, Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours, Mayfair, Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise, West Bend Sunrise and some other individual Rotarians.

Amigos Rotarians Attended Various Rotary Conferences, Conventions, and Trainings

  • President Angie attended the Rotary District 6270 Changing of the Guard ending District Governor Kola Alayande's year and welcoming in District Governor Steen Sanderhoff.
  • President-Elect Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani was sponsored by the Amigos Rotary Club to attend the DualConn District Conference held in May in Wisconsin.  He got lots of great ideas for the club and our membership that will unfold in his year beginning July 1. Photo of the Nigerian delegation at the DualConn is below.
  • Amigos Rotarians Angela Rester and Dorothy Krupa attended the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany where they met up with former Amigo Rotarians Cecilia Rebuffo and Gustavo de Arriba. Amigos attendees for the Convention are not sponsored or underwritten.  More will be shared on the experience and learnings at a future meeting.  This was Angie's 8th convention and Dorothy's first. The first picture is meeting up with District 6270 Governor Kola Alayande and Past RI Director Mike McCullough. The second photo is of the current RI President Barry Rassin - Bahamas and RI President-Elect Holger Knaack - Germany presenting their flags and yes, that is Cecilia and Dorothy in the front row. The next photo is preparing for a group photo of all who attended from District 6270 and the last photo is Angie, Gustavo, Michel (Cecilia's husband and the founder of the Milwaukee Rotary Club Rotaract Club)
  • President-Nominee Daniele Calasanzio, President-Elect Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, and Board Director Public Relations/Social Media Marta Carrion participated in the District Grant Seminar to support our club submission for a local project.  We hope to learn in the next month if we qualified for that grant related to food, nutrition, and growing food.
  • Amigos Rotarians Frey Faris and Daniele Calasanzio attended the June 22 Outdoor Festival Celebrating Our Refugee Communities. The last photo is Kai, Frey, Daniele, and Dawn (who was a guest at last week's Rotary meeting).


Sunday, June 23 - Riveredge Nature Center Bike Ride

Amigos Rotarian Angela Rester is also a member of the Rotary Cycling Fellowship and Chair of the District Fellowship Committee.  She was at the Riveredge Ride on Sunday representing Rotary!


Habitat for Humanity Build Volunteer Opportunities in August and September

The following note and request come from Amigos Rotarian Bonnie Lee:

Hi Amigos. I want to share a service opportunity. This Saturday and the following dates (see below), people from my church will go into our city to work on Habitat for Humanity construction projects. I’ll be out their this Saturday and would love anyone who is free to join me. Happy Tuesday! 

Here’s all the logistical info and how to preregister: 

Saturday, August 17 - Drywall
Saturday, November 2 - Cleaning 

Online sign up: 
·         Direct your team to go to:,
·         Use join code "northwestbaptist" when prompted.
·         Please note that participants will both "create an account" as a user (or sign in if you have used the system before) AND register for an event.
·         They will receive one email about creating an account and one with all the project details. A reminder email is also sent 3 days ahead of time.
·         Participants can sign up online up to 24 hours before the start of the event. If individuals have signed up through their leader but not through our online system they can still sign the waiver at the site.
·         People can contact me directly at if they have any problems with the system.

Benefits to online registration

·         By having each person register, this allows us to more quickly get folks signed in on the day of the event as folks will already have signed the waiver and filled out their contact information
·         By having individual’s contact information it allows us to be in contact in case of changes in the day or bad weather.

    Rotarian News Amigos de Rotary 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend



    Saturday, Sept. 21 - 9 - 10 a.m. - Amigos Adopt-A-River Service Project - Need not be a Rotarian to participate

    Join the Amigos Rotary Club for the cleanup of the Milwaukee River on Saturday September 21 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  This event is open to the public.  Family and Friends are welcome
    Very IMPORTANT: 
    Please RSVP using the link below to register at Adopt-A-River and sign the online waiver.
    If the link does not work please try to copy and paste in your browser url.
    Event Details
    Saturday September 21, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Amigos and friends will meet up in the West parking lot  of the Blatz Pavilion, 1301 W Hampton Ave .  We will gather as a group at 9:00 to pick up our supplies and start the cleanup.   See below the Milwaukee Amigos section of river cleanup.
    Remember to dress appropriately for a river cleanup.  
    Important! If you have not already signed up, Please RSVP using the link below to register at Adopt-A-River and sign the online waiver.
    • Adopt a River Site: Lincoln Park: W Hampton Ave to N Green Bay Ave AAR
    • Description: Adoption section includes the west bank of the Milwaukee River in Lincoln Park. Trash can be left where the Oak Leaf Trail meets the Milwaukee River Parkway.

    Saturday, September 21 - 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Bay View Bash Service Opportunity - Need not be a Rotarian to help!

    Bay View Bash Fundraiser
    Help get exposure for our club, network with community members, and fund-raise for upcoming projects by volunteering at this year's Bay View Bash on Saturday, September 21st from 10:30am to 2:00pm! Bay View Bash is an annual block party intended to bring neighbors together to enjoy food, music, shopping, and refreshments. That's where you come in: We need FIVE volunteers to help serve as bartenders and no experience is necessary! 
    We get to keep all the tips from our shift, so bring your smiling face and enthusiasm for community-building! Please sign up with Melissa at if you are interested (please let her know if you have a friend who'd like to help as well). 
    We will meet at 2699 S Kinnickinnic Ave (outside Sven's Cafe) at 10:20am and head over together. More information will be sent to those interested in volunteering in the next week. Thank you for helping us fund our future service efforts!

    Tuesday, October 1 - 6 - 7 p.m. - at Antigua - The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) - Michael Peeples

    Tuesday, October 8 - 6 - 9 p.m. - at Antigua - Amigos Anniversary and Official Changing of the Guard

    Prior meetings

    Tuesday, September 3 - at Antigua - Project Rise - Milwaukee County Health & Human Services Dept of Youth and Family Services -

    Mark Mertens, MSW (Administrator)

    Tuesday, August 27 - Habitat for Humanity - Andy Heuer, Development Director

    Tuesday, August 20 - Melissa Rickey Classification Talk - Learn more about Melissa's Path to Today, Both Personally and Professionally 
    at MAC on Water

    Tuesday, August 6 - Guatemala Literacy Service Project Q&A - Erik Moesser, ElmBrook Rotary Club

    at Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen - West Allis

    Come learn more about the service project that ElmBrook Rotary has been doing in Antigua, Guatemala.  Ask questions and get answers to how you can help and / or personally or THERE (January 2020).  Learn more about their past success and partnership by clicking on this link to their newsletter.  Scroll down on the newsletter to see more about the project.

    Tuesday, July 30 - Rotary Amigos Board Meeting

    Amigos Rotarians attended  in person and via a Bridge Line had full attendance  of the Board of Directors at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Water.  

    Tuesday, July 23 - Amigos - Complete a community meeting or service thru August 6th for it to count as your July 23 Rotary make-up

    Options include any community service activity or event.  Take a photo of yourself at the event / meeting / conference and submit it to Secretary Patti Lynch for credit.

    Tuesday, July 16 - New Member Intro - Erik Carranza

    Erik has a wonderful story of misguided youth, hanging with the wrong crowd, seeking acceptance, living the consequences, and rising above that.  Erik found his passion in exercise and competition and joy in helping others find it as a personal trainer.
    This meeting enjoyed the "attendance" in-person and via conference line.

    Tuesday, July 9 - CELEBRATED and Welcomed President 2019-20 Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani 


    Tuesday, July 2 - 6-7 p.m. - Meeting was via CHIME Internet Teleconference

    2019-20 President Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani took the helm as the new president and announced his chairs and board positions.

    Tuesday, June 18 - Polio - Why We Need to Eradicate It - Peter Bosch (held at Antigua Latin Inspired Restaurant)

    Peter Bosch, Principal Engineer and Founder of Highpoint Software is also a Rotarian.  He has been engaged in the efforts to eradicate polio and has developed a visual mapping to demonstrate why we can't stop short of complete eradication of the polio virus.  This was a very engaging and enlightening presentation and conversation for Rotarians, Visiting Rotarians, and guests.



    Tuesday, June 11 - Beevangalist - Charlie Koenen

    We enjoyed an amazing awareness building of the importance of bees and all that we will lose should we lose the bees.  They are an incredible species that has survived through time but may not be able to survive mankind.  Click here to learn more at this recent interview with Mike Strehlow.


    Tuesday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 28 - District Grant Submissions

    These meetings reviewed potential District Grant submissions (grant submitted and now awaiting review for hopeful acceptance)

    The May 28 meeting was also the club's second time utilizing web based software to include those unable to physically attend the meeting, to do so.  We have some bugs to work out including better acoustics, however, all in attendance agreed that it had worked.  We look forward to further experimentation and use.

    Things considered;

    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 heard from those wishing to submit a project for consideration and the club used the decision making criteria developed at a previous meeting to determine what would move forward.

    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
    Upcoming Events Angela Rester 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
    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 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.


    Recent Speakers Angela Rester 2019-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
    Labor Trafficking Summit - March 2017 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
    Girl Scouts of America 2017-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Learns About Shen Yun Rotary Club of Amigos 2017-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
    Want to Make a Difference with Rotary? Angie 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
    Changing Of The Guard 2015 2015-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
    Fundraiser-Concession Training Dates 2015-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
    Welcome Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow Rob Grede 2015-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
    Welcome To The World Henry! 2014-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
    Welcome Joseph W. Seifert 2014-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian acts of kindness make this world a better place, especially for the poorest of the poor. By collecting used or unused sunglasses Rotary Amigos de Milwaukee will prevent blindness among the poor for Guatemalan farmers.
    Guatemala Sunglasses Project 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

    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


    You are invited to celebrate Dr. Jeanette Mitchell at the Stritch Alumni Awards, 6-21-2014 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
    What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what ... Tina Dozier-Weyand 2014-03-25 05:00:00Z 0