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Amigos Support MATC Students During Covid

Rotary Club Amigos de Milwaukee After Hours completed their pledge of $1800 to support the MATC Advancing Digital Divide Access Program for the 2020-21 school year. This support allowed students without a computer or internet access to receive a Chromebook and 1 year wifi access so that they could continue their education as a result of the Covid-19 interruption / disruption. For some students, their only internet and computer access for their college work was at the MATC library / lab or a public library. That access ended with Covid-19. Our support and the support of many partners allowed students to continue their opportunity to learn during these challenging times.
Comments from students receiving the Chromebook and wifi include;
o “It has literally made my virtual learning possible. Without it, I would not have been able to complete my semester.”
o “I did not have access to a computer. It was difficult for me to pass my classes without technology.”
o “Without the chromebook, I’m not sure I would have succeeded this semester with all the virtual learning...The Chromebook has been an absolute blessing”.


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Articles in May / June 2021 issue of Milwaukee Ethnic News. These newsletters often list over 20 ethnic events and involve these groups:

The May / June 2021 issue features Ethnic foods and lots of resources to learn more about WI ethnic groups, a list of ethnic Wisconsin books and much more.

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What Does it Take in Time?  
  • One in-person meeting per month
What's Expected of Me?
  • To represent your vocation and help us know about you and that vocation.
  • Be a person of high ethical standards.
  • Give some of your time to Service in the Greater Milwaukee community and / or internationally.
  • Share Rotary and the opportunity to make a difference in the world with your Rotary Family in ways you could not individually.
  • Have Fun and WANT to see your Rotary club members because you miss them when you don't.
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Did you know that Rotary does not require weekly attendance even though we generally meet weekly?
  • Did you know that our project and volunteer service counts as attendance?

  • Did you know that you can do a Rotary make-up by attending another club meeting OR by going on-line and read several "programs" and then apply for a make-up?  Use these links to get started.

  • Rotary e club One - the original - /www.rotaryeclubone.org

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    Rotary International (RI) District 6270 is pleased to announce the selection of Alaina Eckert, Sussex, WI, as its Global Grant Scholarship applicant for 2021-2022.

                Ms. Eckert is a graduate of Sussex Hamilton H.S. and of The University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has already begun a dual degree, Master of Science/Master of International Nature Conservation, in a cooperative program of the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University in Lincoln, New Zealand.
                The practical approach of the program is to preserve the integrity of nature, in combination with the assessment of risk management and conservation strategy, and offers an invaluable experience in the education of international conservation. The four-semester program offers new perspectives to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems that allow local communities to be resilient to future ecological changes, maintain economic stability and growth, use adaptive conservation management strategies for both the betterment of the community and the ecosystem, and preserve critical ecological systems. Thus, Ms. Eckert’s program of studies aligns with RI’s “Community Economic Development” Area of Focus, and it anticipates close alignment with RI’s newest Area of Focus, “Protecting the Environment,” which becomes effective on July 1, 2021.
                The amount of the Global Grant Scholarship is U.S. $30,000. RI District 6270 is providing $15,000 of that amount, and The Rotary Foundation is matching it with another $15,000. The Rotary Foundation, RI districts, and Rotary clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study through the Global Grant Scholarship program. Information about Rotary’s other scholarship programs can be accessed at:  https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/scholarships.

    From Rotary Foundation Trustees & Rotary International Board

    Rotary Foundation Trustees & Rotary International Board Unanimously Approve of Supporting the Environment as an Area of Focus


    The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

    More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

    RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.

    “I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.

    Foundation Trustee Chair Gary C.K. Huang says that with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.

    “It is time for us to use our collective resources to invest in a smart and efficient way to protecting our environment,” says Huang. “We are qualified to take this initiative because we are a global group of problem solvers with diversified talents.

    In 1990-91, RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the Preserve Planet Earth subcommittee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives.

    “We have finally caught up to Costa [his vision],” says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus.

    “As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” says Riseley. “This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”

    Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

    Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.

    More information about this new cause will be announced soon.

    Rotary Spotlight
    Our club has had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a project supporting schools in Pakistan as a result of our new twinning with the Rotary Club Milano Aquileia.  On Saturday, March 20, our club participated in a Zoom meeting with the members of Rotary Club Milano Aquileia, our District 6270 Governor Craig Burnett, along with other Rotary dignitaries and members.  A further written report will be posted soon.  This is an unedited copy of that meeting.  You may want to advance to 13:15.
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