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The Rotary Club of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee

Amigos Milwaukee

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
MAC on Water ; 1st Tues @ month Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen 6207 W. National Ave., West Allis
731 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
United States of America

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(414) 573-0458
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Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend


Tuesday, December 3 - 6-7 p.m. at Antigua - CEO Health Connections Inc - Ericka Sinclair


Tuesday, December 10 - 6-7 p.m. at MAC on Water - Tanzanian Eyeglass Program - Brett Bennett - Skygen International Foundation - 

The Skygen International Foundation (headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI) has a truly inspiring story to tell. They are a non-profit charity providing vision testing and (over 21,000 pairs of) free eyeglasses to the poor and underserved people of Tanzania, Africa, since 2018. Imagine changing someone’s life and future for only $5. It is possible.
 
Since July 2018, SKYGEN International Foundation has been working in some of the poorest areas of Tanzania, Africa, doing just that. They have provided vision testing to almost 100,000 people and given FREE, built onsite to their prescription, eyeglasses immediately to those in need. Each pair of glasses costs $5. They are a foundation where over 90% of the money received goes directly to the work being done. Administrative costs are minimal. Contribution dollars go towards glasses, cloth pouches, ID cards and the team of 12 Tanzanians who run the clinics 5 days a week, every week. Yes, they've also created jobs for Tanzanians. SKYGEN International Foundation is an approved 501(c)(3) organization with a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

Saturday, December 7 - Holiday Party - More details to follow


Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve - No Meeting


Tuesday, December 31 - New Year's Eve - No Meeting


Tuesday, Jan 7 - Amigos Anniversary Celebration and Celebrating 2019 in the New Year

Special evening at Antigua - Dinner, Celebration, District Governor Steen Sanderhoff, Past President July 2018-June 2019 Angela Rester, President July 2019-2020 Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, Awards, and Silent Auction.  Save the date!  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  More information soon.

 

Prior meetings

Tuesday, November 19 - Strategic Plan for Amigos Club - District Direction presented by Past District Governor and Strategic Plan Committee Chair Jeff Reed

PDG and District Strategic Plan Committee Chair Jeff Reed gave an excellent presentation to the Rotary Amigos.  He helped break down the overall plan to support District 6270 clubs and ensured that questions were answered so that our club can utilize the supports that exist for our own club plan.  

Saturday, November 23 -  Thanksgiving Baskets Service Project with Rotary Club of Mitchell Field

For decades Rotarians, their family and friends have gathered on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to assemble and distribute Thanksgiving food baskets. Families and seniors in need are identified by social service agencies in South Milwaukee, Cudahy, St. Francis, Oak Creek and Franklin. With financial assistance from Meijers, Rotary Club Mitchell Field purchases enough food for each family to enjoy a complete Thanksgiving feast. Baskets are assembled at The Salvation Army and distributed by The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, The Amigos de Milwaukee Rotary Club, and MATC’s CJSO (Criminal Justice Student Organization).
   
 

Tuesday, November 12 - at MAC on Water - Planning Grant Implementation with Victory Gardens and Cathedral Center Garden Project


Tuesday, November 5 - District Governor Steen Sanderhoff at Antigua 

On behalf of 2018-19 Amigos President Angela, 2019-20 President Edwin accepted the Presidential Citation with Honors from 2019-20 District Governor Steen Sanderhoff.  Steen then presented a very informational program regarding the vision for the clubs in District 6270 for 2019-20.  This was followed by a board meeting. 
 

Tuesday, October 22 - Club Assembly - Planning

Developing goals for this year . 

Tuesday, October 29 -  Social and Dinner at Alem Ethiopian Restaurant - 307 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Great food and company made for a very fun evening.
 
 

Saturday, September 21 - Bay View Bash Service 


Saturday, Sept. 21 - Amigos Adopt-A-River Service Project 


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 participate....here 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
 

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.

   


 

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.

 

URGENT - We need YOUR help - even if you are not a Rotarian

Children Coats, Hats, Boots, Scarves, Mittens / Gloves Needed for Mitchell School - Drop off at Amigos Meeting (6-7 p.m.)  Dec 3 at Antigua - West Allis or at Mitchell School during open hours

Amigos Rotarian Melissa Rickey's school is collecting cold weather wear to help their kids get to school each day. Their walk zone is one mile, so many of the kids sadly opt to stay home when it gets cold because they don't have appropriate clothing to keep them warm for their walk.
 
If you have any hats, scarves, gloves, coats, or other winter wear that would fit kids ages 3 to 15 (adult sizes are great!) laying around that aren't being used, they'll get distributed to families here at Mitchell School. 
 
 
Feel free to bring these items to our next two Amigos Rotary meetings or you can drop them off at the school: 
Mitchell School
1728 S 23rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
 
Thank you so much for helping our kids be in school each day! Their success benefits our whole community!
 

Amigos Rotarians in Ethiopia for Service Work with Rotarians from West Allis and Menomonee Falls

Amigos Rotarians Frey Faris and Dorothy Krupa were recently in Frey's home country of Ethiopia for a service mission that included a Rotarian from the West Allis Club and another from the Menomonee Falls Club.  We will report more information as they come off of their jet lag and share with the club.
 

Rotary International News

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work", says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.


New TRF Grant - Programs of scale grants coming soon

Programs of scale grants are a new type of grant from The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation will award one grant to a club or district each year in a competitive, two-step process that includes a proposal and application. The process begins in January, and the Foundation Trustees will award the first grant at their October/November 2020 meeting.

These grants support activities that last three to five years, benefit a large geographic area or a large number of people, and are aligned with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. The grant award is $2 million. No additional Rotarian funding is required. However it is anticipated that Rotarians will leverage additional resources from partnering organizations. These grants don’t require an international Rotary partner, but the activities must be implemented by working with a partner organization. They will fund only activities that have been used successfully in the past. New or untested activities aren’t eligible. Send questions to grants@rotary.org.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Articles in November / December 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 Attended Various Rotary Conferences, Conventions, and Trainings

  • Amigos Rotarians Frey Faris and Dorothy Krupa participated in a service trip with Rotarians from West Allis Rotary and Menomonee Falls Rotary in October.
  • Representing Amigos Rotary, Marta Carrion and Angela Rester attended the District 6270 Rotary Foundation Celebration in West Bend, WI
  • District Membership Seminar at MATC Mequon was attended by Amigos Rotarians President Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, President-Elect Daniele Calasanzio, and Past-President Angela Rester
  • Amigos Rotarians Erik Carranza, Marta Carrion, Daniele Calasanzio, Angela Rester, and Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani attended the District Training held at MATC Oak Creek
  • 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).