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The Rotary Club of Amigos de 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 other location
731 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
United States of America

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Programs & UpComing Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

Tuesday, February 19 - Victory Garden Initiative - Montana Morris and 114th Birthday of Rotary

Join us for some cake to celebrate our 114th birthday AND Montana Morris's actual birthday that she is sharing with us!  Need not be a Rotarian to attend.

Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable, nutritious food system for all.

Come hear from Montana about volunteer opportunities for our club to participate in helping others learn to grow their own food and work toward greater social equity.

Montana shared the following, "Urban agriculture benefits our communities through environmental, physical, mental, economic, and social means.  VGI is first and foremost an educational organization that teaches people how to grow their own food, especially in the city. We also make growing food more accessible to people by installing gardens for them, providing garden mentors, and creating gardener communities. VGI does work throughout Milwaukee County and even Wisconsin, but we focus the majority of the money we raise on low-income neighborhoods and food deserts. We also operate an urban farm in the Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee that we use for youth education and community engagement. VGI puts on a number of community events to raise awareness and engagement of urban agriculture throughout the year. Changing the health of our communities starts with changing the culture of them."

Amigos Rotarians will be hearing from several organizations so that we can decide, as a club, where we would like to support and contribute our volunteer time and resources.  Don't miss this meeting! 

 

Tuesday, February 19 - Celebrating Rotary's Birthday - Why is Rotary Relevant and Even More So Today Than 114 Years Ago - shortened version to give full presentation time to Montana Morris - Victory Garden Initiative

February 23 is Rotary’s 114th Birthday.

That day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 23, 1905, little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. We have come a long way, since then, but we still have a long way to go to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world.  We will celebrate a shortened version on the 19th with some history, the present, and the future.  

 


Tuesday, February 26 - 6-7 pm - Milwaukee Athletic Club Honored Past and Innovative Future - Tori Strutz & Maikel Correa

 

Tuesday, March 12 - 6-7 pm - My Lombardi Years and Adventures - Sandy Sullivan

Sandy Sullivan is an author, teacher, artist, businesswoman and motivational speaker who can deliver a rousing account of her experiences while working with Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.  You’ll find the presentation funny, interesting, shocking and inspiring.
 
 

Tuesday, March 19 - 6-7:30 pm - Rotary Amigos Community Connection - Off-site Meeting at African-American Monthly Roundtable - AT Progressive Baptist Church (PBC) - 8324 W. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee

Because AART is a collaborative model with a dedicated intention of authenticity and genuine representation, they have built a bridge between Hmong, African American, and Latino communities. These new bonds open the door for all to do more together. They are learning about the needs in each others’ communities in ways that are only possible because we deliberately include candid, heartfelt, and raw conversations with each other in the foundation of our work. 

Tuesday, April 23 - NO MEETING in lieu of SATURDAY, April 27 Service Day - Milwaukee Riverkeeps Annual Clean-Up Day see below


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

Come volunteer and have a blast! This spring, be one of nearly 4,000 volunteers joining together across the Milwaukee River Basin to pick up over 100,000 pounds of trash, get outdoors, and help us achieve drinkable, swimmable, fishable rivers. Don’t miss out!
 
Milwaukee Riverkeeper provides the gloves, trash bags, and amazing FREE T-SHIRTS. YOU provide the hands and energy to pick up the interesting and sometimes bizarre trash that finds its way into our beautiful river system.
 
Join Milwaukee Riverkeepers afterwards for their FREE celebration with Rock the Green in Estabrook Park – Picnic Area #8 from NOON – 2PM! Celebrate the success of the cleanup with food, friendly company, and more.

Tuesday, April 30 - NO MEETING - 5th Tuesday AND Service Day - Saturday, May 4 - Hunger Task Force Farm with 4 other Rotary Clubs


Saturday, May 4 - 8:30-11:30 am - SERVICE DAY at Hunger Task Force Farm - 60th and Ryan

(all of 3 hours or whatever time you can give). Need not be a Rotarian to participate. This is a Rotary Partner Service Project with Rotary Clubs of Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, and Whitnall Park.
 

Tuesday, May 14 - 6 - 7 pm - Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace - Author Andra Watkins

Andra Watkins - Featured in January 2017’s Rotarian Magazine, New York Times best selling author Andra Watkins chose a crazy way to launch her debut novel. 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.
 
This book was a nominee for 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sarton Memoir Award and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Autobiographies and Memoirs. Her book reviews had the following accolades:
"One literary ride you do not want to miss!" - The Huffington Post "This memoir definitely contributes to the literature of the family dynamic. Hard to put down." - Portland Book Review "The opportunity to share epiphanies, hardships, and revelatory change. A really good read." - We Proceeded On, the Journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation "One ordinary Rotarian doing extraordinary things." - The Rotarian Magazine
 
She also wrote the novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, the novel Hard to Die, the novel I Am Number 13, and the photography collection Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time, published by Word Hermit Press.
 
Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is past District Communications Chair for District 7770-Eastern South Carolina, founder of the District 7770 Friendship Exchange program, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of the Southeast and Caribbean.
 
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.

   


Tuesday, August 21 - 6 - 7 pm - Board Meeting of the Whole
    Great board meeting with updates on our service projects, new activities, our new Instagram presence and soon to launch LinkedIn.  Updates included learning of the District grant for a project in Uruguay . The board approved signing a Memorandum of Understanding in further steps toward the application of a Rotary Global Grant for the microloan program in Haiti with We Build. We also learned that our club will be involved in Youth Exchange for the first time as President-Elect Gustavo de Arriba and his family will share a German Exchange student with the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club.  Our first multi-club New Member Orientation will partner with Mitchell Field, Whitnall Park, West Allis, and New Berlin Rotary Clubs to be held from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13 in West Allis.  We have also been advised that we can look at starting a Rotaract Club that would meet WITH Amigos Club.  More to come.

    Thursday, August 14 - Rotary Milwaukee River Clean-Up Service Project 
    Amigo Rotarians adopted a segment of the Milwaukee River and under the supervision and organization of Rotarian Dorothy Krupa, we have gotten the job done. This was our third time out this year.

     

     

     

     


     


    Thursday, August 9 - Rotary District One Summit 

    Amigo Rotarians Daniele Calasanzio, Frey  Faris, Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, and Angela Rester.  The session included Rotarians from other clubs and District leadership.  Our friend, Rob Bassett did a great job facilitating one of the groups.

     

    Tuesday, August 7 - Club Assembly  


     

    Tuesday, July 24 - Social at Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC) Rooftop - need not be Rotarian to attend if you're Rotary curious. Appetizers were provided. Cash bar.

      

      Tuesday, July 31 - 6 - 7 pm - No meeting - 5th Tuesday of Month

      Tuesday, July 17 - River Clean-up 

      Rotarians from Amigos, West Allis, and New Berlin joined us in our second of three river clean-up sessions as part of our club's Adopt a River commitment. 
         
       

      Tuesday, July 10 - Rotary Year 2018-2019 - First Strategic Thinking Session and Rooftop Social

      It was an exciting evening as those gathered offered thoughts on what are strengths, weaknesses, and priorities of attention and actionable steps in our first month (accomplish by August 25).  Afterwards some gathered on the MAC rooftop for great food and fellowship.  

       


      Tuesday, June 26 - Rotary Year 2018-2019 - Planning to Plan

      Discussed what is on the horizon and how we will use July 10 to establish club Key Issues which will later have Action Plans developed. 


      Tuesday, June 19 - Changing of the Guard Honoring President Rosa Sugo-Golden and Welcoming President Angela Rester and Board for July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019

      Ethiopian Adventure with special thanks to organizer Frey Faris and the wonderful owners and staff of Alem Ethiopian Village.  The music, the dancing, the FOOD all made the Rotary Changing of the Guard extra special.  2018-2019 District Governor Kola Alayande inducted the board and president and shared his vision of Rotary with the nearly 40 attendees. The room was full of color as many wore international garb.
          
         
        
       

      Saturday, June 16 - Service Project on 6/16 - Park Clean-up with Whitnall Park and Mitchell Field Rotary Clubs

      Park clean-up project with Whitnall Park Rotary, Mitchell Field Rotary, and Amigos.  We met at the domes at 8.30 A.M. and finished up with a picnic.  Rotarians from Whitnall Park, Mitchell Field, Amigos, and West Allis clubs did a great job!


      John Nyakoe Nyasani - John was born and raised in Eldoret Kenya, East Africa. At 13 he knew he wanted to come to the United States and study. He vividly remembers being a child in his village and the community set up a screen and showed a movie....the first time anyone in their village saw a movie.  One scene had a locomotive come straight at the audience and he recalls everyone moving out of the way.  It was his introduction to technology that has remained through today. His father is a retired Agriculturalist and is a farmer. His mother owns a boutique and sells clothes.  They were strong examples of curiosity, work ethic, and determination for John. They also own a tea farm in Kenya. John emigrated to Minneapolis, MN at 17 years of age. Currently he's the IS Business Automation Specialist / Health Reports Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

      Visiting Rotarian wife from India seeking folks to explore our area now thru March 4 - Can you help out Family of Rotary?

      Madhu Mittal, wife of Rajesh Mittal arrived in Milwaukee to visit her son. She was to be with her husband so they could explore together. Sadly, business has kept him in India. She is hoping that our family of Rotary can help her to still enjoy what Milwaukee has to offer. She is staying with her son (he works at Baird) and he's a hard worker so little time to be with his mom, though they did travel to Minneapolis over the weekend and will hopefully join us for dinner on Tuesday night after our Rotary meeting. I know this is late notice but if you can join us I would love to have you come along (Dutch treat).  Let me know if you are interested.  I have all of Madhu's contact info and would appreciate any of you having time to spend with her. She will be here thru March 4.  Rajesh is the Charter President this year of a new club in Delhi, India called the Rotary Club of Delhi - Manthan.  He and his wife have visited both the East and West coast of the US and therefore wanted a new experience.  I warned them of our snow and cold weather.
       
      I spoke with both Madhu and her son Monday evening and both are delightful.  Please contact me at pdgrestersamse@aol.com to get phone number so you can arrange a get together.  Let me know if you might be able to join us for dinner on the 19th and/or the 26th.

      Have you joined a Fellowship yet?  Don't know what they are? Awesome way to connect Internationally and locally with other Rotarians who share your interests or hobbies.

      Rotary Fellowships are independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world.

      How do I join a fellowship?

      Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory. Or search our discussion groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with similar interests.

      How do I form a fellowship?

      Start by finding others who share you interest.

      Be sure you meet the criteria for a fellowship and apply for official recognition.

      Explore our fellowships:

      Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email it to learn more.

      Did you know that our District now has a new Fellowship?  Rotary Means Business - this was taken from the District 6270 home page - 

      "District 6270 has now officially become the first Rotary district in Wisconsin to be chartered under the Rotary Means Business Fellowship. Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them. I am of the firm belief that the most honorable people to transact business with are people who abide by the 4 Way Test. So, to launch the Rotary Means Business Fellowship, we are planning an event that will be announced soon where Rotarians who are involved in business or interested in business can come to socialize and learn more about how to join the fellowship. We are also working on an Electronic Business Directory (in PDF format) for all Rotarians involved in various businesses to be able to have their businesses listed so that other Rotarians can reach out to them to transact business or refer business to them."

      Rotarian and Cycling Fellowship member Angie Rester recently rode in the Penninsula Century Fall Challenge where she ran into the Rotarians from the Rotary Club Door County North who hosted one of the rest stops and fueling stations in the ride that starts and ends in Sister Bay.  Cycling Fellowship members are also able to purchase the Rotary and End Polio jerseys made just for the Fellowship.  Angie is available for presentations to clubs regarding Fellowships.  She serves as the District Fellowship Chair.  Click here to email her your request or questions. 

      • Are you interested in serving on the District Committee for Fellowships? Meetings will be telephonically so you can join the committee from any place in the District. 
       
       

      Nutrition Project in Uruguay  

      • Amigos Rotarians Phil Golden and Rosa Sugo-Golden traveled to Uruguay in December to finalize our club project details and reporting.  

      Micro-Loan Program in Haiti

      • Amigos Rotarian Dorothy Krupa continues to work on a Rotary Global Grant to secure greater funding for more micro-loans to women in Haiti.  Pledges from our club and other Rotary Clubs is nearing our $10,000 necessary (at $6,000 in pledges currently) match for Rotary International Foundation Global Grant Funding.

      Rotary International Convention 2019 in Hamburg, Germany - June 1-5 

      PDG and Amigos President Angela Rester and Past Amigos President will attend. Let her know if you wish to go to consider shared apartment in Hamburg. 

      WHY ATTEND?

      Unforgettable moments are made at the convention, a place where the Rotary spirit fills the air with a level of energy and enthusiasm you can’t find anywhere else. This is the event where we unite and take action to create true and lasting change in the world.

      Angie has attended multiple conventions starting in Nice, France in 1995; Indianapolis, Indiana; Singapore, Singapore; San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, IL; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Montreal, Canada. 

      PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

      Make new friends or connect with old ones while you explore the House of Friendship with your fellow Rotarians. With so much to see and endless things to do, the Rotary Convention is sure to be an experience you won’t want to miss.

      Angie has registered to also attend the Peace Conference that is convening just before the Convention from May 31 - June 1. Any Rotarian may also register for it or the pre-convention Rotaract Symposium.

      DISCOVER HAMBURG

      Discover the unique blend of historical and contemporary culture that makes Hamburg such a distinctive place. A flourishing city with friendly people and an array of entertainment options, this beautiful port city is the perfect setting for a memorable experience.

       

      Rotary Curious??

      • 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

      • Rotary Club of E-Club of the Southwest USA - https://www.recswusa.org/

       
       

       
       
       
       
       

       

      Rotary Curious? 

      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.