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 Andra Watkins who was featured in the January 2017’s Rotarian Magazine and is a New York Times best selling author. Andra 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.  We LOVED her presentation!  Her honesty, her humor, her wisdom.
 
 
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, May 7 - Catching Up - CORE El Centro 

Amigos Rotarians caught up on where we are, where we have been, and what we have learned.  We were also visited by future Rotarian Ronald, son of Melissa Rickey.
  
 

Saturday, April 27 - 9 am - Noon (Noon - 2 pm After Party) - SERVICE DAY - Annual Milwaukee Riverkeepers Clean-Up Day - Amigos Rotarians partners for second year

 
 
 

 


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

This was a Rotary Partner Service Project with Rotary Clubs of Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, and Whitnall Park.

 

Tuesday, April 16 - Social - "Getting to Know You" -

Social and conversation was held at Milwaukee Athletic Club Interim  - Appetizers will be available along with good company!  


Amigos Rotarians were to choose between one of the following two OFF-SITE programs as part of our "getting out into the community" initiative from our On The Table and Strategic Planning initiatives.
Marta Carrion and Angela Rester attended the GMF (Greater Milwaukee Foundation) On The Table event to prepare for 2019 event on October 10.
 
Dorothy Krupa, Edwin Nyakoe-Nyasani, Melissa Rickey, and Daniele Calasanzio attended the community conversation in Whitefish Bay with Reggie Jackson coming to better understand why Milwaukee is so segregated.

Tuesday, April 9 - How did Metro Milwaukee come to be the most segregated county in the U.S.? - Reggie Jackson

Christ Episcopal Church, Great Hall, 5655 N. Lake Dr., Whitefish Bay

Reggie Jackson is an award-winning journalist, a graduate of Concordia University and Head Griot (docent) of America's Black Holocaust Museum. He is the co-owner and Lead Trainer at Nurturing Diversity Partners. From 2008-2010 he taught Contemporary Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology as an adjunct professor at Concordia University. He is currently serving on the boards of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, RID Racism Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Reggie serves on the City of Milwaukee’s Equal Rights Commission. He is the 2017 winner of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee. He won the first ever MICAH Legacy Award in 2018. He is the Community Relations Writer for the Milwaukee Independent. Reggie has served as a race relations expert for CNN, Wisconsin Public Radio, National Public Radio, Reuters News Service, the BBC, and several statewide news channels.


Tuesday, March 26 - International Projects - Meeting held at MAC on Water

There was a robust presentation and dialogue about international projects, local projects, and how Amigos Rotary is and can be engaged, including potential funding primarily through a District Grant and club support. Additional discussion regarding World Affairs Seminar and potential service projects including Cathedral Center, Victory Garden, Hunger Task Force, and others.


Tuesday, April 2 - Grants and International Projects - Club indicators regarding actions desired related to grants and scholarships - Meeting at Core El Centro

Information shared and explored to determine club direction for grants and scholarships.

Tuesday, March 19 - Rotary Amigos Community Connection - Off-site Meeting at African-American Monthly Roundtable 

Amigos Rotarians joined other community members to understand the mission and programs of the African-American Monthly Roundtable. This was the inaugural evening meeting for the organization.  All were appreciative for the openness of the group and to learn about the new city budget and process and much more.  We hope to stay connected in future months though we will be attending another community program during their next meeting on April 9.

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

Sandy Sullivan is an author, teacher, artist, businesswoman and motivational speaker who delivered an interesting life's journey and lessons learned, as well as, understanding how even those friendships from the past can come back when needed 30 plus years later. Her presentation was insightful and reflective. 

 

Tuesday, March 5 - Core El Centro - Board Meeting of the Whole - All Rotarians -

Reviewed updates, Community Engagement Initiative from last Strategic Thinking Session, Forward Action for Health Summit, Changing of the Guard, Meeting on March 19 with African American  Roundtable, May 5 Anniversary Celebration for Core El Centro  and we had the opportunity to support Girl Scouts.

Tuesday, February 26 - Milwaukee Athletic Club - "The Best is Yet to Come"  - $68 Million Renovation - Brad Schendel & Maikel Correa

"For more than a century, MA Members and their  guests have enjoyed the special atmosphere and  services offered by the Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC). Collegial, exclusive and gracious, Members are a part of an elite and welcoming community.

 With their $68 million dollar renovation underway, Members are enjoying a new interim Clubhouse  located at 735 North Water. Scheduled to return to the 758 North Broadway  location winter of 2020, Members and their guests  will soon revel in a modern facility fully equipped to take business and social engagements to a new level.

Being a MAC Member allows you to enjoy life to its  fullest while encouraging a healthy lifestyle." 


 

Tuesday, February 19 - Victory Garden Initiative - Montana Morris

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

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."


Tuesday, February 5 - Marta Carrion - New Member Intro and Classification Talk 

 
Rotarian Marta Carrion gave a very insightful and entertaining sharing about herself and her journey to her current role as Director of Latina Initiatives - Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, January 15 - Chinese New Year

The 2019 Chinese New Year Day is on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in China's time zone.
 
2019 is the 4716th Chinese Year. However, Chinese civilization is up to 8000 years
 

This was an exceptional program and our members highly recommend trying to get to one of their presentations.  We learned about the Yellow Emperor, the foods of New Year that include fish, dumpling, and rice cake, the art and connection of martial arts and dance, the 5000 years of written history and more.  All while enjoying fresh Jasmine tea and almond cookies.


Rotary International President Barry Rassin

Amigos Rotarians Angela Rester and Paul Berger were able to attend the noon meeting at the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.  RI President Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and was the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as a Director. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation. In July 2018, The Bahamas Government recognized Barry as an Officer of The Order of Distinction. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran. Rassin received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.


Sunday, December 2 at Cedarburg Rivoli

Movie was followed by Community Discussion

Milwaukee native George Tillman Jr. directed this film.
In the movie Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.
 
This movie is showing at the Marcus Showtime Cinema in Franklin thru December 13.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 27 - HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal - Jordan

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal via video taken by Amigos President Angela Rester while she and Dorothy Krupa attended the Opening Event of the Rotary Zone 20B Institute where over 28 countries came together.  His keynote presentation spoke to issues of the Middle East and how one must work toward peace.  Following the presentation, attendees talked about key points made by Prince El Hassan bin Talal. All agreed that his speech was very meaningful and thought-provoking.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal believes that whatever detracts from human well-being must be questioned regardless of its effects on political order or economic growth.

Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born in Amman, Jordan on 20th March 1947, to a branch of the Hashemite family directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad, in the forty-second generation of descendants. His Royal Highness is the youngest son of Their late Majesties King Talal and Queen Zein El Sharaf, and is the brother of His late Majesty King Hussein.


Tuesday, November 27 - Board Meeting at Milwaukee Athletic Club

Rotary Amigos Board of Director Meeting - Board approved a new member to the club transferring from another Rotary Club. Minutes of the full meeting will be provided to all members.


Saturday, November 17 - Service Project - Thanksgiving Boxes

Rotary Club of Milwaukee Amigos After Hours once again was asked to partner with the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field to successfully obtain names of families in need, pack the boxes for a full Thanksgiving Dinner based on the number of family attending, deliver the boxes to the home, and make it a special time for the family.  Amigos Rotarians and family and friends were instrumental in underwriting the boxes for the families who's names we obtained through UMOS. UMOS has been our partner in this effort for nine years.  Honorary Rotarian Bella Weyand has not missed a single year of participation since birth and we were glad to see she and her dad, Claus, at the event on Saturday.  Former Rotarian Gustavo de Arriba and members of his family were amongst the group though Gustavo is now working and living in Denmark.  This service project is one of our favorites and Carmen, UMOS employee, shared with President Angie Rester, she has already heard from one of the families this year that this dinner means so much to their family who would otherwise NOT be able to have this kind of a meal in their home. M
 
*  We delivered a total of 295 meals to 67 families and individuals
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 13 - Club Assembly


Tuesday, October 30 - Antigua Restaurant Grand Opening


Tuesday, October 16 - The Global Water Center Tour and WaterPOD - It was attended by Amigos and Tosa Morning Rotarians

"Making the Unthinkable Drinkable!" TM
What a resource and gift we have in our wonderful Lake Michigan.  We need to protect it and in lieu of growing contaminants in our water, we need to know how to protect ourselves and our communities. This meeting was so informative that most stayed until 8 p.m. and got in on our photos to remember the evening. After an impressive and eye-opening presentation by Dr. Mukiibi, we toured the Stonehouse Water Technologies Lab led by Hensley Foster and Anne Wick at 247 W Freshwater Way, Milwaukee

This is an excerpt from the Nov. 2017 Biz Times.  We highly recommend other Rotary Clubs to invite them for a program and / or an off-site visit.

Stonehouse Water Technologies, located at the Global Water Center, plans for its final manufactured product, the WaterPOD 8, to be commercially available in early 2018. The purification system can be used for residential, commercial and agricultural properties.

“We’re hoping that, by as early as 2019, we will be selling thousands and thousands of units,” said Anne Wick, vice president of community relations. “This is going to be global, it’s not just going to be local.”

In addition to manufacturing, the funding will be directed toward research and development, as well as marketing efforts, Wick said. The company has seven employees in all, having recently added two new employees.

Wick credits Stonehouse’s residence in the Global Water Center and guidance from the Water Council in helping the company secure the investment.

“There are exciting and fascinating things happening here in Milwaukee when it comes to water,” Wick said. “And the Water Council has been instrumental. With the exposure that we get, you couldn’t get that anywhere else.”


Tuesday, October 9 -  "On the Table" - 

We had an excellent conversation with the primary actionable item being the intention of understanding our diverse community by meeting IN the community.  In other words, return to the traditions of the original Rotary club that ROTATED the location of their meetings.  We will intentionally find events or groups of people IN the community to meet with where they are to better understand them and their successes and challenges. Exciting things are on the horizon!

 

ROTARY AMIGOS "ON THE TABLE" - GMF COMMUNITY WIDE CONVERSATIONS ON THE 9TH

Rotary Amigos On the Table MKE community event invites ANY Rotarian from ANY club and all guests whether you know a Rotarian or not, is very welcome to join our conversation to have a facilitated discussion about improving the quality of life in our community.  This will be one of many future conversations and forums that Amigos Rotary will host in this and coming years. Rotary Amigos is a unique club that goes beyond service and addressing community concerns. It is intentional about building diversity in it's membership to intentionally have more voices, perspectives, and experiences at the table.  Our club currently has members representing 10 different countries. Please join us for this conversation.


In the District - 

Thursday, October 11 - 

What is One Rotary Summit?

It was a training, coordinated by our Rotary Zone 28-29 team, and facilitated by our own District 6270.  It was focused on the relationship among Public Image, The Rotary Foundation / Humanitarian Service, and Membership.  The objective was to solidify Rotary’s 2018-19 annual theme of Be the Inspiration and the new Rotary Public Image Campaign: People of Action.  About ½ of the time devoted to idea sharing and action development in small groups. The goal was that people got to know other Rotarians from our District and share ideas that they can take back to their clubs to do the work of Rotary in an even better way to implement the theme and campaign.

Amigos Rotarian Marta Carrion attended this session held at Milwaukee Area Technical College- Mequon

Four other club members have previously attended one of the One Rotary Summit meetings that convened at MATC - Oak Creek