Programs & UpComing Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

Tuesday, December 11    6-7 pm at Milwaukee Athletic Club

Amigos Holiday Party 

Cash bar, appetizers, and camaraderie.  Those attending will share the holiday traditions of their home...of their country.  Amigos Rotarians represent 10 countries around the world.  Celebrate our diversity.  Celebrate our commitment to local and international service.  Come celebrate the family of Rotary.  Need not be a Rotarian to attend. Family, friends, co-workers,  and the Rotary-curious are invited to attend.

This is the last official meeting in 2018.  Lots of exciting programs to come in 2019. 
Amigos Rotarians are encouraged to attend the HPGM Noche de Niños on Wednesday at Anodyne.  If unable to attend then please drop off a toy for the toy drive.  HPGM (Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee) is an organization that was started by several people including Rotary Amigos Founder and current President Angela Rester.  In it's early days they partnered together on several socials and some service activity. Please make every effort to attend.  

Join Radio Milwaukee and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee to spread holiday cheer with the annual Noche de Niños toy drive and event. Last year, thanks to generous support and the support of their partners and sponsors, they collected more than 1,500 toys for organizations throughout our region!

Here’s where you can drop off toy donations:

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
759 N. Milwaukee St. Suite 322

Anodyne Coffee
 224 W. BRUCE ST.

Bel Air Cantina, Wauwatosa
6817 W. NORTH AVE.

728 N. Milwaukee ST.



Prior meetings

Tuesday, December 4 at Memorial Hall - War Memorial Center (IT WAS A SOLD OUT EVENT)

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.

Stonehouse was previously part of the Water Council’s Pilot Program, an effort by Wells Fargo, Fund for Lake Michigan, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to advance new water technologies from the lab in Milwaukee to demonstration sites for real-world use.

“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" - There will be a more extensive report yet to come

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 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