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The Rotary Club of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
MAC on Water ; 1st Tues @ month Core El Centro 130 W. Bruce St.
731 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
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A wonderful benefit of being a Rotarian is receiving the monthly Rotarian magazine.  See full article below highlighting editorial awards that the magazine received for 2018.

The Rotarian’s editor in chief, John Rezek, was honored as editorial director of the year at the 2018 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards.

Who all can make it to support the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and their efforts to raise monies to feed those with less and other projects they support?

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The May Rotarian Magazine featured an article looking at the Rotary 4-Way Test in 

The Four-Way Test in a post-truth era

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I only recently learned of The Four-Way Test, one of Rotary’s central principles. It is of special interest in the current day, when truth — or, more precisely, truthfulness — seems to be losing its prestige in public life.  

Examples are not difficult to find. A current member of the U.S. Senate claimed to have fought in Vietnam, which he didn’t, a major lie that seems not to have impeded his being re-elected to his Senate seat or to his continuing to make severe moral judgments about political opponents. Our current president, with his taste for braggadocio and hyperbole, would appear to operate outside the normal bounds of accuracy and precision of statement that once upon a time used to demark truth. Everywhere you turn, the first of the Four Ways — “Is it the truth?” — would seem more and more in danger of going by the boards.  

Poet Marianne Moore believed that “verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.” Refusing to be false is a simple yet somehow majestic phrase that recalls the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver’s Travels, those intelligent horses who had no word for “lie” but fell back on “the thing that was not.” 

Saying “the thing that was not” has become a minor specialty, almost a profession. What else is “spin” — that word much revered by politicians, public relations experts, and others for whom truth is often a serious inconvenience — but twisting the truth in a manner that favors one’s own position, needs, or motives of the moment? 

Then there is the new use of the word “narrative.” Narrative once meant, simply, “a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.” In recent years it has come to mean little more than “my version” of events. Narrative, as historian Wilfred M. McClay has written, “provides a way of talking neutrally about [events] while distancing ourselves from a consideration of their truth.” Nowadays, several movie stars as well as a Supreme Court justice have laid claim to, or been accused of, “changing the narrative.” In an article in Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky writes that she intends to “take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past” — which, after all these years, she, as much as anyone, may be justified in doing.

And let us not forget the contemporary notion of “reinventing” oneself, as if people could easily shed their personality, their character, all that has gone before in their life, by changing jobs, neighborhoods, spouses. I myself have always liked the saying, in contravention of the notion of reinventing oneself, “Anywhere you go, there you are.”

Spin, the new use of narrative, and the notion of reinventing oneself are all subsets of relativism. Relativism is the doctrine that holds that, outside mathematics and certain physical laws, there are no central truths, only contending versions of what passes for truth. Under relativism, one opinion may not be as well-informed as another, but no one point of view, religion, or philosophy holds the monopoly on truth. It’s all, so to say, relative, dependent on a person’s time, background, or position in life. Truth? For the relativists, who play a major role in contemporary higher education, the word carries little weight, has no real authority. All the more reason, of course, for those of us who believe in the truth to defend it, which, surely, is one of the chief intentions behind The Four-Way Test. 


The Second Way — “Is it fair to all concerned?” — is of course inextricably lashed to the First Way. Truth may be difficult, trying, painful, and much else, but if it is unfair it isn’t quite truth. For truth is impartial, disinterested, by its very nature without favoritism — and hence fair. If you are unfair in your judgments or pronouncements, you are, ipso facto, being less than truthful, and if you are truthful you are, again ipso facto, fair. The two, truth and fairness, do not so much follow, one after or from the other, but travel, like well-trained horses, in tandem. A third horse, making a troika, is to ask, “Have I succeeded in treating my subject with the complexity it deserves?”

Often when we think we are being truthful, we are being less than fair. This seems especially so in politics. Politics has never provided fruitful ground for truth; quite the reverse. No single group is perhaps less noted for consistent truthfulness than politicians. The reason for this is that politics does not seem to allow for neutrality; in politics people are regularly asked — “forced” may be closer to it — to choose sides. Once they do, their version of truth takes on a coloration that is likely to preclude fairness to people with politics different from their own. 

Truth and fairness are most elusive where passions are engaged, and few things engage the passions more readily than politics. Left/right, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican, each side in the political debate encapsulates a version of virtue: If you’re of the left, then the virtue of social justice is central to your beliefs; if you’re of the right, then that of liberty is central. The reason arguments about politics can get to the shouting stage quicker than arguments on just about any other subject is that they are really arguments about competing ideas of virtue. Attack my politics and you attack my virtue. 

What, then, is to be done? One thing to do is keep in mind the aspirational impulse behind the Third and Fourth Ways. You’re likely to build goodwill and better friendships, to be beneficial to all concerned only if, even as political passions swirl about, you keep your eye on the goals of truth and fairness. Easier said, of course, than done. Yet I wonder if the reason our country is so divided, our politics so divisive, is that the spirit behind The Four-Way Test has largely been abandoned by the nation at large. 

Building goodwill and better friendships has in history proven more difficult than being beneficial to all. Think of the great historical heroes of truth: Socrates, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, among others. These were men whose truths did not find easy acceptance in their time — Socrates was forced to suicide, Galileo silenced by the church, Bruno hung upside down and burned by the Roman Inquisition — but whose thought has since been recognized as being at the heart of Western philosophy and science. 

Few people at any time are equipped to be truth seekers of the kind and magnitude of Socrates, Galileo, and Bruno. The best most of us can hope for, in Marianne Moore’s phrase, is “refusing to be false.” Bishop George Berkeley, the 18th-century Irish philosopher, wrote, “Few men think; yet all have opinions.” To be able to distinguish thought from opinion, no easy task, is perhaps a first step on the way to truth and fairness. A second step may well be cultivating a certain detachment that allows people to get outside themselves to view truth apart from their own personal interest. 

In his masterwork, The World as Will and Representation, 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, taking up the concept of the sublime, describes what he calls “the sublime character”: 

Such a character will accordingly consider men in a purely objective way, and not according to the relations they might have to his will. For example, he will observe their faults, and even their hatred and injustice to himself, without being thereby stirred to hatred on his own part. He will contemplate their happiness without feeling envy, recognize their good qualities without desiring closer association with them, perceive the beauty of women without hankering after them. His personal happiness or unhappiness will not violently affect him. ... For, in the course of his own life and in its misfortunes, he will look less at his own individual lot than at the lot of mankind as a whole, and accordingly will conduct himself in this respect rather as a knower than as a sufferer. 

When it comes to The Four-Way Test, Schopenhauer, this darkest of philosophers and a profound pessimist, would have made a good Rotarian. 

The Rotarian takes home honors

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Every year, U.S. magazine publishers recognize the best in the business. In October, The Rotarian’s editor in chief, John Rezek, was honored as editorial director of the year at the 2018 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards celebration. More than 350 magazine professionals gathered at the Hilton Midtown in New York City for the annual event, which highlights excellence in magazine editing, design, and photography. Folio chose Rezek among entrants from both consumer and association/nonprofit magazines. Jennifer Moody, The Rotarian’s art director, received an honorable mention in the art director category. In June, the magazine also received honors from Association Media & Publishing, which serves association, nonprofit, and alumni publishing professionals.

The April Rotarian Magazine featured a series of articles, "Why Climate Change is Rotary's Business and What Rotarians are Already Doing About It".

Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action. They’re tackling the problem the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy — and planning for the future.

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    • The first Tuesday of each month we will meet at Core El Centro - 130 W Bruce St #300, Milwaukee, WI 53204

    Tuesday, May 7 - 6-7 pm - Catching Up - LOCATION - CORE El Centro - 130 W. Bruce St., 4th floor conference room

    It's been awhile since we have had a face-to-face meeting.  This will be an opportunity to catch up on where we are, where we have been, and what we have learned.  Please think about a few things you have learned from "being out in the community" and what that might mean for some of the club's plans and initiatives.  



    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.

      SAVE the date - changing of the guard

      Tuesday, July 9 - 5:30 - 8 pm - Details to be announced

      What we've been up to

      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. 


      Location:             Hunger Task Force Farm | 9000 S 68th St. Franklin, WI 53132

      Activity:               Natural Area Restoration – i.e. weeding, spreading wood chips on the trails, etc.



      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!
      Saturday nearly 4,000 volunteers joined together across the Milwaukee River Basin to pick up over 100,000 pounds of trash, got outdoors, and helped ALL of us achieve drinkable, swimmable, fishable rivers. If you would like to help on a future Amigos date, please let us know.  You need not be a Rotarian to join us.
      Milwaukee Riverkeepers provides the gloves, trash bags, and garbage grabbers. YOU provide the hands and energy to pick up the interesting and sometimes bizarre trash that finds its way into our beautiful river system.
      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, April 25 - Rotary Means Business Fellowship Launch and Fellowship Networking Social


      Rotary District 6270 held its first Fellowship event at the beautiful West Bend Sunrise and Noon Rotary Club supported, Lac Lawrann Conservancy.  Rotarians from all over the District (Southeast WI) attended including Amigos Rotarians Daniele Calasanzio, Marta Carrion, Paul Berger, and President Angela Rester.  Angie is also the Rotary District 6270 Chair for the District Fellowship Committee.  District Governor Kola Alayande chartered the new Rotary Means Business Fellowship and welcomed everyone to the first event.  More to come in the future!

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

      Social and conversation 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

      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

      Robust conversation regarding potential use of District Grant and application process.

      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 - 6-7 pm - 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 and enjoyed by all in attendance.


      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. 


      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 - 6 pm - 7 pm  

      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 yearsThis was an exceptional, informational meeting and our members highly recommend that others find the opportunity to hear about this history.

      Tuesday, December 11    

      Amigos Holiday Party 

      A good time was had by all as we celebrated and talked about holiday traditions in our members and guests households. Rosa Sugo-Golden brought cupcakes for us to decorate in a fun contest.  


      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. 

      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.

      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.  Attendees then discussed what was said in his presentation with a unanimous feeling that this was an exceptional speech with meaningful information and thought provoking comments.

      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.

      His Royal Highness 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 Rotary Amigos Board of Director Meeting - Following regular meeting

      Tuesday, November 13 - 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. 
      *  We delivered a total of 295 meals to 67 families and individuals

      Tuesday, November 13 - Club Assembly

      Tuesday, October 30 - Antigua Restaurant Grand Opening

      As a Charter Amigo's Rotarian, co-owner Citlali Mendieta-Ramos and former Amigos member, Nicolas Ramos, hosted fellow Amigos Rotarians . There was a brief program and ribbon cutting at 6:30 pm and lots of fun and merriment.



      Tuesday, November 13 - Club Assembly

      Tuesday, October 23 - NO OFFICIAL MEETING - INSTEAD we helped to support the final push to end polio world-wide.

      6 of our Amigos Rotarians participated in events held at Culver's throughout our District 6270. We have partnered once again with the Mitchell Field Rotary Club and the Oak Creek Culver's. Members also attended events organized in OshKosh, West Allis, Mequon, and Oak Creek.



      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. We highly recommend other Rotary Clubs to invite them for a program and / or an off-site visit.



      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!


      Tuesday, October 2 - Friendship Force - Working Toward World Peace through Exchanges. Leave home or can make a difference!
      Rosie Haas and Doris Mueller have been  long-term members of Friendship Force and Rosie recently served as the Milwaukee Chapter President.  Friendship Force's mission is to promote global understanding across the barriers that separate people. 


      Tuesday, September 25 - Water and Sanitation - What Rotary IS doing and CAN do - PDG Rick Debe

      Global and District grants for Rotary International District 6270 have been very successful in the past because they have involved members. Our District is embarking on some larger Global grants for Water and Sanitation around the world. 

      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 - 6 - 7:30 pm - 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 - 6 - 7 pm - 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 will be 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.