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 A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.

A plainsman with a PhD, Bob Quinn uses his 4,000-acre Montana spread as a laboratory to revive an ancient grain, rethink agricultural practices, and reinvigorate rural communities

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The day slowly warms. It’s still summer, but in this late season of harvest, the mornings hold a stubborn chill that will not yield until the sun’s full appearance. Bob Quinn is dressed in his habitual raiment: soil-smudged cowboy hat, Wrangler jeans, Western shirt, work boots, thick belt with “Bob” tooled into the leather. He was awake before sunrise and now, as is often his routine, he pulls himself up a ladder inside a lookout tower he designed next to the handsome, sprawling farmhouse he helped build as a boy on a bluff at the end of a long upward-sloping lane. And there it is, spreading before him like an ocean of waving gold: the flaxen tips of spring wheat and spelt haired in rich amber, with the Bears Paw Mountains off to the north and east rising like a small fist of hazy purple on the north central Montana horizon.

There is work to be done. He will get at it in a minute, but he wants to savor the moment a bit longer. There is always work for those who look to the land for their keep, as Quinn has done for 40-odd years, and as his parents and his grandparents did before him — three generations of dryland farmers who have tilled this acreage since 1920.

Presently Quinn climbs down, grabs a basket, and heads toward his “test” orchard, where he experiments with 31 varieties of apples. He inspects the rows of trees one by one, then drops to his hands and knees and begins gathering apples that have plopped to the ground. “Some of them are bird pecked,” he says, holding up an apple and turning it in a work-weathered hand. “But that’s OK. These are looking pretty good.”

Quinn tosses the apple at me. “Just take a bite of this,” he says. On just about any other farm in the area, you would pause. Shouldn’t it be washed? Not here, for it, like everything on Quinn’s acreage, is organic — no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers. That’s the point; that’s his life’s work. It is why he looks out from his tower at the sea of grain surrounding him and worries.

For in this beautiful, sometimes punishingly harsh landscape, all is not well with the food that is grown, at least not from Quinn’s perspective. Like every-where, the fields are soaked in chemicals that, while allowing the corporations that farm them to cheaply produce vast stores of product, suck nutrients from the earth, from the food, and from the small communities that dot the plains. That includes the little town of Big Sandy, 10 miles north of Quinn’s 4,000-acre farm. He calls it the commodity mentality or mindset, “a high-input game [where] the prize is the highest possible yield” — consequences to small farms, small towns, and quality food be damned.

Redemption and renewal, Quinn believes, lie partly in this orchard and in his organic “oil barn” housed in a small building near his house. But more importantly, they rise from a long swath of land at the edge of his property, a pasture where this 21st-century plainsman grows an ancient Mesopotamian grain called khorasan that he believes holds no less than the power to change everything.

I meet Quinn on a Monday night at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Big Sandy. Quinn’s connection to the club runs as deep as his connection to the town itself: His father, Mack, was a founding member. Quinn joined in 1979 after he returned from earning a PhD in plant biochemistry at the University of California at Davis. With crinkly blue eyes, a full head of silver hair, and a face that’s weathered without being quite craggy, Quinn looks as if he could have stepped out of the pages of a Zane Grey novel.

Like the high plains figure Quinn cuts, and like the town he calls home, the meeting seems a step back in time. Held in the senior citizens center at the end of the two-block downtown, it features on this night a dinner of fried chicken, cottage cheese, and potato salad, doled out from aluminum foil trays. There are cold pitchers of lemonade, and a seemingly bottomless stainless steel urn dispenses piping-hot coffee.

Fourteen people, including a visitor from Germany who uses Quinn’s grain, gather around a table where, after passing around worn copies of Rotary songs, they sing “Home on the Range” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Quinn joined Rotary, he says, for reasons bigger than wanting to continue the family legacy. He finds that the organization’s Four-Way Test — with its emphasis on truth and fairness, goodwill and friendship, and a mutual concern for the well-being of all — dovetails with his own way of thinking. “My philosophy in work is ‘everybody wins,’” he says. “The most successful businesses are the ones that are profitable but that also help improve the lives of other people.”

In his 2019 book, Grain by Grain, which chronicles his “quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food,” Quinn writes: “As an entrepreneur and scientist working in the midst of rural American poverty, I have seen firsthand how putting food and other fundamental goods like energy at the center of a value-added economy can foster health, economic opportunity, and ecological regeneration, particularly in some of our country’s poorest com-munities. ... I measure the success of my business by the degree to which it’s added economic, ecological, and nutritional value all along the supply chain.”

Today Quinn, at 72, travels the world spreading his gospel, which has as its premise that the way food is grown and produced — the Big Agriculture approach of making as much as possible as cheaply as possible, with a heavy emphasis on chemical pesticides and fertilizers — is destructive to the land, to communities, to farmers, and to our health. He also preaches the corollary: that organic farming not only is the right thing to do by consumers, but also is highly profitable for the farmer and a prescriptive for towns like Big Sandy that have found themselves struggling for survival.

The results have been as obvious as towering stalks of wheat, says Jon Tester, a U.S. senator from Montana whose life and career have also been closely intertwined with Big Sandy. “It’s simply undeniable what he’s done for the Big Sandy community,” Tester says. “He’s contributed jobs and a lot of economy to the town. We don’t have enough people like Bob. He’s fearless, a true entrepreneur who is not afraid to take risks, and at the same time he’s somebody who believes in rural America.”

Examples of Quinn’s entrepreneurial spirit, and the greater-good benefits that derive from it, bloom like apple blossoms across his property. On the occasional tours he gives, which draw workaday farmers and ivory-tower agriscientists, Quinn refers to his land as his laboratory. It’s clear why: There are his experimental gardens, of course, where he tries to see which fruits and vegetables can thrive in Montana’s notoriously fickle climate — if only, he says, “to show people we can do something other than wheat and barley.”

Ten feet underground, inside Quinn’s root cellar, bins of potatoes, all grown on the farm — Yukon Gems, Red Norlands, Red La Sodas, and Purple Vikings — are kept naturally cool. “Potatoes are particularly hardy for our northern climate, and they have an excellent shelf life,” Quinn says. A few hundred feet away is what he calls his oil barn. Inside, where Quinn milked cows as a boy, the seeds from farm-grown safflower are pressed into a cooking oil, which he sells to restaurants and grocery stores; it’s also used in the kitchens at the University of Montana, after which the waste is returned to Quinn. “The oil we get back from UM is enough to provide about one-eighth of the fuel needs for our farm,” he writes in Grain by Grain. (A pioneer in sustainable energy, Quinn played a leading role in creating the Judith Gap Wind Farm, which opened in central Montana in 2005.)

And then there is the ancient grain. Known as khorasan and rechristened — and trademarked — by Quinn as Kamut (pronounced kuh-MOOT), it likely originated centuries ago in the Fertile Crescent, that agriculturally rich region in the Middle East that gave birth to several ancient civilizations. Quinn was introduced to the grain at a county fair when he was in high school and an old man thrust a fistful of kernels in his hand and claimed they were “King Tut’s wheat.”

“I was amazed by how big they were: three times the size of the wheat we grew on our farm,” Quinn recalls in Grain by Grain. “I had no inkling that this grain would, some 25 years later, change the whole course of my life.”

Today, Kamut International is a global operation that, while promoting organic farming and healthful eating, also serves as a model for struggling farmers and small towns searching for a return to prosperity. “If you look at what Bob has pushed for and what he’s done, it’s not conventional,” allows Tester. “I mean, it’s not stuff that the university system would say, ‘Go do this.’ For example, in a time when [corporate farms] were shipping grain out in 52-car unit trains, he was setting up a cleaning plant to ship wheat out in 25-kilogram bags. He had a different vision for how you could market grain and make a few bucks off it and employ people.”

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

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

Rotary International News

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

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

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

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

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


New TRF Grant - Programs of scale grants coming soon

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

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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Articles in March/April issue of Milwaukee Ethnic News. These newsletters often list over 20 ethnic events and involve these groups (sampling):

Ojibwe, German, Jewish, African American, Welsh, Filipino, Armenian,  Mexican, French, Caribbean, Filipino, African, English, Indian, Southeast Asian, Croatian, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Ukrainian, American Indian, Latino, Kashubian, Quaker, International, and more


Amigos Rotarians Attended Various Rotary Conferences, Conventions, and Trainings

  • Amigos President-Elect Daniele Calasanzio attended the 3 day (March 6-8) President-Elect Seminar (PETS) in Illinois this past weekend to prepare for his year as the club President
  • Amigos Rotarian Angela Rester spoke to the Mitchell Field Club regarding the District 6270 Strategic Plan and next steps for the club to develop their own.
  • Amigos Rotarians Frey Faris and Dorothy Krupa participated in a service trip with Rotarians from West Allis Rotary and Menomonee Falls Rotary in October.
  • Representing Amigos Rotary, Marta Carrion and Angela Rester attended the District 6270 Rotary Foundation Celebration in West Bend, WI
  • District Membership Seminar at MATC Mequon was attended by Amigos Rotarians President Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, President-Elect Daniele Calasanzio, and Past-President Angela Rester
  • Amigos Rotarians Erik Carranza, Marta Carrion, Daniele Calasanzio, Angela Rester, and Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani attended the District Training held at MATC Oak Creek
  • President Angie attended the Rotary District 6270 Changing of the Guard ending District Governor Kola Alayande's year and welcoming in District Governor Steen Sanderhoff.

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.
 
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

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    Future meetings are expanded on in the mini-calendar and events page at RotaryAmigos.org
     

    Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

    Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

    3/10 - At MAC on Water - 6-7 pm -The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program - Thomas Schneck

    This program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People print textbooks' and enhanced ebooks' interactive strategies, relevant content and the simulated congressional hearing make teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations,and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program.
     
    Presenter Thomas Schneck is a lawyer and a volunteer mentor/coach with Wauwatosa West’s “We the People” class for the past 12 years. During that he has worked with a variety of students, other mentors and the teacher, Chad Mateske. Tom is a Wauwatosa resident for the past 32 years, and practices in a general legal capacity-handling family law, criminal defense and bankruptcy. He is a graduate of UW Milwaukee and Marquette Law School. In addition to his “We the People” activities, he was also involved in coaching youth sports for many years. His wife, Sheryl, is a laboratory medical scientist at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. They have three adult children.

    3/17 - at MAC on Water - 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Board Meeting

    Prior meetings

    02/25 - Club Social- "Getting to Know You" - Social and FUN ways to get to know each other and meet our new members
    Venue: Lakefront Brewery


    2/18 - At MAC on Water - Board Meeting

    2/11 - At Victory Garden Initiative - Club Assembly - District Grant Project/Discussion at Victory Garden

    Highlights of the meeting included meeting Victory Garden staff and finalizing deadlines and activities for Rotary Club Milwaukee Amigos After Hours partnership with Victory Garden Initiative and Cathedral Center.

    2/04 - Primitivo Torres,  Immigration Lawyer  - 

    Excellent program that helped to better understand the current immigration 'climate' in the United States and how we, as Rotarians, can get involved with local initiatives that might benefit immigrant communities in the Milwaukee area. 


    1/28 - General Assembly at MAC on Water


    1/17 - Cathedral Center Volunteer at Club Community Outreach Project, Feeding homeless single women and women with their families at the Cathedral Ctr Shelter.
    This is an on-going service project for our Amigos Rotary Club.  
    1/14 -Fessahaye Mebrahtu, Director of Black Catholic & Ethnic Ministries, Archdiocese Of Milwaukee 

    Conversation was enlightening and interesting looking at history and impressions.

    Fessahaye was born and raised in Eritrea and has resided in the USA since 1983. Currently working as the Director of Black Catholic and Ethnic Ministries (resource person for African/African American, Asian and Native American Catholics) in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI. 
     

     

    Tuesday, December 10 - at MAC on Water - Tanzanian Eyeglass Program - Brett Bennett - Skygen International Foundation 

    The Skygen International Foundation (headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI) had 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 - Multi-Ethnic Amigos Rotary Club Holiday Gathering
    What an amazing evening!  When you are a club with members from 9 different countries and a couple members who identify very strongly to the country their parents immigrated from, you have an incredible potluck beyond any offerings at a restaurant.  This will clearly be an annual gathering of this wonderful club.  Members of Amigos are from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, and the United States.  One member's parents are immigrants from Panama and Germany and they were also able to enjoy this feast.
          
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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

    "Health Connections, Inc. is dedicated to the practice of primary care, behavioral health and health-related social services care coordination. Although their goal is to provide services for all of the Greater Milwaukee area, there is a special focus on vulnerable populations that traditionally experience barriers to accessing health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010 and has granted increased access to health insurance and thereby comprehensive health care to all. As a result, there is a rise in the demand for health services that Health Connections, Inc. plans to make a concerted effort to meet."   
    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

    Amigos discussed plans for grant implementation.

     

    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 presented an informational program regarding the vision for the clubs in District 6270 for 2019-20, followed by a board meeting. 
     

     

    Tuesday, October 22 - Club Assembly - Planning at Antigua

    Developing goals for this year.

    Tuesday, October 29 - at Alem Ethiopian Village - 307 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

    Diversity is one of the core values of the Amigos de Milwaukee. This was a great way to get in touch with a different culture, different uses, different foods and different tastes. Thank you Rotarian Daniele for organizing this great event.
     

    Tuesday, October 1 - The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) - Michael Peeples


    Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Amigos Board Meeting


    Sat., Sept. 21 - Two Service Projects - River Clean-up and Bay View Bash


    Tuesday, August 20 - Member Classification Talk - Melissa Rickey 

    Tuesday, August 6 - Guatemala Literacy Service Project Q&A - Erik Moesser, ElmBrook Rotary Club

    at Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen - West Allis

    Service project that ElmBrook Rotary has been doing in Antigua, Guatemala.  Can go down as part of a group or create their own group.  Learned more about past success and partnership by clicking on this link to their newsletter


    Tuesday, July 30 - 6 - 7 p.m. - 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.  "Attendance" in-person and via conference line.

    Tuesday, July 9 - 6-7 p.m. - CELEBRATED and Welcomed President 2019-20 Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani 

        

    Tuesday, July 2 - Meeting was via CHIME Internet Meeting 

    Great meeting and then 2018-2019 President Angela Rester turned over the club's Presidency to 2019-2020 President Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani.  The meeting was completed completely by internet and offered continued opportunities for the club in the future.

    Tuesday, June 25 - No Official Rotary Meeting -

    Gustavo was in town so we did a meet-up in Germantown at the Barley Pop Pub in their Biergarten.

    It was sad seeing him leave as he no longer has the family here in WI and everyone will now be in Denmark following a vacation in the US out West.


     

    Tuesday, June 18 - 6 - 7 p.m. - Polio: Why We Need to Eradicate It Completely - Peter Bosch

    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 an engaging and enlightening presentation and conversation for Rotarians and guests in attendance.


    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.
     

     

     

     

    FRIDAY, May 17 - Cathedral Center - 

    On Thursday our fellow Rotarian Frey Frias notified us that she needed help with meal serving at Cathedral Center the following night.  Being Rotarians and People of Action, Daniele Calasanzio offered to come and bring homemade Tiramisu.  Bonnie Lee and her son, James offered to be there. Rosa Sugo and Phil Golden, fresh off a plane from Chile, said they'd be there with muffins. Lastly, Angela Rester would come after a trip to Chicago on Friday.  It was a wonderful collaboration or Rotarians and though Rosa was not feeling great, she still drove in with brownies. The residents also learned a little Italian to go with their pizza and tiramisu!

    THURSDAY, May 16 - Political Open Mic: K12 Education - 

    NEWaukee and Bridge the City - K12 education in Milwaukee - Amigos attended - report at May 28 meeting


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

    Our meeting was fun, interesting, and enlightening.  New Rotarians were inducted, including one who we had missed in previous official induction ceremonies .  Erik Carranza and Melissa Rickey were formally inducted, as well as, Bonnie Lee.

    We  celebrated Amigo Rotarian Daniele Calasanzio naturalization that occurred in Atlanta on May 10, 2019.

    Our presenter was Rotarian Andra Watkins, featured in the January 2017’s Rotarian Magazine and is a New York Times best selling author. She is one of the only living persons to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. 
     
         

    Tuesday, May 7  - Catching Up - LOCATION - CORE El Centro 

    Members had an opportunity to catch up on where we are, where we have been, and what we have learned from "being out in the community" and hearing about issues and initiatives in the community.  Newest Future Rotarian, Ronald Rickey, was also in attendance.   
    Thursday, May 2 - Rotary Amigos Table Sponsor and Attendance at CORE El Centro - CORE Momentum - 17th Anniversary -
    Rotary Amigos sponsored a table at this wonderful event. 
     
    Paul Berger served as Table Host.

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

    Rotarians came together and made a big dent in the spreading of wood chips on trails to help the farmers and volunteers grow food.  This was a Rotary Partner Service Project with Rotary Clubs of Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, and Whitnall Park. 


     

    Saturday, April 27 - 9 am - Noon (Noon - 2 pm After Party) - SERVICE DAY - Annual Milwaukee Riverkeepers Clean-Up Day - Amigos Rotarians did this event last year

    Amigos is a partner with Milwaukee Riverkeepers and sponsors a segment of the Milwaukee River in Lincoln Park area.  Despite the cooler than usual weather, Rotarians Dorothy Krupa (volunteer chair / organizer on behalf of our club), Marta Carrion, Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, Daniele Calasanzio, Angela Rester, and newest  member Erik Carranza cleaned up on Saturday. Dorothy noted that despite the amount of trash, there was about 1/3rd as much as the same time last year.  Noted was the large amount of plastic and styrofoam, along with candy and cigar packaging, as well as, needles and things we won't mention.  
     
       
    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!

     
     
     

    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

    Reggie Jackson is an award-winning journalist, a graduate of Concordia University and Head Griot (docent) of America's Black Holocaust Museum. 


    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

    Tuesday, April 2 - Grants and International Projects - Club indicators regarding actions desired related to grants and scholarships

    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.  
    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 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, October 9 -  ROTARY AMIGOS "ON THE TABLE" - GMF COMMUNITY WIDE CONVERSATIONS HELD ON THE 9TH
     
    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, 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.
            
           
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