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The Rotary Club of Amigos de Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
Milwaukee Athletic Club - New Interim Location - Old Gold's Gym
735 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
United States of America
(262) 488-4747
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Rotary International Convention 2019 in Hamburg, Germany - June 1-5 

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


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

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


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

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


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


Rotary Curious??

  • Did you know that Rotary does not require weekly attendance even though we generally meet weekly?

  • Did you know that our project and volunteer service counts as attendance?

  • Did you know that you can do a Rotary make-up by attending another club meeting OR by going on-line and read several "programs" and then apply for a make-up?  Use these links to get started.

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  • Rotary Club of E-Club of the Southwest USA -



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.






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

How do I join a fellowship?

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

How do I form a fellowship?

Start by finding others who share you interest.

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

Explore our fellowships:

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

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

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

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

  • Are you interested in serving on the District Committee for Fellowships? Meetings will be telephonically so you can join the committee from any place in the District. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Phillip Golden
February 28
Fessahaye Mebrahtu
March 23
Bob Nyakoe-Nyasani
March 25
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Programs This Week and Upcoming Programs


Tuesday, January 8 - Chinese New Year - 6 pm - 7 pm ***NEW LOCATION*** - at interim Milwaukee Athletic Club - 735 N. Water St., Milwaukee (former Gold's Gym)

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
Do you ever wonder why Chinese people have to wear red for their New Year celebration? Do you know why cat is not in the Chinese Zodiac? Do you know why Chinese culture is the only culture that has 5000 years of continuous written records? Come learn more about the Chinese New Year!

Tuesday, January 15 - Marta Carrion - New Member Intro and Classification Talk - 6 pm - 7 pm

***NEW LOCATION*** - at interim Milwaukee Athletic Club - 735 N. Water St., Milwaukee (former Gold's Gym)

Rotarian Marta Carrion will present about herself and her journey to her current role as Director of Latina Initiatives - Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.



What We'Ve been up to

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.  This was our last meeting before 2019 and moving to our "new" space as the Milwaukee Athletic Club will temporarily move to 735 N. Water Street effective Jan. 1



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 Cedarburg Rivoli thru Thursday night and at the Marcus Showtime Cinema in Franklin thru December 13 and at the AMC Mayfair Mall - Wauwatosa thru this Wednesday night.  It is a must see movie for all people and many of those attending in Cedarburg felt it should be required for all.



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. 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

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. 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.”



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!


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. Amigo Rotarians Angie Rester and Dorothy Krupa will be on a Friendship Force Visit to Jordan in November.  More to come on their adventure upon their return.

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. Our Clubs in #6270 are joining together to leverage and maximize our efforts. Past District Governor Rick Debe's mission is to bring members up to date on current projects and present the new partnership opportunities available.

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.

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

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

      Tuesday, June 12 - Water for the World NLA - Pastor Danny Thomas


      Tuesday, May 22 - Service Project - Amigos Volunteered at Cathedral Center serving meals to the homeless individuals and families

      Tuesday, April 10 - Stories of the third South Sudanese civil war: people in the midst of violence: Resilience, Adaptation, and Trauma - Julie Barrot de Brito

      This is a program you won't want to miss.  First person, real life experience. A photographic journey and Julie will tell us people's stories.  Conflict Anthropologist - Consultant at Veterinarians Without Borders - Germany (VSF-G); Veterinarians Without Borders; School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London, United Kingdom

      Julie's LinkIn Profile 

      Saturday, April 21 - Memorial Service was held for Tina Dozier Weyand

      To say that we are in shock would be a horrible understatement.  Tina was a vibrant part of Amigos Rotary and will be missed.  Her daughter, Bella grew up with our Rotary Club and was often with her mom at service projects.  While unbelievable, Tina brought a diverse group of folks together and made Rotary connections, even in her death.  Amigos Rotarians prepared the meal and there were Rotarians from 5 clubs represented,  
      Our Rotary Club has taken on adopting a section of the Milwaukee River where we will clean from time to time to help our waterways and our environment.
      On Saturday, April 21 -  Fessahaye Mehbrahtu, Patti Lynch, and club coordinator, Dorothy Krupa represented the club as many prepared for the Memorial service of our fallen Rotarian Tina Dozier Weyand (see more below).

      Milwaukee River Spring Cleanup Service Project - Rotarians from any club, Friends, family, rotary curious, community members may join Amigo Rotarians in this community-wide service project that we will continue throughout the year. 

      Blatz Pavilion - 1301 W Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, WI
      Tuesday, April 10 - Classification Talk - Daniele Calasanzio
      Principal Engineer - Johnson Controls
      Daniele was born in Ancona, central Italy on the Adriatic coast. A graduate of Camerino University with honors in Chemistry. In 2011 he moved from Vicenza, Italy to Augusta, 
      GA and then in 2017 to Glendale, WI. Daniele says he's curious, innovative, and loves to serve the community.
      Tuesday, April 3 -  Sue Hebner - Experience India - 
      Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to India

      Mitchell Field Rotary Club President Sue and her husband Jim went, with other District 6270 Rotarians, on a Friendship Exchange to India visiting Rotarians there that had previously visited Wisconsin.  Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike learned about this wonderful country and how Rotary purposefully creates these opportunities to experience other cultures and the people in its commitment to world peace.



      Tuesday, March 27 -  Angela Dickison - State of WI Broadband Director - Public Service Commission

      This was a VERY interesting presentation and we highly recommend it for any other Rotary club.  Angie Dickison, State Broadband Director presented on "Expanding Broadband in Wisconsin". Not only did she share opportunities for competitive grants to expand Broadband into areas that do not have at least two providers with broadband accessible at 25 mbps but she also gave us insight into where the future is going. It was an exceptional program and the 12 Rotarians in attendance really appreciated her driving over from Madison. We learned that ours is the first Rotary Club that has made a request for a presentation. Amigos club members would highly recommend her program for any Rotary Club. 
      Plan to attend the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany June 1-5, 2019 - contact Past District Governor and member of the Convention Goers Fellowship to learn more