Programs This Week and Upcoming Programs

In This E-News - ACTION NEEDED - see below

  • Information to Zoom meet with us Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.
    • Dec 1 - Maria Flores - "Recognizing Implicit Bias:  A first step towards inclusiveness and respectful interactions" 
    • Dec 8 - Kristin Bock - "Keeping Rotarians Connected: Nonverbal Communication in the Virtual World"
  • Two Giving Opportunities - Need our Amigos and ANYONE interested in helping in either projectAction Needed
    • Local - Contribute toward gift cards to be given to families in need from Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
    • International - Contribute to support education to students in remote areas of Pakistan in partnership with the Rotary Club Milano Aquileia (Italy)and the Italian Friends of the Citizens Foundation
Future meetings are expanded on in the mini-calendar and events page at
(In the process of updating...check back Dec 20, 2020)

Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

12/1 - 6-7 p.m. Zoom Mtg featuring Amigos Charter Rotarian Maria Flores

 "Recognizing Implicit Bias:  A first step towards inclusiveness and respectful interactions" 

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

In District 6270, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force has been created to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders. We are excited to bring you our first district-wide training offering presented by our very own Maria Flores, a Rotary Amigos Charter Member.

Maria Flores has over 30 years of governmental and volunteer nonprofit experience in serving varied constituent groups on a national, regional and local level. Maria’s main passion is conducting educational outreach and providing training on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity in her current position as the Outreach and Education Manager for the six-state Chicago District of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Maria has twice received national EEOC awards for her investigation and successful resolution of high-profile immigrant worker cases which had national impact and significant litigation results.  She has also received the “Sisterhood Award” by the Wisconsin Women of Color Network; the “Dedicated Member Award” bestowed by the Federal Employees Black History Committee; the “Community Service Award” from the Federal Executive Association; and the “Hammer Award” issued by U.S. Vice President Al Gore for her participation in diversity training by a joint government agency team.  Most recently, Maria was named a 2019 Marquette University Alumni National Recipient, receiving “A Person for Others Award” from the College of Arts & Sciences.  

Session participants will gain an understanding on how implicit (or unconscious) biases can influence our decision-making and behavior without us even knowing it.  Maria will guide us through demonstrations and discussions of judgment and perception that illustrate that we do not always have complete control over our minds.  Research and studies will be presented to show the impact of implicit bias in the workplace and other arenas. 

If you haven't already done so, register today- 
and get ready to take away practical tips that you can use to minimize and manage the impact of implicit bias in your interaction with others.

When: Dec 1, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

12/8 - 6-7 p.m. Zoom Mtg featuring Kristin Bock

 "Keeping Rotarians Connected: Nonverbal Communication in the Virtual World"

Certified body language specialist Kristin Bock believes science + body language = powerful people skills. We can elevate our communication and increase productivity when we really focus on the nonverbal behind the verbal. Kristin will provide tips and techniques for optimizing nonverbal communication in our virtual world. Assistant Governor Karen Schibline had this to say after seeing Kristin present: "Kristin's session was both fun and informative. She gave us some great tips, with examples, that I started to use immediately! Simple tips that really do make a difference. Don't miss this session, it will be the best Zoom meeting you'll attend in months!"
Register today, and get ready to take a little "me time" time for skills-building and personal growth.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

Contributions Needed for Local and International Projects Approved by Amigos - Immediate Action Please

Holiday Giving for Families in Need (Gift Cards to Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Families) - Deadline Sat., Dec. 12
This year has been unique due to Covid-19 and our normal participation in partnership with the project organizer and founder, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, Thanksgiving Baskets was not the same as usual.  A few Amigos Rotarians were willing to deliver "no contact" boxes and contribute to the items for the boxes.  Turns out folks were so happy to receive the boxes that over 90% were willing to pick them up.
Therefore, we are requesting that those who have generously given toward the food boxes or who are interested in helping to provide a meal or other holiday joy to a family in need, to contribute toward gift cards to be given to 10 families from Sixteenth Street Community Health Center.  Sixteenth Street has long been a partner with the Amigos Rotary, and while we know that there are dozens of organizations with families in need, we are a small club that does what it can with hopes of doing more in the future. The club 
If you are able to contribute toward this project, please send checks payable to Rotary Club Amigos, c/o Dorothy Krupa, 14270 W Redwood Dr., New Berlin, WI 53151 or contact Dorothy at to set up an online donation.
We thank you in advance for your generosity.  Deadline to receive your donation is Saturday, December 12.

Contribute to Support Education to Students in Remote Areas of Pakistan in Partnership with the Rotary Club Milano Aquileia (Italy)and the Italian Friends of the Citizens Foundation

Rotary Club Milwaukee Amigos After Hours President Daniele Calasanzio is originally from Italy.  In his presidency we have continued to meet through the magic of Zoom via the internet and while the weather was nice, some gathered in outdoor locations while others joined via the Internet.
Daniele has been in communication with the Rotary Club Milano Aquileia to develop a partnership between our clubs.  We met "together" on Sept. 28 and through continued communication, we have now been invited to partner with this club and the Italian Friends of the Citizens Foundation to provide education in Pakistan through an adopt classrooms in disadvantaged areas of Pakistan.  In the received proposal they state, "For the current academic year [2020-21], annual operational cost of one classroom is estimated to be EUR 2,857 (approx. $3417 US) per TCF classroom. All TCF Schools have a pay-as-you-can-afford system, where families are encouraged to make a nominal contribution towards the fee based on their means – often as little as €0.10. The shortfall is funded by the well-wishers such as yourself. With an average of 30 children per class in primary schools, the yearly cost per child is less than €100 (approx. $120 US).  For the current academic year [2020-21], annual operational cost of one school is estimated to be EUR 17,700 per TCF school."
It is the hope that our club, with a small donation from the club, will build contributions to perhaps support one classroom.
These are photos taken from our Zoom meeting TOGETHER!!!
Again, if able to contribute, whether you are a Rotarian or not, please send checks payable to Rotary Club Amigos, c/o Dorothy Krupa, 14270 W Redwood Dr., New Berlin, WI 53151 or contact Dorothy at to set up an online donation.  Deadline for pledge is Dec 12, however, pledge payment may be arranged into 2021.
To see the full presentation with goals, objectives, cost allocations, etc., as presented to us by the Rotary Club Milano Aquileia, please make your request from 


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PLEASE NOTE - Until further notice we are not meeting in person. If you would like to participate in our Zoom meetings, check the info in the left column of this newsletter.

Rotarians - People OF Action

 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.
Steven Taylor (Concordia University), a member of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club shared the following with us during their meeting on November 20.
As an FYI...businesses were closed, meetings were only outside, there were penalties (including jail) for not wearing a mask....and yes, there was an anti-mask contingency!
"On October 24, 1918, the city's elected legislative body, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, realizing that drastic action needed to be taken with over 4,000 cases recorded, unanimously passed the Influenza Mask Ordinance. The wearing of face masks in public became mandatory on US soil for the first time."
this is my first world wide pandemic, but it is not Rotary’s. The Spanish flu, had great impact-and most likely to each of our families even if we do not know what it was.  in my case my great grandfather died from it leaving my 8 year old grandma with out a father
Rotary’s response to the 1918 flu pandemic
An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected (we currently have over 57 million infected with Covid. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.
This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.
In the United States, the illness was first identified in military personnel in the spring of 1918. The second, deadliest wave peaked between September and November of that year — the final stages of World War I.
Hospitals in some areas were so overloaded with flu patients that schools, private homes, and other buildings were converted into makeshift hospitals. In Chicago, where Rotary World Headquarters was then located, the number of new cases reached 1,200 a day at one point.
Several district governors reported at the June 1919 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, that war work and then the flu greatly interfered with club activities and their club visits — but not with the spirit of Rotary service.
Illness and upheaval “prevailed all over the world,” Charles H. Brown, then governor for District 10 (Ohio), told the convention. “But throughout Ohio you will find the Rotary clubs, in every city where a Rotary club exists, in the foremost ranks of civic and social work, doing their full share toward serving our government and humanity.”
John Napier Dyer, then governor for District 11 (Indiana), also saw Rotarians stepping forward to help during a time of need. Although traditional Rotary activities practically ceased in his district for several months, he said “many Rotarians gave themselves to the combating of the disease as directors of hospitals, visitors to the sick, or by liberal assistance to the stricken ones.”
Just like during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were inspired to adapt and act. They adjusted how they met, following local guidelines of the time, and took action to help give local governments and health providers necessary services and support. Much of this activity occurred in the United States, since Rotary’s international presence at the time was limited. Our response to the coronavirus is global.
  • In 1918, Rotarians in Sacramento and Berkeley, California, USA, held their meetings outdoors to comply with a local restriction on enclosed meetings. In 2020, clubs have adapted by holding their meetings online to stay connected.
  • In 1918, the Rotary Club of Kankakee, Illinois, USA, helped raise funds to buy a car for a Red Cross social worker to use in her trips around the country during the 1918 pandemic. In 2020, Rotary Clubs in District 3700 (Korea) donated $155,000 to the Red Cross. Then and now, our capacity to make a difference is larger when we work with others to create change.
  • In 1918, more than two dozen Rotarians in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, worked with members of the Boy Scouts organization to quickly and effectively distribute flyers with guidance on how to prevent the spread of influenza. In 2020, the Rotary E-Club of Fenice del Tronto, based out of Italy, invited the public to its online meeting with a virologist who spoke about the coronavirus, how it spreads, and how to keep safe. In Nigeria, Rotary members in Akwa Ibom state conducted a campaign to raise awareness about the threat of coronavirus.
  • In 1918, Rotarians in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, secured beds for emergency hospitals, volunteered as ambulance drivers, and assisted with a health survey of the city. The Rotary Club of Waterbury, Connecticut, USA, took similar steps, making a canvass of local flu cases and helping create a hospital. In 2020, Rotarians in Makati, Philippines, funded the construction of several emergency quarantine facilities, including a recovery center for COVID-19 patients from the Pasig City Children’s Hospital who no longer need intensive care. These recovery facilities help make space in hospitals for people who require more monitoring.
  • In 1919, The Rotarian magazine reported that a “Rotary flu squad” in Great Falls, Montana, USA, “fought the ravages of the epidemic, not by hiring people to do the work for them, but by actually doing with their own hands whatever work needed to be done.” In 2020, the same community service spirit is being shown by the Rotary Club of Metro Bethesda, Maryland, USA, whose members contact neighbors who are isolating alone at home to ask how they are and if they need anything.
The photo behind is me is the The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.
Rotary is a service club that is here to serve, as I, at some point, will reflect back on COVID, I want my actions to be that of service, and to surround myself with those like us, my Rotary family.
Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.




Articles in November / December 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

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.

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    December 12
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    The Rotary Club of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee
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