Programs This Week and Upcoming Programs

In This E-News - see below -

Thursday, May 5 - 5/5:15 - 8 p.m. - Food and Education at Cathedral Center

Amigos Rotarians should come by 5:15 p.m. Bring mask and be prepared to take and wait for results of Covid test.  Amigos Erik and Frey will lead residents through the importance of being active for overall health and disease prevention.

We will be serving and teaching about Taco Salads with Spanish Rice and dessert for Cinco de Mayo.


Please Donate for Supplies to Ukrainians Through Amigos Rotarian Rob Grede in Partnership with Poland's Zbigniew Dziedzic, District Governor, in neighboring city of Jaroslaw near Eastern border to Ukraine

Our own Amigos Rotarian Rob Grede just couldn't sit on the sidelines with concern for what is happening to the people in Ukraine.  Rotarian Angela Rester was able to connect him to a Rotarian in Poland and the rest is history that is yet to come....starting now with your support and Rob Grede's blog that will keep us posted.  Please consider supporting this effort.  GoFundMe - Here is the GoFundMe page:

By the way...this story has also been seen on Fox 6 and WISN 12 carried stories last night and the online news group, Patch, had this to report:

Click here for link to Fox 6 News Report on what Rob and his friends are doing -

They leave May 12

Arrive Vienna 13 May

Arrive Przemysl, Poland 15-17 May

From Rob - 

Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees enter Poland every day to escape the horrors of the Russian invasion. Many of us donate to the cause without really knowing where that money will go.

I’m doing something different.

Along with two friends, I’m going to Poland, but we need your help to purchase supplies for Ukrainian refugees.

Our GoFundMe page:  

Who are We?

We’re just three old guys looking to make a difference in the world. Greg Ryan and Rob Grede live in the Milwaukee area. Dale Wilson, also a Rotarian, lives in Santa Barbara.


The Plan

We meet in Vienna, Austria, rent a van, fill it with emergency items that the Ukrainian refugees can use right now. Then we drive to Przemyśl, Poland, on the Ukraine border, where we meet our Polish Rotary contact, Zbigniew Dziedzic, District Governor, in neighboring Jaroslaw.

Our Promise

We pay all our own expenses – air travel, vehicle rental, gas, food and lodging. 100% of your donation will be used for dry food, clothing and medical supplies to support Ukrainian refugees.

The Request

We leave May 12 for Poland. Here is the GoFundMe page once more:

If you wish to follow our progress, please join our Facebook Group: “Three Guys on a Mission” at

Thanks for your support.


Robert Grede

"FREE" Almost like Money to Help YOU Make a Difference!

See below, more information about the PolioPlus Society. If you have further questions, watch your email for an email from Rob Bassett or contact him at

You need not be a Rotarian to give and make a significant difference.

Some may think we need to move on in our Rotary commitment to gift the world with the full eradication of polio.  Sadly, the recent outbreaks in Israel and Malawi demonstrate that we cannot leave this partially done!

Today's relevancy is clear in these two recent episodes AND all we have done has also been relevant in COVID and Ebola outbreaks.

Amigos Rotarian Angela Rester is offering to match your giving to the Foundation and PolioPlus.  Because of her own donations over the last 35 years, she can gift you points toward your Paul Harris Fellow. If you give $100 to the PolioPlus then she will give $100 (in points) to the Foundation Annual Fund that helps to support our receiving of District Grants and much more. This will put you $100 closer to the Paul Harris Fellow awarded when you have given $1000 to the Foundation through Annual Fund and/or PolioPlus.

This would ensure your becoming a member of The PolioPlus Society.  DGN Don Griffing and our dear Rotary friend, Rob Bassett, are requesting that we all consider and act to become members of The PolioPlus Society.  It is designed to provide an ongoing stream of contributions to the End Polio Now program, until such time as polio has been eradicated.  Funds will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, effectively tripling the money donated by Rotarians.

DGN Don and Rob are requesting action quickly.  President Marta Carrion (she's now a PolioPlus Society member along with PDG Angie Rester) is hoping that you will also respond.  If you need further clarification or have questions, please send Angie an email with a number where you can be reached.  Let's try to act quickly!  This offer is good until May 25.

Additional information provided by DGN Don;

Funding ensures that 400 million children receive vaccinations annually and enables continuous monitoring to help eliminate sources of the wild poliovirus.  This tracking is the “Plus” in PolioPlus and enables health professionals to locate sources of the virus and work with local agencies to eliminate them.

The systems established by the PolioPlus program have helped in controlling recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus, and the Ebola outbreak in Africa several years ago.  PolioPlus has helped raise the standard of health in countries worldwide and continues to pay benefits even where polio has been eliminated.

After three decades without a case of wild poliovirus in Malawi, the recent detection of a case in the country’s capital kicked off a swift and urgent effort to stop the spread before further infection. In response to the case – linked to a strain originating in Pakistan, where wild polio remains endemic – Malawi’s Ministry of Health coordinated with specialized teams from the GPEI as well as neighboring governments to improve disease surveillance, mobilize communities, and launch a regional immunization campaign to protect over 20 million children with lifesaving polio vaccines.

You MUST go online to the Rotary District 6270 website and click on the link

Rotary District 6270 is excited to announce the start of the PolioPlus Society in our district.  This is a district program to recognize those Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary, who have pledged to give at least $100 annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation, until the wild poliovirus is no longer endemic around the world. The goal of this PolioPlus Society is to raise awareness and provide recognition for Rotary’s goal of eliminating the disease from the planet. 

We would like to invite you to consider and join the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society by completing the pledge form on the PolioPlus Society page,  Members of the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society will receive a certificate and a specially designed PolioPlus Society lapel pin.

Quick Briefs - more to come

Twinning Club Virtual Meeting - SAVE the DATE - Monday, May 23 - 2-3 p.m. - exciting opportunity to once again participate virtually with our Milano Aguilar Rotary Club Twinning established in March of 2021. More to come.

The Council on Resolutions meets online each year. Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board of Directors, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI, as well as urgent enactments proposed by the RI Board. The RI Board will consider all resolutions that the Council adopts. Adopted urgent enactments amend Rotary’s constitutional documents. Learn more about the Council on Resolutions.

The Council on Legislation met successfully last week in Chicago.  
Angela Rester, District 6270 Governor 1998-99 and Founder of Rotary Club Milwaukee Amigos After Hours is the District 6270 Council on Resolutions / Council on Legislation 2020-2023 Representative.  Angie self-funded her opportunity to be an observer in 2007 and loves this "promise" of Rotary always being a "bottom-up" she's an organizational structure and by-laws "nerd"!
Any Rotary club wishing a program on the Council on Resolutions / Council on Legislation is invited to contact Angie.  Click here
Actions taken were reported at the District 6270 Business meeting on Friday, April 29.

Rotarian News

Ethnic News in Greater Milwaukee Area 

To learn more about Ethnic "happenings" - events, history, reading suggestions, and more be sure to access the bi-monthly Ethnic News on-line publication.  The March/April edition is available by clicking here.  Learn about all the Ethnic events recently held and this link will get you to the site where the May/June edition will soon be published.

2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston

The event will bring more than 20,000 participants from around the world and deliver $30 million in local economic impact

HOUSTON (July 22, 2021) – During a joint news conference held at George R. Brown Convention Center today, Rotary and Houston First Corporation representatives announced that more than 20,000 service-minded people from around the world will gather in Houston for Rotary’s 113th annual international convention on June 4-8, 2022.

The coveted international event is returning to Houston for the third time, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1972 international convention. The Bayou City also hosted the 5th Rotary convention in 1914. The event is expected to deliver $30 million in economic impact for the city’s hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions.

“As a global membership organization that brings people from all continents and cultures together to share, learn and take action to bring positive and lasting change to communities around the world, we are thrilled that our first in-person international convention since 2019 will take place in Houston,” said Rotary’s International President Shekhar Mehta. “And for the first time ever, our annual event will be open to members of the public who want to connect, learn and be a part of our work to grow and change lives.”

Rotary’s 2022 international convention will transform the George R. Brown Convention Center into an energized hub and cultural mosaic as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to share information about all the ways they are taking action to address issues in their communities, to learn from notable experts, gain inspiration from world-class speakers, and connect with lifelong friends shaped through service.

Previous convention speakers include philanthropist Bill Gates; actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; actor, producer, host, entrepreneur, WWE Superstar and Rotary polio ambassador, John Cena; renowned primatologist Jane Goodall; and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young.

Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Houston Host Organization Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also experience Houston’s hospitality with visits to local destinations  like Space Center Houston, Kemah Boardwalk and one of Houston’s premiere shopping destinations, The Galleria. Click here to register for Rotary’s International Convention.

“Houston and Houston First Corporation are thrilled to host Rotary’s International Convention next summer,” said Jorge Franz, Senior Vice President Tourism and Industry Relations at Houston First Corporation & Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s president. “We look forward to welcoming the thousands of awesome Rotary members who through their volunteerism and commitment to problem-solving make our communities better from continent to continent. This global exposure to 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide will further elevate Houston as a travel destination, and the anticipated $30 million economic impact from the convention will be a financial shot in the arm for Houston hotels, restaurants, retailers, attractions and many more.”

Houston Host Organization Committee chair, Rhonda Kennedy, representing 62 Houston-area clubs and its 2,400 members, said, “as a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sweeny, I am excited not only to welcome our fellow members from around the world to our beloved city, but also to show how Houston-area clubs are taking action to make the world a better place at home and abroad.”

With the safety and wellbeing of participants and the wider community a top priority, Rotary’s previous two conventions were held virtually due to the global pandemic. Speaking during the press conference, John Smarge, chair of Rotary’s International Convention Committee, said, “this convention will also have a virtual component to make the event accessible to all members. And as we continue our planning, we will work closely with global and national health authorities to ensure that our in-person event follows the most current health and safety guidelines.”

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 36,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.For more information, visit

    Club Information
    The Rotary Club of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee
    Service Above Self
    Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    United States of America
    (262) 488-4747
    No in-person meetings until further notice. Contact to obtain Zoom Meeting info
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    May 20
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    June 7
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    June 25
    Immaculate Apchemengich
    July 17
    Lilliany Estel Holguin
    July 26
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    • Have you joined a Fellowship yet? 
    • Don't know what they are? Awesome way to connect Internationally and locally with other Rotarians who share your interests or hobbies.
    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. 

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


    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.

    • Rotary e club One - the original - /

    • 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.



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