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The Rotary Club of Amigos Milwaukee After Hours is a multilingual club with a passion for diversity in Milwaukee
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
MAC on Water ; 1st Tues @ month Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen 6207 W. National Ave., West Allis
731 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
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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.

After the genocide of 1994, Rotarians led a successful campaign to build Rwanda’s first public library. A bastion against ignorance and tyranny, it has become a gathering place where a culture of reading, the arts, and democracy thrives.

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Twenty-year-old Noella Umutoniwase and her friends have been hanging out at the library for as long as they can remember. They come to study in its quiet spaces, chill at its rooftop cafe, or chat with friends in the garden. In fact, if you ask her whether she remembers Kigali before there was a library, Umutoniwase scrunches up her face in disbelief. “Before there was a library?” she asks, as if evoking the dawn of time.

For her, it might as well be. The brainchild of Rotarians in Rwanda, the Kigali Public Library was born, at least as an idea, not long after Umutoniwase herself. Back then, the Rotarians who proposed it must have seemed crazy. Only six years before, more than 800,000 people had been killed in an event known today as the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Farms and businesses were destroyed, basic infrastructure was broken, Rwandans were traumatized. A public library must have seemed like a strange priority.

But the members of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, Rwanda's first English-speaking club, thought the idea made sense. One of them was Beth Payne, an economic, commercial, and consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda and a fan of libraries; she had put herself through law school partly by working at one. But it was more than a personal affection: “I had always believed that a free library is one of the cornerstones of America's democracy,” she says. When the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga was chartered, in 2000, Rwanda was focused on its future — on ensuring peace and reconciliation, stability and security, and economic growth — and Payne believed it was the perfect time to think about how literacy and access to information could support those goals.

Payne taught a class about the internet to Rwandan businesspeople. “I watched how they responded to this wealth of knowledge and information all of a sudden becoming available to them,” she says. “So I suggested to our club that one of the ways to support stability and growth, even if it's not as direct as other ways, is by having a place where people can come and get information and knowledge. And that captured people's imaginations — although, I'll be honest, I was thinking of something a lot smaller.”

Thinking small, however, wasn't something that the country's newest Rotary club wanted to do. Most of its members were Rwandans whose families had fled the country in 1959, in another episode of violence that many consider Rwanda's first genocide. They had grown up on stories of Rwanda and dreams of return, and now that they had arrived, they had ambitious ideas and limitless energy.

Gerald Mpyisi, the charter president of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga and a key figure in the library's founding, was one of those people. He had grown up in Zimbabwe, gone to college in Uganda, and worked in Kenya, where he had loved the McMillan Library — Nairobi's oldest — a neoclassical edifice filled with literary treasures. He drew on the inspiration he had felt while wandering its stacks to galvanize his fellow club members. “Those of us who had lived outside knew the importance of libraries,” Mpyisi says. “I said, ‘Guys, let's think big. There's no public library in this country. Does anyone here know a country without a library?'”

Building a library was a daunting undertaking. But the club was new, energetic, and ambitious, and the members felt buoyed by the scale of the project. “Everyone was in unison; everyone thought it was a great idea, even though we didn't have the means. But if you don't dream big, nothing becomes a reality,” says Cally Alles, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, who lived in Rwanda for more than two decades and is now that country's honorary consul in Sri Lanka. As a member of the French-speaking Rotary Club of Kigali, Alles helped start the English-speaking Kigali-Virunga club to channel the energy of the country's earliest returnees, many of whom had grown up in Anglophone countries. The club received a $2,000 Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation for a computer and other items and decided to raise the construction funds itself, tapping support from then-U.S. Ambassador George McDade Staples, himself a member of the Kigali-Virunga club, and the country's president, Paul Kagame, who was the guest of honor at the club's first fundraiser in November 2000. In one night, the club brought in $250,000 in cash and pledges, about 20 percent of the project's total budget, Mpyisi says. “That boosted our morale,” he says.

Rotarians carried the message abroad, and soon they and their friends were donating hundreds of books to the future library. The club began hosting monthly used book sales of duplicate or unneeded volumes, putting the proceeds toward the costs of construction. At the time, books in Rwanda were difficult to find, and prices were far beyond the reach of ordinary citizens, so the club's sales became hugely popular. Virtually all the books on offer would find homes, but some were more sought after than others. “This was when Americans were all getting rid of their encyclopedias,” Payne recalls. “Imagine, in Rwanda back then, seeing a whole set of encyclopedias, and you could buy it for $5. People ate those encyclopedia sets up.”

At one early book sale, President Kagame and his family showed up unannounced. His children picked out several books — and, Mpyisi remembers with a laugh, their father insisted on a receipt.

In fact, Kagame was a key figure in the library's evolution. In his personal capacity, he was among its first donors. Later, when the global economic crisis stalled the club's fundraising and slowed the library's construction, the president stepped in to help keep things moving, according to Paul Masterjerb, a member of the Kigali-Virunga club and the current chair of its library committee. In 2009, Masterjerb says, Kagame donated $500,000 personally and asked the country's ministers of finance, infrastructure, education, and culture to make a plan and allocate funds to finish building the structure.

In 2012, the library opened its doors. It is managed as a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Education and Innovation Group, a local company that offers online and offline creative platforms to communities. The partnership is overseen by a board that includes representatives from the offices of the president and the prime minister, as well as the Imbuto Foundation, a private foundation of first lady Jeannette Kagame that promotes literacy and other programs. The Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga also has a seat on the board, held by the club's library committee chair. Masterjerb says this form of partnership ironed out some early wrinkles in the library's day-to-day functioning. Now, he says, it's “perfect.”

    URGENT - ON-GOING - Children need YOUR help - even if you are not a Rotarian

    Children's Coats, Hats, Boots, Scarves, Mittens / Gloves Needed for Mitchell School - Drop off at Mitchell School during open hours

    Amigos Rotarian Melissa Rickey's school is collecting cold weather wear to help their kids get to school each day. Their walk zone is one mile, so many of the kids sadly opt to stay home when it gets cold because they don't have appropriate clothing to keep them warm for their walk.
    If you have any hats, scarves, gloves, coats, or other winter wear that would fit kids ages 3 to 15 (adult sizes are great!) laying around that aren't being used, they'll get distributed to families here at Mitchell School. 
    Feel free to drop them off at the school:  Mitchell School, 1728 S 23rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
    Thank you so much for helping our kids be in school each day! Their success benefits our whole community!

    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


    Articles in January / February issue of Milwaukee Ethnic News list over 20 ethnic events and involve these groups:

    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 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.
    • President-Elect Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani was sponsored by the Amigos Rotary Club to attend the DualConn District Conference held in May in Wisconsin.  He got lots of great ideas for the club and our membership that will unfold in his year beginning July 1. Photo of the Nigerian delegation at the DualConn is below.
    • Amigos Rotarians Angela Rester and Dorothy Krupa attended the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany where they met up with former Amigo Rotarians Cecilia Rebuffo and Gustavo de Arriba. Amigos attendees for the Convention are not sponsored or underwritten.  More will be shared on the experience and learnings at a future meeting.  This was Angie's 8th convention and Dorothy's first. The first picture is meeting up with District 6270 Governor Kola Alayande and Past RI Director Mike McCullough. The second photo is of the current RI President Barry Rassin - Bahamas and RI President-Elect Holger Knaack - Germany presenting their flags and yes, that is Cecilia and Dorothy in the front row. The next photo is preparing for a group photo of all who attended from District 6270 and the last photo is Angie, Gustavo, Michel (Cecilia's husband and the founder of the Milwaukee Rotary Club Rotaract Club)
    • President-Nominee Daniele Calasanzio, President-Elect Edwin Nyakoe Nyasani, and Board Director Public Relations/Social Media Marta Carrion participated in the District Grant Seminar to support our club submission for a local project.  We hope to learn in the next month if we qualified for that grant related to food, nutrition, and growing food.
    • Amigos Rotarians Frey Faris and Daniele Calasanzio attended the June 22 Outdoor Festival Celebrating Our Refugee Communities. The last photo is Kai, Frey, Daniele, and Dawn (who was a guest at last week's Rotary meeting).

    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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      Executives & Directors
      President Elect Nominee
      Immediate Past President
      Community Service
      International Service
      Public Image Chair
      The Rotary Foundation
      Birthdays & Anniversaries
      Member Birthdays
      Phillip Golden
      February 28
      Fessahaye Mebrahtu
      March 23
      Edwin Nyakoe-Nyasani
      March 25
      Russell Hampton
      ClubRunner Mobile
      Programs This Week and Upcoming Programs


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

      Programs & Upcoming Community Events Amigos Rotarians Are Encouraged to Attend

      2/11 - At Victory Garden Initiative - 6-7 p.m. - Club Assembly - District Grant Project/Discuss District grant work plan and other important club matters at Victory Garden 

      249 E. Concordia Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53212

      2/18 - At MAC on Water - 6-7:30 pm - Board Meeting
      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
      This social event is open to everyone interested (member or not).
      What's better than a fun brewery tour, with good beer and food to know each other better?
      You get to know how craft beers are made and who are the amazing people behind each unique brew.
      You get to know how the strength of our Club comes from the value and diversity of each member.
      Please get your ticket here ($10 with four 6oz. pours and a souvenir pint glass included)

      Prior meetings

      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. He has previously served as a Chaplain for Wisconsin Department of Corrections – Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution. Career positions include: Executive Director of Pan-African Community Association, (PACA); a grassroots umbrella organization that brings the African ethnic/national communities together in the Milwaukee, WI; Youth Ministry and Faith Formation All Saints Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI; Lay Pastoral Associate, Kidande-Mehret Ge’ez Rite Catholic Parish, Washington, DC.


      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.

      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.