Programs

  • The first Tuesday of each month we will meet at Core El Centro - 130 W Bruce St #300, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Alert - new location - Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen - 6207 W National Ave, West Allis

Tuesday, May 14 - 6 - 7 pm - New York Times Best Selling Author Andra Watkins - Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace and induction of two new Amigos Rotarians and celebration of the Naturalization of Daniele Calasanzio with social and appetizers from 5:30 - 6 pm

 
    Andra Watkins - Featured in January 2017’s Rotarian Magazine, New York Times best selling author Andra Watkins chose a crazy way to launch her debut novel. She  is one of the only living persons to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She had a life-changing adventure with her 80-year-old father. Her NYT best selling memoir Not Without My Father chronicles that experience.
     

    This book was a nominee for 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sarton Memoir Award and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Autobiographies and Memoirs. Her book reviews had the following accolades:

    "One literary ride you do not want to miss!" - The Huffington Post "This memoir definitely contributes to the literature of the family dynamic. Hard to put down." - Portland Book Review "The opportunity to share epiphanies, hardships, and revelatory change. A really good read." - We Proceeded On, the Journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation "One ordinary Rotarian doing extraordinary things." - The Rotarian Magazine

    She also wrote the novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, the novel Hard to Die, the novel I Am Number 13, and the photography collection Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time, published by Word Hermit Press.

     Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is past District Communications Chair for District 7770-Eastern South Carolina, founder of the District 7770 Friendship Exchange program, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of the Southeast and Caribbean.


    THURSDAY, May 16 - 6 - 8 pm - Rotarians and Community Members are encouraged to attend the Political Open Mic: K12 Education - 

    Gathering Place Brewing Company 811 E Vienna Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

    Join NEWaukee and Bridge the City as they discuss innovation in K12 education in Milwaukee. The Political Open Mic will give residents, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and the business community a platform to share solutions to the challenges they face in our community around education.

    The organizers hope to foster respect and positivity between attendees and speakers to create civic dialogue and develop attitudes focused on productive solutions rather than ideological tribes. Come with an open mind and be ready to share your voice!

    Amigos Rotarians Daniele Calasanzio and Angela Rester are attending.  Who else can join us?


    SAVE the date - changing of the guard

     

    Tuesday, July 9 - 5:30 - 8 pm - Details to be announced. Location - Antigua - Latin Inspired Kitchen at 6207 W National Ave, West Allis


    What we've been up to

    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.
    Marta is developing a tool for Rotarians to indicate where they wish the club to focus resources in the community. Rotarians who wish to make a recommendation for the use of a District Grant will need to complete and submit to Angie by May 20 for the board to make within that next week.  Remember, a criteria for a grant request is a recently conducted needs assessment showing the community need and desire for the given project.  More information can be obtained at the District web site via this link.  Two Amigos Rotarians must also complete the training for District grants and if you are suggesting application then you must do so as well for the club.
      

    Thursday, May 2 - Rotary Amigos Table Sponsor and Attendance at CORE El Centro - CORE Momentum - 17th Anniversary -

    Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people sitting and indoorRotary Amigos is sponsoring a table at this wonderful event. 
     
    It was a FREE event though CORE El Centro hoped to enlighten everyone about their programs and purpose to inspire donations for their programs.
    According to attending Rotarians, they successfully shared their mission, purpose, and results!
     
    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.  Clearly people need to clean up after themselves and their friends and family!
     
     
       
    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!
     

    Tuesday, April 16 - Social - "Getting to Know You" -

    Social and conversation at Milwaukee Athletic Club Interim  - Appetizers will be available along with good company!  


     

    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

    Christ Episcopal Church, Great Hall, 5655 N. Lake Dr., Whitefish Bay

    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. Additional discussion regarding World Affairs Seminar and potential service projects including Cathedral Center, Victory Garden, Hunger Task Force, and others.


    Tuesday, April 2 - Grants and International Projects - Club indicators regarding actions desired related to grants and scholarships - Meeting at Core El Centro

    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.  We hope to stay connected in future months though we will be attending another community program during their next meeting on April 9.
     

    Tuesday, March 12 - 6-7 pm - My Lombardi Years and Adventures - Sandy Sullivan

    Sandy Sullivan is an author, teacher, artist, businesswoman and motivational speaker who delivered an interesting life's journey and lessons learned, as well as, understanding how even those friendships from the past can come back when needed 30 plus years later. 


    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 26 - Milwaukee Athletic Club - $68 Million Renovation - Brad Schendel & Maikel Correa

    "For more than a century, MA Members and their  guests have enjoyed the special atmosphere and  services offered by the Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC). 

     With their $68 million dollar renovation underway, Members are enjoying a new interim Clubhouse  located at 735 North Water. Scheduled to return to the 758 North Broadway  location winter of 2020.

     

    Tuesday, February 19 - Victory Garden Initiative - Montana Morris

    Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable, nutritious food system for all.

    Montana shared the following, "Urban agriculture benefits our communities through environmental, physical, mental, economic, and social means.  VGI is first and foremost an educational organization that teaches people how to grow their own food, especially in the city. We also make growing food more accessible to people by installing gardens for them, providing garden mentors, and creating gardener communities. VGI does work throughout Milwaukee County and even Wisconsin, but we focus the majority of the money we raise on low-income neighborhoods and food deserts. 


     

    Tuesday, February 5 - Marta Carrion - New Member Intro and Classification Talk 

     
    Rotarian Marta Carrion gave a very insightful and entertaining sharing about herself and her journey to her current role as Director of Latina Initiatives - Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.
     
     
     

     

    Tuesday, January 15 - Chinese New Year - 6 pm - 7 pm  

    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 yearsThis was an exceptional, informational meeting and our members highly recommend that others find the opportunity to hear about this history.
     

    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.  


     

    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. 


    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.
     

    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. 
     
    *  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. We highly recommend other Rotary Clubs to invite them for a program and / or an off-site visit.

     

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

    We had an excellent conversation with the primary actionable item being the intention of understanding our diverse community by meeting IN the community.  In other words, return to the traditions of the original Rotary club that ROTATED the location of their meetings.  We will intentionally find events or groups of people IN the community to meet with where they are to better understand them and their successes and challenges. Exciting things are on the horizon!

     


    Tuesday, October 2 - Friendship Force - Working Toward World Peace through Exchanges. Leave home or stay....you 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. 

     

    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. 
     

    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.