Guest Speakers
Aug 31, 2016
No Noon Meeting
Summer Social, 6:30 pm, Pineapple Cafe, 7864 S Howell Ave
Sep 07, 2016
Jodi Goglio, Chief Operating Officer, Eder Flag Co
Comments on Eder Flag Manufacturing's Local and International Business Profile
Sep 14, 2016
Club Assembly
Combined Club Assembly and September 2016 Board Meeting
Sep 21, 2016
District 6270 Governor Julie Craig
District Governor's Annual Club Visit
 

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Is it the TRUTH?

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Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to sit down to lunch with people who think like this? 

 People who think like you.

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 Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. We welcome new members! Please, get in touch and attend a meeting! There's no better way to get a feeling for our place and your potential place in our community.
 
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Mitchell Field

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
at General Mitchell International Airport in the The Milwaukee Room
(Main Level between Miller Brewhouse & Concourse E)
Use Hourly Parking, we'll validate!
Milwaukee, WI  53207
United States
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5 Reasons to Consider Joining Us!

 
From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian

Five Reasons to love Rotary right now!

1. BECAUSE WE ARE ABOUT TO ERADICATE A DISEASE, AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT
We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.

As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email polioplus@rotary.org to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips.

2. BECAUSE YOU ARE CONNECTED TO PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION
People like:
Kenton Lee of the Rotary Club of Nampa, ID invented a shoe that can be adjusted to five foot sizes so that children always have a pair that fits.
Donna Stresing of the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, WI puts on a Christmas Party for Goodwill workers who might not otherwise have an opportunity to celebrate the season.
Lisa McCoy of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ont provides bicycles to Cambodian children so they can get to school.
Ron Bowden of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East, Australia helped found a “men’s shed,” a communal building stocked with tools for light carpentry, where people gather to tinker and socialize.
Carole Kimutai of the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, Kenya climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to end polio.
Neli Vazquez-Rowland of the Rotary Club of Chicago tackles homelessness, unemployment, and addiction in Chicago.
Cathy Groenendijk of the Rotary Club of Juba, South Sudan risks her life to help girls who have been orphaned by the war.
Todd Bol of the Rotary Club of Hudson, WI founded the Little Free Library movement, with more than 36,000 book exchanges in all 50 states and 70 countries.
Filipe Senna Fernandes of the Rotary Club of Macau is a business consultant and marketing professional by day and a disc jockey by night.

Planning a project and need help? Rotarian experts offer advice to other members through Rotary’s action group network and the Foundation’s cadre system. To learn more about action groups, visit www.rotary.org/actiongroups.

3. BECAUSE OUR FOUNDATION IS 100 YEARS STRONG
Founded in the midst of a world war, our Foundation grew up during a global depression and a second world war to become one of the world’s leading foundations. Its story is one of vision, compassion, and generosity. What began as modest projects that helped relatively small groups of people gradually expanded, and today more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects transforming millions of lives around the globe. Together, Rotarians are attacking poverty, disease, and lack of education, and bringing peace through grant-funded projects in our areas of focus.

4. BECAUSE WE KNOW ALL ABOUT SOCIAL NETWORKING
In 1905, a lonely Paul Harris was looking for camaraderie and a way to build a professional network. Today, that network is 1.2 million members strong who are connected to other leaders in their own communities and around the world. Check out Rotary’s pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

5. BECAUSE THE GOOD YOU DO REALLY DOES COME BACK TO YOU
Through the Global Rewards program, Rotary and Rotaract members can take advantage of discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, entertainment, and a wide variety of other products. (Marriott, Amazon.com, Costco, and Ikea are just a few of the businesses that participate.) Many members also offer discounts from their own businesses. Fnd out what’s new at www.rotary.org/globalrewards.
 
Winners are Announced!
 
The Rotary Foundation's Centennial
 
In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.
Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
 
Rotary Convention, 1917
Here's something you probably haven't seen before! A 0:23 silent video of the 1917 convention in Atlanta, Georgia
 
 
 

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 ROTARY FOUNDATION RISES ON LIST OF TOP NONPROFITS

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. This 4-star ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Rotary Foundation received $239,576,000 in 2013, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year.

"This clearly shows our members recognize the unparalleled value of giving to their Foundation," says John Hewko, Rotary's general secretary. "They know that by giving to the Foundation their dollars have a much greater impact. And friends of Rotary respect that the Foundation puts their gift to great use."


 

 
Africa Reaches Important Polio Milestone

We are winning the battle!

Today marks a significant milestone for Africa in its effort to eradicate polio from the continent. A full year has passed since Africa’s last reported case caused by the wild poliovirus.
 
Somalia was the last country to identify a new case, which occurred on 11 August 2014. While Africa has achieved an important public health milestone, the job is not yet finished. To end polio forever, all countries – both endemic and non-endemic – must strengthen routine immunization, address gaps in disease surveillance and do more to reach children who are still being missed by vaccinators.
Rotary members have played a key role in the eradication effort. They have led the way in raising funds, advocating for government support, building awareness, and mobilizing volunteers on the ground.
 
“The work of Rotary and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has also cut through the clichéd narrative of Africa as the land of poverty, disease, and conflict,” says RI General Secretary John Hewko. “Real human development has been achieved despite the toughest obstacles and despite the opinion of many who thought we could not eradicate this disease in Africa.”
 
Strong continued support toward polio eradication in these final years of the campaign is the best way to ensure that today’s milestone will indeed mark the last case of polio in Africa, says Michael McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee.
 
“Rotary members have many opportunities to make a difference, including being part of history as we seek a polio-free world,” McGovern says. “Members have led the way in fundraising and lining up volunteer support for polio eradication.”
 
Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching 2-to-1 every dollar that Rotary commits for polio, up to $35 million a year.
 
A Cappella 2016 - A Remarkable Success!
The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field staged a dream-come-true event for students interested in a cappella singing! The day's workshops, taught by top-flight a cappella insiders and members of the remarkable touring vocal band "Six Appeal" got super high marks from attendees. 100% of 75 respondents said they'd recommend the event! Next year's workshops and performance are already scheduled. Please "Hold the Date!" Milwaukappella will be held the evening of January 21st, 2017! In the mean time, check out the photos from this year's event (thanks to Official Event Photgraphers Reuben Neese and Ritesh Keskar).
 
 

Tentative A CAPPELLA WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

9:00-9:30am Check In & Registration
9:30-10:00am History of A Cappella
 
10:40-11:40am Vocal Percussion Beginning Advanced Sound Effects
11:40am-12:20pm Lunch      
12:30-1:20pm
Arranging Advanced By Ear
TBA
1:30-2:20pm
Vocal
Technique
Blend/
Intonation
Belting Riffing
2:30-3:20pm
Visual
Presentation
Solo Master Class
Choreography/
Blocking
Channeling Emotion
3:30-5:30pm
Mic Checks/
Master Classes/
Mass Song
     
5:30-7:00pm
Dinner/
Mic Checks/
Master Classes
     
 
Our 57th Birthday!
 
RCMF celebrating 57 years in Rotary service with a beautiful cake. Too beautiful to cut and eat ... nah!
 
Africa on Brink of Polio Eradication
 
 
Nigeria and the whole continent of Africa is on the cusp of being polio free, Dr. Hamid Jafari told audience members at the Rotary Convention on 8 June in São Paulo, Brazil.
 
Between 2013 and 2014, the reported cases of polio dropped from 53 to just six in Nigeria. Even more encouraging, said Jafari, is that the last case of polio in Nigeria was reported in July of last year and the last case in all of Africa was reported in Somalia in August.
 
“With a year of no polio cases in Nigeria tantalizingly close, and no cases in Somalia since August, the tireless work of so many people across the continent is paying off,” said Jafari, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the World Health Organization. “But it is incredibly important that Nigeria remains vigilant. As long as polio exists anywhere, it will continue to be a threat everywhere.”
 
Transmission of the wild poliovirus has also never been stopped in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2014, 85 percent of polio cases worldwide were in Pakistan, the country’s highest case count in over a decade. But progress has been made over the last few months to stem the spread of the virus. The focus for the government and all of the polio partners has shifted to missed children. Vaccinators have gained access to areas that have been out of reach for years, said Jafari.
 
Since January, cases in Pakistan are lower than this time last year thanks to advocacy work from Rotary members, said Jafari. “This is a reminder that we cannot let politics and conflict stand in our way, because at the end of the chain stands a mother or father that just wants to protect their child. But the coming months are the real test. We are entering the high season for polio transmission.”
 
Jafari encouraged attendees to stay committed. “I need you to continue to advocate and engage with your political leaders with that strong, influential Rotary voice of yours, so that all our stakeholders continue to commit to funding the final stages,” he said. “I need you to keep on educating and engaging your communities and the global community on this great endeavor.”
 
Golfer's Dream Raffle Winner 2015
 
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RCMF AND SIX APPEAL ROCKED THE SMPAC!

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Stories from the Jet Stream

 
 

Like so many Americans, the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field has been moved by the tragedy of Super-Typhoon Haiyan. At this week's meeting we acted to help ease the suffering of the Philippine people.


 
 
 

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We work hard at fundraising.  Why?  For the days like this when we give it all away! 

 
 
 

Saturday things got a little cleaner in our little corner of the world ... and our medians, roadsides and right of ways.

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“It’s great to see everyone dress up and step out!”

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At This Week's Meeting We Welcomed Three Visitors Who Know What It Means To Be A Buddy.

 

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New Business, Old Business and a Joke

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Member Steve Sutherland Prevails In Technological Battle And Shares A First-Person Account Of His African Safari!

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AV Problems scuttle Steve's travelogue but on the bright side Jodi is back!
 
 
 

On December 5th the RCMF Hosted our 26th Annual Christmas Party for the workers from Goodwill Industries. Santa and a few of his elves stopped by and a very good time was had by all!

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Our guest this week, children’s book author and winner of this year’s Wisconsin Writers Children's Literature Award, Ms. Janet Halfmann
 
 
 

On Saturday the 17th of November we gathered for a rewarding event that's been going on for as long as anyone in the club can remember - the assembly and distribution of Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets for needy families in our service area!

Thanksgiving Day Basket assembly 2012 1

 
 
 
Doug Hansen from the Theinsville/Mequon Rotary Club shared stories of his club's annual Guatemala Medical Relief Project.
 
 
 

On October 27th, 2012 many friends and relatives gathered to say farewell to a great friend Ziyanai “Zee” Masunungure.

Zee

 
 
 

This past Friday we held our long awaited 50th Annual Rotary Club of Mitchell Field Charity Auction and I'm happy to report that by any measure it was a success.

 

 
 
 

We spent an enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring noon hour at Studio 915 Gallery and Atelier in South Milwaukee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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