Club Meeting Information

When: We meet Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Where: Our meeting this Friday (3/4) will be at the Mequon Public Market, 6300 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.

Program: This week's meeting will be a club assembly. 

The greeter will provide either the thought, a Rotary minute, share a family moment or a cultural tradition ... anything they would like to start off the day positive.

Upcoming "It's your Rotary moment" assignees:

  • Corinne Guerin (3/4)
  • Dean Johnson (3/11)
  • Brian Kendzor (3/18)
  • Mike Kim (3/25)

Note: If you are unable to act as "It's your Rotary moment" assignee when scheduled please arrange for your replacement.

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Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in everyone's garden. - Unknown


We are sadly again watching disaster unfold before us in real time as Ukraine fends off Russia.military attacks. The attacks are leading to hundreds of thousands of refugees who are seeking safety. At these times, many feel compelled to help but caution should be used in where money is donated. We at the District are not experts in this but there are some Rotary projects directly related to this.

The first is ShelterBox. This Rotary initiated project provides shelter for refugees in war torn areas. They have just provided us with information on their plans to help in Ukraine which I have attached here. More information, and how you can help via ShelterBox, is also available here
The second is the Rotary Foundation itself. Rotary's main causes include promoting peace, providing clean water, sanitation and hygience, and savings mothers and children, all of which are impacted through this war. You can give to to support promoting peace and disaster response.
If you are looking for more information on specific organizations to give to, I have found the following news sources to help you in your quest.  

Aside from financial support, please keep Ukraine in your thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Werner
Rotary D6270 District Governor 2021/22
Rotary District 6270
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Six tips for enjoying fundraising

By Maria Molina, Philanthropy Advisor for Latin America Zones 25A/23B

As you know, we are one of the largest nonprofits in the world and our commitment to humanity continues this year with the theme “Serve to change lives.” And that is why we need to be even more creative in our fundraising strategies.

Raising money for local and international projects should be an essential part of every Rotarian’s life. Consider this example from the world at large. A recent article in Giving USA reported that contributions by service organizations hit a record high in 2020 at $47.7 billion dollars.

Forbes magazine, which evaluates nonprofits according to giving by individuals, rates The Rotary Foundation as one of the Top 100 most popular NGOs in the United States. In 2020, the Foundation ranked 52 in total giving. In 2021, we had another exceptional year with $440 million raised from approximately 445,000 individual donors.

Despite all this, we still face challenges, especially during a pandemic. It takes effort to retain donors and cultivate new ones. But I believe we can still have fun doing it.

So with that in mind, I present six ideas that I share with clubs in my zones that could help you fundraise, and have fun doing it!

  1. Encourage all Rotary clubs to give to The Rotary Foundation: It should be a part of every club’s DNA to give to the Foundation. How can we raise funds for projects in our community if we do not support the cause ourselves? It is important to show potential donors that we are engaged. The amount we give does not matter as much as that we do give.
  2. Share Rotary’s success story: As members, we are ambassadors for our Rotary Foundation! We feel passionate about our causes and we should share them with our communities! Visit to learn more about our work and be better able to share with potential donors the impact we are making.
  3. Thank donors: Don’t forget to show appreciation to donors by thanking them. You can send a thank you note or call all the Rotarians who have supported the Foundation.
  4. Invite members and potential donors to a service project: Before you invite someone to contribute, show them a project! There is no better strategy for convincing them what an impact their contributions can make.
  5. Organize an event: Hold a special gathering to cultivate relationships and build networks with potential donors. Show a video that highlights our work.
  6. Share your own experience

Telling our story is one of the most powerful strategies we have. Consider writing an article for local media sharing why your are passionate about Rotary and the impact that your club has generated in your community.

Remember that fundraising is not about asking for money, but about inspiring people around you to invest in your mission, while providing members with a positive experience. I think the key to successful fundraising is to have fun.

Imagine how many people can read because of Rotary literacy projects, how many people now have access to essential medical services because of our health projects, how many schools have better sanitation facilities because of water and sanitation projects, and how many children are vaccinated because of our efforts to prevent disease.

Dear Rotarians and Rotaractors! You are the heart of Rotary. You are the most important asset we have. You have the power to change lives.  You know your communities, you have influence, talents, and personal networks. 

Thank you for all the good work you are doing to raise funds – for the Annual Fund, Endowment Funds, Rotary Peace Centers, or areas of focus! You are truly making a difference and changing lives through your giving and service.

Let´s not tire of giving and stay motivated to doing good in the world.

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Dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers, we are now The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

Since 1949, we’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. We work tirelessly to find cures and ensure patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need. When someone experiences the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis, we provide hope, compassion, education and support. And we are making an impact in the cancer community.

Steve's Bio: 

Three years ago, Steven came to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to combine his love of cycling with his passion for serving his community.  With a background in social work and over 13 years’ experience in the cycling industry, Steven began his LLS journey working the Scenic Shore Bike Tour and has since transitioned into advanced event logistics and constituent management across the Upper Plains region.
Steven and his wife, Cindy, are 15-year residents of Thiensville and have a dog, Wrinkles, and two children, Sam and Abby, attending Oriole Lane and Stefan Schools, respectively.  When he is not supporting the journey for a cure, you can find Steven spending quality time with his family or cruising the roads of Mequon and Thiensville on his bike.


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