Club Meeting Information

We meet Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at Newcastle Place, 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon WI 53092. Our next meeting is 7:00 AM on Friday (10/29).

Note: Masks are not required in our dining area, but we are asked to wear masks from the front door to the dining room and back.

This week's program will feature Anna Sattler. Anna is an editorial intern at the International Peace Institute. (Scroll down for bio)

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:

  • Bill Wandsnider (10/29)
  • Carol Wessels (11/5)
  • Shawn Whalen (11/12)
  • Matt Wolf (11/19)

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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Thought of the Week

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. - Stephen Covey

How to bring in new members

By Tom Gump, immediate past governor of District 5950 and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside, Minnesota, USA

Rotary’s recently launched Membership Society for New Member Sponsors has created a high level of enthusiasm for bringing new members into our organization and forming new and innovative Rotary and Rotaract clubs. How do you attract new members into your club? Or form a core of people interested in launching a new Rotary club? As someone who has brought in more than 50 new members (Membership Society Gold Level), I want to share a few thoughts.

Know why people join Rotary

A great starting point is to review the research we already have for why people join Rotary. Data from Rotary International’s last global survey shows that a majority of respondents said they joined Rotary or Rotaract for local community service and friendship. Respondents also listed personal growth, professional development, and professional connections as important reasons for joining. With this in mind, it’s good to make sure your club can provide these things, and that you advertise them to prospective members.

You have to Ask!

This might seem obvious. But you know what, if you don’t tell them about Rotary AND ask them to join, most people won’t. The survey showed that more than 85% of new members found out about their clubs because a Rotary member personally invited them. Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Ask your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and other acquaintances to come to a meeting or event, and then follow up on any interest with an invite to join.

Support World Polio Day

"When Rotary courageously stepped up to pursue the dream of a polio-free world, we knew our dream wouldn't be easy.  But since 1988, working with our partners, we've brought worldwide case counts down by 99.9 percent.  However, it's not over until it's over.  It will take courage.  We're going to keep up the funding and keep on the pressure until this fight is finished and no child ever again has to experience the devastating effects of polio.” – John Germ, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair 2021-22

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries: Pakistan & Afghanistan.

Rotary’s World-wide 2021-22 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $150 Million – Including the Gates Foundation $2 to $1 Match.

For more information contact Alice Sedgwick at

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Discovering the impact of Rotary grants in Zimbabwe

By Carolyn Schrader, Rotary Club of Denver Mile High, Colorado, USA

When I first joined Rotary, I was encouraged by another member to join in sponsoring a $14,000 AIDS awareness grant in Harare, Zimbabwe. I helped raise funds and worked with the Harare Rotarians to write the grant completed in 2005. But my connection to Zimbabwe lasted much longer.

As I was writing the grant report, I realized I had no idea what had really happened because the grant activity was in Zimbabwe and I was in Denver. I needed to go see the project. That was perhaps one of the most fateful decisions I ever made.

Along with volunteers for the training organization that had designed the program, I went to Zimbabwe, starting a love affair with Rotary grant projects. I learned more about sustainable projects, and why Rotary is encouraging members to focus on increasing impact. (download the Increase our Impact white paper)

I saw so much need that I started a grant for $330,000 for economic development. We trained over 3,000 women in basic economic skills during a four-year period.

The structure of that particular grant was powerful, sustainable, and well organized. I could see the level of commitment that Rotary had made to enable members to actually implement life-changing grants. I visited the project 21 times over the next nine years and saw how truly transformative the process can be. When we interviewed the women, they said again and again how much the project changed their lives. They said “I never thought that I could save money.”

And that was precisely the first thing that we taught in the training: how to save money. The women created groups of 10 or 12 people, and they would commit to saving, for example, a dollar a week. Everybody in the group would come to the weekly meeting and they would bring their money and put it in a common jar or a box.

After several weeks, when they had accumulated enough money to make it worthwhile, the group would start to give loans. The women would complete an application and describe what they were going to use the money for.

They could add the loan to their savings and use that money to improve their businesses. They began to make money because they had saved money. They went from being poor, not only economically, but also in spirit, to being empowered.

Cultural learnings

During my visits it became obvious that, even with the training material, there were areas in which the women, on their own, said “No, we’re not going to do it that way. We’re going to do it a different way.”

The first time I encountered this I thought their way was not working. We’re going to have to fix that. That was the first time I really understood that if you want this project to be sustainable, the community has to own this project. It’s their project and they demonstrate that by doing it in a different way consistent with their culture and their experience.

In one instance, they provided money for funeral expenses to a woman who had a family member pass. My first reaction was, well, that money is not going to be repaid. But to them, the woman’s need superseded the group’s collective needs.

And that was an insight. If they change it, then they’re owning it — and they’ll keep using it as long as it benefits them. I had to see that what they were doing was owning the project, bit by bit.

Community-driven change

I always say that the most important element in a global grant are the local Rotary members. Rotary requires that a global grant start with the community identifying needs. And that’s where local Rotary members shine. They meet with the community, hear their needs, and begin to create a work plan. Because they’re part of the culture and know local customs, they’re able to hear and understand the community and its needs.

After that, a committed team is formed of Rotary members on the ground, local community members who believe in the project plan, and international members who support the project by fundraising and site visits (even virtually.) Grant funds and money from members and supporting organizations create the perfect end product: a sustainable outcome that belongs to the community and creates lasting positive change.

Rotary Grants are not the same as sending money to pay school fees. Helping a community help themselves is one of the most satisfying things that a person can do. I am so proud to be a part of Rotary and to have seen the impact that Rotary can make.

About the author: Carolyn Schrader is a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisors and lives in Denver, Colorado. She is a retired mathematician, actuary, and a 25-year member of the Rotary Club of Denver Mile High. She was the international sponsor for the Community Empowerment in Zimbabwe project implemented in 2009-2013, followed by two economic development global grants. Schrader has made presentations worldwide in-person and on Zoom about best practices for global grants.

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Rotary Community Corp program on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Rehabilitation Services
Rotary Community Corp program on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Rehabilitation Services

Jamie De Jesus Sr. Bio

Mr. Jamie De Jesus Sr. is a Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (M.S.S.C.) Certified Pro¬duction Technician 4.0 (CPT) Instructor. Certified to teach Safety & Employability, Quality and Measurement Practices, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Machine Maintenance Awareness, and Green Production.  MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). He is also an Assistant CNC Educational Instructor. Mr. De Jesus has been certified in CNC Machine Tool Programming. In doing such, he has worked with drafting programs such as Mastercam, Creo, and Fusion 360 (blueprint) drafting programs. 

Mr. Jamie De Jesus Sr. also works intensively with the Justice Involved population, being as he was at one point a Justice Involved himself and has recently discharged from supervision for the first time since 1997. He was in the first CNC Bootcamp at Racine Correctional Institution and graduated the top of his class. This led him on his path to becoming a MSSC Instructor. He currently has his own LLC, Innovative Solutions 2 Consulting where he contracts his services.

Natraj Shanker Bio

Natraj Shanker is a manufacturing and business strategy consultant. He focuses on Industry 4.0 or the next revolution in manufacturing based on digital transformation. He is a Rotarian and is the chair of the Rotary Community Corp program on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Rehabilitation Services for District 6270. This program focuses on how the Rotary network of business professionals and owners can create a job pipeline for formerly incarcerated Individuals.

Natraj got his undergraduate in Elec Eng in India, a masters in Ind Eng from Wayne State University and a master’s in manufacturing systems from UW- Madison. He has 30 years of business transformation experience working with and as consultant for GM, EDS, Wang, Rockwell Automation, Cummins Engine, JCI and Adobe. He was a Barbershop Chorus bass vocalist and dabbles in Bluegrass. He and his wife live in Shorewood and they have two sons.

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