Birthplace of RI Founder Paul Harris

"Light Up Rotary"

Light Up Rotary


4-Way Test

Of the things we think, say and do...
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to service society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
March 2015

Upcoming Events


The Rotarian

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     Officially, March means the beginning of Spring and the switch to Daylight Savings Time. Although, in Wisconsin, and this year especially, we may be lucky to see Spring by May!  But it is time to look forward – to prepare for the next Rotary year, and to begin wrapping up the 2014-2015 year.
     To prepare for next year, two Grant Management Sessions have been held and a hearty Thank you to the presenters, and to all the Rotarians who attended.  Consider either planning a Global grant project, or partnering with another club to accomplish Bigger, Better, and Bolder projects. Or, see what you can accomplish with a District Grant and submit your application early.
     Two pre-PETS  (President-elect Training sessions) have been held, and the multi-district PETS is coming up in Itasca, IL on March 6-8.      District Governor-Elect  Karen White and all of us are delighted to welcome the presidents-elect, and many presidents-nominee, to PETS. They will have the opportunity to share ideas with incoming presidents from seven districts (300+ clubs) and we encourage them to share their experiences with their board and club when they return home.    
     I was lucky enough to participate in the interview process for outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students. Their outbound orientation will be held March 20-22.   If your club is not sponsoring an inbound or outbound student, please invite one from another club to visit and speak to your members, take time to meet them at the District Conference, and consider sponsoring one of these intelligent and talented young people in the future.
     Twenty one years ago my wife and I were asked by Rotary District 6270 and The Ventures In People Foundation to go to Haiti to see what could be done to improve the goat population.  We are both veterinarians and had raised goats for about ten years. That trip opened my eyes to how the poorest people in our hemisphere lived and the ways Rotary could help.  Over the years a number of projects have been done to improve goat husbandry education, improve goat genetics and train veterinary agents.  I moved on to hundreds of humanitarian projects, some were my idea but most were suggested or asked for by local people, especially Haitian Rotarians.
     We've heard the question many times before.  But what does your elevator speech sound like?  Remember - you only have about ten seconds (or fifteen words) to "sell" Rotary to someone else.
     Michael Angelo Caruso is our Friday lunch speaker at this year's District Conference (TriCon).  Let's hear what he has to say.

     Many Rotarians in D6270 are very active in Haiti and have been serving communities there for a number of years.    There is a young man from the Mirebalais Club who has been very valuable to the team of Rotarians as interpreter and general go-to person in the area.   He would love to be able to attend the Rotaract Annual Conference of District 7020 so he can learn more about Rotary and how he can serve his countrymen, but the cost of $2600 is impossible for him to achieve on this own.   
     If any of your clubs, or club members, can help, in any amount, please contact Heidi Thomas at   Heidi is a dedicated Rotarian from the Rotary Club of West Bend and has been traveling to serve the people of Haiti for many years.      
     The money is needed by March 15th so she can forward it to Haiti to meet the registration deadline for the conference. 
**  The future of Rotary is the next generation - and the way to improve a country such as Haiti is to encourage growth and sustainability from within.    What better way than to help the next generation of Rotarians in that country. 
Thank you for any assistance you can provide toward our goal to    LIGHT UP ROTARY ! 


You'll Like This!

To All Club Secretaries:
     As of March 1, 2015, you no longer have to send in attendance/membership reports to the District.  We will be monitoring these items via the information you send to Rotary International.  (If you are a Clubrunner club, you will still need to submit the reports in order to be able to continue doing your weekly attendance through them.)
     Thank you to the many, many faithful clubs who submitted their reports in a timely fashion every month.
 For both the benefit of your club the District, please make sure you keep good records with RI.


Charter Night for our District’s Newest Rotary Club

     It is with great pleasure to announce that the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Satellite club has met the Rotary requirements and has applied to become the “Rotary Club of Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours”.  They have been meeting for 1 year and have inducted 23 Rotarians. Our District’s last new club to charter was when the RC of Fox Cities Morning was established in 2010. 
     We grow when we’re engaged in “service above self”. Clubs grow when Rotarians invite someone to visit and learn about Rotary at a club visit, fundraiser or a project and then to join our team.  Rotary grows at the same time, especially when existing clubs sponsor a new club. New clubs fill a need by providing different meeting times, day of the week and meal options. These options open the door for more people to participate in Rotary and that is why there are 34,000 Rotary club around the world since Club #1 was established 110 years ago.


It is time to register for Tri-Con, the multi-district Rotary conference for the State of Wisconsin! We are planning two full days  (Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16)  of Rotary fun and fellowship, with a closing breakfast on Sunday, May 17.  For the agenda, list of speakers and entertainment, go to "Site Pages" (right column) and click on "District Conference."
Information is now also available for TRI CON District Conference sponsorship and ad opportunities. Remember, this year the conference will include Rotary business leaders and professionals from all over the state - what a great advertising opportunity!   (Information regarding sponsorship and House of Friendship opportunities can be found under "SITE PAGES" (right hand column of this website), "DISTRICT CONFERENCE."  
SO... register early to take advantage of the early-bird discount!  (offer ends March 31, 2015)    

2015 Rotary International Convention
Awaits Your Reservation



If you’re freezing and fed up with winter, it’s not too late to sign up with Rotary International for this year’s International Convention June 6-9, 2015.  There’s a fabulous party on June 5th, organized by Zones 28-29 – click here Zone Party Registration to sign up to attend the pre-convention party.  A number of fellow Rotarians from our district are already signed up and planning to go south – wish we could leave NOW!
For more information and to register, go to:


Global Energy:  Who's Got the Power?

When:  June 20-26, 2015
Where:  Carroll University - Waukesha, WI
This Seminar is For Students Who:
  • Are between the ages of 16-18
  • Completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school
  • In good academic standing
  • Interested in global issues and building a strong portfolio for college and future careers.
Application Deadline:  May 31, 2015
  • Early Bird payments received by February 28 receive a $50 discount
  • A Late Fee may apply if paid after June 1, 2015
  • Domestic - $650 (US and Canada)
  • International: $550  (Includes international exchange program students studying in a "domestic" high school.
  • Sponsors who send four or more students receive an additional $50 discount per student
Application and brochure can be found under "Site Pages" (right)  Also, please visit their website at
**Please note, a fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 19 from 2-4 pm for WAS.  Please see our website for full information - site pages - World Affairs Seminar - Fundraiser 4-19-15.


Register for upcoming webinars.

RI's Membership Matters! webinar series continues in 2015 with two remaining dynamic courses on club innovation, member engagement, and strengthening your Rotary club. Each webinar includes best practices, current trends, and actionable items that your club can start immediately. Register for upcoming webinars today!




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Rotary District 6270
P.O. Box 384
Hartland, WI   53029
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