Murder Mystery 2018
We enjoyed another very successful and fun murder mystery dinner on Saturday. A near-capacity audience pored over tantalizing clues and used keen investigative skills in an attempt to determine whodunnit.
We're very pleased with the results. Proceeds totaled about $3,600. The regular raffle pulled in approximately $1,300, while the 50/50 raffle brought in $600. A special thank you to the winner of that raffle for donating his $300 back to the club. As mentioned before, these proceeds will be used to send up to three New Berlin high school students to this year's World Affairs Seminar.
 Here are some images from that event. For more, click on the link under "New Berlin Rotarians in Action" at right.
Rotary club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary
Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary
Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary
Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary
  Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary
Sorting for a good cause
Rotarians joined other volunteers on Dec. 2 to sort and stock food at the New Berlin Food Pantry. Residents of New Berlin's Weatherstone subdivision held their annual food drive that day. The second largest food drive this food pantry sees (behind only the Postal Service collection in spring), this event requires numerous handy helpers.
Here Rotarians Tom Fuszard, Erica Moranski and Pat McLaughlin sort and inspect some of the hundreds of items that arrived. (The safety vests say "Rotarian At Work" on the back.) Volunteers first check the expiration date of each item. Any product more than six months old must be discarded. Items are then shelved by food type and year of expiration ("green beans 2019" for example). This year's collection filled 20 barrels for an estimated 6,000 lbs. of food items.
Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin RotaryNot all items are edible. The food pantry also receives personal care products such as toilet paper, shampoo and soaps. Here Erica Moranski admires a fancy hand towel that someone donated.
Weatherstone residents have held this annual food drive for more than 30 years. "They do an awesome job," says the food pantry's Barb Jacobs. "We are gratified that they continue to do it and support us." Jacobs estimates that this collection will last several months.
The New Berlin Food Pantry serves needy residents of New Berlin, Elm Grove and Brookfield. Located inside the New Berlin Community Center, 14750 W. Cleveland Ave., the food pantry is open on Wednesdays. Donors may drop off items from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Recipients can pick up groceries from noon to 5:15 p.m. For more information, call 262-789-8040 on Wednesdays.
New Berlin Rotary, Rotary Club of New Berlin
Insight into Rotary from District Gov. Jeffrey Reed
Experiences in Rotary are as varied as our members. We learned a good example of that on Nov. 8. District Gov. Jeffrey Reed shared some of his Rotary experiences, which were rather fascinating. Reed also reviewed a number of goals established at the international and district levels.
A member of the Fond du Lac Morning club, Reed joined Rotary in 2000. That was soon after he moved to Wisconsin from New York. Reed had three goals in mind as a newly minted Rotarian: to network, make some friends, and get involved in service projects. It was service projects that really opened Reed's eyes to the value of Rotary.
One such project took place in the summer of 2002. Reed and other Rotarirans traveled to Irkutsk, Russia (in Siberia) to establish a microloan program. A Professor of Management at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Reed saw firsthand the value of such a program. One farmer rebuilt a barn that had burned down. Another person built a greenhouse that allowed her to extend her growing season. Reed visited a clinic for asthma sufferers that had been built with a microloan. He and the other Rotarians we amazed at how recipients used the money. "Here were Rotarians in Russia doing service to help others," he says.
This past March Reed assisted other Rotarians as they launched a series of soy milk "dairies" and bakeries in Lima, Peru. The five facilities in and around Lima use equipment donated by Wisconsin Rotary Clubs to produce 5,000 servings of soy milk each day. All that is given away to residents, many of them poor and lacking in good nutrition. Soy milk provides important nourishment and soy protein, especially for children, Reed says. Leftover soy-solid (called okara) is mixed with flour and baked for bread and pastries.
Participating Wisconsin clubs included Oshkosh, Oshkosh Southwest and Fond du Lac Morning. The clubs pooled their resources to donate a cooker, chopper and extractor for producing soy milk, as well as a commercial oven and other baking equipment. Wisconsin Rotarians partnered with the Lima club, La Molina Vieja Rotary.
Next, Reed outlined some of the goals for Rotary, at both the international and district levels.
1. RI is tagging along with the One Million Trees project started by a Rotarian in Sri Lanka. Rotarians are challenged to plant one tree for every Rotarian, 1.2 million trees worldwide, by Earth Day 2018. "A tangible, significant difference every Rotarian can make," Reed says. (You can learn more about the project here.) For District 6270, that would mean planting nearly 2,800 trees. Reed encourages clubs to fund programs that plant trees.
2. In 1985, Rotary International announced a goal to eradicate polio. Since then, polio diagnoses worldwide have dropped from approximately 1,000 cases per day to just 13 so far in 2017. During Rotary's international convention in June, Bill Gates announced a new pledge (and challenge) to Rotarians: a 2-to-1 match if Rotarians would raise at least $50 million in each of the next three years. If they did, the Gates Foundation would donate $300 million. (On top of the $355 million offered in 2009 in a matching grant.)
3. District goals: Increase membership by 54 members, or a net gain of one per club.
4. 2017-18 Rotary Citation program. Available to clubs that meet certain criteria for volunteer hours. Clubs would have to track members' service hours and submit that information to International. The goal is to have at least one-half of every club's members earn a Rotary Citation, Reed says.
Rotary: Doing good all around the world

The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.
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