Rotary Club of New Berlin
Chartered 1970     District 6270
 
Helping make New Berlin an even better community
one project at a time
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The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think,
say or 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?
 
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Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Rotary, World Affairs SeminarNew Berlin student discovers herself at World Affairs Seminar
 
We met another World Affairs Seminar student-delegate during our meeting on Aug. 9. (Three others visited on July 26. Their experiences are recapped in the article below.) Jordan M., pictured here with club president Pat McLaughlin, began by thanking those responsible for selecting her.
 
This year's theme was Education and Social Justice, which was quite appropriate for Jordan. "I'm really into social justice," she said, noting that many other student-delegates shared her passion.
 
World Affairs Seminar was held at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., June 24-30. A senior at New Berlin Eisenhower,  Jordan said the experience prepared her for leaving school. Though she lives just minutes away, she, like all other student-delegates, was housed in a campus dorm. The program "gave me a taste of being on my own."
 
"It really put me out of my comfort zone," Jordan said. In so doing, "you learn the most and have the most fun."
 
Discussions helped her understand how to converse with someone holding a different viewpoint. Previously, she might "stick to my guns" on her viewpoint. "I learned that it's more important to have a dialogue and back and forth, " she said. "Not just stating an opinion." She enjoyed talking with others and in being heard.
 
Student-delegates came from a variety of economic backgrounds. Jordan now realizes that it's important to keep the other person's background in mind when evaluating their position.

Each day consisted of several main presentations followed by group discussions. She was "floored" by some of the information presented during the week. They learned about residential schools in Canada ("a very sensitive topic") and about climate change. "I didn't know that was a social justice topic," Jordan said.
 
Of the program itself, "I Learned a great deal about education and social justice, and a lot about myself."
 
Asked about some of the students she met, Jordan rattled off the names of a boy from Cincinnati and another from Trinidad; she also met several students from Canada. Her roommate was from Paris. Having visited France, "I could relate to her," Jordan said.
 
Calling the WAS scholarship "a real blessing," Jordan encourages students to apply for next year's World Affairs Seminar. Filling out the scholarship application, which involved writing an essay, was "an hour well spent."
 
WAS is open to students of New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower. If your child is interested in applying for the 2018 session, have him or her speak with the school's guidance counselor.
 
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New Berlin Rotary, Rotary Club of New Berlin, World Affairs SeminarFrom left: Nirali P., Teresa S., Kelly G. and club president Pat McLaughlin
 
World Affairs Seminar leaves lasting impression on local youth
 
Three of the six local high school students who attended World Affairs Seminar in June visited us on July 26. Each found it an amazing experience and now are inspired to carry on.
 
Kelly G.: A senior at New Berlin Eisenhower, Kelly "had no clue" what to expect from the event. But once she learned more about it, she became excited about going. "Some of the best experiences," she says, "come from not having expectations."
 
The various topics--racism, LGBTQ, inequality in education, and poverty and violence--sparked an interest in her. Interviewing delegates from other countries, Kelly discovered there are wide differences in the quality of education. She was particularly struck by the "oppression of Native Americans" in the Canadian school systems.
 
All the "intellectual conversations" she had with other student-delegates convinced Kelly that kids can have an impact. "I realized I can make a difference," she says.
 
World Affairs Seminar inspired her to become more involved in social issues. An aspiring writer, Kelly plans to start a blog to "get my voice out into the world."
 
Nirali P.: Nirali came away with three important lessons.
 
1. Change can happen at any time and by any one. A naturally skeptical 17-year-old, Nirali, who will be a senior at New Berlin West, wondered what effect her actions would have. She realized that even small tasks, like picking up trash, "potentially can change the world."
 
2. Education is not accessible to everyone, and it comes in different forms. "Not everyone has the opportunity to get an education like we do," she says. Interested in nutrition, she hopes to educate others on this important topic.
 
3. Being open to other people's perspectives "is not a bad thing." You can be passionate about your position but open to compromise, she says.
 
Nirali intends to use social media to discuss what she experienced and to promote World Affairs Seminar. She created videos of various projects; they are available for viewing on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. Long-term, she is committed to making her school and community a better place. 
 
"Thank you for sending me and the other delegates," she says. "It was very inspirational."
 
Teresa S.: Was "super excited" to attend WAS when she heard the theme was Education and Social Justice. A presentation on holistic teaching really impressed her.
 
Another lecture reviewed infant mortality rates in Milwaukee. "I was shocked at the high rate of infant mortality," she says. "Most kids live in poverty." Interested in working in the healthcare field, Teresa feels it would be important to come back and help her community.
 
Teresa has taken an important first step. An incoming senior at New Berlin West, she recently became a CNA (certified nursing assistant). Her immediate goal is to find employment in a nursing home.
 
Teresa is "incredibly grateful" for the opportunity to attend WAS, and plans to talk it up with her friends at school.
 
World Affairs Seminar is designed to create global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous program. Held at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., the program involves high school students from across the US and around the world. This is the fifth year that our club has sponsored students to WAS. (The School District of New Berlin also sponsors students.)
 
WAS is open to students of New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower. If your child is interested in applying for the 2018 session, have him or her speak with the school's guidance counselor.
 
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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.
 
 
Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at noon
New Berlin Hills Clubhouse
13175 W. Graham St.
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States
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Join Us For Lunch!
Curious about Rotary and what we do? Stop by during one of our meetings. You'll get to know us better and enjoy a nice lunch. Let's talk about how you can further your community service ambitions--and even network a bit.
 
Details of where and when we meet can be found at the bottom of this page.
 
Simply contact one of our board members so we know to expect you. You can reach them from the contact section at left. We hope to see you soon!
 
Meetings
General club meeting
Sep 27, 2017
General club meeting
Oct 11, 2017
Matthew Johnson
Oct 25, 2017
Marsy's Law: Equal rights for crime victims
General club meeting
Nov 08, 2017
 
 

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