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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What Rotary means to us
Club president Scott Klaas used our Sept. 10 meeting to review the value of Rotary in our lives. He invited members to share their reasons for joining and what they hoped to get out of their membership.
Scott said that he joined the Rotary club to meet people and help out in the community. His decision hit home as he was sorting food at the food pantry during the Postal Service food drive. He was amazed at the amount of food collected and the number of families helped.
Here are some of the comments offered by members:
Hamilton Dowden, D.C.: A new club member and co-owner of Pure Family Chiropractic, Dr. Dowden said he was drawn to Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. "I wanted to join an organization that shared our values," he said. (Rotary's 4-Way Test is shown at left.)
Brady Reinke: Another new member, Brady, principal at Poplar Creek Elementary School, said he joined to learn more about New Berlin and see how he could serve the community.
Patrick McLauglin: Our newest member has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. A licensed broker with Kutschenreuter Financial Services, Pat said he wanted to "get involved; to do something." He and his wife have raised approximately 30 foster children over the years, so "we were always involved."
Dianne Moore: One of our veteran members, Dianne realized years ago that joining Rotary could help her professionally. Co-owner of All Inclusive Vacations in West Allis, Dianne said that she has always cherished meeting people. "Getting to know other people," she said, "helps you with your career and as a person."
Stephanie Friemoth: The immediate past president of our club, Stephanie said she wanted to meet new people in our community. A financial advisor with Edward Jones in New Berlin, Stephanie said she looks forward to projects and events that she can get involved with.
John Pelishek: An automobile sales representative, John said he thought this would be a good way to meet people. "It's been a very good experience," he said.
People join Rotary for a host of reasons. Among them is a desire to help others. We invite you to visit one of our luncheon meetings so you can learn more about our club and Rotary in general. Our calendar is at right. Feel free to stop by someday; we'd love to meet you. Lunch is on us, and there is no obligation.
Club president Scott Klaas with Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, and Miss New Berlin,
Creating good out of tragedies
Members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin were treated to somber and powerful messages during the Aug. 27 meeting. Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2014, and Megan Patrick, Miss New Berlin 2014, talked about the cause (known as a platform) they will promote during their terms. Each is rooted in a personal tragedy.
Raeanna's passions include Children's Miracle Network hospitals and Tyler's Legacy, named for her late brother, Tyler Amann. On Aug. 4, 2005, Tyler tragically took his life. The family later learned that Tyler, just 18 years old, had been consuming methamphetamine for sometime.
In an effort to help others in a similar situation, their mother, Beth Buhr, established Tyler's Legacy, Inc. The organization offers education and support for families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Raeanna later picked up the cause and made it her platform upon being crowned Miss Wisconsin in June. Her next step is the Miss USA contest in September. "I look forward to sharing that [Tyler's story] with the judges in Atlantic City," she said.
Megan Patrick also taps into a personal tragedy to teach others an important lesson. A West Allis native now living New Berlin, Megan promotes SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Her brother Steven Miller died in a drunk driving accident on September 10, 2010, at age 23. Steven accepted a ride from a friend who had been drinking. Another student hopped in the car, and all three died in the crash.
Steven's death "pushes me to do more with my platform," Megan said. "I would like to go into schools and make sure kids are making good decisions." One of her goals to hold a crash scene re-enactment in the area on an annual basis. She feels the realism portrayed sends a powerful message to teens. "I think it is a good way to show the effects of a bad decision rather than just hearing about them," she said.
Club president Scott Klaas provided an update on our KIDS From Wisconsin concert Aug 22. More than 410 people attended the performance, which generated approximately $2600. Those funds will support music programs at New Berlin schools.
We'd like to offer a hearty thank you to the sponsors, advertisers, attendees and KIDS for making this concert a success. We look forward to an even bigger event in summer 2015.
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.
Rotary District Fall Seminar
Oct 18, 2014
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Volunteer event at Weatherstone Park
Nov 01, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Berlin Christmas Parade
Nov 29, 2014
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sort food at New Berlin Food Pantry
Dec 06, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weatherstone Food Drive
New Berlin Food PantryDec 06, 2014
9:58 AM – 12:00 PM
Murder Mystery Dinner / fundraiser
New Berlin Banquet CenterFeb 07, 2015
5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Olympia ResortFeb 21, 2015
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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