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New Berlin Rotarians Tom Fuszard, Art Angove and Audrey Juds inspect the date codes on food items.
 
Lending a hand to feed the needy
 
New Berlin Rotarians joined numerous other volunteers at the New Berlin Food Pantry Dec. 1 to sort and stack the hundreds of items donated that day. Thanks to residents of the Weatherstone subdivision in New Berlin, the food pantry's shelves and bins netted approximately 3,300 lbs. of food items.
 
The Weatherstone food drive has been a regular feature for approximately 30 years, according to Barb Jacobs of the food pantry. It is the second largest food drive of the year, trailing only the Postal Service collection in May. "We really count on it," she said, adding that the collection should cover them until the Postal Service drive.
 
A Weatherstone resident, Jacobs has high praise for her neighbors. "It's a good community effort. Put out the call, and they respond."
 
In addition to the three Rotarians, nearly 15 workers from New Berlin-based Gamay Food Ingredients joined in the fun.
 
The New Berlin Food Pantry serves needy residents of New Berlin, Elm Grove and Brookfield each Wednesday. For more information, call 262-789-8040.
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Rick Debe reviews Rotary International's grant programs.
 
Rotary grants improve lives all over the world
 
Rotary International is best known for its efforts to eradicate polio. Understandably so. Since establishing that goal in 1985, Rotary and its partners have reduced the incidence of polio an estimated 99.99%. In 2017, there were only 22 reported cases in the world. Polio is endemic in just three countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
 
Gains such as this are possible due to grants issued by The Rotary Foundation. We learned more about Rotary grants during our Oct. 23 meeting. Rick Debe, District Water & Sanitation Chair, reviewed the grant processes as well as several international water projects local Rotarians are involved in.
 
The Rotary Foundation is structured to be self-sustaining. Donations are invested, with interest used to cover administration costs. Some 97-98% of donations are returned in the form of grants. This type of performance has earned the Foundation an "outstanding recommendation" by Charity Navigator, Debe says. 
 
Debe, International Service Chair at his home club, Mukwonago Rotary, said that in 2017:
 
· Rotarians donated $140.1 million to the Foundation
· Rotary issued 1,260 Global Grants
· Rotary dispersed $111.5 million in humanitarian grants worldwide
 
Guatemala communities benefit from Rotary grants
 
A hands-on kind of person, Debe has been involved in several projects in Guatemala that were funded partly by Rotary grants. The projects occurred in these communities:
 
La Laguna: Bring potable water to the community of 550 residents. Grant total of $51,545.
 
Joyabaj: Filter river water to serve 25,000 residents. Grant was $40,000.
 
Joyabaj Bridges Projects: Three foot bridges in and near Joyabaj. Rotary provided grants of nearly $12,000 for each bridge.
 
Planned for next year is the Chupoj Water Project. It's an extensive project that will provide clean water for about 600 residents.
 
Its budget is $164,000, of which $64,000 has been raised in Guatemala. District and Foundation grants are expected to total about $32,000. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has pledged $20,000. Organizers to raise the rest through Rotary Club donations and further matching grants from the Rotary Foundation.

Debe encourages Rotarians to "get out of their box" and volunteer internationally. "It's such a life-changing experience," he says, adding that "this is not a travel club. You will be working every day."
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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.
 
 
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Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W. Library Lane
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States of America
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