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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Welcoming some of our newer members
Our March 4 meeting gave us a chance to learn more about several of our newer members. Each received a Certificate of Membership and was invited to offer a few thoughts. Assisting with the presentation were Membership Chair Dianne Moore and President Scott Klaas.
Prior to joining, Hamilton Dowden, DC, of Pure Family Chiropractic in New Berlin, had been asked to speak to our club. That visit provided some understanding of Rotary and our club, but Hamilton wanted to learn more. In particular, he was curious about how Rotary served New Berlin and the world. He joined soon after that meeting. "I love what we do," he says.
Hamilton says he is excited to serve as vice president during the next term, which starts July 1. "Hopefully continue what you guys built on," he says.
Pat McLaughlin has "always been involved in doing something; helping people." A licensed broker with Kutschenreuter Financial Services in New Berlin, Pat and his wife have cared for some 30 foster kids over the years. He says it was natural for him to join Rotary.
A 30-year resident of New Berlin, Pat spent 36 years in the automotive business prior to joining KFS in 2010. Pat hopes to take in some networking while enjoying the service aspect of our club. "I'll do my best to help you," he says.
Our newest member is part of a husband-and-wife team, one of two such arrangements our club is honored to include. Michael Erickson recently followed his wife, Kathy Erickson, who joined several weeks ago. They alternate their schedules so one is usually able to attend our meetings.
Michael owns Above Par Golf Cars in New Berlin. An authorized Club Car dealer, his firm offers rentals, repair work and parts sales to customers throughout the area. According to Michael, Above Par Golf Cars has 67% of the business in Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Michael joined the firm, then known as Tiziani Golf Car Corp., 27 years ago. He bought the business in 2010.
Kathy Erickson is CFO. She is also special-education teacher with the School District of New Berlin. Her schedule with the school district meshes well with the needs of Above Par Golf Cars. As the school term winds down, the golf car business picks up.
Michael was intrigued to hear from Kathy that Rotary Club of New Berlin was involved in New Berlin's Christmas parade. "Any organization that helps other organizations prosper, I'm all in," he says.
After these members introduced themselves, Membership Chair Dianne Moore had some suggestions for all club members. Her first was that we read Rotarian magazine regularly (all members receive a subscription). The magazine contains "a real wealth of information," Dianne says. She also suggested that members always wear the Rotary pin. Business people will see that you're a Rotarian, she says, which "puts you one step ahead when looking for business."
"Be proud of Rotary," Dianne says.
Keeping New Berlin moving forward
A coalition of groups has been quietly working to align the city's resources with the needs of its schools, businesses and community. John Kegel, chair of Moving New Berlin Forward, introduced us to the organization during our Feb. 11 meeting.
The seeds were planted several years ago, John says. Act 10, passed in 2011, resulted in cuts to state aid to schools. That prompted the school district to search for new resources. One thought was to get businesses engaged with the schools. Business breakfasts were used to gain input, but attendance was modest.
In early 2013, Superintendent Joe Garza suggested forming a committee to include service clubs, the chamber of commerce, mayor's office and the school district. Its goal was to "get all those people talking and working together," John says. The group's name reflects its mission. John, who is Senior Project Manager at Selltis, LLC, has served as chair of Moving New Berlin Forward since its inception.
Their meetings, typically held the first Thursday of the month, involve the mayor or his staff, the Superintendent or his staff, a school board member, and various business leaders. In addition, a pastor or two will attend, John says.
John ticked off a number of accomplishments:
- Launched a program to help prepare students for college, career or other opportunities
- Established Career Day in the schools
- Created an online job board
- Expanded course offerings to include offsite curricula; a certified nursing program is one such class
- Created Biz Town, which exposes 5th graders to business-related matters
- Enrolling 75 students--roughly 12% of high school students--in co-op and apprenticeship programs
- Collaboration on events. Discover New Berlin Expo is one example
While there is a great partnership with the School District of New Berlin, Moving New Berlin Forward is also working with private schools. Those include Holy Apostles and, in fall, Heritage Christian School.
Looking ahead, John says they would like to see more businesses participate in Moving New Berlin Forward and partner with the school district. "We're trying to help all of you anywhere get engaged," he says. They hope, also, to enhance collaboration with Waukesha County. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to call John at 262-613-0703.
Finally, John offered a plug for this year's Discover New Berlin Community Fair, on March 20-21 at Eisenhower High School. Friday is geared toward businesses, while Saturday's programming is aimed at families.
Also during this meeting, we received a recap of the murder mystery dinner. Rotarian Stephanie Friemoth says that they're still tallying the results, but it appears we netted at least $4,500. That contrasts with last year's event, which raised $3,100. Another example of growth: We had 27 raffle baskets this year compared to 13 last year.
She invited the group to select the theme for next year' murder mystery. We chose, " '80s Prom Gone Bad." Stay tuned!
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.
Westin Inn Chicago NorthwestMar 06, 2015 8:00 AM –
Mar 08, 2015 5:00 PM
Discover New Berlin Community Fair
New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High SchoolMar 20, 2015 10:00 AM –
Mar 21, 2015 3:00 PM
School Board Candidate Forum
New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High SchoolMar 21, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sort food at food pantry
New Berlin Food PantryMay 09, 2015
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Changing of the Guard dinner
Cleveland Pub & GrillJun 24, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Do your deals benefit all parties involved?
Adhering to high business ethics not just right, it's also good business practice.
Rotary clubs follow the Four-Way Test, which is shown on the left side of this page. For more on the value of incorporating the Four-Way Test in your business, read this article from the BizTimes of Milwaukee: