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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Murder Mystery Dinner Feb. 7
What really happened when Felix Festus sent his gladiators to the exhibition? It's a task for the gods; think you're up to it?
Our annual Murder Mystery Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you try to solve the murder mystery, Terror in a Toga. For all the details, and to purchase tickets, click on the link at right. ----------------------------------------------------- >>>
A fascinating look at "a very unusual country"
Members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin were treated to an interesting look at Ethiopia during their meeting on Dec. 10. Frequent traveler Rex Fritischi talked about his trip, which he took back in March.
Formally known as the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country occupies an area of approximately 420,000 square miles in the Horn of Africa. Its population of roughly 88 million is "very religious," Rex says; 85-90% are members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Churches were a common theme in Rex's presentation. He offered numerous images of churches both modern and old; some dated to 5th or 6th century BC. One, St. Mary of Zion Church (in Axum), claims to hold the Ark of the Covenant.
Rex, a certified travel consultant, has more than 30 years of travel experience involving approximately 160 countries. He was amazed and enlightened while traveling throughout Ethiopia, which he called "a very unusual country."
Rex's images displayed many facets of Ethiopia, including market day, the terrain (both high ground and lowlands), daily life, school days, farming, and more. With religion playing such a pivotal role in everyday life, we were treated to numerous colorful religious displays in churches and privately held artwork.
Wrapping up Christmas cheer for needy families
After our meeting on Dec. 10, club members wrapped gifts for three needy families in the area. This is a regular project for the Rotary Club of New Berlin, and one which brings us the most pride.
The gifts are scheduled to be delivered on Dec. 18.
Sorting and stocking to help the needy
Sporting their yellow "Rotarian At Work" safety vests, members of our club sort and stock food items at the New Berlin Food Pantry on Dec. 6. The food was collected by residents of the Weatherstone subdivision in New Berlin.
Brainchild of former homeowners association president (and now alderman) Dennis Horbinski, the Weatherstone food collection adds hundreds of pounds of food and other important items to the food pantry's shelves. This was the association's 30th annual collection and the second time members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin assisted with sorting and stocking.
Each item is reviewed to ensure it is not past its safe date, then shelved by type and expiration date. Each Wednesday, the New Berlin Food Pantry serves dozens of needy residents of Brookfield, Elm Grove and New Berlin.
In this image, Shawn Schnabl and Jeremy Rynders are reviewing the expiration dates. Pat McLauglin brings in another barrel of items that had just been dropped off by donors. Stephanie Friemoth heads to the shelves with more items. Olivia Kelly, assisted by two handy helpers, is partially visible along the right edge of the image.
For a list of the participating Rotarians, click on "Scenes from club meetings, events, 2014" at right, then click on the group image.
Many thanks to the folks in Weatherstone for another huge collection and to our members for taking time out of their Saturday morning to help out.
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.
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: