Rotary Club of New Berlin
Chartered 1970     District 6270
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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Vice President
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Past President
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Carrying the spirit of the Peace Corps to Panama
Members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin were introduced to a fascinating example of volunteerism during the Nov. 20 meeting. Kelly Moore Brands and Peter Brands provided a recap of their work in Panama as members of the Peace Corps.
Kelly and Peter, daughter and son-in-law of New Berlin Rotarian Dianne Moore, arrived in Panama in May 2012. They worked in a number of communities in the province of Ngobe Bugle, which is in the central mountains of Panama. During their 2 1/2 years, Kelly and Peter:
- Built a 17' x 20' home for themselves. That involved cutting down trees and collecting other materials in the forest.
- Helped build latrines for more than 50 homes, in the process improving sanitation for the residents and their communities.
- Designed and built several eco-stoves using readily available materials.
- Started an Agricultural Education Program so farmers could improve the quality of their coffee crops.
- Created a number of games and activities for young children. Sadly, alcoholism is prevalent among adults. Kelly and Peter hope that their activities, which continue today, will steer children away from alcohol. 
Pictured are some of the colorful clothing items that Kelly and Peter acquired during their stay.
Since returning to Wisconsin in August, Kelly has been pursuing opportunities in sustainable agriculture while Peter hopes to parlay his carpentry skills into a position that involves restoring older homes.
Helping young people with disabilities develop independent lives
Life is challenging enough for young people, but especially so for those with disabilities. Pathways Transition Program, offered by the School District of New Berlin, fills that need for individuals aged 18-21. Kathy Erickson, the District's Transition Teacher, reviewed her program during our meeting on Nov. 12.
Operating from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during school days, Pathways offers a host of programs designed to develop each student's vocational and interpersonal skills.
Kathy says her students could have cognitive or physical disabilities, but are still able to work. Her staff matches the job opportunity with the student's interests and skill set. An onsite coach is provided if needed.
One major component entails finding part-time work for these students, whom she says are "the best workers." Kathy sought to dispel the myths and fears employers often have about hiring those with disabilities.
1. Work comp premiums will increase. Premiums are based upon the hazards and accident rates at a business, not whether any employees have disabilities.
2. Providing accommodations is expensive. Generally not true. Any costs are typically less than $600, and tax incentives make it easier to cover those costs.
3. The Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers to hire unqualified candidates. Not true. The Act protects against discrimination. Businesses can always select candidates based upon capabilities.
4. Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate. "I think it's actually the opposite," Kathy says. Her students actually have a lower absentee rate.
5. Under ADA, an employer cannot fire an employee with a disability. Also not true. Termination is allowed, as long as A) it is unrelated to the disability; B) the employee does not meet the qualifications for the job; and C) the disability poses a direct threat to health or safety at work.
Kathy points put that employees with disabilities are very focused while on the job and not prone to distractions as other employees might be.
If your business could use some part-time help in the morning, call Kathy at 262-789-6590, ext. 2255. Perhaps one of her students is just right for you. "All [my] kids want to work," she says. "It gives them a sense of self."

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 the Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin

Light Up Rotary

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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Nov 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 10, 2014
Rex Fritschi, CTC
A fascinating look at Ethiopia
Dec 17, 2014
Trevor Marsicano
Healthy activities at the Pettie Center
Dec 24, 2014
Merry Christmas!
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
Dale Worden, CPA
Important changes in the tax laws
Feb 11, 2015

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