Murder Mystery Dinner 2019
"Murder Under the Big Top"
On Saturday, Feb. 23, we present another mystery sure to puzzle even the brightest minds. You and other sleuths will enjoy a fine meal while trying to solve a challenging murder mystery. Click on the link at right for all the details. -------------------------------------------------->
Micro loans in Haiti are an investment in people
Imagine if someone offered to lend you $100 to start a business. Maybe even $500. "That's not every much," you'd reply. And you'd be correct, at least by U.S standards.
But offer those kinds of loans -- along with financial literacy programs -- in an impoverished nation, and you can make a big difference. Literally change lives and improve families.
That was the message during our meeting on Jan. 8. Fellow Rotarian Dorothy Krupa shared her passion and knowledge of a unique program available to women in Haiti.
Krupa, co-founder of local non-profit WE BUILD, said those small loans (known as micro loans) allow women to buy an assortment of goods, including vegetables, cooking oil, charcoal, shoes and used clothing. They then sell these goods in the local marketplace. These female entrepreneurs earn hard cash, and in the process build better lives for themselves and their families.
Why lend only to women? Primarily, Krupa says, because women in Haiti generally don't have access to traditional banking options. And those that do face extremely high interest rates. Further, research shows that when women gain access to financial resources, they do so to benefit the family. Basic needs for the children, including breakfasts and schooling, are now possible with the money earned. 
The loans are "an investment that keeps on giving," Krupa says. Food aid is helpful, but only in the short term. Loans have a lasting effect. The money is lent out, paid back, then lent again. Sometimes to the same women.
As part of the loan process, the women take courses in budgeting, saving, and other important matters. Some even draft simple business plans.
Applying for a Rotary Grant
Krupa and her team hope to raise $45,000 to enhance the micro loan program. That amount would cover about 150 loans, she says, and last six to nine months.
Her club, Rotary Club of Amigos de Milwaukee, is spearheading a fundraising effort. If they can raise $10,000 in six months, Rotary International and this district (6270) will provide $35,000 in matching grants. So far they have raised about $2,000 (her club chipped in $1,000).
To learn more, and to donate, visit 
New Berlin Rotary, Rotary Club of New Berlin, New Berlin Food Pantry
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.
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 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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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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Joe Garza, Superintendent of Schools
Feb 26, 2019
Discussing the ballot referendum
General club meeting
Mar 12, 2019
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Mar 26, 2019
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Apr 09, 2019
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Apr 23, 2019
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May 14, 2019
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Do your deals benefit all parties involved? 

Adhering to high business ethics isn't 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: