The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to service society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

About Us

Rotary was founded in 1905 and District 9 (which later became District 6270) was formed ten years later in 1915. Rotary District 6270 covers the southeastern region of Wisconsin and is composed of 2,925 members from 54 clubs (as of 7/1/2015.)

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Brief History

William Zimmers from Milwaukee was the first District Governor and in 1957, the district was restructured under the tenure of District Governor George Markham Jr. to become Rotary District 627 and this included many of the cities and towns that remain in the district today. Then in 1991, under the tenure of District Governor Frederick Luedke, it was renumbered to District 6270.

Women were admitted for Rotary membership in the United States in 1987 and in 1998, we were honored to have Angela Rester Samse as the district’s first female District Governor.

As Rotarians, we volunteer our time and talent to further the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" in order to make a positive impact on our communities and the world.

The oldest club in the present district is the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.



Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.


More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.


More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.


At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.


Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.


Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

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Contact Info

Rotary International District 6270
P.O. Box 384 Hartland, WI. 53029
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