June 2018 CONNECTING Newsletter
Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Luedke

On May 29th, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee recognized Past District Governor and RCM President Rick Luedke with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


The award, which has been given out twice before in our history, has the following criteria. The awardee:


  • has been a member for twenty-five years.
  • has made significant contributions to the club through club or district leadership, committee service, and/or financial contributions to the RCM Community Trust and other projects.
  • has made significant contributions to the community through volunteer work, committee work, and/or Rotary projects in the community.
  • has made significant contributions to the international community through international volunteering, support of the club’s international efforts, and/or financial contributions.
  • must be a Paul Harris Fellow or higher.


Rick not only meets the criteria, he surpasses them. He has a lived a life committed to Connecting People and Resources for Common Good.


Rick has been a member of our Club nearly 50 years. He was President in 1988-1989 and served as District 6270 Governor from 1991-1992. He was a past RCM Board of Director member and past chair of the World Community Service Committee.


Rick served several terms as the District 6270 representative to the Rotary International Council on Legislation, which is the word-wide rule for Rotary. Last year Rick served as the District 6270 membership chair, helping a number of struggling clubs improve their approach to attracting and retaining members.


Rick is also not just a Paul Harris Fellows, but is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation who passionately believes in the power of Rotary to make a difference around the world. He led numerous National Immunization Day trips to administer the polio vaccine, made personal contributions to international projects, and visited international service project sites.’s


Rick’s passion, leadership, and dedication throughout his service to Rotary are exemplary. Rick helped shape the future of Rotary, Milwaukee and communities around the globe.


Congratulations, Rick! Thank you for all you have done for Rotary.