February 2020
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President/President Elect Nominee
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Protection Officer
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Welcome to the Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club

Menomonie Sunrise

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Old Town, Dotseth Trucking
903 Cedar Falls Rd.
Menomonie, WI  54751
United States
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Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Fest 2020 is on April 25, 2020 at Vision Quest in south Menomonie.  Please join us for a social evening of food sampling, wine and beer tasting.  The doors open at 6:00 PM and we wrap it up at 10:00 PM.  It is our 25th Anniversary as a service club so come and help us celebrate 25 years of service to the Menomonie area.  Simply scroll down to select the number of tickets you want and hit buy now.  We look forward to seeing you.  
Fest Sponsor Levels
Sponsors can pick a level by scrolling down in the buy now box, and the tickets will be sent to you.  Important: Please provide us your company address, contact person, phone number, and how you want your "company name" printed in our Fest Bulletin for the night of the fest.  Simply send this information in an email to menomoniesunriserotary1@gmail.com which is as simple as clicking on the email address at the top of this web page.   Thank you for your support of the Fest and community we serve.     
A.G. Mike Kloss had breakfast with our club on Feb. 13, 2020.  He briefed everyone
regarding the Philippine Water Project.  It is progressing through the administrative\
channels now; we should get more info in a couple of months.
Mike also encouraged everyone to try and attend the District 6250 Annual
Conference to be held in Ft. Atkinson, WI later this spring.  
Thanks, Mike for taking time to visit with us; much appreciated.
We were pleased to have club members Steve Faulhaber & Larry Jess present a lesson in beekeeping at our meeting on Feb. 6, 2020.  They are hobbiests
and have been at it for several years.  Actually, Larry was interested MANY years ago, but only got serious more recently.  They explained the equipment
needed and more importantly, how bees function and how to keep them happy and healthy.  Very interesting.  Thanks to both of them for the great 
On January 23rd, we were pleased to have Angela Ruppe, Director of Fostering Success at UW-Stout
and counselor Gail Mentzel speak at breakfast.  This program will receive a portion of the proceeds from
Rotary Fest '20.  Angela and Gail outlined the program and funding requirements needed.  
Their organization strives to help teenagers who complete the foster care program to enter college and succeed. 
It is critical to provide support for them, as these young people have no source of support emotionally or
financially.  I am glad that our club has chosen to support this effort.
Heather & Bethany visited with members of Club Rotario Olanchito during their week in Honduras.
They had traveled to Honduras to check on the progress of their mission with Pink Box Purpose.  While a smaller
Rotary club, the members (14) in Olanchito are very involved with outreach into their local community.
Heather presented the Olanchito club with a Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club banner.  Way to go, ladies!
Dr. Stacy Martin, coordinator of Literacy Chippewa Valley (LCV) for Dunn County spoke at breakfast on Jan 16, 2020.  LCV's mission is to provide
flexible literacy programs to help adults and their families reach their education, employment and life goals.  This is the organization's 25th year.
By partnering with other agencies, Dr. Martin pairs individual learners with tutors and computer based training.  In this manner, she is able to provide
corrections education, employability skills training, GED test preparation, citizenship test preparation and several other critical skills to becoming 
employable.  Dr. Martin has expanded the program considerably in the four years that she has been the director.
LCV is a beneficiary of Rotary Fest '20 funds.
On Thursday, October 31st our Assist Governor Mike Kloss had breakfast with the club.  He discussed 
the District 6250 effort to take on a water availability and water quality improvement project for a small
town in the Philippines.  This is surely a worthwhile effort.  Thanks for taking time to come and be with
us, Mike.  Much appreciated. 

25th Anniversary Celebration

The Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a big party on Saturday, October 19th.  Over 50 Rotarians and their guests gathered for the occasion.

District Governor Edwin Bos joined the Sunrise Rotary Club this morning. Edwin has been apart of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club since 2003. Edwin answered the clubs questions and will be presenting tonight to six rotary clubs from the Chippewa Valley.
Tom Portz, Certified Financial Planner from Waukesha, WI briefed our club on October 3rd about
Bitcoin and how it works and the future of this type of "currency".  The trend towards using Bitcoin 
is growing and there are two other forms of electronic currency being used in financial transactions
today.  Tom's presentation was excellent and generated a lot of discussion with our members.  
Thanks Tom, for taking time to visit our club.
Marion Lang joined us this morning and gave a presentation on the origins and plans for the first Indigenous People's Day in America and Menomonie's celebration that is slated for Monday October 14th, 2019.  Marion is pictured with Club President Court Sand and Bryan LaVoy.
Saturday, Sept. 7th saw 11 club members repaint the exterior of the historic Hilkrest School.   The school building was originally located on County Road F north of Menomonie prior to being moved to its present location at the Dunn County Historical Center.  It is now a center piece of the History Center and was in need of a new coat of white paint.  The weather was cool with overcast skies; this provided excellent conditions for the project.  Another example of Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club in action; thanks to all who could participate.
Find us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/msrotary_  see some of the pictures from previous Rotary Fests at Vision Quest.  Make sure to mark April 25th, 2020 on your calendar for the 2020 Rotary Fest.