October 2020
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Protection Officer
Club Information

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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Assistant Governor Mike Kloss was made a Paul Harris Fellow at a District 6250, Group 1 meeting of 
club presidents & past presidents on Sept. 17, 2020.  This award was given to Mike by our club as a
way to say thanks for the excellent support that he gave to Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club during
the 2019-2920 Rotary year.  Mike was always available, day or night, to answer our questions.  He also
drove from Eau Claire every quarter to meet and update us regarding news from District 6250. 
Presenting the award is Courtney Sand, one of our past presidents.  Many thanks, Mike!  We look
forward to working with you for another two years.
Rotary Fest 2020 Quilt winner is Donna Hedlund of Boyceville being presented by Joan Harris, the
Quilt Coordinator for the Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club.  
Our Rotary Fest committee decided to have the 2020 Quilt Drawing in August of 2020 as many of our great donors had already purchased over $950 in tickets for it.   The winner was "Donna Hedlund" of Boyceville.   We have a new quilt being prepared for our 2021 Rotary Fest (April 17, 2021) and those tickets will be on sale later this fall.  Thank you for all of your support for the local food pantries.   The funds collected are being distributed to Stepping Stones and West Cap Food Pantry in Boyceville.  Congratulations to Donna!!!!!
On Friday, May 22nd, Josh Gibson and several other Chippewa Valley Rotarians assisted the 
Feed My People staff in Eau Claire.  This was a "pop-up" food bank held near Carson Park.
Josh's effort, along with the other volunteers resulted in 211 families being supported with
boxes of food during this time of covid-19.  Thanks Josh; you are a great example for Rotary!
We had two guests this morning at our virtual meeting.  Our guest speaker was Charity Zich (top
left photo), a Director at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.  She provided an excellent overview
of the airport and how important it is to have it here in western Wisconsin.  She also discussed
commercial airline traffic there and why it makes sense to use this airport rather than travel to
Minneapolis.  Thanks for you time presentation, Charity.
Our other guest was Mike Kloss, the Group 1 Assist. Governor in Rotary District 6250.  He provided
an update regarding the Philippine water project as well as how other Group 1 clubs are meeting
during this "covid" time.  Thanks Mike for your input and for joining us.
Saturday, May 2nd was our annual clean-up along a portion of County Road D.  Our area runs from
state highway 25 east to the Tainter Town Hall.  Seven club members participated and included Gus
Myran, Bryan LaVoy, Bethany & Mark Lewis, Jeremy Untz and his son Aiden, and Court Sand.
The weather was great.  We started at 9:00 a.m. and finished at 10:20 a.m.  Seven large bags of
trash were collected and the roadway looks much better now.  Thanks to all for a great effort!
Work continues on our Community for Vets project to add an additional bedroom.  This past Monday
found Gus Myran painting the exterior siding before installation.  Electrical work is completed and 
this project should be completed in about 10 days.  That's good because the house manager already 
has a veteran wanting to rent the completed room.  Thanks Gus!
President-elect Jeremy Untz presented a check for $2,000 from our club foundation to Katherine Dutton,
the director of Stepping Stones.  That organization is seeing a huge increase in the number of city and county
residents needing access to lower priced food.  Katherine was most pleased to receive the check and assured
us that it will go a long way to help many in our community.  Thanks, Jeremy.
The Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club has suspended all Thursday
morning meetings at Old Towne until further notice.  Should you
have a need to contact the Club, please do so using our email
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 
Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Members or Caddie Woodlawn Donations.......
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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!

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.

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.
This morning, the Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club presented Earl Wildenburg and the staff of Community for Veterans Home with a check for $10,000.  Helping present the check are Assistant District Governor Mike Kloss, District Governor-nominee Karen Herbert, Past President Mike Shaide and Millie Hauge.  Community for Veterans Home was the recipient of Rotary Fest 2019.
The Community for Veterans Home provides Veterans, recovering and incarcerated people who are transitioning back into the community from a controlled and/or traumatic situation.  They will have the opportunity to live in a sober environment with other men and women in recovery and work a personal transition plan of their choosing as they transition back into the community.
Josh Bergmann, owner of Season's Harvest presents a check for $814 to Katherine Dutton,
Director of Stepping Stones of Dunn County.  Josh hosted a "Wine & Roses" tasting/shopping
event on May 16th to support Stepping Stone's effort in our community.  Pictured with them
is Jeremy Untz, our Rotary Club member who helped coordinate the event. 
Menomonie Fire Chief John Baus briefing club members about the capability and operation
of the department.  Club members enjoyed breakfast at the North Side Fire Station before 
touring the facility on June 6th.  Chief Baus had an informative tour of the city's newest station.
Many thanks to the Chief for helping us better understand everything that his staff does; they
do a LOT more than just put out fires.
Menomonie Chief of Police Eric Atkinson discussed the continuing meth problem in the city and the 
human & financial cost to all.  The city is embarking on a new approach to combat the problem.  He
spoke at our May 23rd meeting; thanks Chief.
Josh Bergman describes the operation of an automated planting machine that is part of his business,
Season's Harvest Nursery.  This automation increases the production of his plant inventory and also 
allows him to control several other aspects which results in a better and more uniform crop.
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.