January 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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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.

Kris Korpela from Dunn County Dept of Human Services spoke at the Sunrise Rotary Club. The Dunn County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council and Department of Human Services have teamed up to develop a Family Drug Treatment Court which will be operational mid-August.

The model is designed as a way to address child safety when a parent or parents are actively using drugs or alcohol in a way which creates unsafe conditions for the kids. It involves intensive monitoring, a focus on treatment, case management and regular court appearances for accountability.

The Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club would like to welcome Dana Brunstrom to the club!  Dana was inducted this morning at the meeting by Jeremy Untz.  Welcome Dana!
The Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club would like to welcome our newest member, Brian Seguin. 
President Elect Jeremy Untz had the honors of inducting Brian this morning.
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.
Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club welcomes new member Mike Dietrich.  President Elect Jeremy Untz did the honors of inducting Mike this morning.
This morning the Sunrise Club hosted Jeff McSweeny, Director of the Mabel Tainter.  Bryan Lavoy presents Jeff with a certificate showing the book that was donated in Jeff's name to the Menomonie Library.
HUGE day at the Sunrise Rotary meeting. We had a changing of the guard as we welcomed our new club President, Courtney Sand and our new President Elect, Jeremy Untz.   Mike Kloss, the Assistant Governor did the honors this morning.

Thank you to Mike Shaide, our 2018/2019 Club President for all your hard work over this last year!
Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Members or Caddie Woodlawn Donations.......
You can make a donation of any amount to the Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park by simply clicking on the donate button...OR if you are member of the Sunrise Club by entering the amount of your invoice you can pay your meals and dues for the club.   Just HIT the donate button and enter the invoice amount.    Thank You.
Our program on June 20th was provided by three educational professionals from the Menomonie School District.  Lori Smith, principal; Tera Ellison, a reading specialist and Kris
Winter, an arts teaching specialist all provided an update on the development of the curriculum that will include the Caddie Woodlawn story from Dunn County.  Our Rotary club 
provided a grant three years ago to help in this effort and these ladies provided a progress report.  The curriculum is nearing completion and will be used by several elementary 
grades in schools throughout the district.
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.