October 2019
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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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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!
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.
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. 
At our weekly meeting (June 13th) Rene' Surdick, Director of the Oaklawn Harmony Centre
received a check for $5,000 from Rotary Fest Chairperson Jodi Carr.  The Centre was one of two 
recipients of the proceeds from our annual fund raiser held this past April.  Rene' thanked the
club members and said that the funds will be used to install an automatic door opening system
for those handicapped individuals using the services of companies at the Centre.
Incoming Assistant Governor Mike Kloss joined us for breakfast on May 23rd.  He will replace
Karen Hebert as she completes her 3-year term.  We were pleased to host him and look forward
to his leadership in Group 1.  Pictured with him are Mike Shaide, president and Courtney Sand, 
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.
Josh Bergman, owner of Season's Harvest Nursery describes the controlled watering and fertilizing system used to keep
his plant inventory healthy and blooming.  Systems such as this help control costs and provide a better, stronger plant
for his customers.  Our club enjoyed a tour of his business on May 16th after having breakfast on site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The annual highway cleanup project along County Road D was completed Saturday, May 4th.  Those helping were Steve Machesky, Jeremy Untz, Aiden Untz  (Jeremy's son), Courtney Sand, Jim Peterson, Mike Shaide, Tom and Joan Harris (not pictured).  The weather was great and the project completed in an hour and a half.  Thanks to all!
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.