May 2020
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President/President Elect Nominee
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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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.
On April 9th, our very own Menomonie Sunrise Charitable Foundation donated $2,000 To Stepping Stones in Menomonie.  The Director, Katherine Dutton was most appreciative of the gift and said that it arrived at a time of great need for many in our community.  Foundation President Jeremy is shown with Katherine Dutton at Stepping Stones location in town.  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  
Due to the current environment we are all facing, Rotary Fest 2020 has been moved to October 10, 2020Mark your calendar......Same location, same great time.....
Paul Miller, our Dunn County Manager gave an excellent presentation at breakfast, Feb. 27th.  He discussed the relocation of many
of the county offices to the east side of town on Stout Rd.  The most recent move effectively puts all of our county
government offices in one area.  The previous location on Wilson Ave. was sold to the city for their offices.  Thanks for a 
great presentation, Paul.  Come back anytime.
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.

Find us on Facebook at  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.