Welcome to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club!

West Bend Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
New Perspective Senior Living
2130 Continental Dr
4th Floor Conference Room
West Bend, WI  53095
United States
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 Joe Zaremba, President of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club 

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
Ian H.S. Riseley - President, Rotary International
Jeff Reed - District Governor, District 6270

of the things we think, say or do ...

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?












Sept. 10, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street has never looked better thanks to the volunteer spirit of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary

The local civic organization has signed up with WIDOT’s Adopt a Highway Program and bright and early on Saturday a handful of volunteers were busy digging through the high grass and collecting trash from the side of the road.

Some of the treasures included a vodka bottle (empty), a credit card, some Green Bay Packer paraphernalia, a shredded Bible and an array of Busch Light beer cans. The West Bend Sunrise Rotary decided this was a worthy cause for a number of reasons including:

  • Reduce litter along Wisconsin’s highways
  • Build statewide support for the anti-litter and highway beautification programs
  • Educate the traveling public to properly dispose of litter
  • Enhance the environment and beautify Wisconsin’s roadsides
  • We love West Bend and Washington County

If you see some of the Rotarians be sure to tell them “thanks” for the hard work and helping make West Bend a great community.       

10/3/2017Teresa TigheIn ServiceIn Service In Service
10/10/2017Joyce MalloyAl PolachowskiKevin SteinerWest Bend Mutual
10/17/2017Lynn OlsonClarissa Martinelli  
10/24/2017John CorbettSteve StanekChristian Tscheschlock FOXCONN Impact for WI & Wash County / Wash County Economic Development - Executive Director
10/31/2017Mike PhillipsPhyllis SchaeferCameron LipnickyMilwaukee Bucks Marketing
11/7/2017John WagnerIn ServiceIn Service In Service
11/14/2017Bob JohnsonChris GuseJosh SchoemannCounty Administrator
11/21/2017Chris GuseBob JohnsonBob GannonState of your State, an update from Madison, WI
11/28/2017Mary GummMary Beth Seiser  
12/5/2017Jacci GambucciIn ServiceIn Service In Service
12/12/2017Bev SturgeonJoyce Malloy  
12/19/2017Dave BaldusGeorge Verheyen  
12/26/2017Paul WilkeJoyce Malloy  
1/2/2018Gary BrittonIn ServiceIn Service In Service
1/9/2018Kory DogsTravis Roell  
1/16/2018John BackhausJonathan Sacks  
1/23/2018Adam HertelAdam Knepprath  
1/30/2018Mike FleischmanBob Patten  
2/6/2018Bonnie DeBrouxIn ServiceIn Service In Service
2/13/2018Steve DomresJeff Szukalski  
2/20/2018Tom FeldhusenAdam Hertel  
2/27/2018Doug FitzgeraldTodd Vance  
3/6/2018Kathleen F. ChristensonIn ServiceIn Service In Service
3/13/2018Steve KnuthMary Thorn  
3/20/2018Steve StanekJohn Wagner  
3/27/2018Mary Beth SeiserGary Britton  
4/3/2018George VerheyenIn ServiceIn Service In Service
4/10/2018Amy GrinnaRick Vanderkin  
4/17/2018Johnathan SacksNancy Slinde  
4/24/2018Todd VanceTom Feldhusen  
5/1/2018Teri OtisIn ServiceIn Service In Service
5/8/2018Clarissa MartinelliMary Gumm  
5/15/2018Dan LawrenceTeri Otis  
5/22/2018Wendy HeatherDoug Fitzgerald  
5/29/2018Travis RoellIn ServiceIn Service In Service
6/5/2018Adam KnepprathJohn Backhaus  

2017/2018 West Bend Sunrise Rotary Leadership Team

President - Joe Zaremba

President Elect - Candy Sarauer

Past President - Adam Hertel

Vice President - Todd Vance

Secretary - Candy Sarauer

Treasurer - Lori Yahr

Sergeant at Arms - Graeme Reid

Club Service Committee Chair - Todd Vance

Community Service Committee Chair - John Knoll

Vocational Service Committee Chair - Jon Corbett

Membership/Social Media Committee Chair - Kory Dogs

International Service Committee Chair - Bev Sturgeon


2017/2018 Committees
New Event Committee Enchantment Raffle
Steve Stanek - chairJacci Gambucci - chair
Rick VanderkinAdam Hertel
Teresa Tighe 
Kathleen Fisher 
Jon Corbett 
15 K CommitteeInternational Committee
Todd Vance - chairBev Sturgeon - chair
Al PoGraeme Reid
Candy SarauerSteve Domres
Amy GrinnaBob Patten
Bev SturgeonNancy Slinde
Mary GummMary Seiser
Wendy HeatherMary Gumm
Teri Otis 
Chris GuseFunds Distribution Committee
Bonnie DebrouxGeorge Verheyen - chair
Bob JohnsonJohn Wagner
Clarissa MartinelliJacci Gambucci
Steve KnuthBob Neja
 Paul Wilke
 Phyllis Schaefer
 Tom Feldhusen
Speaker CommitteeInteract/Vocational Committee
Mike Nowak - chairJon Corbett - Chair
Paul WilkeLori Yahr-Enchantment only
Al PolachowskiAdam Hertel
John WagnerDoug Fitzgerald 
Gary BrittonScott Tennies
 Dave Baldus
 Nancy Slinde
 Bonnie Debroux
Community ServicePR/IT Committee
John Knoll - chairKory Dogs - chair
Bob JohnsonJoyce Malloy
Jeff PottsJoe Zaremba
Jeff SzukalskiMary Seiser
Rick VanderkinJohn Backhaus
Jon SacksMike Phillips
Fireside Chat CommitteeX-Mas Families Committee
Terri Otis - chairWendy Heather - chair
Wendy HeatherTeri Otis
Candy Sarauer 
Mary Thorn 


Congrats to our West Bend Sunrise Rotaary 2017 recipients of the Rotary International Paul Harris award!  

They include (pictured left to right) Scott Tennies, Phyllis Schaeffer, John Wagner, Mary Thorn, Beverly Sturgeon, presenter Mary Beth Sieser, George Verheyen and Steve Domres!  Also recipients though not present are Mary Gumm, Michael Nowack and Wendy Heather!  Congratulations team!

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

More history can be found here: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition 

West Bend Sunrise Rotary welcomes our newest members...Eager to get involved and make a difference in the community and world. 
Travis Roell, Albiero Plumbing, Sponsor John Backhaus, and President Joe Zaremba
Jonathan Sacks, West Bend Attorney, Sponsor: Mary Beth Seiser and President Joe Zaremba


Here is a link to David and Nancy Slinde's El Salvador Journal. They are doing amazing things! Please take a few minutes to read and learn about how they are impacting the people of El Salvador.
The blog has been set up by Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Bend, WI, to host postings of email updates from David and Nancy Slinde who are volunteering in El Salvador on behalf of Our Savior's, The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA, and Rotary International (among others).

Here is information and links to previous journals from the Slinde's El Salvador experiences:
We have been home for a week and have written a journal to celebrate a first graduation for a 9th grade class. It can be found here http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/2016/11/our-trip-to-el-salvador-was-in-planning.html  and look for the pictures that follow.
Here is a link to David & Nancy Slinde's blog from their most recent trip to El Salvador. It contains information and pictures.
Here is a link to their visit to a womens empowerment project:
Members of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club recently collaborated with Casa Guadalupe and Early Head Start with a Rotary District Grant to provide Brain Games Books for area families with children 0-3 years old to guide the parents in helping their children prepare for their pre-school years.
The books will be used by 80 families over the next 12 months and will also assist counselors with their home visits as discussion guides as they progress through the books. They are printed in English and Spanish versions to facilitate understanding by their clientele.
The Grant was written by Phyllis Schaefer and the grant covered the cost of the books and shipping.  The LaCrosse Rotary Club assisted with supplying the books. Other Rotarians will assist the Early Head Start project throughout the school year.
The photo was taken at the picnic where the books were distributed. Those in the photo include: Bev Sturgeon, Noelle Braun (Casa Guadalupe Executive Director), Mary Gumm, Suzanne Skopek (Wash.Co. Early Head Start Center Director), Gary Britton, and Phyllis Schaefer.
At our January 27, 2015 Board meeting, the Board approved the "Leave of Absence Policy".
A member can take three months off for a valid reason and if more time is needed he/she would have to apply for an extension by contacting the current president.  The leave would start from the date a written request is received. The written request should include the leave start day and end date if known, if not in the letter, the leave begins the date the written request is received. Dues would have to still have to be paid during the leave of absence period. If paying "Every Rotarian Every Year" dues, those payments will also be billed during your leave. This request does affect our numbers that we need to report to Rotary International so leaves should be requested only in extreme cases. 
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