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?

2018 $15K Give Away Applications Now Available!
Click on the "2018-15K-GIVE-AWAY-APPLICATION" link ABOVE and then ON THE APPLICATION LINK UNDER page download files TO GET THe application
The $15,000 Give-Away Event was started in 2000 as an event to raise a $10,000 cash donation from the Rotary Foundation for a specific applicant organization, while fostering fellowship in the community.
The $15,000 Give-Away Event is a raffle in which 300 tickets are sold for $100 each prior to the event. The entered name on the ticket is included in the raffle drawing which includes nearly 30 opportunities to win prizes valued between $100 to more than $1,000 (totaling $5,000 in cash and merchandise), and culminates with a grand prize of $10,000 to the last ticket pulled from the drum (total of $15,000 Give-Away). One ticket admits 2 individuals to the raffle drawing on the designated night of the event to include dinner and beverages for the evening. In addition to the primary raffle, silent and dessert auctions are held simultaneously.
Required Criteria
To be considered as a recipient the following criteria are required:
  1. The recipient must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization.
  2. The recipient organization is required to sell 40 (forty) raffle tickets.
Applicant Organization Selection Consideration
In addition to the Rotary 4-Way Test, consideration is given to:
  • Does the applicant provide a unique service not widely available in the community?
  • Does the applicant have an impact on an under-served portion of the population?
  • Is the applicant serving the local community?
  • Will the donation be used for a specific purpose for the applicant?
  • Does the applicant have a Board of Directors?
Application Process
Applications are available on the West Bend Sunrise Rotary website www.westbendsunriserotary.org or by calling one of the event co-chairs, Candy Sarauer at 262-689-9569 or Todd Vance at 414-688-3710. All applications are due January 12, 2018.
Congratulations to all of the Enchanted Raffle winners from this year's raffle. What a great way to kick off Enchantment In The Park and the Christmas season! Also, we want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and everyone who purchased tickets!  This year's lucky winners were:
$5,000 - Kathleen Menter
$1,000 - Phyllis Schaefer
$1,000 - Tim Britton
$1,000 - Lisa Nimmer
Slinde fragrance prize + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Kathy Christensen
Heather/Otis Christmas baking package + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Wendy Heather
Bucks Tickets + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Cindy Steffes
$20 Sal's Pizza gift card + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Sarah Dogs
$200 prize for ticket holder at event - Lori Yahr
Thanks to all of our members who helped with the set up for Enchantment In The Park this year!












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.       

12/05/17Teresa TigheIn ServiceIn Service In Service
12/12/17Bev SturgeonJoyce MalloyRichard Hynson new director of the Kettle Moraine Symphony
12/19/17Dave BaldusGeorge VerheyenPat Strachota, Brian BellAdministrator of the ethics commission in Madison
12/26/17 Holiday - No Meeting  
01/02/18Gary BrittonIn ServiceIn Service In Service
01/09/18Kory DogsTravis Roell  
01/16/18John BackhausTodd Vance  
01/23/18Adam HertelAdam Knepprath  
01/30/18Mike FleischmanBob PattenNancy RhodesAssistant Zone Coordinator, Rotary Foundation
02/06/18Bonnie DeBrouxIn ServiceIn Service In Service
02/13/18Steve DomresJeff Szukalski  
02/20/18Tom FeldhusenAdam Hertel  
02/27/18Doug FitzgeraldJonathan SacksRuth HenkleExecutive Director Albrecht Free Clinic
03/06/18Kathleen F. ChristensonIn ServiceIn Service In Service
03/13/18Steve KnuthMary Thorn  
03/20/18Steve StanekJohn Wagner  
03/27/18Mary Beth SeiserGary Britton  
04/03/18George VerheyenIn ServiceIn Service In Service
04/10/18Amy GrinnaRick VanderkinBishop SchuermanArchdiocese of Milw - Al Polachowski will  host
04/17/18Johnathan SacksNancy Slinde  
04/24/18Todd VanceTom Feldhusen  
05/01/18Teri OtisIn ServiceIn Service In Service
05/08/18Clarissa MartinelliMary Gumm  
05/15/18Dan LawrenceTeri Otis  
05/22/18Wendy HeatherDoug Fitzgerald  
05/29/18Travis RoellIn ServiceIn Service In Service
06/05/18Adam KnepprathJohn Backhaus  
06/12/18Paul WilkeBev Sturgeon  
06/19/18 Steve Domres  

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


For the latest update on the work the Slinde's and friends are doing in El Salvador please check out their most recent blog at
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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