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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 We invite you to take a look around our site and learn more about our Club and about Rotary.

 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?

West Bend West High School seniors Amy Geenen and Olympia Wundrock have been named January Students of the Month by
the West Bend Sunrise Rotary. Both students are four-year members of the school’s Interact club.
Amy Geenen, the daughter of Jim and Jody Geenen, is a member of National Honor Society, the Dolphins Synchronized Swim team, S.E.E.D., West Forensics, Youth in Government and St. Frances Cabrini High School Discipleship. She plans to study biomedical sciences at either the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse or UW-Madison with the goal of becoming a physician.
Olympia Wundrock, the daughter of Mark and Rosina Wundrock, is a member of the National Honor Society, S.E.E.D, FBLA and is president of the Dolphins Synchronized Swim Club. She volunteers with Casa Guadalupe and Read to Succeed. She plans to double major in international business and Spanish at UW-Madison.
Here is a link to our latest journal from our January 2018 including our recent school exploration. Please visit: http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/ 
Here is a photo of the Slinde's handing out books from their most recent trip to El Salvador.
And here is a photo of the Slinde's being honored for all that they've done and continue to do for the good folks of El Salvador.
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:
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.       

3/13/18 Candy SaurerKathy FischerFamily Promise
3/20/18Steve StanekJohn Wagner  
3/27/18Mary Beth SeiserGary BrittonMark MoneChancellor, UW Milwaukee
4/3/18Pat StrachotaIn ServiceIn Service In Service
4/10/18Amy GrinnaRick VanderkinBishop SchuermanArchdiocese of Milw - Al Polachowski will  host
4/17/18Johnathan SacksNancy Slinde  
4/24/18Todd VanceTom Feldhusen Tentative Topic: Culture Index
5/1/18Teri OtisIn ServiceIn Service In Service
5/8/18Clarissa MartinelliMary Gumm  
5/15/18Dan LawrenceTeri Otis  
5/22/18Wendy HeatherDoug Fitzgerald  
5/29/18Travis RoellIn ServiceIn Service In Service
6/5/18Adam KnepprathJohn Backhaus Feherty’s Troops First / Battle Buddies Foundation
6/12/18Paul WilkeBev Sturgeon  
6/19/18 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


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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