Congrats to Todd Vance for taking over as our 2019 West Bend Sunrise Rotary President!
And THANK YOU Candy Sarauer for serving as our President in 2018.
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The West Bend Sunrise Rotary is proud to have paired up with Senior Citizens Activities, Inc. to offer a sweet ride in the 2019 Classics for a Cause Car Raffle fundraiser - a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette! 

This beauty will be waiting for the drawing winner on Friday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. at West Bend Lakes Golf Course.  Only 10,000 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100, and may be purchased by visiting, contacting the Senior Center at 262-335-4498, or by contacting any West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club member.

You can also like and follow us on Facebook at

1968 was the first year of manufacture for the C3 Corvette.  The Rally Red vehicle features a black interior and is accented by a black convertible top and 15” Rally Wheels.  The car will be on display and tickets sold at various events throughout the area.  Follow Senior Citizens Activities Inc. West Bend on Facebook for a continually updated list of events.

Funds raised will support activities at the Senior Center, and additional local non-profit charities in the area via West Bend Sunrise Rotary. 

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The highest award an individual Rotarian can receive is the Service Above Self Award which is known as the Paul Harris Award. Here is Nancy Slinde accepting her THIRD Paul Harris Award from Candy Sarauer! Congrats Nancy!!
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West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club Past-Presidents
1.   Allen Schaetz          1990~1991
2.   Wendy Heather        1991~1992
3.   Dick Hron                 1992~1993
4.   Harry Kirchoff          1993~1994
5.   Dave Heying             1994~1995
6.   Steve Domres           1995~1996
7.   Carl Steerman          1996~1997
8.   Bob Gannon              1997~1998
9.   Kirk Emerich             1998~1999
10. Sandy Luft                 1999~2000
11. Doug Fitzgerald         2000~2001
12.  Mike Chevalier          2001~2002
13.  Patricia Fabian          2002~2003
14.  Mary Beth Seiser      2003~2004
15.  Scott Tennies           2004~2005
 16.  Paul Wilke                2005~2006
17.  Barb Schumacher     2006~2007
18.  Bev Sturgeon            2007~2008
19.    Bob Patten              2008~2009
20.    Jeff lambie              2009~2010
21.    Mike Nowack           2010~ 2011
22.    Chris Guse               2011~ 2012
23.    Pat Seitz                  2012~2013
24.    Mike Phillips            2013~2014
25.    Lori Yahr                  2014~2015
26.    Bonnie Debroux       2015~2016
27.    Adam Hertel            2016~2017
28.    Joe Zaremba           2017~2018
29.    Candy Sarauer         2018~2019
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Thanks to everyone who helped out with Adopt a Highway this past weekend. Thanks to our efforts the stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street is now the cleanest stretch of highway in the Midwest!
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Our Sunrise Club joined efforts with the West Bend Noon Rotary Club to serve up some liquid dance fluid at at Music on Main.
Here is proof:
(Amanda Follett and Josh Schoemann)
(Candy Sarauer, Joel Herriges & Bonnie DeBroux)
(Bryce Gannon)
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The passing of the Gavel from 2017-2018 President Joe Zaremba to our new President - Candy Sarauer.
Thanks for a great year Joe and we look forward to Candy steering the ship this year!
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Incoming Sunrise Rotary President, Todd Vance presented a check for $10,000 to Lori Prescott, Board President of Family Promise of Washington County at our meeting this morning. 

Family Promise is a community response to prevent families from becoming homeless. Washington County is one of 180 affiliates in 41 states-and one of six in Wisconsin-that serve the homeless. Nationally, Family Promise has been providing shelter since 1987.

Family Promise of Washington County was started in 2009 due to a need for housing services in the area. It started out as the Interfaith Hospitality Network of 14 congregations in the county. Today we have over 30 congregations in the Hospitality Network and have expanded our services to include the transitional housing program and the Rapid Re-Housing program in 2012. In June of 2014 we opened the Promise Center. Since then we’ve been able to open eight supportive apartments in the building and provide space for Habitat for Humanity and Professional Services Group.

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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.
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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 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.
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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
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Thanks to all of our members who helped with the set up for Enchantment In The Park this year!
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2019/2020 West Bend Sunrise Rotary Board (*club officers)Lead
President*Todd Vance
President Elect*Jon Sacks
President Elect Nominee*Dolf De Ceuster
Past President*Candy Sarauer
Secretary*Clarissa Martinelli
Treasurer*Lori Yahr
Sergeant at Arms*Graeme Reid
InternationalNancy Slinde
Rotary FoundationJoe Zaremba
Vocational ServiceJon Corbett
Community ServiceJohn Knoll
Public RelationsKory Dogs
Public RelationsJoyce Malloy
2019/2020 Committee Chairs 
Enchanted RaffleJacii Gambucci
Gingerbread HouseCandy Sarauer
15K GiveawayChris Guse
Club FoundationPaul Wilke
Funds DistributionGeorge Verheyan
Classic CarRick Vanderkin
SocialJacii Gambucci
Membership (new)Candy Sarauer
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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.       

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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: 

Congrats to our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2018 recipients!  
Mike Fleischman - 1st PHF
Gary Britton and Jeff Potts - 2nd PHF
Chris Guse, Doug Fitzgerald, Graeme Reid, Jeff Szukalski - 3rd PHF
Lori Yahr - 4th PHF
Here are our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2017 recipients:  

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!

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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


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Here is a link to our latest journal from our January 2018 including our recent school exploration. Please visit: 
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  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:
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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.
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$15K Raffle Presentation to the Threshold 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Members - If you are assigned to be a greeter or speaker host and cannot attend the meeting the day you are assigned, please arrange to switch with somebody and communicate the change so the schedule can be updated.
DateGreeterSpeaker HostSpeakerTopic
6/25No Meeting!   
6/27Changing of the Guard   
7/2Sacks, JonathanIn Service  
7/9Zaremba, JoeSeiser, Mary  
7/16Wilke, PaulJoyce MalloyMichael LeeHong Kong Rotarian
7/23Verheyen, GeorgeStanek, Steve  
7/30Vanderkin, RickN/AHOLD - Steen SanderhoffDistrict Governor Visit
8/6Tighe, TeresaIn Service  
8/13Tennies, ScottSturgeon, Bev  
8/20Szukalski, JeffGrinna, Amy  
8/27Sturgeon, BevTennies, Scott  
9/3Winget, JamesIn Service  
9/10Seiser, MaryTighe, Teresa  
9/17Schuett, CraigVanderkin, Rick  
9/24Travis RoellSlinde, NancyMarianne Boehme, Drummer Bill and WalnesHaiti water filter project
10/1Stanek, SteveIn Service  
10/8Polachowski, AlMartinelli, Clarissa  
10/15Slinde, NancyWilke, Paul  
10/22Phililps, MikeZaremba, Joe  
10/29Schoemann, JoshuaBackaus, John  
11/5Sarauer, CandyIn Service  
11/12Nowak, MikeBaldus, Dave  
11/19Neja, BobGannon, Bryce  
11/26Martinelli, ClarissaGeorge Verheyen  
12/3Malloy, JoyceWinget, James  
12/10Madl, JusticeAnich, Stacy  
12/17Lawrence, DanBritton, Gary  
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Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Andy Mulumba smiles as he enters the Silver Linings Art Center on Wednesday afternoon in West Bend. West Bend High Schools Interact Club and Pat McIntyre, founder of the West Bend Raise Hope for Congo-HEAL Africa, together raised $10,000 for the Raise Hope for Congo organization. Mulumba, a native of Congo, is helping with the parent company of Raise Hope for Congo. 
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Alla Kadadha, Rotary District 6270 and RI Global Scholar for 2015-2016, was our speaker at our Club meeting on Tuesday April 21. 


Alla received a dual Bachelor Degree in History and Philosophy with a concentration on Human Rights and Middle Eastern History at Alverno College.  She has studied abroad in Amman, Jordan and has served in many initiatives for improving the well-being of orphans in Africa, women Iraqi students in Milwaukee and education in Palestine.


She will be studying Peace and Conflict Resolution in Divided Countries at Kings College of London University in England.   

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Applications for District Grants are due TO THE DISTRICT by May 15th.  If you are interested in submitting a grant you need to complete the application and send it to Amy Grinna by May 1st. 
If the club receives more than one application, the grant committee will review the applications and make a decision, since only one is permitted per club. 
You can find the District Grant information and application on Rotary District 6270 website. 
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West Bend Daily News 04/08/2015, Page B07

Name: Abigail Ehmke Residence: West BendOccupation: Student, West Bend West High School. Abigail Ehmke is a West Bend West High School sophomore who participates in a variety of activities, including athletics and clubs. Ehmke is a member of Interact, a high school club coordinated by English teacher Patricia McIntyre. The club encourages students to get involved with issues and organizations on a local and global level. Ehmke answered Five Questions for Daily News correspondent Jill Badzinski. 

1. Why do you like about being involved in activities like Interact? 

Abigail Ehmke:
 This is my first year in it so I didn’t know what to expect. Actually — and this will sound bad — I thought it would be boring. But it’s not. I’ve learned that volunteering can be fun, really fun. 

2. Do you like working with students from East and West? 

 I do. We all come together like a big family. It doesn’t matter which school you go to. When you are working on a project, we all do it together. 

3. And you like activities that unify people? 

 I do! I like meeting new people and building a sense of community. That’s been one of the best things about meeting Ms. Mac (McIntyre’s nickname). She is so good at bringing everyone together. 

4. So do you think East and West should be brought together as one school? 

 No. I like them separate. I’m on the swim team and I’m going to try some other sports next year. I’d rather lose to a friend than to someone else. Plus it’s one of the things that makes West Bend unique. 

5. What advice do you have for readers of the Daily News? 

 Try new things! Just because you think something will be boring or different, try it anyways. That’s what I did with Interact, and I love it. 

West Bend West High School sophomore Abigail Ehmke volunteered at the Kettle Moraine Symphony’s English Tea Party in March at West Bend high schools.

Jill Badzinski/For the Daily News 
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West  Bend High School teacher Patricia McIntyre reading 'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak during Saturday's 'Read to Your Child Day' at Moraine Park Technical College. McIntyre's encore was  'Rhoda's Rock Hunt' by Molly Beth Griffin. 

The event was sponsored by The Family Center, West Bend Rotary, and  West Bend Sunrise Rotary. Other guest readers included Jay Fisher, Jo Sadownikow, Rick Riehl, Deb Anderson, Mike Staral, Al Kieckhafer, and Judy Steffes.
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Welcome New Members ~ Joyce Malloy, Teresa Tighe, Dave Baldus, Kara Guse, Ginny Fish Wagner 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
 We are here - and more
Greetings all - we want to let you know that we are here safe and sound and with much peace.
Travel was very good - we arrived at noon - had our first meeting for our school project at 1:30.
Settled in - walked to the grocery store for water and supplies (i.e. beer, snacks . . .)
Then to the corner restaurant for delicious pupusas!  To bed - it was a very long day that began at 3:00 am.
This morning we attended our partner Rotary Club meeting - a joyful and fun event - with a meeting following to discuss future project opportunities. We continue to have a strong friendship - it was a good reunion.
Our plans for this week continue to be confirmed and that is also answered prayer.
We greatly appreciate your prayers and encouragement - please keep them going - much is still pending for next week - we will keep you posted of progress and results.
It is hot and bright - dirty and dusty - much traffic and waves of pollution - cows on the highway - all things familiar.  God is so good to us!  David y Nancy 
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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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West Bend
Sunrise Rotary Club
West Bend, WI   53095
Contact: West Bend Sunrise Rotary
                Todd Vance - 414-688.3710 –
                Candy Sarauer – 262.689.9569 –
Tickets for the $15,000 Give-Away will be on sale early in 2015. Cost is $100 per ticket and entitles the bearer to a dinner for 2 (including drinks), the opportunity to win cash and prizes, and also to participate in a silent auction and dessert auction the evening of the event.
If you or your organization would like to purchase tickets and/or donate an item to benefit the event, please contact Todd or Candy.
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The West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce handed out awards to eight people and organizations Wednesday night during the group’s annual awards dinner. West Bend Sunrise Rotary member Jeff Szukalski was presented with the Director’s Award. “I’m speechless,” Szukalski said. “This is a fun community to be in and support. There are so many good people here.”  Farrell, while presenting the Director’s Award, said Szukalski is “part of the fabric of our community. I can’t think of a more worthy recipient.”  Congratulations Jeff, well deserved!

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West Bend Sunrise Rotarians are shining stars! Whether we are planning a 15K raffle fundraiser, putting lights in trees for Enchantment at Regner Park, raising funds in order to eradicate polio worldwide, fix a roof or put in a storm sewer in El Salvador and on and on, we have an amazing group of Rotarians who come forward and volunteer their time and talents in order to get these things done. Listed below please find just some of our great committees Rotarians volunteer to be part of. In addition, our whole club volunteers in some capacity for most of these events. Job well done Rotarians! You do make a difference in West Bend and around the world!


West Bend Sunrise Rotary Committees
New Event Committee Social Committee
Ginny Fish-Wagner Wendy Heather
Rick Vanderkin Matt Wierman
Steve Stanek Mary Thorn
Adam Hertel Teri Otis*
Jon Corbett  
John Knoll  
Kathleen Christenson Fisher  
Kara Guse  
Teresa Tighe  
Jacci Gambucci*  
15k Committee International Committee
Bob Johnson Steve Domres
Al Polachowski Graeme Reid
Patricia Fabian Bob Patten
Amy Grinna Nancy Slinde
Bev Sturgen Mary Seiser
Pat Seitz Mary Gumm
Wendy Heather Bev Sturgen*
Teri Otis  
Mary Gumm  
Candy Sarauer  
Chris Guse  
Bonnie Debroux  
Todd Vance*  
Speaker Committee Interact/Vocational Committee
Paul Wilke Joe Zaremba
Al Polachowski Adam Hertel
John Wagner Jon Corbett
Gary Britton Joyce Malloy
Mike Nowak* Nancy Slinde
  Dave Balders
  Lori Yahr - Enchantment Only
  Doug Fitzgerald
  Scott Tennies
  Steve Stanek*
Community Service PR/Membership Committee
Jeff Szukalski Joe Zaremba
Bob Johnson Mary Seiser
Jeff Potts John Backhaus
Jeff Lambie Mike Fleischman
Rick Vanderkin* Mike Phillips*
  Bonnie Debroux
  Kory Dogs
Funds Distribution  
John Wagner  
Tom Feldhusen  
George Verheyen*  
Bob Neja  
* Denotes Chair Person


If your name has been omitted from any of these committees please know it was not intentional.  If you would like to help on any of these committees, please see any member.  Your help is always appreciated! 

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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
We invite you to take a look around our site and learn more about our Club and about Rotary.

 - Todd Vance, President of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club

Barry Rassin - President, Rotary International
Kola Alayande - District Governor, District 6270

President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”


    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?

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    February 23 ~ Joint Meeting with West Bend Rotary at Cafe Sourette ~ 4:00pm to 5:30pm ~ Laura Graham
    February 24 ~ no morning meeting
    March 3 ~       Greeter ~ Steve Domres ~ In-Service Meeting ~ no speakers
    March 10 ~     Greeter ~ Matt Wierman
    See more at:
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    West Bend Sunrise Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded ~

     West Bend Sunrise Rotary awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Jeff Potts, Rick Vanderkin and Mike Phillips during its Changing of the Guard ceremony June 25 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.Paul Harris awards were also presented to Mary Beth Seiser's children, Robert and Ann Seiser, for their continuos support of her.  Mary Beth Seiser was also sworn in as district governor for Rotary District 6270. The only other governor from West Bend was a man in 1940. District 6270 covers a geographical area bordered by the Wisconsin-Illinois border on the south, the Lake Michigan shoreline north to the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and on the west by Lake Winnebago and the cities of Neenah, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. Installed as officers for 2014-15 were Steve Stanek (club service), Teri Otis (treasurer) Wendy Heather (secretary), Adam Hertl (vice president), Bonnie Debroux (president-elect), Graeme Reid (sergeant-at-arms), Lori Yahr (president), Bev Sturgeon (international service), Rick Vanderkin (community service), Mike Phillips (past president) and Wayne Kainz (vocational service). The Rotary International Presidential Citation was presented to West Bend Sunrise Rotary President Mike Phillips at the dinner.

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    Changing of the Guard Dinner ~ 2014 /15 West Bend Sunrise Rotary Board 0
    Posted by Robert Neja

    The Enchantment in the Park team has asked that the email below be forwarded to all of our Club members.  We are proud to note that 3 of the 4 chairs listed are members of West Bend Sunrise Rotary (Dan Gonwa, Bob Neja, Lori Yahr).  Let's show our Rotary spirit and support by helping out this weekend.

    Patricia Seitz
    West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club

    Hello Fellow Rotarians,

    First I want to say that I know some of you have already volunteered a large number of hours to get the set-up process completed. Some people have been at Fair Park working, some have made food to keep the volunteers fed, some work during the week when they have time. . . so if you are one of the wonderful individuals who has already earned your "Enchantament in the Park Volunteer" pin, please know that I am not asking you to do more (unless you really, really want to). I am asking that those who have not yet participated, please check your calendars and make time this Saturday to help us get to the goal line. As Sharon Ziegler mentioned in her presentation at today's Rotary meeting, the 4 Rotary Clubs of Washington County and Enchantment in the Park received the West Bend Community Foundation's very 1st Founders' Service Award for the good work it does "in collecting food items for the pantries and in bringing cheer throughout the holiday season to residents and visitors." This is a great event and one in which we can rightfully be very proud.

    I have asked for and received (partially) a list of specific needs for volunteers this weekend. At this point, these are the“captains” I have heard from. The “captains” are hoping to have 99% of the set-up done this weekend if we can get the necessary number of volunteers. This past Saturday, we had 55 to 60 people show up – it was great and so much was accomplished. On Sunday we had a couple of dozen people so the work continued to get finished. The courtyard and mega tree areas are complete and need no further workers. Things are really going great so if we can all make a final push for this weekend, we should be in fabulous shape.

    Thank you all for making this last push to get set-up done!

    1. DAN GONWA – Ice Castle

    3 for Santa’s Shack (where Santa visits with children) – some ladder work required

    3 for working on the windbreaks in the Meadow (the waiting area or horse arena) where families wait for their turn with Santa

    2 for placing plywood backing in Santa’s Shack

    2. JOEL HERRIGES – Live Trees

    3 people for bucket-truck work on trees

    4 people to wrap the 3 pine trees

    3 people to repair fake branches

    3. BOB NEJA – Lights and Display repairs

    4 people to repair lights (one will need to use a ladder)

    4. LORI YAHR - Santa Workshop decorating (indoors)

    20 People to do touch-up painting, decorating, hanging tinsel, placing presents (some ladder work)

    There are numerous other "odd jobs" finishing up in a variety of areas so if you don't see something here that seems to call to you, there will be lots of other ways in which you can help.

    This e-mail is being sent to the Presidents of the other 3 Rotary Clubs for distribution. It has also been sent to the Enchantment Volunteer Committee. However, I am asking that YOU participate. If you are willing to help on Saturday, please contact me ( or 262.707.8284 or 262.334.9000) and I will add your name to the list.

    Thank You!

    Betsy Guild
    West Bend Noon Rotary

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    Our Club has been invited to participate in a community booth at the West Bend Farmers Market three times this summer and fall.  Our dates this year are August 11 (Kirk), September 1 (Nancy), and September 29 (Candy and Bev).  This is a great way to promote Jazz Fest and Enchantment in the Park and to show how we help the community and beyond with sponsorships and projects.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Farmers Marker on these dates please let me know at  The job includes setting up the booth space, answering questions about our club and events, handing out flyers, and taking down the booth.  The Farmers market begins at 7:30am and ends at 11:00am.
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