Meeting Location Change

In light of the sudden turn in the weather, the Board has decided to move all meetings to an indoor venue for the foreseeable future.
The Braising Pan has graciously offered to host our Tuesday meetings and provide breakfast.
Therefore, as of this Tuesday, September 15, 2020, our meetings will be at:
The Braising Pan
1100 N Main St
West Bend, WI 53090
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Speaker and Greeter Schedule

9/8Wilke, PaulHeld, KristinJillian Clark - Chix 4 a CauseStrory and status of Chix 4 a Cause organization
9/15Schloemer, JaimeJohnson, BobState Represetative Rick Gundrum Status of legislation, updates on Madison happenings
9/22Verheyen, GeorgeKnoll, JohnLana AlexandraWest Bend Athletic Association President - update on organization and facilities 
9/29Vanderkin, RickMadl, JusticeKen Mueler - Chief of Police - West Bend Police DepartmentUpdate on Police Department
10/6Tighe, TeresaIn Service N/A - in service meeting 
10/13Tennies, ScottMalloy, JoyceMonica Phillip - District 6270 Polio Plus Committee Chair2020 World Polio Day
10/20Szukalski, JeffNeja, Bob  
10/27Slinde, NancyNowack, Mike  
11/3Seiser, MaryIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
11/10Schuett, CraigPhillips, Mike  
11/17Schoemann, JoshRoell, Travis  
11/24Salberg, AmySalberg, Amy  
12/1NO GREETERIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting - GIFT WRAPPING - Still being held at Jeff's in the afternoon? 
12/8Ruplinger, AaronSchloemer, Jaime  
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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!
Holger Knaack - President, Rotary International
Craig Burnett - District Governor, District 6270
Jonathan Sacks - President, West Bend Sunrise Rotary
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West Bend Professional Firefighters Charities Donation

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary recently presented a check to the West Bend Professional Firefighters Charities for purchase on an electrostatic sprayer for our West Bend Fire Stations. 
The check is being presented to West Bend Professional Firefighters Local 2025 President Steve Inhof by 2020 West Bend Sunrise Rotary President, Todd Vance.

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Covid Donation for the Albrecht Free Clinic

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary recently received a grant from Rotary International's Disaster Response Fund and made a donation to the Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend. The donation will be used by the Clinic to provide Personal Protective Equipment for Albrecht Free Clinic employees, volunteers and patients. This will include a Splash Guard for the reception area and face masks & face shields.

Presenting the check were Rotarians Jon Sacks, Todd Vance and Mary Beth Seiser.

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2020 Changing of the Guard

Congratulations to Jon Sacks for taking over as the West Bend Sunrise Rotary President for the upcoming year!  And a big THANK YOU to Todd Vance for his leadership the past year!  Here are some pictures from our recent "Changing of the Guard" celebration.
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2020 Paul Harris Award Recipients

Congrats to our most recent Paul Harris Award recipients - David Baldus and Jon Backhaus! 
Thanks for all that  you do for Rotary and West Bend!!
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June2020 Highway Cleanup

Here is our Rotary out doing more good in our community!  We collected over 20 bags of trash from Hwy 45 between Paradise Drive and Hwy 33.   It was a good turn out with help from some Noon Rotarians and UWWC students.
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As you are aware, a mask mandate for the state of Wisconsin went into effect Saturday, August 1.  Accordingly, to comply with the law, protect the health of our members, limit our exposure to liability, and abide by the 4-Way Test, we are requesting that members wear masks at meetings:
  • Except: When eating or drinking
  • Except: When presenting to the group
  • Unless: You have difficulty breathing or other medical concerns or exemptions
We understand that some people will not be wearing a mask for personal reasons/exemptions, and we will respect everyone’s privacy by not questioning anyone.  Above all else, we ask that we continue to show the highest level of respect for each other in this trying time.
While a lot can be said on masks, it is important to remember that the reasons we meet—fellowship and creating long lasting change in our community—have to remain our Number 1 priority and focus.  It doesn’t matter where we meet, what we eat, or even if we have to wear masks, we will adapt and continue to do good in our communities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to Jon Sacks.
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2019 Christmas Parade

Thanks so much to all who helped make the food drive at the West Bend Christmas Parade such a success!
We collected more than two large barrels of food to share with those in need.
And thanks to Albiero Plumbing for allowing us to build our float in your shop!!
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Xmas Food Drive

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary is doing a Food Drive at the West Bend Christmas Parade!
The parade starts at 5 PM on Sunday, December 1st. The Sunrise Rotarians will be marching in the West Bend Christmas Parade collecting non-perishable food items for the Full Shelf Food Pantry. Please bring food items to share so that we can Fill the Holiday Table for many in our county who could use a helping hand..
Here is a link with additional information on the West Bend Christmas Parade
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West Bend Sunrise Rotary donated $5,000 to the Family Center of Washington Coounty as part of their annual $15k giveaway event.  Pictured are Rotarians Chris Guse, event chairman, Bonnie Debroux, executive director of the Family Center, and current West Bend Sunrise Rotary president Todd Vance. 
This year Sunrise Rotarians were given the opportunity to nominate a 501(c)(3) organization to receive the donation as part of a random drawing and the Family Center of Washington County was the recipient.   
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2019 Changing of the Guard

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 2020 Classics for a Cause Car Raffle fundraiser - a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT (or $20,000)! Your purchase of a raffle ticket could put YOU in this car and help us help others.
The Winner will be drawn on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 at West Bend Lakes Golf Course 


This 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 shows just 3,700 miles. The Grabber Orange paintwork features Tungsten stripes, and the interior is upholstered in black leather. Power comes from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and modifications include a JLT cold-air intake, Corsa exhaust, a struttower brace, and aftermarket 18″ wheels. This S197 GT500 comes with the removed factory parts including the SVT  wheels, a window sticker, factory literature, a car cover and a clean title.

The exterior is finished in Grabber Orange Clearcoat (U3) and features Tungsten top and side stripes, a vented aluminum hood, body-matching quarter-window louvers, dual exhaust, and a trunk spoiler.
Aftermarket polished-aluminum 18″ wheels are mounted with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. Factory 14″ brake rotors with Brembo calipers came standard in the front, and the shocks have been replaced. The removed factory shocks and removed stock SVT wheels are included in the sale.

The cabin features black leather upholstery with Shelby-embroidered floor mats with orange stripes. Features include an optional factory Shaker 1000 sound system with a six-disc CD changer, a signed Shelby plaque in the center of the dashboard, and an aftermarket body-matching shift knob.
The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 produced 500 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft of torque when new and features four valves per cylinder. Modifications include Ford Racing ignitioncoil covers, a JLT carbon-fiber air intake with a conical filter, and a strut-tower brace. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The window sticker shows factory options along with a total retail price of $44,865.
A number of removed parts will accompany the car, including the stock mufflers, air intake, and ignition-coil covers as well as 18″ SVT wheels. An aftermarket car cover is also included.
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.

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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Paul Harris Awards

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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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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Changing of the Guard 2018

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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Enchantment Set Up

Thanks to all of our members who helped with the set up for Enchantment In The Park this year!
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Adopt A Highway












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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Paul Harris Recipients

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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New Members

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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The Slinde's El Salvador Journal

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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Nancy Slinde - Rotary International Project In El Salvador

 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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Leave of Absence Policy

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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Our Great Committees!

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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Upcoming Speakers and Greeters

01/28/20Guse, ChrisReid, GraemeGraeme Reid (no kilt) Wee talk on Scottish poet Robert Burns 
02/04/20Gannon, BryceIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
02/11/20Gambucci, JacciSlinde, Nancy Dave Uelmen - Principal Badger Middle SchoolBehavioral teaching - Badger Pride Program
02/18/20Gabelmann, JulieDomres, Steve  
02/25/20Fleischman, MikeDogs, KoryPaula Carlton - Doctor of Nursing Practice at Aurora Health CareThe importance of community partnerships in creating a culture of health
03/03/20Fitzgerald, DougIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
03/10/20Domres, SteveFleischman, MikeJaymee Harvey-Willms - Exec. Dir. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County  
03/17/20Dogs, KoryGabelmann, Julie  
03/24/20Debroux, BonnieGambucci, JacciTim SchmidtDelta Defense
03/31/20De Ceuster, DolfGannon, Bryce  
04/07/20Corbett, JonIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
04/14/20Busch, KathyGuse, Chris  
04/21/20Britton, GaryHeld, Kristin  
04/28/20Baldus, David** no speaker **Meeting at MPTC with tour - no speaker  
05/05/20Backhaus, JohnIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
05/12/20Zaremba, JoeKnoll, John  
05/19/20Winget, JamesMadl, Justice  
05/26/20Wilke, PaulMalloy, Joyce  
06/02/20Verheyen, GeorgeIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
06/09/20Vanderkin, RickNeja, Bob  
06/16/20Tennies, ScottNowack, Mike  
06/23/20Tighe, TeresaPetersen, Scott  
06/30/20** No meeting - Changing of the Guard! ** N/A - no meeting 
07/07/20Vance, ToddIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
07/14/20Szukalski, JeffPhillips, Mike  
07/21/20Sturgeon, BevPolachowski, Al 
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