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Mequon, WI 53092

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Newcastle Place
Mequon, WI  53092
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By Ian W. Geddes, past governor of District 1020 (Scotland)

I have many Rotary stories to tell, but this one happened in Colombia. I was chosen by my district to lead a Group Study Exchange team to Bogota. As a Spanish teacher in Scotland, my dream had long been to travel to South America. Having been chosen as leader and then having negotiated a sabbatical from my school, my team and I finally set off for Colombia.

One week into the trip, the day after we had visited the fabled El Dorado, I fell ill. At first I thought it was just altitude sickness as we traveled along the Andes at 11,000 feet above sea-level. But no, it turned out to be appendicitis.




Dr. Demond Means - Administrator / Superintendent speaks to MT Sunrise Rotary Club on the Opportunity Schools & Partnership program. Photo by Bob Blazich.



The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in meeting humanity’s greatest challenges! (This video premiered at the 2016 Rotary International Assembly.)



MT Sunrise Club Members - Last Day to RSVP!

If you haven't yet done so, RSVP for our Changing of the Guard Ceremony 
before the deadline of June 23.
Cost is $25 per person.

View Invitation for more information



By Linda Mulhern, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

When you become a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you never imagine how it might affect you in the long term. In my case, my exchange has connected my family in more ways than one.

As a Youth Exchange student to Sweden in 1979-80, I learned a lot about what I was capable of doing on my own, my strengths and weaknesses, and what it took to overcome obstacles. I had an incredible year in Sweden, and still speak Swedish fluently. I have contacts with many friends and communicate regularly with my host parents and host sisters.

After my exchange, I met my husband in ROTEX, a group for Rotary Youth Exchange alumni. He had been a Youth Exchange student to Argentina, and we bonded over travel stories. Once we had kids, I knew our experiences might inspire them to travel.

Our son has taken part in a Rotary Youth Exchange to Turkey and our daughter is currently on a Youth Exchange in Finland. She is one of three girls on a boys hockey team and loves it. We have also hosted over 20 Youth Exchange students over the years.

Dinner conversation

I have used my Swedish in my profession, and both my husband and I have been able to reach out to people with our language abilities. Our children are able to talk about world events at the dinner table, and we have received many compliments from our children’s friends about how fun it is to talk about world cultures, languages, and politics at the dinner table. They love the laughter, but also realize that to follow the conversation, they need to stay current on world events.

I am most proud of my kids because they will find ways to be inclusive with everyone they meet, find common interests, and start conversations to learn more about the world.

Share your Youth Exchange experience. Your story can inspire others to travel and learn as well.



Have you ever wondered how and why The Rotary Foundation (TRF) was started and who initiated it?

Do you still have questions about Rotary’s Annual Fund, the Endowment Fund and Polio Plus?

Well bring those questions and others to Rotary on Friday and have them answered.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF)  presentation on Friday promises to be informative, will inspire you to learn more on it’s evolution and impact of doing good in the world and hopefully will cause you to take action to continue it’s good work today and in the future.



By Jen Rieger

Today we drove out to the Huruma slums of Nairobi. What an experience. All the cars, trucks, animals, and people coverged into one chaotic torrent going every which way. The roads are so worn and full of deep holes that it is a wonder we didn't lose a tire. Smells of cooking meats took turns with smells of human waste, exhaust fumes, and garbage wafting into our windows.  Once we were actually in the slums, we were instructed to close our windows to prevent people from reaching in to take belongings. 

The slums are gated, and the roads are very narrow.  Not to mention they are littered with trash, people, goods, and children playing.  I have a newfound respect for our drivers, who are also our guides. After squeezing our 3 vans through a winding maze, we arrived at the Ark Childrens School, home to 355 kids. We were met with grateful teachers and excited students.  Our first mission was to give deworming medication to all the students.  While they had sour faces for us due to the not so great taste of the medication, their frowns turned to smiles when they were given a piece of candy, a rare commodity.

Next we grouped off into 3 rooms where we saw all the sick children, and a pharmacy room to dispense the treatment. Then the children came flooding in. In just a few hours, together we examined and treated around 100 children and adults for a wide varity of ailments.  We saw scabies, tinea capitus, folliculitis, skin infections, fractures, lice, malaria, molescum contageosum, ear infections with perforated ear drums, tonsillitis, ring worm, pneumonia, pharyngitis, urinary tract infections, and prenatal cares. I was in the pharmacy and it was very busy. All the children were ushered in for their medication with eager outstretched hands.  The 4 hours we were at the school flew by.

Afterward the ladies of the community invited us up to check out their hand sewn bags and purses.  Most of us had to take home a gorgeous colorful hand sewn souvaneir, for an unbeatable price to boot.  Before our journey home the school leaders, and our entire team took up hands and said prayers and thank you's.

After our long day we were all famished. Four of us attempted to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the back of the van while driving. The roads were so bumpy and wild, it was like making sandwiches on a roller coaster. Our ride back to the hotel was long, rough, and congested. It was rush hour in Nairobi and the roads which were usually crowded were now a discombobulated cluster of chaos. Single lane roads turned into 3-4 lane roads of cars, trucks, people, and bicicles going every which way. Finally after battling traffic for a few hours we arrived back at our hotel, ready for evening dinner.  Tonight will be a refreshing hot (hopefully) shower, and a good night's sleep to get us ready for a new adventure tomorrow. Tomorrow we will be traveling, and internet access may be sporadic.

We will try to update the blog if possible.



Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, July 21st for our annual meal-prep for Advocates and family cook-out at River Barn Park's Sommer Pavilion.

More information to follow!

Jennifer Sutherland



By Gordon Matthews, past governor of District 6920 (Georgia, USA), Rotary Club of Savannah East

A panel of three young members spelled out for us the issues that block young people from joining Rotary during our spring assembly a few years ago — scheduling, cost of dues, and rules.

I’ve been active in developing leaders in our community and have worked with our Group Study Exchange teams in the past, so I know the energy and potential in this “under 40” generation that we need to tap for Rotary. But I’ve also seen several Rotary clubs try to do this with limited results, because they stayed too close to the traditional model and dues structure.

Breaking the mold

To break that mold, I asked the son of a fellow member to gather a group of young people in the metro area of Savannah to explore the idea of starting a new club. I told them their are really just a few rules – to meet weekly, pay dues, and train a president-elect. The rest are just a lot of traditions. They were directed to develop a format that would meet their needs.


Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson


"We endured:" Homestead's state soccer title well-earned
By Steven L. Tietz

Clutching her hard-won "Player of the Match" trophy, Homestead senior keeper Kelli Ausman said most soccer goalies view end-of-the-game penalty kicks with the same enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist.

"The exact words are not appropriate for print," she said with a laugh.

But following her stop of Oregon's fifth and final penalty kick in the WIAA State D2 title game overtime shootout June 18 at Uihlein Soccer Park, the only words Ausman had were howls of joy.

Her stop sealed a 2-1 shootout advantage and earned the Highlanders their fourth WIAA state title over the defending champion Panthers and their first since 2007.

"I finished my high school career the best I could, doing the thing I love the best," she said, "and I helped my team win a state title. That's all I could ask for."

The victory put the final touches on a goal that was set at the end of last season, a penalty kick loss to Menomonee Falls in the WIAA sectional final.

The 13-player senior group for the Highlanders had one mission, according to senior co-captain and forward Coco Wiencek.

"Honestly, this is just incredible," she said. "From the end of last year, we've wanted this. We met about two months before the season started and told ourselves that we were going to win state and we made it happen."

"This means so much," said defender and fellow senior co-captain Lauren Padgett. "There are 13 of us (in the senior class) and I've known and played with some of them since I was six years old. This is the cherry on the top for us. Eleven of us are never going to step on the pitch again. This is the last time (we play) so this has been on our minds all season."



If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research. ~ Wilson Mizner






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