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We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Newcastle Place
12600 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI  53092
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Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. ~ Vernon Law

The Adult Spelling Bee is a fundraiser for the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County.

The event is on Saturday, September 9th, at the Reuter Pavilion at Rotary Park, and our club volunteered to handle the drinks concession for the Spelling Bee.

  • The dinner event starts at 6 PM and opens for spectators (no dinner) at 7 PM
  • The tables and teams are all sold out.  There may be a few $30 dinner tickets left
  • If you would like to come to the Spelling Bee as a spectator, the ticket is $15
  • If you are planning to attend as either a dinner guest or a spectator, please let Bob know
  • If you would like to be part of the Sunrise Rotary Team, please let Terry know.  We might be called "Highway to Spell" or "Taking Care of Buzzness".  Any other team name ideas?
  • If you would like to donate Miller MGD or Lite or Coke/Diet/Sprite please bring your donation to one of the next three Friday meetings or contact Danielle at Cash is also accepted.

When DG Jeff visits our club next week he’ll be talking about a some of RI President Ian Riseley’s goals for this Rotary year 2017-2018 and how our district 6270 can participate and contribute to achieving them. I feel that these goals will be easy for our members to embrace, especially the “One Tree Planted for Every Rotarian”. Many clubs and districts are planning on exceeding that goal.

This tree planting goal is one that I feel hits home with our club’s enthusiasm for greening our Mequon-Thiensville communities. We continue to do restoration work in Pukaite Woods and we are now enjoying the benefits of our successful Redbud Project. So for this tree planting goal to be completed by Earth Day 22 April, we’ll need to decide on a specific plan. Good news w’ve already been approached to partner with another Rotary club to plant trees in the Mequon Nature Preserve this October. There will be more to share as additional information becomes available.

Yes there are many reasons to plant trees; for positive environmental impacts, for sustainability, for beauty, for the future and for friends and family. I was unable to come back for Bob Leonardt’s funeral, but there is now a visual reminder of Bob’s friendship on a small farm in northern Michigan. Seven of my favorite trees, one for each of Bob’s decades now stand together.

Peace, Brian Monroe
D6270 Tree Planting Coordinator

M-T Sunrise Rotary Club gave a $500 grant earlier this year to the Jail Literacy Program of Ozaukee County to support purchase of educational materials for individuals enrolled in the Jail Literacy Program, which is totally operated by volunteers and supported by donations like ours. During discussion of the grant request, a question was raised about the value of buying materials for a small program like that. Below is a letter from a graduate of the literacy program that responds to our question.

By Past District Governor Chris Offer, member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada

Wildfires in the forests of British Columbia are common but the fire season in 2017 has been one of the most destructive in many years. At its peak, 40,000 people were evacuated from farms, villages, and cities. More than 1,000 fires were burning 100,000 hectares. Numerous highways were closed, isolating large parts of the province.

Meanwhile, in the hope of moving permanently to Canada, and after more than a year filling out forms for a two-year, Canadian work permit, Barbara and Gregor Kuehn and their four young children finally arrived in Vancouver from Switzerland. They were en route to a ranch in Redstone, west of Williams Lake, British Columbia, an isolated part of the province’s interior, where they expected to work for the next two years. With all roads to their destination blocked by wildfires, they didn’t make it and they had no place to stay. Rotary stepped in to help.

From The Rotarian

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia offers different levels of membership, including full, a la carte with "pay as you go" lunches, and a Happy Hour Club.

“When I joined there were around 120 members, but we bled members,” says Matthew Tae, past president of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia. 

For some time, the officers had been tracking the demographics of the club, and it was clear that it was not attracting enough new younger members.

“We meet at the Union League, which is expensive relative to other Rotary clubs,” Tae explains. “These days, a person early in their career, in their 30s, can’t get away for 90 minutes plus travel time at lunch on a workday. We needed a model where you could participate but not disrupt lunch hour.” 

At a recent Rotary meeting, we had the pleasure of being introduced to Julie Zumach from the organization Our Community Listens.  I am very excited about the future of Our Community Listens and the positive impact it will have on the lives of people in Mequon and the surrounding communities. This FREE 3 day communication skills course will be held right here at Newcastle Place September 19-21.

This event is open to anyone 18 and older.  Please note the maximum class size is 18, so don't delay!

Questions? Contact Jennifer Sutherland at

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