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Pukaite Woods

On the North end of the Rotary Park is Pukaite Woods Nature Preserve which features Loyal Wells Nature Trail (Handicapped Accessible), observation deck, meadow area, oak savannah area. (map)

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Mequon, WI  53092
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Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with our female exchange student, involving her in family, community, and cultural activities.

Do you, or someone you know, have an interest in becoming a host family for the 2017-18 school year? The ideal candidate is someone who lives in Mequon or Thiensville, since the exchange student will be attending Homestead High School. Being on the bus line is convenient! She will need to have a room of her own, and meals need to be provided.

We are looking for 3 host families. The commitment is a period of 3 months per family (flexible).

Please direct all inquiries to our Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, Jennifer Sutherland, at 262-387-8840 or by email at jsutherland@newcastleplace.com.

I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives. - Anonymous

MT Sunrise is a member of the MT Chamber of Commerce. Which means all of our members are also members of the MT Chamber and can take advantage of MT Chamber benefits such as this program for young professionals. I’m sure that many MT Sunrise members are unaware of this and other benefits. - Brian Monroe (See invitation below)

Dear Fellow Chamber Member,

The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce an initiative to embrace young, active professional individuals within our local community. We realize that many active young professionals already participate and contribute to other chamber programs and felt there is a great opportunity to focus even more specifically to this demographic. The Young Professionals Group has a mission to provide a networking culture for professionals in the first phase of their career who are looking to develop professionally and build long-lasting relationships with other professionals in Ozaukee County and the surrounding area.

What: DISCOVER the value of getting out and meeting the right people in a relaxed business setting, while supporting a safe and supportive living environment for those who are in recovery.

Where: Cedarburg Cultural Center: W62 N546 Washington Ave.

When: April 26, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Why: Help Starting Point Build Awareness and Inspire Hope.

How: $25 RSVP by phone to 262-241-1004 or email director@startingpointwi.org.

By Erik S. Hanley

MEQUON – The “keys to the city” along with other gifts were presented to the family of Alderwoman Pam Adams who died last February.

Mayor Dan Abendroth said Adams had a lot of wisdom, conscientiousness, and style during the presentation at the April 18 common council meeting.

“She had a lot of style,” he said, smiling.

Speaking to Adams’ family, Abendroth said they made the “greatest contribution of all” in supporting Adams work in Mequon. He said her family and friends instilled a sense of duty in Adams for making her community better.

Written by Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Monika Lozinska Chalk art by Nancy Pochis Bank Art Studio

Snow is falling in St. Joseph, Michigan. On this December day, the overcast sky, swirling flakes, and twinkling bulbs of holiday decorations have created a festive, almost Capraesque atmosphere along the brick-paved streets of this community, which sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Across the street from the Boulevard Inn, stairs lead down to Silver Beach, a 1,600-foot-long expanse of sand that is the town’s main attraction in warmer months.

Inside the inn’s restaurant, Jackie Huie sits at a corner table explaining the student mentoring program that the Rotary Club of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor started a decade ago – a program that has helped more than 400 local high school students learn more about their dream careers by connecting them with professionals in those fields.

The exposure to community service that the program provides has led students to start Interact clubs at six local schools, including one at St. Joseph High School that has about 150 members. As the Rotarians work their connections to find mentors for students, they have strengthened the bonds between the 140-member Rotary club and its community. And in small ways, the program is even building bridges between St. Joseph and its “twin city” across the St. Joseph River – Benton Harbor, a once-affluent manufacturing town fallen on hard times.

As many Rotarians know in our club, part of our Vocational Services has been to network with job search candidates at the inter-denominational ministry called Lumen Christi Employment Network (LCEN) here in Mequon.  The group meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 in the St. Cecilia's Hall above the parish offices.  Lumen Christi is located on Mequon Road at the intersection of Range Line Road.

LCEN has helped 623 job search candidates find jobs since it started in 2002.  It was founded by a Paul Harris Award recipient and now a downtown Rotarian Pat Cronin, and Dave Kliber and others, and is now led by some very good people each week.  It's is a free and safe place for people to go when they find themselves looking for a job.  Candidates lose their jobs through corporate  downsizing, mergers, reorganizations, market changes, and other reasons.  People who find themselves in this situation often have a family to support, a mortgage and other loan obligations, and they are scared and often feel lost.

Our fellow Rotarians at RCofMMA (Rotary Club of Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours) are having the 2nd Annual Global Fusion fundraiser on Saturday 13 May at Reuter Pavilion at Rotary Park. It’s a great way to finish off our work day at Pukaite Woods.

Details: The Global Fusion, Local Flavor fundrasing event is a fun filled event where various food vendors will provide various ethnic and national cuisines for guests to partake in from 2pm till 6pm. The money raised will be used to continue the funding and support of RCofMMA's local and international youth programs.

Tickets are $25 dollars. Please see me for your tickets.


Brian Monroe

You're invited to participate in the first annual Rotary Sponsored Canoe / Kayak Paddle.


  • Mandatory PFD (life jacket) required
  • Optional donation to Team River Runner (https://www.facebook.com/TRRMilwaukee)
  • Event will end at Villa Grove Park. A Bonfire and BBQ will follow at 3827 W Freistadt Rd....
  • Saturday, June 17 at 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Highway C Canoe Launch just east of the bridge on the Milwaukee River

About Team River Runner:

Team River Runner believes that every wounded and disabled veteran deserves the opportunity to embrace new challenges, invoke leadership, and promote camaraderie. Team River Runner provides an outlet to fulfill these beliefs – inviting wounded and disabled war veterans and their families to participate in adaptive paddling programs. Founded in 2004 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we now offer weekly paddling sessions in 45 locations across the nation.

Team River Runner is more than an adaptive sports program. It’s a program that provides hope and healing to those who have risked so much, yet asked for so little. It’s an opportunity to enjoy nature and realize its social, physical, and emotional benefits, whether it’s tackling whitewater rapids or paddling on peaceful flat-water. It’s an environment that facilitates connection, allowing veterans to reunite with their families and forge relationships with those who have endured similar pain. Our veterans are on the river to recovery.

Questions, contact Dan O'Connor at danny.oconnor.68@gmail.com.

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