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A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists. - Don Marquis

Club Meeting Information

In light of COVID-19 mandates, MT Sunrise Rotary will be hosting virtual meetings until further notice. Our next meeting will be 7:00 AM Friday (1/8).

Our program this week with feature Mark Leonardelli and Connie Pukaite. Mark will give his classification talk after being inducted as our newest member. Connie will share some exciting news from the Sunrise Environmental Sustainability Team including the return of the goat grazing crew, a Winter night-walk in Pukaite Woods and plans for creating a bird & pollinator sanctuary.

The virtual greeter will provide either the thought, a Rotary minute, share a family moment or a cultural tradition ... anything they would like to start off the day positive.

Upcoming "It's your Rotary moment" assignees:

  • Carol Wessels (1/8)
  • Matt Wolf (1/15)
  • Chuck Zamora (1/22)
  • Kurt Zellmann (1/29)

Note: If you are unable to act as "It's your Rotary moment" assignee when scheduled please arrange for your replacement.


While some are familiar with Zoom, there are others for which this will be an opportunity to experience something new

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ROTARY RIDE - Cycling To Serve

Registration Opening Early 2021 | Saturday, May 22, 2021

The ROTARY RIDE  bicycling event will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, with the start and finish at Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg WI.

The ride benefits the Rotary Club of Cedarburg Grafton's technical scholarship fund and is open to the public. All riding abilities are encouraged to participate. 10, 25, 45, and 65-mile routes are being planned along with a virtual ride. So tune up your bike and get your family and friends together for this fun-filled event!

The Cause

It's all about the students! The more funds raised, the more scholarship dollars are given.

The Rotary Club of Cedarburg Grafton is organizing the Rotary Ride – Cycling To Serve to build fellowship and to raise funds for technical scholarships and community projects. Proceeds will also support hometown charities.

Every industry relies on personnel with technical and vocational skills.  As a Club, our objective is to provide financial assistance through scholarships. We also offer professional mentoring, encourage recipients to pursue or continue local employment, both during and after the educational process, and to introduce applicants to Rotary, whose motto is Service Above Self.

Million Mask challenge displays power of Rotary network

By Robert Friend, Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 32

In the early morning of 29 September, a cargo ship carrying 800,000 face masks arrived at the Port of Boston. Over the course of the following 14 days, those masks were delivered to first responders, healthcare providers, and frontline workers in cities, towns, and villages across New England.

This is a story of service and leadership. It’s a story of how our District and Zone responded to a crisis, rallied its resources, put boots-on-the-ground to bring disparate and far-flung communities together to spread goodwill. Most importantly, it’s a story about working together and using our collective professional backgrounds through the Rotary network to make a difference.

Our project began with Ted Rossi, a 20-year member of the Rotary Club of East Hampton, Connecticut. Rossi is president and CEO of the Rossi Group, one of the most well-known and respected leaders in the American hardwood export industry.

Frustrated by dysfunctional governmental leadership in taking control of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) acquisition and distribution, Ted turned to his team with the international logistics and the know-how to leverage their contacts and focus on sourcing masks for the region. Initial success brought more than eight million masks to the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

It became evident there was large demand for face masks downstream. Jack turned to his Rotary connections to leverage his idea to get even better results. He reached out to Jack Solomon, our district governor at the time, a fellow member of the East Hampton club. Ted needed Jack to get the masks to Rotarians for distribution, and Jack needed someone to “project manage” the tour and run logistics from an event and media standpoint.

That’s where I came in, as a global sales, marketing and communications professional and chair of our District’s Public Image and Communications Committee. I coordinated with our district communications team and managed all the logistics for our tour through seven Rotary districts.

Our district fund-raising efforts brought in $500,000 during the first three months of the pandemic that we used to support those impacted by COVID-19. The Rossi Family Foundation donated an additional 200,000 masks to the cause distributed to clubs across Connecticut. With all of this, District 7980 expanded the program into what we called the Million Mask Challenge Tour.

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Jan 15, 2021
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luhther King
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luhther King

Walter J. Lanier is the Director of Student Resources at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).   Over the past twelve years, he has held leadership positions as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Director of Counseling and Advising, and Director of Student Advising and and Multicultural Services.

MATC is multi-campus, community co llege with approximately  38,000 students. In 2015, Lanier led the design and launch of the college's Men of Color Initiative which is designed to increase course completion, retention, and graduation rates of the college's men of color.  Men of color are over 22% of MATC's population; Black men are 56% of that total.

In addition to his work at MATC, Lanier is in his tenth year as the senior pastor of the Progressive Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Progressive is very active in the Milwaukee community and is particularly recognized for its work in the areas of mental health, anti-violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. In 2012, he formed "MIRACLE" (Mental Illness - Raising Awareness with Church and Community Leaders Everywhere) which is a collaboration of faith-based leaders, community leaders and people with lived experience.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Lanier maintained his own business law practice for over a decade prior to joining MATC. Lanier also lectured in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Africology in the areas of race and constitutional law.

He has served on numerous boards and is deeply committed to being a part of Milwaukee reaching its fullest potential. Lanier currently serves on a variety of community-wide boards including the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, Milwaukee Community Justice Council, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope and Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.  

Walter graduated from Homestead High School and currently resides in Glendale.

Jan 22, 2021
COVID and Day-to-Day Life in Peru
Jan 29, 2021
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