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 (5/21).

Our program this week will feature Rick Debe a Past District Governor. Rick will be talking on District 6270 Water & Sanitation Global grant projects, past, present and future. (Scroll down for bio) 

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:

  • Steve Lettau (5/21)
  • Tom Martin (5/28)
  • Mike Meinolf (6/4)
  • Brian Monroe (6/11)

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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Hope to see you Friday!

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Thought of the Week

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority. - Booker T. Washington

Family Sharing is Hosting a Food Drive

Family Sharing is hosting a food drive this Saturday morning.

You can also drop off your donations to Newcastle Place if you plan to come for the run/walk to end Alzheimer's. 

Jennifer Sutherland

A Rotary LOL Moment

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Walk / Run at Newcastle Place
M-T Rotary to host fundraiser for Pukaite Woods ‘grazing goats crew’

By Lisa Curtis Special to the News Graphic

MEQUON — The popular goats that first helped eradicate weeds in Mequon’s Rotary Park Pukaite Woods last year will make a return this season, with help from the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club and, hopefully, the public.

The Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser May 23 at Missing Links Golf Course & Driving Range, 12950 N. Port Washington Road. A portion of all revenues collected at the golf course between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day will be donated to the Rotary Club’s sponsorship of the goats.

Last year, 38 goats grazed the woods eating buckthorn and other invasive brushy species for about a month in June and another two weeks in August. It’s estimated they weakened the plants considerably, reducing new growth this year, though there is still work to be done.

“It stresses the buckthorn, so to speak, and by doing this year after year, it doesn’t come back,” said David Schlageter, past president of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club, which are the guardians of Pukaite Woods. “Instead of poisoning it, they just eat it to death.”

The 18-acre woods is located behind the bandshell in Rotary Park. The goats work in pens built around a 1-acre perimeter at a time. With the help of Boy Scouts, Rotarians and people in the neighborhood, the pens are moved every day or so over the time that the animals are there.

Schlageter said this is most likely a three-year project for the area in concern.

“If this works, we may move to a different location in the woods,” he said.

Former Mequon mayor and alderman Connie Pukaite, the woods’ namesake, said that last year the goats weakened the buckthorn considerably and the buckthorn’s leaves are not sprouting as vigorously this spring.

The goats will arrive in Pukaite Woods June 8 and start grazing at full capacity the next day. They will return in August.

“We anticipate the goats may only be in the woods for two to three weeks in June, and again for seven to 10 days in August,” she said. “But, they’ll be here as long as it takes to strip the plants."

Using goats for invasive species management is considered sustainable and eco-friendly because it requires no herbicides, allows for community engagement and keeps the animals happy.

Schlageter said that last year, funds from the Rotary Club, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and several grants helped pay for the grazing goat crew.

It costs about $10,000 to bring the goats in for a season.

The club has some grants this year, but not enough to cover the expenditures yet. The goal is to raise $5,000, Schlageter said.

The Rotary Club fundraiser will include raffle items such as 90 minutes with the goats for a group of 10, golf balls and gift certificates to local restaurants and entertainment, including Daily Taco, Highland House, Pizza Man, Missing Links and Brown Deer Golf Course, with more to come.

Trophies will be awarded by age group for low scores.

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May 28, 2021
What? So What? Now What? … A Debriefing of the Series of Meaningful Conversations
What? So What? Now What? … A Debriefing of the Series of Meaningful Conversations

What? So What? Now What? … A Debriefing of the Series of Meaningful Conversations

This assembly will be an opportunity for us to reflect and debrief on what happened during these past ten months of Meaningful Conversations. It will be a way to process the group’s experience and identify next steps to consider in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The purpose of these conversations was to create for members of our club an opportunity to listen and talk with people who are interested in exploring issues associated with racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The conversations were to provide a safe environment for participants to engage in a thought-provoking journey to gain deeper understanding and facilitate greater connections with those with whom we converse. The overarching goal was that, through planned, guided and facilitated meaningful conversations we would strengthen our relationships, make new connections, gain deeper understanding, grow our knowledge, and renew our commitment to fairness and justice.

It is especially important to debrief and share our observations given such variety of presentations, different perspectives, and experiences. Members will be divided into small groups, facilitators will guide each group in sharing their experience, perhaps their aha moment and to identify the answers to the questions What? So What? What Now? We can then decide what we can do with this knowledge and become engaged in a meaningful and effective manner renewing our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Jun 25, 2021
Meaningful Conversations
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