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 (5/14).

Our program this week will feature Kathleen Fisher. Kathleen is the CEO of Family Promise of Ozaukee County and will give us an update on her organization. (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:

  • Dave Kliber (5/14)
  • Mark Leonardelli (5/21)
  • Steve Lettau (5/28)
  • Tom Martin (6/4)

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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Thought of the Week

When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. - Rita Rudner

Sommer’s Subaru ‘Share the Love’ of mentoring

Conley Publishing Group 5/11/2021

MEQUON — Sommer’s Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. recently made an investment in defending potential in youth facing adversity in Ozaukee County. Through their annual “Share the Love” event, they donated $22,640 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County’s youth mentoring programs.

“Sommer’s Subaru’s continued investment in one-to-one mentoring programs for youth who need it the most is an inspiring example of corporate philanthropy at its best,” said Nicole Bulow, the organization’s executive director. “We know that children who are paired with Big Brothers or Big Sisters show remarkable improvements in their personal and academic lives. This past year has been tough for many of our children and families. Our amazing Big Brothers/Sisters and staff provided the support, encouragement, and guidance our youth needed to navigate the challenging months. Thanks to Sommer’s Subaru and Subaru of America’s support we can continue to ignite, empower, and inspire potential for even more Ozaukee youth.”

This past fall, Sommer’s Subaru designated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County and All-In Milwaukee as their Hometown Charities. During the event, individuals purchasing or leasing a new Subaru vehicle selects the charity they would like Subaru’s $250 donation to support. Sommer’s Subaru then made an additional donation when a Hometown Charity was chosen. This was the 13th year for the “Share the Love” event and Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated over $200 million to worthwhile charities.

“Thanks to the tremendous support we receive from Sommer’s Subaru and Subaru of America, we are able to bring the power of mentoring to over 160 children living in Ozaukee County,” Bulow said. “We believe great potential exists in every child and our amazing Big Brothers and Big Sisters are there to drive it in the right direction and clear the path to their biggest possible future.” 

Member Spotlight - Dave Kliber

Club Service came up with an easy way for both new and longer term members could learn more about each other. This will also prompt members to provide a current image and update their profiles on “MyRotary” and our club’s CR directory. Yes you can also consider this a vocational exercise, because it will provide the space for you to share information about your career.

Instead of asking members to come up with a paragraph about themselves We are suggesting that you have a set of questions to choose from (6-8) and then reply to. Total responses would range from 150-175 words.

Here are some examples of the subsets:

Business & Personal Related Questions:

Where were you born, education/degrees or associations/board seats?

I was born in Detroit May 22, 1951. I graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, earned a BBA-Finance degree from Western Michigan University, and did some graduate work in business at the University of Detroit. I was a member of many trade associations, but particularly in MMAC for 30 years, serving on some committees and as Chairman of the Board of COSBE (Council of Small Business Executives) from 2010-11 during MMAC’s 150th anniversary. When I was in real estate, I was President of the Milwaukee Chapter of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) in 1998.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was generally interested in business and grew to become a business leader. As an Eagle Scout, I also became active as a Cubmaster for our son’s Cub Scout Pack, and did some Boy Scout activities too, including hiking in Yosemite back country in 2008.

Name of company & position, or your very first job.

After doing various jobs during my school years, my first career position post-college was in commercial credit analysis at Michigan National Bank in downtown Detroit. They liked my work in Commercial Mortgage Loans, so I was transferred to that division and helped the bank to become Michigan’s leading commercial lender with a 1977 portfolio of $200 million and was promoted to AVP and Mortgage Loan Officer at 26 years old.

I then loaned and brokered large loans nationally with Manufacturer’s Hanover Mortgage in Detroit, with my pride and joy being the 1st phase land development loan on the 2,300-acre PGA National development in Palm Beach gardens, FL. After that I did some real estate finance and development including a turnaround property in Michigan, then in 1982 started to manage regional malls in Grand Rapids (Woodland), Chicago (Woodfield), and Milwaukee (Northridge during its good days leading to its 1988 sale). 

Then in 1989 I started Polacheck Property Management Corp. and we grew it to over 7 million square feet of commercial properties under management over 14 years.

Finally, I bought my own small business, a 100+ year old independent (food, environmental, and investigative) testing laboratory called SF Analytical. I sold it to Eurofins (a global lab company headquartered in Europe) in 2014 and retired in 2015.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

Nonprofits Make Gains in Measuring Their Impact

by Hank Sartin

In December, for the 13th year in a row, The Rotary Foundation received a four-star rating — the highest possible — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the United States. Charity Navigator determines its ratings by examining how nonprofits use their funds, how sustainable their programs are, and how well they follow industry standards of transparency and accountability.

In a Matter of Measurement

In recent years, many nonprofits — including Rotary — have begun to increase their focus on measuring the impact of their work, and Charity Navigator has responded to that shift. In 2020, it acquired ImpactMatters, a ratings organization dedicated to assessing the impact of nonprofits. Based on the existing ratings of ImpactMatters, Charity Navigator will create impact ratings for thousands of charities.

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Upcoming Speakers
May 21, 2021
District 6270 Water & Sanitation Global grant projects, past, present and future
District 6270 Water & Sanitation Global grant projects, past, present and future

Note: Rick is sharing a short video. To view: Click Here

Rick is a member of the Rotary Club of Mukwonago since 1998. Served as his club president 2001-2002 and chaired many local projects.

On a District level he is a Past District Governor 2012-13. Held positions as an Assistant Governor, Polio Plus Rep and R.I. Alumni Chair. He currently is the Water and Sanitation Chair, Westeen Great Lakes Multi District Conference Chair and the District 6270 RI insurance rep.

Rick just completed 7 successful years with the Rotary Midwest PETS conference committee in Chicago and finished as the programs Chair.

The driving core for Rick is helping others in time of need and opportunities, whether it is a local or international humanitarian challenge. He has participated in Rotary humanitarian Water & sanitation projects in both Haiti and Guatemala. 

Rick operates an Independent Insurance Agency in Mukwonago and has been an Agent for 42 years in southeast Wisconsin. 

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Parkside, Kenosha. 

He spent 7 years as a volunteer fireman and rescue officer with the Waterford, WI community and logged hundreds of hours. 

“Some of my proudest moments and heart breaking tragedies were during those times”.

Rick & Terry have been married for 44 years and have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. 

Rick’s deceased father Gordon was a past Rotarian in Racine West that left him a lasting impression on the meaning of “Service above Self”. He is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. 

Terry has been a strong supporter of Rotary and is involved locally with other community based groups. She too is a Paul Harris Fellow. Both belong to the Bequest Society of Rotary.

They both like to travel extensively and have many hobbies. Rick is an avid sailor, private pilot, enjoys racquetball and motorcycle riding along with many other outdoor activities.

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