Club Meeting Information

We meet Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at Newcastle Place, 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon WI 53092. Our next meeting is 7:00 AM on Friday (1/7/2022).

This week's program will feature an induction ceremony for our newest member Judine Phillips. Judine transferred to us from the Madison South Rotary Club.

Note: Masks are not required in our dining area, but we are asked to wear masks from the front door to the dining room and back.

The 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:

  • Scott Bern (1/7)
  • Bob Blazich (1/14)
  • John Cabaniss (1/21)
  • Bruce Carter (1/28)

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

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Thought of the Week

Build a team so strong that they don't know who the leader is. - Unknown

Literature feeding mind, body and soul

By Conley Publishing Group

Homestead AP literature students, teachers announce food, book drive

MEQUON — The Advanced Placement literature students at Homestead High School are putting some “foreword” thinking into action, seeking to help build unity and answer needs with a food and book drive next month.

The proceeds will support Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, the American Legion and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Donations can be made at several locations around the area through Feb. 1.

Angelina Cicero, in a statement signed by her, fellow teacher Rachel Rauch, and Homestead High School’s AP literature students, said the drive was born out of a discussion of ways to bring the citizens of Mequon and Thiensville together and recognizing that “building unity takes work.”

“At this point in history, we believe all of us must ask ourselves, ‘What are our shared core values?’ Furthermore, we believe our answer to this question has the power to bring us together,” their statement said.

“As students of literature, which makes us more aware of the human condition, we have a shared value of kindness. With a focus on generosity to those among us who are most in need of support, we seek to create positive transformation as a result of our community involvement and passion. Through this drive, we hope our positive actions, rooted in generosity and gratitude, will model for and involve the next generation in efforts that demonstrate how a collective focus on the greater good creates relationships that can carry us through tough times together.”

The drive will accept food for Family Sharing of Ozaukee County’s pantry made available to those in need, but also is seeking books for them to sell in their store. Some of the books also will be donated to the American Legion for distribution to refugees currently staying at Fort McCoy, their statement said. Another organization receiving support will be the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Cicero said in an email the local businesses accepting donations were “very receptive. We found local businesses are enthusiastic about participating in positive community activities,” she said.

Family Sharing is providing bins for food donations and book donations at all six sites. At Homestead only, people can come into the office, fill out a donation envelope, and make a monetary donation.

Cicero added the students are participating in this out of the goodness of their hearts. “They are not doing it for credit. As they are seniors, some may count hours of service toward commitments to community service they made as a result of their involvement in National Honors Society, but most have already fulfilled those hours already,” she said.

Rauch said there were about 55 students participating between three classes.

“I am just proud of the students for stopping wanting to participate,” she added.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Rotary Projects Around the Globe - America

by Brad Webber

Editors Note: This is the seventh in a series of articles highlighting Rotary projects around the world.

In September, the Rotary Club of Novato, California, celebrated the opening of a community center, the culmination of an effort that began in 2007 with a bequest of $5 million by longtime member Bill Jonas.

The club worked with the College of Marin to construct a 15,600-square-foot complex on the college’s Indian Valley campus. The center houses a banquet space with the capacity for hundreds of guests, a kitchen, and a stage equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment.

The club, whose contribution covered about one-third of the project’s total cost, obtained a 75-year lease as well as naming rights for its benefactors, the late Bill and Adele Jonas, and now holds its meetings at the center. “It was a long-term challenge, but we didn’t give up,” says Sonia Seeman, a co-chair of the project’s planning committee.

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Jan 14, 2022
Mequon Community Foundation
Mequon Community Foundation

Lori Lorenz, the president of Mequon Community Foundation (MCF), is excited to bring the most recent news of MCF to the Sunrise Rotary Club. MCF’s all-volunteer board has been helping enhance the quality of life in our community since 1999. Places you go and events you attend in the community often are recipients of MCF grants. Their impact is far and wide in the areas of recreation, education, culture, outdoor beautification, public safety and general public improvement.  

Lori will tell you about the impact MCF has had in the community and their plans for the future.  She also looks forward to engaging with you as to what you would like to see in our community going forward and how you can get involved in seeing those dreams become a reality.

Lori started her new role as president in May 2021, having served as treasurer of MCF since 2017. As a retired CPA (Arthur Andersen/RSM McGladrey), Lori is passionate about serving others through the Mequon Community Foundation, Fox Point Lutheran Church, the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board, Gems of Hope WI Executive Board and other organizations.  She also volunteers as an accounting consultant for local start-ups and non- profits.

Lori and her husband, Eric, are Wisconsin natives and moved to Mequon in 1984. Although work took them out of the area from 1998-2008, they could not wait to return in 2009 and have been enjoying the new amenities continually being added to their lovely city of Mequon since then. 

In addition to her volunteer work, Lori enjoys golfing, tennis, hiking, boating up north and spending time with her three married children and four beautiful grandchildren.

To find out more about the Mequon Community Foundation, please go to

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