To mark Earth Day, MT Sunrise Rotarians, students from Concordia University Wisconsin, and members of the Homestead HS Interact Club planted 100s of trees in Rotary Park in Mequon.

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 (4/30).

Our program this week will feature Christine Bohn from OWLT who will update us on their efforts at Pukaite Woods. (Scroll down for bio) We will also be inducting our newest member Shawn Whalen.

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:

  • Mike Kim (4/30)
  • Dick Kinney (5/7)
  • Dave Kliber (5/14)
  • Mark Leonardelli (5/21)

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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Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more. - James Thurber

Mequon Fire Department hires battalion chief

MEQUON — The Mequon Fire Department has hired one of the three battalion chiefs the common council approved last year to help address staffing shortages at the paid-on-call department.

Matthew Schneider will serve as battalion chief of emergency medical services for MFD. Already a member of the department, Schneider has served as the parttime paramedic program director for the past nine years.

“BC Schneider brings significant expertise in medical services to MFD, having specialized training in critical care transport, community EMS, and board certification in critical care flight paramedicine,” said MFD Deputy Chief Kurt Zellmann.

Schneider had been employed at the North Shore Fire Department as a full-time firefighter and paramedic since 2015.

Schneider also holds a faculty appointment at the MATC’s Paramedic Education Program and is a member of the traveling motorsport safety/medical team for the INDYCAR series.

Schneider has studied emergency services, paramedicine and medical sciences at Idaho State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waukesha County Technical

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Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

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Dear Rotarian Friends!

Know of anyone looking for a job in the Landscape Industry? I need help! (Not like all of you haven't figured that out by now, be nice!)

Maybe you could pass this around?

Work outside in a truly GREEN business creating beautiful projects and helping Mother Nature! 

Wandsnider Landscape Architects  specializes in the creation of "Monet's Garden" and other Artistic Interpretations that you can jump into like Bert the chimney sweep jumped into the sidewalk chalk drawing!    

We need skills in everything from installing terraces and walls to turf and trees.

We use lots of tools and equipment from DINGOS to LAZERS 

Physical work, Yes! A wide variety of projects all around Milwaukee, Yes!

Do we own a lawn mower? No! Do we pull weeds? No! Can you sit behind a computer? No!

Will you need to bring your hands and brain? Yes

Top wages? Yes

Like outdoor sports and activities? Fantastic! Want to work outside just to get a tan? Don't call!

Describe yourself as scrappy? Perfect!

Seasonal through 9 months a year openings, maybe more

Thanks for any referrals!


Bill Wandsnider

Phone: 262-255-7882

How to talk to someone who is vaccine hesitant

Tips to have that talk

by Elizabeth Schroeder

As COVID-19 vaccinations are administered around the globe, you’ve probably seen your social media feeds fill up with joyful vaccine selfies and excited appointment updates. Chances are, you also have someone in your life who’s skeptical. Most of us do — and that has public health officials concerned.

Vaccine hesitancy is often fuel for heated public debate, but conversations about vaccines don’t have to be contentious. In fact, being willing to have them is one of the most impactful ways we can influence global health. As with many emotionally-charged topics, knowing how to start the conversation can be the hardest part. These tips may help you open up a dialogue and get your loved ones thinking differently about being vaccinated.

Find shared values. We all want similar things — healthy families, thriving communities, and a sense of control over our health. Demonizing vaccine-hesitant individuals only creates further division and exacerbates an “us vs. them” mentality. Try explaining why you choose vaccinations. Is it to protect the most vulnerable members of your community? To shield your children from preventable disease? Relatable motivations like these can help forge a human connection and get to the emotional heart of the issue.

Seek to understand. Just as there are many reasons to be vaccinated, there are many reasons a person might feel dubious. A prevalent one is misinformation, which is more contagious than ever in our digital age. Others are more complicated and riddled with an ugly history. Marginalized communities have spent centuries being mistreated by the medical establishment. Expecting these communities to immediately trust the same institution to have their best interest at heart is unfair and dismissive of historic trauma.

Know your “C’s.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined three “C’s” that contribute to vaccinate hesitancy: complacency, convenience, and confidence. We could also add a fourth: culture. Rates of vaccine hesitancy, as well as contributing factors, vary widely based on a person’s location, background, and community. Being cognizant of these differences can prevent us from making incorrect assumptions. If someone is skipping recommended vaccines due to religious beliefs, opening a conversation with safety statistics may not be helpful or relevant to them.

Lead with facts. Mythbusting can be tempting, but did you know that repeating misinformation can actually give it more weight? Instead of focusing on why that meme or blog post is incorrect, stick to simple statements of fact. For example: “large-scale scientific studies find no link between the HPV vaccine and auto-immune symptoms.”

Be the voice of the majority. Social norms are an incredibly powerful force, but the key is to keep it positive. If you try to convince someone that not enough people are receiving vaccines, they may feel that their hesitancy has been validated by others. A more effective approach is to focus on how many people are choosing to vaccinate and why. Remind them that large-scale inoculation is a group effort and we want them on the team.

Identify the problem and the solution. If you’ve ever stood at the edge of a diving board, unable to move, you know that fear can be paralyzing. Fear of severe illness can have similar effects. When we talk about vaccine-preventable disease, simply scaring someone is likely to backfire. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge two facts simultaneously: these diseases are serious and being vaccinated is a simple and effective countermeasure. Help put power back into their hands by identifying an action they can take — being vaccinated!

Vaccines bring us closer to a world where everyone thrives, but it’s a team effort. By having conversations, you can bring your friends and family along on our global health journey.

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May 07, 2021
Cheel Project Update
Cheel Project Update

The Cheel will soon break ground on its new two-story building in Thiensville, following the village Plan Commission’s final approval Tuesday night.

Owners Barkha and Jesse Daily are redeveloping their restaurant after its previous 130-year-old building was destroyed in a fire last year.

The project was unveiled in February. It includes the Napalese restaurant on the first floor and a concert and event venue, tentatively dubbed the Phoenix Room on the second floor, with outdoor seating areas on both levels. The 10,000-square-foot, Victorian-style building will be constructed on The Cheel’s now-empty lot at 105 S. Main Street.

Barkha Daily said the rebuilding process has been emotional and hard. The business needed to make sure the Thiensville community would welcome it back, which included securing sufficient parking.

During the Special Plan Commission meeting Tuesday, there was one ‘no’ vote from Commissioner Ken Kucharski, who said his decision was based strictly on the belief that there wasn’t adequate parking for the restaurant. However, he supports the business. 

“It’s quite exciting now that we’ve been working with contractors, designing layout and equipment,” she said. “Now we can really find a concrete date, hopefully in a few weeks, to have a groundbreaking.”

Daily anticipates the project will wrap next spring. Greenleaf-based The Brookwater Group is heading design and construction.

The Cheel’s redevelopment is partially funded by community donations, through GoFundMe and fundraisers by other local restaurants.

“I don’t know how we could have done without it, and without knowing that there were so many people praying for us, supporting us,” said Daily. “It’s very humbling and we really feel like everyone wants us to come back, which makes us feel like we have to produce for this amazing nucleus of an area that everybody so loves…”

Even without a physical space, The Cheel has continued to serve diners and drive revenue through pop-up events at the River Club of Mequon. Its March 13 event immediately sold out; the next one is scheduled for April 10 and is filling up fast, said Daily. The restaurant is also hosting a Nepali Asian fusion dinner and wine pairing at the historic Maxwell Mansion in Lake Geneva on March 27. 

The Cheel plans to open its adjacent beer garden and live music venue, The Barree, this summer as the new building is being constructed.

May 21, 2021
District 6270 Water & Sanitation Global grant projects, past, present and future
May 28, 2021
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