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 (2/26).

Our program this week will be a continuation of our Meaningful Conversations series and will feature Aziz Abu Sarah. Welcome back Aziz! (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:

  • John Cabaniss (2/26)
  • Bruce Carter (3/5)
  • Danila Danesi (3/12)
  • Seth Duhnke (3/19)

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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It's as easy as one-two-three. Honest! (You may want to check off the first two steps in advance of the meeting start time)

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Hope to see you Friday!

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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Member Spotlight - John Cabaniss

As most of you know, my wife Julie, daughter Sara and I spent last year living in Madrid, Spain. Above is a photo taken in December 2019 while touring the Christmas lights in Plaza Mayor. Little did we appreciate a year ago as we spent a four day weekend in Paris that our adventures and service work were about to be disrupted by the virus. Madrid was hit hard. The hospitals were full. The convention center served as a makeshift covid ward and the ice rinks became morgues.  The government instituted a complete lockdown similar to the restrictions Alberto described last week currently in effect in Peru. The restrictions were supported by all political parties in Spain from the fascist to the communist. Every night at our apartment complex at 7 pm we went to our rooftop and applauded our healthcare workers with our neighbors. Prior to covid, I was active in two rotary clubs, Majadahonda and Pozuelo. Early in the virus we lost an amazing Rotarian, Juan Antonio Gonzalez to the virus. Juan was a retired Nuclear engineer who was working full time through Rotary on a project to bring sanitary water to an indigenous tribe in Bolivia. Since our return to Thiensville in June, I have maintained my support of the Majadahonda club to raise money for Spain’s foodbanks. In these covid times I appreciate the opportunity through Rotary to make a small difference both locally and internationally.

I was born in San Diego, a navy brat and grew up in Newport News, Virginia. I headed north for college and graduated in 1977 from Michigan Tech in the upper peninsula with a degree in mechanical engineering. I then went to work for General Motors at its Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. At night I went to law school at Wayne State. I came to Milwaukee in 1981 for a job with Quarles & Brady.  After sampling corporate defense for five years I joined a plaintiff’s firm and began to specialize in Product Liability cases. In 1995 after several job changes I started my own law firm, Cabaniss Law. In my practice I prosecuted, tried and settled personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and fraud cases. I closed my office in 2019 and have one remaining case to complete.

I am spending my recreational time bicycling, golfing and reading. While in Spain I joined the Casa de Campo mountain biking club and upon my return I joined the Bayview Bicycle club. I am also taking Spanish 204 at UWM as an audit student. As a family we enjoy traveling, cooking and entertaining. Prior to settling on Spain for our year abroad we visited and considered Costa Rica and Ecuador(Cumbaya near Quito).  We hosted a Spanish  AFS student Carla for school year ’17-’18 and it was visiting her during the summer of ’18 in Madrid that resulted in our selection of Spain. Our daughter Sara was adopted from Guatemala in 2007 and during our adoption trip I reconnected with an old Guatemalan friend, Gloria. She and her husband have a foundation in Guatemala that cares for children with mental and physical handicaps, Anini. It also operates a school for about 300 kids from the surrounding area as well as medical, dental, eye and other clinics for the neighboring area. Upon our return we started a 501c3, Anini USA, initially to raise money for Anini Guatemala. Additionally, we also now raise money for a Milwaukee dental clinic operated by Children’s Hospital and for a school in rural Kenya. We look forward to continuing our backyard fundraiser in a post covid world. I also have three older children, Jess(38), Josh(35) and Jason(33) as well as three grandchildren.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

2021 WAS - Urban Life in a Changing World

An Invitation to Be Our Club’s Delegate

If you have high school ghildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or if you know high school students like babysitters, grocery store workers , etc. who would represent our club well and would benefit from participating on this opportunity, please encourage them to check it out at

Participants will engage in an adventure that will broaden their understanding of international happenings and change their perspective. The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) brings participants face to face with other students, experts, and leaders from the world over. Students will engage in stimulating discussion of world affairs. They’ll interact with experienced professionals - from government, business, and academia. Participants will leave with strong bonds and lifelong friends. The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club will sponsor and award 80% of the cost to a limited number of student delegates.

  1. Go to the WAS webpage (link above) and review carefully.
  2. Contact Lucia Francis at or text to 414-581-2252 no later than Monday, March 1 to let her know you wish to be a delegate.
  3. Complete registration no later than March 10th to be eligible for discounts.


Representatives from World Affairs Seminar will be our guest during the Interact meeting.

Monday, March 1 at 3:15 pm to learn about the 2021 WAS. 

MT Sunrise is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting: EhWaWxxT3BRYVJ1TGI2QT09

Meeting ID: 838 4419 0174 • Passcode: 123075

RI District 6270 Selects Alaina Eckert for Global Grant Scholarship

For Immediate Release

Rotary International (RI) District 6270 is pleased to announce the selection of Alaina Eckert, Sussex, WI, as its Global Grant Scholarship applicant for 2021-2022.

Ms. Eckert is a graduate of Sussex Hamilton H.S. and of The University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has already begun a dual degree, Master of Science/Master of International Nature Conservation, in a cooperative program of the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University in Lincoln, New Zealand.

The practical approach of the program is to preserve the integrity of nature, in combination with the assessment of risk management and conservation strategy, and offers an invaluable experience in the education of international conservation. The four-semester program offers new perspectives to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems that allow local communities to be resilient to future ecological changes, maintain economic stability and growth, use adaptive conservation management strategies for both the betterment of the community and the ecosystem, and preserve critical ecological systems. Thus, Ms. Eckert’s program of studies aligns with RI’s “Community Economic Development” Area of Focus, and it anticipates close alignment with RI’s newest Area of Focus, “Protecting the Environment,” which becomes effective on July 1, 2021.

The amount of the Global Grant Scholarship is U.S. $30,000. RI District 6270 is providing $15,000 of that amount, and The Rotary Foundation is matching it with another $15,000. The Rotary Foundation, RI districts, and Rotary clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study through the Global Grant Scholarship program.

Information about Rotary’s other scholarship programs can be accessed at:

Candlelight Walk In The Woods

According to all the comments received Saturday night and email messages since, our "First Annual" Candlelight Walk-in-the-Woods was a resounding success!  People loved everything about it ... the ice candles, the groomed trails, the welcoming fire pits, hot chocolate, hot 'cider', s'mores and the crisp-but-not-too-cold and clear night with very visible star-shine and moonlight.

Thanks go to our Scout partners who helped make ice luminaria and set them out on the trails for us, to Mike Gies and the City DPW workers who also made luminaria, groomed the trails, cut tree stumps to serve as seating around the fire pits, and created spaces in the snow for the pits, and to our Interact Club from Homestead who helped greet walkers and pour hot beverages. Thanks also to all our Club members who helped in so many ways ... especially setting up in the morning, monitoring fire pits & covering all the 'host' duties throughout the evening, and cleaning up at the end. It took many hands to make the work reasonably light for all.

On top of creating a very fine community event that attracted around 400 individuals ... lots of families with kids ... we received donations totaling $720 to help us bring the Grazing Goat Crew back for more buckthorn push-back.

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Raised in suburban Detroit, Craig has made his home in a variety of places in the Midwestern U.S., settling in Oshkosh 29 years ago, and he hopes the Badger fans among you will forgive him for his degrees from Michigan State University.
He joined the Rotary Club of Oshkosh Southwest in 1999 and has served in a variety of board and committee roles since then, including the presidency in 2008-09. He served as Assistant Governor for the 5 Oshkosh and Fond du Lac Rotary clubs from 2015 - 2018.
Over his decades in Oshkosh, he has also served in a wide range of non-Rotary volunteer leadership roles within the community. At present, he serves as a volunteer conflict mediator for the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, is on the board of directors of his community's 137 year-old performing arts theater The Grand Oshkosh, and is a co-producer of the TEDxOshkosh conference.
Craig is the owner of the Oshkosh-based Web consulting and development firm Clareo Consulting, LLC, and has been married to his wife Heidi, a veterinarian, for 24 amazing years. In the spare moments of down-time he can find, he loves to do anything outdoors, especially if it involves wilderness spaces without electricity where modern technology does not work.
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