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 (3/26).

Our program this week will be a continuation of our Meaningful Conversations series focusing this week on anti-Semitism. Joining us this week will be Moshe Katz, Owner Atid Properties & Yellow Wood, Brian Schupper, Chair of the Board for the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jenny Tasse the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. (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:

  • Lucia Francis (3/26)
  • Peter Gohsman (4/2)
  • Cori Guerin (4/9)
  • Joe Gutsmiedl (4/16)

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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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt 

Member Spotlight - Lucia Francis

Editors Note: Lucia was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2002. She would like to take this opportunity to share the fact that April is Parkinson's disease awareness month.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, your face may show little or no expression. Your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson's disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications might significantly improve your symptoms. Occasionally, your doctor may suggest surgery to regulate certain regions of your brain and improve your symptoms.

  • 10 million people worldwide are living with PD
  • one million people will be living with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the U.S. (more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year. 15,000 n Wisconsin living with PD 4% (2,400) of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • $52 billion, per year in the United States alone is the is estimated combined direct and indirect cost of Parkinson’s, including treatment, social security payments and lost income Medications alone cost an average of $2,500 a year Therapeutic surgery can cost up to $100,000 per person.
Paying It Forward

pay it forward [pey it fawr-werd]: Pay it forward is an expression for when the recipient of an act of kindness does something kind for someone else rather than simply accepting or repaying the original good deed. - Pop Culture Dictionary

On Friday (2/19) our Rotary speaker was Albert Alcarraz who was kind enough to share a bit of his life and beautiful family with us. He also shared the not-so-beautiful situation that currently exists in Peru. On top of a corrupt and ineffective government, citizens of Peru are experiencing a hard lock-down with extreme limits on mobility, no opportunity for work or income, and no hope of receiving a covid vaccine.

After hearing Alberto's story our club wanted to do something to help. In addition to collecting needed items and shipping them to Albert we also raised $1,000.

Here are some photos from Albert about the 10 baskets he prepared for neighbors using part of the funds we sent. The rest will be used to cover family expenses.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Motorcycle ride raises awareness of depression

By Dieter Schneider, member of the Rotary Motorcyclist Fellowship (IFMR) and the Rotary Club Würzburg

A year after my son took his own life after suffering from severe depression, I set off on a motorcycle to Cape Town, South Africa. The trip through East Africa was both a time to process trauma and fulfill a desire for adventure. My encounters with interesting people and my experiences on this fascinating continent healed my inner turmoil. When I arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, I made a life-changing decision.

I wanted to get involved in mental health and suicide prevention. My club, the Rotary Club of Würzburg, Germany, supported me in a project that I called “Fellows Ride.” In June 2018, I started a ride around the world on a BMW 800 GS motorcycle. Even though I was driven by wanderlust and a thirst for adventure, this time I also had a mission. I wanted to shift attention off of myself and build awareness for the insidious disease of depression.

Online Version
Upcoming Speakers
Apr 02, 2021
Sirona Recovery
Sirona Recovery

As one of The Difference Principle’s two Co-Founders, Nick Sayner brings experience, education and a long list of list of accomplishments working in the criminal justice system and with nonprofit organizations in the County, State and Nation. Nick began his career with Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) as a volunteer in 1995. He worked in various capacities of the pretrial services program while at WCS, ending his tenure as manager of the release planning program in 2001.

Nick joined Justice 2000 in 2002 where he held multiple positions including release planning case manager and supervisor, forensic tracking case manager, program coordinator and held the position of Pretrial Services Program Director before taking the position as Division Director when Justice 2000 merged with Community Advocates in January, 2010. In addition to his many years in pretrial services with WCS and Justice 2000, Nick expanded his career path in the criminal justice field that encompasses his active involvement in Milwaukee County’s Community Criminal Justice Council (MCCJC).

In August of 2010 he was asked by the MCCJC executive committee to serve on the Evidence Based Decision Making policy team and was soon selected to co-chair a working sub-committee focusing on pretrial services. In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections selected Nick to take part in both the “Orientation for New Pretrial Executives,” and the “Short Term Technical Assistance Training Seminar,” certifying him to act as a NIC Pretrial Services Technical Assistance provider. In November 2011 Nick was elected to an at large board member position of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) the professional membership organization for pretrial practitioners. In 2012, Nick was invited to take a position on the State of Wisconsin’s Problem Solving Court Subcommittee of the State Community Justice Council. Nick received his Master of Public Administration Degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 2013. 


In an effort to serve more individuals, COPE Hotline (now the COPE Line) recently joined a new behavior health organization, Sirona Recovery. Sirona Recovery’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and strengthen communities through collaboration, shared resources, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving strategies. The COPE Line is just one of many programs in the Sirona network that provide a blend of substance use prevention and intervention services with a behavioral health focus on co-existing mental health disorders.

Our name has changed, but our services have not! For over 40 years the COPE Line (formerly COPE Hotline) has provided a safe and confidential hotline that helps reduce the challenges many citizens face daily. The mission of the COPE Line is to offer emotional support and crisis intervention to those in need. The program is a 24-hour, 7-day a week anonymous and confidential telephone line that is free of charge and available to any resident in the following five counties: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Waukesha, and Washington. With its twofold focus on emotional support and crisis intervention, its priority is on the health and wellbeing of residents in those five counties.

Listed below is information on Nick Sayner, CEO of Sirona Recovery who will be speaking on Friday morning, April 2, 2021.

Nick Sayner, MPA
CEO and Founder

  • 22 years of Nonprofit Experience
  • Founder of JusticePoint, Justice Initiatives Institute, Sirona Recovery and The Difference Principle
  • 15 Years of nonprofit Upper Management Experience-
  • Board Experience
  • Charter Member of The Rotary Club of Mequon Milwaukee Afterhours
  • National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) since 2012, currently serving as Board President
  • Vice President of the Nonprofit Helping Hands Foundation
  • Major Project Involvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Statewide Policy Team (Wisconsin)
  • National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executives Network
  • Born and Raised in Mequon, Homestead High School - Graduating Class of ‘96


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