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 (3/5).

Our program this week will feature Patrick Marchese, Chairman Mequon Parks and Open Spaces and Mike Gies, Mequon Forestry Superintendent. Patrick and Mike will be discussing Mequon's Park & Open Space long range plans for Rotary Park & along the Riverwalk in vicinity of the Gateway, with emphasis on improvements to be made this year. (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:

  • Bruce Carter (3/5)
  • Danila Danesi (3/12)
  • Seth Duhnke (3/19)
  • Bobby Fisher (3/26)

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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The “waiting room” will open at 6:50 AM with our meeting starting at 7:00 AM. Attendees should mute themselves when not speaking, or if they have background noise. Attendees can communicate with one another through the “Chat” icon. Click button below to join our Zoom meeting!

Hope to see you Friday!

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Thought of the Week

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. – Indira Gandhi

Member Spotlight - Bruce Carter

Hi I’m Bruce Carter! My family re-located to Mequon-Thiensville from the Kansas City area just about 4 years ago. I’m a CPA but work in operations. I received a degree in Finance & Banking from the University of Missouri. I’m Vice President of Home Health Operations for Advocate Aurora Post Acute Division and spend my time commuting between Milwaukee and Chicago. Recently my wife and I established Advanced Business Solutions, a business consulting and tax services LLC, which we fondly call our “second act”. 

I’ve been married for 33 years to my best friend, Beth. Have 4 fantastic children: Bridget, who resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Jarrod, and our first grand child, George. Twins: William a 1st year law student at Ohio State and Olivia – a Theater Major, improv specialist, and looking to become a script writer, who got a little delayed moving to Chicago with the pandemic and is working as a Patient Service Rep for Aurora Urgent Clinic downtown Milwaukee. Andrew, is a Freshman at Kansas State University working on a Professional Sales Management degree and a member of Delta Sig fraternity. Finally, we have our 6 year old Golden Retriever, June.

Most important lesson learned in business is to over communicate and add value. I joined Rotary when we re-located at the recommendation of a good friend, who is a member of Rotary in Leawood, KS. I value service over self. Most memorable Rotary moment, is the pleasure meeting each one of you and look forward to creating those memorable moments!

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In case you were unable to catch Aziz Abu Sarah's talk on 2/26 or just want to see it again you're welcome to watch the recording of our meeting by clicking the image above.

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The Perfect Place

21-year-old to open bike shop along Interurban Trail in Mequon

By Lisa Curtis - Special to the News Graphic

MEQUON — Biking enthusiast Sam Wolf knew that he wanted to be his own boss someday. He just didn’t realize how soon that day would come.

While many of his peers are in college or simply trying to figure out a career path, the 21-year old Wolf has signed a lease in one of the coveted Foxtown retail spaces.

Wolf will open Trailside Recreation bike store this month, catering to both casual and seasoned bicyclists. His shop at 11090 Weston Drive, Suite 300, is directly adjacent to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail.

It was his uncle, a developer who worked on Foxtown, who told him one night at dinner that he had the “perfect place” for a bike shop.

“We went out there and looked at it, and I said, ‘yeah, this is the perfect spot,’” Wolf said. “We got started on it within that week.”

Trailside Recreation will offer rentals and the sale of bicycles and eBikes, bicycle equipment and apparel.

Wolf, who lives in Grafton and grew up in Cedar Grove, worked for Erik’s bike shop in Grafton for about five years. He said he tends to work on bikes more than he rides, but loves to spend time on the Pleasant Valley Nature Park mountain bike trails.

How we got there: WHO African region is certified free of wild poliovirus

In a challenging time, Rotary members and partners have shown drive in overcoming challenges

By Diana Schoberg Image credit: Andrew Esiebo

It was May 1997, and Sam Okudzeto, then a member of the African Regional PolioPlus Committee from Ghana, was flying to Sierra Leone for what he anticipated would be a routine annual meeting about polio eradication in Africa. But when his plane touched down and he looked out the window, he saw that soldiers, guns drawn, had flooded the tarmac.

As Okudzeto made his way to passport control, he asked an airport official what was going on. “Listen carefully,” he was told. “You can hear the guns.” There had been a coup that morning.

“All we heard was boom, boom, boom,” Okudzeto recalls. “Then I realized that the aircraft that had brought us had gone.”

With no taxis running, Okudzeto and the other meeting participants who had been on the plane walked to a nearby hotel. “We all went to our rooms and put our luggage down and then went to the restaurant,” he recalls. “I asked for the biggest and juiciest sole fish I had ever had in my life, because it might be my last supper.” (Luckily it wasn’t, and four days later, Okudzeto and the others caught a helicopter out of the country.)

“There is an enemy in life — and it’s fear,” he says now. “For those who are not afraid, it’s amazing what you can do. It’s fantastic to see the result now: Africa is [wild] polio-free.”

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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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