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 (4/9).

Our program this week will feature Steve Schowalter - Chairman & CEO of Port Washington State Bank. (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:

  • Joe Gutsmiedl (4/16)
  • Julie Irvine (4/23)
  • Will Jones (4/30)
  • Brian Kendzor (5/7)

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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Thought of the Week

The man who does not read, has no advantage over the man who cannot read. - Mark Twain

COVID-19 vaccine: 6 myths and facts

By Gregory Brusko, DO, Chief Clinical Officer, Ascension Wisconsin 
News Graphic April 6, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people worldwide, access to safe and effective vaccines is critical to stopping the spread and keeping people healthy. With the authorization and distribution of three COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States, there are many questions about who should receive the vaccine, concern about side effects and efficacy and hope that this will bring an end to a pandemic that has affected millions worldwide for more than a year.

Understanding fact from fiction is an important first step when considering vaccination.

Myth: If I’ve already had COVID-19, I don’t need a vaccine.

Fact: Every eligible person should get vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19. We do not yet know how long a person is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19, which is why it is important to get vaccinated to prevent further illness and/or hospitalization. Since every individual’s health history is unique, talk with your clinician about an appropriate time to get vaccinated after a COVID-19 infection.

Myth: The vaccine will make me sick with COVID19.

Fact: Not true. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID19.

All of the vaccines available today “teach” our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever, body aches, chills that may last for a few days. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in women.

Fact: There is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine. According to the CDC, experts believe that COVID19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term.

Scientists study every vaccine carefully for side effects immediately and for years afterward. The COVID-19 vaccines are being studied carefully now and will continue to be studied for many years. People who are trying to become pregnant now or who plan to try in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.

If a woman is vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the birth of her child and chooses to breastfeed, she will provide passive immunity to her child. Passive immunity gives antibodies to the child and protects them from contracting COVID-19 during the early months of their life.

Myth: Scientists rushed vaccine development, so its effectiveness and safety cannot be trusted.

Fact: All vaccines require extensive research, documentation and closely monitored clinical trials to determine effectiveness and safety before being submitted by pharmaceutical companies for approval. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety, effectiveness and availability of vaccines in the United States. The FDA requires extensive testing and reporting of results by manufacturers before making vaccines available to the public to protect safety and identify any potential side effects.

Given the widespread impact on health and safety, the global medical and research communities have placed unprecedented urgency and collaborative focus on developing a COVID-19 vaccine. While these vaccines are available to the public faster than is typical, they passed clinical trials and have undergone rigorous testing to help ensure effectiveness and safety. All three approved COVID-19 vaccines demonstrated high levels of effectiveness in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.

While the COVID-19 vaccines were completed within a year - they were built upon research that began decades earlier with the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in the early 2000s. Since that outbreak subsided, the research stopped as vaccines were no longer needed. With the current SARSCoV- 2 (COVID-19) pandemic, scientists used a lot of that information, and information learned in subsequent years, to forge ahead and create a vaccine in record time.

Myth: The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will alter my DNA.

Fact: Not true. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. The mRNA that is injected into one’s body degrades naturally after being used by our cell machinery (i.e. the Ribosome) to make the spike protein. It cannot be integrated into our own DNA.

mRNA (or messenger RNA) vaccines “teach” our cells how to make a protein, or even just a piece of a protein, that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

Myth: The side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are dangerous.

Fact: Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever, body aches, headache, and fatigue. These symptoms are normal as the body is building immunity, according to the CDC.

Symptoms are typically mild to moderate in severity, occur within the first three days of vaccination, and resolve within 1–3 days of onset. These symptoms are more frequent and severe following the second dose and among younger persons (less than 55 years old) compared to older persons (greater than 65 years old).

The benefits of vaccination and community immunity far outweigh the risk of side effects from vaccination. Those 65 and older were some of the first residents able to get their COVID vaccines at Ascension hospitals.

For Your Information

From Mequon's Facebook Page

On Wednesday, March 31, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling to invalidate Governor Tony Evers’ Executive Order requiring that masks be worn in public. The ruling follows several extensions of an original mask mandate issued by the Governor that initially took effect in July of last year. With this development, it is now up to each business, organization and institution within the City of Mequon to determine whether masks will continue to be required into the foreseeable future. Masks will continue to be required for all individuals working in, utilizing or visiting City of Mequon facilities, until further notice.

Presently, the City is operating under a Declared Public Health Emergency that was originally enacted in March 2020 to protect the health and well-being of the community, and that has subsequently been extended until September 15, 2021. Given the current pace of vaccinations, and the overall decline in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, it is possible that this Emergency Order could be rescinded earlier than September 15 by action of the Mequon Common Council. Until such time, it is likely that the requirement to wear a face covering in all City buildings and facilities will remain in effect.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

$15.5 million gift will fund new Rotary Peace Center in Middle East or North Africa

The new center will offer a professional development certificate program focused on peacebuilding and development issues in the region. This generous gift from the Walter Foundation, which is based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA, will fund the center’s startup costs and operating expenses, as well as an endowment that will provide peace fellowships in perpetuity for up to 40 students to study there each year.

“Rotary has, for a long time, looked at how we can make a tangible contribution to the one area of the world where the element of peace has seemed so elusive,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair K.R. Ravindran. “Now that opportunity has come our way, thanks to the immense generosity of the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation. We will take full advantage to create a center where we can inspire our peace fellows to give flight to their spirit and equip them to be able to support action that will bring about peace and goodwill in a troubled region.”

The Rotary Foundation will select a partner institution to host the Otto and Fran Walter Rotary Peace Center in 2024, and the first Rotary Peace Fellows are expected to start studying there in January 2026.

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Upcoming Speakers
Apr 16, 2021
Operation Pollination
Operation Pollination

Chris Stein of the National Park Service will be our  April 16 speaker on the topic Operation Pollination, a simple and free collaborative Rotary project to engage the community in pollinator habitat restoration and education activities.

This is a lead in to our Sunrise Environmental Sustainability Team's proposal under consideration to create a Bird & Pollinator Sanctuary between the Riverwalk and River in the Town Center. 

Chris Stein has been a park ranger with the US National Park Service for the past forty years.  He has worked in all regions of the USA helping manage national parks.  His career has taken him from the urban jungle of New York City to the rainforests of American Samoa, where he spent four years managing a rainforest and coral reef national park on three tropical volcanic islands in the South Pacific....his favorite assignment so far!  He also loves international work and feels very fortunate to have been able to provide park assistance to China, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Nigeria, and Tanzania.  Today he works with "large, lived-in landscapes" called National Heritage Areas and has a passion for protecting "the little things that run the world" -- our pollinators.



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