Speaker Date Topic
Lori Smith, Principal Oaklawn Elementary School Jun 20, 2019
Elementary School Curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning
Lori has long served the Menomonie School District.  She has been a mainstay as principal of Oaklawn Elementary for several years.
Three years ago, the Sunrise Rotary club gave the Menomonie School District a grant to prepare a curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning.  There is a touch of Caddy Woodlawn sprinkled within the curriculum, now in use in the Elementary Schools in Menomonie.
Lori will share the particulars of the curriculum and the benefits to the students.  
Joel Helminiak - Chair of Rotary Feeds Jun 27, 2019
Rotary Feeds

Joel and other committee members will provide an overview of the program: 

  • Committee Structure / Members / Responsibilities
  • Operations including Inventory & Distribution and Event Planning & Execution
  • Finances including Expenses, Revenues, Scholarships
  • Results including Number of Events (Since Start Date), Number of Meals Packed
  • Recipe / Ingredient Supplier Change 
  • Impact for International Disasters, Local Hunger Recipients, and Packing Volunteers 

Rotary Feeds in the new name of the program, previously called Kids Against Hunger ... as it undergoes a name change intended to place the spotlight on "Rotary". 

The objectives of the project remain the same:

1) To deliver a hands-on project that carries both a local and international impact.

2) To provide a community keystone project with impactful results that gives the Menomonie and Chippewa Valley Rotary Clubs a visible presence to market the Rotary brand locally. 

3) To attract service minded professional to the best service club in the world, Rotary!

No meeting today. Enjoy the 4th! Jul 04, 2019
Nancy Comello - Ex Dir Supporting Safe Birth Jul 11, 2019
Improving Neonatal and Maternal Birth Rates in Guatemala

Nancy is leading an effort to send vocational training teams to Guatemala in 2019. The teams will both train birth attendants and to equip them with supplies.  


Area of Focus : Saving mothers and children

Host Sponsor : Las Americas Rotary Club of Guatemala City, Guatemala

International Sponsor : Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club, Wisconsin, USA 

• The neonatal mortality rate in Guatemala is 15 babies per 1000 live births.

• Seventy-five percent of those babies die within their first 24 hours of life.

• The maternal mortality rate is approximately 120 women per 100,000 live births.

• The maternal mortality rate is three times higher among indigenous Mayan women. 

Vocational training teams will train birth attendants and equip them with supplies. Master Trainers will be trained and equipped with mannequins and teaching materials. Trainers use two programs— Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive—that were developed specifically for use in low-resource countries and have been used successfully since 2010.

By creating a self-sustaining program using the “Train the Trainer” model, this project will build the capacity of indigenous birth attendants, thereby allowing them to provide evidence-based care to women and babies in their communities to improve birth outcomes. Birth attendants trained as Master Trainers will educate other birth attendants, expanding the project’s scope and sustainability. 

Katherine Dutton - Executive Director Jul 18, 2019
Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones' Mission Statement is "People helping people strengthen the Dunn County community by providing food, shelter and support."  



The Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in need and is currently averaging 1,500 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides over 400 Project SAM weekend kids meal bags to children and youth at local schools each week.


The Stepping Stones Shelters provide emergency shelter, housing assistance, and referral services. Winter Haven operates November 15 through May 31. We are currently seeking volunteers for Winter Haven.


The Community Connections Program connects volunteers to people needing support services and provides direct assistance to people in emergency financial need as funds are available.

McSweeney, Jeff - Director Jul 25, 2019
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Jeff will share the business story of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  


The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that strives to strengthen and connect our community by engaging people in the arts. The Mabel offers a full performing arts season, outreach programming, and an annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to providing our own programming, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts partners with many community organizations, including University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie Public Library, area schools, and the Menomonie Theater Guild.

The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater was constructed in 1889 as a tribute to Mabel Tainter, a young woman who loved music and the arts. The Memorial was commissioned by her parents, Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter. Captain Tainter was a lumber baron and silent partner with Knapp, Stout, & Co. The building was constructed during the grand Victorian era, and no expense was spared. The facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres, and is a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. 

In 2007, the theater underwent an addition and renovation. The addition provided numerous fire/life safety improvements, accessibility updates, and modernized building systems. The interior restoration involved investigation and careful repair or reconstruction of the elaborate Moorish style decoration. Theater seating was widened and refurbished to enhance the visitor's experience. The result is a theater that can continue its historic legacy and be appreciated for generations to come.

Courtney Sand Aug 08, 2019
Board Meeting
Tom Portz, CFP, Waukesha, WI Aug 15, 2019
tentative - Bitcoin: It Affects Us All

Bitcoin has been in the news quite a bit lately. As the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin has drawn attention from private citizens to government agencies. Included are reports of people losing large sums of money investing in Bitcoin. Which is why an overview of Bitcoin is most timely.

The concept behind Bitcoin was introduced to the world in 2008 through an essay published online.  All transactions take place on a peer-to-peer basis; there is no banking or credit card system. A host of computers around the world authenticate and store the transactions. A sophisticated algorithm, developed by the National Security Agency, helps protect the data. Successful transactions are stored permanently in the computers in what are known as blocks. Those blocks form the foundation of blockchain technology.

Bitcoin has been in the news recently due to its widely fluctuating value.  Portz advises against investing in Bitcoin at this time.  Yet he suggests that the blockchain technology has merit. Blockchain technology could be valuable in numerous industries and processes, including health care, shipping, and warehousing. During a recall, for example, investigators could find the specific item in a container of goods without having to destroy the entire shipment. 

It remains to be seen how the technology evolves and is employed throughout the world.

FYI ... Tom Portz is a frequent speaker on the topic.  He does not sell anything and his presentation is educational.  

Courtney Sand Sep 12, 2019
Club Business

Rotary Fest planning

Paul Harris recogition

New member induction


Courtney Sand Oct 10, 2019
Board Meeting
Courtney Sand Nov 14, 2019
Club Business

Rotary Fest planning

Paul Harris recogition

New member induction


Courtney Sand Dec 12, 2019
Board Meeting