Speaker Date Topic
Chris Gaetzke - Director, Lower Chippewa Invasives Apr 25, 2019
Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnersh
Dustyn Dubuque - Director Main St Menomonie May 02, 2019
Main Street Menomonie, Executive Director

Dustyn can be reached at director@downtownmenomonie.com

Shaide, Mike May 09, 2019
Board Meeting
Josh Bergmann Owner and CEO May 16, 2019
Season's Harvest Tour - there

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Menomonie will tour Season's Harvest Nursery.  

Eric Atkinson - Menomonie Chief of Police May 23, 2019
Law Enforcement & the Menomonie Police Department vs. the Methamphetamine Issue

Chief Atkinson will discuss the methamphetamine problem and the strategies the Menomonie Police Department is using to combat the issue.

Monique Hammond - Hearing Loss Expert May 30, 2019
Hearing Loss - the Silent Epidemic

Monique Hammond is a registered pharmacist who lost hearing in her left ear – from a loud band - at a church fundraiser 10 years ago.  The incident became a life-changer – she had to quit her job at the University Hospital Pharmacy.  Monique had graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. 

After losing hearing, she did 5 years of research and wrote the book: What Did You Say? An unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss (now in the 2nd Edition).

Monique was appointed by the governor to the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-Of-Hearing Minnesotans, where she completed two terms as vice-chair.  She is also past president of the Twin Cities’ Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. 

Monique speaks regularly to employees and the members of the public about Hearing Loss and the dangers of loud noise.

Website and blog: https://hearing-loss-talk.com/

Jack Baus - Fire Chief, Menomonie Fire Department Jun 06, 2019
Tour of the North Menomonie Fire Station

The Menomonie Fire Department (MFD) is a combination department staffed by 28 sworn full time members, one full time civilian, and 20 paid on call members.  Services are provided out of two fire stations. 

In addition to fire suppression, we are a licensed Critical Care level paramedic service.  MFD is a State of Wisconsin Type III hazardous materials response team, and provides numerous technical rescue services including water rescue, confined space, high angle rope rescue, and structural collapse response.  Most recently, MFD has added a tactical rescue task force that is prepared to respond with law enforcement to active shooter incidents.  The Menomonie Fire Department is also a member of WI Task Force 1; several of our members are part of this elite team that receives specialized rescue training.  We have participated in deployments to Florida hurricanes, and southern Wisconsin flooding.

MFD provides the highest quality service protecting lives and property for the City of Menomonie, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and nine surrounding communities with a population of approximately 37,000 people.  

Shaide, Mike Jun 13, 2019
Club Business

Rotary Fest Planning

New Member Inductions

Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions

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 mainstary a principal of Oaklawn for several years.
About three years ago, Sunrise Rotary club gave the School District a grant to prepare the 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.  
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.

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.