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Marshfield Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Holiday Inn and Conference Center
750 South Central Avenue
Marshfield, WI  54449
United States
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What's Happening at Sunrise Rotary
Our outbound exchange student Brady shared his amazing experience in Brazil with us. 
Rotary Youth Exchange has a goal to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person to person level and is for high school aged students, aged 16-18, interested in living and studying abroad for one year.
For more information about this program please visit http://www.csrye.org/rotary-districts/wisconsin/
This last Thursday Dr. Lori Weyers, President of Northcentral Technical Collage (NTC), joined Sunrise Rotary for breakfast and a bit of education on all that NTC has to offer the State of Wisconsin and Country.
For over 100 years, NTC has been a vital educational component for the citizens of north central Wisconsin. With locations in Wausau, Spensor. Medford, Antigo and Phillips Northcentral Technical College has been effectively connecting learners with the business community since it began in 1912. NTC has over 170 program offerings, including two-year associate degrees that combine technical skills with general education, one and two-year technical diplomas that provide concentrated hands-on-learning and short-term certificates to improve job skills. Additionally, NTC offers flexible learning opportunities including an online Virtual College offering full-time, part-time, day and evening classes to fit any students busy lifestyle.
NTC has placed a renewed emphasis on offering classes and entire programs in an online format, allowing students to complete their coursework entirely, or mostly, online from the comfort of their own homes and schedule. NTC has been awarded the number one online school in the State of Wisconsin and ranks the fourth in the country helping students accomplish their goals around the world.
With affordable tuition, exceptional job placement rates and numerous transfer opportunities, an education at NTC will prepare you for the jobs of the future.
Volunteers sought to prevent dangerous falls in Wood County
Marshfield Clinic is seeking volunteers to serve Independent and Upright, a falls prevention program, in Wood County.
Marshfield Clinic and the Lincoln County Falls Coalition developed Independent and Upright to empower older adults to maintain their independence by staying safe in their home. Program participants are referred by a medical provider, family member, friend or self. The program is available for all community members in Lincoln and Wood counties.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an older adult falls every second of every day. Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries and death from injury.
Volunteers will visit the homes of older adults to identify fall risk factors and connect the individual to community resources to make safety changes. The ideal volunteer is interested in supporting seniors, possesses good communication skills, is empathetic and age 55+ (not required). Volunteers are required to complete the Marshfield Clinic application process and training.
If you are interested in receiving more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Zelenak at Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach at 715-221-8400 or visit cco.marshfieldclinic.org.

Marshfield Area Purple Angels is a new non-profit organization created to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. They provide free services and support to people who have dementia and to those who care for them.

Listed below are some of the services this new non-profit is providing to the Marshfield area:

  • Purple Angels Memory Cafe: Come and enjoy interesting music and fun activities the first Thursday of each month at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

  • Dementia Friendly Marshfield:  a dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are given the support they need in order to live a high quality life with meaning, purpose and value. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is promoting this initiative as part of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign. Marshfield Area Purple Angels has committed to lead this initiative in Marshfield.

           For more information, visit http://www.dementiafriendlymarshfield.org.

  • Sing along with Margaret (Music Therapy): Sing along with Margaret is a special project that brings meaningful music to people with Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia. Doug Seubert, a certified dementia practitioner and music/activity specialist, facilitates both group and individual music sessions in local care facilities as well as in private homes. A free "sing along with Margaret" CD is also available to anyone who might benefit from the power of music.

  • "Margie's House" (Respite Care): Marshfield Area Purple Angels plans to offer free respite care on evenings and weekends. Anyone with dementia or memory loss can stay with a trained care provider in a safe, comfortable, home setting. This allows family caregivers to get a break, to rest, to run errands, or to meet with friends.  "Margies House" is scheduled to open in October 2017.

  • Care giving Classes and Support Groups: Marshfield Area Purple Angels offers free care giving classes, workshops, and support groups for family caregivers.


For more information about these and other available programs, visit http://www.marshfieldpurpleangels.org, call Doug at 715-282-0897 or e-mail doug@marshfieldpurpleangels.org


Susan Schrag Eaton, left, hands off the Presedential Gavel to Dr. Larry Clouse, right. 

Eaton was president of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Marshfield for the 2016-2017 Rotary year and Clouse is serving 2017-2018. Jointly they are sharing our 24th anniversary year since we were founded in 1993 -- in a world that now has 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. We also honored one of our charter members, Tom Wepfer, for 40 years (yes, FORTY years) of perfect attendance.  

Thank you Susan for a great year of service to our club and good luck Dr. Clouse in your upcoming year!


The Marshfield Career Closet is actively looking for any lightly used professional, casual or new clothing. We are a subcommittee of United Way and have a permanent clothing bin for you donating convenience located at the Marshfield United Way office.  The Career Closet also has three traveling bins, to find the location of these bins, simply like us on Facebook. Please contact us if you wish to host a donation bin at your business. The Career Closet will be happy to make your involvement with our project easy, satisfying and tax deductible!  All items will be circulated back into the our community, and given to those in need at no cost.  Dressing well opens doors, donate today and help those in need open the door to opportunity.
Meet Gary, an adventurer, volunteer and fellow Rotarian.
 It is no mistake Gary came to speak with Rotarians on June 1st,  International Children’s Day. He began his journey with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), some years back and has traveled the world sharing his agricultural knowledge with underprivileged countries to better the lives of children around the world.  His volunteer time was increasingly focused on agroenterprise programming, which beyond increasing productivity, focused on the skills and conditions necessary to add value to farm produce and connect farmers to higher value markets. Gary volunteers Agricultural Advancement Seminars to villagers and farmers spanning the country side through Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua. He believes teaching farmers the importance of feeding their live stock nutrient based food will improve the nutrient in the milk and other animal products supplied to the community. The higher nutrient value provided to the children, the healthier they will be. 
Gary recently purchased a hotel in Ecuador for volunteers to stay at while volunteering. He calls this opportunity MAVVI. follows is a link on how you can become an adventurer and volunteer.
P.U.P.P.E.T.S. stands for People Using Puppets for Preparing Each other with The Spirit.
The PUPPETS team is an ongoing youth ministry of Christ Lutheran Church that strives to encourage fellow members in their faith and to share the gospel with others. PUPPETS works primarily within the Christ Lutheran Church, but expanding to area churches and social organizations.
The PUPPETS team puts on performances around the community all through out the year. To learn more about what they are doing and how to get involved find them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CL-PUPPETS-112659038766479/
These kids put on an inspiring performance! Thank you for your unity and dedication.

Although it looks like America may have weathered the worst of the recession , many states are still reeling from the economic slump and most have made large cuts in public service funding, including higher education. As a result, public colleges and universities have increased tuition, meaning students are probably going to pay more now. This is why scholarships have become so essential to the majority of students who want to graduate with a college degree. Sunrise Rotary offers several annual Scholarships to those pursuing a higher education and the winners of those scholarships are in!

The New Horizons Scholarship goes to Denise Heimstead for one thousand dollars.

The Service Before Self Scholarship goes to both Rachel Fernandez and Tare Guden for five hundred dollars each.

The Work Based Scholarship goes to both Samuel Bauman and Tiffany Gudan for five hundred dollars each.



Kim Krueger, North Wood County Historical Society's Coordinator, gave a presentation on the history of the society and the history of Marshfield. 


The North Wood County Historical Society was established in 1956. The Historical Society is the caretaker of many historical articles that have been generously donated from individuals desiring to bring the past back to life!  The Historical Society hopes to accomplish this by preserving the stories, memories and culture of the people who have lived in the North Wood County area and make them available to the public.

The North Wood County Historical Society currently has 134 members, and is always excepting new members to participate! Individuals, Families and Businesses are all welcome to participate. Membership to the Historical society provides wonderful benefits to businesses and citizens alike. There are volunteer positions and committee positions currently available.

For more information on membership, news or events please contact them at:





Club News
The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students, sponsored by Rotary International District 6270. The week-long experience provides an opportunity for international students from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues in a non-threatening environment. Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. Many have stayed in touch with the friends they made at WAS, even forming business relationships, political contacts and family friendships.
The World Affairs Seminar is an international youth initiative of Rotary International District 6270.  Our vision is to bring better understanding of world problems to young people from around the globe, using current issues as a learning platform. In the course of this study, the WAS provides opportunities for participants to discuss issues with other young people from around the world. Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict.  The idea is if the causes are understood and solutions developed in a cooperative environment, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.

The 2018 World Affairs Seminar will be hosted at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

For more information on how to get involved please call   414-453-4984 or email http://www.carrollu.edu/ 
Our outbound exchange student Brady shared his amazing experience in Brazil with us. 
Rotary Youth Exchange has a goal to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person to person level and is for high school aged students, aged 16-18, interested in living and studying abroad for one year.
For more information about this program please visit http://www.csrye.org/rotary-districts/wisconsin/
Rotary unites more than a million people. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. We transform communities by taking action locally and globally. Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions. 
Rotary Causes:
Promoting Peace
Fighting Disease 
Providing Clean Water
Saving Mothers and Children
Educating Children
Growing Local Economy 
Select the link below to learn about The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pairing with Rotary in the commitment to end Polio!
The Oak Avenue Community Center,  managed by Parks and Recreation, is available for your community needs.
Please visit:
for details on how to rent this space.
To quote Paul Harris, "The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood."
Fellow Rotarians, please join me in welcoming our newest member Mary Sue Kauer from The Hearing House. 
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Prog: Rachel Jensen, Invoc/Greeter: Sharon Witt
Apr 26, 2018
Peg Geegan, Royal Family Kids camp
Prog: Mary Sue Kauer,Invoc/Greeter: Ben Bauer
May 03, 2018
Leadership Project - Presents 4 Parents, Mary Sue Kauer and Team

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