Event Types

Provided by John Belken

Aug 08, 2017
Aug 10, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Women in Rotary

Lyn grew up in a Navy family, attended high school in Japan and graduated from both the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school.  Her career was in Health Care then Marketing.  She retired as Marketing Manager for the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, then worked 2 years in California with partners in their own company serving Correctional Industries.

Lyn has been active in Rotary since 1988 when she was one of the first 6 women in the Madison, Wisconsin Downtown Club of 500 members. After moving from Madison, she has joined four different Rotary Clubs in the past 25 years including Concord, California, Stuart, FL, Aiken, SC and now Madison South in Wisconsin, a much smaller club of 75 members.  She has served in multiple club and district roles, including Assistant Governor in SC.  She is a major donor and a Bequest Society Member.  Her Rotary passions include international projects, Rotary history and mentoring Global Grant and Peace Fellow Scholars.   Lyn recently completed an extensive historical documentation project to video record her interviews of the first woman Rotary Club President and the first 8 women DGs in Rotary.  She wrote about this project in Sylvia Whitlock’s new book:  “Women Also Serve” and it can be viewed online at Rotary Global History Fellowship.

Provided by Sue Halambeck

Aug 15, 2017

Tri 4 Schools

Tri 4 Schools was founded in 2011 by Katie Hensel, who is the current Executive Director. Katie started Tri 4 Schools because of her dedication to improving the health of children in Dane County. Katie has completed numerous triathlons, including Ironman Wisconsin, and has also run the Chicago Marathon twice. She attended UW Madison and has a degree in Business Management and a minor in Spanish. When she isn’t working or working out, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, likes to spend time outdoors with her husband, two children, and dog, cook, and travel.


Provided by Meghan Chua

Aug 22, 2017

American Cancer Society / ACS Relay for Life of Sun Prairie

Provided by Rich Darga

Aug 29, 2017

Rotary 101

Provided by Debbie Fox-Schroeder

Sep 05, 2017

Mini Dream Tour for Habitat for Humanity

Provided by Rose Freidel

Sep 12, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sep 15, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

District Governor Visit

Meet  2017 - 2018  District 6250 Governor Joe Ruskey

Joe has been a member of the Prairie du Chien Rotary club since 2003.  He served as President in 2007 -2008, a member of the board of directors, membership chair, and chair of the fundraising committee.  In 2008 Joe started to work with the district as an AG for group 10.  He held this position from 2008 – 2012.  In 2012 Joe accepted the position of District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair.  He will continue in this role until July 2016.  He has been a part of the team that has helped usher in Future Vision throughout District 6250.  Joe feels that with Future Vision, Our Foundation is uniquely positioned to change lives all over the world while ensuring dollars are used to their fullest.  That is the power of Our Foundation. 

Even though Joe has been in Rotary since 2003, he states he ‘actually’ became a Rotarian in 2007 when becoming president of his club.  While in this roll Joe truly learned what Rotary is.  It lined up with his and his wife’s belief that we are only here to serve others.  Continuing into the role of AG, Joe learned more about the power of Rotary both locally and internationally.  As he learned about the Foundation, he became more convinced that Rotary allowed him and his family to walk out their beliefs. 

Joe has been involved in both local projects and international projects.  He has worked with clubs all over the district to make sure that their ideas and projects are backed and strengthened through both district and global grants.  Joe and his team have been involved in awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of grants allowing him to have a front row seat to the power of Rotary and the amazing tool that Our Foundation is.  He was personally involved in a project in Ghana that allowed over 86000 people to have their lives changed.  Joe believes that is a statement of the importance and necessity of Rotary.  He also believes that right now is so important because needs all over the globe increase daily.  In addition, we are so close to finishing our job to eradicate polio.  We are on track to see it eliminated in 2018.  He believes we can’t let up when we are so close. 

Joe lives in Prairie du Chien with his wife, Tina, his daughter, Samantha, and his Son, Joseph.  His Daughter was an outbound Rotary Exchange Student to Denmark in 2013/14.  His family has also hosted 2 inbound exchange students.  Joe and Tina are both supporters of the Rotary Foundation.  Tina is a Paul Harris and a bequest society member.  Joe is a Paul Harris plus member, a sustaining member, a bequest society member, and a Paul Harris society member.  Joe and Tina own Dependable Solutions, Inc., a technology consulting firm specializing in Computer Network Support, design, and implementation with locations in Prairie du Chien, Boscobel, and La Crosse. 

In his spare time, Joe enjoys diving, grilling, and travelling with his wife and kids.  Joe and Tina enjoy travelling throughout the district and beyond to different Rotary events and clubs.  It allows them to see all the good Rotary does around the world and it is something so important to both of them.

Sep 19, 2017

Sun Prairie Bicycle Advocacy

Peter Detmer of the Sun Prairie Bicycle Advocacy group is speaking on what this group is, what they have been up to, and what they are likely to be involved with in the future.

Provided by Chad Wiedmeyer ​

Sep 26, 2017

Club Assembly

Oct 03, 2017

Municipal Updates

Oct 10, 2017
Oct 12, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Oct 15, 2017
6:30 AM – 11:00 AM

All About Me & My Country

Provided by Katie Herlache

Oct 17, 2017
Oct 20, 2017
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Orphan Train Project

Speakers are Joanna Jones, the Child and Youth Care Manager from TLC Children's Home in South Africa (see and Mariela Savkova, our intermediary for Bulgarian orphanages for the last twenty-one years.

The Love of Christ Orphanage (TLC) fosters, places and adopts vulnerable children from a family-run home that helps every child in its care to grow up in a loving and responsible family. Joanna tells us she loves working with babies. Many of the babies and other children in the care of TLC have been abandoned and may be quite ill.

Mariela Savkova's bio states: "I have 5 years' experience as director of municipal and non-government projects for social services for orphans and kids in risk. As intermediary of Orphan Train Project for more than 21 years, I worked to empower orphans through education, development their individual talents and skills for independent life. In my current professional capacity for more than 6 years, I am monitoring how the so called de-institutionalization policy of orphanages in Bulgaria is being implemented with European funds."

I think your members, their spouses and guests will find the stories Joanna and Mariela tell most compelling. There are many ways to help in both Bulgaria and South Africa.

Provided by Laura Jennings

Oct 24, 2017

Economic Development in Sun Prairie

Provided by Heather Jones

Oct 31, 2017
Nov 03, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Seussical: The Musical

Nov 07, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Provided by Rick Klemp

Nov 14, 2017
Nov 15, 2017 4:00 PM

Discovering Essential Oils

Provided by Diana Konkle

Nov 21, 2017

Provided by Jane LaMere

Nov 28, 2017

Generational Differences

After working for nearly a decade in senior level leadership roles for a Fortune 500 company, and over 5 years as head of HR for a 20-location independent pharmacy chain, Karrie decided to pursue her long-time love of speaking and training full-time. Karrie is now a professional speaker in the National Speaker’s Association and entrepreneur offering custom programs to businesses and associations of all sizes. Her past experiences with corporate business to mid-size business has given her an in-depth understanding of what it takes to build and maintain high-performing cultures. Karrie served on her local school board for seven years and used her business sense and great ability to connect with others to spearhead discussions that helped the district continue to thrive during a time of incredible industry change.

Karrie also serves as the pastor in her local church, Living Gospel Church in Rio, WI. She thoroughly enjoys speaking at Christian ministry events on topics focusing on servant leadership, character growth, walking by faith-not by sight, finding your purpose, and serving others.

Karrie incorporates her personal experiences of finding her own purpose and passion into each message she shares. She is most passionate about helping people build meaningful connections and relationships, because it is our relationships with others that define our long-term success and happiness in life.

Karrie is married to her wonderful husband Jon, and has three incredible children-Jonny, Reese, and Riley. She is very active in her community having served as President and Vice President within her local Community Club, committee chair for planning community activities; co-chair of an annual fundraising event for her local food pantry;  and formerly co-creator and committee member of the Rio Area Collaborative Committee which focuses on promoting the greater Rio area for business, tourism, and families to reside in.  Karrie cherishes time with her family and enjoys participating in the many events in her local community, busting out in random songs with her friends and her daughter, horseback riding, playing with their bunnies, gardening, and writing. Overall, Karrie loves living life to the fullest each and every day and knows she has much to be grateful for!


Provided by Jon Landsverk

Dec 05, 2017

Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dec 14, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Update on The Sun Prairie School District

Dec 19, 2017

Happy Holidays

Dec 26, 2017

Provided by Julie Marshall

Jan 02, 2018

Accept Every Offer

Peter Leidy will talk about the fundamentals of improv comedy...but it's not about comedy. Leidy talks about taking the rules of improve into real life, at work and at home. One of the rules of improv comedy is to accept every offer - to turn "yes, but" into "yes, and." On stage, blocking your partner is not allowed, because it stops the story in its tracks and makes your partner look bad. In our workplaces, though, blocking is common. It doesn't have to be.

Leidy has given his talk dozens of times, mainly in human services groups. Takeaways from his presentation include generating more creative ideas in less time, moving closer to desired outcomes, deepening listening skills, increasing engagement and motivation among stakeholders, and approaching change differently (whether required, desired or both).

Jan 09, 2018

Stress Less-More Energy!

Welcome to Dow Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Strong Brain.

No Pain.

Jan 16, 2018

Provided by Aaron Oppenheimer

Jan 23, 2018

Electronic Poll Booths

Wisconsin Elections Commission staff will present on the City of Sun Prairie's participation in the pilot testing for electronic poll books.

The Colonial Club polling in Sun Prairie was selected to be one of six locations to be the first in the state to use the newly developed electronic poll books.

Wisconsin Elections Commission staff in coordination with Sun Prairie City Clerk, Elena Hilby will provide information on the pilot and the new poll book features.  Members of the public are welcome.  

This is an exciting voter outreach opportunity for the City of Sun Prairie citizen who will be among the first in the state to use the new technology.

Provided by Ann Oberle

Jan 30, 2018

"Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness - At the Core of "Service Above Self"

Good News!  It’s Rotary Day!

Bad news seems to heavily outweigh good news every day.  Pick up the paper, listen to radio or television, go on line, or however you are used to getting your news, and it seems like there are always more terrible things happening in the world then good things.  “If it bleeds, it leads” is an old news axiom.  Murders, wars, corruption, unemployment, poverty, ill health, foreclosures…the list goes on and on and on.

It can be pretty depressing and pretty discouraging.

But go to a Rotary meeting. You will hear of good things being done by ordinary people every day.

Ever since I wrote my book, Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness, I have spoken to over 90 Rotary Clubs in Southeast Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois.  My presentation is titled: Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness  At the Core of “Service Above Self” and the “The Four Way Test.”

One of the unexpected and best parts of attending the Rotary meetings is to hear of the broad range of service projects the Rotary Clubs and their members are engaged in on a local, national, and international level.  The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self.”  Projects range from working with developmentally disabled, supporting students with scholarships, raising money for food pantries, providing a safer environment and recreational opportunities for low-income children, helping build a water system in Africa, etc.. The Rotarians are always doing something which is positive and is making a contribution to the well-being of individuals and their communities.


Good News, indeed!

And what is really good news is that this is happening thousands of times a week around the world at each of the thousands of Rotary Clubs internationally.

It always reminds me of the day of the Columbine shootings a number of years ago.  It was a terrible event and people were properly shocked and upset by it.  But on that day of the shootings, I was meeting with a Board of a neighborhood service center in Milwaukee.  We were a group of business, community, governmental, educational, and social service providers working to bring together resources to provide opportunities for people in the neighborhood to improve their own well-being as well as those of their family and in their neighborhood.

We were just one of hundreds if not thousands of community groups around the country that day having such a meeting and working together to improve the lives of many people.  No news organizations covered our meeting.  There were no stories in the paper recognizing all of the good things being done that day by people everywhere. 

The other unexpected good news at many Rotary Club meetings is a portion of the meeting they call “Happy Dollars.”  Anyone who has some good news to share makes an announcement and then throws a dollar or two into a pot.  The money is used to support the various community service projects which that particular Rotary Club has undertaken.  The good news that people share may be an anniversary, a new child or grandchild, a wedding, a success in business, an appearance in the news media, successful surgery, going on a vacation, etc., etc.  People smile and congratulate each other.  Most importantly, people celebrate the good things that they are experiencing in their lives. 

So, if you are looking for an organization which creates good news and celebrates all of the wonderful things we experience in our lives, join a Rotary Club in your community.  I was a Rotarian a number of years ago, but the press of time and my travel schedule made it difficult for me to continue as a Rotarian.  And if I were not already committed to and working with other people on many community projects, I would join in a minute.  Depending on where you are in your life, you may want to consider joining a club. 

You’ll have fun, do good things, and create good news.  You can’t beat that!


Provided by Mark Olsen

Feb 06, 2018