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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
 
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Stress Less-More Energy!

Welcome to Dow Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Strong Brain.

No Pain.

Jan 16, 2018
 

Provided by Aaron Oppenheimer

Jan 23, 2018
 
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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.

http://elections.wi.gov/node/5462

Provided by Ann Oberle

Jan 30, 2018
 
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"Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness - At the Core of "Service Above Self"

www.knowingandloving.com

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
 
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Oakwood Foundation

Provided by Steve Olson

Feb 13, 2018
 
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State of the City Address

Provided by Aaron Oppenheimer

Feb 20, 2018
 
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Feb 25, 2018
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
 
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Feb 27, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
 
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Pancake Breakfast Recap

Provided by Toni Pabon

Mar 06, 2018
 
Mar 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
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William Eisinger, an Ohio native, taught biology at Santa Clara University in California for nearly forty years.  Since childhood he has maintained a strong interest in nature and taught a course in agricultural ecology for many years.  In 2011 he and his wife, Judy, moved to Sun Prairie to be near their daughter and son-in-law.  They live near Patrick Marsh and Bill often hikes and kayaks in the marsh.  Bill is very active in PLATO, an adult education program associated with UW in Madison.  He has taught several courses and attends many classes in that program.

Provided by Jim Mastrangelo

Mar 20, 2018
 
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70th Alice in Dairyland

Farmgirl 

The new Alice in Dairyland grew up on her family’s registered Holstein dairy farm near Cleveland, Wis. She was active in Manitowoc County and Wisconsin Junior Holstein associations. She represented Wisconsin at national dairy judging and dairy quiz bowl competitions. 

“I look forward to traveling throughout this great state of Wisconsin promoting our $88.3 billion diversified agriculture industry,” said Siemers-Peterman after receiving congratulations from her predecessor, Ann O’Leary. 

“I’m a firm believer that consumers are smart, but looking for reassurance in making the right food purchases for their families,” she continued. “And as the 70th Alice in Dairyland, I will provide Wisconsin, national and global residents the confidence to buy Wisconsin products, and share the message that makes Wisconsin agriculture so incredibly great.”

 
Attending the State Fair as a youth, and seeing Alice in Dairyland in action first piqued her interest in the position. When the announcement seeking applicants for the 70th Alice was made in January, she decided to apply.

“I knew that I wanted to make a difference, and I felt ready to take on this role of supporting and promoting Wisconsin agriculture,” said Siemers-Peterman.

Later this month, she will graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a major in agricultural and food business management and a minor in marketing. Previously, she interned with Sassy Cow Creamery, FLM+ Advertising Agency and Land O’Lakes Inc.

Provided by Dina Pocernich

Mar 27, 2018
 
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SnapShot Wisconsin

Susan Frett is a natural resources educator and research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of Applied Science. Her primary responsibilities include outreach, volunteer recruitment and training for the Snapshot Wisconsin and Elk Monitoring projects. Susan received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Iowa and her Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based wildlife monitoring project utilizing trail cameras and volunteers.  It is the largest volunteer based trail camera network in the country and the first such project supported by a state agency.  Snapshot Wisconsin is currently recruiting trail camera hosts who have access to at least 10 acres of private land in 26 counties across the state (including Dane County) and anyone in the world with an internet connection can help classify photos from the cameras at www.snapshotwisconsin.org.  To find out more visit dnr.wi.gov Keyword: Snapshot Wisconsin

 

Provided by Daniel Presser

Apr 03, 2018
 
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Club Visioning

Apr 10, 2018
 

Sun Prairie Rotary Foundation Review

Apr 17, 2018
 
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Apr 17, 2018
6:45 AM – 7:15 AM
 
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Sun Prairie Media Center

Provided by Dina Pocernich

Apr 24, 2018
 
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Apr 30, 2018
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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Club Visioning

May 01, 2018
 

Prairie Phoenix Academy

Provided by Anne Weber

May 08, 2018
 

Provided by John Sheehan

May 15, 2018
 
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The RYLA Experience

May 22, 2018
 
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Music Therapy

Provided by Kelly Whalen

May 29, 2018
 
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Service Above Self Awards 2018

Jun 05, 2018
 
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Club Visioning

Jun 12, 2018
 
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Groundswell Conservancy

Groundswell was formerly the Natural Heritage Land Trust.  Jim will be talking about Groundswell's conservation work at Patrick Marsh, current projects at Patrick Marsh and Rotary's participation in numerous projects led by Groundswell.

Provided by Jeanne Behrend

Jun 19, 2018
 
 
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Jun 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Jun 30, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM