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The Rotary Club of Sun Prairie
We meet Tuesdays at 07:15 AM
Colonial Club Senior Activity Center
301 Blankenheim Ln.
Sun Prairie, WI  53590
United States
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March Update
The month started off right after a successful pancake breakfast on February 28. Thank you to the many people who helped make this fundraiser a success.
Steve Riggles gave an overview of the Youth Exchange program.  Steve, Toni Pabon and Ann Oberle are the team that coordinates and oversees the Youth Exchange program for Sun Prairie Rotary.  SP Rotary will be welcoming another exchange student this summer and are awaiting more information about the student, such as from  which country he or she will be arriving.Host families living in Sun Prairie are needed, Rotarians and non Rotarians are welcome to apply.
We also heard from Pastor Rayford this past week with information about eliminating the achievement gap and moving minority children forward in a positive way.  Pastor Rayford leads the Faith Place Church in Sun Prairie and is also leading 1800 Days, a grassroots organization that is committed to eliminating the achievement gap in Dane County, through community engagement in 1800 days, one child at a time. This includes distributing information about child development milestones and mentoring young parents.
Hoops for Hope started this week and Dave Berggren is leading this fun activity. 
The next meeting is Tuesday March 29.  
Pancake Breakfast Coming Soon!
Don't miss the 56th Annual Pancake Feast on Sunday, February 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Round Table, 1611 N Bristol in Sun Prairie.This is Sun Prairie Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year. all you can eat pancakes, sausages, potatoes, applesauce, coffee, juice and milk on are the menu for $7 Adult, $6 Ages 6-16 and free for children under 6.  Money raised from the breakfast will be used to fund a variety of service projects including scholarships for high school students, Kindness Retreat support, support for Sunshine Supper and Sunshine Place and a host of other ongoing projects that serve Sun Prairie and our community.
Volunteers are still needed to help on Saturday and Sunday.  Contact Mark Olsen to sign up.
Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser was our guest speaker and gave the "State of the City" presentation.  Mayor Esser gave an overview of the 13 new initiatives in the 2016 budget which included a fulltime teen librarian, funding for youth programs and a police liaison. Other new projects and items for 2016 include the new fulltime fire chief, Chris Garrison, fiber to the home project, the treatment of Ash trees for the Emerald Ash Bore, development of a financial management plan and development of a comprehensive plan for the city.  The mayor discussed topics for future consideration that included public works, the volunteer fire department, diversity in city government, availability of workforce housing and transportation challenges.  The city is also recruiting  for poll workers and police officers.  Check the city website for more information,
Other Rotary News:
  • Rotary District 6250 approved a matching grant for $5000 for the Colonial Club Fund the Bus project.  SP Rotary is providing $5000 that is matched by the district.  This will go towards the purchase of a replacement bus that will be used to transport senior adults in Dane County to the Colonial Club for adult day care services and the nutrition program.  Rotarians will have an opportunity to participate by driving the bus, which transports senior adults, to the weekly Sunshine Supper on Monday evenings.
  • Fr. Mike Tess visited the meeting to discuss the Sun Prairie Involved in Children's Education (SPICE) program for 2016.  Rotarians are asked to participate by volunteering an hour/week for a 5th grade class as a mentor.  Dan Presser will be the contact for SP Rotary if you would like to be involved.
  • Tom Hebl, Sue Halambeck and Beth Mielcarek received Paul Harris Fellows! Thank you for  your support of the Foundation.
  • Ads for the Pancake breakfast are due no later than Tuesday, Feb 2. Contact Mark Olsen for additional information.
A couple of reminders:
  • If Sun Prairie schools are closed due to the weather, the Colonial Club is also closed.  If it falls on a Tuesday, the Rotary meeting is also canceled.
  • If your speaker needs audiovisual support, contact Todd Schultz at the Colonial Club at 608-837-4611 or
  • Don't forget to check out the Wednesday evening meeting. Information can be found on the website at
Have a great weekend.
January Update
This past week our speaker was Franco Marcos from the Department of Transportation.  Franco gave an overview of some of the proposals for the major traffic ways near Sun Prairie, including Hwy 19.  They are currently gathering data about the usage of the highway and proposing changes to improve traffic flow and safety.  They are considering 15 intersections for improvements as adding traffic signals and signs and roundabouts in addition to other intersection improvements.  These are just evaluations as there is no immediate funding to make any current changes.  
Rotary moments:
  • Mark Olsen discussed ads for the Pancake Breakfast, scheduled for Sunday Feb 28 at the Knights of Columbus Roundtable.  You should have received your ad assignments.  See Mark if you have questions or other business' in mind to approach.
  • There will be a GRIT celebrations at Creekkside school on Wednesday, January 27 from 8:40 to 9:10 a.m.  Rotarians are invited to attend to recognize students who have achieved their goals.
  • Don't miss the Wednesday evening meeting on January 20 at 6:00 pm at Buck & Honey's Restaurant in Sun Prairie.  We will be joining the Sunshine Place Community Conversation to brainstorm ideas to address poverty in Sun Prairie.
  • There was a unanimous vote to approve the previously presented membership changes.
Please remember, if your speaker needs audiovisual support, contact Todd Schultz at the Colonial Club at 608-837-4611 or
Another reminder; if Sun Prairie schools close due to inclement weather, the SP Rotary meeting place Colonial Club will also be closed.  If schools are delayed, the meeting will occur as scheduled.
Have a great week