Rotary Club of Rice Lake
June 2016

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Rice Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lehman's Supper Club
2911 S. Main
Rice Lake, WI  54868
United States
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The Rice Lake Rotary Club is an active and committed service organization focused on helping others. Our Rice Lake club was founded in 1923 and we have been meeting since every Thursday at noon. Our motto "Service Above Self" is what has directed our fundraising and volunteering efforts to help those in our local community and worldwide that are in need.  We welcome you to join us at one of our future meetings, meet our members,  and let us show you first hand what we are all about.
Hope to see you soon!
Anita Soley
Club President
Rice Lake, Wisconsin                                                                     

DUCK'S tickets will be available at tomorrow's noon meeting for all members who need more tickets to sell. TJ Koser will be at the meeting to hand out tickets and provide a brief update of ticket sales and key upcoming activities.
Also, don't forget we have planned several "Special Events" at which we will be selling DUCK'S tickets. The most important event will be June 9-12 at Aqua Fest. The top prize car will be on display at these events to add some excitement to this years drawing. All members who have 3 books of DUCK's tickets will be provided "free access" to the Aqua Fest events.

" Societies become great when the 'old' plant trees under whose shade they will never sit."

Hello Everyone,
I am trying to write this with my spanish brain so please forgive any grammatical errors. It is difficult for me to put into words the gratitude that I feel for the monetary gift which I have received out of the goodness of the hearts of the Rice Lake Rotarians. I must say that a couple of other exchange students overheard my mother giving me the great news and were immediately jealous. I am so happy for this because it allows me to continue to enjoy this beautiful country without needing to worry if I will be able to pay for my next bus ticket or for the entrance to the park. I will be traveling to the city of Iquique on the 16th of February and will be staying there for just a week. I live in a very small town about an hour from the coast and the activities in my town are very limited. I very often make the bus trip to the next town down the valley where I can get a bus to the port of Papudo, which has year around activities and a beautiful beach. During my summer time vacations I have done lots of trips including to the national park of Torres del Paine, Santiago, and Valpariso, and with all these things there has been a cost; less time with my host family, financial, and less time with the friends that I have made, but I am so happy to have the opportunity to do as much as I possibly can while I am here, and I am so grateful to have the resources to enjoy as much of these beautiful opportunities as possible.
Lots of love all the way from Chile,
Saludos y abrazos,
Daniel Gerland

Rotary International is a Worldwide service organization of more than 29,000 clubs around the world in over 180 countries. We have over 1.2 million members who share the purposes of providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards, and building goodwill and peace in the world. We give life to the Rotary motto... Service About Self.
We are joined in our efforts by a wide variety of partners including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global FoodBanking Network, ShelterBox, UNUSCO-IHE, UNICEF, United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Together we are doing much good in the World!
To learn more about our worldwide organization go to

The Rotary Foundation earned a "four star" rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of non-profits in the United States. This year's highest distinction is our eighth in a row, which places the Foundation in the top 2 percent of U.S. based charities.  Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote: "Receiving four out of a possible four  stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical  activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

At last week's Rotary meeting, Jim Gargulak shared with our club members that Rotary Zone 28 (upper Midwest and portions of Canada) was recently recognized as the   "#1 Rotary Zone in the world" in donations  made to eradicate polio.  Rotary Zone 28 is comprised of 12 Rotary Districts which includes District 5960 in which the Rice Lake Rotary Club is one of  62 local clubs.
Our collective efforts as Zone 28 generated $2,414,362 in total donations. Our District 5960 was ranked 4th in our District donating $177,522.

This week at our Rotary Meeting, Stacy Campbell, who won this years DUCK'S top prize of $10,000, will have a chance to turn that $10,000 prize into a Grand Prize of $25,000 if she draws the lucky number at a "live drawing" this Thursday-don't miss it!!

The Rice Lake Rotary Club has started to distribute "Invitations to Apply" to be selected as an "Honorary Member" of our service club. The invitations are to members of the Rice Lake High School class of 2016. These honorary members are called "Youth Rotars", and the students that apply will be honored at a future Rotary Club lunch meeting.
The full details of this year's program are available on our new website, Interested students can download and printout the full details and application form for this year's Youth Rotar program.

Fellow Rotarians,
This weekend, 6 Rotarians and their spouses from 3 Rotary Clubs in Romania will be visiting Rice Lake. This is a return visit of members of the Romanian clubs that hosted Rotarians from our District 5960 this past Spring. Please help us give them an enthusiastic Rotary welcome by joining in one of our scheduled activities.
You are invited to a "welcome cookout" on Saturday, September 19, at 6 p.m. at my house. I live southwest of Rice Lake at 1806 18th Ave. (the corner of 18th Ave. and 18th Street).  I will be providing brats and other meats as well as beer, wine, and soda. Please let me know via return email ( whether you will be coming, and if you might, bring a dish to pass. 
Yours in Rotary,
Paul Chase

 Rice Lake Rotary Club 26th Annual Duck Chase!
Mother Nature cooperated with a beautiful sunny day and a mild breeze across the lake. At approximately 4pm the 5,000 ducks were released on Rice Lake. At that point one retriever dog (Bear) was released to retrieve a "single duck" out of the 5,000 in the water. That duck was matched to a "Duck Chase Ticket" and the ticket owner won the top cash prize of $10,000.  Then 3 dogs were released in sequence to retrieve a "single duck at a time" for the 20 other prizes won by duck ticket owners. Congratulations to all DUCK's winners!!  Below is a picture of "BEAR" retrieving the $10,000 winning DUCK!!

On August 7 a group of Rotarians successfully transplanted some "Native Plants" in a new designated area outside the City Hall building. Don Clemens led the activity with help from Rob Buehler, Paul Chase, Candace Falk, Don and Pauli Storm and Joan Clemens.
The remainder of the "Native Plants" will be incorporated into the Narrows Park, Native Plant, Shoreline Restoration Project which is a work still in progress and expected to be completed before the end of August.

Rice Lake Rotary Foundation
Youth Rotars