Rotary Club of Rice Lake
February 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                                                                     

On February 15 we will be celebrating Presidents Day in the U.S. to remember and honor our past Presidents. With that in mind, it is fitting to also honor the past Presidents of the Rice Lake Rotary Club who are still active and honorary members of our club.
Following is a list of current members who have served as Club Presidents:
               2015-2016   Anita Soley                                   
               2014-2015   Rob Buehler                                      
               2013-2014   Paul Chase                                       
               2012-2013   Aaron Marsh                                                 
               2011-2012   Gordy Shay                                           
               2010-2011   Marlene Gargulak                                     
               2008-2009   Bruce Markgren                           
               2007-2008   Eileen Yeakley                             
               2006-2007   Cindi Thurston                            
               2005-2006   Craig Fowler                               
               2002-2003   Ned Wolf                                    
               2001-2002   Sue Tindell                                  
               2000-2001   Chuck Lawrence   
               1999-2000   Sandy Bonneville 
               1998-1999   Warren Dorrance 
               1996-1997   Pat Asuma
               1995-1996   Kevin Jacobsen
               1994-1995   Jim Gargulak 
               1992-1993   Bun Hanson
               1991-1992   Ed Knutson
               1988-1989   Boyd Beranek
               1987-1988   Dave Wilson
               1986-1987   Jan Fedie (Honorary)
               1979-1980   Don Storm
               1976-1977   Robert Marsh
               1958-1959   Ed Jacobsen (Honorary)

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