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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!
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 www.rotary.org.
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."
Posted by Jim Gargulak
on Nov 11, 2015
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!!
Posted by Cindi Thurston
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, www.ricelakerotary.org. Interested students can download and printout the full details and application form for this year's Youth Rotar program.
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 (email@example.com) whether you will be coming, and if you might, bring a dish to pass.
Yours in Rotary,
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!!
Posted by Don Clemens
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.
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