March 2019
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Treasurer
Board Member
Executive Secretary
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Welcome to our Club!

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 of America

(715) 491-1515
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One of the truths in life is.....
"You can't help everyone; but, everyone can help someone!"
Our guest speaker on Thursday, February 28 was Lima Sarhadi.
For those of you at that noon meeting, you learned about Lima, who moved to the United States from a war torn Afghanistan when she was only 13 years old, without her parents, to make a life here in the U.S. Lima is now a striving and succeeding student at UWBC with future plans to gain an education and then to return to her native Afghanistan to do good for her country.
Those of us at her presentation were so impressed with her courage, sincerity, charisma, and positive attitude that we feel we must do something to support Lima.  She has a goal to raise $2600 for next year's tuition as an out-of-state student. If you were not able to make a donation to this cause, you will have another opportunity to do so tomorrow.
Please bring some $$ CASH $$ with you tomorrow for this very worthwhile cause, and, be generous; your contributions are going to help a young woman who is going to make a big difference in "her world".
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 every Thursday at noon ever since. 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.
Please email me at or call me at 715-491-1515  for more information about our club.
Hope to see you soon!
Steve Bowman
Club President
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Early reports are that ROSES Day was another big success! Final results will be reviewed at next week's noon meeting.
Thank you and congratulations  to our ROSES planning team, all those Rotarian sales people and  you delivery specialists for a great team effort!
Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations for this year's "Citizen and Rotarian of the Year" awards.
All nomination forms must be turned in before 5 pm tomorrow! 
Please make sure your nomination forms are handed in to Jim Gargulak or Kevin Jacobson. You can also email your completed form to  Jim or Kevin; their respective email addresses are on the nomination form.
On October 18, our Rotary District 5960 will be conducting 3 "Better Angels Skills Workshops" for all District members and guests.
The workshops are designed to:
 * Learn skills to have respectful conversations with people who disagree with you
 * Clarify differences
 * Search for common ground
 * Deal with the stress among family members and friends whose view differ from yours
Seminars will be held at WITC, New Richmond; Cedarholm Golf Course in Roseville; and Methodist Church in Northfield  and will run from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Interested members should view and go to WITC, New Richmond to register.
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see".
-Mark Twain
On Sunday, June 10, 2018, this year's Rice Lake Rotary Club "DUCKS RAFFLE" winning  tickets were drawn.
The 2018 Winners
1. $10,000 cash - Jeff Miller-Rice Lake
2. New Honda 4-Wheeler-NW Honda- Kaitlin Draganowski-Almena
3. 3-Day Trip to Cubs vs. Brewers-Home Spun Tours-Taylor Koser-Rice Lake
4. Truck Bed Cover Package-Peragon Truck Bed Covers-Anita Loge-Rice Lake
5. 1 Year Family Gym Membership-Olympic Fitness Center-Alan Dirkes-Rice Lake
6. New Grill-Amundson's Appliance-Carol Robideaux-Rice Lake
7. Camping Prize Package-Johnson Bank-Jason Isaacson-Rice lake
8. $500 Gift Certificate-Lampert Lumber Rice Lake-Joseph Thurston-Rice Lake
9. 18 Holes of Golf/Cart for 4-Turtleback Golf-Cory Mullikin-Barron
10. 18 Holes of Golf/Cart for 4-Turtleback Golf-Pat Prendiville-Chetek
11. 25 Car Wash Pckg-Jim Stoll/J&J Northside Car Wash-Susie Miller-Rice Lake
12. 25 Car Wash Pckg-Jim Stoll/J&J  Northside Car Wash-John Warren-Rice Lake
13. New Tablet-LeBakken's Rent to Own-Duane Wisner-Rice Lake 
14. $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-Liv Taylor
15. $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-Katie Bohlinger-Camero
16. $100 Gift Card-Norkse Nook-Alyson Kolvisto-Superior
17. $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-Bryan Krehmeyer-Rice Lake
18. $100 Gift Card-Norkse Nook-Edwin Anderson-Rice Lake
19. 1 Day Pontoon Rental-Lake Country Marina-Bill Henry-Cadott
Congratulations to this year's winners and a big thank you to all "DUCK RAFFLE Players" for participating and
supporting this important Rotary Club Fund Raising effort which benefits numerous local charities and community initiatives.
TOMORROW is another day for all members to bring "your children's books" to our noon meeting to support the Imagination Library.
Again, we are looking for gently used books for the age 0 to 5 years specific and fun and interesting for the children and the child's parents.
This is something we all can participate in; please bring some books!!
Henry, our "inbound exchange student" for the past year will be leaving us soon and heading out on the traditional trip East before going home.
As our custom, we are asking all members to please bring some $$'s to our meeting tomorrow to give Henry some extra cash for his trip to the East Coast and then home.
Please be generous!
This past Saturday, May 12,  Jake Mrye and his family along with Marlene Gargulak and yours truly planted 50 pine trees on the northeastern border of the soccer fields at Moon Lake Park. These 50 pines were our club's first installment of a total of 100 trees we are committed to planting this Rotary year. We will be planting 50 cherry trees before June 1 in the Rice Lake Bird Sanctuary. This tree planting effort is our part of a Rotary International commitment to plant 1.2 million trees this Rotary year; one tree for every Rotary member around the world.
A big thank you to Bella, Jake , Maya, Marlene Gargulak and Laura (left to right)
$5000   Jill Hagen                            $100  Gerry Colbert
$1000   Norman Engstrom            $100   Michael Kisling
$500     Laura Myre                        $100   Bruce Crotteau
$250     Dave Kilmer                       $100   Jeff Flynn
$200    Chase Lapcinski                  $100   Jeff Stoeklen
$200    Mike Colbert                       $100   Dick Draeger  
$200    Linda Dorrance                  $100   Shirley Battke
$200    Jim Stoll                               $100   Joe Mongerson
$200   Ann Stoekien                       $100   Selena Wosepka
$200   Bill Smith                             $100   Jerry Draganowski
$200   Kaylee Jo Kusilek                 $100   Don Drew
$200   Crystal Hodgett                   $100   Jamie Jacobson
                                                         $100   Ron Kubin  
Our club actively supports local, regional and international projects. Rotary International is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. Our focus areas include:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
Some recent local projects we've supported with funding and/or volunteer time include auditorium seating at Rice Lake High School, Meals on Wheels deliveries, serving supper at Benjamin's House, care packages for U.S. service members overseas, higher education scholarships, and support for high school age exchange students. 
Our 2017 Annul Christmas Party last Thursday, December 7, was highlighted by the presentation of both the "Rotarian of the Year" and the "Citizen of the Year" annual awards.
We presented two "Citizen of the Year" awards this year: the first was to Kathy Laffin. Kathy is a model citizen and participant in the many important community activities of Red Cross, the Pink Ribbon Advocacy, and Free Clinc. Congratulations Kathy!
The second recipient of the "Citizen of the Year" award was Steve Schleppegrell. Steve has been a longtime member of the National Red Cross and again has made endless contributions of time and energy to support that organization and our community. Congratulations Steve!
Fellow Rotarians Steve Bowman and JT Koser were the co-recipients of this year's "Rotarian of the Year" awards.  Congratulations again to Steve and JT; we are very proud of both of you for all of your efforts and contributions over the course of this past year.
Last Thursday, October 26, Fellow Rotarian Bun Hanson received the very
prestigious "Good Scout Award" from the Boy Scouts Chippewa Valley
The award was presented to Bun at the "Leaders Of Character Banquet"
held at the Rice Lake Elks Club.
Congratulations Bun! We are all very proud of you.
Congratulations to the 3 winners of our Rotary Gun Raffle!
Last Thursday, September 28, we held our Rotary Gun Raffle drawing at our noon meeting at Lehmans Supper Club.
1st Place winner was Andrew Barney of Rice Lake- winner of a .270 rifle
2nd Place winner was Drake Tomesh-winner of a .30-06 rifle
3rd Place winner was Austin Norton-winner of a .243 rifle
Each of the 3 winners' rifles are valued at $750!
Our club raised a total to $5000 which will go to locally charities in Rice Lake.
Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Eileen Yeakley-President
Don Storm-Vice President
Trudy Kroger-Secretary
Rob Buehler-Treasurer
Heidi Weber-Officer-at-large
Steve Bowman-as Rice Lake Rotary President Elect, will serve as a board member for a term of one year
Congratulations to all newly elected Officers!

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been since 1932 and will continue to be in the future.

Of the things we think, say or do...

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything"  --Mark Twain

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."  --Albert Einstein

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth"  --Marcus Aurelius

On September 8, 2016 members of the Rice Lake Rotary Club presented a ceremonial check to Rice Lake High School representing the club's donation of $30,000 towards the recent purchase of new auditorium seats. Included in the ceremony from left to right is Rotary member Joe Huftel, RLHS Superintendent Randy Drost second to left, and other Rotary members Rob Buehler, Steve Bowman, Steve Salisbury, and Don Storm.