May 2019
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Immediate Past President
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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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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
This week's guest speaker is Bea Evans, who will be speaking to us about "Ripple Effect Journeys-From Storyteller to Advocate".
Women around the world are unable to achieve their dreams because of the limitations they face. Over the past 25 years, Bea Evans has witnessed the impact of these challenges. This awareness along with a love of travel inspired a question. Is it possible to support women by traveling? Bea believes it is.
The result? Life-changing travel experiences that turn travelers into storytellers. Her stories will illustrate how shared experiences go beyond being descriptions of life-changing activities to actions that change lives.
This sounds like a very interesting message.
Last Thursday, we kicked off our DUCKS "ticket sales campaign" and indications are that we are off to a strong start!
45 Rotary members present at the noon meeting took away 1400 tickets along with window posters and new "sold tickets/cash received" envelopes to help us account and track team ticket sales. This is a very strong start and we are optimistic about record ticket sales for this year!
We will distributing tickets, posters, and sales envelopes before and after our meeting tomorrow and are also hoping to collect some sold tickets and cash. It is also important that members who signed up DUCKS "sponsors" pick up the "free tickets" for each of your sponsors if you have not already done so.
Finally, if you are looking for more tickets to sell between noon meetings, tickets are available to members at Johnson Bank (Steve Tangwall), Travel Leaders (Sue Tindell), and Real Estate Solutions (Gordon Hodgett). Please call ahead to ensure Steve, Sue, and Gordon are available to help you.
We are hoping to see all members sell some tickets this campaign. We have some historical "heavy hitters" that will sell dozens/hundreds of tickets, but getting wider club member participation in selling some tickets will surely be important to reach our aggressive goal.
And don't forget; only 1 name on each ticket and ticket buyer contact information must be on all ticket stubs.
Good luck and good selling!
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".
One of the truths in life is.....
"You can't help everyone; but, everyone can help someone!"
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see".
-Mark Twain
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!!
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)
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. 
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.