Donations for Lima Sarhadi

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".
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Helping Others

One of the truths in life is.....
"You can't help everyone; but, everyone can help someone!"
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New Member "Spotlight"

This week we are pleased to "Spotlight" one of our newer Rotary members, Lisa Robinson.
"I graduated from Rice Lake High School and attended UW-Stout where I majored in Hotel, Restaurant & Management. 
I worked in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee as an Operations Manager for Marriott.
In 2012, I moved back to Rice Lake to be closer to my family and raise my daughter in a smaller community. I worked as
a Human Resource Administrator for a few years and decided that I was looking for more of a work/personal balance.
I started to working at CCF last December as a Universal Teller and was recently promoted to Personal Banker. I enjoy working 
with the customers and meeting new people. 
I am excited to be a member of Rotary Club and look forward to helping in the community."
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Christmas Time Donations

All members and Christmas party attendees are being reminded that donations for the "We Share Food Pantry" and "Spirit of Christmas" charities are being collected tomorrow evening at our Annual Christmas party.  Please bring your personal checks for the charity of your choice.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
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Thought for the Day 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

"National Night Out" a Big Success!

Yesterday, Tuesday August 7, a number of Rotarians participated in the annual "National Night Out" event at Moon Lake Park.
Along with a few volunteers with the Rice Lake Police Department's Clergy Volunteers, six Rotarians organized, cooked and served 600 hot dogs to a bunch of hungry and appreciative parents and children attending this fun and community building event.
Thank you to Rotarians Claire Parrish, Bun Hanson, Warren Dorrance, Sandy Bonneville, Steve Tangwall, and Jim Barron for participating in a very successful event!
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Welcome to our Rotary Club!

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 for more information about our club.
Hope to see you soon!
Kim Cobb
Club President
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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Rotary Club "Children's Book Drive"

Posted on Jun 20, 2018
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!!
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Posted by JRB on Jun 13, 2018
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.
2018 DUCK'S RAFFLE WINNERS !! JRB 2018-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Mixer June 7

Posted on Jun 06, 2018
Tomorrow our club will be hosting our second "Member Mixer" at the Knapp Stout Brew Pub.
If you have any prospective new members, please bring/invite them to our mixer at Knapp Stout Brew Club. The event will last from 5-6 pm. 
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2018 Rotary Club Cash Raffle Winners!

$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  
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DUCK'S Raffle "Sponsor Drive"

The DUCK'S Raffle "Sponsor Sign-Up Drive" has started and sign-up forms will be available for Rotary members at tomorrow's noon meeting.
Club members who signed up sponsors in 2017 have been sent an email earlier this week with a listing of our sponsors for last year as well as a digital copy of the "Sponsor Sign-form". If you have not seen this please check your email inbox.
All members can pick up a copy or two of the sign-up form and help out on this important part of our DUCK's RAFFLE campaign.
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Youth Rotar Guests

This week we will be hosting 3 more of our Youth Rotars!!
Our special guests are Anna Weber, Madison Johnson, and Jordyn Anderson.  Each Youth Rotar will give us a brief summary of their Rice Lake school activities as well as share with us their plans for the future.
One more reminder that our children and students are our future!
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Helping Others 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Youth Rotar Guests This Week

Posted on Feb 01, 2018
This week we have the pleasure to host and meet two more Rice Lake Youth Rotars! 
We will be joined by Brooke Olson and Katelyn Baribeau who will join us for lunch and each will also provide us with a short bio of their high school activities and plans for their educational future.
Please join us to meet and hear from these "amazing Youth Rotars!"
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Getting Things Done! 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Youth Rotar Nominees

We will have 4 "Youth Rotar"  nominees joining us tomorrow at our noon meeting. Emily Fell, Bethany Johnson, Chloe Steiner, and Carlee Schwark have been nominated by NHS Advisor Aimee Andrews. Each student will be joining us for lunch and will take a minute or so to tell us a little about their future plans.
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Christmas/Holiday Party Tomorrow Night!

As a reminder for all members attending our Christmas/Holiday Party:
* Cocktails and Silent Auction-5:30 pm
* Dinner-6:45 pm
Also don't forget to bring your auction item if not already delivered.
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ROSES  Fundraiser Another Big Success!

Early results indicate that our annual ROSES fundraiser was another success!
The ROSES Committee Team will share results with us at tomorrow's noon meeting.
A BIG "Thank You" to all members who participated in this year's fundraiser!!
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Bun Hanson Receives "Good Scout Award"

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.
Bun Hanson Receives "Good Scout Award" 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Presentation

Next week on November 2, our noon meeting will be dedicated to a presentation and discussion about the Rotary International Foundation and our "giving goals" as a club for this year.
This is a very important meeting and we want to encourage all members to make a special effort to attend.
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Only 7 More Days for ROSES sales!!

Only 7 more days to meet our ROSES sales goal!!
Our ROSES sales campaign is one of the most important fund raiser we have each year!
This is an "all hands on deck" effort for our club! Everyone can sell some ROSES to somebody! We also need volunteers to sort tickets on October 24, 25 and for drivers to deliver on October 26.
Please make sure you turn in sold tickets with $$ this week and grab some more tickets to sell.
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Innovative Services Invitation 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Doing Good in the World! 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit to Rice Lake

On Thursday, August 10, Kyle Haugen, our Rotary District Governor, will be the featured guest and speaker for our noon meeting.  We will be joined by the Barron County Morning Club members for lunch and Kyle's presentation.
Kyle will also be making a joint presentation to both of our club's board members as well from 10:30 am to 11:30 am before our noon meeting.
Please make a special effort to attend the noon meeting on August 10 to show our support for Kyle and his leadership as our District Governor.
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National Night Out!

Next Tuesday, August 1, The Rice Lake Police Department will be holding the 5th Annual "National Night Out" at Moon Lake Park.  Come join members of the local police department and your neighbors for a fun night out! Our club will be serving 400 free hot dogs to attendees. 
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Newly Elected Rice Lake Rotary Foundation Officers

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!
Newly Elected Rice Lake Rotary Foundation Officers 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

This Week's Guest Speaker

This week's guest speaker is Robert Sircus, member of the Great Britain Biathalon Team. Robert hails from Scotland and will be discussing his Winter Olympics event, BREXIT, and other things "Great Britain"!
Should be very interesting; don't miss it!
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Making a Difference! 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

2017 DUCK's Raffle Winners!

The 2 "BIG Winners" from this year's raffle were Andy Hagen from Rice Lake, winner of the $10,000 top prize, and Rebecca Debaken, winner of the New Honda 4 Wheeler.
A complete list of all winners of this year's raffle is posted on our Rotary website (
JT Koser will be making a summary presentation of the results of another successful DUCK's fundraiser at tomorrow's noon meeting.
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28th Annual Rotary DUCK's Raffle Winners

                2017 DUCK's Raffle Winners!!
1. $10,000 Cash - Andy Hagen (Rice Lake)
2.  New Honda 4-Wheeler- Rebecca Debaken
3. $1,000 shopping spree-Diamond Designs by Bodis-Mark Berger (Rice Lake)
4.  Truck Bed Cover Package-Peragon Truck Bed Covers-Tom Yeakley (Rice Lake)
5.  1 Year Family Gym Membership-Olympic Fitness Center- Val Scheps (Rice Lake)
6.  43" LED Smart TV-Amundson's Appliance-Nicole Hodkiewicz (Rice Lake)
7.  Fully Loaded Camping Prize Package-Johnson Bank- Josiah Hodgett (Rice Lake)
8.  $500 Gift Certificate- Lampert Lumber-Rice Lake- Mike Walters (Rice Lake)
9.  18 holes of Golf with cart for 4-TurtleBack Golf-Katie Hodde (Woodbury, MN)
10. 18 holes of Golf with cart for 4-TurtleBack Golf-Jean Gartner
11.  24 Car Wash Package-Jim Stoll, J&J Northside Car Wash-Nicole Hodkiewicz (Rice Lake)
12.  24 Car Wash Package-Jim Stoll, J&J Northside Car Wash-Dan Thole (Cameron)
13.  24 Car Wash Package-Jim Stoll, J&J Northside Car Wash- Vicky Ondell (Rice Lake)
14. Bluetooth Speaker-LeBakken's Rent-to-Own-Doug Kucko (Rice Lake)
15. $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-Kelly Smith (Rice Lake)
16.  $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-David Lane (Ladysmith)
17.  $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-John Johnson (Rice Lake)
18.  $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook-Brett Novatny
19.  $100 Gift Card-Norske Nook- Eddie Mazel (Rice Lake)
20.  $100 Gift Card-Burnell's De'cor- Trudy Lehman (Rice Lake)
Congratulations to all winners and thank you very much for supporting or Rotary Duck's Raffle!!
28th Annual Rotary DUCK's Raffle Winners jrb 2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Moon Lake Park Picnic

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
This week we will meeting at the Moon Lake Park "Pavilion" for a club picnic! 
We will not have a guest speaker and plan to enjoy some great "picnic food",some nice weather, and a chance to catch up with each other in a relaxing setting.
Hope to see you all tomorrow!!
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New District Governor Installation June 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary GSE Team Visit

As a reminder, the Australian GSE (Group Study Exchange) team arrives this coming Saturday, May 13. They will be hosted by Marlene and Jim Gargulak for a welcome dinner that evening to get things started.
On Monday, May 15,  Bruce Goode and the Morning Rotary Club will be hosting a reception/dinner at Adventures starting at 5:30 pm. All members from both the morning and noon Rotary clubs are invited to attend. Members will be responsible for your personal dinner and drink expenses.
Please make an effort to join in, if only for a brief time, to meet some fellow Rotarians from Australia.
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Posted on Mar 15, 2017
At this week's noon meeting Mary will be presiding over our quarterly CLUB ASSEMBLY. While there is no "guest speaker", we do have a full agenda of important club topics to review and discuss.
For those of you not at last week's meeting, we also want to announce that the Club Members have voted and decided on the "Rice Lake Library Project" as our club's next big multi-year project. We also want to recognize the three project champions, Sandy Bonneville, Joe Huftel, and Scott Tice for their hard work and demonstrated commitment to the three "quality projects" considered. 
Now we begin the planning and hard work to make this Major Project a resounding success for our community and our club!
Hope to see you all at tomorrow's meeting.
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Rotary District Conference April 27-29

Posted on Mar 15, 2017
Our Rotary District 5960 will be holding its annual District Conference this coming April 27-29 in St. Paul. This event will be hosted by District Governor Jim Hunt. The theme for this year's event is "Rotarians Changing The World" and will include a number of "highly acclaimed keynote speakers". There will also be breakout sessions covering a range of important topics.
If you have interest in attending, please contact one of our board members or myself to get more details on this event.
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"Hats Off" to Meals-on-Wheels Team!!

Let's give the Rotary "Meals on Wheels" team a big thank you and congratulations for providing such a good and valued service to our local community.

A special thank you to Mark Gargulak for leading and managing the scheduling process for our 15 members who delivered meals last year. And, a very special recognition for Heidi Weber and Peg Martin who between them delivered meals on 15 of the 51 days of deliveries last year.

If you have not had the opportunity to deliver meals check in with Mark and give it a try. The recipients of the meals are very appreciative and you will definitely feel good for doing it!

"Hats Off" to Meals-on-Wheels Team!! 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

This Week's Guest Speaker

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
This week's guest speaker is Jeremy McFarland with McFarland Cascade, the new "pole processing" plant located in Cameron.
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Rotary's Four-Way Test

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?

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Annual Rotary Holiday/Christmas Party a Big Success!

Our 2016 Annual Rotary Holiday/Christmas Party held on December 8th was a huge success on all dimensions! 
Aaron Marsh did an outstanding job of hosting the evening's events with a "big thank you" to other Rotarians Eileen Yeakley, Pat Asuma, Candace Falk, Kathy Ricci, Deb Nueheisel Smith, Becky Black, Bun Hanson, and JT Koser for all their efforts in planning and executing a wonderful evening.  A total of $3,380 was raised through the silent auction and a spirited "Christmas Tie Auction". Funds raised will go to local charities "Adopt a Family", "We Share Food Pantry" as well as the Rice Lake Rotary Foundation and "Polio Plus". We also enjoyed live music provided by fellow Rotarian Kris Longmire.
The highlight of the event came at the end when 3 prestigious awards were given to 3 very deserving attendees. The "Rotary Club Citizen of the Year Award" was presented to Mary Marsh (right), the "Rotarian of the Year Award" was presented to Eileen Yeakley (left) and the first ever "Rotary Pinnacle Award" was given to long time member Bun Hanson (center). Congratulations!!
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Rotary Holiday/Christmas Party

This Thursday evening, December 8th, the Rice Lake Rotary Club and Barron County Rotary Club are holding their annual Rotary Holiday/Christmas Party at Lehman's Supper Club. 
Festivities begin at 5:30 PM serving cocktails and starting our traditional "silent auction". Funds raised in the auction will go to Polio Plus, the We Share Food Pantry, and the Adopt a Family efforts.
Dinner will be served at 6:45 PM with entree choices of NY Strip, Honey Glazed Salmon and Chicken Kiev.
The evening will also include music from Rotary Member Kris Longmire and will conclude with the annual awards ceremony recognizing "Citizen of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year".
Hope to see you all there!
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Rotary ROSE Day "Crunch Time"

We only have 8 more days to sell our goal of 1,500 dozen roses and then one day, Thursday October 27, to deliver them.
Please check you email today for a special message from the ROSE Committee detailing the schedule for the next 8 days. We still have a lot of selling to do and on next Tuesday and Wednesday we need help sorting sales tickets for deliver and on Thursday we will be delivering all the roses. If you haven't participated in the deliver of roses before, we encourage you to give it a try. We always can use more delivery help and its a lot of fun!!
Thank you again for all your efforts in making this a successful fundraiser!!
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Rice Lake Rotary Club $30,000 Donation to RLHS

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.

Rice Lake Rotary Club $30,000 Donation to RLHS 2016-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gazebo Looks Great!!

A big "Thank You! " to all volunteers who helped give our gazebo a much needed "face lift" recently. Congratulations and thank you to Heidi Weber and her two kids Caleb and Ella, Don Clemens, Marlene Gargulak, Bun Hanson, and Warren Dorrance. Our thanks also to Bjorn Hanson at Burnell's Decor on tips to properly restore and stain our gazebo.
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Thought for the Week.

"We are all so much more alike that we are different."
 -Global Volunteers
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Giving and Helping Others

" We can't help everyone, but everyone can help!"  
   Ronald Reagan
" My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping someone worse off than you."
   Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
" Give, but give until it hurts."
   Mother Teresa
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This Week's Guest Speaker

This week's guest speakers are fellow member Kim Cobb and Jan Pilz, with the Aging and Disability Center of Barron, Rusk, and Washburn Counties.
Kim and Jan will be speaking to us about "Elder Tree" and "Music and Memory", two state-wide initiatives for older adults being implemented in Barron County.
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National Night Out

This past Tuesday, August 2, the Rice Lake Rotary Club served 450 free hot dogs to attendees to this year's National Night Out event held in Moon Lake Park in Rice Lake. The Rotary Club concession was staffed by Rotary members Rob Buehler, Marlene Gargulak, Steve Tangwall, Warren Dorrance, and Mary Schnacky.
Local Rice Lake Police Chief Steve Roux said "these events are a great way for law enforcement and citizens to interact".  This year's event was attended by over 500 local citizens.
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Rotary Foundation's Centennial

This year Rotary Clubs around the world will be celebrating The Rotary Foundation's Centennial.
"We should not live for ourselves, but for the joy in doing good for others".
Arch Klumph, Founder of the Rotary Foundation 1910
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"Understanding Others"

"You will never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view."
 -Harper Lee
"I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding."
-Tennesee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth
"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."
-Abraham Lincoln
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Congratulations Marlene!!

Congratulations Marlene on your "Very Successful" year as our Rotary District Governor!!
As always your term as our District Governor was exemplified by your hard work and dedication to do the best you can for Rotary and its members.
Your fellow members of Rice Lake Rotary Club #2712 members also thought we should dedicate a "Top Ten Reasons" why our District Rotary Governor was the best.
#10. Even butterflies appreciated you.
 #9. You helped deliver polio vaccine to India.
 #8. Your weekly bulletins featured our Districts' various clubs good work.
 #7. There are more "milkweeds" growing today than at any time in our history!
 #6. "GSE" stands for "Gee, She is energetic!".
 #5. Rotarians in District 5960 have benefited from "Friendship Exchanges".
 #4. If there was a Rotary meeting on the planet,you were there!
 #3. You had more good new ideas than hours in the day!
 #2. No matter the challenge..."It's OK, we can do this", was your answer.
 #1. Club #2712 was proudly presented to our District and the World!!
Congratulations on a very successful year as District Governor; we are all very proud of you!!
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27th Annual Rice Lake Rotary Duck Raffle

        2016 Grand Prize Winner!!
This years's Grand Prize Winner, Geoff Pedersen 
of Rice Lake, being presented his NEW Ford Fiesta!
Link Ford G.M. Jeff Frishmann (L) and Rotary Member
JT Koser (C) presenting new car to Geoff Pedersen (R).
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27th Annual Rice Lake Rotary DUCK's Raffle Winners!

This year's DUCK's Raffle winners are posted on this website in the upper right hand corner of our homepage. 
Congratulations to this year's winners and a "BIG THANK YOU" to our "Raffle Sponsors". 
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27th Annual Rice Lake Rotary DUCK's Raffle Winners!!

   Prize Won                                    Prize Sponsor                           Winner
1. Ford Fiesta                                        Link Ford                     Geoff Pederson- Rice Lake
2. Tour Wisconsin Vacation                 Home Spun Tours              Mike Gargulak- Rice Lake
3. $1,000 Shopping Spree                    Diamond Designs            Kristi Krehmeyer- Rice Lake
4. 1 Year Single Gym Membership       Olympic Fitness Center        Trevor Kodesh- Rice Lake
5. Fully Loaded Camping Package          Johnson Bank                 Erin Michels-Wisconsin Rapids
6. $500 Gift Certificate                  Lampert Lumber-Rice Lake            Sena Gavin- Cameron
7. 32" LED Television                        Rainbow Home Center             Amber Bednar-Rice Lake
8. 18 Holes of Golf w/Cart for 4        Turtleback Golf Course                  Katie Gargulak

9. 18 Holes of Golf w/Cart for 4        Turtleback Gold Course              Guy Miller-Rice Lake 
10. $200 Gift Certificate                       Stump Lake Liquor                       Greg Ruhter
11. 24 Car Wash Package           Jim Stoll/J&J Northside Car Wash        Lori Barr-Birchwood
12. 24 Car Wash Package          Jim Stoll/J&J Northside Car Wash       Clare Janty-Cumberland
13. 24 Car Wash Package          Jim Stoll/J&J Northside Car Wash       Jeff VanGilder-Rice Lake
14. Damson Bluetooth Speaker        Lebakken/s Rent-to-Own                Dan Lawler-Rice Lake
15. $100 Gift Card                                Norske Nook                          Tim Lange-Rice Lake
16. $100 Gift Card                                Norske Nook                       Jolene Anderson-Rice Lake
17. $100 Gift Card                                Norske Nook                    Mike & Doreen Crotteau-Rice Lake
18. $100 Gift Card                                Norske Nook                           Suzanne Funck-Barron
19. $100 Gift Card                                Norske Nook                       Roland Amundson-Rice Lake
Congratulations to this year's winners and a "big thank you" to this year's Duck's Raffle Sponsors!!
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Dry Duck Dash Raffle Rules and Regulations

The complete set of rules and regulations for this years Rice Lake Rotary "Dry Duck Dash Raffle" are available by clicking on the corresponding link in the upper right hand corner of this Rice Lake Rotary homepage.
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Rice Lake HS Track Meet Volunteers

We are looking for some volunteers to work at the Rice Lake H.S. 14 Team Track Meet next Tuesday, May 10.
Volunteers will work concessions, do some grilling, and hand out T-Shirts at the "finish line" after each event.
We will need about 10 volunteers for each time slot:
3:30-5:30 pm
5:30-7:30 pm
7:30-10:00 pm (final shift will also have some cleanup to do)
Please bring your personal calendars to tomorrow's meeting.
Thank you.
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Ancient Greek Proverb

" Societies become great when the 'old' plant trees under whose shade they will never sit."
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Only 4 more days till   $$ Rotary Raffle $$ drawing!! 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

Special Program This Week!

At this week's noon meeting, we will be packing "care packages" for residents at Benjamin's House. Club members will be
bringing various household soft goods which we will be packing into boxes for residents at Benjamin's House who are leaving to get started in their new homes.
Should be fun and is an important and valuable benefit for these Benjamin's House residents.
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This Week's Special Speaker

Tomorrow, March 31, don't forget that our special speaker, Amer Ahmed, will be speaking to us at UW Barron County at the Student Center. Lunch will be served to all Rotary Members starting at 11:45 a.m. 
Our special guest speaker, Amer Ahmed,  College Professor and nationally known speaker on the subject of the Islamic faith and "Islamophobia". Amer's speech will be on the topic of "Islam and Hip Hop".
Please plan to arrive at 11:45 a.m. for lunch so we can begin the presentation on time.
See you all tomorrow.
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Valentines Day Raffle Winners!

This past week Bruce Goode from the Rice Lake Morning Rotary Club announced winners of this years Valentines Day Raffle.  A number of our noon club members were cash winners including Kevin Jacobson who pulled down the top cash prize of $1,000!!
$1,000  Kevin Jacobson        $50  Kathy Wellsandt               
$250    Adam Bever             $50  Jason Derousseau  
$250    Michael Rogers         $50  Sonja Wilson 
$250    Ben Beuhler             $50  Boyd Gilbertson         
$125   Bruce Mohns             $50  Greg Swanson                                             
$125   Laura Maksymkow      $50  Julie Erickson
$125   David Bridges            $50  Dallas Sloan
$125   Todd Widdes             $50  Mike VanGilder
$50  Eric Richter                   $50  Brandon Olson
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Happy Birthday Rotary!! 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Copy of NEW Rice Lake Rotary Website Look! 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International

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

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February Edition of The Rotarian

 This month's issue of The Rotarian (February 2016) contains a section called "Crossing the Lines" that contains a number of stories about "Rotarian Peace Fellows" and their efforts to make a difference in areas of conflict and for people in need around the world.
The feature begins on page 34 and is a "Must Read" for all Rotarians! 
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Robert Kubnick

Posted by JB
Fellow Rotarians,
With regret we want to inform all members that Robert (Bob) Kubnick has passed away. Bob joined Rotary in 1972 and was a Rotarian for 43 years serving as Club President in 1980-1981 and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Bob's wife, Gloria, has asked that any donations be given to the Rice Lake Rotary Foundation in Bob's honor.
Private family services are pending.
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Christmas/Holiday Party Tomorrow Night!!

Posted by Aaron Marsh on Dec 08, 2015
As a reminder, festivities start tomorrow night with our "Silent Auction and cocktails" beginning at 6 pm. Dinner will be served at 7.
Hope to see you all there!!
Christmas/Holiday Party Tomorrow Night!! Aaron Marsh 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

New Direct Links on Rotary Website

Posted by jb on Dec 08, 2015
We have added new "Links" to our Rotary website Homepage to make it easier for members to access other Rotary websites.
Log onto our new website,, and look for the Links section on right hand side of homepage. These direct links will give members quicker access to other key Rotary websites such as Rotary International, Facebook, and Rotary District 5960.
Check out Marlene Gargulak's District weekly newsletters as an example and see what other clubs are up to in our district.
More sites will be added shortly. If you have any suggestions, they are welcomed.
New Direct Links on Rotary Website jb 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club's "Four Star" Charity Rating

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."
  Rotary Club's "Four Star" Charity Rating 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

This Week's Speaker

Posted by jrb on Nov 18, 2015
This week's guest speaker is Bill Oestreicher who will be making a presentation on our "local" Rice Lake Rotary Foundation.
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Rotary Zone 28 Top Fund Raiser for Polio Plus!

Posted by Jim Gargulak on Nov 10, 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.
Rotary Zone 28 Top Fund Raiser for Polio Plus! Jim Gargulak 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

14th Annual Rotary Foundation Celebration-District 5960

Rotary District 5960 will be holding its 14th Annual Foundation Celebration on Saturday, November 7, 2015  at the Holiday Inn East in St. Paul, MN. All members are invited to attend this reception and dinner  from 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
November is Rotary Foundation Month and what better way to celebrate than to join your fellow Rotarians in an evening of socializing, recognizing our giving successes and introducing our successful projects defining what Rotary Foundation is all about.
Full details and  registration forms for the event are being emailed to each of you today.
14th Annual Rotary Foundation Celebration-District 5960 jb 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker-October 29, 2015

This week our guest speaker will be Amy Muminovic. Amy will be be making a presentation on the topic of  "Advanced Directives".
Guest Speaker-October 29, 2015 jb 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

ROSE DAY for Rice Lake Rotary Club

This Thursday, October 22,  the Rice Lake Rotary Club will not be having a regular scheduled meeting for our members. As Rice Lake Rotarians know,  tomorrow will be dedicated to the "delivery of thousands of roses".
However, lunch will be served for all Rotary members at noon at Lehmans as usual.
ROSE DAY for Rice Lake Rotary Club jrb 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Former "Citizen and Rotarian of the Year" Recepients

Posted by Bun Hanson on Oct 20, 2015
As a reminder to all Rice Lake Rotarians, your "Citizen of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" nominations are due before November 5, 2015.  
At the request of several members, Bun Hanson has constructed a list of all previous winners of these prestigious annual awards. This one page list has been sent to each Rotary member in a separate email today.
We look forward to your nominations!!
Former "Citizen and Rotarian of the Year" Recepients Bun Hanson 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

October 8 Guest Speaker

This week's guest speaker is Mary Graese from Northstar Bison. Northstar Bison was started in 1994 with 2 young bison and has grown over the years to a current herd of over 600 grass fed bison on over 1200 acres in Northwest Wisconsin and East Central Minnesota.
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Guest Speaker for October 1, 2015

This week's guest speakers are Heidi Weber, Matt Schneider, and Dr. Meghan Pesko who will  talking to us about "Building Better Minds Through Reading".
Guest Speaker for October 1, 2015 jrb 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Romanian Rotary Guests in Rice Lake

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
Romanian Rotary Guests in Rice Lake Paul Chase 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Famous Quotes about Volunteering jrb 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rice Lake Rotary "DUCKS CHASE" 2015

 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!!
Rice Lake Rotary "DUCKS CHASE" 2015 jrb 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

City Hall Native Plant Project

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.
City Hall Native Plant Project Don Clemens 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Special Guest Speaker-August 27 JRB 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker-August 13, 2015

This week's guest speaker is Burt Richards who will be speaking to us about the Rice Lake "Young Ambassadors" program which is sponsored by the Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce. One of this program's main activities is the attendance of 2 high school students at "Business World", a four day camp/event held in Madison once per year.
Guest Speaker-August 13, 2015 jrb 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Governor Visit

Posted by JRB on Aug 05, 2015
This week the Rice Lake Rotary Club will be hosting our District's new Governor Marlene Gargulak. Marlene will be meeting with local Board Members as well as our membership at large on Thursday, August 6. This will be Marlene's first opportunity to address her "local club" since her installation as District Governor.
Rotary District Governor Visit JRB 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Famous Quotes on Volunteering

" It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Famous Quotes on Volunteering 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

District Governors Weekly Musings

Posted on Jul 21, 2015
Each week for this current Rotary Year, Marlene Gargulak, our District 5960 Governor, will be sharing the outcomes and inputs of the various Rotary Club visits she will make over the course of this year. These summaries will be posted each week on our NEW website ( on the Homepage download links located on the left side of our new homepage. We encourage you to log on and check this out. It's a great way to stay in touch with what other clubs in our District are doing and offers plenty of new ideas.
District Governors Weekly Musings JRB 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
DUCK's Ticket Sales at Barron County Fair JT Koser 2015-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! James Barron 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rice Lake Rotary Bulletin, July 2, 2015 James Barron 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

New Club Officers Installation

Posted on Jun 28, 2015
This week's Rotary meeting, July 2, 2015 will be devoted to the installation of our new club officers for 2015-2016.
New Club Officers Installation JRB 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Marlene Gargulak 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Marlene Gargulak 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! Marlene Gargulak 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Marlene Gargulak
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Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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