Rapids Ripples
rotary club of wisconsin rapids
Organized June 17, 1919
Rotary District 6250   •    club 2723
SEPTEMBER 25, 2023          volume 105  •   issue 7
Welcome New Members
Last week we welcomed Claire Lane-Parrish as a new member of our club.  Claire transferred from the Rice Lake Rotary Club where she was an active member in exchanges and recently served as President-Elect.  Clair served for the past seven years as Public Services Director for the Rice Lake Public Library.  She recently started her new role as Assistant Director at McMillan Library.  Welcome, Claire!
This week we look forward to inducting Gretchen Powers and Michael Schmidt as members.
Welcome Youth Rotars
Last week we welcomed our first Youth Rotars for the 2023-24 school year.  Please warmly welcome from Assumption Evan Harris and from Lincoln:  Corinne Sazama, Marcelo Torres, and Dana Tritz.
Open Director Positions
1) With the addition of an Interact Club, we are looking for an individual to serve as our Youth Protection Officer.  This is an important position as we begin working with our local high school students.
2). Also we need an at-large member to join our Club's Board of Directors. With a limited time commitment (~1 hour/month), here's your opportunity to serve by sharing with the Board your thoughts and ideas for a more successful and dynamic club.
Let Ron Rasmussen or Craig Broeren know if you would like to be considered for either of these positions. 
Day of Caring Volunteers Needed
Sign up to assist on Saturday, October 21st for the United Way Day of Caring!.  You can sign up on our website by clicking here. We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great event together!

Time:  8:00am-9:00am Registration & Breakfast

            9:00am-1:00pm Leaf Raking

Location:  Registration is at the Grand Rapids Lions Club then groups disperse to various locations to rake.

Rain or shine!

Partner Projects with the Lions Club
We again are collecting eyeglasses and pill bottles for the Lions Club. You may bring them to the Noon meeting and place them in the box which will be located by the welcome table.  It is great that we are able to work with another community organization.  Thank you to John Steele for organizing this effort!
Last Week's Speaker Summary
Bill Pritchard, Rotary Exchange Coordinator for District 6250, engaged us in the importance of Rotary Exchanges and the positive impact they have on our world.  There are three types of Rotary Exchanges:  1) Inbound, 2) Outbound, and 3) Short-Term.  Bill shared that the United States used to be in the top 3 of places students wanted to attend in an inbound exchange but last year we were seventh.  In addition, Rotary inbound exchanges cost approximately $6500 versus other agencies charging around $20,000.  Bill challenged our club to begin hosting and sending outbound youth in Rotary Exchanges as our last club exchange was in 2018.   More information on exchanges is available at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges.  
Our Mailing Address
Wis Rapids Noon Rotary
P.O. Box 481
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0481
Meeting ID: 839 8618 4069
Passcode: 202324
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Upcoming Programs
Sep 25, 2023
Wisconsin Rapids Figure Skating Association
Oct 02, 2023
New Executive Director at Love Inc
Oct 09, 2023
Board Meeting
Oct 16, 2023
WRPS - Education For Employment
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Upcoming Events
ODC Halloween House Volunteer Opportunity
Oct 20, 2023 – Oct 21, 2023
United Way Day of Caring
Oct 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2023
World Interact Week
Oct 30, 2023 – Nov 05, 2023
District 6250 Vibrant Club Workshop
Nov 04, 2023
Neighborhood Meals - Dec 23
Dec 14, 2023
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Green Bay
Apr 19, 2024 – Apr 20, 2024
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Quote Of The Week

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

– Chinese Proverb

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chuck Gibbons
September 8
Join Date
JR Siewert
September 1, 1986
37 years
Club Officers
President Elect
Club Administration Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Service Projects Chair
International Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
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Joining Rotary
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Major Donors
L4:  Mead Witter Foundation; L3: Chuck Gibbons Jr; L1: John Steele
Paul Harris Fellows
John B. Steele +8, James Boyd, Philip M. Brown +4Guy-Robert Detlefsen Jr, Jerry Feith, Susan A. Feith +1, Chuck Gibbons +8, Daniel M. Guck +1, Amy L. Gust, Kenneth M. Hill +2Matthew D. Ironside +1, Tari Jahns +1Tamera Jepson +4, Richard J. Kenney +6Robin M. Koeshall +1, Amy D. Kolo-Elmhorst +2Robert E. McGrath +1, Warren G. Miller +2, Ahmad H. Musallam +4, Bruce W. Rokke +2, Leon S. Schmidt, Jr +1, Loretta K. Schoechert +2, James E. Shewchuk, John T. Siewert Jr +1, John T. Siewert Sr +1, Susan A. Sippel +3, Ron Rasmussen
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