Rapids Ripples
rotary club of wisconsin rapids
Organized June 17, 1919
Rotary District 6250   •    club 2723
AUGUST 21, 2023          volume 105  •   issue 4
In Memoriam

John T. Siewert, age 99, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at his home.

John was born on February 24, 1924, in Port Edwards, WI to Valentine and Dorothy (Meunier) Siewert. He graduated from Lincoln High School class of 1941, then enlisted in the US Navy. After returning home from WW-II he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in Business.

John married Ida Lee Chiappetta on February 23rd, 1952, in Kenosha, WI. They then started their family in South Bend, IN, relocating to Wisconsin Rapids in 1954, so John could join his father and brother in the family business of insurance and real estate and eventually brought his eldest son, JR, into the business, eventually name Coldwell Banker Siewert Realtors, which remains a market leading business.

John was elected to several terms on the Wood County Board of Supervisors for over 30 years. He served on many committees, most notably Sheriff and Traffic, Highway and Health Department. He was an original board member for the Founding of the United Way in Wisconsin Rapids. A member of Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Club for 67 years and had a perfect attendance for over 60 years, National Cribbage Association and National Racquetball Association. He competed at a national level throughout his 80s in both game and sports.

With service in both the European and Pacific conflicts, Normandy/France had a special place in his heart having been the helmsman of the USS Satterlee DD-626, the first American ship at the Normandy coast, Pointe du Hoc, on D-Day, 6 June 1944 providing close fire support for the US Rangers. He returned to Normandy with family and friends over a dozen times to share with others, especially young people, lessons about peace, service, and duty. He received many awards, including the freedom cross of the French Free Forces, Silver Medal of Souvenier Francais, and the highest honour for military service to France, The National Order of the Legion of Honour.


New Club Secretary
At the Board of Directors meeting last Monday, the Board voted Julie Strenn to serve as Secretary for the remainder of the 2023-24 year effective in November as Sue will be taking a step back from Director responsibilities.  With this move, we are looking for a new Director to serve on the club board.  Please see Ron if interested!
Committee Membership
It's August already! I am guessing we are all shocked that we are in the last month of summer. This season definitely does not last long enough!
As I stated at my opening address, we are looking for a Rotarian to serve as our membership chairperson for the year.  Please contact Ron if interested.  This will definitely be a joint effort. 
Lastly, we are looking for members to serve on our Service/Community Focus Committee, Public Image Committee and Membership Committee!
Last Week's Speaker Summary
Craig Broeren, WRPS District Administrator, shared plans for updated playgrounds at all WRPS elementary buildings (besides Woodside) and WRAMS.  This 4 million dollar project will expand accessibility and access for all individuals in our community.  The project will be funded with a 3 million dollar gift from the Legacy Foundation, $750,000 from WRPS, and an anticipated remaining donation from the City of Wisconsin Rapids.  
Love INC Electronic Recycling Drive
New Address
We have a new 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
Aug 21, 2023
Director of the South Wood County YMCA
Aug 28, 2023
Expansion of Big Brothers Big Sisters to Wisconsin Rapids
Sep 04, 2023
Labor Day Holiday
Sep 11, 2023
Board Meeting
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Upcoming Events
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
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Warren Miller
August 1
Jeanne Peterson
August 5
Ken Hill
August 14
Join Date
Ken Hill
August 1, 1995
28 years
Ahmad Musallam
August 4, 2003
20 years
Shelly Mondeik
August 14, 2017
6 years
Club Officers
President Elect
Club Administration Chair
Public Relations Chair
Service Projects Chair
International Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary Links
Rotary International
RI President Home
Rotary Global Rewards
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
For New Members
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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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