Rapids Ripples
rotary club of wisconsin rapids
Organized June 17, 1919
Rotary District 6250   •    club 2723
OCTOBER 2, 2023          volume 105  •   issue 8
Welcome New Members
Last week we welcomed Gretchen Powers and Michael Schmidt as new members.  Gretchen, sponsored by Warren Miller, currently serves as the Director of the Wisocnsin Rapids Community Theater after previously serving as a social worker.  Michael Schmidt, sponsored by Leon Schmidt, works as an attorney at Nash Law Firm after previously working in Madison and Los Angeles.  Welcome Gretchen and Michael! 
Two weeks ago we welcomed Claire Parrish-Lane.  Unfortunately, I incorrectly stated her last name in last week's Ripples.  I apologize for my error.  -- Ron
Foundation Donation To Interact
Last week, Warren Miller, Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Foundation President, presented a check for $500 to Melanie Kozlowksi, Lincoln High School Interact Advisor.  Melanie briefly shared the origins behind the club at LHS and upcoming activities.  Melanie will be a speaker in February to share even more about our new Interact Club.
Are we willing to serve as President-Elect?
Rotary is all about service -- Service Above Self! How are you serving? 
Our nominating committee is looking for a President-Elect (who would be President in the 2025-2026 Rotary year). Let Craig Broeren know if you are interested in serving our club next year as our PE.
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. 
Boys Scout Popcorn Sale
Please assist in supporting our Boys Scout Trip by ordering popcorn.  More details will be on the tables on Monday during our meeting.
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!

ODC Haunted House Volunteer Opportunity
The ODC Haunted House is Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st.  Last year in Marshfield there were over 600 attendees and it is anticipated there may be around 1,000 this year.  If you can assist with event parking Friday or Saturday or with take down on Sunday, October 22nd, sign up here.
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!
World Polio Day
World Polio Day October 24th

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

Polio Plus Society
This new program in District 6250 is to recognize your gifts and pledges to support Polio Plus at a minimum of $100 per year. Visit the link for more information and let's see how many members can achieve this recognition by the end of the year! https://rotary6250.org/page/polio-plus-society
Last Week's Speaker Summary
Patrick Blozynski, President of the Wisconsin Rapids Figure Skating Club for the past nine years, shared the phenomenal experiences participants have and the challenges faced by the WRFSC.  The highlight of the year is the show that occurs the first weekend of Spring Break.  Although the number of participants is down since COVID (but improving) the number of spectators has increased from 12 to 15 per participant.  WRFSC also coordinates the community Learn To Skate program for anyone age 3 and up.  The WRFSC currently uses about 50% of all available ice time at South Wood County Recreation Center and believes demand on the current sheet of ice may lead to discussion on the need for a second sheet.  More information on exchanges is available at https://www.wrfsc.com/.  
Welcome Youth Rotars
This week is our last week with our first rotation of 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.
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
Oct 02, 2023
New Executive Director at Love Inc
Oct 09, 2023
Board Meeting
Oct 16, 2023
WRPS - Education For Employment
Oct 23, 2023
District 6250 Governor
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Upcoming Events
ODC Halloween House Volunteer Opportunity
Oct 20, 2023 – Oct 22, 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

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
          – Margaret Mead 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chuck Gibbons
September 8
Anita Bell-Freund
October 3
Gretchen Powers
October 7
Bruce Rokke
October 19
Join Date
JR Siewert
September 1, 1986
37 years
Warren Miller
October 1, 2004
19 years
Randy Jahns
October 11, 2010
13 years
Matt Ironside
October 12, 2009
14 years
Ron Rasmussen
October 19, 2015
8 years
Amy Gust
October 25, 2010
13 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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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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