Rapids Ripples
rotary club of wisconsin rapids
Organized June 17, 1919
Rotary District 6250   •    club 2723
NOVEMBER 6, 2023          volume 105  •   issue 11
Day of Caring Thank You
Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting will be on Monday, December 4th.  At this meeting we will elect our 2024-25 officers and directors as well as receive our official treasurer’s report.
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.
November is Foundation Month
Rotarians around the world are celebrating the impact of The Rotary Foundation in November. We celebrate by remembering the impact our support is having on eradicating polio, funding humanitarian community projects sponsored by clubs, and the ways in which our work helps create peace by alleviating the need where it exists.
Noon Rotary is currently at $1,375 or 34% of our goal of $4,000 for this Rotary year (last year the club gave $5,725 to the International Rotary Foundation).
Quarterly Dues Increase
With a $6.00 a year increase for the Rotary Magazine, the board of directors as voted to increase dues to $65 per quarter effective January 1, 2024.  We try to limit dues increases but with district and RI increases this year, we have been unable to balance the club budget without an increase.  RI dues will increase again in 2024-25 but it is the hope of the Board to absorb this cost into the budget at that time.
Rotary Ramps
During our October 23rd meeting, Warren Miller, Foundation President, provided an update on our Rotary Ramps Program.
Our Rotary Ramps program has been pretty quiet since Covid. Due to some changes at ADRC it seemed we had lost the referrals for ramps that we had been receiving in the past.  Dan Guck has been our liaison with ADRC and together Dan, your Foundation Board, and ADRC have developed guidelines and procedures for deciding when and for whom we build ramps
  • This has been a process that has taken a full year, but we believe that the renewed contacts we now have with ADRC and the procedures we have established will work.
  • ADRC will make potential recipients aware of our program and help them fill out the application form which our Foundation Board has created for anyone requiring a handicap ramp for their home.
  • Applicants must be a homeowner in the Rapids, Nekoosa, or Port Edwards School Districts who must need to use a walker or wheelchair so without a ramp they cannot get into / out of their house.
  • Our expectation is that by building the ramp the homeowner can reasonably be expected to extend their ability to stay in their own home by five years.
  • ADRC will conduct a home visit and will verify household income and determine if there are other programs that the person fits into.
  • Applications for those that are determined to legitimately need and qualify for assistance will be forwarded to our Foundation for our approval for the applicant.
  • Expectation is to build 2 – 3 ramps per year.
Our Foundation has budgeted up to two ramps for this current Rotary year. While building season is pretty close to over for the year, our expectation is that we will have a ramp or two to build next spring. We will keep you posted as to when so that you can join us when we build our next ramp.
Last Week's Speaker Summary
We welcomed Michelle McGrath, Governor of District 6250, to our club for the Governor's Address.  Michelle, an Assumption '90 grad and former teacher at Lincoln, shared the impact of shared experiences and the importance of Rotary in today's world.  With the mental health challenges many are facing across the world, Rotary fosters the importance of human connection and service to our local communities.
Welcome Youth Rotars
This week we continue with our second rotation of Youth Rotars for the 2023-24 school year.  Please warmly welcome from Assumption Jake Wiedmeyer and from Lincoln:  Keaton Broeren, Jayda Khane, Anna Price, and Emma Rokus.
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
Nov 06, 2023
The impact of Centergy on Central Wisconsin
Nov 13, 2023
Board Meeting
Nov 20, 2023
New Executive Director of the Family Center
Nov 27, 2023
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
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Upcoming Events
World Interact Week
Oct 30, 2023 – Nov 05, 2023
District 6250 Vibrant Club Workshop
Nov 04, 2023
Neighborhood Meals - Dec 2023
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

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”
 – Native American Proverb

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Michael Schmidt
November 9
Ron Rasmussen
November 15
JR Siewert
December 4
Amy Gust
December 29
Join Date
James Boyd
November 1, 1989
34 years
Leon Schmidt
November 1, 1975
48 years
Tyler Miller
November 7, 2022
1 year
Dan Guck
November 8, 2010
13 years
Susan Sippel
November 18, 1997
26 years
Rob McGrath
December 1, 1975
48 years
John Steele
December 29, 1997
26 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 +5, Richard J. Kenney +6Robin M. Koeshall +1, Amy D. Kolo-Elmhorst +2Robert E. McGrath +1, Warren G. Miller +2, Ahmad H. Musallam +4, Ron Rasmussen, Bruce W. Rokke +2, Leon S. Schmidt, Jr +1, Loretta K. Schoechert +2, James E. Shewchuk, John T. Siewert Jr +1, Susan A. Sippel +3
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