Day Meeting Minutes - 02/01/2022

Brian W. opened the meeting at the Pyramid Event Venue at 12:15pm and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed with the Four-Way Test.


  • Remax Guest Angie Johnson
  • Two new members wish to join
    • Emily Watson – second reading
    • Ginger Ramsey – first reading

Student Rotarians

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  • Gabby Mahr – LM High School - tell us about yourself
    • 2 older brothers ages 25 and 26
    • learned alot from her 
    • swimming and tennis
    • volunteering
    • plans to go to college to obtain a management degree 
    • Committed to University of Georgia 
  • Alison Barradas-Castellanos – LM High School - fun fact -likes to make jewelry--it calls her!
  • Alyssa Reinke – Lakeside – fun fact--extended family very close celebrate Alyssa Fest every year for her Birthday since 2009!
  • Jaque Fernandez – Senior at LM High School – Feb student
  • Sydney Williams – Senior at LM High School – Feb student
  • Doug W.-Senior at Lakeside Lutheran lives in Deforest

Happy Bucks & Fines

  • Ed H
    • son had his 30th bday (he's the baby of the family)
    • successful 
  • Karen Reimer-missed last 2 weeks due to Covid
  • Brian
    • -yellowstone 7 days snow mobiling with wife
    • happy that Feb. is here.  37 hockey games in Jan. 
  • Tara T
    • Snowmobiling with husband last weekend
    • ice skating on south side and downtown is blessing
    • safe rides for Knickerbocker starting at 8 am
  • Jim W
    • gentle orthopedic procedure--rebuilt base of thumb--healing 
  • Gerard
    • Rotarian -Mary Price misses the club.  Says hello!
  • Mick S.-fine for being in the paper
  • Brian W.-fine for being in the paper


  • Birthdays – Jenn Christian – tomorrow 2/2
  • Birthday raffle--4 gifts 

CLUB BUSINESS - Announcements and committee reports

     Last week had assembly at Grist.   20 braved the cold to hear Officer Jessica Johnson talk about citizen police academy.  Beginning another session if anyone wishes to sign up--bulletin coming soon. 
  • The night group will be meeting 6pm tomorrow night at Tyranena Brewery.  Main discussion will be 5k run date, location, and sponsorship levels. 
  • The Dean Sanders Playground equipment has been paid for.  $40,000.  We will also be paying $9,800 to have it installed. 
  • Looking forward to the next few months, have a lot going on:
    • Select and award scholarships
    • The installation of playground will happen.
    • Post prom hopefully will happen Prom is April 23rd 8 pm -11:30 pm (after prom follows)
    • Hanging baskets will be sold for Mothers Day
    • Concessions will start up again
Past Lake Mills Rotary President, Mick Selck has been doing extensive research and gathering information about the History of Rotary.  He share some interesting details with us today during our meeting.  
Paul Percy Harris was the founder of Rotary. He was born in Racine WI 1968;  second of 6 kids.  He moved to lived with his maternal grandparents in Vermont.  He had a difficult time in school.  He was a prankster.  He was even kicked out of his first college for being a member of a "secret society". 
He moved to Des Moines, IA to get his degree as a an attorney.  Many different jobs during this time...Actor, Attorney, Marble installer, and even Cowboy.  
In 1996, Harris moved to Chicago and was a practicing attorney. He met his wife Jean Thomason and married after 3 months.  Bought a home and named their house Comely Bank.  They lived there from 1912-1947.   
There is a Statue of Paul Harris in Brazil, on a stamp, multiple books written about him. 
On Feb 23, 1905 Paul met his friends Silvester Schiele &  Hiram Shorey for dinner and talked about forming a social club.  Harry Ruggles, AL White and Jenson joined them to form the first Rotary.    They met at Paul Harris 711 Club.  The original building has been torn down, but has rebuilt in Evanston, IL in a museum.  
The 1st President of Rotary was Silvester Schiele.  It was his idea to have the new members speak and introduce themselves.  We still do this today.
Harry Ruggles was the 1st treasurer.  He published the 1st Rotary Magazine and the 1st Rotary song book.  These songs were sung regularly at meetings until the early 2000's.  
Charles Newton was the originator of the luncheon.  We love this idea! 
Gus Loehr was a charter member and dropped out after only a few years.  
In 1905, the Rotary had 21 members all from different industries.  Did not use titles, only first names.  This puts everyone on an even playing field.   
It was established early that we must perform a civic service.  The 1st couple of projects were: 
1.  To build a comfort station (public bathroom) outside the City Hall
2.  Buy a horse for country doctor
In, 1908 Rotary went National!  
World Headquarters is located in Chicago, IL.
Only 12 people have held the general secretary for Rotary.  1 gentleman held position for over 30 years.       
The Wagon Wheel Rotary Emblem changed overtime.  Started as a 1924 the symbol we use today was adopted.
MOTTOs over the years....
"He profits most who serves best. "
"Services not self.  He who profits most will serve best."
Our Motto today...."Service above self"
Superior was the 1st Rotary in Wisconsin, followed by Milwaukee, and then Madison. 
In 1913  International Convention they helped support the Flood in Dayton OH.
Arch Klumph--gave the 1st donation to the Rotary Foundation.      
1923 President Harding joined Rotary Club
The 4 way test was implemented in 1932.
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Is it beneficial to all concerned? 
Rotary International has connections in more countries than the United Nations.    
In 1945, could not have groups over a certain size, so the convention was broken up in to 3 groups.  
Stay tuned next week for the History of Lake Mills Rotary

Meeting adjourned 1:00pm

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