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Holmen Area

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Holmen Village Hall
421 S. Main St
Holmen, WI  54636
United States
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October 2017
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Who is the best Chili Chef? 
Who makes the cheesiest Mac and Cheese?
Come and help us find out!
Holmen's Hope is sponsoring a CHILI ‘N’ CHEESE COOK OFF  to raise money and to see who makes the tastiest Chili or Mac-n-cheese.
Happens October 28th from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Holmen American Legion Post 284
Just $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for kids and kids under 6 years old eat free. Cast your votes to determine Peoples Choice Award. Judges will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to teams for each catagory. 
Also going on will be a silent auction, bucket raffle, root beer floats and soda
Think you got the best Chili or Mac-n-cheese recipe and want to be a contender? Cash Prizes for the winners and unlimited bragging rights. Contact Laurie for more  info at 608-769-7446 or email rocknribsbbq@gmail.com
All proceeds go to the benefit of Holmen's Hope
Go to 'Read More' to learn more about Holmen's Hope
On Saturday September 9th, the Holmen Area Rotary Club in conjunction with Thrivent held an electronic recycling event in Holmen. The drop off was conveniently located right off route 35, in the parking lot of McHugh Excavating. All Saturday morning, people showed up to get rid of their old electronic devices. TVs, monitors, radios, printers, desktops, laptops, microwaves, you name it were dropped off.  Some of it still looked good and had to restrain myself from pulling that big boom box out of the bin, setting it on my shoulder and rocking out. Food for hurricane victims and donations for Holmen's Hope were also collected. By noon, almost a semi-load of electronic gear was collected. That is a lot of stuff that will be recycled responsibly instead of winding up in a landfill causing future pollution.  Thanks to McHugh Excavating, those that volunteered and those that dropped their old junk off!

Recently the Holmen Area Rotary Club (HARC) and members of the community met to commemorate the new Deerwood Park picnic shelter recently built as a HARC Community Service project. Great conversation with friends and fabulous food was had by all. The skies even opened up and it started to rain but under the new shelter all was dry.  The picnic shelter can be reserved by contacting the Village of Holmen. The Holmen Area Rotary Club would like to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals for their help in making this addition to the community a reality.
  • Brickl Bros Inc
  • Bahr Electric
  • Midwest Concrete Professionals
  • The Village of Holmen
  • Dave and Barb Skogen
  • Holmen Youth Baseball League
  • Larry and Elaine Bodin
  • Features
  • Holmen Lion's Club
  • Holmen Area Foundation
  • Rotary Works Foundation 
  • and many more

अभिवादन करना (Welcome) Pranav!
On August 14th, Pranav Waghanna came to Holmen from India as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Students that participate in the Exchange Program learn leadership skills, make new long lasting friendships, learn a new culture and language and become truly global citizens. Pranav will be staying with a local host family and starting the academic year at Holmen High school in the fall. 
At the Wednesday August 23rd Holmen Area Rotary Club meeting Pranav was officially recognized and exchanged his home town Rotary banner for a Holmen banner with Jason Munz, current club President.  
Let's engage with Pranav and learn about the Indian culture. And also show him the best that the Holmen Area, Wisconsin and this Country has to offer. 

Root for your favorite team right from the stands in Lambeau Field !
 All for only $5 a chance!
The 1st prize winner of the raffle will get 2 tickets to the Packers vs Saints Game on October 22, 2017.
Included are two outdoor club seat tickets, parking pass and $100 in Kwik Trip gas card. (>$700 Value) 
2nd Prize is $150 in $$$CASH$$$
3rd Prize  is $75 in $$$CASH$$$
4th Prize is $50 Festival Gift Card
5th Prize a Tile Locator
Raffle Tickets are $5 or splurge on 5 tickets for $20
Drawing to be held October 8th, 2017 at halftime at Features in Holmen. 
Tickets are available from any of your Holmen Area Rotary Club Members. 

Come help us battle the attack of the squash! Every day they seem to multiply! They need to be eaten!
Send us your best yellow squash recipe so we know how best to battle them. Or better yet, stop by and take some home. 
Check out Recipes to date under "Read more..."
UPDATE - As of today (Sept 13) the Holmen Community Garden has produced and distributed over 1500 pounds of food.

The Community Garden is starting to produce. The first veggies were picked this week and set out for distribution. The initial hard work is starting to pay off but to stay ahead of the weeds will require additional volunteers.  Regular work nights are Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 but if you can't make those times you can stop by anytime and weed a row or two. 
The garden is located between Green Mound Cemetery and Route 35 off of Bluffview Drive. For more info contact Tom Knobloch of the Holmen Area Rotary Club or John Oliver of the Holmen Lion's Club.
Rock-N-Ribs 2017
Smashing Success
Thank You to all the participants and attendees of this years Rock-N-Rib Fest! The 2017 Rock-N-Ribs Competition June 23rd and June 24th was a great success for the La Crosse Valley View Rotary and the Holmen Area Rotary Clubs. The event saw an increase in participation and drew huge crowds. The list of Winners of the cooking competitions can be seen at www.rotaryrocknribs.com. The food was hot and tasty and the musical talent was spectacular. Minneapolis cover band Hairball gave one heck of a show on Friday night. Not only was the music fantastic, but the constant costume changes to emulate the lead singer of the covered band were phenomenal!
If you missed it this year, make sure you set aside the time for Rock-n-Ribs 2018. 
"Only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes" - John Denver
Holmen Community Garden
The Holmen Community  took a step in fighting hunger by breaking ground on a new Community Garden on the north side of town. The garden is a collaborative effort between Gunderson Hospital, The Holmen Lions Club and the Holmen Area Rotary Club. On June 8th, representatives from Gunderson, The Holman Lions and the Holmen Area Rotary Club gathered to dedicate the garden and do a little planting. Food from the garden will go to those in need through direct donation or local food pantry. For those wanting to help out, work nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 PM. The garden is located between Green Mound Cemetery and Route 35 off of Bluffview Drive. For more info contact Tom Knobloch of the Holmen Area Rotary Club or John Oliver of the Holmen Lions. 
Wednesday Morning June 7th The Holman Area Rotary Club was visited by Monsignor Joseph Hirsch, director of the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Lima Peru. Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II is a mission of the Diocese of La Crosse. Msgr Hirsch told the group how the orphanage operated and the mission behind the work being done there. The orphanage has 64 children, 32 boys and 32 girls each broken up into groups of 8, creating a 'Family' This family dynamic creates strong interpersonal relationships, morals and faith.  Msgr Hirsch gave an inspiring talk on the purpose of the Casa Hogar Mission and service above self. Msgr Hirsch was also personally able to accept a check from the Holmen Area Rotary Club with funds procured by special efforts of Rotarian Justine Bodin for the orphanage.
Monsignior Joseph Hirsch, Holmen Area Rotary Club President Adam Fleis and Rotarian Justin Bodin
For more information on the Casa Hogar Mission use this link- http://www.homeajpm.org/home/ 
2017 Service Auction a Success!
Auction night was one of fun, great food and large hearts. The Holmen Area Rotary Club would like to thank all of those that participated. By stepping up, your generous actions help provide the funds that keep the Rotary Club and their good works rolling. Overall there was a 30% increase in donations over last years event. This raises the bar for next year but the club enjoys a good challenge.  Hope to see you there!
Come check out Holmen Rotary and Do Good in the World with us.

A video compilation by Holmen Rotary member Steve Johnston and his company the WOW Factory.  The video shows many of the successful projects of our Rotary club including Peru Biosand Water Filters, Student Exchange, Holmen Police K-9 unit, E-cycle, Halfway Park Clock, and Holmen High School Interact Club.  We meet 7am Wednesdays at Holmen Village Hall.  Come join us.  We need your help to change our community and our world.

So you like all you have heard that Rotary has been doing in the Holmen community and around the world, but the Wednesday morning 7am meetings just don't work for you?  There may be an opportunity for you and we would love for you to come and check it out.
Holmen Rotary has started a group which will meet primarily evenings but be involved in the same projects as the current club members.  For the next two months, the group will be meeting the first and third Wednesday evenings; May 6. May 20, June 3, and June 17 at Pizza Corral in Holmen 6pm.  They will also have socials at 6pm  the fourth Wednesday; May 27 and June 24 at locations yet to be announced.  Please stop by and check it out.  Call Dean McHugh 608-769-4803 if you have any questions.
In 1985 when Rotary began its polio eradication efforts, there were 350,000 cases annually in 125 countries.  In 2014 the fight is down to three countries:  Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria and only 147 cases reported year to date.  Rotary will continue its efforts until every last case of this dreaded disease has been eliminated and all children of this world grow up free of this threat.
Zone Institute training for Rotarians from New York to Nebraska took place this fall in La Crosse.  Rotarians raised over $92,000 for Rotary's polio eradication efforts during this five day event.  Holmen Rotary's own Justin Bodin raised $2,500 of the amount himself through the sale of 100 special friendship bracelets he made for the event.  With two to one matching by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the total amount resulting from the La Crosse event will be $277,000.  That's enough to immunize over half a million children against polio! 

While many folks are starting the second half of their calendar year on July 1, the Holmen Area Rotary Club is beginning their fiscal year.  Not only is July 1 the first day of Rotary’s fiscal year, this date marks the beginning of this relatively young club’s 10th Anniversary Year.


The Holmen Area Rotary club consists of approximately 35 members, including business owners, community leaders, retirees and spouses, school administration, insurance, financial advisors, real estate brokers and many more unique classifications.


Rotary represents greater than 1.2mm individuals around the world, making them the largest single service organization in the world.  Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” but can readily be described in six words:  Join Leaders, Share Ideas and Take Action.  Speaking of Taking Action, “Our club is very active both locally and internationally”, exclaimed Adam Fleis, the club’s president during the 10th Anniversary year.  


Community projects completed/ongoing include Holmen’s Hope Community Dinner, Spring Community clean up, Highway 35 road-side clean-up, a 4-sided clock located in Halfway Creek Park, purchase of a Holmen Police K-9 Dog, Camp Decorah Boy Scout Camp restoration, Summer lunches in the Park, Respect Retreat and STRIVE Program (Holmen High School mentorship programs), as well as Holmen High School Scholarships, just to mention a few of the local community projects this club has accomplished in its nine years.  And community projects are not all this club does annually.  “We host over a half dozen ‘social events’ throughout the year at various venues to promote comradery and to have good fellowship”, remarked Bryan Helgeson, club appointed social director.  “One project we are currently working on and are excited to say are very close to finalizing the fundraising portion of the project is our Deerwood Park shelter”, Helgeson went on to say.  This will be a $40,000 shelter project and will be donated to the Village of Holmen.


Internationally, this club has supported several clean water projects in multiple villages in Peru as well as a central water system and private family restrooms in another community.  These projects are accomplished through collaboration with Water Missions International in one instance and directly through a local Rotary Club in Lima Peru by providing education and funding for the construction of Bio Sand Filters.  “Clean water is something we all take for granted”, indicated Dean McHugh, Rotary District 6250 District Governor and club member, “and now, villages in Peru have experienced what it is to be able to drink a glass of water without concern for contamination”.   Outside of clean water in Peru, our club has assisted in providing financing to purchase a cow for a community school facility in Kenya.  And another international project is our ongoing support for both incoming and outgoing foreign exchange students at the high school level.


“So the projects just described do not just happen,” Fleis said, “the club accomplishes these projects primarily through three annual fundraising events – a Club Member Service Auction in the Spring, Rock ‘n Ribs Competition in the Summer and a Green Bay Packer Raffle in the Fall.”


Rotary has a Foundation that all clubs and individual members support financially.  The funds received by the Rotary Foundation are used for many goodwill projects around the world, the eradication of Polio being the primary project.  However, a portion of those funds are redirected back to area clubs in the form of Grants to support various club projects.  As a result of this club’s fundraising, collaboration with other clubs financial supporting our international projects in collaboration, coupled with grant funds received from the Rotary Foundation, the Holmen Area Rotary Club has raised and supported nearly $250,000 worth of projects in our community and internationally.


If you have a desire to “Join Leaders, Share Ideas and Take Action”, please join other like-minded individuals for a hot breakfast every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. at the Holmen Village Community Room or visit our website at homenarearotary.org.


We look forward to seeing and/or hearing from you.


Club News

Holmen Rotarians who were in Lima, Peru this last week to check the status of past and ongoing Biosand Water Filter projects were able to parlay their trip into a preliminary meeting on what they hope will be their next clean water project.  Holmen Rotary representatives met with Juan Simon, a representative of Water Missions International.  We are in the process of submitting a grant request to Rotary International in the amount of $70,000.  The grant would fund a centralized water filtration and distribution system, as well as 100 latrines for the community of 2,400 people.


Holmen Rotary provides water and sanitation facilities to the rehabilitation of an old dining hall, which itself was a Rotary project some 75 years ago.

Upcoming Events
Rotary 4 Way Test
  1.  Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? 

Various Current and Past Projects
  • Holmen's Hope Monthly Community Dinner
  • Purchased 1st Police K-9 for Village of Holmen
  • Boy Scout Building Restoration at Camp Decorah
  • Deerwood Park shelter Construction
  • Holmen Area Community Garden supporting Holmen Food Pantry
  • Bio-sand Water Filters in Peru serving over 2,500  Residents
  • Youth Foreign Exchange Program with Holmen HS
  • Kenya Cow Project
  • Centralized Sanitation and Water System in Rural Peru Community
  • Christmas Presents to children in Peru
  • Holmen High School Scholarships
  • Respect Retreat for Holmen HS Students
  • STRIVE Program for Mentoring Holmen HS Students at risk
  • RYLA Leadership Training for Holmen HS Students
  • Students of the Month for Holmen HS Seniors
  • E-Waste Recycling
  • Adopt a Highway Roadside Clean-up
  • Thanksgiving Dinners for New Horizons
  • Rotary Clock in Halfway Creek Park
  • Rotary Lights
  • Back Pack school supplies
  • Free Summer Lunches in Holmen Parks for Children
  • Tons of Taters Potato Donation to Food Pantry