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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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Jan/2018 - Brittney Jennings, Isaac Burge
February 2018
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On Friday night , February 9th, the Holmen Area Rotary Club sponsored a wild party at the Legion. The participants ate at the Taco Bar, consumed various drinks, shook their bootees dancing, played games of questionable skill and listened to fabulous music from the Shufflin' Duprees. The focus of the event was to have fun but to also entice new folks to become interested in Rotary. It was a blast for all who came and surely a sad day if you missed it!
Save the Date!
April 12th is the upcoming date for the Holmen Area Rotary Club's Service Auction.
This event is the clubs biggest fundraiser of the year and provides a majority of the funds that allows the club to do their work in the community. It is a lot of fun! With live auction of unique services and  items, bucket raffles, 50/50 raffles and more. Non-stop action. Appetizers and drink.
More information will be coming in the near future.  
Think warm thoughts and good food....
                                                                           ....... is coming!
LaCrosse Rotary East Club's 2nd Annual Lobsterfest at Colgan Air will be held Friday, June 15th from 4:00 to 10:00 PM. The fresh lobsters come right off the plane and in to the pot. There will be live entertainment.  All Lobster Dinner tickets are advance purchase only.  (But you don't need to purchase a Lobster Dinner Ticket to attend.)  Alternate food and beverage options will be available for purchase the day of the event. Money raised by the event will go to development of the Adaptive Pathways at Chad Erickson Memorial Park.   To get your lobster dinner tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lobsterfest-tickets-40798770220
Tis Rotary Lights Season!
On Sunday November 26th, the Holmen Area Rotary Club and Rotary Club of La Crosse East volunteered to work the Rotary Lights, La Crosse. Rotary Lights is a cooperative effort among the area's Rotary Clubs, numerous other non-profit groups and volunteer organizations and sponsors. Over 4 million lights, Santa workshop, live nativity scene and more. Admission is free but a donation in cash or food item is greatly appreciated. Over 250,000 food items are donated by his event every year to the area's food pantries. To learn more check them out at http://www.rotarylights.org/
The Holmen Area Rotary Club members donated and shopped to provide shelter clients a Thanksgiving meal. 10 families sponsored by New Horizons will receive a bag containing the ingredients to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers are a shelter for individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. Their mission is to  provide safety and services to adults and families who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse so that they can make decisions about their lives in a supportive, nonjudgmental and empowering atmosphere. They answered over 2100 calls to their crisis hot line and sheltered almost 200 men, women and children with almost 11,000 nights of shelter in 2016. Providing these Thanksgiving meals allows some of the displaced to feel a small sense of normalcy. Along with the meals, the Rotary Club also provided a box of miscellaneous individual toiletries and gift cards. 
To learn more about New Horizons visit them at http://www.nhagainstabuse.org/
A hard freeze has put an end to any outdoor Community Garden activities, giving us time to reflect on how the year went and make plans for the future.
Thank you ! to all the volunteers that took time to help out.
This was the first year for the Community Garden in Holmen and a lot of experience gained during the year. The Garden is a joint effort between the Holmen Lion's Club, the Holmen Area Rotary Club and Gundersen Hospital. The garden is located on the North side of Holmen off of Holmen Drive. Approximately 1/2 acre was planted and over 2700 pounds of produce was harvested and distributed over the year. Most of the produce was taken to the local food pantry at St. Elizabeth's, offered during the public lunch at the Village Hall, during Holmen's Hope with some being taken to Hunger Task Force in La Crosse.  This was a successful start but there were plenty of lesson's learned. When to plant, what to plant, what was accepted by recipients, what grew best and what didn't, how to distribute the harvest, watering management, lack of volunteers when needed and weeds. A meeting was held recently between the members of the Holmen Area Rotary Club Community Service Committee and members of the Holmen Lion's Club to discuss the garden and exchange information. Already there are plans being formulated to go at it again next year, bigger and better.  Some of the ideas/plans going forward- 
  • Increase size of the available plot.
  • Fix up and paint the shed.
  • For fall-early spring have soil tested, plowed, add compost/fertilizer.
  • Increase the number of available volunteers, especially during mid to late May. Direct appeal to create opportunities- for area church groups, youth to fulfill community service hours, etc.
  • Be on the lookout for needed materials- inexpensive fencing for tomato cages, straw or used silo bags to keep weeds down.
  • Improve management of volunteers with easy to follow garden structure and accessible priority task list on site.  
  • More focused mix of plantings.
I am sure 2018 will be a better year for the Community Garden and the people that it will help. Even if you think you have a brown thumb, consider becoming a Community Garden sponsor or volunteer. 
What is I-FEED?
I-FEED is an annual Rotary event that focuses on supplying food locally and to other parts of a hungry world. This year's event was November 4th at Logan High School in La Crosse Wisconsin. Hundreds of people showed up to participate. There were 36 teams of 12 people each that spent their Saturday packing basic meals that are easy to heat and eat. The Holmen Area Rotary Club sponsored three teams, two Holmen High School Interact teams and one adult club team.  Each team mans a table and has to measure and fill ingrediants in each bag, heat seal it and create the master carton of 36 meals. The action is fast and furious, with people cheering the teams on. Money collected goes to purchase the basic meal ingredients. The meal consists of a combination of rice, soy, dried vegetables and a vitamin enriched protein powder.  Each meal bag can feed 6 people.  The teams packed a total of 77,000 meals for distribution. The meals were originally destined for Nicaragua.  However  this year, on short notice, 21,000 of the meals  were trucked to Minneapolis and  put on a Delta flight to  Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief efforts there. Also as part of the event, non-perishable food items were collected. During I-FEED 2017, 26,300 food items were collected and donated to the Hunger Task Force. The Hunger Task Force is a supply resource for the area's food pantries. 
On Saturday October 28th, Holmen's Hope had their First Annual Chili and Mac-n-cheese contest. Holmen's Hope is a local charitable organization strongly supported by the Holmen Area Rotary Club. The event drew a large crowd to sample the 13 Chili and 4 Mac-N-Cheese entries. The recipes were tasted and judged by Professional Kansas City Barbecue Society Judges along with a 'Peoples Choice' award, voted on by the public tasting the various fare.  
Silent Auction, Bucket Raffle, Root beer floats added to the fun! Over $8000 was collected by Holmen's Hope for their school backpack program. 
The winners were;
People’s Choice - Donna Lombard (Late Entry)
1st place  –Eric Davidson (Team Journey)
2nd place –Trinity Drugg (Texas Roadhouse)
3rd place- Andy Niles (Holmen Marine)
Mac n Cheese
People’s Choice- Dave Pehl (Dad Can Cook)
1st Place – Features Holmen (HHS National Honor Society)
2nd Place- Dave Pehl (Dad Can Cook)
3rd Place – Al Sauerwein (Big Al’s Ghetto Hop)
For more information on Holmen’s Hope or how you can help, please check out The Holmen's Hope Facebook page
Or contact Bev Rott @beverly2611@gmail.com
Wow! Even with the cold weather and blowing wind, the participation in the highway cleanup on Saturday was phenomenal. Because there were so many volunteers, the job was completed an hour earlier than was done in the past. "Thank you" to all who participated,  with a special "Thank you" to all the Holmen High School Interact Students that woke up early on a blustery day to make our community cleaner.  
On Oct 25th the Holmen Area Rotary Club Members had their regular Wednesday meeting not at the Holmen Village Hall but at Coulee Life Church on Sandlake Rd, helping the folks at Holmen's Hope pack up the food packages used to fill the backpacks given to students in need. The backpack program provides nourishment to students that would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. The 44 backpacks that were packed up go to help feed 107 students identified by the School District of Holmen as being at risk. It costs about $200/yr/student to provide these backpacks. Another 22 children were recently added to the list of those in need. The Holmen Area Rotary Club  also provided Holmen's Hope a check for $2000 for the Backpack program. This is enough to sponsor 10 children for the school year.  A Chili and Mac contest is scheduled for Saturday at the American Legion to help raise additional money to keep the program going.
Saturday October 21st, Holmen Area Rotary Club Members pitched in to help with the Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area 5th and Mississippi street project. Dodging raindrops, an erosion barrier and safety fence were erected, floors cleaned, cabinets moved, windows cleaned, shelves built and painted and many more tasks were completed. The HARC shared the day on site with the Ladies on Ladders Group from the La Crosse Area. They swing a mean hammer. Good Luck to Sue and Andi and their trip to a Habitat build in Cambodia! A group from the Holmen High School Rotary Interacters also took part, breaking a sweat for a good cause. By the end of the day everyone left dirty and tired with a sense of real accomplishment. Thanks to those that participated and hope you can join again next time. For more info about Habitat and the La Crosse build please visit http://www.habitatlacrosse.org/.
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. 

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! 

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