NEIGHBORS’ DAY postponed to April 28 due to weather conditions.
April 6, 2018 – Jed Hammell, new owner/operator of Staggemeyer Stave Co., talked about the business. They saw staves for wine and whiskey barrels from white oak. They have 25 employees, many of them have been there for a long time. Alot of the staves go to Kentucky to Jack Daniels. They export wine barrels to Hungary, Spain and Australia. Bark is sold for mulch, chips go to paper mills in Wisconsin, and sawdust is sold to farmers in the area and is used to heat their shop, too. Staves age about 3 years at the mill for wine barrels.
Bruce Bulman was presented with a Paul Harris pin (four stones) by President Tom Danielson
April 13, 2018 – Luann Hammell, who with her daughter, opened the Touch of Whimsey business in Caledonia. Luann has long been a collector of dolls and old toys. Many items are for sale at the shop. Also, they offer a service to assist local people in selling things on eBay. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. They use Facebook to promote the business.
April 20, 2018 — Dave Ebner, assistant to the Governor, shared information about innovative actions some clubs were using to increase membership. Some limitations to membership are the place/time/date of meetings, the cost of membership, and family limitations. LaCrescent tried a 4-month pilot program of holding meetings on Thursday as well as the usual Friday morning. It didn’t achieve its goal of increasing membership since it seemed to be too confusing. Dave suggested visiting other clubs to determine if their schedules seemed workable for our club. Holmen tried a satellite club but found it difficult to manage. Some clubs subsidize dues for a period of 60 to 90 days for new members.
There will be a 4-hour membership workshop at Tri-Con. A Rotary Summit will go out to six areas in October/November. This would be a good opportunity for us.
Bruce Bulman receives his Paul Harris pin +5 from President Tom Danielson.
April 27, 2018 – We toured the newly opened senior assisted living facility in Caledonia, Claddagh Senior Living. Carmel Ledebuhr, who with her husband owns the facility, gave us a tour. They converted a motel into this very attractive living space for seniors.