Our club meets in the Dahm Heritage Room at Pickard Commons on the Ripon College campus at noon on Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, July 26,
Bruce Wolff of Brigade Air, a missionary pilot from Mission Aviation Specialists.
Tuesday, August 2, Club Meeting
Raymond Loth speaks on the Conductive Learning Center which serves children with disabilities.
Tuesday, August 9, Club Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 11, Board Meeting
Noon, Mihaly Room of Pickard Commons
Tuesday, Aug. 16, Club Meeting
Susan Reiterman speaks on nutrition for handicapped persons.
Friday, July 22
Vic Ferrari concert brat fry at the Village Green.
Saturday, July 30
FRMC Triathlon, 7 am at Green Lake Conference Center
Saturday, Aug. 13
Doug Lyke 5K Twilight Run,
Saturday, Sept. 10
Brat Fry, 9 am-3 pm, Pick n Save
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Noon Kiwanis Installation Banquet
Saturday, Oct. 1
Brat Fry, 9 am-3 pm, Pick n Save
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This Week’s Meeting
Attendance: 15 members and 3 guests
Sue Loomer was the guest of her "traveling companion", Norm Loomer.
Lil Milbrandt, former Division 12 Lt. Governor and member of the Ripon Early Bird Kiwanis Club, enjoyed our meeting.
Ric Damm was our featured speaker.
Aktion Club Brat Fry
Kristy Sadlon reported that the Aktion Club Brat Fry held on Sunday, July 17 netted $182 for the Aktion Club. Thank you all who helped, including Kristy, Herm, Richard, Danelle, Helga and Tonya.
Vic Ferarri Brat Fry
Barb Evensen reported that there are two shifts available for the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" brat fry to be held on Friday, July 22: 5:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Barb quips "it's the only brat fry with legal alcohol!"
Boy Scout Brat Fry
The boy scout club we sponsor is double booked on Friday, July22 and Saturday, July 23, when they are scheduled to serve brats at Brandon Meats. If you can help, please contact Bill Neill.
WI-UM Kiwanis District Convention
Our Kiwanis District Convention will be held on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at the Brookfield Suites near Milwaukee. Our District Dues include the registration fee and there are funds in our administrative budget to pay for meals and lodging. There is an opportunity on Friday afternoon to attend Club Leadership education, which is encouraged for incoming Presidents, Presidents-elect and Secretaries. The District Convention also includes the opportunity for three delegates per club to vote on next year's District Governor and other items which are on the agenda. Tonya Alling will be officially installed as the 2011-12 Division 12 Lt. Governor on Saturday. The majority of the workshops and business takes place on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., so if you cannot spend the night Friday night, it's still worthwhile to attend on Saturday. If you would like to attend, please contact Tonya.
Tom Keuler is happy to be going fishing in Minnesota (provided that the state can get their ducks in a row and issue him a fishing license).
Barb Evensen gave her "annual happy buck" celebrating the first child to be born to a Kiwanian. Her son Eric turned 23 on July 16. He was born just days after Barb joined Kiwanis, which was just after Kiwanis International voted to allow women into the club.
Emily Dinegan is happy to be celebrating her 9th wedding anniversary today.
Herm Leitz gave a happy buck for having the privilege of grilling over two hot grills when it's nearly 100 degrees at the Aktion Club brat fry.
Andy Lyke was happy to report that he and Jeanne took their sons to Alaska, where they went to the northernmost point of the United States and took a dip in 34 degree water.
Bill Neill is happy to announce that friends and neighbors Bill and Jean Woolley are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Casa Blanca in early August. They will be in good company in France because Norm and Sue Loomer, Bill and Judy Neill, and Jack and Bev Christ will be joining them to celebrate.
Norm Loomer attended two 50th high school reunions recently, and was dismayed at all the old folks who showed up. He is also happy to have his wife, Sue, with him at Kiwanis today.
Steve Sorenson announced that after 34 years in private practice, he no longer works for Sorenson Law Office. After six months of negotiations, Steve has accepted a position with Davis and Kuelthau, heading up their Business and Corporations division and working both out of his Ripon office and the Oshkosh office. Steve will still handle all the needs of his existing SLO clients, and Sorenson Law Office is in capable hands of Emily Dinegan, Jenna Walker and Tom Moniz. Congratulations Steve.
Tonya Alling reported that since the folks they vacation with in Hayward have never caught a gamefish in twelve years, when her 12-year-old son asked if he could get his fish mounted if he caught a Northern, a Walleye or a Muskie, she said "absolutely". Well, Noah caught an 18" Northern, which will undoubtedly be the smallest Northern Pike ever mounted!
Queen of Spades 50/50 Raffle
Barb Evensen's ticket was drawn and with $141.50 in the pot, she drew the King of Clubs. Better luck next time! There are 35 cards left in the deck, with four winners, including the Queen of Spades.
Today’s Program: Ric Damm on the Ripon College Ceresco Woods Mountain Bike Trail
Ric Damm is the coach of the Ripon College cycling team, which has been in existence for four years and has grown from six members in the first two years to nine last year and twelve next year. He also was instrumental in leading the effort to win $25,000 in August of 2010 via the Pepsi Refresh project, which allowed Ripon College to proceed with constructing a two-mile mountain bike trail in the middle of the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy.
The trail can be accessed through the west parking lot next to the Storzer Center, by following the existing trail over the boardwalk, through the orchard, to the head of the new mountain bike trail. The new trail is designed to be two to three feet wide.
Ric worked with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), in cooperation with Skip Wittler, the director of the Ceresco Praire Conservancy, to map out a two-mile trail which would preserve the natural beauty of the conservancy and plan for proper construction with respect to slope, erosion and drainage.
IMBA workers, students, and other community members put in countless hours this spring using both a Ditch Witch to cut some paths, and hand tools to refine the path and carve out areas where the machinery could not maneuver. No large trees were felled, and very few saplings were removed during the construction process.
While the college welcomes hikers and trail runners, the trail was designed specifically for mountain bike use. Cyclists have the right-of-way, and pedestrians are asked to step off the trail when a cyclist approaches. We do ask that if you ride or walk/run, you follow the trail direction rules as posted at the trail. Cyclists and pedestrians should always travel in opposite directions to help alleviate conflict. Cyclists will travel in a clockwise direction on even-numbered calendar days, while pedestrians will travel in a counter-clockwise direction on these days. Directions are reversed for both user groups on odd-numbered calendar days. The public is welcome and encouraged to use the trail, however bicyclists and pedestrians are the only users allowed. Motorized vehicles of any type and horses are strictly prohibited. During the College's fall mountain bike season, the trail will be closed to public use from approximately 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (and as posted) to allow the Red Hawks cycling team to train.
Ric is looking forward to planning a mountain bike camp for kids next summer.
Information about the trail and a trail map can be found on the Ripon College web site or by contacting Ric Damm at 748-8322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also follow Ric's tweets at RiponMTB on Twitter.