Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Celebrates 100 Years of Service
On Monday, June 17, I had the privilege of taking part in a truly historic occasion: the Centennial Celebration of the Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Club. The event fell on the exact date in 1919 that the Wisconsin Rapids club received its charter from the international organization. That milestone launched a century of service to our community, and the world, that includes extensive cultural exchange initiatives and investments in polio prevention campaigns.
I was honored to represent the City by declaring the proclamation of June 17, 2019, as “Rotary Club Day” in Wisconsin Rapids.
Celebration highlights also included official recognition by State Senator Patrick Testin and Rotary District 6250 Governor Bill Hoel; acknowledgment of past and present leaders; and a colorful history of the club’s achievements throughout the decades.
Interspersed throughout the event were heartfelt in-person and video tributes from former high school students, now successful adults, from our area and from around the world, who had participated in the Rotary’s cultural exchange programs. A rousing keynote address by Ed Futa, past International Rotary secretary and UN representative, emphasizing local community activism, rounded out this special evening.
Our Wisconsin Rapids Noon and Sunrise Rotary clubs are part of a worldwide fellowship of business and professional persons, united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million people belong to over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 160 nations. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
The Wisconsin Rapids Noon Club meets each Monday at 11:45 a.m., at the Hotel Mead. It welcomes individuals who value “service above self” to join its ranks. Members of our entire community greatly benefit from such service.
City Delivering Carts for Automated Garbage Collection Service
Another step in the direction of safer, more cost-effective and more sustainable waste disposal was taken this past Tuesday. That’s when we began delivering 96- and 48-gallon carts to local residences, continuing through Wednesday, July 3. This activity is in preparation for the updated automated garbage collection service, scheduled to begin Monday, July 8. No reduction in staffing will occur as the staff no longer involved in garbage pickup will be reallocated to other streets maintenance activities.
The 96-gallon cart is the default size for all properties, although residents were allowed late 2018 and early 2019 to choose a 48-gallon size. Property owners and residents still have the choice of switching to a 48-gallon cart, at a cost of $55. If you wish to change your cart size, please contact the City Garage at (715) 421-8218. Once the automated process begins, July 8, only carts issued by the City will be allowed.
This updated garbage collection system will be similar to the recycling collection system that was successfully implemented in 2017. The use of 96- or 48-gallon carts and automated collection trucks will provide service that offers more convenience for property owners and residents, and increased efficiency for City workers. In addition, automated collection is safer for workers and provides a cleaner look in neighborhoods when compared to manual collection.
The City has mailed property owners and residents a letter that explains the delivery and collection process. Included in the information is a notice that garbage/recycling collection days may change.
For more information, commonly asked questions with answers and updates, please visit the City’s Garbage & Recycling website page.
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