Rotary Students of the Month
Derek Lee, Lainie Thoreen, Gretchen Lee and Nicole Swift were named as Grantsburg Rotary's Students of the Months over the November-February months. Those four are shown in the front row. Second row is Jay Gilhoi, Tiffany Johnson, Heidi Jensen and Adam Olson.
Derek is the son of Jason and Kara Lee. His interests included playing sports, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. His school activities include football, basketball, track, math team, National Honor Society, and band. His plan is to go to college to purse computer science. His most influential teacher is Jay Gilhoi because he helped Derek pursue an interest in math.
Lainia Thoreen is the daughter of Russell and Tammy Thoreen. Her interests include baking and crocheting, and spending time with family. He school activities include dance team, volleyball, yearbook, choir and swing choir. Her future plans include Emporia State Unitversity in Emporia, Kansas to major in marketing and graphic design, and possibly a minor in marketing communications. She chose Tiffany Johnson as her most influential teacher as she has encouraged her students to do their best, and she has been influential in yearbook work.
Gretchen Lee is the daughter of Michelle and Jason Lee. Her interests include spending time with her dogs, friends, and family. She enjoys playing the ukelele and works at the coffee shop. Her school activities incude volleyball, track and field, swing choir, vocal jazz, yearbook, National Honor Society, hockey manager and math team. She chose Heidi Jensen as her most influential teacher as she always encourages student to achieve their very best and helps them to do so. She plans on attending the University of St. Thomas majoring in neuroscience. She also has a marketing interest.
Nicole Swift is the daughter of Doyle and Kim Swift. Her interests include her dog and her family, plus working with clay and paint. She also assists with summer school. Her school activities include student council and all of the things the council is involved in to include Winterfest and Homecoming. She chose Adam Olson as her most influential teacher as he listens to students problems and concerns and is supportive of all students. Her plan is to attend UW-River Falls and major in elementary education and a minor in early childhood. She would like to teach third or fourth grade.
Past Students of the Month
February-March-April - Grace Gerber, David MacKean, Mikala Hammer
May-June - Olivia Brock, Joseph Duncan
November-December - Emma Quimby, Jillian Seeger
December-January - Abby Alderman, Brooke Quimby
February-March - Olivia Ohnstad, Grace Covey
September-October - Jadyn Watt, Gus Bergman
April 13 - Students of the Month
April 20 - Len Chute, realtor with Edina Realty
April 27 - Two Student of the Month winners
May 4 - Jason Richards, Artistic Director of Festival Theatre
May 11 - Lonnie Segelstrom, Operation Shoebox Christmas
May 18 - All Students of the Month & Essay Winner
May 25 - Joanne Phernetton, BMC Continuing Care Center
June 1 - Cris Peterson, Farms of the Future
June 8 - Teacher of the Year; District Gov. Ed Marek and planting of the Merlin Johnson tree following the meeting
June 15 - Bob Rombach, We Are Grantsburg
June 22 - Terry Kucera, Farmers Ind. Telephone Co.
June 29 - Floyd Drohman, GHS Trap Shooting Team; Paul Harris
presentation in honor of Merllin Johnson
July 6 - Linda Robertson, St. Croix Valley Food Bank
July 13 - Dr. Blaise Vitale, National Guard
July 20 - Eric Satterlund, Whitseidewalls, music career
July 27 - Sheriff Tracy Finch
August 3 - Wayne Norling, birds of the area; senior citizen
pontoon ride at Big Wood Lake
August 10 - Golf Outing at Grantsburg Golf Course
August 17 - County Administrator Nate Ehalt
August 24 - Zoom program: Jean Abbottt, Misdiagnosis
August 31 - Laura Neve, ADRC
September 7 - Burnett County Clerk Wanda Hinrichs
September 14 - Sue Segelstrom, Brad McDonald - Rolite book
September 21 - Gail Potvin, Siren Rotary, AED Project;
Sheriff's Deputies and K-9s
September 28 - Richard Nesslar, Forest Ranger
October 5 - John & Mary Lee, Teach Haiti
October 12 - Matthew Hardo, The Green Barat==et, L.I.F.E
Featured Rotarian: Dr. Steve Bont
Steve joined the Grantsburg club in April 2016. He served as club president during the 2019-20 year. Steve and his wife Anita live in St. Croix Falls where he has a chiropractic office. He is a Michigan native but attended and graduated from Bethel University in the Twin Cities, then furthered his education at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, MN. His family moved to St. Croix Falls 33 years ago and he had a satellite in office in Grantsburg for several years. He and Anita have two adult children, Isaac and Erin. Steve is both a wrestling and football coach for St. Croix Falls High School and he is a member of that school's board of education. He also is a member of the St. Croix Falls Lions Club.
Past Featured Rotarians:
Club Calendar of Events
Rotary District Conference: April 19-20
Highway Clean-up: April
Camp Ryla: April 20-24 (Brent Blomberg)
Scholarship: May 14 (Merlin Johnson)
Fish form Fish Fry: June (Stan Peer, Roger Inouye)
Teacher of the Year: June
Big Gust Days: June 1-3
International Convention: June 23-27 in Toronto
CCC Fish Fry: June (Roger Inouye)
Pontoon Party: July (Greg Peer)
Golf Fundraiser: August (Mike Giles, Dave Huff)
Grantsburg Fair: August 23-26
Highway Clean-up: October (Steve McNally)
Grantoberfest: September 22
Rose Sale: October (Kathy Palmquist, Dave Huff)
Christmas Caroling: December (Peter Johnson)
More Students of the Month
Bruce Lindau and Amy Harmon were chosen as Grantsburg Rotary's Students of the Month for March and April. They are shown with Mark Johnson, Heidi Jensen and Rotary Vocational Chair Gordy Lewis.
Bruce is the son of Tom and Deb Lindau. He chose Mark Johnson as his most influential teacher because he teaches the advanced classes Bruce needs to pursue engineering, and because he teaches at a fast past making learning fun. Bruce's hobbies include sports in general and anything involving technology. He has participated in basketball and was in the Student Council. He will attend college for his engineering interests.
Amy is the daughter of Mark and Marivel Harmon. She chose Heidi Jensen as her most influential teacher as she has helped her grow not only as a student but also as a person. She has participated in volleyball, National Honor Society, math team, gymnastics and multiple choir groups. She enjoys being outside, spending time with family and friends and going shopping. She plans on attending UW-Eau Claire for chemistry and then pursue pharmaceutical science.
Meet your Rotary International President
Shekhar Mehta..Shekhar Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.
Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached
thousands of schools.
Links of Interest
Rotary International Rotary District 5960
Rotary Foundation Rotary Store
Village of Grantsburg
Grantsburg School District
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
St. Croix Falls Siren-Webster
Rice Lake North Branch
Chisago Lakes Forest Lake
White Bear Lake