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
July 7 - Changing of the Guard Fish Fry at American Legion Park
July 14 - Dallas Swenson, Metal Products Company
July 21 - District Governor Ed Marek
July 28 - Domestic Sexual Abuse
August 4 - Richard Hartmann, Burnett Co. Economic Development
August 11 - Atty, Todd Anderson, Estate Planning
August 18 - Justin Gross, Vocational presentation
August 25 - Mike Amundson, GHS Athletic Director
September 1- Steve Bont, St. Croix Falls Weight Room;
CCC Service Above Self Award
September 8 - Field of Dreams baseball, Pete Johnson
September 15 - Merlin Johnson Rotary recognition
September 22 - Terry Giles, PTSD
September 29 - Melissa Rapp, Community Referral Agency
October 6 - Tyler Myers, Grantsburg Performance & Fitness
October 13 - September-October Students of the Month
October 20 - Joe Cremin, SCF Rotarian, Cinermatography
October 27 - Lynn Carlson, club financial report
November 3 - Warren White, Development of Frisbee Golf, St. Croix Falls
November 10 - Burnett Dairy Cooperative
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
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