February 2019  Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Congratulations to Axel Berger!! He received a lengthy written nomination. Here are some of the highlights: He provides outstanding service at Taco Johns and continues to look for new ways he can help/impact the community. He has been involved in promoting the arts - working with a local artist. He also worked in educating many of our youth in the area within the RL Soccer Association. He has worked on many different aspects of being an athlete and continues to grow these athletes on and off the field, helping them to develop lifelong skills. In his free time he helps current team members and past team members with obstacles in their daily lives. He is part of the Parks & Rec. Board and works to improve Rice Lake. He is involved with many charitable events in our area and has worked hand-in-hand with many of the Somalia community leaders and continues to build bridges with the Mexican community.
Congratulations to Katy Knoop receiving our Innovation in Education award! Her nominator said this about Katy: "She is an early childhood special education teacher at Tainter Elementary. I am nominating her because every single day she works with children with the most significant needs and challenging behaviors with care, kindness and compassion. She uses high-quality teaching practices and tools that enable each child to make progress in many areas. She is selfless in her dedication to ensuring the highest quality of care to students and to their families."
Congratulations to Paul's Sheet Metal for being in business in our area for 100 years and a member of the Chamber for 60 years!! Thank you for being here in our community providing your services for a century!
Heart of The North 
A civic leadership opportunity would be joining the Heart of the North contingency on February 7th. A group of active citizens from Barron, Washburn, Rusk and Sawyer Counties will go to Madison to discuss the issues that are important to our area. Transportation and food is provided! Be part of the change and part of the democratic process! Contact Karen,  of the 
Rice Lake Chamber for more information. 
WE NEED YOU to be the VOICE for NW WI!


At Royal Credit Union we're paying you to be patient with your money.


March 8, 2019
At Rands Bowling Lanes
6:30 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the Chamber's Community Fund
Funds will go toward Placemaking efforts, youth scholarships, Christmas decorations fund and other Community needs.

Get your team together and sign up  HERE

Congratulations to 
Cambridge Senior Living! 
They are located at 820 Bear Paw Ave.

L-R front row: Wendy Markgren, Rachel Kampa, 
Karley Johnson, Carol Robideaux, Kay Ruid, 
Sandie LeVan, Bert Richard.
Back row: Victoria Corton, Sam Marshall, 
Heather Micek, Angie Parenteau, David Goldman, 
Lisa Egbert, and Chris Olsen.


No new members

Gyre Marketing     2 years 
Anderson Hager & Moe 31 years
WESTconsin Credit Union     6 years
Drags Restaurant     54 years
Norske Nook     23 years 
Fred Thomas Resort     39 years
Burger King     24 years
Care Partners/Country Terrace     13 years
Swant Motor Company     59 years
People Ready     4 years
Family Health Center of Marshfield     9 years
Dwight Johnson     17 years
Rice Lake Utilities     25 years
US Bank     59 years
Ameriprise Financial Services     28 years
Badger Steel & Fabricating     25 years
Business & Estate Advisors     17 years
Thompson Nelson Insurance Agency     59 years
Johnson Truck Bodies     60 years
Image Graphic Premier Applications     2 years
S O Services     2 years
WESTconsin Realty     6 years
L Harris Partners     5 years
Lampert Yards     59 years
Team Realty     29 years
Rice Lake Main Street association     29 years
ETI Wound Healing Center     7 years
Rice Lake Area School District     36 years
Family Health Center of Marshfield      9 years
Thomas Precision Machining     35 years
Northwoods Dentistry     36 years
Tice Technologies     11 years
Associated Realty    45 years
Blue Hills Chiropractic     4 years
Dick Pajula     18 years
American Excelsior     54 years
Mosaic Telecom     22 years
South Lake Motors     8 years
Don Johnson Motors     61 years
Impact Seven     5 years
T.L. Sinz Plumbing     4 years
Bear Lake Guest House     3 years
Royal Credit Union     39 years
Slumberland     21 years
Curriers Lakeview Lodge, Inc     53 years
Birchwood Manufacturing Company     60 years
Prevea Health     2 years
Rice Lake Weighing Systems     60 years
V & S Construction Services     59 years
Fireline, Shooting & Training Center     5 years
Republic Services     17 years

Thank You for your membership!
We look forward to working with you in 2019!

Bert's Joke of The Month
You know you're from California if . .
1. Your coworker has 8 body piercings and none are visible.
  2. You make over $300,000 and still can't afford a house.
  3. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English.
  4. Your child's 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Flower.
  5. You can't remember . . is pot illegal?
  6. You've been to a baby shower that has two mothers and a sperm donor.
  7. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between
Sumatran and Ethiopian.
  8. You can't remember . . . is pot illegal?
  9. A really great parking space can totally move you to tears.
  10. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S.
  11. Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George
Clooney really IS George Clooney.
  12. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.
  13. You can't remember . . . .is pot illegal?
  14. It's barely sprinkling rain, and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH."
  15. You pass an elementary school playground, and the children are all busy with their cell phones.
  16. Or it's barely sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related  accidents.
  17. HEY!!!! Is pot illegal????
  18. Both you AND your dog have therapists, psychics, personal trainers, and cosmetic surgeons.
  19. The Terminator was your Governor.
  20. If you drive illegally, they take your driver's license.  If you're here illegally, they want to give you  one.

In This Issue

Member of the Month
Taco Johns  
At Taco Johns we serve traditional Mexican food - with a twist. By fusing bold American flavors with south-of-the-border spice, we've defined our signature menu. From our trademark Potato Ole's and freshly prepared tacos to our infamous breakfast burritos and made in-house tortilla chips, you'll always find something to crush your craving. Come see why our customers become life-long fans here at Rice Lake Taco Johns.

2941 Decker Drive
Rice Lake, WI. 54868

Local healthcare provider Dove Healthcare recently announced Ariel Miller as Administrator of the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility Dove Healthcare - Rice Lake and the assisted living residence Dove Healthcare - Barron.
Congratulations Ariel!

2019 Western & Central 
Wisconsin Wage Survey 
- our 20th year! 
Western & Central Wisconsin  will be represented in this survey,
  covering employers from nine chambers  of commerce in Chippewa Falls, 
Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, 
Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake,  Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids.  
Also involved are local chapters of the 
Society for Human Resource Management
 in the Chippewa Valley, 
La Crosse, Wausau 
and Winona, MN.  We thank them for their participation!

The objective of this survey is to be  the definitive source for base  compensation information  for commonly recognized jobs  in the survey's reporting  area.

Young Professionals 
Lunch n' Learn

Beginning February 28th, 
the Rice Lake Young Professional Group will start a
Lunch n' Learn series 
focusing on Leadership Development. 
Instructor Megan Janz, MS, PHR,  SHRM-CP  will guide the series.

 February 28th, March 28th, 
April 25th and May 30th.

Time and location: 
12:00 - 1:15 at Lehman's Supper Club
Cost is $100 for the four session  series,  and includes lunch at each session.

For additional information or to reserve your seat, please visit:

Seating space is limited for the series,  so please plan to reserve your seat  before February 25th.
Attendees who attend all four sessions  will receive a certificate of completion 
at the end of the series.

Mini Business World
Is Coming to Rice Lake
The Rice Lake Chamber,CESA 11, WITC and 
WMC (State Chamber) 

February 26th
We may be looking for your expertise with the students. Watch for more details to come!

Thank You To Our January
Chamber Chat Sponsor
Mayo Clinic Health System
mayo logo
The Chamber does live radio spots every Wednesday morning on WJMC promoting what the Chamber is doing and what is happening in our community.

Meeting Dates

Young Professionals
Tuesday, February 5,
12:00 p.m.

Board Meeting 
Tuesday, February 12,
7:30 a.m.

Golden K Board
Tuesday, February 19,
9:30 a.m.

Executive Meeting
Tuesday, February 26,
7:30 a.m.

Friday, February 22,
8:00 a.m.

Need the perfect gift?

We have Gift 
Certificates Here 
We will make them in 
$5 - $50 values
Let's support our local businesses!

Please call the office @
And we will be happy to get them ready for you!

Free Opportunities for our Members!

People are looking at our website for
job postings, events and you have this opportunity to post a
FREE Hot deal to bring customers to your business.

Check out our website

Customer Service Award

Please nominate that person who gave you great customer service!

Submit this  form to our office to be reviewed and scheduled. 

Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce | 715-234-2126 | karen@rice-lake.com | http://www.ricelakechamber.org
37 S. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868