There were 15 members and one guest, Joe Moore at our Monday meeting .Sharon and Gary were our greeters. Dan had the grace. Charlene and Steve had the humor. Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th. She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Melissa Schmidt will represent the club at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Spelling Bee in October. Sharon was the winner and a loser. She picked the two of hearts. There are 44 cards left and a pot of $102.00. Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page. We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.
Joe Moore, Fond du Lac City Manager
Joe Moore gave a report on the City of Fond du Lac. Unemployment is at an all-time low, 2 ½%. This accounts for the high number of employers looking to hire. Bad news, based on family income levels, the number of free or reduced school lunch program is at 50%. The Military Rd roundabout will be done in November. The Second St. Bridge should be done any day. The Retlaw Hotel is hoping to start remodeling soon and be open by next summer. CD Smith is the contractor. . Hwy 23 projects stopped in 2015 and Joe hopes to see it restarted by next summer. Law Enforcement is reporting the lowest crime rate in years. However domestic violence is still increasing. Seven people died from heroin last year and Narcan was used over eighty times to prevent heroin deaths, Both the Combined Building and the two Catholic schools are in the process of being converted to apartments. Feel free to call Joe Moore or any city councilman with any other questions. They can be reached at the City of Fond du Lac web page.
There were 14 members plus eight guests at our Monday meeting. In addition to our speaker, Joe Moore, we had a Noon Club Interclub and our Lt. Gov. Larry Koziol. The interclub included Don Kurki, Dick Taddey, Ray Farr and Joan Pinch. Ben and Abe Stoffel-Murray joined us from the Fond du lac Key Club. Mark was our greeter. John had the grace and Steve had the humor. Happy bucks came from Bonnie, Glen (two), Mark and Larry. Reminder from Larry, Mid-Winter is Feb. 11th. Glen was a winner and winner. He drew the ten of spades for $10. We still have 38cards, 5 winners and a pot of $200.00. We are looking for someone to host the holiday party. Depending on our host, we would like to do in mid-February. Contact Charlene for details or to book your house. Side note – Del is at home and loves visitors. Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page. We have a projector for our speakers; please contact Dawn if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.
Joe Moore, FdL City Manager
Joe Moore updated us on the City of Fond du Lac. He first thanked us for the scholarship that we awarded his daughter Annie last year. Some of his highlights are: the room tax has double in the last few years. He feels that shows the need for the new Hampton Inn and the new Retlaw. With the help of the Convention Bureau and Blue Line, we have a second ice rink at Lakeside Park. Because the Fond du Lac’s unemployment is down, property crime is also down. Suspected overdoses death are level from last year but the use of Narcan is up to save overdosed individuals. The Lakeside Pavilion will be rebuilt. Items on the to do list are: Forest Mall, lead water pipes, Highway 23 East, Retlaw and additional downtown residential properties. Thanks to Joe for the update on the City of Fond du Lac.
We had 18 members and our guest speaker, Joe Moore, at Monday’s meeting back at the Ramada Hotel. Vickie reported that our cheese curd operation at Fond du Fest had a shaky start but took off once they got oil and gas. 310 lbs. of curd were sold with gross sales of about $3,600 and a probable profit of $2,000-$2,500. Thanks to everyone for helping. Gary Miller is organizing an InterClub to the FDL Evening Club on Wednesday evening (9/19) at the Elks Club. Watch for the sign-up sheet on Monday morning. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Steve Millin for his two sons surviving the Tough Mudder Event, Vickie for Jack helping out all day at Fond du Fest and Gary Ring for his son’s wedding in Chicago this past weekend. Gary Ring also had an “Honor Buck” for Greg Brunette for all of his years as Club Treasurer. Greg selected a soft side cooler from the Kiwanis Prize Bucket. John Cooper was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew a ten of spades, a $10 winner. That means there are 29 cards left in the deck with five pay cards and a pot of over $490.
Joe Moore, Fond du Lac City Manager
Joe Moore, FDL’s new City Manager joined us on Monday morning of his second week on the job to tell us about himself and how he found his way to Fond du Lac. Joe and his wife Molly and their two daughters decided to retire from his 27+ year Army career and find a job in a community where their two daughters could attend high school. Fortunately for Fond du Lac Joe was looking for a City Manager job, and ours just happened to be open. Joe’s first impression and that of his daughters is that they’re almost positive they are in the right place at the right time.