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Passing the torch

Incoming Rotary president Kristin Franks, right, honored outgoing president Kathy Laudon during the Passing of the Torch party with a plaque and past-president pin.

The Black River Falls Rotary Club celebrated the end of the Rotary year with the Passing of the Torch Party June 26.

Current club president Kathy Laudon handed over the reins to president-elect Kristin Franks.

Laudon expressed thanks to the club and shared some of the highlights during her term.

“Rotary continues to provide financial support for needs in the area such as the Western Technical Impact Scholarship program, Badger Boys and Badger Girls and this year supporting an outbound student traveling to Finland, Laudon said”

Not only does the club provide financial support, members assist other area organizations such as the Karner Blue Garden Club with mulching the area gardens, and assisting each month at the food pantry. Rotary again sponsored the high school athletic banquet and has done so since 1929.

Incoming president Kristin Franks has been a very active club member, helping with events and community projects. Franks is also organizing an Interact Club with the assistance of high school principal Tom Chambers at the Black River Falls High School. Interact Clubs bring students together to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self, Rotary’s international motto.

Hospital plans Tai Chi rehab class

Becky Windsor, group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Black River Memorial Hospital, is teaching Tai Chi for Rehabilitation starting July 10.

This class is for senior citizens recovering from an injury, operation or struggle with stress and fatigue. This three-week class takes place at the Lunda Community Center and costs $25.

If you are interested, contact Becky at 715-284-1379. Space is limited to 15 participants. For more information about this class and more, go to


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