POLICE FORUMS: Shifts of officers from the Menomonie Police Department will hold forums next month to discuss their community-oriented policing projects with the community.
Following is the schedule:
• North Menomonie: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road.
• East Menomonie, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Dunn County Judicial Center, Room 1402, 615 Stokke Parkway.
• River Heights, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, River Heights Elementary School library, 615 24th Ave. West, Menomonie.
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GRANT RECIPIENTS: The Women’s Giving Circle has announced eight grant recipients for 2017.
Each recipient helps fulfill the group’s mission of supporting women and children in the Eau Claire area.
The recipients are:
• APPLE Pregnancy Care Center — “Earn While You Learn,” $5,000.
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Mary Markquart Center — “Adaptive Learning,” $6,000.
• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Sojourner House — “Bras for Homeless Women,” $5,000.
• Chippewa Valley Museum — “Classes and Activities for Preschoolers,” $5,000.
• Feed My People Food Bank — “Bridging the Summer Gap,” $6,000.
• Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley — “GOTR of the Chippewa Valley Expansion,” $4,000.
• School District of Altoona — “K-3 STEM Coding and Robotics Curriculum Based Program,” $5,966.
• Trinity Lutheran Church — “Soles for Special Souls,” $4,500.
Grantees will receive their awards at the Gift of Giving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, 828 Club View Lane, Altoona.
Tickets are $15.
For more information about the Women’s Giving Circle or the breakfast, visit eccommunityfoundation.org, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-552-3801.
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JOY DAY: Triniteam Caregivers will hold Joy Day at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave.
Joy Day provides the elderly and disabled with entertainment, a light snack and a visit with Santa.
For more information, call Kim at 715-858-9808.
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EAGLE SCOUT: Toby Moszer from Boy Scout Troop 175 in Eau Claire received his Eagle Scout recognition, Scouting’s highest honor, at a Court of Honor recently at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Moszer is the son of Mike and Sandy Moszer.
For his Eagle project, Moszer built a Gaga Ball pit for children of all ages at Trinity Lutheran Church.
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AWARD: Melissa Rappley has received the University Staff Employee Appreciation Award for November at UW-Stout.
Rappley, of Menomonie, is an associate in Athletics, University Recreation and in Health and Physical Education.
Rappley received a certificate of recognition, a UW-Stout coffee mug and $100.
Students, faculty and staff may nominate a university staff member who demonstrates a commitment to excellence and the university community.
The award, now in its 11th year, was established by the Chancellor’s Office.
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INITIATED: Two area residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Kylie Southard of Eau Claire was initiated at Arizona State University.
Elaine Smith of Hudson was initiated at the University of Mississippi.
Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.
Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.
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AWARDS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin raised $78,000 to support mentoring in the Chippewa Valley during its recent Annual Gala at The Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.
The John Kell “Making a Difference Award” was given to Jon Strand for his advocacy and annual fundraising efforts at Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
Strand is a counselor in the Fall Creek school district who has been instrumental in facilitating school-based and high school “Bigs” programs.
Action City/Chaos Water Park won the Best Big Benefit, an award the business has received for four straight years for their partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Gloria Crossman received the Big of the Year Award. She is a former educator who has facilitated growth in her Little Sister during their six-year mentoring relationship.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 715-835-0161.
From staff reports