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Racine Founder's

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Racine Country Club
2801 Northwestern Av.
Racine, WI 53404-2247
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Our Rotary meeting for this week is on Friday May 14th, It will be at 7:00 AM at Racine Country Club. Duties for this week include; Greeter: Tim Mason, Fine: John Daniels, Thought: Eric Olesen and Speaker: Beth Heidorn ( Racine Zoo).


Upcoming duties:

Prom is on Saturday May 15th from 6:00 PM until Midnight at the Racine County Fairgrounds in Union Grove. All Rotarians are asked to volunteer to help at this important event. Please watch for more details and information.


We are getting closer and closer to the Prom Night on May 15th! We currently have close to 700 attendees signed up. Details are coming together and this year promises to be something special and unique! We know the students are getting excited and we hope you are too!!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to those of you that have already signed up to volunteer! With the new venue and setup, the need for volunteers is greater than any previous year. We have many opportunities for you to volunteer. As we say every year (but this year we really mean in) we need ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Please click on the link below to direct you to the sign-up for one (or more) of the many duties. Please know that volunteer needs may change, but we will keep you updated as we get closer.
Sara & Kelli


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 If you have speaker duty please let me know two weeks in advance who your speaker is or what your program is so I can get the info to the newsletter. If you have any difficulty finding a speaker please attempt to reach out to other club members for assistance and let Chris Terry or Mark Patzke know what the program will be. 


Tom Leuenberger







Racine Founder's Rotary Post Prom

A Racine Tradition Since 1953

2021 Racine Founders Rotary Post Prom


May 15, 2021

Racine County Fairgrounds



Racine Founders Rotary Club is excited to present the 2021 Post Prom event! To facilitate a safe, outdoor event for our class of 2021 seniors, this year’s event will be at Racine County Fairgrounds.

Our committee has been working very hard the past few months preparing an amazing event for the Class of 2021. We know you are excited to know more about ticket and viewer bleacher sales. With all the changes being made to accommodate the new event site and Covid guidelines, it is requiring additional attention to make sure every detail is thought out thoroughly. We promise we will release information as soon as we can.

We will be keeping many of the traditions that make Post Prom so special such as live TV coverage and student motorcade, but including appropriate safety precautions to make sure all attendees have a memorable experience just as generations of Racine residents have had.

Racine Rotary Clubs have had a long and proud tradition of hosting Post Prom since 1953. It was established to provide a safe and fun environment for area graduating seniors following their respective school proms. This event is truly a Racine treasure that has grown to over 1,300 participants. The event is just one of the ways Rotary has strived to put “Service Above Self” and has been serving the Racine community for over 100 years. 

VIP Spectator Bleacher Seats – On Sale NOW!!

Parents & spectators are welcome to watch this year’s Rotary Post Prom Parade in person from the bleachers with a pre-purchased $10/ticket only. We apologize but NO complimentary standing seats are available. Visitors must enter off of Hwy 11 and park in that northern designated section of the parking lot only.

THANK YOU 2021 Post Prom Sponsors!!


Red Carpet arrivals will again be able to be viewed from home.

You can watch it LIVE beginning 6:00 pm on My24 Milwaukee or online at HERE at!


Check back here for continual updates!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us at !!

History of Prom in Racine

Following a tragic car accident that killed several SE Wisconsin students after a high school prom in 1953, the Rotary Clubs of Racine committed themselves to provide a safe and fun environment for area graduating seniors following their respective school proms. Since Rotary Post Prom has become a community-wide celebration for graduating seniors that is the ultimate culmination of their high school careers.

Over the years, tens of thousands of Racine students have enjoyed the glamour and excitements of Post Prom in Racine. And many of the Rotarians who plan and execute the event each year once were area high school students who attended Post Prom.

In recent years Post Prom has gathered national attention. It has been the subject of a award winning feature documentary entitled “The World’s Best Prom,” featured on NPR and has been a rite of passage for generations in Racine. For more history, click here HERE. More archive information added frequently!


Herbie Derbie & Sterbin Bourbon Slurpin’
A social event benefitting Boy Scouts and Founders Rotary Club Foundation
May 27, 2021
RCC East Patio (weather dependent)
5:30 arrive, socialize, cash bar and heavy appetizers
6:00 Bourbon Tasting, car judging and betting
7:00 Pinewood Racing begins
This event will be a fun one. Come and enjoy an evening filled with fun food and drink.
It is open to Rotarians, friends, and prospective members.
For $30 you can enjoy a flight of three 1 ounce. premium bourbons. Each will be described in detail by our
own Bourbon expert, Tim Mason.
This will be available for the duration of the evening.
$50.00 will get you entry into the Pinewood Derby. Cash is acceptable. Check made payable to Founders
Rotary Foundation, put Pinewood Derby in memo.
3 race divisions are available to enter:
Newbies: Freshly made cars built for this event.
Classics: Cars from years past that you have in the attic or sock drawer.
Outlaws: Cars that start out from the car kit, but no rules on design, weight or anything. Let your
imagination run.
The car does, however, need to meet wheel width dimensions to run on the track.
Starting at the April 16 Rotary meeting, pinewood derby kits will be available for pick-up when you
Rules will be distributed to entrants. Newbies and Classics must meet race rules. Outlaws do what you
May 21 will be the impound and weigh date at the Rotary meeting. Outlaws can bring cars the night of
the event. All entry fees must be paid to be accepted into entry.
Still on the fence? You can “Rent” a car for $60 that night from a fleet of pinewood cars donated for the
Thanks to our sponsors so far:
Katt Construction, Frank Sterbin CPA, Gould Dentistry, Multi Products Co., Inc., Vans Electric Service,
Jim’s Garage Door Service and Express Personnel
Sponsorship opportunities still available.
See Mark Patzke or Mary Kveton for information or general questions on the event.
                                   What television show am I? 

I was just renewed for an 18th season.

I am TV’s No. 1 entertainment show in the 18–49 demographic.

Along with a spinoff of mine, which was also renewed for a fifth season, we are ABC’s most-watched scripted shows.

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Pathetic. Sorry, I’m not sorry.
This is how I describe the way the membership has shown up for our biggest event.
We have 100 members. Only 25 have signed up or have committed to help in some way. 25 % 25% ?!?!?!
I know there are some who are out of town or have/had surgery. That’s to be expected. 25%?
It’s still not too late to redeem yourselves.
There’s set up on Friday afternoon, the event on Saturday evening from 6-Midnight and tear down and clean up on Sunday after 10:00 am.
Just show up. Please! Sara and Kelli have once again put in many hours with the expectations that at least 60% (?) will be there.
Lets make it happen for them and for the nearly 1000 kids that are counting on us.
Upcoming we have the Herbie Derby/Sterbin Bourbon Slurpin’ May 27 at RCC. Details elsewhere in this newsletter. Yes, there’s a newsletter.
Save the Date: July 1 2021 = Changing of the guard at Racine Zoo. It will be a steak dinner and the passing of the baton. Details to come.
That’s it for now. See you at Post Prom!!
Mark Patzke

                                                Greeter             Fine                      Thought                    Speaker