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Rotary Member of the Week
Jerry Nelson
Jerry was born and raised in Superior and lived there for 42 years. He started out in the railroad business before beginning a 32 year career in the Postal Service in 1956. Jerry worked in Appleton, Richland Center, & Monroe before coming to Marshfield as our Postmaster. While in Richland Center, he became a charter member of that city’s Rotary Club in 1980. The District Governor at that time was John Cross of Marshfield. Jerry says he was one of the original Marshfield Rotary drivers for Home Delivered Meals. He has been secretary of Marshfield Rotary Club since 1988 or ‘89. He has also served on the Marshfield City Council for 18 years and on the Wood County board for 18 years. He and Mary have been married for over 50 years, have 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
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Marshfield Parks and Rec Update
Justin Casperson is the Director of Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department. He is Jerry Nelson’s neighbor and says Jerry yells at him when he walks on his lawn. Justin described the design and fund raising campaign for Wildwood Zoo’s new Cougar Exhibit & Welcome Center. One of the special features of the Center will be a water display educational component. The display will be used to educate children and the general public about the critical importance of water, water quality, and the environment in our every day lives. It is super critical here in Marshfield, Justin says, partly because we are the largest community in the state of Wisconsin without a natural body of water as an amenity. No rivers, no lakes, unless you count the upper and lower ponds at the zoo. Justin doesn’t count those. The display will feature models of Marshfield landmarks such as the Round Barn, important buildings or businesses, the downtown, and other landmarks. Visitors will be able to manipulate the water to achieve various effects.

One of the educational lessons of the display will be the matter of water run-off, how it impacts the community, how it penetrates our drinking water, run-off from impervious surfaces from parking lots, homes, sidewalks, etc. Parks & Rec has partnered with the Water Utility Dept., Wastewater Management, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Economic Development Board on this project. The water display itself will cost $200,000. All of these partners committed to significant donations along with a number of private donors. At the moment, the fund drive is about $20,000 short of the $200,000 goal. And that is where Marshfield Rotary Club may come in.

From the Welcome Center, visitors will be able to see into the animal containment area so they can actually watch staff feed and handle the cougars. The Welcome Center will also have small animal exhibits such as a tarantula or a snake or turtle as well as a honey bee exhibit. Marshfield High School’s Science Honor Society developed the bee exhibit which will be moved to the zoo. The Welcome Center will also have new ADA compliant restroom facilities.

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