The speaker was introduced by former Rotarian Richard Wright  this week and was Chad Fedler, VP of Prairie Development that is coordinating  Prairie Lakes development that includes Costco, Cabela's, Target and several smaller business including Wright Vision and Forever Yours Jewelry.  Chad gave a history of the development that started with the land being bought in the 90s and negotiations with Target.  Soon to follow were Marcus Theaters and Costco.  Both of these businesses have surpassed expectations with Costco revenue expected to exceed the Middleton store by next year and Marcus selling 50 thousand tickets in the first 32 days of opening. Chad's advice for success is to be selective and stick to your vision.  There is still space available and they would like to include apparel and possibly a sit down restaurant.  There are also plans to complete a lighted fountain and courtyard in the spring.
Other Rotary news:
  • Mark Olsen thanked everyone who helped make the golf tournament a success.  There were several auction items left and will be auctioned at the next Tuesday Rotary meeting.  Bring your cash and checkbooks!
  • Steve Riggles is coordinating the Fantasy Football league and passed around a sign up sheet.  The cost is $100 and the winner receives a Paul Harris fellow at the end of the season.  There will also be small prizes throughout the season for weekly leaders.
  • Debbie Fox-Schroeder announced that Nigeria is now considered polio free!
  • Portage Rotary is having a raffle to fund student scholarships.  See John Krueger to buy tickets.
  • Farm Technology Days are coming up - thank you to everyone who has signed up to help.  If you have questions, see Debbie Fox-Schroeder.
Sun Prairie Police Chief Anhalt will be our speaker on Tuesday.  See you on Tuesday!