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Grems gives update on RWC happenings

Facility currently has about 2,200 members

April 18, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Estherville Rotarians Thursday heard how great things at the Regional Wellness Center are getting even greater.

Director Bob Grems said there were about 2,200 members now, including people not only from Estherville but also Fairmont and other parts of Minnesota, Spirit Lake and all parts between.

Grems said being open 24/7 has helped with memberships - with a lot of use outside normal hours on Sunday.

Some of the upcoming programs include Four Star Camp which will have up to 50 kids. Grems said the RWC has also applied for a grant for the Swim Safe program which would host fifth and sixth graders after school. They've also applied for a grant for a Friday senior program which would host 35-45 seniors. There will also be a student summer pass.

Upcoming events include the North Star Triathlon Saturday, May 25 with 150-200 expected to participate.

Bike time trials started last year and hosting 25 participants will continue this year with possibly 50 expected.

Zumba will start again in a couple weeks, with 40 participating. Other activities include swim lessons, soccer, a basketball shooting clinic and tae kwon do.

There will be a dance recital this Sunday and scuba lessons starting late April or early May. Lifeguard certification will be May 3-5.

Grems said the RWC will observe its 10th anniversary Feb. 26, 2014.

Grems observed that RWC programs have been very well thought out, giving opportunities for everyone.

Some additions he'd like to see would be an expanded weight room, a possible pool partnership with the city and a larger multi-purpose room.

Iowa Lakes Community College students probably have one of the most reasonable and flexible membership options - $20 a month with options for either the semester or full school year. Grems said 75 Iowa Lakes students are currently members.

Grems said the RWC grants $14,000 to $16,000 in membership assistance yearly.

Visitor Mike Clarken complimented Grems on the RWC being clean, safe, sanitary, functional and friendly.

"It has to do with the people that manage the place," Clarken said.



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