Community & Civic Organizations

AMVET’s Post 127
605 W Summit Avenue Ladysmith, WI 54848
John Vacho
Bruce Blue Hills Lions
PO Box 112 Bruce, WI 54819
Carol Phetteplace (715-532-5972); Tracy Woodmansee

Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club is a non-profit organization that supports the community efforts with donations and volunteering by its members.

Bruce Historical Society
PO Box 155 Bruce, WI 54819
John Cameron

The Bruce Area Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1985.  The Museum Building located on East River Avenue, was originally the Bruce News Letter office.  The Historical Society also owns the Apollonia Church, which is located on Highway No. 8, one mile west of Bruce.  It was built in 1895 and is available to rent for events such as funerals or weddings.

The Museum is open every Wednesday from 10:00am until 2:00pm, during the summer months.  It is also available by appointment.

Bruce Kiwanis Club
PO Box 356, Bruce, WI 54819
Joe Burnap, President
Drop Zone Bar & Grill/AMVETS Post 127
605 Summit Ave, Ladysmith, WI 54848
Robert Lincoln, Commander

The Drop Zone Bar & Grill-VMA is operated to support five veteran organizations.
Our mission is to offer opportunities that support our service members and veterans. The Drop Zone Bar & Grill is a place for veterans, family members and members of our community to meet in a family friendly atmosphere. We have Wi-Fi, a pool table, darts and a large meeting room.
We have a family of Veteran organizations that meet regularly in our hall.
1st Monday of each month is the American Legion Post 64 at 7pm.
1st Tuesday of each month is the Amvets Post 127 at 6pm.
2nd Monday of each month is the VMA at 6pm.
3rd Monday of each month is the VFW at 7pm.
4th Monday of each month is the DAV at 7pm.
Each organization has its own page for contact information if you are interested in joining.We are open to the public Wednesday thru Friday at 4pm until close and on weekends from 11am until close.  (Close depends on how many patrons are here)  Please drop by to visit with other like-minded friends and support our great efforts to provide for the veterans in this area.Our Hall is available to reserve for your special events and the prices are reasonable. Life members in good standing can use the hall one day a year for free.  Please call the below phone number if you are interested in renting our hall. We can also provide the food for your event if you choose.

Flambeau Area Swim Team (FAST)
PO Box 205
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Nicki Trott, President

FAST is made up of swimmers from Rusk, Chippewa and Sawyer Counties. Including, but not limited to, the cities of Ladysmith, Conrath, Tony, Sheldon, Glen Flora, Bruce and Weyerhaeuser.
The Flambeau Area Swim Team is part of the Central Wisconsin Swim Conference, which is divided into three (3) divisions: East, West and North. We are in the North Division.
Our season typically runs from October through March. Swim meets are held on Saturdays in November, December and January.
Flambeau Forever Foundation
N4540 Cty Hwy I, PO Box 86
Tony, WI 54563
Jody Oelkers, President

The Flambeau Forever Foundation Fund through the Rusk County Community Foundation was established with the purpose of supporting Flambeau world-class students by providing grants in the areas of Academics, Activities and Athletics.  Alumni, community members and organizations support the fund that provides opportunities not covered because of budget constraints.  Our vision is to “Provide the financial bridge so Flambeau students dream, believe, and achieve their highest potential.”  Donations can be directed to the Flambeau School District or the Rusk County Community Foundation for the benefit of the Flambeau Forever Foundation Fund.

Friends of the Rusk County Animal Shelter
PO Box 24 Ladysmith, WI
Barb Flouro/Paula Carow

Formed in 2009 by a group of people who care about animals, the Friends of the Rusk County Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide stray, surrendered, abandoned, and abused animals a safe and humane facility to live in until they are adopted, transferred, or euthanized.   We are currently focused on raising money for a new animal shelter building via fundraiser events and donations.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes, 4222 Oakwood Hills Parkway,
Eau Claire WI 54701
Jeanne Jentsch..

The mission of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is to build the girls courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

GSNWGL is a non-profit 501C-3

Ladysmith Jaycees
PO Box 191 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Alan Christianson, President
Ladysmith Knights of Columbus
103 Birchwood Cove Ladysmith, WI 54848
Robert Krejcarek

We are a Catholic non-profit organization with about 215 members.  We have yearly dues and many fundraisers.  We volunteer for many events and give money to organizations and people in need. We are an organization of Catholic men who help to aid one another in sickness and death, strengthen families, and to be a service of the church. The Ladysmith Knights of Columbus meet the first Wednesday of the month at the Ladysmith Care Community (Cameo Room) at 7pm.

Ladysmith Lions Club
PO Box 185 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Curt Pratt

The Ladysmith Lions Club was chartered in 1968 with 33 members. Today the Club has about 60 members. The Lions motto is “WE SERVE,” and that is what the Lions do.

Lions Clubs are non-profit organizations that provide service to the community. The Ladysmith Lions Club’s service to community includes: highway cleanup, free eye exams to children in preschool, transport of eyes, youth program sponsorships, scholarships, fishing pole program, donations, financial assistance for eye glasses and exams, collection of eye glasses and hearing aids, diabetes education, continued support of leader dog programs and special need camps for children, and promotion of community events.

If you are interested in joining the Lions Club, please contact Club Membership Director Greg Davis at 715-403-0095.

Ladysmith Main Street
PO Box 207, Ladysmith, WI 54848
Alan Christianson

The Ladysmith Main Street Program seeks to establish downtown Ladysmith as an enviroment where small businesses will prosper by creating an attractive setting where people want to live, shop, and spend time.

Mystic Tie Lodge #280 Free & Accepted Masons of WI
705 E 3rd St N
Ladysmith, WI 54848
William Howard, Sec-Tres

Mystic Tie Lodge #280 Free & Accepted Masons of WI is a fraternal non-profit organization that offers High School Scholarships each year at Ladysmith, Flambeau, Bruce & Cornell.  We also help out other local organizations and people in need. Contact person is Sec/Treas William Howard (715-532-7696)

Meetings every 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month at 7pm.
Partners of Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith
900 W College Ave Ladysmith, WI 54848
Pauline Lundgren

We are a volunteer organization for the Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith.  We raise funds to purchase equipment for the Center, along with supporting law enforcement, emergency medicine in Rusk County.  We also volunteer time at the hospital.

Power House Youth Center Ladysmith
209 E 3rd St
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Lanita Stutzman

The mission of Power House is to provide the youth of the community (6th – 12th grade) a positive alternative to negative behaviors in a safe, drug-free environment, surrounded by caring Christian adults.  We serve the youth a meal after tutoring and learning life skill classes while building relationships.

Mondays 3:45pm – 6:00pm
Rusk Area Arts Alliance
711 Lake Avenue W Ladysmith, WI 54848
Nancy Wheeler

The Rusk Area Arts Alliance (RAAA), is a group of many talented visual and performing artists, along with writers, who contribute their time and many varied talents to help make the Rusk Area a ‘welcoming’ creative community.

The community activities RAAA sponsors and co-sponsors are many & varied. Some include, The Reclaimed Flambeau Mine “Fine Art” Artist Calendar, The Rusk County Community Library Gallery, Musicale, artists at the Farmers Market, Art in the Garden tours, Music in the Park, Toadally Artsy Kids Events at Toad House, and more … we add events every year as we grow and our passions direct us.

Rusk County Community Foundation
PO Box 54 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Bev Dukerschein

We strive to improve the quality of life in the Rusk County Community through permanent endowments and grant giving.

Rusk County Dairy Promoters, Inc
W10009 Cty P, Ladysmith, WI 54848
Judy Srp, Secretary-Treasurer

Rusk County Dairy Promoters, Inc is a non-profit organization in Rusk County promoting and educating the community about the dairy industry.  They donate dairy products and are also the sponsor if the Rusk County Dairy Breakfast.

Rusk County Economic Development
311 Miner Ave Ste C130 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Andy Albarado

We work throughout the County to improve the economic well being of the residents. Sometimes this means working with businesses who create jobs or helping them retain jobs. Sometimes this is working with communities and local governments that develop the infrastructure to support businesses, and make decisions that have an impact on economic growth. Sometimes this is working with individuals and organizations that work together to accomplish the same goals. Sometimes this means working and partnering with organizations outside of the County that help us achieve our objectives. Sometimes it means helping with the management of community assets that help support job growth and development.

Rusk County Historical Museums
504 E 4th St South Ladysmith, WI 54848
Janet Platteter

The Rusk County Historical Society was incorporated in 1955 and is a non-profit organization.  The objectives of the society are the discovery, preservation, and public dissemination of the history of Rusk County and the state of Wisconsin.  The entire historical museum consists of ten buildings displaying thousands of donations from the citizens of Rusk County to be shared with the many visitors each year.

Rusk County Lighthouse
N4345 State Hwy 27 PO Box 42 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Connie Hanson

The Lighthouse provides emergency shelter at two locations.  One location serving women and children, the second serving men and children.  Also providing advocacy and referrals for employment, legal, mental health benefits and resources.

24/7 via phone
Rusk County Retired Educators
518 Menasha Ave Ladysmith, WI 54848
Joseph Baye

We are retired teachers and support staff from area schools who work to support public education.

Rusk County Wildlife Restoration Association (WRA)
PO Box 361
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Mark Buchholz or Jerry Carow

The purpose of the WRA shall be for the betterment of wildlife, habitat and related recreational sporting facilities.

715-492-4733 (Jerry)
Rusk County Youth Council
Rusk County Youth Council
100 College Ave W.
Ladysmith, WI
Mc Kenzie Morgan, Julie Bever, Jeremy Allard

It is the mission of the Rusk County Youth Council to combine the resources of the county for the purpose of preventing and solving violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems of our children and youth by integrating resources through communication and collaborative planning towards prevention of at risk behavior, encouragement of health and wellness, positive youth development, and resiliency for youth ages 0 – 21 years old.

Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Rusk Riders ATV Club
PO Box 246 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Dave Williams

The Rusk Rider ATV Club was founded in 2002.  Our goal is to keep growing the sport of ATV/UTVing in Rusk County.  Our Club helps maintain our trail north of Weyerhaeuser.  We currently have 24 miles of trail and are always working towards getting more trails open.  We played a key role in getting a route opened in the City of Ladysmith and the Village of Bruce including access into Bruce from the West.  We conduct an ATV Safety Course each year and have worked with local Ambulance and Fire Departments to do mock crash trainings.  We like to promote ATV/UTVing by being visible in our community through participating in local parades and having a booth at various events.  Our meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month (April through November) at the Swamp Road Sportsman’s Club west of Ladysmith starting at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If interested in joining our club, don’t hesitate to contact us.

S.H.O.T. Safe Hunters of Tomorrow
N8757 Winter Road
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Joel Taylor

S.H.O.T. educates, enhances and involves the youth of Rusk County in the sport and ethics of hunting.
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The Writers Exchange
N9197 Fedyn Rd Ladysmith, WI 54848
Bill Fucik

The Writers’ Exchange is a group of people who enjoy writing. The purpose of this Anthology is to promote the art and spirit of writing as a pleasure, to share literary ideas and expressions, to stimulate and encourage writing, to consider publication opportunities and to contribute to the community arts. We invite writers of this area to contribute to this Anthology and to attend our meetings where we share our works and encourage new ideas. The Writers’ Exchange meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm. We meet at the Pioneer Bank, 200 Miner Ave., Ladysmith, Wisconsin. For more information call Bill Fucik (715) 532-6606,, or Ruth Ralston (715) 532-6815,

Women with Courage Foundation
PO Box 12 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Kathy Cronick, President

We provide assistance to men, women and children who live in Rusk County and are coping with a diagnosis of cancer.

715-532-7617; Shelly: 715-532-6131; Vonnie: 715-532-0116; Leanne: 715-205-0247