'Ninety Years of Neighbors': Rock Falls Rod and Gun Club celebrates milestoneSubmitted: 08/21/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

'Ninety Years of Neighbors': Rock Falls Rod and Gun Club celebrates milestone
TOMAHAWK - "This is the original sign that was on the building in 1929," said Tim Panfil as he pointed to a Rock Falls Rod and Gun Club sign.

Panfil wasn't a member of the club back then, but over the last 12 years the club has become a second family to him.

"It's the comradery and the friendships you build here. If you can't come here and make friends, you don't want any friends," he said.

The club was started in 1927 with the goal of preserving game, fish, and wildlife. That mission hasn't changed, even though the decades-old building has.

"This used to be actually two separate buildings, if you would," said Panfil as he looked inside the clubhouse in Tomahawk. "The dance hall that we're in now and the section that was the bar."

The clubhouse still remains a place for community members to come together.

"This is where neighbors can meet. This is where you can go and talk to people that you see and wave at on the river," said Vice President Mike Specht.

The all-volunteer club just celebrated its 90th anniversary this month. It takes pride in the 90 or so members it currently serves.

"It's not easy to keep this organization going, but it is kind of fun and it is kind of get to know your neighbor and get people involved," said Specht.

Many of those involved over the years have left their mark on the club. Some have their pictures up on the walls and others have their memorabilia hanging.

"Neighbors make any community, and we have such awesome neighbors in this community making this club what it is today," said Panfil.

The clubhouse is usually open on Fridays from Memorial Day through the end of deer-hunting season. Anyone can join the Rock Falls Rod and Gun Club. They just have to pay a fee.

For more information on the club, click on the link below.

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