A highlight event of the Lobster Boil is the annual Table Decorating contest. To participate, you will need a group of 10 people. Arrive early and register at the Information area under the big tent. Select your table or bring your own. This year's theme is Education so let your imagination wander. The Early Bird Rotary Foundation will contribute $500 to the non-profit organization of the winning group's choice and the winning table will also receive a voucher for 5 free tickets for the 2017 Lobster Boil, valued at $200.

Lobster Boil 2015 Huge Success!


Hundreds cracked lobster claws, enjoyed 3 Sheep’s Brewery beer and Blind Horse Wine, while others feasted on a Miesfeld brat or burger – all for a good cause! Thanks to your generosity, July’s Lobster Boil event was the most successful in our Club’s history. As a result of your support, we are able to assist more individuals in meeting their education and employment goals and changing their lives, positively impacting families across our communities! Together, we raised over $20,000 and look forward to awarding more technical school scholarships than ever before.   Outreach for scholarship applicants will occur in late January of 2016 – check our website for more details (www.earlybirdrotary.org) and pass along the opportunity to any Sheboygan County resident interested in a technical school education.  

As Rotarians, we share your commitment to the community and invite you to join us at a Club meeting every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. at Al & Al’s on Sheboygan’s south side. We are very grateful for the support of our guests, sponsors, in-kind donors, and volunteers!

Best Regards,

Pastor Rick Cawthon, President

Lobster Cooking Instructions

Have you ever wondered how we cook the lobsters? This is what we've found to work the best.

  1. Pots full of water (about 50 gallons each)
  2. Add two boxes of canning salt to each pot
  3. Bring to a rolling boil (216 degrees F)
  4. Remove the claw bands and place in boiling basket
  5. Remove the lid
  6. Lower the Boiling Basket into the pot and immediately start the timer and place lid on pot
  7. Cooking times will vary based on batch size.
  8. 10 Lobsters cook for 11 minutes

    25 Lobsters cook for 13.5 to 14 minutes

    DO NOT COOK more than 25 lobsters in a batch!

  9. 20 seconds before timer expires remove the lid and attach hoist.
  10. Remove boiling basket when time is up
  11. Place lobsters into serving cooler and deliver to service line
  12. Check water and add water and a little salt if necessary. Note: Is important to keep the water level up to reduce recovery time. If it gets too low, you will get way behind during the rush between 6 and 7:30 pm.

Full production requires dropping a new batch, alternating pots, every 6 minutes.


Lobster Boil 2015 Information

Mark Your Calendars . . . July 17, 2015 Early Bird Rotary Lobster Boil!
"Claws for a Cause"

It is with great enthusiasm that the Sheboygan Early Bird Rotary Club is planning the 23rd Annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser, with all proceeds directed to local education through Technical School scholarships . . . the single, most well-publicized need of our business, healthcare and manufacturing companies throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

On Friday evening, July 17, 2015 in Fountain Park (d/t Sheboygan) from 4:30 -  8:30 p.m. you can enjoy a delicious dinner, music, fun and fellowship for a $40 ticket.

Read more: Lobster Boil 2015 Information

Lobster Boil Table Winner 2014

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Sheboygan’s Crew of Castaways including song and costumes impressed the Early Bird Rotary Judges . . . the shipwreck crew chose Horizons 4 Girls as the non-profit organization to receive a $500 award for their Table Decorating at the recent Lobster Boil. Castaways, front left – Captain Brian Stout, Teri Mattek, Mike Mattek, (2nd row, left) Pam Fitzer, Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, Sarah Stout, Missy Skurzewski-Servant, (3rd row, left) Ivor Benjamin, Carol Benjamin, Roy Silverstein, Joy Markelz, Joe Servant.

Early Bird Rotary Lobster Boil Guests Score for the Community!

Sheboygan's Early Bird Rotary Club served up Lobster dinners along with brats and burgers to over 600 guests recently at their Annual Lobster Boil in Fountain Park. The Club raises money for local service projects including providing three non-traditional student scholarships each year for area Technical College enrollment; and to support international service with a focus on ending polio, clean water, and "Shelter Boxes" for disaster relief. Jon Doll & Friends provided terrific music as our patrons graciously waited out some equipment problems causing delays in serving what some proclaimed as "the best lobsters yet." Working together to advance the lives of those in our community and around the globe – a great cause!

Many thanks to our event Sponsors – Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Prevea Health & Wellness, Reinbold Novak Funeral Home, MODIX Corporation, and Alliant Energy. In addition – providing products and/or services for the event were Festival Foods, Schwarz Fish Company, Midwest Communications, Zimmermann Company, 3 Sheeps Brewing, Ferrellgas, Advanced Disposal, H. C. Denison, Metal Ware Corporation, O & W Communications, Torke Coffee, and Morrelle Transfer & Warehouse.

Seven groups decorated tables with a theme – the Table Decorating Contest winner, UW Sheboygan with a Crew of Castaways including song and costumes . . . the shipwreck crew chose Horizons 4 Girls as the non-profit organization to receive a $500 award.

On behalf of all our Club Members, we extend our gratitude and appreciation for making the event a tremendous success. Everyone is welcome at our Thursday morning meeting, 7 – 8 a.m. at Al & Al's Restaurant on South 12th Street in Sheboygan – you're family to us! We celebrate our wonderful community, proud to be Rotarians and Americans!

Mary Hayward & Scott Morrelle, Co-Chairs
Early Bird Sheboygan Rotary Lobster Boil