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The Rotary Club of Waupaca

Serving others, promoting integrity, and advancing understanding, goodwill, and peace in the Waupaca area and around the world.

Over 90 members strong, we are committed to acting locally and globally to address the biggest challenges of our time. Together, we work to:

  • Support education
  • Protect the environment
  • Grow local economies
  • Promote Peace
  • Support mothers & children
  • Provide Clean water, sanitation & hygiene
  • Fight disease

In addition to hands-on projects focused on the environment, housing, hunger and other needs, we raise funds through community events to support a range of programs and service projects that improve lives locally and around the world.

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The Good Things We’re Doing!

Club Receives Membership and Public Image Grants

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Chuck Reynolds
Our club applied for and will be granted two grants from District 6220. The grant applications were written together and built off of each other. A $500 matching Public Image grant will help pay for an exhibit at the Waupaca Library that will help visitors learn about our club’s 30-year history and the ways our club is a force of good in our community and around the world. A $400 matching Membership grant will help fund a reception that will help celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Members will be encouraged to invite prospective members to the reception, which will be an ideal opportunity for people to learn about our club and feel the warm welcome of our members. 

Thanks for Welcoming our Visitors from Tajikistan

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Chuck Reynolds
Last month our club and community embraced the opportunity to welcome our five Open World Program visitors from Tajikistan. Under the leadership of Jim Lawrence, members and others in our community planned an itinerary that not only addressed our delegates’ interest in educational technology but provided them with cultural experiences and many opportunities to enjoy the hospitality of our members and community. Thanks to Jim Lawrence, Henry Veleker, Mike Olinger, Diane Forsythe, Cindy Oerter, Paul Shrode, Kathy Fehl, Sue Vater-Olsen, Dale Feldt, Ron Saari, Terri Schultz, Mike Phelan, and everyone else who helped with planning and implementation of a successful visit. 

Welcoming New Members is Just the Start…

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
Recently, our club was recognized by District 6220 as a leader in membership growth. And based on applications received, we will be adding at least two more members in January. This is great, but adding members means nothing if the expectations of our new members go unmet. Most new members are looking to connect and be involved in service. They want to build relationships with other community-minded people, and they want to serve in meaningful ways. From a member retention standpoint, the implication of this is that we must: 1) Take a genuine interest in our new members, getting to know them, and allowing them to get to know us; and 2) Make sure our new members are finding was to be involved in what we’re doing.

In the coming months, we’ll be taking some steps to be more intentional about engaging members. One change you’ll notice is that we’ll be mixing up the seating at meetings, giving us an opportunity to spend time with different people. Please take advantage of such opportunities to get to know each other and to discover ways to help new members become more engaged in our club. 

AmazonSmile Donations

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Trey Foerster
AmazonSmile has made a charitable donation to the charity you’ve selected, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, in the amount of $2,901.26 as a result of qualifying purchases made by you and other customers between July 1st - September 30th. So far, Amazon has donated $80,152 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Kat Turner appointed Waupaca County DA

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
Kat Turner will serve as Waupaca County District Attorney after an appointment by Gov. Tony Evers on Dec. 16. The appointment fills a vacancy being created by District Attorney Veronica Isherwood’s resignation. Turner will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2025.

“Kat Turner is an experienced attorney who is invested in and committed to the future of her community,” said Gov. Evers. “Her dedication and integrity will make her an excellent district attorney for the people of Waupaca County.”

Turner is currently an assistant district attorney in the Waupaca County District Attorney’s Office.

She began her legal career with the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office in Florida. After moving to Wisconsin in 2011, she joined the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, first in Oshkosh and later in Stevens Point. As an assistant state public defender in the Stevens Point office, she practiced in Waupaca County and served as a panel member for the Waupaca County Treatment Court. She was also the immigration practice group coordinator, providing guidance to attorneys regarding the confluence of criminal and immigration law.

Turner joined the Waupaca County District Attorney’s Office in February 2022, where she has prosecuted criminal and traffic matters.

“I have had professional contact with Attorney Kat Turner in her current role as assistant district attorney as well as a public defender,” said Chief Brian Hoelzel of the Waupaca Police Department. “She is highly competent, and Waupaca has benefitted from having her as an assistant district attorney. Attorney Turner has always been professional and always had the best interest of whomever she was representing in mind. Waupaca has benefitted from having her as an A.D.A. Attorney Turner is highly competent. As the next district attorney, I know she will be a strong advocate for victims and the public while treating adversaries with fairness and respect. She will, no doubt, continue the high standards of ethics and positive relationships with our agency that we currently enjoy.”

Turner lives in Waupaca with her wife and children. She is active in professional and community organizations, including the Waupaca County Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association, and the Rotary Club of Waupaca.

“I am honored to accept the appointment by Governor Evers to serve as district attorney for Waupaca County,” said Turner. “I look forward to growing partnerships with community stakeholders and law enforcement, building upon those established by the office. As I begin my new role as district attorney, I am committed to serving my neighbors in Waupaca County in pursuing justice.”

Student of the Month

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
This month's Community Service Award* went to Jillian Trzebiatowski. Jillian had chosen Foundations For Living, Waupaca  as the local charity to receive a donation of $30 from our club.

Jillian projects inclusivity throughout the school. She is kind and creative with a willingness to work with any student. Her positive attitude certainly impacts those around her. She readily participates in class and provides rich and meaningful perspectives in group discussions. Jillian is a well-rounded student and is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including peer leaders, art club, band, chess, forensics, and track. 

Dictionary Program

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
Each year, the Rotary Club of Waupaca gives dictionaries to area 3rd graders. This week, Barb Conradt and Wes Klages presented dictionaries to 3rd graders at Fremont Elementary. 

These kids know - Words are Cool!

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
Rotarians and their families spent a day at Fleet Farm ringing bells for a great cause!

Looking good all!

Foundations for Living - Grant

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 By: Jeffrey Kolasinski
On Wednesday, we presented Bob Adams with a "big check" for $955. Foundations For Living, Waupaca will use the funds to purchase a new clothes washer and dryer, which will replace an old unit that - in Bob's words - took four hours to do a load. 

FFL provides essential services to so many who are in need in the Waupaca community. We are pleased to contribute to their important work.

What’s Coming Up?

Weekly Meeting - Adrea Wanty, Sr. Center Supervisor
February 1st 2023 at 7:30 am
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Weekly Meeting - Beth Nash of Inspire Waupaca County
February 8th 2023 at 7:30 am
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Weekly Meeting - Ed Marek & Bruce Morlan of Braver Angels
February 15th 2023 at 7:30 am
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Casino Royale
February 17th 2023 at 7:00 pm
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