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Rotary Club of Waupaca is Recognized in 2019 for it's support of the Rotary International Foundation

​The International Committee of Rotary Club of Waupaca directs a number of initiatives that support one of our club's key objectives: "the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace"

The Rotary Club of Waupaca encourages members and others to make annual contributions to the Rotary International Foundation, which funds worthwhile programs worldwide, and returns some dollars in the form of District Designated funds that provide grants for local projects.  The RI Foundation has its roots at the 1917 Rotary convention, when outgoing President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation. Today, the Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.   Learn more about RI Foundation here ...

The Rotary Club of Waupaca has been instrumental in the success of the Waupaca International Cultural Exchange Committee (WICEC) that was formed to create goodwill and understanding through youth exchanges.  Started in 1993-94, the WICEC entered into negotiations with the city of Nio, Japan and an exchange of students and chaperones took place the following summer.  Soon after, a formal agreement between mayors and city councils followed making Nio and Waupaca official sister cities.  For nearly a quarter century Nio citizens and Waupaca citizens, both young and old, have enjoyed annual visits which include communal hospitality, educational experiences, scenic beauty, and cultural festivities. Many Rotarians and their spouses and children have been hosts and travelers in the WICEC annual exchanges.  The Rotary Club of Waupaca has supported the WICEC in a myriad of ways including sponsoring an annual International Dinner in the Spring.  The highlight of the dinner is the congregation of Rotary exchange students from throughout the northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s UP who share with the audience the prospective student travelers, their parents and interested Rotarians the value of living abroad.   Learn more about the International Dinner...

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Waupaca decided to leverage matching grant money  available from Rotary District 6220 to help bring new water to a thirsty world.  Realizing that water is a scarce resource especially in underdeveloped countries, we began looking for opportunities to develop a new water supply to a needy area.  Through relationships with other Rotary Clubs, it was decided to team up with the Texas Water Mission, a department of the San Antonio Episcopal Diocese.  Though that partnership, we were introduced to the Rotary Club of Danli, Honduras, who agreed to help us drill a well in one of their villages.  The project costs were funded with matching assistance from Rotary District 6220 and the Jose Alanis’ Rotary Club.  The local work was supervised by the Danli Rotary Club.  

The international committee undertakes special projects to advance “international understanding, goodwill and peace.”  In 2015 Club arranged to bring Dr. Elena Volkova to Waupaca.  Dr. Volkova and her daughter Masha were familiar with Wisconsin, having spent a year here in 1993. During her 2015 visit, Dr. Volkova spoke at churches and schools, libraries and other venues.  Lawrence University, U.E. Stevens Point, Iola, Waupaca, Weyauwega and New London High Schools, Trinity Lutheran, and St. Mary Magdalene in Waupaca, are just a partial list.

Dr. Volkova brought to life the way in which Russians view Putin, and what they think of the relationship between Russia and the U.S.  She can, of course, speak to many interesting aspects of daily life.  She is also a teacher of the history of religion and of American literature, and also focused on the ways in which our systems of education and the problems we face are different and the ways in which they are similar. Her excellent command of the English and years of teaching experience lent an ease to her passionate, unique presentations.  Dr. Volkova spoke to the Rotary Club of Waupaca, and her appearance left an indelible impression; she implores us to cherish and protect the freedom we enjoy.

Dr. Volkova’s accomplishments include:
  • PhD in American Literature (1988, Moscow State University)
  • PhD in Religion, Literature and Culture (2001, Moscow State University)
  • Taught Comparative Literature, English Literature, Bible and Literature, Culture and Christianity at MSU for 30 years (1981-2011)
  • The Salvation Story in Russian Literature, The Oxford Handbook of Literature and Visions of Heaven and Hell in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and Theology
  • The Albatross in Russia: Praised, Killed and Repented in The Reception of
  • S.T. Coleridge, Continuum, London, 2007

Malnutrition is a significant issue in the world. 852 million people suffer from malnutrition resulting in a death every 3.6 seconds including 10 to 14 million children every year. PowerFlour is an example of how our Club is able to support Rotary International on global initiatives.  A self-sustaining project model for provision of PowerFlour products is being developed to address malnutrition in developing countries.  Learn More...

Our Rotary District 6220 maintains a free dental clinic in Jamaica which is staffed for several weeks by volunteer dentists.  Waupaca dentists have frequently participated in the project, and our Club assists with financial support.