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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 Subsidy for TriCon – Two Spots Remaining

By: Chuck Reynolds
TriCon is an annual conference organized jointly by Rotary District's 6220, 6250, and 6270. The upcoming conference will be held from April 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay and will feature an exciting line-up of speakers, workshops, and networking events.

Based on experience, we know that Members of our club who attend TriCon come away inspired and equipped with a stronger network and practical ideas that they bring back to our club, helping us become stronger, more vibrant, and more effective at doing good in our community and around the world.

Because TriCon is good for our club as well as members who attend, the Board recently agreed to provide $300 subsidies to help up to six members attend TriCon in 2024. Four members have signed up. We have two subsidies left!

Here are the particulars: 
  • Our club will pay $300 to subsidize conference attendance by up to six members.
  • The estimated cost of attending the conference, assuming early bird registration (register by 2/15/24), and including the meal package and two hotel nights, is about $600, so the subsidy will reduce that cost by half.
  • At least three of those who receive a subsidy must be attending TriCon for the first time.
  • Subsidy payments will be made after the conference, and will require that the member attend the conference.
  • Subsidies will be provided on a first-come basis.
  • See the TriCon website for more information about speakers and events.
If you are interested in learning more about or attending TriCon, contact Chuck Reynolds.

Do you wonder where the proceeds from our weekly club raffle go?

By: Richard Voss
Do you wonder where the proceeds from our weekly club raffle go?
Here's a break down for the last six months:
  • July & August--$230.00 to the Future Farmers of America
  • September & October--$171.00 to the Miracle Tree
  • November & December--$202.00 to the Dental Brigade
Thank you for your raffle dollars. They add up and make a difference in our community!

Waupaca Rotary gives $2000 to Iola’s Rosie Paws Dog Park

By: Diane M Baker
A Community Service Grant of $2000 by the Rotary Club of Waupaca has been given to Rosie Paws Dog Park in the Village of Iola.

The $2000 from Rotary will be used for shade trees, more benches, and toward accessing a water source for the dog park.

The grant application noted, “Rosie Paws Dog Park transforms a vacant, overgrown eyesore field into a social, recreational, and healthful opportunity for humans and canines. Waupaca County residents, and tourists and their dogs who need a break, will benefit. Iola has a significant number of tourists who travel year-round. Economically, it can also help our village as it is only a few short blocks from downtown – exercise your dog, then go fill your gas tank and buy treats for everyone! The nearest dog parks are in Waupaca and King, 25-30 miles away.

“A reflection of the values of the founders is to meet the requests of local dog owners for a local, safe place to exercise their dog while socializing with other owners – not to mention dog socialization and exercise. Not only is it an asset to many residents, also, it will be located across the street from Living Oaks, an assisted living community. Several residents have dogs, and this will give them a safer way to exercise their dogs than walking on village streets, especially in the winter. The park will help reduce their isolation, a known detriment to positive mental health. According to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (, “What all dog parks have in common is the reason for their existence. Dogs (and their owners) need a place where they can run free, sans leashes, and do ‘doggie’ things. Many of their owners have no yards and the dogs would otherwise live their entire outdoors on leash.”

There are several members of the Rotary Club of Waupaca that reside in the Iola-Scandinavia area. Other grants to the community have supported Jorgens Park Preserve and programs and projects in the Iola-Scandinavia Schools including dictionaries for third graders, funds for the Garden Group at the high school, and support for students in the Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotary Youth Leadership.

The mission of the Rotary Club of Waupaca is to serve others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill, and peace in the greater Waupaca area and around the world, concentrating on Rotary International’s areas of focus: Support for education, Protect the environment, Grow local economies, Promote peace, Support mothers and children, Provide clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and Fight disease.

Rotary welcomes proposals from organizations in our community seeking funding and/or volunteer support for projects/programs that align with its mission. If your organization wishes to apply for a grant, go here for an application.

Welcome to Our New Member - Jess Betts-Nelson

By: Andrea Jenson

Welcoming Jess Betts-Nelson as the newest member of our club. Notable that during happy/sads, Terri told of how Jess and his husband shoveled her and Jim out during the weekend snowstorm. That's the service-above-self mindset of a Rotarian. Welcome, Jess!

Rotary Youth Exchange shows Tim Neuville their Appreciation

By: Chuck Reynolds

A great Rotary moment at last week's meeting. In appreciation for his generosity in providing inbound students with fun and cultural experiences in Madison, Ula presented Tim Neuville with a Rotary Youth Exchange sweatshirt he can proudly wear.

Year End / New Year's Holiday Party!

By: Michael Olinger
Thanks to Mike and Shelley Olinger for their hospitality. And also to Shelley for sitting in as a temporary member of The Cogs on piano.

Kicking off the New Year with good food, good friends, and a bit of singing. 

Rotary Youth Exchange - Outbound Scholarships

By: Kay Ellingson
At the January 24th meeting, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Coordinator Kay Ellingson presented each of our outbound students with a $1,000 scholarship to help cover costs of their exchange experiences. Pictured with Kay and fmr Club President Charlie Justman (left to right):
  • Katheryn, going to Columbia
  • Matthew, going to Germany
  • Alexandra, going to Brazil 

Scholarship funds are raised by our club's RYE Committee. The major fundraiser is a rummage sale held each spring. So, keep your eyes open for information about this year's rummage sale. When you donate or purchase items, you're helping give students exchange experiences that change lives and promote international goodwill and understanding.

Waupaca Christmas Tree Pick-up

By: Bill Zimmermann
Between the heavy snow and the frigid temps - members of the Rotary Club of Waupaca ventured out to collect Christmas trees throughout Waupaca. As in years past, trees were then given to an area goat farmer, providing his animals with a delicious (to goats) and nutritious snack.

Casino Royale is Around the Corner

By: Katherine Drury

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