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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!

Iola Elementary Reading Program Education Grant

By: Wesley Klages
Cari Honken, Iola Elementary Reading Specialist, received a Rotary Education Grant - One School, One Book to encourage reading at school and at home..

Thanks to your donation, each family in our school received a copy of the same chapter book, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe. Each day, a chapter was read at school by all classroom teachers. Students then read the chapter at home again with their families. This is a great way to increase the home school connection, practice reading fluency and comprehension, and just enjoy reading an awesome book together! The students fell in love with the characters and took part in many activities at school related to the book including a daily trivia contest and in-class extension activities including more reading, writing, art, and drama. Thanks again for your support!

Greg Bina Instrument Repair Donation

By: Greg Biba
In March, we dedicated a meeting to honor Greg Biba, retired band teacher for the Waupaca Middle School. As part of the celebration, members of the club contributed to a fund that would go to repair and replace band instruments in our schools. Below, Shana Rogney (Middle School Director of Bands), and Brianna Hepfler (High School Director of Bands) receive a ceremonial big check for $1,905 for instrument replacement and repair from Greg Biba (center) and Club President, Greg Harvey.

Rotary Education Grant: Weyauwega/Fremont Library

By: Wesley Klages
Weyauwega -Fremont Elementary Librarian Naomi Peuse received a Rotary Education Grant to purchase cubelets to explore coding and robotic basics at a younger age.Cubelets are magnetic blocks that combine to make robots that can think, act and do. Attached are some photos of 3rd grade students working with the cubelets.

Students Solo & Ensemble Musicians

By: Wesley Klages
Brianna Hepfler, High School Director of Bands - who had received an education grant to purchase a repertoire of new music for students to play for state solo & ensemble competitions - introduced us to a couple of students who are benefiting from the new selection. 

In the pic below, sophomores Taylor Kling, flute, & Syl Fries, clarinet, performed a piece from that new collection by Scott Joplin - the piece they'll be playing in the upcoming state competition. 

Thanks to Brianna for applying for a grant, using funds to enrich the education and experience of our high schoolers, and for her leadership and coaching that helps her young musicians excel!

Environment Committee plants six trees at ECO Park

By: Trey Foerster
Six trees – a mixture of red oak and sugar maple – were planted on Tuesday, April 23, at ECO Park in Waupaca. Aided by City of Waupaca employees, Rotarians (left to right) Trey Foerster, Dale Feldt, Henry Velker, and Mark Schmid placed the trees on the east side of the park’s shelter. Matching funds for the trees came from a Rotary District 6220 grant. With this planting, the Rotary Club of Waupaca has fulfilled the $5,742 multi-park project encompassing ECO Park, Rotary Park, and Jorgens Park Preserve in Scandinavia.

Spring RYE Training Conference

By: Sandy Testin
The Spring RYE training conference was held in Green Bay in April.

Our 2 Inbounds, 3 Outbounds, 5 Outbound Parents, 4 RYE Committee members, and 3 past Waupaca RYE travelers attended.

Jenna Smith - our 2010 Outbound to South Africa - was appointed as the new Rotex Coordinator for RYE 6220!

Our Outbounds shared some of their language learnings and celebrated finishing their District training with a blazer ceremony.

It was a great weekend

Tour of Gusmer Enterprises

By: Robert Menzies
Gusmer Enterprises - Headquartered in Waupaca - is the leading supplier for liquid filtration products, fermentation technology and beverage processing aids. On April 11th, Rotary Club of Waupaca and their spouses/partners took advantage of an opportunity to tour their Waupaca facility.

Annual RYE Rummage Sale

By: Sandy Testin
The RYE Committee is hosting their annual Rummage Sale, May 9 -11; 218 E Lake St Waupaca

Drop off of your treasures:
  • April 27: 10 AM til 1 PM
  • April 29 or 30: 2-5 PM
  • May 5: 1 -4 PM
  • May 6 or 7: 1-5 PM
We would love a couple of boxes of your household goods, craft items, tools, yard art, bedding, toys, and more.
We cannot accept TV's or mattresses, large appliances, or furniture that 2 of us can't move easily.
If you need a different drop-off time, please call Sandy at 715-572-3658

This sale provides funds for our scholarships for Outbound students.  This year we awarded $3,000 to local students!
Rummage Sales also offer a great opportunity to Reuse and Repurpose so many of our household goods. 
And they are lots of fun - come hang out with us!! 


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