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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!

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!! 


Culinary Education Grant Class Visit

By: Wesley Klages
Amanda Nelson, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Waupaca High School, received a Rotary Education Grant for purchase of supplies so her students could prepare foods from recipes they created to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Education Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef Competition. Recipes are evaluated on their nutritious content and potential for being included in school menus. 

Friday, March 1st, 8 Rotarians visited classes to sample the dishes prepared to provide feedback to the culinary students before they submit their recipes. Attached are some pictures from this visit.

Honoring Greg Biba

At our meeting on Wednesday, March 13th we celebrated Greg Biba and all that he has done for the middle school band program and music in Waupaca.

Features of the meeting included:
Music. The Waupaca High School Jazz Band - which includes several of Greg's former students - performed a selection of tunes.
Messages: Students and faculty who have worked with Greg will offered remarks to Greg.
Paul Harris recognition: Greg Biba was presented with a Paul Harris recognition, an honor made possible by donations from other members. The award is fitting for Greg, recognizing that he is part of Rotary International's worldwide commitment to promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and protecting the environment. 
Donation to Make Sure The Beat Goes On: Funds collected prior to the meeting, and given at the breakfast to be used to repair and replace instruments used by students in Waupaca's Middle School and High School bands. Making sure students have access to instruments is a cause Greg has championed. 

Welcome to our New Members - Cori Caryl & Kimberly Vanevenhoven

By: Trey Foerster

At a recent meeting, we were delighted to welcome two members - Cori Caryl & Kimberly Vanevenhoven - both corporate members representing ThedaCare. Welcome Cori and Kimberly to our club and to the work of doing good in our community and world!

Rosie Paw Dog Park - Thank You!

We received the below thank you for the recent Community Service Grant of $2000 by the Rotary Club of Waupaca:

Casino Royale 2024 is in the Books!

By: Jeffrey Kolasinski

A big THANK YOU to all who attended our Casino Royale fundraiser on Friday night. It was a great evening in so many ways. 

And, a big SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPONSORS who made sure the event will help our club continue to be a force of good in our community and around the world. Please keep our sponsors in mind when making purchasing decisions for your family or business:

  • Bank First
  • Neuville Motors
  • Waupaca Foundry
  • Farmers State Bank
  • Faye Wilson Realty
  • Jim & Diane Klismet
  • Premier Community Bank
  • Riverhill Dental
  • Thedacare
  • Baker Tilly
  • Central Orthodontics
  • Percsoft
  • Art Parry Law Offices
  • Community Insurance
  • Eric Hendrickson Law Office
  • First State Bank
  • Janssen Accounting
  • Par 4 Resort
  • Stratton Drug Store

Our Student Above Self Award Recipient - January

By: Diane M Baker
The eighth-grade team is excited to announce this January’s outstanding Rotary Student. Jennah Haessig is a responsible student who self-advocates. She asks clarifying questions, helps peers, and is an eager learner.  One thing that sets this person apart from others is her resilience - her ability to bounce back quickly while learning from small errors. Additionally, she is proactive about work completion and works to understand the material versus just getting it done. This person participates in the school musical, honors band, and plays soccer. Outside of school, she is involved in gymnastics and volunteers at the library. It is with great pride that we recognize Jennah Haessig as our Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Our Student Above Self Award Recipient - December

By: Diane M Baker
Congratulations to our outstanding Rotary Student of the Month for December!  Peyton Koeppler is an exceptional individual has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and positive contributions to the school community.  She is involved in forensics, Authors and Actors, and volunteers with her church community.  Her dedication to learning, admirable work ethic, ability to inspire peers make her a shining example for others to follow.  We commend her for her achievements and look forward to witnessing her continued success.   Keep up the fantastic work!

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