Rotary Club of Portage, Wisconsin

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2900 New Pinery Rd.
Portage, WI  53901-9225
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Annual Draw-Down Hoe Down

Friday, November 04, 2016 at North Shore Restaurant


What is that?!  102 balls in a box. 101 balls will be drawn out. every 10th ball wins $100. last ball drawn wins $2000!! If you make it to the last 5, you can decide to split the grand prize, or wait it out to win big!!   

How do you get a ball? Buy a ball ticket for $100, the ticket you get will have a number on it- that is your ball number.  

What about the 2 extra balls?  On the night of the event, we will raffle off the 2 extra balls, which gives you more of a chance to win that grand prize!  we have other raffles and games throughout the draw down, so bring some extra cash to get in them! 

How much is the ticket? A ball ticket is $100 (includes dinner, 2 drinks, and the numbered ball)  once you buy a ball ticket you can buy a dinner only ticket for $30 (includes dinner and 2 drinks, but does not allow you to buy a ball).

What is for dinner?  Every dinner includes choice of:  prime rib, chicken, or salmon; included in every meal is salad/bread, veggie, potato, desert, and two drink tickets! 

Where do I buy a ticket? Edward Jones-Josh Vehring's Office (608) 742-5408, Forever Yours Jewelry (608) 745-3330 or see the club at noon on Monday's at Dinos Restaurant. 

What should I wear? This is a hoe down! Western attire is encouraged - so dust off your cowboy boots, put on a cowboy hat and don't forget to wear your levi's and flannel. 

Where is this at? This year's draw down hoe down will be at the restaurant of Portage Country Club. It has recently been renamed the Portage Golf Club and the restaurant is called North Shore Restaurant. They close it down just for this event so we get the whole place to ourself and with decorations, we transform it to the wild wild west. 






The 2016 Rotary Scholarship Raffle was here and gone!  Thank you to all the business sponsors that donated hourly prizes, the community raffle ticket buyers, and Rotarians that sold tickets prior to and at the Taste of Portage.  THANK YOU! 
Grand Prize: $1,000 - Bob Wachuta
2nd Place: $500 - Marion Beahm
3rd Place: $250 - Francisa Woodard

Friday 6pm

Jack's Tap $30 gift card  John Miller

Don-Rick Insurance A dozen golf balls  Dan Kremer

Edward Jones-Josh Vehring Garden tools and tote bag Kim Dorn

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Pete Eulberg

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Johnson Chiropractic

Subway Free 6" sub sandwich Gary Alden

NorthShore Restaurant $20 gift certificate Bob Rehdantz

Corner Pocket $10 gift certificate David Geltemeyer

Pizza Hut Free Buffet Charlie Kirk

Friday 7pm

American Family - Kari Tracey Car emergency kit Johnathan Crawford

Realty Executives $25 Portage Green Money Josh Bieno

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Mary Winkler

Subway Free 6" sub sandwich Ellen Swan

Pizza Ranch Free Medium Pizza or Buffet Roger Zeimet

Portage Lumber $25 gift certificate Lexi Thompson

Crawford Car Wash Free car wash Melvin Collins

Lake Windsor Country Club One 18 hole round of golf Deb Khaila

Trecek Automotive Camp Chair Don Roeker

Friday 8pm

Studio K Hair Design Gift bag and coupon Jonathan Crawford

Freedom Carpeting $150 off Bob Mendrala

Soul Shine Spa $150 off Bob Wachuta

Trapper's Turn Free Brunch Charlie Corse 

Portage Cleaners $10 off coupon Bill Devine

Vibe Salon and Spa $15 gift certificate Johnson Chiropractic

Corner Pocket $10 gift certificate Steve Madsen

Lake Windsor Country Club One 18 hole round of golf Brad Conrad

Trecek Automotive Camp Chair Johnson Chiropractic

Friday 9pm

Grean Carpet $100 gift certificate carpet cleaning Paula Woodward

Portage Daily Register Free 52 week subscription Paul Schaller 

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Steve Lundin

Subway Free 6" sub sandwich Robin Kvalo

NorthShore Restaurant $20 gift certificate Josh Vehring

Pizza Hut Free Pizza Melvin Collins

Portage Lumber $25 gift certificate Jim Jordan

Lake Windsor Country Club One 18 hole round of golf Johnson Chiropractic

Friday 10pm

Trapper's Turn Free Brunch Kadie Halder

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Brad Conrad

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Tom Curran

Subway Free 6" sub sandwich Brad Stigney

Pizza Ranch Free Medium Pizza or Buffet Candy Roeker

Corner Pocket $10 gift certificate Frank Cason

Jon's Car Wash Free car wash Julie Rushaska

Pine Trail Golf Course 9 Hole Guest Pass Charlie Mantey

Mercantile $10 gift certificate Beverly Harlberg

Saturday 11am

Fancy Pants "Ladies Night Out" Josh Bieno

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Mark Udulutch

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Jim Joyce

Jon's Car Wash Free car wash Mark Zimmerman

Pizza Hut Free Buffet Jen Kjorlie

Pine Trail Golf Course 9-Hole Guest Pass Kris Hellenbrand

NorthShore Restaurant $20 gift certificate John Drexler

Saturday Noon

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Lois Fearing

Jack's Tap $30 gift certificate Kim Dorn

Culver's Free custard for a Year! David Geltemeyer

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon David Beasley

Vibe Salon and Spa $15 gift certificate Joan Kenney

Subway Free 6" sub sandwich Pat Malone

Corner Pocket $10 gift certificate Jim Neuman

Lake Windsor Country Club One 18 hole round of golf Robin Kvalo

Saturday 1pm

Trapper's Turn Free Brunch  Kelley Rickey

Dino's Restaurant $10 gift certificate Kathleen Schluter

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Bill Lawton

NorthShore Restaurant $20 gift certificate Ted Rebholz

Pizza Ranch Free Medium Pizza or Buffet Mary Winkler

Crawford Car Wash Free Car Wash Q-Ball 

Realty Executives $25 Portage Green Money Amy Fisher

Portage Golf Club Foursome of golf with cart Lesley Standridge 

Saturday 2pm

Forever Yours Jewelry $50.00 gift certificate Carson Welter

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Mike Hurd

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Laurel O'Brien

Trapper's Turn Free Brunch Q-Ball

Pizza Hut Free Pizza Mark Udulutch

Corner Pocket $10 gift certificate Katie Sommers

Grean Carpet $100 gift certificate carpet cleaning Barb Marz

Pine Trail Golf Course 9 Hole Guest Pass Mark Udulutch

Saturday 3pm

Jimmy John's Free Party Platter Kris Hellenbrand

NorthShore Restaurant $20 gift certificate Abby Grothman

Soul Shine Spa $10 off coupon Melvin Collins

Pizza Runch Free Medium Pizza or Buffet Jan Suebert

Portage Cleaners $10 gift certificate Jim Jordan

Crawford Car Wash Free car wash Liz Curran

Trapper's Turn 4 person 18 hold Golf with cart Kim Dorn



Rotary Updates                 
Rotary Meat Raffle Update: Portage Rotary is so grateful for Jack's Tap!!  Jack's tap hosted a meat raffle on October 22. We made just under $1,900!! WOW!!!!  Thank you to everyone that came down and thank you to those Rotarians that helped!  Awesome Job!! 
Rotary's Draw-Down Hoe Down: Our annual Draw-Down Hoe Down is coming right up!! It will be held at The NorthShore Restaurant at Portage Country Club on FRIDAY, NOV 4.  See below for more info. 
Meat Raffle Fundraiser for CP Holiday Train:  This year's CP Holiday Train event will be bigger and better. To help offset the costs and make sure the most amount of proceeds go to the local food pantry's, Jack's Tap is helping by hosting another Meat Raffle!   Come on down to Jack's Tap on November 12 at 3:00pm. 
Annual CP Holiday Train: Portage Rotary will be serving Brats, Hot Dogs and Coffee/Hot Chocolate again this year which will be just one of the festivities at the CP Holiday Train event.   Donate some canned food items at check in and enjoy the day!  All proceeds and canned food goes to the local food pantry.  This year's event will be bigger and better - stay tuned for more info, but SAVE THE DATE - It will be held on Wednesday, December 7. 



The 2016 Rotary District 6250 RYLA Program was held on May 13 – 15, 2016

at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Located in Wisconsin Dells, WI


This year we sent these 6 sophomore students!  

They presented their weekend experience to our Rotary Club on May 16. 


Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.

The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four way test.

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?





2016 Portage Rotary's 

Scholarship Winners!

  Rose Warren, Janis Nowak (Portage Rotary), Emily Scharenbroch, & Samantha Ford


For more than 100 years Rotary has united leaders:  leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations. As Rotarians, we leaders exchange ideas. We bring our expertise and diverse perspectives to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

But we also take action locally. It is each Rotarian’s goal to bring lasting change to the community in which he/she lives. Throughout each year, our Portage Rotary club raises money to invest in our future leaders. Each spring, the Rotary Club of Portage, provides $10,000 in scholarships to be awarded to three Portage High School seniors. It is estimated that the Portage Club has awarded close to $400,000 of scholarships over the years.

The 2016 scholarships were awarded to three incredible and deserving students.  Four-year scholarships were awarded to Rose Warren, (daughter of Jackie and Doug Warren) and Emily Scharenbroch (daughter of Tim and Brenda Scharenbroch). A two-year scholarship was awarded to Samantha Ford (daughter or John and Lisa Ford).  Portage Rotary is proud to be investing in their futures!



Our Club raises funds for the Food Pantry

Ten members of our club donated their time today as the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train made their annual stop in Portage. Portage Rotary provided complimentary brats and hotdogs at the event.  Close to 400 sandwiches were served!  All donations from the food table were contributed to the local food pantry. Thank you Ron, Cory, Dave, George, Jenna, Judy, Rich, Janis, Jim and Ted for working the event!
Enhancing the food table, the Friends of the Portage Library provided holidays cookies.  Culvers had hot cocoa and coffee for the guests.  Plus, Pierce's and WalMart deserve a thank you for helping with the purchase of the meat and buns.
The weather was beautiful.  There were smiles and laughter everywhere.  It was a great day in Portage!


Congratulations Portage Rotary Club!! 

We received this years Community Service Award from the Portage Chamber of Commerce!
Thank you to all club members and significant others for making this happen.  
Throughout the year we donate many of our hours and money to make other's lives better. Some of the things we have done this year have been: taking a goods collection for River Haven Homeless Shelter, given money/food to the food banks, gave away brats and hot dogs at the Holiday Train, helped the efforts of making the splash pad a reality from a day dream, and raised a huge amount of money to keep up with giving away our $10,000 in local scholarships.   These are just a few things we have accomplished.  Please be proud of this award and be proud to be a Portage Rotarian. 


The Rotary Club of Portage was pleased to present its 2015 Quiet Hero Award to Dr.'s Doyle & Slavik, in recognition of their efforts in promoting Columbia County with the 'Free Clinic'.   Congratulations and thank you for your continued work to make our community a better place!


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect Nominee
membership Chair
Social Media Chair
Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor