Rotary Club of Portage, Wisconsin

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Dino's Restaurant
2900 New Pinery Rd.
Portage, WI  53901-9225
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Portage Rotary Club to Ring Salvation Army Bells: This year, our Rotary Club will be responsible for covering the Salvation Army bell ringing on Saturday, December 3 at Walgreens.  We have signed up to cover the bell ringing the whole day, 8am-8pm, at Walgreen's in Portage. The good news is that it will be indoors, so you won't have to freeze! Mark it down on your calendars, have your family cover an hour or two! A sign up sheet will be passed around closer to the date. PHS Interact Club members are also welcome to join our club ring throughout the day. 
 Start Time:
8am       Ted Rebholz
              Carol Heisz         
9am       Judy Collins         
10am     Kathy Manthey
              Interact students, Elise Dedrick & Keahna Amundson 
11am     Kari Tracy
              Interact students, Elise Dedrick & Keahna Amundson
Noon     Dave Eulberg
              Interact students, Elise Dedrick & Keahna Amundson
1-3pm   George Beasley  (3hours)
4-5pm   Janis Nowak       (2 hours)
6-7pm   Cory Otto            (2 hours) 
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 Wednesday, December 7, 10:30am Set Up - Food Service at 11:00am - Train comes in at 1:15pm.  All events will be near the Amtrak Train Depot. 
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: We had our annual Draw-Down Hoe Down on Friday, November 4.   Thank you to all that attended and helped at this event.  The grand prize was split in half and won by 2 people: Mary Curran and Mark Braska. They both gave half of their winnings back to Portage Rotary!  WOW! What a surprise! Thank you Mary Curran and Mark Braska! 
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Holiday Train 2015

Ten members of our club donated their time in December of 2015 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!  
We look forward to helping out at the 2016 Holiday Train event.  Mark your calendars to come down to the depot on Wednesday, December 7 at Noon!! See you then!! 
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




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!


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