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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Dino's Restaurant *except 5th Monday of the month - see below for more info!
2900 New Pinery Rd.
Portage, WI  53901-9225
United States
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Thank you to all the members of the community that purchased our Annual Scholarship Raffle Tickets.  The proceeds of this fundraiser go to the $10,000 we award annually to Portage High School Seniors in scholarships for higher education.  
The winners of the 2019 Rotary Scholarship Raffle are: 
$1,000 - Elizabeth Bliese
$500 - Harold McElroy
$250 - Jeanette Gessner
- New Portage Rotary Members -
We welcome our newest members into our club. Please look for their red badges on Monday's and introduce yourself, or reach out to them in the community during the week. 
Leslie Benson at Century 21 
Joshua Sween at Portage High School
Jeffrey Ostrom at Associated Bank
On Monday, May 6th Portage Rotary heard a presentation from Brian Scheibach, President of Sleep in Heavenly Peace WI, Portage Chapter. He talked about the mission of SHP to get kids off the floor and into their own beds in Portage along with the direct impact that makes on a child's life.  Portage Rotary was delighted to present Brian with a check for $1005 and two bedding sets on behalf of our membership.  We are proud to know that 6 more kids will be off the floor and in their own beds!  For more information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace find their Facebook page at:
Shown are Anastasia Kinney, treasurer of Portage Rotary presenting a check to Brian Scheibach, president of the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
On Monday, June 17th we had a presentation from Raquel and Pete from River Haven Homeless Shelter. One of the many things they talked about needing were repairs to their upstairs bathroom and shower. They've housed up to 16 individuals and only had one working bathroom on the main floor. Pete talked about a matching grant of up to $1000 and Portage Rotary was delighted to be able to donate $100 to be matched towards the repairs necessary for the upstairs bathroom and shower. 
May 20, 2019 -  We were honored to have two of our scholarship recipients and all four of our RYLA attendees attend our lunch meeting.  Pictured from left to right:  scholarship recipients; Carissa Weber ($2000 scholarship, plans to attend UW LaCrosse School of Agriculture and study Biochemistry or Biology), Hunter Warzecha ($7000 recipient, plans to attend UW Madison, School of Business), RYLA attendees; Emma MeicherKelsey CervantesShelby Blau and Abagail Zellmer.  The RYLA attendees learned about team building, the struggles to get fresh water in some countries, Rotary's work around the world and so much more.  They hope to bring back all they learned and apply it in the various groups they belong to.  The $1000 scholarship recipient, Mary Kate Shlimovitz was not in attendance.
Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) attendees! Every year Portage Rotary awards $10,000 in scholarships:  $7000 to a student attending a 4-year college, $2000 to a student attending to a 2-year college and $1000 to a student attending Madison College.  We also fund four sophomore students to attend RYLA camp, which is a leadership training program for young people.  It's 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.
Shown above are West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club's Nancy Comello (left) and Mary Falk.
MARCH 18 - Portage Rotary was delighted to hear from Nancy Comello on Monday, March 18 about her Rotary Global Grant Program.  She is working to create a Vocational Training Team to train women in Guatemala to be birth attendants.  Portage Rotary awarded her $250 to help with these efforts.  That donation was matched and became $875 due to various Rotary grants.  
Portage Rotary Club recently named First Weber's Kathy Manthey a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, one of the founders of Rotary in 1905. This recognition is the highest honor and is intended for those people who demonstrate the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.  Kathy has been a member since June 2001. She is the wife of Harold and mother to Lisa Foss and Peggy Braun. Portage Rotary Club believes her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Her life and vocational commitment to helping people in need locally and around the world does not go unnoticed.
Upcoming Meeting Changes: 
Any months with 5 Mondays, we will hold an afternoon social instead of our normal 12:00pm Monday meeting.  Check back for more information on our next afternoon social!

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As of July 01, 2019 our President for the 2019-2020 year is Ms. Tracy Waldinger.
We meet every Monday at Dino's Restaurant in Portage at 12noon - 1:00pm. You are welcome to come to a meeting and check out our club. If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the application form.  On the bottom right hand side of this website, there is an "Application for Membership!" you may print at home, fill out, and bring to the meeting, or a current member can obtain this form for you, too. 
If you are interested coming to our club as a speaker and presenting to our members, please click on "Tracy Waldinger" on the top right hand side and send her a message. She will contact you soon and schedule a Monday for you to come and present. 
If you are looking for our mailing address to inform our club of your upcoming event, or to send a donation, please write the check out to: Portage Rotary Club and send it to the following address: Portage Rotary Club, PO BOX 818, Portage WI 53901 
Again, Thank you for taking a moment to visit our website! 
Club Executives & Directors
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Past President
Membership Chair
Social Media Chair
Service Projects