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:  www.facebook.com/SHPPortage.
Shown are Anastasia Kinney, treasurer of Portage Rotary presenting a check to Brian Scheibach, president of the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
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On Monday, May 20th 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.
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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. 
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Congratulations to Anastasia Kinney on three years of service and Jenna Krenz on ten years of service to Portage Rotary!
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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.  
Shown above are West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club's Nancy Comello (left) and Mary Falk.

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Portage Rotary recently welcomed Darryl Teske of Columbia County CASA to our club.  Shown above are Darryl and Portage Rotary President Rich Jacobson.
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Over the first quarter of 2019, we recognized the service milestone for several of our members. 
Pictured with Rotary President, Rich Jacobson, are:
1. Mary Rose Strickland celebrating 2 years of service
2. Trina McVicker celebrating 20 years of service
3. (from left to right) 36 years of service for Vern Trecek, five years of service for Amanda Meissner, and nine years of service for Josh Vehring
Portage Rotary appreciates your dedicated service and thanks you for your hard work, commitment and contribution to our success!
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Shown below is the PHS Interact Club with the donations they collected for River Haven Homeless Shelter in Portage along with a check for $403 from Portage Rotary.  The members of Portage Rotary collected $203 and the Portage Rotary Club matched $200. 

Donation Items and the $403 check were taken directly to River Haven after the Interact meeting at the Portage High School today. 
For more information on Portage Rotary: portagerotaryclub.com or  River Haven Homeless Shelter:  riverhavenshelter.org
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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.
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Rotary Exchange Student
We welcome Lion, our newest Rotary Exchange Student, from Germany!  Lion arrived at the end of August and will be staying with 3 host families during his time in Portage.  He is attending Portage High School and playing on the football team.  
Catch the full story here:
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Rotarian Background Check: 
Please visit the website above to complete your
Rotarian Background Check.  
This background check is to make sure everyone is safe. Also, to stay in compliance with the Rotary Exchange Program.
We are hosting a boy from Germany this year.  
More information on our student is to come. 
In the meantime, please complete the background check. 
Thank You. 
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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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Happy Anniversary Rotarians! 
Congratulations to the following members... 
Thank you for your years of membership and continuing to live by the 4-Way Test 
Ron Dorn - 1970
Anastasia Kinney - 2016
Jenna Krenz - 2009
Jon Dyreson - 2018
Mark Udulutch - 2000
Tracy Waldinger - 2018





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Thanks for visiting our site!
As of June 25, 2018 our President of the 2018-2019 year is Rich Jacobson. We meet every Monday at Dino's Restaurant in Portage at 12noon - 1:00pm. You are welcome to come to a meeting and check our club out. If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the application form.  On the bottom right hand side, 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 Rich Jacobson on the top right hand side and send him a message. He 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. 
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