We're still meeting!

posted Jul 15, 2020, 10:12 AM by Debbie Brewster

During the COVID-19 Pandemic our Rotary Club members are continuing to meet virtually. Check the calendar (link at left) for a current meeting schedule.

Rotary Club, Rodeside Grill support D.A.N.N.

posted Nov 11, 2019, 10:44 AM by Debbie Brewster

Once again, the 
DeForest Area Rotary Club, with help from Pete Beeber, owner of Rodeside Grill, donated to the DeForest Area Needs Network.  A check for $814.56 was presented to Bob Blankenhagen, D.A.N.N. Treasurer, at the Club's October 30th meeting.  

The funds were raised during the September 7th Yahara Riverfest event in DeForest.  Rotarians sold meals during the afternoon event, with all profits going to D.A.N.N.

During the check presentation, Club members thanked Pete Beeber at Rodeside Grill for donating the kids meals that were served at the Yahara Riverfest event.  

Pictured are Rotary secretary Mary Christionsen, Rodeside Grill owner Pete Beeber, D.A.N.N. Treasurer Bob Blankenhagen, and Rotary Treasurer David Grove. 

DeForest Club recognized with presidential distinction award

posted Oct 2, 2019, 2:08 PM by Debbie Brewster   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 2:25 PM ]

At their October 2, 2019 meeting, Rotary Assistant District #6250 Governor Carol Hermann presented the DeForest Area Rotary Club with a Silver Distinction Rotary Citation for the 2018-19 calendar year. 

The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of the Rotary International strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary year to achieve the citation's goals, which include (1) supporting and strengthening their club, (2) focusing and increasing humanitarian service, and (3) enhancing public image and awareness.
2018-19 DeForest Rotary Club President, Erin Jones, accepted the recognition certificate from Assistant District Governor Carol Hermann. Carol is a member of the Lodi Rotary Club.
The DeForest Area Rotary Club was honored with a Silver Distinction Citation.

$10,000 donation made to Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Center

posted Oct 2, 2019, 1:55 PM by Debbie Brewster   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 2:47 PM ]

What a very special meeting today!  John Frank and Tony Schwarz, representing the Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Center, were on hand to give an update of the work for the design and creation of interpretive signage along the MacKenzie Center's Wildlife Trail.  Through a $5,000 matching grant from Rotary District #6250, the DeForest Club today donated $10,000 to the Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Center, Inc. for Phase 1 of the Trail Project.  

Joyce Bromley from the Rotary District #6250 Grant Committee was in attendance to bring the $5,000 matching grant and hear more about how the contribution will be used.
John Frank gave an update on the MacKenzie Center Wildlife Trail Project.
Joyce Bromley, representing the District #6250 Grant Committee, presented a check for $5,000 to DeForest Area Rotary Club President Katy Lea.

DeForest Area Rotary Club Officers presented a check for $10,000 to the Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Center, Inc. Pictured are (L-R): Mary Christianson (secretary), Erin Jones (past-president), Tony Schwarz and John Frank (Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Center, Inc.), Katy Lea (president), and David Grove (treasurer).

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Joyce Bromley shares her appreciation for the DeForest Club's commitment to community projects such as the MacKenzie Center.

Community Expo 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 8:49 AM by Debbie Brewster

Pete and Erin at booth
Rotarians Erin Jones and Pete Wilson shared information about Rotary at the 2019 Community Expo, hosted by the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Welcome to three new members!

posted Feb 20, 2019, 5:45 PM by Debbie Brewster

The DeForest Area Rotary Club welcomes three new members: Barb Cooper, DeForest Area Community & Senior Center; Colleen Coyle, DMB Community Bank and Kristine Smith, Tricor Insurance. 

Club donates over $1,000 to D.A.N.N.

posted Dec 17, 2018, 10:06 AM by Debbie Brewster

The De Forest Area Rotary Club donated $1,053.48 to support the DeForest Area Needs Network.  The funds were raised at the September 8 Yahara Riverfest event in DeForest.  Rotarians sold meals during the afternoon event, and donated all of the profits to D.A.N.N.

Pictured are Rotary president Erin Jones and Bob Blankenhagen from D.A.N.N. at the December 12, 2018 DeForest Area Rotary Club meeting, where the check presentation took place.

During the check presentation, Jones thanked Pete Beeber at Rodeside Grill who donated the kids meals that were served at the Yahara Riverfest event.  The Rotary Club also sold pulled pork sandwiches that were donated by North & South Seafood & Smokehouse in DeForest. 

At the Club's December 12th meeting Blankenhagen talked to Rotary Club members about D.A.N.N., explaining the purpose of the organization and sharing statistics about the hundreds of community members served over the years.  Learn more about D.A.N.N. here.

2018 Community Expo

posted May 14, 2018, 9:08 AM by Debbie Brewster

We had a great time meeting people at the 2018 Community Expo. Thanks to Mary Schultz and Blake Hart for hanging out at the DeForest Area Rotary booth on Thursday, April 26.  And, thanks to the DeForest Windsor Chamber of Commerce for hosting another successful event!

"Free to a GOOD Home" - DeForest Area Rotary Club to participate in DeForest Community Garage Sale

posted May 14, 2018, 9:00 AM by Debbie Brewster

The DeForest Area Rotary Club will be participating in the Village of DeForest Community Garage Sales on Friday, May
18 and Saturday, May 19.  The sale will take place at The Lea Agency (American Family Insurance) at 136 S Main St, DeForest. 

Rotarians are donating items that will be "Free to a GOOD Home." There will be no prices, but donations are appreciated.  Funds raised will go towards the club's grant project that benefits community projects.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to "Fill a bag for $5 for Good Deeds."  Check it out, 10 am - 5 pm on Friday and 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday!

DeForest Area Rotary donates for inclusive play equipment at Fireman's Park

posted May 14, 2018, 8:48 AM by Debbie Brewster   [ updated May 17, 2018, 12:53 PM ]

In September 2017, the DeForest Area Rotary Club presented the Village of DeForest with a $10,000 donation to help fund inclusive play equipment for the redesigned Fireman's Park.  The donation was the result of fundraising efforts by club members, coupled with a matching grant from the Rotary District 6250 Foundation.  

Fireman’s Park is an 11 acres park uniquely situated in the village’s downtown. The park is
classified as a community park serving all 9,000 + of the village of DeForest residents and the
surrounding neighboring communities. Currently, the primary focus of the park is on active recreation.
With this redesign project the village is recasting the park as a cultural, community gathering place. The
proposed design calls for an updated park pavilion with restrooms, 4-season community room,
performance plaza and bandshell, and a focus on inclusive play equipment to name a few.

Thanks to the $5,000 donation, the DeForest Area Rotary Club is helping to purchase inclusive play equipment, which is currently under served in the village. According to Kelli Bialkowski, Village of DeForest Parks & Recreation Supervisor, "Without additional funding and facing budget limitations,this component of the overall project is vulnerable. The Rotary grant can assist in prioritizing inclusive
play equipment in this first phase of park redevelopment."

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