Welcome to
Rotary Club of Wausau!

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of the Rotary Club of Wausau illustrate the key principles of Rotary International. That’s Service Above Self, living by the Four-Way Test and a commitment to international understanding. That translates into an engaged membership that cares about local and global issues and is willing to use its talents to help. Come attend a meeting as our guest and see for yourself. We are currently meeting in-person, Mondays Noon to 1 PM CST.  Zoom Meeting is also available.


Call Debi at 715-551-0966 to learn more about Rotary Club.

Collecting Laptops for Recycling During 2nd Annual Rotary E-Cycling Days

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 
By: Denis Tan

Residents, businesses and organizations can recycle their unwanted laptops
Chromebooks, MacBooks, cellphones and smartphones for free through the Rotary Club of Wausau. Rotarians will be collecting items at the Good News Project’s Recycling Center at 1106 Fifth Street in Wausau on Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during International E-Waste Day. Good News Project normally charges $.45 per pound for these specific items dropped off at their location but will waive the charge on laptops and cell phones October 14 if customers mention “Rotary Club of Wausau.”

Anyone who can’t make it to the Good News Project Recycling Center on October 14 can contact a local Rotarian starting today or visit www.wausaurotary.org to schedule an advance pick-up.

All laptops will be recycled through secure, Wisconsin-certified end recyclers. All proceeds from the Rotary recycling drive will go to the Good News Project to help support the nonprofit organization’s Health Equipment Lending Program, which distributes wheel chairs, walkers, bath benches and other vital home health equipment to those in need throughout Central Wisconsin.

“This is a great opportunity to reduce clutter and recycle your old unused laptops and cellphones for a good cause,” said Denis Tan, president of The Rotary Club of Wausau. “Laptops, Chromebooks, MacBooks, cellphones and smartphones contain valuable metals and components that can be reused but also toxic materials that can contaminate the landfills. It’s good for everybody if you recycle these items.”

Other electronic equipment and devices can be recycled for a nominal charge (usually $.45 per pound) every Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Good News Project’s Recycling Center, 1106 North 5th Street, Wausau. For information about Good News Project, visit www.goodnewswi.com

OCTOBER is Polio month.  

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2022 
By: Denis Tan

World Polio Day is October 24th.  But this year, to celebrate, we are having a Pints for Polio fundraiser on October 20th at the Whitewater Music Hall in Wausau.  You can find more information about the event here.

What's even better is that you can order your apparel for the event too.  This year, we have a great selection to choose from.  Click to ORDER YOUR APPAREL.

Unveiling of The Rotary Fence @ The Hagar House

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2022 
By: Denis Tan

In May this year, the Rotary Club of Wausau presented a check to The Hagar House to help fund the building of a fence around their property. Today, our club had a chance to have an awesome cookout with the staff and board members of The Hagar House, and to check out the fence that had been installed.

A couple more finishing touches around the property and it will soon be ready for moms and their kids to move in.
Special thanks to Rtn. Kirk Howard and Patti Howard for providing the food, Rtn. Patrick Bradley for being our grill master, Rtn. Rosemary Barnes for the wonderful zuchinni bars, and the staff at The Hagar House for hosting us.

Gov. Dave Anderson, thanks for coming and being a part of this event.

Together, Rotarians continue to do good in our community.

From Tragedy to Amazing Community Service

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2022 
Contributed By: Makenna Kampmann, a sophomore at DC Everest High School and participant in the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service High School Student Journalism Program.

A fifth-grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary school in Rothschild, Cheryl Goetsch, decided to “Be Amazing” after an area shooting, which resulted in the loss of lives in 2017. In response to the shooting, Goetsch talked with her fifth-graders about what it means to be amazing in their school and community. Students concluded that it means to help others.

Goetchs’ fifth-graders gathered a list of people they could help. Then, for the next eight weeks, the fifth graders met for several hours in groups and focused on a person or group of individuals in need of help. Next, they brainstormed ways they could offer assistance including fundraising, increasing awareness, and community service.

The following school year, Goetsch officially started the “Be Amazing” club at Evergreen Elementary, and another teacher with Mr. Wood started the club at the DC Everest Middle school. The club has grown since 2018 with 13 clubs in Everest, Wausau, and Mosinee school districts. The Be Amazing clubs work to raise money to provide other clubs and individuals with funds to do acts of community service.

Tara Lancelle, the club advisor at Riverside Elementary, said she hopes this club can bring kindness and love to the community. Lancelle and the students hope to make life easier for people who are having a hard time.

“There are young people who want to make a difference in the world. It doesn’t matter how small they may be, they have great ideas “ (Tara Lancelle).

Jamie Fischer, whose organization, Beds for Kids, has received funds from Be Amazing, said that the Be Amazing club inspires her with positive energy and determination never to give up.

“The Be Amazing club is a really good example for the rest of us: adults and children alike. They are dedicated, they don’t give up, they encourage good ideas, and they prove that anyone can make a change in our community” (Jamie Fischer).

Goetsch hopes that the club continues to grow and benefit not only schools in the D. C. Everest District but throughout the Wausau area. Be Amazing groups are active only in the central Wisconsin region now, but Goetsch hopes that there could be a club in every school district in the state.

Goetsch was a recent speaker on “Be Amazing” at the Wausau Early Birds Rotary Club.

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