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Welcome to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club, Founded November 1922


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Lake Lawn
2400 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI  53115
United States
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DDHS Senior Olivia Patterson spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on October 15th at Lake Lawn Resort. Olivia attended the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI in June of 2018. The theme of the World Affairs Seminar was Innovation. On the first day of the seminar, Olivia met her roommate from Italy and also met a student from Jamaica. Initially, she said that it appeared that the many delegates to the seminar were different, but as the week wore on, it became remarkable how alike they all were. The Capstone project for the Seminar was answering the question, "What is Innovation to me and where will it take you". Her group solicited opinions of the 200 some delegates on sticky notes.  The response was overwhelming.   Olivia closed by telling Rotarians that the World Affairs Seminar taught her that it is a privilege to participate in Democracy.
On Monday October 15, Rotary Students of the month Olivia Patterson and Katelynn Riviere spoke to our club.  Olivia is a senior and has been involved in the DAYS foundation, Student Council, National Honor Society and the Soccer Team.  She has been involved in soccer since a young child.  Olivia is interested in studying neuroscience, and especially what makes a human human.  She hopes to study at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities or the University of Washington in Seattle.  Katelynn Riviere is also a senior and has been heavily involved in FFA.  She has raised beef and horses.  She's currently the Vice President of the National Honor Society and has been president and vice president of the DDHS FFA Chapter.  The FFA chapter is very involved in community service such as a food drive for the Delavan Food Bank.  Katelynn has also been involved in the National Short Horn Association.  She hopes to study Biology and Pharmacology at either the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities or at UW Madison.  Katelynn is pictured on top  and then Olivia.
Rotary District 6270 Governor Kola Alayande spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on Oct 1st at Lake Lawn Resort. Kola is a second generation Rotarian and a social entrepreneur and Academic. He has completed 47 visits of the 54 Rotary Clubs in the District. His message was that Rotarians need to attract young professionals to Rotary. He described becoming a Rotarian as being like becoming a citizen of the U.S. It’s not just handed to you, you need to earn it and have a heart for service. Kola said there is no easy formula to attract new members you simply have to ask. And if the prospective Rotarian says no, perhaps your ‘sales pitch’ wasn’t sufficient. He encourage Rotarians to ask again and that you might have to ask 10 people to get one Rotarian to join. He closed by telling Delavan-Darien Rotarians that they are the heart of Rotary.
The first Downtown Delavan Wine Walk was a great success.  100 people participated at 14 business locations in Downtown Delavan.  Two wine selections were available at each business.  Wine Walkers could try each wine at each location.  Every participant was given a 'passport' that could be signed to signify each stop.  Participants had a great time sampling wine. 
Rotary Students of the month Emily Graham and Caroline Flesch spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on Sept 10, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  Emily (top photo) took half of her courses junior year as Advanced Placement Courses (AP).  She is a member of National Honor Society, French Club, Pit Orchestra and orchestra.  She plays piccolo, flute and piano.  She also participates in her church choir.  Emily plans to attend Carroll University.
Caroline Flesch has participated in band and choir and plays the flute, piccolo and sax.  She has served on the stage crew for DDHS Musicals, is a Comet Mentor and is in the National Honor Society.  Caroline hopes to attend the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. 
Dan Nordsieck, executive director United Way of Walworth County, spoke to The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on September 10, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  Dan came from a sales and business background and has been in the job for about 4 months. The United Way of Walworth County was formed by the merger of the Delavan and Lake Geneva Area United Ways in 2009. Dan told Rotarians that the three pillars of United Way are Education, Financial Stability and Good Health.
United Way of Walworth County supports more than 40 agencies serving county residents. Last year about $244,000 dollars were raised. There is not an annual kickoff of a campaign now, as contributions are solicited year round. Examples of the 40 agencies supported are Open Arms Free Clinic, SMILES, Twin Oaks Shelter, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the DAYS Foundation and the Walworth County Food Pantry. Donations can be made at  www.uw-wc.org
  Dr. Jennifer Charpentier, Executive Director of the Gateway Technical College Foundation spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on August 13, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  Dr. Charpentier updated Rotarians on the Gateway Promise Scholarship Program.  The ‘Gateway Promise’ provides tuition free access to world-class career and technical education for graduating High School Seniors that live in the Gateway Technical College District. (Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties)  The Gateway Promise was begun two years ago.  In 2017, 166 scholarships were awarded.  For 2018, 188 scholarships have been awarded.  For some students, this is the only way they could attend college.  Jennifer told Rotarians of one student who wanted to be a Homicide Detective.  Now enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program, the student said, “without this scholarship, I never could have attended college”.      The Gateway Technical College Foundation has an endowment of 7 million dollars today, and 2.4 million dollars of that total have come from supporting the Gateway Promise Scholarship.  Gateway Technical College has more than 21,000 students and offers 65 different programs.  Google Gateway Promise Scholarship for more information. 
Rotarian Denise Pieroni delivering a meal for the "meals on wheels" program. The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club took the week of July 30- Aug 3 to deliver meals to City of Delavan area residents. The meals on wheels program delivers nutritious meals to persons aged 60 or older and  homebound. The Walworth County Health and Human Services Department administers the Meals on Wheels Program.
Rotarian Wayne 'Ozzie' Osborn rode shotgun with Rotarian John Scherer.  They delivered 14 meals to Delavan area senior citizens.  The meals on wheels program is a volunteer effort administered by Walworth County.  The meals are delivered to the Methodist Church in Delavan.  There is a detailed instruction book with directions to each of the recipients.  For many of the recipients, this is their best meal each day, and it provides vital human contact.  The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club delivers meals from July 30-August 3rd.
Andrew Olsen (R) and Mike Cole spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on July 23, 2018 at Lake Lawn. Andrew Olsen is the District Executive of the Indian Trails District, Boy Scouts. Mike Cole is the Indian Trails District Commissioner. The District includes 44 Cub Scout Packs, 35 Boy Scout Troops, 13 Venturing Crews and 5 Explorer Posts--a total of 2,421 youth. 39 scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017. The District also collected over 20,000 pounds of food in the annual Scouting for Food Project.

Dave Bretl, Walworth County Administrator, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on July 9, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  He spoke on the "State of the County".  And he pronounced the state as good.  Walworth County is now debt free! The county stopped bonding for construction projects in 2011, and on Tuesday July 10th, there will be a 'bond burning' ceremony at the County Offices.  Since 2005, the County has built a new Judicial Center, a new Lakeland Health Care Facility, the new Lakeland School and a Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Facility.  The Health and Human Services Building will break ground in the fall of 2018 and will be completed in December 2019.  This building will be financed with cash.  Dave noted that not only is the county debt free, it has kept tax increases very low since 2013--averaging about .5% per year.   In 2017, the lax levy decreased by 1.86%.  Challenges for the future include finding enough volunteer Fire/EMS members and an aging population.   But in closing, Dave assured Rotarians that Walworth County is very healthy. 
On Sunday June 3rd, Rotarian John Scherer presented college scholarships to Katelyn Rosenow (Top picture) and Litzy Andrade.  Katelyn's scholarship was for a four year college program. Litzy's was for a two year program.  Katelyn Rosenow had been a Rotary Student of the month earlier in the school year.
  On June 4, 2018 Pam Schwalbach (L)
and Karen Puhl spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club at Lake Lawn Resort. Pam and Karen were both connected to Africa in the mid 2000’s. Both were then presented opportunities to visit Africa in 2009. Pam went to live in Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro and Karen went to Mali, West Africa. Both women discovered that most Africans have virtually nothing compared to Americans. Even food was a daily struggle for the people they met in Africa. Both came home with a passion for helping Africa, specifically in the county of Tanzania. (East Africa, just south of the county of Kenya) In February of 2010, 65,000 meals were packed for Tanzania at a high school in Menomonee Falls, WI. Since then, Pam and Karen have made 17 trips to Tanzania. Their organization, Simple Hope, is a 501©(3) organization and has broadened into Fruit Tree Planting, Clean Water, Food Preservation, Chickens and other agricultural sustainment projects. Simple Hope is a Christian Based organization, but works with all faiths and government and non-government organizations. Their website is: www.simple-hope.com
  Scott was an adopted Rotarian in our club.  A Rotarian for more than 50 years, Scott was a past district governor of District 6250.  Scott exemplified the term Rotarian.  Well done Scott.  

Delavan, WI -- Scott Gray Porter, 87, of Delavan, a long-time Janesville resident died May 27, 2018, at Agrace Hospice, Janesville WI. Born March 28, 1931, at Big Bend WI, to Mark Carl Porter and Helen M. (Anderson) Porter. Scott was 6 when his father died, his mother continued running the Janesville Printing Company on South River St. Scott began his elementary education at Dakotah Boarding School for Boys in Dakota, IL. Summers were spent with his Porter grandparents in Fox Lake, WI, and his Anderson grandparents at Turtle Lake, near Delavan. He graduated Janesville High in 1950, Milton College in 1955, then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Scott met Shirley May, at Milton College; married in 1959; they had two children, Mark and Tracy. Divorced in 1987, they remained good friends. Scott owned and operated a TV repair service and one of Janesville’s first motels and was a partner in Great Lakes Survey before joining the family printing business. Retiring from the printing company in 1994, he kept his office there for many years. Scott enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family, sharing stories and jokes, meeting new people and learning new things. After retiring, he traveled extensively in the US and all continents with the exception of Antarctica. Unfortunately, his life was cut short… he, Mark, Tracy and Shirley were to leave on a European riverboat cruise on the Rhine May 26. Scott and his family were active in a variety of water sports…swimming, sailing and waterskiing at his home on Turtle Lake and snow skiing at hills in the midwest and mountains in the west. Still there was time to bike country roads around his home and sailing historic schooners off the coast of Maine. The entire family were members of the National Ski Patrol and Oak Ridge Ski Club. Scott’s friends attest to the fact that he was a Mr. Fixit, always ready to lend a hand. A Janesville Noon Rotarian with perfect attendance since 1962 until a clerical error chopped off his first 10 years. Disappointed, he didn’t let it bother him, remaining an active Rotarian… changing to Pioneer status late last year. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his continued support of Rotarian causes, District Governor of Rotary District 6250 and Assistant Governor for 7 years. He served on the Board of Directors of Janesville Savings and Loan (AnchorBank), the Janesville Library Board and was a 20 year member of Crime Stoppers of Walworth County. A member of Wisconsin Lakes, the Turtle Lake Association and the Senior Travel Club of Walworth County, Scott lent his support and did many good deeds without recognition. He will be very missed by many.

Scott is survived by his children, Mark Carl Porter and Tracy Sue Porter; Shirley May. mother of his children; cousins; extended family and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, AIDS research or Lupus Foundation of America.

A visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 North Wright Road, Janesville. There will be a celebration of Scott’s life at a future date.

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  Hana Romero (top) and Kalynn (Kallie) Anditon spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club today. They are DDHS Rotary Students of the month. Hana plans to attend UW Madison and major in Biology. She has been on the swim team, served in Student Council, National Honor Society and the DAYS Foundation. She has also volunteered at Andy's Breakfast Club and Lakeland Health Center. Callie Anditon has 7 siblings and plans to attend UW Whitewater. She has played VIola in the DDHS Orchestra for 4 years. She also assists her mother who is disabled.
David Frost, Co-Director of Leadership Walworth, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on May 21, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  Leadership Walworth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides leadership education to persons who live and/or work in Walworth County, and are ready for the next level of service to employer and community.   David  is a retired businessman and teacher. Leadership Walworth was started 3 years ago. There are 420 Leadership City or County organizations in the U.S. Today. Each class in Walworth County runs from September till the following June and meets once a month on Fridays for 8 months. Each class has between 10-20 students that have to be nominated for Leadership Walworth. Students get to meet other mid-career professionals aged 30-40 during the course. They learn about other organizations and how to better solve problems at both for profit and non-profit  entities. Each class has several capstone projects (such as a proposal for affordable housing in Whitewater)  at the end of the school year. The tuition is $1950 and scholarships are available. Their website is: www.leadershipwalworth.org

  Andrew Olsen, District Director, Indian Trails, Glacier's Edge Council, spoke to our club on May 7th, 2018. Andrew is responsible for 15 counties in south-central and southwestern Wisconsin. He has been involved in scouting for 30 years and supervises between 7,000 and 8,000 scouts in the Council. Andrew said that scouting "Still meets the needs of kids today". And that scouting is "driven by people who are willing to step forward". Last year, the district he supervises had 15 Eagle Scouts, the highest award in scouting. Andrew also spoke about the new name of the Boy Scouts--"Scouts BSA". Girls will be welcome in the new Scouts BSA organization. He believes opportunities that have been available to boy scouts for many years will be extremely beneficial to girl scouts in the new organization. 
  Brenda Warrenburg, Cubmaster Pack 327 in Delavan, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on May 7th at Lake Lawn. The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club has been the chartering organization for Pack 327 since 1944!! Pack 327 has 21 Cub Scouts enrolled this year. New Cub Scouts will be enrolled in the Lions program this fall. Lions are Cub Scouts in Kindergarten. Activities during the year include: volunteering at fund-raising events such as The Rotary Spaghetti Dinner, hikes and litter clean ups, Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Campouts and many other activities. After 5th grade, Cub Scouts “arrow” over to Boy Scout Troops of their choice. In the Spring of 2019, 7 boys will arrow to Scout Troops.
   Katelyn Rosenow ), and Ybeth Gloria (Top) both Delavan Darien Rotary Students of the month, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on April 30, 2018 at Lake Lawn. Both are seniors. Katelyn has been involved in Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball and 4 years of Track. She is the treasurer of the Student Council and worked on the Prom Committee. She also has more than 350 documented hours of volunteer time, including Relay for Life, Darien Food Pantry and Nursing Home visits. She plans to attend UW Madison majoring in biology or non-profit management. After undergraduate studies, she hopes to become a Physician's Assistant. Ybeth Gloria will be the first women in her family to graduate High School and attend college. Her parents were involved in migrant labor for many years, traveling from South Texas to Wisconsin for the harvest seasons. Ybeth has volunteered at The Elkhorn Homeless Shelter, played Tennis for 4 years and is the treasurer of the National Honor Society. She hopes to attend UW Oshkosh, majoring in Biology.
   The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club sponsored Delavan-Darien High School Senior Ryan Severson’s attendance at the World Affairs Seminar in June of 2017 at Carroll University in Waukesha.  The World Affairs Seminar is an international youth initiative of Rotary International District 6270 (Northeast and Southeast Wisconsin).  The Seminar aims to bring better understanding of world problems to young people around the globe.  Last year’s Seminar, held during the third week of June, 2017, had  300 attendees from some 36 countries.  The theme of 2017 was Education and Social Justice.   Ryan told Rotarians that he made 8 great friends during the seminar and spent many hours talking about world problems.  Ryan’s favorite speakers included presentations on Elders/Disabled/young children living together to improve the quality of their lives and from Danielle Zaukman who spoke on her Native American Photo Project.  Ryan gave Rotarians three bits of advice, gleaned from his attendance at the seminar:  1.  Network and get involved in the community.  2.  Take negative responses and turn them to positive ones and 3. Take Action!  Ryan finished by saying that the seminar taught him the importance of “being a Global Citizen”.  The  Delavan-Darien Rotary Club plans to send a student to the 2018 Seminar, June 23-29, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.  Their website is:  www.worldaffairsseminar.org        
  On Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018, the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club held its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Village Supper Club.  As usual the food was outstanding and many diners enjoyed a great dinner.  Many thanks to the Cub Scouts for their enthusiastic help!
Colleen Lesniak (R) and Anne Prince, who both work for Walworth County, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on April 16, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  Colleen is the Volunteer Organizer for the County and Anne oversees the Meals on Wheels Program.  The Meals on Wheels Program is a Federal Title 3 Program.  The meals are provided by Best Events Caterers and delivered by volunteers.  Walworth County Residents are usually enrolled in the program by reference after a hospitalization or medical appointment.  Recipients must be “home-bound”. Currently 135-150 meals are served each day in Walworth County by a team of dedicated volunteers.  The meals are delivered at lunch time.  Colleen and Anne both noted that often the only human contact many recipients receive each day is from a Meals on Wheels volunteer.  Volunteers are asked to fill out a Walworth County Volunteer Application, available on the Walworth County Website.  Colleen noted that there are many other volunteer opportunities available at the County.  She can be reached at 262.741.4223. 

On Monday April 2, 2018, our club visited the Delavan Lake Resort.  Group Sales manager Catherine Wiess hosted a tour of the Resort.  The Delavan Lake Resort consists of 58 units, individually owned, consisting of one and two bedroom units.  The resort was built in 2000.  Their busiest time is during the summer explained Catherine.  A catered Panera Bread meal was provided.