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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
District Site
Venue Map
Aug 20, 2018
Highway Cleanup
Aug 27, 2018
Meet at Whiskey Ranch, Intersection of Hwys 89 and 11/14 at Noon
Dan Nordsieck
Sep 10, 2018
Executive Director, United Way of Walworth County
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  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:
  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.

Details for Scott Gray Porter

  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:

  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:        
  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.
Jeff Peterson, co-founder with Mark Becker of Geneva Supply spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on March 19, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  In 2007, Jeff and Mark were about to buy an existing business in Burlington, WI.  That deal fell through and they conceived the idea for Geneva Supply.  Geneva Supply’s mission is to grow customers businesses to Amazon and other online channels.  Geneva Supply has reached 50 employees and is located in Delavan, WI.  They are also a third party logistics provider that operates warehouses to get products to customers that have been ordered online.  Jeff told the Rotary audience that they are about to open a second location in Charleston, SC that will deal in barn doors.  The two leading manufacturers of barn  doors will be able to supply their product of Home Depot and Lowes.  Charleston, SC was selected because of proximity to suppliers and a seaport.    Jeff’s company also sponsors Biz Tank which gives high school students from all backgrounds exposure to the world of business.  Biz Tank offers interactive sessions covering topics such as start-ups, return on investment, funding and marketing and social media.  Biz Tank is a non—profit looking for community business support.  Their websites are: and

Jaida Spaeth and Hector Padilla spoke to our club today. Jaida is a softball player and will play for IUPUI in the fall. She has been involved in FFA, Volleyball and the DAYS Foundation doing volunteer work. Jaida plans to study biology as a pre-med major.

Hector is also a senior planning to attend UW Madison and major in Computer Engineering. He has been in the band for 4 years and has acted in several school plays. A three year soccer played, Hector also plays tennis, a sport he has grown to love. Hector is also active in St Patrick’s youth group.

Our club once again sponsored the Packers/Bears train during the Delavan Train Show.  Train show attendees could 'vote' for their favorite team for $1.00.  Chicago voting rules--vote early and often--were in place!  At the end of the show, it was a Packers blowout victory.  Packers $44.87 and Bears $11.92.  Proceeds will benefit the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club Tree Planting Project. 
Kurt Zipp, Village of Darien President, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on March 5, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.  He reported that a 27 year old TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) District had been closed in 2016.  The Village also opened a new TIF in the 2017-18 time frame.  The TIF’s included two parcels of land.  A Casey’s Gas Station will be building on one of the parcels he reported.  Kurt also told Rotarians that the Doctor’s Office is seeing patients at an increased rate, recently passing the one patient per hour threshold.  The Doctor’s Office has one Physician and One Nurse Practitioner on staff.  They are a cash only clinic.  The Village also renovated one of the Village’s Parks, including renovated playground equipment.  Finally, Kurt reported that the sanitary sewer has been updated as a result of massive rainfall from June of 2008, where there was massive fresh water inflow to the sanitary sewer.  Kurt closed the meeting by voicing his concerns for the Village, including EMS protection and response time.  He did report that the combined Police Department, where the City of Delavan provides police protection, is functioning well.

Joe Guido, Executive Vice President , Friends of The Lakeland School, spoke to the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club on Feb 5, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort.    Prior to 1950, there were no services provided for the handicapped in public schools in Walworth County.  Walworth County is recognized as one  of the only rural counties in the nation to provide special education opportunities to school age children.   In 1957, the Wisconsin Legislature provided for a Walworth County Handicapped Children’s Education Board (WCHCEB).  The first real school for the Handicapped, called ‘The Special School’ opened in the fall of 1957 in Elkhorn.  The WCHCEB continues to this day, now supervising, among other functions, the Lakeland School.  The New Lakeland School, located on County Highway NN just East of Lakeland Hospital, was opened in 2008 and now has 300 students enrolled.  Lakeland School works closely with the 15 School Districts in the County to help ensure success for disabled students in Walworth County.  The Friends of Lakeland School have donated more than $200,000 dollars to the school for needed items such as specialty chairs, band stands for musicians, and t-shirts for 35 choir members.  The Lakeland School continues to be a huge asset to Walworth County!