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Mailing Address:
Waunakee Rotary
P.O. Box 159
Waunakee, WI 53597
 
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Waunakee Club History
The Waunakee Rotary Club Charter was approved by Rotary International on January 31, 1973.
 
The Charter presentation meeting was held on Monday, February 26, 1973 at Lake Windsor Country Club; Windsor, WI. The co-sponsors of the club were the Rotary Club of Madison and the Rotary Club of Sun Prairie.
 
The first Waunakee Rotary Club officers were:
  • John L. Prince (President),
  • James R. Schmitz (Vice_president),
  • Robert J. Lenz (Secretary- Treasurer), and
  • James W. Curtis (Sergeant-at-arms).
The first directors of the club were:
  • Frank L. Bucaida,
  • Robert J. Lenz,
  • John L. Prince,
  • John F. Roob, and
  • James R. Schmitz.
There were 23 charter members of the club- those members were: Rev. B. Auchter, Daniel L. Bindl, Conrad F. Blau, Frank L. Bucaida, Stan H. Carbaugh, James W. Curtis, Ray S. Dorman, Ernest Fangmeyer, Rev. Roger A. Ganzel, Glen Heyn, Robert P. Kueffer, Bernard Kuen, Robert J. Lenz, Robert J. McGilligan, Richard J. Murphy, Robert Ortiz, Ted A. Pertzborn, John L. Prince, Roman Ripp, James R. Schmitz, Marcel M. Schwab, and Ray A. Statz- with Carlton E. Wilke being an additional member, and James G. Marshall, George Neckerman, and William E. Youngdahl being honorary members.
 
The Club has grown and prospered since it was first chartered in January of 1973. Since its foundation in 1973, the club has been active in, or sponsored, numerous community projects and has collected approximately $600,000 dollars- which has been donated to charities and organizations around the world. A partial list of many of the projects, organizations sponsored, and donations made by the Waunakee Rotary Club may be found under the heading of "Club Goals and Accomplishments" on this Web site.
 
Forty-five club members have served as Club Presidents since its founding in 1973:
  1. John Prince-1973
  2. James R. Schmitz- 1974
  3. Roger Ganzel- 1975
  4. Ted Pertzborn- 1976
  5. Stan Carbaugh- 1977
  6. Marvil Berg- 1978
  7. Frank Balisteri- 1979
  8. Bernard Kennedy- 1980
  9. William Erickson- 1981
  10. Robert Hoskins- 1982
  11. Raymond Statz- 1983
  12. Phillip Willems- 1984
  13. Allen Rosenthal- 1985
  14. James Leonard- 1986
  15. Gordon Meffert- 1987
  16. Conrad Blau- 1988
  17. Kenneth Ballweg- 1989
  18. Robert Klinger- 1990
  19. David Kennedy- 1991
  20. Fredrick Durst- 1992
  21. Vernon Maly- 1993
  22. Jim Steffenhagen- 1994
  23. Larry Felsheim- 1995
  24. Rich Harris- 1996
  25. Ronald Ballweg- 1997
  26. Ronald Neisen- 1998
  27. Gary Epping- 1999
  28. Lori Derauf- 2000
  29. Patrick Durden- 2001
  30. Jon Townley- 2002
  31. Dick Dvorak- 2003
  32. Allan Dassow- 2004
  33. Phil Willems – 2005
  34. Greg Garton – 2006
  35. Drew Lawrence- 2007
  36. Lynn Speilman- 2008
  37. Daniel Statz- 2009
  38. Thomas Reis- 2010
  39. Brent Ziegler- 2011
  40. John Cullen- 2012
  41. Shelley Moffatt- 2013
  42. Bob Pulvermacher- 2014
  43. Linda Olson 2015
  44. Sean Wayne- 2016
  45. Travis Heiser- 2017
The foundation is composed of Waunakee Rotary's latest five presidents.
 
The foundation president is the Senior Ex-Club President, and the liaison officer is the newest Ex-President.
 
The foundation holds a tax-exempt status and is responsible for taking in funds from major club fund raisers and then distributing those funds to the organization's major charities and to the Rotary International Organization.
The long-term goal of the foundation is to fund additional worthy projects as requested by the club. That goal is to be achieved by increasing its assets through fund raising programs and through bequest from members and the public at large. The foundation has also accepted the responsibility of choosing the club's "Paul Harris" recipients.
 
WAUNAKEE ROTARY CLUB PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS:
 
The Waunakee Rotary Club's first "Paul Harris" recipient, Ted Pertzborn was chosen in 1982. Since that date, 59 other club members have been honored as Paul Harris recipients, and several of those have been recognized multiple times (denoted with "+")
  1. Ted Pertzborn - 1982    
  2. Jim Brussell- 1982    
  3. Carlton Wilke- 1984
  4. Jim Brussell (Portage)-1985    
  5. William Erickson 1986 +5
  6. Larry Connors- 1986 (Madison- West Towne)
  7. Bernard Kennedy- 1988    
  8. Patrick Heble- 1988    
  9. James Leonard - 1988 +1
  10. Raymond Statz - 1988 +3
  11. Phillip Willems - 1988 +7
  12. James Schmitz - 1989 +1
  13. Bernard Kuehn- 1989    
  14. Conrad Blau 1990    
  15. Robert Hoskins 1991
  16. Henry (Bud) Zander - 1991    
  17. David Kennedy- 1991    
  18. Kenneth Ballweg - 1992 +2
  19. Robert Klinger - 1993    
  20. Fedrick Durst - 1993    
  21. Jim Steffenhagen - 1995
  22. Larry Felsheim - 1996    
  23. Richard Harris - 1997    
  24. Fr. James Kramer - 1998
  25. Harriet Statz - 1998
  26. Ronard Ballweg - 1998    
  27. Ronald Neisen - 1999
  28. Mary Webber - 2000    
  29. Lynne Spielman - 2001    
  30. Gary Epping - 2003
  31. Donald Tierney - 2003    
  32. Allen Dassow - 2005    
  33. Lori Derauf - 2004
  34. Patrick Durden - 2004 +2
  35. Arthur Drake - 2005    
  36. Ron (Rex) Endres - 2005
  37. Jon Townley - 2005    
  38. Richard Devorak- 2006    
  39. Drew Lawrence - 2007
  40. Greg Garton - 2007    
  41. Thomas Reis - 2007    
  42. Daniel Statz - 2008 +2
  43. Edward Neibuhr - 2008    
  44. Roberta Baumann - 2009    
  45. Robert Arntz - 2009
  46. Rich Wipperfurth - 2010    
  47. Brent Ziegler - 2010    
  48. Gordy Meffert - 2011
  49. ShelleyMoffatt - 2012 +7
  50. Sean Wayne - 2012 +1    
  51. Linda Olson - 2012
  52. John Cullen - 2012    
  53. Bob Pulvermacher - 2012 +3
  54. Robert Zieglar - 2013
  55. James Kattner - 2014    
  56. Mark McFarland - 2015 +2    
  57. Dr Bob Klostermann - 2015 +2
  58. Neil King - 2015    
  59. Travis Heiser - 2016 +1
  60. Daniel Evans- 2016