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Wautoma Rotary makes a difference in community

Wautoma Rotary is the club that tries to spread its support across most, if not all, requests. For this reason, there are not many single larger-type financial awards which the club is currently in a position to give. That growth comes through increased membership of quality individuals or business owners who have the skills to administrate each project, fundraising opportunity, and public image opportunity for the community’s benefit. One particular large endeavor Wautoma Rotary has resurrected in recent years has been that of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, called RYE internationally. This is an international effort and in Wautoma is chaired by Rotarian Peder Culver. Each year clubs can apply, and with the support of their community’s school district, find a host family or families for inbound students. This 2019-20 school year, 15 year-old sophomore Ornella Fortonani joins us here in Wautoma. She is a Lady Hornet excited about coming here from Argentina. She has expressed interest in seeing the NBA, travelling to ski hills, and being a part of Wautoma High School. Her adventure and world-abroad study would not be possible without the power of Rotary. In exchange, a local student is eligible to apply for the outbound portion of the Rotary International RYE Program. The club is looking for help from those who would like to express interest in either hosting a student, sending a student, or showing Ornella all that the central sands and Wisconsin has to offer. Pictured are Peder Culver, TJ Rinaldi, Ornella, and Jennifer Culver. Please consider joining the club any Wednesday for their weekly programming. Meetings are held at Christianos, 200 W. Main Street in Wautoma, at noon and end promptly by 1 p.m. The club welcomes you to show them your individual skills and gifts which can be developed for the good of Waushara County. For more details please visit Facebook or