2020-2021: A Year in Review
What a year it was! With 100% of our meetings held virtually, President Tony Gonzalez observed that he was the only President in the Club’s 104-year history never to attend an in-person meeting! But Appleton Rotarians nevertheless rose to the challenge, with service activities, great programs and a total impact of over $100,000 to various local and international recipients/projects. A few highlights:
- Outstanding speakers and programs, including: Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford, Lawrence University President Mark Burstein, Appleton Area School District Superintendent Judy Baseman, Fox Valley Technical College President Susan May, Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas, and many more.
- Over $23,500 raised (with other local Rotary clubs and Rotary District 6220) for the Club’s signature project this year, First 5 Fox Valley, a local non-profit that connects families to developmental services and helps them find the resources needed to help children ages 0-5 reach their full potential.
- Held a blood drive in conjunction with the Community Blood Center and IndUS Fox Valley, which raised nearly 25 full units of blood.
- Over $14,000 raised (in conjunction with Rotary District 6220, a Match Day and bell-ringing by Club volunteers) to support the Appleton Salvation Army Food Program.
- Over $21,000 donated to Appleton’s Building for Kids for a virtual handwashing/hygiene exhibit, to celebrate the Club’s Centennial, in honor of longtime Appleton Rotarian, the late Dr. John Mielke, and his wife, Sally.
- $9,000 awarded in College Scholarships to Appleton high school graduates.
- Over $25,000 in grants paid to 10 local organizations for programs and services benefiting Children with Disabilities.
- Over $9,000 in grants to the Burundi Education Fund, Inc. to support Burundi refugee children living in Uganda and Rwanda.
- Over $8,000 in grants to the SoCare Training Center in Bengaluru, India, to train women in the manufacture and sale of disposable sanitary napkins.
- Over $3,400 in Community Arts Grants to 5 local organizations.
- Over $3,600 in Community Service Grants to 4 local organizations.
- Over 2,000 pounds of gently used tools, backpacks and school supplies collected to be sent to underserved communities in Nicaragua, in conjunction with the Appleton North H.S. Interact Club.
- Over $16,000 donated to the Rotary International Foundation and the Rotary Polio Plus campaign, to be used for charitable grants worldwide.