2018 Rotary grant awardees

Representing the groups that received Rotary Club of Menomonie grant awards at Olde Towne in Menomonie were (from bottom to top) Chris Reardon, Anne Marie McClellan, Karen Myers, Matt Dienger, Jim Tenorio, Kris Pawlowski, Mary Lotten, Rose Mary Stoll, Rachel Gorka, Brenda Harrison, Kitz Cleary, Marshall Multhauf, Don Roberts and Rotary Club of Menomonie President, Michelle Dingwall. Not pictured: Mike Buxrude.

During its Feb. 21 meeting, the Rotary Club of Menomonie awarded $5,000 in grants to eight local nonprofit organizations as part of its 2018 foundation grant cycle:

$1,000

  • to

Boys & Girls Club of the Chippewa Valley-Menomonie Center

  • to support setting up a “Junior Chef” initiative within its

Healthy Habits

  • program in which children will learn about and prepare healthy food on a weekly basis. The curriculum teaches participants recipes for quick, inexpensive, easy and healthy recipes using a mixture of fresh, frozen and canned foods.

$750

  • to

Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

  • to help cover the costs of printing Scouting for Food door hangers. Conducted each spring, Scouts leave food collection notices (10,000 in Dunn County) on neighborhood doors and return the following week to pick up food items which are taken to area food pantries.

$600

  • to

Dunn County Genealogical Society

  • for the binding loose copies of The Dunn County News from January 2011 through December 2013 into hardbound book form. Doing so will preserve recent history, prevent deterioration, damage or loss, and make perusing those editions of the newspaper easier for the public.

$1,000

  • to the

League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley

  • to assist individuals in the voter registration process, both online and by paper application. Funds will primarily be used to purchase two Chromebook tablets, a printer and supplies. The goal is to meet with voters in a variety of locations throughout Dunn County.

$500

  • to the

Town of Colfax

  • to promote accessibility and enjoyment of the well-used Felland Park by the Red Cedar River for area citizens with physical challenges. To help individuals using wheelchairs, an ADA adapted picnic table and park grill will be purchased and installed by township staff.

$350

  • to

Family Resource Center, Inc.

  • to fund one of three monthly “Parent Café” events. To be held at River Heights Elementary School, each 90-minute café features a communal meal, followed by parent-and-child activities and ends with a topic-focused discussion for parents while children play with child care staff.

$500

  • to

Dunn County Crimestoppers

  • : To purchase media materials to educate the public and increase awareness of Dunn County Crimestoppers. Overseen by a volunteer board of community members, the program consists of a 24-hour phone line, website and Facebook page to receive anonymous tips to local law enforcement agencies.

$400 (of $606 requested)

  • to

Menomonie Community Gardens

  • : To fund a composting program. In addition to the purchase of a compost barrel, gardeners will learn about the process of hot composting from a Master Gardener in support of the group’s mission statement to create a place for sustainable agriculture, to enhance community bonds through gardening education, and to foster stewardship of the land.
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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.