Annual poinsettia sale!

Orders are due by noon on Monday, November 15. Contact: Erin Jones


Blood drive: December 14, 2021

The DeForest Area Rotary Club will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1-6 pm, at the DeForest Area Public Library. Register to give here.

Club donates to D.A.N.N.

Once again, the DeForest Area Rotary Club, with help from Pete Beeber, owner of Rodeside Grill, donated to the DeForest Area Needs Network. At their November 10th meeting, a check for $1,700 was presented to Kim Henze, D.A.N.N. President, and Kristel Tatus, Joining Forces for Families Social Worker and D.A.N.N. Board Member .

The funds were raised during the September 11th Yahara Riverfest event in DeForest. Rotarians sold meals during the afternoon event, with all profits going to D.A.N.N. The Club added $1,000 more to the donation.

During the check presentation, Henze gave an update on D.A.N.N., sharing that in 2020 they processed 76 referrals worth over $35,000.

According to their Facebook page, D.A.N.N. provides and coordinates help for people in the DeForest Area School District, in the areas of safety, health, and daily tasks by dispersing funds received via fundraising activities or donations. The group also manages two Food Pantries, provides Thanksgiving dinners to those in need, and provides meals to homebound individuals.

DANN is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in November 1998 at the suggestion of the DeForest Area Clergy.

DANN’s Board of Directors is comprised of a representative from each of the local churches, a representative from the local Joining Forces for Families, and a representative from the DMB Community Bank, and a representative from Thrivent Financial.

Pictured are DeForest Area Rotary Club President Jacob Vehring, Rotarian and Yahara Riverfest Chair Katie Lea, Kristel Tatus, and Kim Henzie.

Treats for kids!

A few DeForest Area Rotarians volunteered their time on Monday, Nov. 1 to hand out candy treats to children. The annual Trick or Treat event is hosted by the DeForest Area High School National Honor Society. Hundreds of children dressed up, started at the Rotary station, and then moved through Harvest Intermediate School for fun activities and lots of treats!

District Governor visits club meeting

Thank you to 6250 District Governor, Karen Hebert, for visiting our club on October 13th, and for your inspring message.

Fellowship at the park!

Great to meeting in-person with our Rotary friends. May 26th meeting at Fireman’s Park.

Club supports Books for the World

Thanks to our DeForest Rotary Club members Blake Hart and David Grove, along with the Madison Horizons Rotary Club, for delivering 11 pallets of books for the Books for the World program!

The books, which are no longer used, were donated by the DeForest Area School District.