Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Foundation Leadership

As a director of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin (CFCWI), I am pleased to introduce the newest members of our board, Jerry King and Linda Steffen, and incoming board president, Rob Manzke.  All three embody the spirit of the communities the Foundation represents, and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table.

Linda Steffen lives in Wild Rose with her husband and has two grown children.  She recently retired after 32 years as Patterson Memorial Library Director in Wild Rose.  She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, teaches Sunday school, and was recently honored as the 2013 Waushara Area Chamber Citizen of the Year.

Linda has witnessed the impact of the Foundation on Waushara County first hand and is happy to join the board as a representative and advocate for Waushara County.

Jerry is the Executive Vice President of Administration at Skyward, a world-wide K-12 administrative software company founded by Jerry’s parents, Jim and Jean King.  Jerry enjoys spending time with his two daughters, boating, recreational vehicles, and technology.  Jerry serves on the board of directors for Centergy, the economic development corporation representing central Wisconsin.

Jerry joined the CFCWI Board because he takes pride in helping others and he has seen the impact the Foundation has on community citizens because of his connection to several funds housed at the Foundation.

Rob Manzke is starting his sixth year on the CFCWI board and will serve as board president until July, 2015.  He is honored to be president and says he accepted the responsibility because he wants to play a larger role in this successful organization and build upon the excellent work of those that have come before him.  He says the most rewarding part of being on the board is working with incredibly caring and dedicated board members and staff.

Aside from Rob’s involvement with the Community Foundation, he is the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff at UW-Stevens Point as well as a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Portage County.  Rob is also the proud father of two young and talented boys, Ethan and Seth.

Rob says his primary goal this year is to engage the Foundation’s current network of supporters to help tell our story to others who may not know about what we do, saying “we live in a wonderful community of caring individuals who want to help others or may be in need of help themselves. The more people who know about the Foundation, the larger our impact will be.”

We are very fortunate to have these individuals by our side as we continue to be the leading voice and catalyst to inspire charitable giving and improved quality of life in Portage and Waushara Counties.

George Rogers Tomorrow River Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the George Rogers Memorial Tomorrow River Fund to its family of funds. The fund currently has over $10,000 on hand with plenty of room to grow.

“Distributions from the fund will support river protection, education, or conservation projects run by area organizations, school districts, and others dedicated to that purpose.  Water quality, shore stability and ecological integrity are key goals.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

“The fund honors the late George Rogers, a renowned journalist and noted river conservationist.  Whether as a journalist or conservationist, throughout his life’s journey Rogers paid special attention to the region’s rivers’ overall health, including the Wisconsin, Plover, and Tomorrow Rivers.” said Thomas Miller fund representative.
Interested people, businesses, or organizations wishing to donate or learn more can reach Tom Miller at 715/498-7509 or It is hoped and anticipated that other individuals and/or area businesses will make contributions toward this fund and its stated purpose. Grant applications will be available soon with first grants awarded no later than fall 2015.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Guns & Hoses Fundraiser Event

Paula Schlice and Jeff and Jolene Brown, representing the Dale “Doc” Brown Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, along with Terry Rothmann, Executive Director, present a $1,000 check to Police Chief Ruder and Interim Fire Chief Finn for the upcoming Guns and Hoses event.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1 PM at Bukolt Park.  Activities include a display of police, fire and military vehicles, the honoring of Portage County veterans, and a baseball game between the police and fire departments.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight allowing Portage County veterans to tour memorials in Washington, DC.  The public is encouraged to attend.



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