In this episode of Rotary Club Radio, I interview Jill Leahy and Leanne Waterworth of Northern Waters Literacy from right here in Northwestern Wisconsin.

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 036

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Length: 38.5 min.

Rotary Minute

Before we get into today’s featured segment, I want to acknowledge that we are in a new Rotary Year and we have a new Rotary International President.  Rotary Club Radio wants to congratulate and welcome our Rotary International President Tanaka.  Thank you for your willingness to lead and serve in the great organization.

I also want to thank Past Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee for his year of dedicated service above self!

Featured Segment

Today we’re going to be talking about Literacy, which is an important part of what Rotary International strives to support, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight an organization that is doing well, despite the challenges of working in a small – rural area in northwestern Wisconsin.

Northern Waters Literacy mission is:

“Enriching the quality of life and learning for adults and families through individualized literacy instruction, personal relationships, and community building.”

Topics Include:

  • Funds – How do you raise funds for your program?
    • Grants
    • Foundation
    • In-Kind donations·
    • Other Income
  • Budget
    • Programs
    • 501c(3) –
    • In-kind  What is an in-kind expense?
    • Support Services

Programs/Services offered

  • Tutoring
  • Tutor Training

Importance of Volunteers

  • The economy makes volunteers invaluable.

Gauging the success of the program

  • Tracking
  • Assessments
  • In-takes
  • Awards

Success Story

  • Jill B.

What are your organization’s biggest needs/wish list?

  • Volunteers
  • Money
  • Equipment

What kind of person makes a good volunteer?

Enjoy the show!



  • Jill or LeeAnn at 715-405-7323

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