Whitewater Kiwanis Serves Pancakes on March 2

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club will be serving their all-you-can-eat Kiwanis pancakes, delicious Jones Sausages, coffee, milk and orange juice on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old Armory, 146 W. North Street, in downtown Whitewater. For just $5 in advance and $6 at the door, people can enjoy a delicious meal and help the Kiwanis Club raise funds for many worthy projects in the community.

Tickets for the breakfast will be available at PremierBank, First Citizen’s State Bank, and Fort Community Credit Union-Whitewater. They can also be purchased from any Whitewater Kiwanian. Tickets for the breakfast are a $5 donation per person in advance and $6 at the Whitewater Armory the day of the event (with pre-school children FREE).

Lorrie Koppein, president of the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club, said, “I always look forward to our pancake event, where so many people enjoy great pancakes and help out the children in our community at the same time.”

Kiwanis thanks all of the sponsors who help make the breakfast possible with donations of products and services, including: City of Whitewater Parks & Recreation, Dalee Water Conditioning, D.L.K. Enterprises Inc., First Citizens State Bank, Jessica’s Family Restaurant, Milton Propane Inc., PremierBank, Second Salem Brewing Company, Studio 84, Gus’ Pizza, and Whitewater Manufacturing.

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is made up of dedicated volunteers who help children in the Whitewater community and the world, all with 100 percent of funds raised going directly to projects and zero to administrative costs. Each year, the club distributes approximately $20,000, with over half going to the Whitewater Unified School District, including Ferradermis, ELL Summer School Transportation, shoes for students, Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State, and scholarships. Kiwanis helped to build and maintain the Flowing Well Shelter, the shelter and accessible playground at Starin Park and Treyton’s Field of Dreams, the WHS football field lights and press box, as well as adopting a highway to clean up. In addition, the group donates to the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club, the Friends of the Whitewater Aquatic Center Family Partnership Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, Bethel House and more.

Funds are raised through annual Pancake Breakfasts that have been served continuously since the 1950s, the Discover Whitewater Series Half-Marathon Pancake Breakfast since it began, and yearly poinsettia and lily plant sales. More information can be found on the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club Facebook page.

Breakfast with Santa, presented by the UW-Whitewater Community Optimists – Saturday, December 8

The UW-Whitewater Community Optimist Club is sparking some holiday cheer by serving a hot breakfast accompanied by Santa Claus and others from the North Pole.

The Optimist Club will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa event on Sat. December 8, 2018, from 8:00a.m.-10: 45 am at Esker Hall—which is located Northwest of Starin Park at the corner of Prairie Street and Lauderdale.

With an admission of $5 for adults and $1 for children, come for a breakfast of French toast, sausage, donut holes, and coffee, milk, and orange juice. Enjoy a morning filled with music, activities, and a special visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and many elves. Opportunities for printed and online photos will be available.

The holidays also bring about a time of giving, so we invite participants to bring new and unused hats, scarves, mittens, socks, underwear and gift cards to hang on Santa’s Mitten Tree.  All items will be donated to children of the Whitewater Unified School District.

Holiday Fruit Basket Sale

Help support the Whitewater Rotary Clubs Community Fund by purchasing a Holiday Fruit Basket. At $17 each, Holiday fruit baskets are a great gift idea for family, friends, teachers, clients, customers, and employees. Baskets will be filled with the highest quality oranges, apples, grapefruit, and pears available. Orders are due by December 12 with delivery on December 19. Pick up an order form at Premier Bank, First Citizens State Bank, and Davis Duehr Dean.


Whitewater Community Foundation Announces its 2018 Annual Appeal

The Board of Directors of the Whitewater Community Foundation invites community members and businesses to invest in Whitewater by joining in their 2018 Annual Campaign. Our current Board members are Danielle Frawley (President), Mark Dorn (Vice President), Kevin Brunner (Past President), David Yochum (Secretary), Geoff Hale (Treasurer), Julie Caldwell, Thayer Coburn, Mark Elworthy, Ron Jongetjes, Therese Kennedy, Sonia Soto, Hector Villarreal and Kristine Zaballos.  

Earlier this year, the Whitewater Unified School District, under the stewardship of the Foundation, was honored to receive a  $100,000 Endowment from the Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc. that will fund additional scholarships for the benefit of our graduating seniors.  To thank Kikkoman for their generous gift, the Board of Directors has set a goal this year to raise matching funds, and we need your help. Our success depends on the generosity of people like you!

Although providing scholarships is an important part of the Foundation’s mission, Community Action Grants are awarded by the Foundation twice annually to local civic partners who do good works in our community.  During our most recent Fall Cycle of grants, a total of nine grants were awarded totaling $10,530. A $1,500 grant was awarded to New Beginnings, an organization new to Whitewater that offers counseling and other support to individuals and families who find themselves in need. A $2,500 grant was awarded to Whitewater Youth Soccer Club to purchase soccer goal frames for Halverson Field. Other grants were awarded to the Irvin L. Young Auditorium/Washington Elementary School, Wisconsin Makers, Whitewater Landmarks Commission, Geneva Lakes Conservancy-First Annual Birding Festival, Lakeview Elementary Music Program, United Way of Jefferson/Walworth Counties “Ride United” Program, and Irvin L. Young Library.

To donate, go to www.whitewatercommunityfoundation.org and click on the “Donate” button, or mail a check made payable to Whitewater Community Foundation at P.O. Box 428, Whitewater, WI 53190.

 If you have any questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Bonnie Miller, at info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org or visit the Foundation’s office in the Discover Whitewater/Chamber Office at 150 W. Main Street.  Office hours are 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Washington School’s Winter Wonderland – Craft Fair, Bake Sale, & Santa

Washington School’s PATT is hosting a Craft Fair, Bake Sale & Santa event on Saturday, December 1 from 9 am-3 pm at Washington Elementary School (506 E Main St).

This event is FREE and open to the public!  There will be handmade crafts & creations, holiday gifts, bags/totes, jewelry, home décor, clothing and more.  There will be bake sale items & concessions available.  Santa will be on site from 11am-1pm for you to take your own pictures with.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Washington’s PATT at: washingtonschoolpatt@gmail.com, Jennelle @ 262-893-7910 or Heather @ 262-812-3236.

*** We are still looking for crafters and consultants who are interested in renting a booth.  Please contact us if interested.  If you are a consultant, we are only allowing 1 consultant per business (1 representative of L’BRI, 1 representative of Thirty-one, etc.)***

Veterans Donation Drive | Campaña de Donación de Veteranos


  • Who: Whitewater Middle School Veterans PLT
  • What: Socks, Mittens/Gloves & Hat Drive for Veterans
  • Where: Whitewater Middle School
  • When: November 5th –November 30th
  • How: Select a paper sock, mitten, or hat from our giving tree (located outside the Middle School Office) that will be used to write a thank you note to the Veteran for their service! Feel free to take more than one! These will be included with the item that you have donated.
  • Place item, in original packaging, and paper sock/mitten/hat in a plastic bag and return to the Middle School office or Mr. Bee. All socks, hats, and mittens will go to Veterans in need in our surrounding communities.

***Cash Donations would be accepted as well to purchase these items!!***

  • Quién: PLT de Veteranos de Whitewater Middle School
  • Qué: Recaudar Calcetines, Mitones / Guantes y Gorros para veteranos
  • Dónde: Whitewater Middle School
  • Cuándo: del 5 de Noviembre al 30 de Noviembre.
  • Cómo: ¡Seleccione un calcetín de papel, mitón o gorro de nuestro árbol de donaciones (ubicado fuera de la Oficina de la Middle School) que se usará para escribir una nota de agradecimiento al Veterano por su servicio! ¡Siéntase libre de tomar más de uno! Estos serán incluidos con el artículo que usted ha donado.
  • Coloque el artículo, en el empaque original, y el calcetín / mitón / gorro de papel en una bolsa de plástico y devuélvalo a la oficina de la Middle School o al Sr. Bee. Todos los calcetines, gorros y mitones irán a los veteranos necesitados en nuestras comunidades alrededores.