GUEST SPEAKERS

Policies and Procedures

Local Businesses 

Not for Profit Organizations – These organizations are welcome to speak to the Club; however, the organization is not allowed to pursue the Club during a program for a monetary contribution unless the organization has requested and been approved by the Board as a recipient of Club funding.

Club Members as Speakers – Club members are encouraged to speak as long as the topic is of general interest and the speaker’s program does not involve the commercial promotion of the individual nor the individual’s business or employer.

Elected Officials – National and statewide* elected officials are always welcome to be a guest speaker. State and local elected officials are welcome to be a guest speaker; however, if the elected official is a candidate running for reelection, the club asks that the candidate not speak four months prior to any primary up until the general election is over and the election has determined the office holder. Even if the elected official is running unopposed, please observe this guideline.

Candidates Seeking Elected Office – National and statewide** candidates are always welcome to be a guest speaker. The Club asks that neither state or local political candidates nor their representatives be invited to speak.


The Rotary Club of Greater Portage County welcomes presentations on all topics that may be of interest to the club. It is to the discretion of the program/speaker coordinator to determine if certain presentation topics should be reviewed by the board before being approved to present at a general Rotary meeting.

-Any deviation from these guidelines requires prior approval by the Rotary Club of Greater Portage County Board.

*The definition of a statewide elected official is any elected officeholder that represents the entire State of Wisconsin and is not defined to one particular voting district within the State.

** The definition of a statewide political candidate seeking elected office is any candidate that is seeking an office that represents the entire State of Wisconsin and is not defined to one particular voting district within the State.

 

Presenter Tips

We meet on Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. at:

Mid-State Technical College
1001 Centerpoint Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Community Engagement Room - Room 635
See Map

Mid-State doors don't open until 7:00 am. If you are arriving early (as recommended below), please use the east doors--doors off the patio. If our Sergeant of Arms is on the ball, these doors should be unlock around 6:45.

Pointers:

  • The meeting starts at approximately 7:05 with the presentation beginning at approximately 7:20. If you have things to set up please arrive prior to 7:00 a.m. as we say the pledge of allegiance and have club duties to attend to from 7:00 a.m. until the presentation begins.
  • We have approximately 25 members and up to 20 attending most mornings.
  • Plan on presenting for about 20 minutes. Our meeting typically concludes about 7:50 as people need to leave to go to work.
  • Please plan on us asking questions – we are a curious bunch! Typically a morning presentation goes like this:
    • 7:00 to 7:05 we chat and everyone arrives
    • 7:05 to 7:20 Pledge of Allegiance and club business
    • 7:20 to 7:40 Presentation
    • 7:40 to 7:50 Questions
    • 7:50 to 8:00 wrap things up
  • We have use of a computer and projection panel. If you have a presentation, you may bring on a USB drive, bring your own laptop or access it on the web. We have an HDMI and VGA connection to the projection panel in the room.  If you use Apple products you will need to bring an adapter that connects to HDMI or VGA.
  • We provide coffee and cream, and occasionally we will have donuts.

If you have problems please call us ahead of the meeting –

  • Bill Fehrenbach – President 715-572-3875
  • Rachel Swedberg – President-Elect cell 715-252-1300