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Leadership Watertown

Leadership Watertown is more than a program—it’s a movement to empower individuals to become community leaders. We’re committed to developing informed, dynamic leaders who are passionate about enhancing the Watertown area. If you’re interested in joining our next class or have any questions, please contact us.

Leadership Watertown Committee Members
  • Julia Chidley – Bender, Larson, Chidley, Koppes & Associates SC Attorneys At Law
  • Stephanie Curtis, Chairperson – Watertown Family Center
  • Karen Gibbs – Church Health Services
  • Stacey Johnson – Ixonia Bank
  • Ben Olsen – Watertown Police Department
  • Kim Schooley – Watertown Area YMCA
  • Casey Schuett – Watertown Family Practice
  • Sue Trepte – House of Peace
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Class of 2023-2024

First row:  Judy Kluetzman – The Marquardt, Tiffany Nehls – Rock River Chimney & Fireplace, Chelsey Bauer – Madison College, Anna Jensen – TDS Telecom

Second row:
 Robin Kangas – Unity Project of Watertown, Julie Janowak – First Weber Lake Country, Sarah Spring-Oudenhoven – Watertown Unified School District, Sharon Kurkiewicz- Watertown Area YMCA, Toniette Flint – Thrivent Rock River Financial, Deb Sybell – Thrive Economic Development

Third row: 
Jason Bull – Watertown Unified School District, Deb Portman – Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, Marci Lilly – The Marquardt, Linden Peacy – Watertown Family Connections, Megan Dunneisen – City of Watertown

Kayak Rentals and Octagon House Beautification

The 2023-2024 Leadership Watertown Class has dedicated itself to two community projects this year. The first initiative is to offer kayak rentals at Riverside Park, located off Division Street, and the second is a beautification endeavor outside the visitor center at the Octagon House. Initially aiming to raise $13,500, they are thrilled to report that, thanks to the generous contributions from community members and local businesses, a total of $14,555.55 has been collected!
Both projects are nearing completion and are expected to be finalized by the end of June. A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone for their incredible support.

Thank you, 2024 Project Donors!

Platinum Sponsorship
Platinum ($2000+):
  • Dr. Michael Janowak
  • Greater Watertown Health Foundation
Gold Sponsorship
Gold ($1,000+):
  • Chickens Unlimited
  • The Marquardt
  • Thrivent- Rock River Financial Advisors
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Rotary Club
  • Watertown Turner Hall
Silver Sponsorship
Silver ($500+):
  • Clasen Quality Chocolate
  • Fort Community Credit Union
  • Heidi Roth
  • Julie Janowak- First Weber Realtors
  • YES! Watertown

Additional and In-Kind Donations:

Draeger’s Floral, Grinwald Ford, Oudenhoven Family, Peacy Family, Watertown Park & Rec. Department, & Watertown Tourism

Pedal Us Forward
From the Class of 2023:

Pedal Us Forward Bike Rentals at Interurban Trailhead

As part of our 2023 Class Project, Leadership Watertown partnered with Surf Shack Rentals LLC. Together, we’re launching a bike rental locker station at the Interurban Trail on Clark Street to promote healthy living and sustainable transportation in our community.

Our ambition is to house four adult bikes and two children’s bikes, complete with helmets, in three state-of-the-art bike locker units. But to turn this vision into reality, we need your support! We’re seeking donations to cover the costs, which include $7,500 for the lockers, $4,200 for bikes and helmets, and $2,800 for essential hardware, signage, and a concrete pad. Additionally, we aim to raise an extra $2,000 to provide bike rental vouchers for low-income households, redeemable at the Friends of the Watertown Public Library.

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