• Smiles were not hard to find on Saturday, June 26, for the Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day organized by the Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Club. The volunteer Captains and first mates met up with their kids at Salmon Harbor Marina, helped them on the boats, and headed out on Lake Michigan around 4 am.
At 8 am the kids returned with their catches. The Algoma-Kewaunee Area Sport Fishermen Club had a lunch ready for the kids, crew, and family. Coastie and USCG Auxiliary were on hand to talk about water and boating safety and hand out coloring books and stickers. After some pictures, the catch was cleaned and bagged for all the participants to take home. Thirty-two children between the ages of 10 and 15 had the chance to fish this year.
Sponsors for the event include Salmon Harbor Marina, Algoma-Kewaunee Sport Fishermen Club, Bay Lake Bank, Kewaunee Lions Club, and Kewaunee Optimist Club. Captains of the boats were Bill Conner, Larry Douner, Clarence Dubois, Roy Ihlenfeld, Mark Kobrow, Mike Lardo, Paul Novak, Gerald Siebert, David Simonar, Joe Sloma, Doug Thompson, and Jerry Womer.
• The Community Foundation will host its annual Celebration of Giving July 21. The free luncheon is a true celebration of great philanthropists who give so much of themselves to Door County.
When a person has found a true passion for a cause (or our community as a whole) and that passion manifests itself in volunteerism, leadership, and advocacy a philanthropist is born. Somewhat ironically, those true philanthropists, whose actions are more inspiring than the substantial dollars they already give, are often the last to recognize it in themselves.
This year’s “Philanthropist of the Year” is Miriam Erickson. Many know Erickson as a great champion of both the arts and education in the community.
The Celebration if Giving luncheon is on Wednesday, July 21. Seating is limited. For more information or to attend the luncheon, email [email protected].
• Dedicated to providing music lessons to local students, the Door County String Academy (DCSA) is a non-profit organization undergoing enhancements set to take place in the fall of 2010.
The Board of Directors has commissioned Consultant Audrey Nowak as Interim Program Manager to facilitate the change. Nowak is also the Operations Director and Education Manager for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra who brings 20 years of experience to the academy, including teaching, performing, and non-profit arts management. Under her guidance, the school year will begin with two new teachers and a permanent program manager, in addition to updated systems and practices.
“The academy is modeled after other successful string programs in the country,” said Nowak. “The DCSA doesn’t believe that families should have to travel outside Door County to receive excellent string instruction, so we’re committed to providing it right here.”
This commitment comes at a good time for Door County families. As school budgets diminish, string instruction has become a luxury, and, in fact, none of the schools in Door County offers orchestra as an option.
Registration for the 2010-11 school year is underway, and students entering second grade and above are eligible. Openings are available on the violin, viola, cello and string bass. Scholarships are also available. For more information call 920.495.5500 or email [email protected].
• The Friends of Peninsula State Park has established two endowment funds. The first fund is The Interpretive Nature Center Fund designed to support future construction and maintenance of a new Interpretive Nature Center. The second fund is the For Now and the Future Fund to provide for the general security and support of the organization’s overall activities.
The Door County Community Foundation is responsible for the investment management of both funds. The Friends’ Board of Directors working with park management will distribute the assets.
For more information about these funds, contact the Door County Community Foundation at 920.746.1786, the Friends of Peninsula State Park at 608.879.2841, or email [email protected].
For more information about the Friends of Peninsula State Park, visit http://www.PeninsulaFriends.org.
• Monday, July 12, the Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering a free two-hour seminar, Boat Handling Under Power. The seminar teaches boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions, as well as all about trimming the boat underway. The seminar will begin at 6:30 pm at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Room 147 (use the north entrance), 229 North 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.
Paul King of Sturgeon Bay will teach the seminar. King, who holds the Advanced Pilot rating, is an all-around boater experienced in sailing dinghies, daysailers, and auxiliary-powered coastal cruisers. In addition, he is a kayak and amateur wooden boat builder. Most recently, he taught a lengthy course in seamanship to squadron members.
• On Sunday, July 11, the Health & Wellness Cabinet Ministry of the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will be presenting the fourth and last presentation in their Advance Directives Series. From 3 – 5 pm, social worker Katie Graf will be available with copies of Advance Directives.
Two other persons must witness Advance Directives in order to be legal. Graf will answer any questions about this very important document. The session is free and open to the public.
Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is located at 11836 Highway 42 in Ellison Bay. For more information, call 920.854.2988 or email http://www.shepherdofthebay.org.
• Door County joins a growing movement of philanthropic organizations with the launch of the Women’s Fund of Door County. The fund is the culmination of vision, research, hard work and dedication spearheaded by a dynamic group of interested and involved women.
“The Women’s Fund of Door County is about creating the conditions, stability, and economic possibilities that ensure women and girls have access to health and education that can give them the ability to lead productive lives,” says Jane Stevenson, co-chair and co-founder of the fund. “No one else in the county is focused on women and girls as whole entities. They focus on specific problems. The Women’s Fund will be a catalyst for collaboration between other agencies.”
Starting in July of 2009, Stevenson, and co-founders Sue Todey and BJ Cassidy recruited a group of similarly dedicated women to create the Women’s Fund. Subsequently they developed bylaws, funding sources, educational opportunities, and granting guidelines to give support back to women in the county.
The Women’s Fund of Door County is a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to the Women’s Fund are deductible to the fullest extent as allowed by law. For more information call 920.746.1786, visit http://www.womensfunddoorcounty.org, or email [email protected].
• The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Commission recently announced the awarding of a grant to the Wisconsin Reproductive Health Network (WIHRN) for upgrading the telecommunications between rural health clinics.
“These funds will allow us to maximize health care services to our rural patients,” said Michele Geiger-Bronsky, Director of the Wellness Center of Door County. “Our Wisconsin Reproductive Health Network members represent 24 mostly rural clinics. With the creation of this network and the potential to utilize new technology, we can save time, money and travel for patients and providers.”
The WIHRN is a newly incorporated group comprised of family planning providers and Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state of Wisconsin. The group has formed a Preferred Provider Organization and is able to bill and be reimbursed by various insurance plans.
The WPS $28,200 grant recently awarded to WIHRN will allow the clinics to purchase equipment for telemedicine visits back and forth between clinics and providers. Each facility will obtain the equipment to transmit in HD video, a face-to-face encounter between a patient and a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner.
For more information call Lon Newman at 715.675.9858 or Jackie Bodden at 608.348.9766.