• As part of the national 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, the Volunteer Center of Door County and Volunteer Wisconsin encourage citizens to donate non-perishable food items in honor of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
“The 9/11 Day of Service and remembrance is an opportunity for Wisconsinites to give back to our local communities while honoring the victims and heroes of September 11,” says Rachel Manuel, director of Volunteer Wisconsin. “Individuals are asked to donate food to their local food pantries as part of our statewide 9/11 Food Drive or to find opportunities to volunteer at a local nonprofit.”
Volunteer Wisconsin is a new state initiative launched in 2011 to promote and support volunteerism in collaboration with Volunteer Centers such as the Volunteer Center of Door County.
According to 2010 data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Wisconsin’s volunteer rate ranked eighth in the nation with 34.9 percent of residents volunteering. States ranked the highest in volunteering include Utah, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Here in Door County, the Volunteer Center encourages individuals to use the 9/11 Day of Service as an opportunity to volunteer or donate to one of our local food pantries. For information as to where food donations can be made, contact the Volunteer Center at 920.746.7704 or email [email protected].
• Gibraltar students, alumni and fans are encouraged to get into the Viking spirit at the first Viking Tailgate Party Sept. 9.
The Gibraltar Booster Club is hosting the event before the Gibraltar football team’s game versus non-conference rival St. Mary Central. The party will feature games and contests for kids, music from DJ Jeremy Peil, football fan face painting and food from the grill available for purchase.
Bring the whole family to get in the spirit and support our Gibraltar athletes. The tailgate party will run from 5:30 – 7 pm with opening kickoff to follow.
• The United Way held its fundraising kickoff event Aug. 23 at the Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay to recognize contributors and announce its 2011 Campaign goal. Executive Director Amy Kohnle announced campaign results from the Pacesetter Companies. Target, Sunshine House, Younkers, and United Way of Door County all reported an increase in giving. Ministry Door County Medical Center reported that within a month they will achieve their goal of $20,000. The big news of the night was that Baylake Bank achieved their goal by raising $20,025 towards this year’s campaign.
“This is the first time in my 12-year tenure that not only one but two companies have contributed over $20,000 to the campaign,” Kohnle said. “The support of this community continues to amaze me.”
The board decided to set a conservative, yet challenging 2011 campaign goal of $457,118. This represents a 10 percent increase over what the community contributed to United Way of Door County in 2010. For more information call 920.746.9645 or [email protected].
• The Boys and Girls Club of Door County is offering an opportunity to dine with Bob and Madelyn Harlan on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the home of Jeanne and David Kennedy. Bob Harlan is the former President of the Green Bay Packers. The five-course dinner paired with spirits will begin with hors d’oeuvres on the patio overlooking the bay with live music from Dorothy Scott.
Tickets are $250 per person, with funds going to support the programming of the Boys and Girls Club at the Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar school sites. Just 20 tickets will be sold. Get yours by calling 920.746.5125.
• Beth Moore will present her inspiring teachings to local churches Sept. 10 through her Living Proof Live Simulcast, which will be aired locally at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellison Bay.
Moore offers powerful messages to challenge and encourage participants to develop a more intimate relationship with God. Moore, whose books and studies have been read by millions around the world, is known for her ability to apply biblical scripture to everyday life.
Last year, more than 100,000 women, representing 8,400 churches, participated in the Living Proof Live simulcast event. This year’s event provides the same inspiration, though with a new, unique message.
Tickets are $25 each, which includes a day of teaching, lunch, and a wonderful time of fellowship with as many women as Bethel can hold! There will be a Lifeway Bookstore open during the event. Ten or more tickets are $20 each. Doors open at 8:30 am and the event begins at 9:30 am at 852 Europe Bay Road, Ellison Bay. Visit http://www.bethelellisonbay.org or call 920.421.1078 for information or to register.
• The Ellison Bay Service Club held its annual meeting Aug. 18, where it was noted that the 45th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days was one of the most successful in recent years. The club has accomplished much in the four years since it was formed, including:
• support of the Ellison Bay Little League team, donation of the town Christmas tree and annual chili supper, as well as erection of a harbor “cairn” marker;
• establishment of environmental and beautification programs, including floral planters at the Ellison Bay ‘Welcome” sign on Highway 42 and throughout town.
• refurbishment and rededication of the historic Niagara Escarpment Stone Monument in Ellison Bay Community Park.
Elected to serve as officers of the Service Club in 2012 were: Kim Shumway, president; Faith Murray, vice president; Gary Kemp, treasurer; and Donna Carlino, secretary. Jan Forkert, Lee Telfer and George Slight were re-elected directors of the club.
The Ellison Bay Service Club encourages and welcomes participation by seasonal as well as year-around residents. Call Kim Shumway at 920.854.2621 or Faith Murray at 920.421.1754 to get involved.