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117 South Locust Street Appleton, WI 54914



OFFICERS Jeff Werner, President Steve Seifert, President-Elect Lee Allinger, Past President Ted Goodwin, Secretary Nancy Johnshoy, Treasurer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Beth Bax Jay Bush Rhonda Fenner Brad Gehring Jeff Hunter Tim Kippenhan Kathy Plank Cheryl Schmidt Roree Van Duyne Ann Whalen Terry Bomier John Carew Chris Forslund Rick Gorges Julie Huth Beth Nemecek David W. Rause Ann Simon Jeff Van Ekeren




>>> Please consider including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley in your estate planning. Call 731-0555 for more information on bequests, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and other planned giving options.

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Steve Seifert has been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley for more than three years and is currently board President-Elect. (His term will begin in January 2008). He is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Resource Development Committee. Born and bred in Appleton, Steve is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Silton, Seifert, Carlson & Gamble., S.C. He attended UW Fox Valley, received his B.S. from UW-Madison and his J.D. from the School of Law at UW-Madison. When asked to describe the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, Steve said, "Insert superlative here! It's great for the community and the kids." Steve says one of the things he would like to accomplish for the Club is the development of an expanded Teen Center and more teen programming. He and his wife, Kathi, are both active in the community and tremendous supporters of a number of organizations.

OUR DONORS: In appreciation for contributions during the last few months

Thomas and Jeanette Abendroth David and Maxine Achtner Acre Realty Ltd. Advanced Maintenance Solutions, LLC Affinity Health System Ahern Fire Protection Alberts Plastering Lee and Amy Allinger Jennifer Allyn Susan Allyn Randy and Lori Alt Amazing Events American National Bank America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin AmeriPrint Graphics Inc. Travis Andersen & Dianne Smart Karen Anderson Anonymous Anytime Fitness Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Appleton Appleton Area School District Appleton Art Center Appleton Coated LLC Appleton Marble & Granite Works, Inc. Appleton Noon Lions Club Appleton Optimist Club, Inc. Appleton Police Benevolent Association Appleton Trophy & Engraving Arby's/DRM, Inc. Area Ecumenical Network Nicholas Arlt ARS, Inc of Wisconsin Artistic Cakes & Cookies Artistic Impressions Denis and Elizabeth Ashauer Jennifer Austin Mark and Jill Austin Michael Bahlmann Daniel Balliet & Janet Carlson Bassett Mechanical Dr. Robert J. Bastic II Ann Baum Daniel and Linda Baumbach Beth Bax BED BATH & BEYOND Hugh Begy Susan Behm Tierra Belknap Alec Belling Ben Mar Nicos Salon & Spa Thomas and Laurie Berkedal Laura Berry Sarah Berry Dennis and Mary Beth Bialecki Big Tomatoes Black & Tan Grille BLC Community Bank Reverend Will and Ruth Bloedow Michael Bloom & Delores Rauch Bloom Debra Bluhm Larry Bohl & Yvonne Rochon Oscar and Patricia Boldt Terry and Kathryn Bomier Bomier Properties, Inc Paula Brannin Randy and Keevie Bremhorst Brett Favre Forward Foundation Brewed Awakenings Greg Brochtrup Robert and Judy Brooks Sandy Brouillard William and Linda Brown David and Julie Buchanan Frances Buffham Bumble Beads Adith Buntjer Jay and Susan Bush Buss Electric, Inc. Alisha Calewarts John and Yvonne Calnin Daniel and Christine Cannon John and Connie Cappy John and Debra Carew Carew Concrete & Supply Howard and Carolyn Carlburg David Carow Center of Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery Century Drill & Tool Chapter CC of P.E.O. Sisterhood Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Christ the King Lutheran Church Carl Christensen Kevin Clancey Daniel Clausz Richard Cline & Kirstin Olson Cline Cynthia Clough Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Wisconsin Coldwell Banker Commercial / PCF Commercial, LLC Timothy Collentine Combined Federal Campaign of Eastern Wisconsin Community First Credit Union Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc Conceptual Financial Planning, Inc. Conkey's Bookstore Mary and Philip Conradt Cookie Creations Co. Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel Michael Cotter Lance and Bridget Crane Creative Group, Inc. Linda Crowley Lisa Cruz CSI - Appleton Culver's of Darboy William and Abbey Curtis Dain Rauscher Tom and Patti D'Amico Kathi Danke Jerry and Rebecca DeLong John and Patti Denton Linda Depner Julie Dickinson Renny and Timothy Diedrich Jaine Diersen Dinner Helpers Dominos Ralph Dorn Dreamcatcher's Motor Coach Tours Park Drescher Leo and Fran Driessen DuBois Formal Wear EAA Development Edward and Bee Mielke Mission Endowment Fund Bonnie Edwards Eggers Industries, Inc. David and Kay Eggert Jill Eldred Employment Resource Group Epiphany Law LLC Kurt Erickson Essential Products Corporation Faith Lutheran Church Family Video Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Fargo Funeral Home Paul and Nola Feldkamp Brad and Rhonda Fenner Festival Foods Figaro's Pizza Kolleen Fisher Timothy and Joan Flaherty Mark and Christina Fogarty Christopher and Brenda Forslund Fox Cities Performing Art Center Fox Communities Credit Union Fox River Insurance & Financial Services Funset Boulevard Paul and Kaite Gaier Pat and Amy Galloway Richard Gamble Gannett Foundation Gannett Midwest Publishing Corporation Gap Foundation Gift Match Program Brad and Betty Gehring Rick and Debra Gempeler General Beer George Webb Restaurants Hubert and Barbara Germiat James and Kimberly Gilbride Therese Glauser Godfrey & Kahn SC Anthony and Jacqueline Gonzalez Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Inc Ted and Marilynn Goodwin Robert and Baylee Gordon Richard and Marian Gorges Jay and Peggy Gottleib Grant Thornton LLP Great Wolf Lodge Green Bay Packers Foundation Scott and Karen Grignon Jeffrey and Susan Guth Gym Kids Carl Haack Haen Meat Packing Erwin Hagen Hammett Bellin & Oswald LLC Hand and Upper Extremity Center of Northeast Wisconsin, LTD Dale and Kim Hanson Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles of Appleton, Inc. John and Gloria Haselow Deborah Hass Patrick and Marsha Hastings Daphne L. Hawkins Steven and Sandy Hawley Dan and Mame Heaney Veronica Hearty Todd Hebbring Frank and Florence Heckrodt Helein Jewelers Tony Helms Laura Henke Carrie Hensen Julie Herb Don and Kristine Hietpas Dennis Hoelzel Paul and Nancy Hoffman Emmett Hoks Hollywood Entertainment Corporation Holy Spirit Parish Patricia Holz Nancy Homburg Home Concept Homefree Dan Hoyer James Huggins William J. Hunter Rod and Julie Huth Illinois Tool Works Glatfelter International Order of King's Daughters and Sons Fund ITU, Inc. J.A. Huth & Associates, Inc. J.J. Plank Corporation Jabas Family Foundation through the Community Foundation Jack's Maintenance Service, Inc. JanSport, Inc. Wendy Janu JCPenney Company Jimmy Johns Mark and Tobi Johannsen Nancy and Steve Johnshoy Tanya Johnson William and Dorian Jordan Amy Juneau Karate America Stuart Katz Keller, Inc. Steve and Linda Kennedy Robert and Theresa Kersten Kimberly Clark Foundation Kiwanis Club of Appleton Karen Klarkowski Richard Kleven James and Jacqueline Klimaszewski John and Ann Kloehn Knights of Columbus #607 - Tom Schreiter Knope Roofing and Furnace Co., Inc. Ronald and Jean Knorr Frank and Jean Koehler Kohl's Department Store Kelly Konkle Koreana Don and Jean Koskinen Jamie and Scott Kriewaldt Jerome Kroll Ed and Cindy Krueger James and Jane Krueger Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. Don and Jo Ann Lang Jessica Lang Brad Langley James Larsen Chris Lashock Lawrence University Gregory and Andrea Lemke-Rochon Michael and Lori Leschisin Charles and Janice Lewis Abraham and Ann Liebeskind Kevin and Julia Loomans Brian Lotto Barbara Mahony Connie Martin Matthew's Tire and Auto Service Center Deborah Matz Scott Maurer Sam Mayo Ryan and Kelly McCartney Cynthia McDonald McMahon Associates, Inc. Etienne and Winnie Mejia Ken Melchert Memorial Florist and Greenhouses, Inc. Menasha Corporation Foundation Jon Meyer Nanci and Carl Micke Ryan Micke Microsoft Corporation Microtel Inn & Suites Todd and Kathryn Mielke Mielke Family Foundation through the Community Foundation John and Rose Marie Milani Brad and Mary Jane Miller Randy Miller Modacapelli Salon Spa Mark and Michele Molinda Morton Pharmacy Morts Concrete Moussa Mostofi Cathy Mueller Elaine Mueller Jim and Shirley Mueller Randy and Colleen Mueller Donald and Julaine Murrow James Nelson Wayne and Beth Nemecek Aaron and Jenny Neumann Niemuth's Southside Market Mary Beth Nienhaus Maria Nieto David Nissen Noodles & Co. Northeastern Wisconsin Oncology Nursing Society Andrea Novitske Old Country Buffet Aaron Olk Mike and Shelly Osborne Mike and Marcia Ostwald Thomas and Pat Oswald Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Our Saviours Lutheran Church Jay and Amy Ourada Outagamie County Sheriff's Department PDQ Car Wash Stanley and Kristine Petersen-Gauthier Kim Peterson Laura Phillips Robyn Phillips Physical Therapy Center of Beaver Dam David and Lisa Pierre David Plank Player's Choice Sports Arena Mike Plummer Jenny Plzak Donald Potthast Bruce and Nancy Pourciau Presto Products Company Jeffrey and Mary Prickette Dan Raddatz Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Hubert and Luann Rebman Randall and Beth Reed Michael and Kaye Reese Regal Entertainment Group Lee and Lisa Reynebeau Dave and Gini Rickert Ronald and Susanne Riemer Gary and Nancy Rietveld Daniel and Rebecca Rippl Jason Roberts Chad Robinson Sarah Robinson Tina Rodriguez Phillip and Ellen Roe Brent and Barbara Rohm Richard and Kathleen Ruhsam Patrick and Jean Ryan Douglas and Carla Salmon Sammy's Pizza Ricky and Kristin Sather Stephen and Lorrie Savage SCA Tissue North America Scanlan Jewelers Inc. Schenck & Associates SC Suzanne Schlafer Thomas and Mary Schmidt Thomas Schmit Lawrence and Nancy Schmitz Gary and Patricia Schneider Deloma Schultz Dawn Schwartz Kathleen Seager Ronald and Shipra Seefeldt Valerie Seidel Stephen and Kathi Seifert Mary Selig William Selle Settle Inn Scott and Lisa Sheppard Chad Sigl Michael and Amy Simon Elizabeth M. Singler Adam and Allison Skarie Ronald and Denise Skow John and Christy Slawson Jesse and Angela Slinger Michael and Nancy Small Marc and Kristle Snyder Grace Somenske Southwest Outagamie County Chapter of Thrivent Financial Spancrete St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation Inc. St. Vincent de Paul Society / St. Thomas More Council Donald and Rachel Stachowiak Starbucks Charleen Steenis Bradley and Michele Stellrecht Kathy-Jo Stenson Clyde and Elayne Stephenson Dean and Deborah Stewart Roxanna Strawn David and Sue Streit Timothy and Mary Strelow Thomas and Pam Streur Michael and Debbie Strick Robert and Joanne Stumpf Subway - Menasha Subway - Greenville Sullivision, Inc. Superior Massage & Wellness Center Swimtastic Swim School Taco Bell Target Store Francis Taylor-Treder TDS Metrocom Tim and Jane Temperly Scott and Rosemary Tessen The Green Saver The Seasons Restaurant ThedaCare Inc. Thin & Healthy Thomas J. Kloiber and Associates, Inc. Architects Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Town & Country Electric, Inc Tri City Glass & Door Trico Excavating Tri-County Ice Arena United Way Fox Cities U Prep It Valley Kids' Foundation, Inc. Valley King Valley Lawn Care LLC Valley Management, Inc. Valley Planing Mill, Inc. Van Dyn Hoven Buick Chrysler Jeep Jeff and Susie Van Ekeren Sandra Van Ert John and Susan Van Stiphout Bryan Van Stippen Van Vreede (Roger and Lynn) Charitable Fund Van Vreede's Appliance Electronics & Furniture Steven and Margaret Vandehey Michael Vanden Hogen Vanofferen Electric LLC Elise Vanous Rhonda VanPembrook Steve and Marge Vertin Victor Allen's Coffee Katherine Viner Voith Sulzer Paper Technology Phia Vue Christopher and Debra Wagner David and Phyllis Wagner Clarence and Dolores Wallace Robert Wallace Wal-Mart West Supercenter Daniel Walsh Wascher Family Foundation Jeffrey Washkovick Chris Waters Michael Waters Constance Weber Weidert Group Harry and Jane Wendlandt Graham and Barbara Werner Jeffrey and Elizabeth Werner Werner Electric Supply Company Paul and Ann Whalen Wichmann Funeral Home Bruce and Anne Wiegman Sally Williams Wilmar Chocolates Robert and Janet Wilson Wirestream Wisconsin Energy Corporation Foundation, Inc. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Andrew and Sarah Wittig Terry and Linda Wolfrath JoAnn and Dan Wood Jill Writt Bernard Wydeven Wen Xue Lori Zahorodny Tom and Barbara Zalewski Terry and Pam Zielinski



Club members celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week during the week of March 26, and a great time was had by all. Highlights of the week included Cow Appreciation Day, a spaghetti dinner hosted by the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club, and an animal presentation by the Fox Valley Herp Club. The week's activities culminated with a viewing of "Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington, national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Mission Statement "Inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."


RECENT GRANTS (January 1 - April 30)

The Taco Bell Foundation awarded $10,000 to support the development of new teen programming. The grant will help the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley establish a new teen dance troupe, expand teen dance offerings during its weekly Thursday night teens-only activities, and introduce "Dance, Dance, Revolution" equipment and activities into the Club's teen center. Proceeds from Governor Jim Doyle's 2nd Inauguration benefited Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of Wisconsin. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley received $18,000 to support ongoing programs and operations. The Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region has awarded $5,500 in support of the Teen Dance program at the Locust Street location from its opportunity fund. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley also received $3,075 from the Fox Valley Community Arts Fund. The Myra M. & Robert L. Vandehey Foundation, Ltd. has awarded $15,000 in support of the Summer Youth Development Program. More than 300 children from ages 6 ­ 18 are expected to attend each day. The program runs from June 12 and continues each weekday through August 25. Appleton made a gift in the amount of $10,000 to be used to support Club operations.

Left to right: Kathy Kessler-Cordoza and Rich Lepping from Taco Bell present check to Greg Lemke-Rochon and Roxanna Strawn.


If you love golf or know someone who does you may be interested in purchasing a Green Saver golf coupon book. The book is $20. Ten dollars from each book sold through the Club goes directly to the Center for Grieving Children. With coupons equaling more than $2,300 in savings plus five mystery coupons, one use can pay for the price of the book. Courses represented include: Winagamie Golf Club, Utica Golf Club, Westridge Golf Club, Reid Municipal, and many more. To order your book, call Pete Reinl at 920-831-9905. The Center for Grieving Children is a safe place where grieving children, teens and families in the Fox Valley area receive compassionate peer support, education, opportunities to remember and commemorate their loved one, and the chance to express their feelings in an accepting environment.


With the demand for Club services continuing to expand, there's never been a more important time to contribute to the Club's annual fundraising appeal. This year, It Just Takes One...our 2007 Annual Campaign has a goal of raising $90,000 in personal gifts from our friends and supporters. One person can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child and have an equally significant impact on the future of our community. A gift of $200 can support a full year of Club involvement for a young person in need. A gift of $100 can purchase an entire month's worth of art supplies for our Arts program. A gift of $50 can fund 10 hours of tutoring and homework help support ­ the kind of support that turn an "F" into a "B", turn failure into success. With your help we will be able to continue to provide a safe place, opportunities to learn and grow, and guidance and support to thousands of kids who need us most. To donate, visit our Web site at or call us at 731-0555.


Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Kevin Barry recently visited members of the Club as part of the Club's Triple Play initiative. This year, Triple Play will serve more than 1,200 in the Fox Cities. Its goals are to incorporate healthy living and active learning into every aspect of the Boys & Girls Club experience; to include programs that develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, and skills for stress management; and to develop and sustain positive relationships with others. After addressing the kids in the Club's auditorium, Kevin answered questions, signed autographs, and played pool.

Green Bay Packer Kevin Barry


We're joining a nationwide search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's ImageMakers National Photography Contest. Sponsored by Circuit City Foundation, the contest is part of a comprehensive initiative encouraging artistic skills, cultural enrichment and creativity in the medium of photography. Thirteen members entered their images in our Club's contest and two have been selected to move on to the regional competition. Our winners were Olivia Smith, age 8, and Erick Vargas, age 11.



The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley has named the following to its Board of Directors: Jay Bush, Bush Brothers; Chris Forslund, Anchor Bank; Brad Gehring, Outagamie County Sheriff's Department; Tim Kippenhan, Miron Construction; Kathy Plank, Community Volunteer; and Roree Van Duyne, Community First Credit Union.




When Devin Roberson had to leave the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley a couple of years ago due to family circumstances he never dreamed he would one day be named Youth of the Year. Devin, 14, was chosen from a group of seven finalists for this recognition. He is in the eighth grade at Madison Middle School and active member of the Keystone Club. When he was 11, Devin joined the Club because, he said, "I felt that I could just be a kid and hang out with my friends. There was no pressure to do anything besides respecting everyone and anything in the Club." One of the reasons Devin joined the Club was to find respite from problems at home. Unfortunately a couple of years into his membership, he had to leave and live with relatives outside the Fox Valley. Upon his return home, Devin resumed his Club membership. He says being away has given him a new perspective about the Club. "It's not just a place to hang with your friends or to have fun at, it's also a place to learn and grow so that in the future we will be able to make decisions for ourselves and think about what we are going to do with our lives," he says. Devin credits many of the staff members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley for giving him support when he needed it. "They have helped me to get where I am today and for that I am grateful," he says. "They make me feel comfortable around adults. I feel respected when they talk to me. I can talk to them like I've known them forever." Devin enjoys sports, and plays "just about any sport that involves a ball." He says his favorite group activity is the Keystone Club (a teen leadership group) because one of the goals of the group is to make the Club a better place for everyone so that they feel like they're at home while at the Club. Participants in Youth of the Year were interviewed by Terry Bomier and Nancy Johnshoy, members of the Board of Directors and Greg LemkeRochon, Chief Professional Officer. Finalists were required to write a speech which was delivered to Club members, friends, and family. Devin went on to participate in the state Youth of the Year regional competition held in Madison. Other participants included Rachel Yanez (runner up), Tyler Layoff, Branden Driver, Dylan McCauley, Latoria Bishop, and Terral Wallace.

Andrea Novitske, Devin Roberson, and Chris Lashock at the Regional Competition in Madison.




BADGER January: Megan Bonikowske February: Bo Babich March: Keyosha Pressley April: Karson Krueger COLUMBUS January: Cassie Jolitz February: Cassie Jolitz March: Taylor Besaw FOSTER January: Julissa Barraza February: Haidyn Mueller March: Kariema Mueller April: Nha long Vang LOCUST January: Brooke Piotter February: Brooke Piotter March: Ammishaddai Easterling April: Terry Sonnleitner ROOSEVELT January: Juan Carlos Contreras February: Fuseng Lo March: April Piller April: Noah Landes HIGHLANDS January: Elizabeth Salinas February: Nick Niles March: Kambria Donnelly April: Fernando Casas WILSON January: Jessy Wolf February: Jeremy McDonald March: Brandie Beal April: Alyssa McDuffee


The fourth annual Vintage in the Valley wine and cheese event was held March 10 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The event raised nearly $50,000 to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and was co-title sponsored by Keller Inc. and Carew Concrete & Supply Co. Inc. The approximately 450 guests enjoyed a number of varieties of wine and beer donated by Flanagan's, General Beverage, von Stiehl winery, Wisconsin Distributors, General Beer and Stonecellar Brew Pup. Cheese was donated by Simon's, Union Star, Vern's Cheese, and Arla Foods. For the first time, the event was held on a Saturday evening and many commented that it was a great opportunity to gather groups of friends and neighbors. Wine connoisseurs could be found in abundance in the Cellar Select Room, sponsored by Ahern Fire Protection, where a wide variety of varieties and styles of wine were sampled. Three bottles of select wine were given away as door prizes to Cellar Select ticket holders. The prize wines, which ranged in value from $350 to $675, were sponsored by Appleton Cardiology Associates, Silton, Seifert, Carlson & Gamble, S.C., and Weidert Group. Special thanks to all of our supporters!


The 8th Annual Charity Golf Outing benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will be held June 18 at the prestigious North Shore Golf Club in Menasha. Title sponsor First Community Credit Union will host the event. Make plans now to attend. Tickets are $225 for a single golfer, or $900


Christine Gartska runs the Youth and Family Counseling Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Science in Education/Counseling from the University of Wisconsin ­ Oshkosh. Among her many accomplishments, Christine is membership Chairperson of the Oshkosh Chi Sigma Iota chapter (a counseling academic and professional honor society), a member of the American Counseling Association, and a National Certified Counselor. She has received her license in the state of Wisconsin. Christine has specialized training in death and dying, developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and more. The services provided by the Youth and Family Counseling Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley are available at no charge to all community members. A Club membership is not required for a child to receive counseling. Anyone with questions may feel free to contact Christine at 920-731-0555, ext. 249.

for a foursome. The day-long event will be capped off with a dinner. This event is always very popular, so reserve your foursome now. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Debbie Hass at 920-731-0555 or [email protected]


Ever caught a whopper? (Or told one?) Then you won't want to miss the Fishing Derby on Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Jefferson Park in Menasha. It's a fun and festive friendly competition on the high seas of Lake Winnebago. Proceeds will benefit programs and services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. Contact Debbie Hass at 920-731-0555 for more information on participation or sponsorship.





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