The George Greene Award for exceptional service by a guest turned volunteer is named after founder and long-time Gathering Board President. The 2012 Award was presented to John Behmke for his exceptional commitment to meal service at the South Side meal site (pictured below).
The Produce Preservation Project celebrated its first Service Milestone for volunteer Eileen Duffey, who has helped over 20 times in the project’s 3 years of existence.
The following INDIVIDUAL volunteers reached service milestones in 2012 for number of years of continuous volunteering:
30 YEARS: Rick & Mary Thickens (Rick is a Cook, both are Coordinators) 20 YEARS: Jill Ardis (Coordinator); Ruby Cross (Cook); Neil & Jane Radtke (Cooks) 15 YEARS: Jim Ardis (Coordinator), Harry & Ellie Moseley (Coordinators), John & Julie Wolf (Cooks)10 YEARS: Jerry & Connie Michalske (Cooks), Donna Seri (Coordinator), Janet Totero (Cook) 7 YEARS: Lyn Aiken (Cook), Howard & Liz Frank (Cooks), Linda Koenig (Breakfast Program), Marcus Momon (Cook), Christine Wilke (Coordinator) 5 YEARS: Roger Carroll (Coordinator), Michelle Da Costa (Cook), Roger & Linda Dickson (Cooks), Bob Heindl (Breakfast Program), Mark & Karen Meunier (Cooks & Coordinators), Richard Thickens (Cook), Jason Thurow (Cook)3 YEARS: Sarah Buell & Gordon Lasic (Cooks), Joseph Kaja (Cook & Coordinator), Kris Ochocki (Coordinator).
The following GROUPS reached service milestones in 2012 for number of times volunteering:
200+ Johnson Controls, Inc. 150+ Christ Church Episcopal, Community United Methodist Church, Prince of Peace School 130+ Fox Point Lutheran Church 125+ Thomas More High School Students 85+ Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 65+ North Shore Presbyterian Church 50+ Albright United Methodist Church, Heritage Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 35+ UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership & Research 25+ City on a Hill 15+ Lutherdale Ministries, Northwestern Mutual New Business Department, Robert W. Baird, St. Gregory the Great Congregation, St. James Episcopal Church.
Friends of The Gathering Awards, given to agencies, groups or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional compassion and dedication to The Gathering itself or to those we serve:
Sherry Walker (Coordinator); Rick Thickens (Cook & Coordinator); Betty Reilly (Dinner Program); Mary End (Dinner Program); Mark Heffron (Photographer); Jerry Smith (Newsletter Printer); Niki Bivona (Cook & Website Designer); Robert Wargolet III (Webmaster); Robert W. Baird (Baird Gives Back Campaign); Jeff Steren-McDonald’s Restaurants (donations to Breakfast Program); St. Augustine, Wauwatosa Ave. UMC, Peace UMC, Christ Church (Bagged Lunch Donations); Julie Wolf (Shelter Meal Program nutrition consultant); Judith Van Till (Breakfast Program).