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Richard Bachman is an invaluable source of commitment, dependability, and volunteerism. Dick is one of those persons who is always willing to say yes. He has served his church and the Wauwatosa community for decades as an alderman, usher and member of his Church Council.
Dick is a man upon whom one may depend. While at Milwaukee Tool Corporation, Dick was involved in organizing the annual company picnic, and even served as Santa Claus at the company's annual Christmas party.
After his retirement, Dick started a club that has grown large, with 124 retirees and guests attending the annual Christmas lunch in 2006. He has used his dedication and organizational skills to establish civic celebrations in Wauwatosa, such as the Millennium party, 4th of July Civic Celebration and Parade, and the Bicentennial Celebration. Dick has worked toward neighborhood unity and betterment as a volunteer with the Tosa for Kids program, various neighborhood associations, mid-summer North Avenue flag displays, and the Wauwatosa Baseball League.
Donated bakery products find their way from Dick's car to Hart Park Senior Center and Nutrition site, where Dick is an active advocate. With more than 25 years of community volunteerism, Dick has shown a commitment to improving the lives of everyone.
Donald Brockman is a retired officer of the Milwaukee Police Department after serving nearly 35 years.
At age 75, his commitment to improving the quality of life for Milwaukee County residents is evident in his high level of volunteerism.
A proud member of the Milwaukee Police Department Historical Society, Donald is dedicated to maintaining the history of Milwaukee Police Department through his active membership. His donation of 123 police displays from around the world is on display at the Milwaukee Safety Academy and is valued at over $15,000. The collection has earned Donald the nickname of the "Patch Man".
Donald has been an active member of the American Legion Milwaukee Police Post #415 for over 50 years. He has served as 2nd Vice Commander, 1st Vice Commander and Post Commander. Currently he is the Post Financial Officer.
Since 1998, Donald and his wife Jaclyn have volunteered in more than 30 Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin events, including Morgan Memorial Golf Outing, Walk & Run for Wishes, and Host Night Gala. They have personally contributed over $1,100.
Through the years they have also uplifted the hearts of many by spreading Christmas joy and donating gifts as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to colleagues, community and school children. Donald has been very involved in his church, Our Lady of Lourdes, including membership in the over 50 club for 18 years.
His heartfelt involvement with these and other groups, including participation in GermanFest since 1989, is clear evidence of Donald's dedication to the betterment of his community.
Casper Green is a tireless advocate for senior citizens in the City of Franklin. He has served as president of the Franklin Senior Citizens for many years.
Casper was instrumental in the establishment of a senior meal
program dining site in Franklin. He is also an active volunteer, working with Franklin's Personnel and Negotiations committees,
participating in his church and its choir, and visiting homebound seniors.
Casper is active in support of the senior meal program, Franklin Senior Club, the Senior Walking Club, a proposed new community center and keeping Franklin safe from sexual predators.
Regardless of the weather, Casper regularly attends Franklin's common council meetings so that he will be able to report to the members of the Franklin Senior Citizens group about what is happening in the community. He regularly speaks on behalf of Franklin seniors on many issues.
Casper's advocacy efforts are also valuable in helping the City of Franklin anticipate the impact its decisions will have on the senior community.
To quote one of Capser's supporters, "he is truly one in a million, with a limitless heart and devotion."
Beverly Krass reflects a dedication to serve through the philosophy of four C's: church, community, children, and culture. Using her qualities of eagerness, leadership and community focus she has enriched the south side neighborhood.
Beverly and her late husband of 57 years, Aloyse, helped expand community services at St. Josephat's Basilica. She carries on by leading a team of volunteers for SHARE that distributes $1,000 worth of food a month to nearly 50 families.
Beverly started a physical education program and library at St. Josephat's School and has volunteered every school day for 11 years.
She has volunteered with the Milwaukee Polish National Alliance Group 2159 for 56 years, the Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin, WI and the Polish Heritage Alliance for more than 26 years, and at Polish Fest for 25 years. She also received a Polish Woman of the Year Award from the Milwaukee Society in 1992.
Other activities include serving on the American Legion Auxiliary, FDR Post 444 for 30 years and raising over $600,000 for the Tri-Corp Housing and South Community Organizations.
Tireless dedication to helping others is the foundation of Beverly's heartfelt service work
Jayne Pelton is a retired nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association, Bradford Terrace and Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital. Her commitment and dedication to volunteerism has enriched the community in many ways.
Jayne gives new meaning to the role of the unsung hero. Having lived on Milwaukee's East side since 1960, she works diligently to make her community a better place to live. As early as 1968-69, she was an active supporter in the founding of the Watertower Landmark Trust Association.
Jayne's support and skill in fund raising was important to the Lake Park Friends as they worked to establish an ice skating rink. Currently, Jayne is involved with the Weed-Out programs and the Urban Ecology Center. She is often on call for special events, and assists with the monthly newsletter and mailings.
Jayne is a founding and current member of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association where she works for neighborhood clean up and beautification, newsletter circulation and other important projects that address neighborhood concerns. She has been a Safety Committee Chair and established a huge annual Easter egg hunt at Riverside Park.
Jayne works to keep her east side neighborhood a great place in which to live by volunteering her time and talents at least one week per month.