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September 2012  
Service League of Green Bay Newsletter
In This Issue
"Get to Know Us"
President's Message
Project Profile
Associate Corner
BTSS Wrap-Up
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75th Annual Rummage Sale October 13th!


Service League's annual Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday October 13, 2012 from 9:00am-1:00pm at the East Side Boys and Girls Club, 1451 University Ave. We are looking for GENTLY USED household items, small appliances, bedding, books, games, bikes, sports equipment, baby items, clothes of all sizes, shoes, purses, coats, furniture, kid's toys and electronics, among many other things. Please bring your rummage to the East Side Boys and Girls Club on Friday, October 12th from 8:00am-1:00pm.

If you are interested in helping with the rummage sale or have any questions, please contact Tricia Heeg at  

REMINDER: Associates and Actives with High School Seniors!

Just a quick note to remind you all that you are eligible to participate in the 2012 Service League Charity Ball!

We are interested in knowing who will partake in this year's event in November. Even if you are unsure if you will participate, please let us know if you have a High School Senior Graduating in 2013 so we can keep our Service League Charity Ball history complete!

Please email Joey Liebmann at
to provide us with this information.


Get to Know Us

Courtney Peirce



 Courtney Peirce was born and raised in Iowa City, IA which is where her parents still reside. She left Iowa to attend college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been a Badger fan ever since! This of course does not always sit well with a family of Hawkeye fans - including her husband!


After college Courtney moved to Chicago where she first worked in fund development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. After her time there, she moved on to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons where she worked with Meeting Management, Planning and Organization. She met her husband while living in Chicago, and the two called that their home for almost 10 years. They did a one year stint in Ann Arbor, MI and then moved to Green Bay where they currently reside.


Courtney has four children: 4 1/2 year old Max, 3 year old Blaise, and 3 week old twins, Jack and Avery. Her 8 year old Boston Terrier, Poppy is also very much a part of their family!Courtney enjoys playing tennis, being involved with her kids' schools,
volunteering her time, and spending time with family and friends.



Within Service League, she has held the positions of Vice President, Back to School Store Co-Chair, Charity Ball Chair and
the Adopt-a-friend Booth Chair for Encompass' Big Event for the Little
Kids. Courtney is currently the President of Service League for the 2012-2013 calendar year.

Welcome to the September 2012 edition of Service League's electronic newsletter! We hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready for the fall just like we are! Our first general meeting will take place on September 12th, and we are very excited to kickoff yet another productive year. For Service League, this year begins with a newly revamped website, so if you haven't already checked it out, please be sure to visit us at!

We would also like to announce the arrival of our 2012 Service League cookbook! Complete with hundreds of recipes from appetizers to deserts, this is a fabulous new opportunity to help support our organization. For more information and to find out how to order one, please visit our website.

As always, please share this newsletter with your friends and family by clicking "Forward" at the bottom of this email, and let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Enjoy and happy reading!
President's Message: Courtney Peirce



"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

 ~Winston Churchill~


The last official holiday of the summer is over and school has officially started. I hope all of you are enjoying being back on a schedule as much as I am.   Service League had a very productive summer and we are feeling ready to accomplish even more this fall:

  • Back to school store had 1551 kids registered! We broke a record for bargain shopping and are so thankful to the countless number of volunteers who took a few (or several) hours out of their day to come and help! The 2013 store will tentatively be held on August 7
  • We welcomed 9 new members in June and are excited about our newest members: Shannon Baumann, Heather Munagala & Mary Zuekle &. Membership is on-going. If you know someone who is interested, or who would make a great member - please contact Joey Wilinski:
  • Encompass' Oktoberfest will be held on Friday, September 21 at the KI Center. For more information or to purchase tickets - please contact Brookh Lyons:
  • The 2012 cookbook is here and is available for purchase. These make great Holiday and hostess gifts - all your friends and family will want one! Thank you to everyone who submitted a recipe! If you would like to place an order, CLICK HERE.
  • Our Website has a new and improved look- we encourage you to take a peek! Please let us know what you think!
  • Our annual rummage sale will take place on October 12 at the east side Boys and Girls club. If you have questions or items to drop off, please contact Tricia Heeg:
  • Charity Ball will take place on November 24. Joey Liebmann will be holding an informational meeting for all interested SL moms on September 10 if you have a high school senior who is interested in participating, please contact Joey for more information:
  • We will be taking a break from Poinsettia sales this year and in its place will be offering a Chicago Bus Trip Fundraiser in the fall and a "Baby Shower" in the spring. Please stay tuned for more information. All proceeds will benefit Service League of Green Bay and our programs.
  • Big Blue Bash will be held on March 2. Our fundraising chair is already starting to secure donations and items for the auctions! If you have a great idea to earn Service League interesting auction items, sponsors or guests, please contact Deb DeLeers: It is sure to be a good time!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events!


Respectfully yours,

Courtney Peirce

Project Profile: Basic Necessities


Imagine sending your child to school after the first snow fall of the year without gloves or a hat. This is an unfortunate possibility for one out of every four children in Green Bay who live below the poverty level (per U.S. Census Bureau figures for 2007).  These children must live without many things our families consider basics. Service League of Green Bay's Basic Necessites program strives to fill the gap left by poverty to provide elementary school children in need with daily essentials.
The Basic Necessities program provides hats, waterproof gloves, sweatshirts and sweatpants to the Green Bay School District. In years past, the program took "special orders", which meant that each school could call on the Basic Necessities committee whenever they had a child in need of these or other items. Last year, after discussions with the social workers in the school district, the program was changed to provide a supply of these four items to the school district to be distributed among the elementary schools as needed.
The two-person Basic Necessities Committee is in charge of gathering the inventory for the next school year. These bargain-shopping Service League women scout for the best deals on clearance items so we can maximize the number of items we provide to the schools. They then go through the long process of inventorying the items to make it easier for the school district to access and distribute to the individual schools. In May 2012, we were able to deliver hundreds of items to the school district to prepare them to meet the day to day needs of the students for the entire 2012-2013 school year. The Basic Necessities program is just

one of the ways Service League quietly enhances the lives of hundreds of local children each year.  

Associate Corner - Amy Rader

Service League Class of 2000

A question and answer with Amy Rader


Q: What years were you in Service League? 

A: 2000-2005, president 2004-2005

Q: What was/were your favorite project(s)?  

A: My favorite project was Back To School Store. I loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and knowing we were helping them start their school years off on a positive note.

Q: Do you have any favorite Service League memories you would like to share?

A: It's not really a memory, but more of a take-away. I love that as I am out and about in the community, I often run into people that I know from my time in SL. These are fabulous women that I may not have had the opportunity to know had it not been for SL and after years of being away, it's fun to run into them and catch up. 

Q: What sorts of things have you been doing since you were an active member of Service League? (community based, work, family, etc)

A:  Since I left SL, I went back to school. I had a teaching degree and decided to shift gears. I love the service mentality of nursing and earned a degree in nursing from Bellin College. I graduated in May 2011 and now work part time as a nurse. I sat on the Encompass Board of Directors for 4 years. Encompass always held a special place in my heart after my time in Service League so when I was asked to join, I was honored to say yes.

Finally, I sit on the Site Advisory Council (formerly the School Board) at St. Matthew School in Allouez, where my 5 children attend. My time in SL taught me the importance of being involved and not being afraid to challenge myself with leadership activities.


Q: Do you have any suggestions for getting people involved in community work and or Service League? 

A: Talk up the friendships and the opportunities to meet women from all different avenues- stay home moms, working women, single, married, older, younger. It's as much about the what the organization does to make better women as it is about what the women do for the community. 


**Wondering what your former Service League friends and colleagues are up to now? Send us an email with their name and we will add them to our Associate Corner feature list where they can be highlighted in our newsletter! Feel free to email us directly about yourself too - we'd love to feature YOU!

2012 Back to School Store Wrap -Up


The 20th annual Back to School Store was held on Wednesday August 8, 2012, and it was a huge success!





Here are some interesting facts from this year's store:

  • 1,551 K - 5th graders were registered: 796 boys and 755 girls
  • 1,352 kids actually came through the store 
  • 92% qualified and were signed up for the free-lunch program
  • 70% spoke English as their main language
  • 15% spoke Spanish as their main language
  • 8% spoke Hmong as their main language
  • 1500 backpacks were distributed to middle school kids
  • The East High School Football team unloaded a whole trailer of clothes, shoes and backpacks in 14 minutes
  • The WPS interns raised $1,038.00 by holding a bake sale

New things we did for this year:

  • The Girls Scouts held a book drive and collected books for us
  • We had celebrity shoppers including: Miss Oneida Indian Princess, Michelle Melby, Cami Ropson, East High Associate Principal Curt Julian, and Major Robin of the Salvation Army, among others
  • Churches collected socks and underwear for us instead of school supplies, and we had a GREAT response
  • Celebration Church supplied us with 80 pair of tennis shoes with their Soles for Souls Mission


It was a successful year and we are already watching the sales for the 2013 Back to School Store! Thank you to all who volunteered, helped and donated!




Thank you all for your continued support of Service League and all we do. Your dedication to our organization and our mission is what makes it all possible. Warm wishes from all of us at Service League!

Katie DuBois
Marketing Chair

Service League of Green Bay

P.O. Box 372

Green Bay, WI 54305