Get to Know Us:
Katie was born and raised in Green Bay. She attended college at the
University of Wisconsin in Madison, then lived in Madison until 2007
when a job opportunity brought her back to her hometown. She resides
in Allouez with her husband, Robert, son, Owen, and Goldendoodle,
Quesa. She is expecting her second child, a daughter, in March. Katie
works as an Account Executive for Aon, the leading global provider of
risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and
human resource consulting and outsourcing. Katie specializes in
insurance brokerage and consulting for multi-national clients.
When not working and chasing after her 18 month-old son and fun-loving
puppy, Katie enjoys cooking and baking. She loves to deliver warm
baked goods to her friends. She also enjoys running with her husband
and looks forward to training for her next race. She treasures time at
her cottage in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and tries to spend as much
time as possible with family and friends. When not volunteering in
Brown County, Katie supports efforts far away from home. She has
served in Peru and Mexico helping children in impoverished
communities. She is not afraid to her hands dirty to help those in
need and her time spent with the children in LaMerced, Peru and
Oaxaca, Mexico feed her desire to make an impact in Green Bay.
Currently Katie is serving as Service League's Secretary and is also
in charge of the organizations new website. During her tenure in
Service League, she served as Membership Chair for 2 years, as well as
Big Blue Bash Print Chair, a member of the Big Blue Bash
Auction/Raffle and Production Committees, and the Community Gifts
Committee. She especially enjoyed her time as membership chair -- It
was fun to meet so many dynamic women who were passionate about
positively impacting our community!
was a Sucess!
Thank you to all of the shoppers that attended our Girlfriend Trip to the Windy City fundraiser last month! We could not have asked for better weather or better company for this new event - a great day of shopping and fun was had by all! We had a total of 31 people on the bus and over $500 was made to help support our projects! If you missed the bus this year, be sure to watch for more information about our 2013 trip.
Welcome to the December 2012 edition of the Service League of Green Bay newsletter! It's the holiday season, and we are so fortunate to be wraping-up another wonderful year serving the community that we live in. Our members feel blessed to be able to help others in the ways that Service League allows us to, and we appreciate all of your support of our organization!
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, a happy new year, and send you warm wishes for 2013! Enjoy and happy reading!
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President's Message: Courtney Peirce
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
The Holiday Season is a time to reflect on the successes of the past year, a time to spend with family and friends, and a time to be thankful for all the blessings each of us has. I am extremely thankful and proud of what Service League has accomplished not only this past year, but for the past 80 years! Your hard work has allowed us to remain committed to the children in Brown County!
We have enjoyed the success of new fundraisers, a new spin on the Big Blue Bash and a room full of new, and not so new members who are excited to give their time and talents.
We have continued to look for ways to be more efficient and productive, while still providing high level of service to our programs and children in need.
2013 is just around the corner with new challenges and opportunities. I feel especially grateful and confident because we have a talented team that has shown the ability to rise above and stay optimistic.
I appreciate what you have done this year to make our organization successful, and want to say a sincere "Thank You" for your commitment and dedication throughout the year. I also want to send a special thank you to your family members and loved ones for sharing you with us, and for supporting and encouraging you throughout the year. Wishing you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.
Associate Corner - Sue Adlebush
Service League Class of 1985
A question and answer with Sue Adlebush
Q: What years were you in Service League?
Q: What was/were your favorite project(s)?
A: The project that I most enjoyed was the baby layettes. When I was in Service League, we made the bibs and the blankets for the sets and purchased the other necessities. Being that I had a young family myself at the time, I could identify with the needs of the new mom's that we were delivering the layette sets for. Working with the hospitals, you'd often hear heartbreaking stories however it was a very rewarding feeling knowing that with our simple gesture, these families were going home with new, clean items and could start their child's life out on the right foot.
I also really enjoyed my involvement with the Parade of Homes and Charity Ball. Those were two major events when I was in Service League. We were in charge of decorating all the homes that were visited as well as all the decorations for the Charity Ball event. Our ideas were always quite lavish and truly took our inner "Martha Stewart" to pull them off. Although it was a large undertaking, there was a sense of pride that you shared with the your committee when you could reflect on how amazing everything looked and how well it complimented the night's festivities.
Q: Do you have any favorite Service League memories you would like to share?
A: During the years that I was in Service League, the organization was quite large so I always appreciated the "workshops" that we held. They were similar to committee meetings but were typically held as a volunteer opportunity to help accomplish a small task that was necessary for the larger project. For example, women would gather to make the decorations for the holiday trees for Charity Ball. Because it was typically a smaller group gathering for the workshop, you were able to make true connections with people - get to know about their families and outside interests - which made the Service League experience a more intimate one. Those workshops supplied the foundation for true friendships to form.
Q: What sorts of things have you been doing since you were an active member of Service League? (community based, work, family, etc)
A: After leaving Service League, I became very involved in my children's school - ranging from Mayflower Nursery School to their elementary and eventually high schools. I found great satisfaction being part of something that was directly impacting my children. I also became more involved in my church - volunteering and chairing many projects - some of which were implemented due to my experiences in Service League.
More recently, I have become involved in the Ladies of Lambeau which is an organization of women formed of employees and wives of people connected with the Green Bay Packers. Every year there is a different project focus - feeding the hungry in South America, providing gifts for our troops, assisting and gifting to local nursing homes during the holidays. Being involved has again allowed me to connect with people outside of the work environment, knowing we are all working toward the same common good.
On a personal note, I have been married to my husband, Mike, for nearly 40 years and have two daughters - My younger daughter Amy is living and working in New York City however we are crossing our fingers that she'll relocate back to Chicago to be closer to home! My older daughter, Sarah (Steve) Gicius, resides in Suamico and has blessed us with our two grand-daughters: Madelyn and Regan. It is through her involvement as a recent Past President, that I have also re-acquainted myself with Service League.
Q: Do you have any suggestions for getting people involved in community work and or Service League?
A: Don't be afraid to get involved and use Service League as a stepping stone. Often, young families do not get involved until their children are in school and Service League provides a great vehicle to get involved sooner. You are able to make connections with people that you may have not otherwise met - and through those connections, you can find many common bonds. Involvement in Service League helps institute confidence and leadership - after chairing a project or being part of a successful committee, you feel that you are able to accomomplish big things outside of the organization. My mother was always a strong advocate for volunteerism in the community - it was her belief that we had many things to be grateful for so it was up to us to help share those blessings. That is a sentiment that I passed on to my daughters and I still firmly believe small acts of kindness are needed - whether it benefits our neighbors, our community or the greater world around us.
**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!
Special Feature: The Big Blue Bash
Save the Date!
As the weeks wind down in 2012, Service League of Green Bay is busy gearing up for its annual fundraiser, the Big Blue Bash, which will be held on March 2, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. This year, the Big Blue Bash is back with a casual, chic "Blue jeans, BBQ and Bluegrass" theme, complete with home-style recipes, a relaxed atmosphere and bluegrass music. Guests will also be able to bid on a wide variety of silent and oral auction items. The silent auction will feature packages that are sure to appeal to everyone- from the sports enthusiast, to the health minded individual, pet lovers, garden fanatics, and more! The oral auction boasts, among other things, a private dinner for 6 at the Republic Chophouse, exclusive trip opportunities, and a bathroom remodel package by DeLeers Construction.
As in years past, all of the money raised at the Big Blue Bash will be used to support Service League's projects in the community, including our biggest project, the Back to School Store. By supporting this event, you truly are making a world of difference in the lives of underprivileged children in our community. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or would like more information, please contact the event chair, Deb DeLeers at:
(920) 362-3517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Encompass Check Presentation
On November 27, 2012 Service League President Courtney Peirce and Vice President Joey Liebmann presented Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc. with a check for $10,000! Each year Service League allocates funds to give to Encompass to show our support of the wonderful work they do, as well as demonstrate our ongoing comittment to helping them provide for the children they care for.
From left to right: Joey Liebmann, Courtney Pierce, Tracy Arndt Encompass President, and Sue Vincent Executive Director
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!
Service League of Green Bay
P.O. Box 372
Green Bay, WI 54305