How Are We Attacking Poverty in Fond du Lac County?


Monday Morning

We had a nice turnout of 19 members at our Monday meeting along with our guest speaker, Doug Pearson from ADVOCAP, and Kim Laws from the YMCA and Dale Hans from NAMI.  Gary Miller made donation presentations to both Kim and Dale for their respective organizations.  Charlene announced that the West Bend Noon Club is hosting their Annual German Night on Tuesday evening, March 31st at the West Bend KC Hall.  Cocktails at 6:00PM with Dinner at 7:00PM.  Gary Miller will be trying to get enough members to make this our March InterClub.  Bonnie Baerwald announced that the Club Satellite is providing a lunch for the Habitat for Humanity Builders on Saturday, April 16th as a service project.   “Happy Bucks” were offered by Chris Serres for the beginning of a “Sisters Week” with her sister from Arkansas, Doug Pearson for the Badgers Big 10 Tournament Championship, Charlene Petit for surviving her babysitting weekend with two grandchildren and a sick dog and Jan Krug in celebration for her husband Mike’s transfer from Rochester, MN to Green Bay.  Glen Treml was the 50/50 Raffle winner on Monday and he drew the Two of Spades, a non-winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 45 cards, including eight pay cards, and a pot of at least $87.

Doug Pearson, ADVOCAP

Doug Pearson, Community Relations Manager for ADVOCAP joined us on Monday.  ADVOCAP, a non-profit community action agency, was founded in 1966 to fight poverty within our local communities.  They do this by designing and implementing programs that empower people in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Winnebago counties to break the cycle of poverty.  Individuals and families build on their strengths and participate in opportunities that will develop the knowledge and skills they need to strengthen their economic future. Their anti-poverty programs help low-income persons secure affordable housing, gain employment skills and training, start a small business and become self-employed, volunteer at schools and daycares, become actively involved in their children’s learning, remain independent in their homes, and reduce the amount of home energy costs just to name a few.

For over 49 years they have been helping families change their destiny