Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca
Kleefisch speaks during the luncheon honoring the recipients
of the Waukesha County Executive Awards Wednesday at the
Country Springs Hotel.
WAUKESHA - Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County
Executive Director Diane McGeen said the organization
has built about 20 new homes over the organization’s 25
year history in the area, but it is looking to ramp
things up going into the future.
and her program were honored for their work Wednesday,
being named the Small Nonprofit of the Year at the 19th
Annual Waukesha County Executive Awards reception at the
Country Springs Hotel.
are really doing something in Waukesha County - it is
not just one house,” McGeen said. “We couldn’t do this
without the support of the community. I am really
excited about having people realize Habitat is doing
something here and we are going to continue to do it.”
organization has worked with businesses and church
groups in the past, but McGeen said she is reaching out
to the next generation - young professionals, college
students and Boy Scouts - to expand its reach.
Karen Tredwell, executive
director of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, left,
listens as Michael Ward announces a $4,000 donation from
U.S. Bank to the Food Pantry, which received the Waukesha
County Executive Award for large nonprofit organization.
Earlier this year, Habitat opened a ReStore at 2120 East
Moreland Blvd., which accepts accepts donations of new
and slightly used furniture, appliances and building
materials that are then resold to the public to help
finance the organization.
a fun store to shop in,” she said, “everything is priced
Habitat for Humanity was also granted a $2,000 donation
from U.S. bank in recognition of its efforts.
honorees at the ceremony included the Food Pantry of
Waukesha County, which was named the Large Nonprofit of
the Year - and received a $4,000 donation from U.S. Bank
- and the County Department of Parks & Land Use, which
was tabbed the Government Agency of the Year.
Parks & Land Use Department was honored for its regional
recycling effort, which will combine services between
Waukesha County and the city of Milwaukee.
Timothy Nettesheim, a partner at Reinhart Boerner Van
Deuren, S.C., said he was speechless when he learned the
Milwaukee-based law firm had been named the Business of
law group also has offices in Waukesha, Madison and
Rockford, but Nettesheim said the Reinhart Boerner Van
Deuren of today was only a dream 13 years ago.
award is not just given away without a lot of thought,”
he said. “We believed ... that Waukesha County is real
special. It is distinct and it has a work ethic of
getting things done that doesn’t exist everywhere. We
wanted to (become) a part of that and I suppose today,
this recognition shows that we have.”
ceremony’s keynote address was given by Lt. Gov. Rebecca
Kleefisch - an Oconomowoc resident - who said the
organizations being honored were filled with leaders
willing to make tough decisions.
good leaders, you must be willing to do the hard thing
if it is the right thing,” she said. “You can always use
difficulty as an opportunity to grow and make decisions
- don’t make suggestions - make decisions and own them.
They deserve your respect because you made them.”