Thursday, March 11, 2010

REGI Volunteers, Dave Hoffman Named "Good Neighbor" in Fox Valley

( Photo: Dave Hoffman, a distribution planner with ThedaCare at Home, designed clever perches from IV poles no longer able to be used in a heath care settings. Our Screech Owl is enjoying one this morning. )

Volunteers are so important to Raptor Education Group, Inc. ( REGI) and all non-profits. Due to our remote location, tucked away in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, we honestly could use many more.

Volunteers can do all kinds of things. It depends on the volunteers' experience and desire. They may enjoy working with or around the birds or not. There is no limit as to the variety of jobs or talents that volunteers can do to help the REGI organization and our work with wildlife.

Dave Hoffman doesn't actually spend much time at REGI, but he is a huge help to us and our patients. Multi-talented Dave loves the outdoors. He manages to insert his passion for the outdoors and for helping people in many directions with several non-profit organizations. Through his work as distribution planner at ThedaCare at Home in Appleton, Dave finds medical supplies no longer usable for human patients that we can use with our wildlife patients. Everyone knows the huge cost of medical items. The cost is the same for we who work with wildlife as it is for human patients when we buy it from distributors. Donations of this kind are so welcome. Often we are given items that would be too costly for us to even think about purchasing for our patients.

It is no wonder he was recently honored as Good Neighbor in the Appleton Post Crescent Newspaper.
Good Neighbor
Click on the word Good Neighbor to read all about Dave, his projects and his words on REGI. We sure appreciate him and the help he gives us.

Dave is also a Hunter Education Instructor. You might wonder what that has to do with us at REGI. Let me tell you, it is important. Ethics is a big topic in Hunter Education and that leads directly back to us. It is less likely protected species will be shot "accidentally" after a Hunter Safety Class among many other important elements.

Sunnie Mercier from Tomahawk, phoned to say she has formed a new group called T.R.A.I.N. or, Tomahawk Reaching Animals In Need. What a great name and focus! They are including REGI as one of their animal groups to benefit the fundraising efforts of TRAIN. There is going to be a bake sale this Saturday in Tomahawk. If you are interested in more information you can call Sunnie at 715-612-5866.

We are in need of more volunteers as spring approaches. Lots to do from painting and repair to full-on construction projects and cleaning.

Last but not least, we also have our spring fundraiser coming up. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Dorf Kapelle will play German/Polish/Czech polkas with a fantastic German Dinner served as well. The date will be on Mothers Day., May 9th in Antigo at the Northstar Lanes. We need people to help at the door and work our booth on that day for a few hours. Let us know if you are interested. This is an amazing event. last year the tickets sold out in a week!

We are still gathering photos from the International Festival of Owls event last weekend and preparing for weekend programs at the National Eagle Center in Minnesota. More on both festival weekends soon.

Have a good day everyone and Congratulations to Dave Hoffman for his good work!
We are all giving him a standing ovation here at REGI!

Marge Gibson 2010

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