Where Volunteers Make a Difference

Most people would find it hard to keep up with Georgia Punswick!  After retiring from teaching in the Columbus School District for 38 years, she didn't waste any time keeping busy with a variety of volunteer activities and paid positions.  She has volunteered for 14 years with Second Harvest Food Bank and Ronald McDonald House Charities.  She received the Ronald McDonald House Charities Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.  She has also been active in Hope Lutheran Church's Women groups, Church Council, and Vacation Bible School.

In addition to her volunteer work, she works as an usher at the Dane County Coliseum.  She has been married to her husband Dale for 52 years and has three grown sons.

In 2004, Georgia worked with Diane Wiedenbeck to start the Cottage Grove Triad.  Triad is a national program that promotes safety and crime prevention for seniors.  As an offshoot of Triad, Georgia and other volunteers became involved in working on the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative and the Memory Cafe Committee, which she chairs.  When Diane died unexpectedly this past January, Georgia was instrumental in helping to reorganize the Triad Committee that Diane chaired, so that projects would go on despite Diane's absence.

Georgia is always willing to take on other challenges and will be chairing the Annual Free Car Winterization for seniors 55 and over project to be held October 20 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon at Meineke's Car Care in Cottage Grove.  We appreciate all Georgia does for Triad, RSVP and the community.