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RSVP Will Celebrate its 47th Anniversary
at Volunteer Appreciation Event on October 17

RSVP will celebrate its 47th anniversary at its upcoming annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Our theme this year is a Tropical Island Paradise. All RSVP volunteers reporting hours since October, 2018, have been invited. If you come, and we hope you do, you'll be treated to the music of MAUI, the Madison Area Ukulele Initiative.  Included will be a luncheon and a large number of door prizes.  Be sure to wear your best tropical island paradise gear!  Over the past 47 years, more than 10,000 volunteers have given of their time and energy to help neighbors in 11 Dane County Communities. In 2018, 1467 RSVP volunteers provided 164,865 hours of service to help others in need.

Fourteen volunteers from 11 Dane County communities will receive special awards for their outstanding service. Six are to receive the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for reporting of 4,000 hours of service to date, and nine will receive the Length of Service Award for 20 consecutive years of service with RSVP. Congratulations to our special award winners, listed below. They have touched many lives with the generous gift of their time, and their participation in RSVP and its programs is greatly appreciated.

2019 President's Lifetime Achievement Award

(Given for 4,000 or more hours of service)

  • Peggy Ahlgren, Middleton
  • Fred Appleton, Monona
  • Mary Breuch, Madison
  • Sharon Mahoney, Blue Mounds
  • Gregg Williard, Madison

2019 RSVP Length of Service Award
(Given for achieving 20 consecutive years of service)

  • Melvern L. Bankes, Cross Plains
  • Lynne S. Diebel, Stoughton
  • Dorothy I. Handrick, Mt. Horeb
  • Dorothy Karls, DeForest
  • Doris Koster, Madison
  • Elizabeth Rewey, McFarland
  • Judy Tegtman, Cottage Grove
  • Jeanne Topel, Madison
  • Lois B. Tyler, New Glarus

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors! We appreciate their ongoing support of our programs and helping us recognize the efforts of our volunteers.

Diamond Sponsors

Madison Gas and Electric Logo


Silver Sponsors

Custer Financial Services
ike and Barbara Foley
US Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Group Health Cooperative
Herb Kohl Charities
Wegner CPAs