Volunteer of the Year
Each year the Parks and Recreation Department is fortunate to have a large number of volunteers who help with everything from coaching youth programs, organizing senior citizen activities to maintaining landscape beds, picking up trash & litter, removing invasive species, planting trees, securing donations for programs and facility improvements, and many other things.
Since 2001, the Marshfield Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee has annually recognized a special volunteer whose efforts have stood out in their service to the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department and citizens of Marshfield.
The criteria for the award are;
- The individual has performed the volunteer service over a number of years.
- The individual has performed his or her service without any financial payment or other consideration.
- The program, facility, or activity related to the individual’s volunteer hours has impacted a relatively large number of people.
- The individual served in a leadership role that influenced or guided additional volunteers to complete a specific project or program.
Do you know who could be the next Volunteer of the Year for the Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Committee?
If so, please email us the name(s) of any individuals that you feel should be considered for the award plus a brief background regarding the volunteer efforts that individual has performed.
With a long-standing passion for serving the community, Jaclyn “Jackie” Schueller’s story of serving can be traced back to when she was a young girl, after her father passed away, she helped care for her sister who was disabled.
Jackie was born in Marshfield in 1947 to Leroy W. Behrens and Corrinne E. (Crazin) Behrens. She had one sister, Linda Behrens. Upon graduating from Marshfield Senior High in 1965, she married her husband of 55 years, Donald Schueller. They have four children, Debra, Randy, Kevin, and Kory. Together they owned and operated Schueller Construction for 50 years.
Schueller was heavily involved with children, teaching at St. John’s School, a Cub Scout and Brownie leader, and helping run the family business. Also, she has been and continues to be involved in the local Catholic parishes. She is currently sitting on the board for Sacred Heart Catholic Church Financial committee and their Building and Grounds committee.
Jackie started coming to the Parks & Recreation Senior Center when it was relocated to the Marshfield Mall in 2016. She came to socialize and participate in the various activities, but soon began to help out. She became more involved after the Senior Center moved to the 2nd Street Community Center in 2018. She joined the Senior Center Council Board of Directors and later became the secretary; and currently holds that position today.
Schueller helps plan events, coordinates and cleans up after cards and pool. She volunteers with the Aging and Disability Resource Center meal site. In January of 2020, after the Senior Center coordinator retired, Jackie became more active in dealing with the day-to-day activities. When COVID-19 came, she was instrumental in making sure that everything was cleaned and disaffected.
She has become a staple and strong volunteer for the Park and Recreation Department’s Senior Center. She keeps a close eye on the people who come and go from the Center and is always willing to lend a hand. Jackie is a vital asset to our organization. Her commitment, energy and effort does not go unnoticed, making Jackie Schueller the 2020 Volunteer of the Year.
Ali Luedtke is being recognized as the 2019 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department nominates a person or group who have made a positive impact in our community. Ali Luedtke was awarded as Parks & Recreation 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Ali is very active in the community, including donating many hours to the Parks & Recreation department. Ali developed and organizes “Family Fun Open Gym and More” at the Oak Avenue Community Center throughout the winter months. The activity is a major success with great participation. Ali established 10 sponsors to help fund the activity. Ali was also heavily involved with the transition of the indoor tennis & racquetball facility from the City to the MTA, the Library/Community Center building project and the installation of the Little Free Library at the Wildwood Zoo. Ali was presented the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award at the December 11th Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee meeting.
Congratulations to Ali, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Jean Doty is being recognized as the 2018 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department nominates a person or group who have made a positive impact in our community. Jean has been a member of the Committee on Aging, Marshfield Senior Council and Library Community Center Steering Committee. She is also involved with other organizations in the committee, giving of her time. Jean saw the seniors through their move from the old Senior Center out to the Mall, and from the Mall to the current location. Jean Doty was presented the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award at the December 13th Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee meeting.
Congratulations to Jean, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Dave Wurl is being recognized as the 2017 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department nominates a person or group who have made a positive impact in our community. Dave retired in 2012 and began volunteering at Wildwood Zoo by picking up garbage and helping with projects where needed. He is at the zoo every day, always willing to help with whatever needs to be done. Dave Wurl was presented the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award at the December 14th Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee meeting.
Congratulations to Dave, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Ken Swenson is being recognized as 2016 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department nominates a person or group who have made a positive impact in our community. Ken Swenson has done so much work for our department over the years in his free time. On several occasions, he has done things like cutting buckthorn out of fence lines, making a set of benches for our indoor tennis court, and many other things that we will never even know about. When Ken sees something that needs to be done, he will take time and do the task to improve our park system. Unless we happen to see him doing the work, it is often times done without a thank you, but it is very much appreciated.
Congratulations to Ken, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Jan Altmann & family are being recognized as 2015 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteers of the Year.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department nominates a person or group who have made a positive impact in our community. Jan & her family were instrumental in getting the Blackhawk Helicopter painted in Veterans Park, in addition to many other improvements to the park including new picnic tables, benches, flag poles, planting beds & sidewalks. The Altmann family has been instrumental in the development and upkeep of the Veterans Memorial by helping salvage & lay over 8,000 bricks, install flower beds, and spread mulch. The Altmann family is also active volunteering in other areas of the community, as they also help organize the Marshfield Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which supports local nonprofit organizations.
Congratulations to Jan & the Altmann family, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
This year's volunteer of the year award was presented to Jim Wein for his volunteer efforts as a member of the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee.
Jim served on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee for the City of Marshfield for 27 years, beginning in 1987 and ending his final term in April of this year. Jim served as chairperson of the committee for the last 23 years.
As a citizen volunteer serving on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee, Jim was able to help guide both the department and committee through a great deal of change and expansion of services and facilities provided by the Parks & Recreation Department. Some examples are:
- Shifting of maintenance and operational duties for the Wildwood Zoo and ball diamonds from the Street Division to the Parks & Recreation Department, including the reassignment of full-time staff from the Street Division to Parks & Recreation.
- Planning and construction of the Wildwood Station Building.
- Planning and construction of Griese Park.
- Planning and construction of an expanded and redesigned Steve J. Miller Recreation Area.
- Development of the first bicycle/pedestrian trails in the City of Marshfield.
- Planning and construction of Joe & Bernadine Weber’s Nature Park.
Jim also regularly volunteered to Zoo Society special events and assisted with the Leadership Marshfield “Quality of Life Day” presentations.
One of Jim’s most critical leadership skills was his ability to communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner, while at the same time providing input and guidance as to what he felt would be both supported and best for the community. Jim was always willing to respond to a call and assist where he could.
Congratulations to Jim, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
Jim’s award was presented at the November 25th Common Council meeting.
John Christenson is being recognized as 2013 Marshfield Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year for his efforts at the Wildwood Zoo over a number of years.
More recently, John was key in making the new fox exhibit at the zoo a reality. John worked closely with Zookeeper, Steve Burns, to plan, raise the funding, coordinate volunteers and assist in the construction of the exhibit that was officially opened in 2013. Funding for the exhibit was critical and John, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Marshfield, worked with fellow club member Lori Bents to secure funding from the Wisconsin Kiwanis Foundation and the Marshfield Kiwanis Club to help fund construction of the exhibit. The Wildwood Zoological Society also assisted in funding the project, in addition to donated services from area businesses. John has always been a supporter of the zoo, but in 2003 and 2004, John earned the nickname "Cage Man" when he designed and constructed the new raptor exhibits at the zoo. John spent a great deal of hours at the zoo, building the cages and guiding efforts of both city staff and volunteers to complete the new exhibits. John also served on the Zoo Society Board of Directors in 2004, and was a member of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee in 2005. John continues to be a strong supporter of the Wildwood Zoo, sharing ideas for future improvements and volunteering to help transport animals for the zoo.
Congratulations to John, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
Pam Nikolai served as the president of the Zoological Society from October 2008 through October 2012, and had been an active member since she moved to Marshfield in 2006.
Pam has been a key individual in re-energizing the Zoological Society Board, building a stronger working relationship with the Parks & Recreation Department staff, and leading the Zoological Society in enhancing and improving the quality of its programs and services to the zoo patrons. She also provided many quality photos of the zoo animals for various print materials and the website. Pam is currently chairing the Zoological Society's Grizzly Bear exhibit fundraising committee, and has been actively involved in all aspects of the programs and activities of the Zoological Society since she became a member when she moved to Marshfield.
Congratulations to Pam, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
Pam's award was presented at the November 27, 2012 Common Council Meeting.
Tom Buttke has been a longtime volunteer for the Parks & Recreation Department, dating back to his days as a volunteer youth sports coach. Tom has also served on the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee for many years. However, it is Tom's volunteer efforts with the Wildwood Zoological Society and the Wildwood Zoo the past years that raised his nomination above the others. Tom's volunteer efforts include coordinating and staffing the Zoo Society Concession stand during the summer Wild Wednesdays programs, coordinating and securing donations for the construction of the Wall for Wildlife at the zoo. Tom also serves on various Zoo Society committees and helps out at their many special events and programs. More recently, Tom is probably best known for his Cans for Critters fundraising efforts. Tom has made an extraordinary effort to work with local businesses, schools and other groups to collect cans and turn them into funds to help with improvements at the zoo.
Congratulations to Tom Buttke and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
This year's award was presented to Joyce Fischer, Sally Sadowska, Kathy Poehnelt, and Margi Weister of the Wood County Master Gardeners for their volunteer efforts.
Joyce, Sally, Kathy & Margi have been volunteering for the Parks & Recreation Department over the past number of years to maintain and improve the various gardens and landscape beds at the Marshfield Fairgrounds Park, Strohman Park, and the Wildwood Park Zoo. Joyce focuses her efforts on the Education Garden at the Marshfield Fairgrounds and works with the Marshfield Firefighters Association in beautifying and maintaining the plantings in Strohman Park. Sally, Kathy, and Margi take care of the many landscape beds and the Native Gardens exhibit at the Wildwood Park Zoo. They are quick to point out that they are assisted by a large number of other volunteers and appreciate the support of the Wood County Master Gardeners program. Without their dedication and expertise, our beautiful parks wouldn't be what they are today.
Congratulations to Joyce, Sally, Kathy & Margi of the Wood County Master Gardeners, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
This year's award was presented to Howard Hoffman for his volunteer efforts with youth soccer in Marshfield.
Howard has been volunteering for the Optimist Youth Soccer program since 1999, and some years he coached teams at three different ages levels. Howard also volunteers with coordination of soccer clinics, training of the coaches, and the training of referees. Last year, Howard was awarded the 2008 Administrator of the Year for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
Congratulations to Howard, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
The award was presented to Howard at the November 24th Common Council meeting.
This year's award was presented to Jim & Sarah Krueger and their family for their efforts in establishing and implementing the Marsh 21 Youth Baseball Tournaments in 2007 and 2008. They also assist the Marshfield Chaparral men's baseball team, American Legion Baseball and Marsh 21.
In 2007, under Jim & Sarah's guidance and direction, with help from their three sons and numerous volunteers, a very successful 3-day youth baseball tournament was held at the Steve J. Miller Recreation Area youth baseball fields. The tournament drew many teams and large number of spectators from around the area and state to Marshfield.
In 2008, Marsh 21, with the leadership and dedication of the Krueger family, expanded the age levels and decided to offer two tournaments on two consecutive weekends. They were both bigger and better than the first year, and again offered a great deal of quality baseball activity for the many young participants and spectators, in addition to raising funds for the Marsh 21 Steve J. Miller Baseball Field Fund at the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.
Congratulation to Jim, Sarah, and the boys and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
The award was presented to Jim & Sarah and their three sons at the November 11th Common Council meeting.
This year's recipient is Ron Dielmann for his volunteer efforts in the Wildwood Zoological Society.
Ron has been a member of the Zoological Society's Board for seven years, including serving as president from November 2004 until October 2006. Ron played a key role in many of the recent improvements that have occurred over the past few years at the Wildwood Zoo. Specifically, Ron was able to get materials donated from local businesses to help complete the conversion of the old aviary into the Education Pavilion, bison handling building, and the new roof for the Cougar building. Ron personally secured each sign sponsor for the new raptor exhibits, including the sign for the new eagle exhibit that was constructed in 2007. Ron volunteered his time and skills to work with John Christenson on the construction for the first raptor cages. For the past three years, Ron has secured the bands an coordinated the Blues in the Zoo fundraiser held in August at the zoo.
Ron continues to be an active member of the Zoological Society and the Board of Directors.
The 2006 award goes to Dan Umhoefer for his work and efforts to extend community pedestrian/bicycle trails through the Marshfield Area Friends of the Trails, and his leadership and work to develop and maintain both the trails and other features of the Joe and Bernadine Weber's Nature Park.
Dan began his work at the Joe and Bernadine Weber's Nature Park in 1993 by serving on the park's master plan committee and has continued volunteering in some way at the park on nearly a daily basis since that time. Dan has personally been responsible for the brushing and clearing of the trails, plus he regularly coordinates volunteers from his neighborhood to work on the trails and various other projects in the park. He continues to assist the park users, improve the trails and serve as a liaison between the park's many neighborhoods and the Parks and Recreation Department.
When the Marshfield Area Friends of the trail was formed in 2003, Dan Umhoefer became a member and has been a key volunteer for the organization ever since. Whenever the call went out for volunteers to work, Dan answered that call. He shoveled and raked stone for the Airport Connector trail, he trimmed brush and installed topsoil and seed for the Veteran's Parkway Trail extension and he annually heads up the spring trail trash/litter pickup day held by the Marshfield Area Friends of the Trails.
Dave Tiffany was recognized in 2005 for his efforts to construct, maintain, and program the disc golf course at WildwoodPark and the new course at BraemPark.
Dave began his disc golf volunteer efforts prior to 1990 when he approached the Parks and Recreation Department about installing its first disc golf course at WildwoodPark near Hefko Swimming Pool. Shortly thereafter Dave had received approval from the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Committee, arranged for donations and funding, had baskets constructed and installed, and started a league and held a tournament. Since that time Dave has continued commitment to both the sport and the community. He remains the key contact person between the Parks and Recreation Department and disc golf issues. Dave also continues to organize leagues and tournaments and performs numerous hours of volunteer service maintaining or improving the Parks and Recreation Department disc golf courses.
In 2000, when discussions regarding a new swimming pool indicated that a new pool may require the relocation of the disc golf course Dave went to work and worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to plan a new 18 hole disc golf course at Braem Park. He and his fellow disc golf enthusiasts spent numerous hours of planning and brushing of hole layouts at BraemPark plus helped convince the city to budget $10,000 to the project. Today both courses are in place and used regularly by a wide variety of age groups. Dave and his club members continue provide maintenance for both courses and works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department staff.
The Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department could not be successful without the many volunteers that help out every year. Over the past three years, the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Committee has recognized individuals for their volunteer services to the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department and the community. Previous winners of the award are John Leick, John Scheuer, and Floyd Hamus. This year's award was presented to Harlan Rose for his efforts in establishing the Marshfield Skatepark.
In 1998, after receiving a number of requests for a skatepark, the Parks & Recreation Department began investigating options to build a skatepark. Not a lot of progress was made until 1999 when Harlan Rose got involved. Harlan's son was an aspiring skateboarder and Harlan decided to help the Parks & Recreation Department pursue the goal of building a skatepark in Marshfield. With a project goal of $200,000 and a commitment of $100,000 and space in Braem Park from the City, Harlan took charge to help get the park designed and raise the necessary private donations, in-kind materials and services to get the park built. After a great deal of time and effort by Harlan and many other supporters of the park, the Marshfield Skatepark opened to the public in August of 2002. Harlan didn't stop his volunteer efforts when he park opened. He continued to assist in planning and implementing initial the Skatepark Competition that was held in 2003. Harlan continues to assist the Parks & Recreation Department in making improvements to the park.
Congratulations to Harlan, and thank you to the many volunteers who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department!
The Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department could not be successful without the many volunteers that help out every year.
The 2003 Parks & Recreation Department Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Floyd Hamus in part for his efforts in spearheading the construction of the Wildwood Station Building in Wildwood Park. In 1997, the department was confronted with the problem of what to do with the old park pavilion after it was determined it could no longer be used, due to it's deterioration. Floyd worked with Terry Frankland, Dan Helwig and others to design and raise the funds necessary to build the Wildwood Station building. A ribbon-cutting was held in November 1998, and the facility has been a tremendous success. Since 1999, over 4,900 building reservations have been made and it is estimated over 368,000 people have used the building during this time.
Floyd's efforts didn't stop with the Wildwood Station. In 2002, he assisted the City in constructing a new restroom for the park, and in 2003 he raised funds and helped coordinate the construction of two new shelters in Wildwood Park. He later had two additional small picnic table shelters built and provided funding to replace all of the old wooden park tables with new web coat picnic tables.
After Floyd provided a total face-lift for Wildwood Park, in 2006, Floyd and his wife, Pat, worked with the City of Marshfield and Marshfield Utilities to create the Hamus Nature Preserve & Wildlife Area; a 28-acre park and well-head protection area on the north side of Marshfield that provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities for Marshfield and its visitors. The park was opened in the fall of 2006. Floyd has now focused his efforts on improving the Wildwood Zoo by leading the campaign to construct a new grizzly bear exhibit in 2015.
Congratulations to Floyd, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer their time each year to the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department.
The Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department could not be successful without the many volunteers that help out each year.
In 2002, John Scheuer received the Volunteer of the Year award. John has been a key figure in raising funds for both the Griese Park project and the Jack Hackman Field enhancement project, in addition to many other community efforts. John is a member and former president of Marsh-21, a local non-profit organization, whose focus is the development of quality outdoor sports and recreation facilities.
Congratulations to John!
The Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department could not be successful without the many volunteers that help out every year.
In 2001, the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Committee decided to annually recognize an individual or individuals who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer service to the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department. The first Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer of the Year was awarded to John Leick. John was recognized for his many volunteer hours and his dedication to making the Wildwood Zoo a better place. John served as President of the Wildwood Zoological Society for a number of years and was key in helping put together the annual Zoo Debut and Zoo Fest special events at the Wildwood Zoo. John also unselfishly provided his time and talents to help out wherever he was needed in the Zoo Society programs and activities, and would assist the Zoo staff in securing new animals for the zoo.Congratulations to John, and thank you to the many individuals who volunteer each year for the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department.