Archive of Community


The communities to which each of us humans belong provide us with a sense of belonging; they promote ‘regionally understood’ health, wellness, opportunity and values; they have strength in numbers as we develop and achieve common goals.

Without community life can be an uphill battle.

With community, there is nothing that cannot be achieved.

American Story? Small Town Story?

Posted by Jeff Hayes on November 28, 2012 in Community


Does Bedford Falls really exist or was it just a figment of Frank Capra’s imagination for the perfect town in his film “It’s a Wonderful Life?” And are there other such idyllic…

Is there a 'real' Bedford Falls out there somewhere?

Think Local, Eat Local

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on January 31, 2012 in Community


To wrap up this series on Think Local, Act Local, let’s take a look at  sustainable agriculture.  Sustainable agriculture protects water and soil quality, while preserving green space for healthy native habitats….

Think local to help yourself help your community

Poverty and Technology as 2012 Dawns

Posted by Jeff Hayes on December 31, 2011 in Community


Have you ever participated in a poverty simulation? If not, I highly recommend it. My wife and I are fortunate to have a friend and fellow Rotarian, Betsy Rozelle with CAP Services,…

Poverty and technology are related.

Lessons from a One-Room School

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on November 4, 2011 in Community


Last week, we took the kids on a day-long fieldtrip to Reed School, a historic, one-room school house east of Neillsville in central Wisconsin. The day involved the kids – and adults…

Business lessons from a the Reed School - a one-room school

Think Local, Act Local, Part IV

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on July 16, 2011 in Community


While sustainability may initially bring thoughts of green energy and recycling to mind, it’s also about supporting your local community. Times being as they are, lending a hand to fellow members of…

Think local and act local in your community

Think Local, Act Local – Part III

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on June 12, 2011 in Community


Sustainable development practices — conserving energy, reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural resources — are increasingly becoming ‘the norm’ for businesses and individuals. However, if you’re just getting started or are looking…

Think local by saving energy

Think Local, Act Local Part II

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on May 15, 2011 in Community


In our last post on this issue, we discussed sustainability, which is about providing the best for people and the environment — now and for the indefinite future. Several organizations in the Fox…

Think local by becoming a steward for sustainability

StreetBall Tournament is 20 Years Old

Posted by Jeff Hayes on May 8, 2011 in Community


The StreetBall Tournament hosted in the City of Neenah, Wisconsin – officially titled StreetBall 3-on-3 (www.streetball3on3.org) – is now 20 years old.  It was the brainchild of then Future Neenah Executive Director…

StreetBall 3-on-3 has become a Neenah institution

Think local. Act local. – Part 1

Posted by Tim Holdsworth on April 16, 2011 in Community


While you may think the phrase “Think Global, Act Local” is about the environment, it really goes beyond that.  At its core, it is about sustainability, which is defined as providing the…

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Think local and act local by helping the environment

A Thanksgiving Story

Posted by Jeff Hayes on November 25, 2010 in Community


This Story Took Place during Thanksgiving week in 1984. While finishing up my engineering degree at Marquette, I lived in the Ardmore Apartments on 16th Street in Milwaukee, just kitty cornered from…

Harriet was the star of Thanksgiving in 1984