September 11, 2018
Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Coffee Lounge
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the RCS Commons
RCS is pleased to announce that Sarah Louisier has been promoted to the position of Day Service Program Manager. Over the past year, Sarah has been the Assistant Day Service Program Manager. She comes to us with a background that includes a blend of human service and business experience. Sarah is deeply committed to the mission of RCS and is very excited to take the lead in continuing to provide quality services and innovative programming.
A special recognition took place for Michael Mervar, a local Aktion Club member on Tuesday, June 19 at the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club meeting. The club honored Mervar for being the top individual fundraiser in his district for the Kiwanis iPads for Autism Bowling Fundraiser held in May. The Kiwanis District initiative, iPads for Autism, has presented 994 iPads to deserving children throughout Wisconsin. The world for an autistic child is full of images, instead of words. The iPad is a learning tool that the child can use to communicate with family, caregivers, and instructors without frustration. Since the iPad is mobile, children with autism can take this communication tool wherever they go. The Sheboygan Aktion Club contributed $335 to the event and as an individual, Mervar raised $215 of the $335 total.
Fundraising comes naturally to Michael Mervar; this is his second medal from the Kiwanis for his fundraising efforts. The Greater Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Clubs sponsor Aktion Club, a community service organization for adults with developmental disabilities. Mervar is proud to be a part of the Kiwanis Aktion Club and is passionate about “giving back” to his community. “Aktion Club members conduct fundraisers, perform service projects, build leadership abilities, and gain visibility and respect for the positive impact they create in their own lives and the lives of others,” said Ruth Weigel, Day Services Manager, and Aktion Club advisor.
The Sheboygan Aktion Club is one of over 12,000+ members worldwide. Their members run each local club independently, but RCS Empowers advisors and sponsors help facilitate club endeavors. Members hold leadership roles and guide decisions for future club activities and projects. RCS Empowers Aktion Club advisors Ruth Weigel, Sarah Louisier, and Kris Morse, were present for Mervar’s recognition celebration. Phyllis Felsinger and Barbara Malanick, Mervar’s sisters, looked on proudly as he was presented with his recognition medal and certificate from the Kiwanis leadership.
North High Students, Curt Joa, and Project G.R.I.L.L. are helping to change lives of individuals with disabilities. Project G.R.I.L.L. in Sheboygan has a mission to improve the image of manufacturing through exposing our community, educators, students, and parents to the diverse career opportunities within Sheboygan County. North High Students in partnership with Curt Joa and Project G.R.I.L.L. designed a grill that would be given to RCS Empowers, Inc. that allows individuals with disabilities an opportunity to be a grill master. Students met with RCS staff to determine their needs and designed a grill that would allow an individual in a wheelchair the opportunity to grill without the traditional barriers of most grills.
North High Students and Curt Joa, a custom machine manufacturer in Sheboygan Falls, teamed up to build a custom grill from an idea. The students learned and participated in each phase of the process, which included fabrication, assembly, quality checks, testing, and finishing. The completed grill was one of eight grills made in Sheboygan County through Project G.R.I.L.L. An inventive and practical design helped the North High Student’s grill stand out. The grill received the People’s Choice award at the grill unveiling event. “We are so grateful for the partnerships we have made with the local companies that recommended RCS Empowers, Inc. to be a recipient of a grill,” said Lynn Justinger. Justinger is the Employment Services Manager at RCS Empowers and knows the impact this grill will have on many of the individuals who receive services at RCS. “The students worked together as a team and proved that there is a bright future ahead of them as leaders in their community,” said Justinger. “The North High Students and Curt Joa put their hearts, souls, hard work, and good manufacturing practices into the grill and have changed the lives of local individuals with disabilities.”