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Lifetime Volunteer Leadership

Announcing our Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award for 2021!

This award recognizes an individual who has, over many years, positively impacted the quality of life in the Fox Cities through his or her leadership. An award of $5,000 will be presented to the recipient’s Fox Valley charity.

Congratulations, Jean Long Manteufel


(By NBC26) A Fox Valley woman with a heart of gold. In this part of our Celebrating Volunteers series with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, meet someone who never stops giving back. She’s making life better for anyone who crosses her path.

“I grew up in a big family,” said Jean Long Manteufel.

“She’s special, you can’t help it, she just is,” said her mother Gladie. “I have 8 wonderful children, each one’s good at what they do themselves.”

Volunteering isn’t just an activity for Jean, it’s second nature. On a huge list of giving back, a few of those include helping more than 350 Hmong refugees in the Fox cities to continuously making it easier for seniors transitioning out of their homes. She’s able to do that as the face of her parent’s company A-1 Moving and Storage, which she bought from them awhile back. Another big part of her life is the Kiwanis Club. Right now, she’s spearheading a program called Kiwanis, Cops N’ Kids. It’s to help promote literacy and trust in law enforcement.

Jean’s dedication to helping people in the Fox Valley caught the attention of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. She was then named the 2021 Walter L. Rugland Community Service award winner.

“I think everybody can look into their lives and they can see something they can do to give back to neighbors and communities, and she’s a wonderful example of that,” said Mary Beth Nienhaus, Jean’s former teacher and nominator.

Watch the video above as Jean shares her motto for why she does what she does. With the award, she received $5,000 in which she’s donating to the Kiwanis, Cops N’ Kids program to buy a lot of books for children in the Fox Valley area.

Thank you to our Celebrating Volunteers partners, NBC 26 and The Post-Crescent, who are featuring our winners this week.

We were there to capture the moment when Jean received the surprise news that she is this year’s winner of the Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award:



Sponsor: Volunteer Fox Cities in partnership with Thrivent


Who Qualifies?

An individual who meets the above criteria and who has positively impacted the quality of life in the Fox Cities through his or her long-standing leadership. Candidates must reside or do the majority of their volunteer work in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.

Nomination form


  • A volunteer who has, through his or her leadership and influence, worked with a broad array of nonprofit agencies and/or community resources to impact the quality of life in the Fox Cities.
  • A volunteer who has had a long-standing commitment to diverse organizations in our community.
  • A volunteer who demonstrates continued leadership and commitment to improving the Fox Cities.

Past recipients

2020 Mary Beth Nienhaus
2019: Sharon Hulce
2018: Nancy Heykes
2017: Jane Dwyre Garton
2016: Tom Prosser
2015: Roger Bertschausen
2014: Tom & Renee Boldt
2013: Jon Stellmacher
2012: Cathie Tierney
2011: David Vander Zanden
2010: Walter S. Rugland
2009: Kathi Seifert
2008: Fr. Robert Udulutsch
2007: Bill Schmidt
2006: Paul Hoffman
2005: John J. & Ethel D. Keller
2004: William A. Selle
2003: John F. Bergstrom
2002: Dr. Charles “Chick” Fenlon
2001: Frank & Marilyn Wiesner
2000: Joyce A. Bytof
1999: Dr. John & Sally Mielke
1998: James HayesHonorees prior to Celebrating Our Volunteers Gala:
1997: Fr. Orville Jansen
1996: John Bubolz
1995: Doug and Myrt Ogilvie
1994: Dorothy Johnson
1993: Vic Minahan
1992: John Reeve
1991: Paul Groth
1990: Gus Zuehlke
1989: Frank Shattuck
1988: O.C. and Pat Boldt
1987: William Kellett
1986: William Buchanan
1985: Walter L. Rugland