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Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

This award recognizes an individual (or individuals) who has served as a mentor in the community over time and has, by example, made meaningful contributions to the quality of the life in the Fox Cities. An award of $5,000 is presented to the recipient’s Fox Valley charity of choice.

Our 2019 winner is Dick Calder!
(More about Dick soon!)

Award sponsor since 1998:


  • Nominations are evaluated on the nominee’s involvement of helping others.
  • Nominations are evaluated based on the nominee being a respected community leader.
  • Nominations are evaluated based on mentoring in a quiet and wise way and how the nominee has been a counselor or consensus builder to make positive things happen in the community.

Who Qualifies?

An individual or individuals that meet the criteria above and have a beneficial presence within Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.   Nomination form 

2018 Recipient

Bob DeKoch – He directed his $5,000 prize to The Building for Kids and New North, Inc.

Read: Celebrating Volunteers: Bob DeKoch dedicates himself to mentoring other leaders

Mentor guides people to their own solutions

Watch the video:

View past recipients

2017: Sally Podoski
2016: Mary Poulson
2015: Sue Kinde
2014: Maung Win
2013: Rev. Will & Ruth Bloedow
2012: Ruth Haviland
2011: Joyce & Len Hanstedt
2010: Jeff Knezel
2009: Tri-County Community Dental Clinic dentists
2008: Fred Gaines
2007: Thomas Scullen
2006: Dr. Bill & Paula Chandler
2005: Doug & Carla Salmon
2004: Jane Williams & Alice Zeiss
2003: Margaret M. Walsh
2002: Pat Boldt
2001: John Reeve
2000: Philip Keller
1999: Charles Lingelbach Jr.
1998: Winton A. Schumaker