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John Eyster
Friday, June 14, 2013

NEIL & KAY DEUPREE to be added to ROCK COUNTY HALL OF HONOR on Monday at 6 pm in the Kirk Denmark Theatre, UW-Rock County. Open to the public and free. I believe NEIL & KAY are OUTstanding citizens of ROCK CO. - this recognition is earned and deserved through conscientious involvements with commitments throughout Rock Co. by KAY & NEIL! What do YOU think?

I was happy to learn that NEIL & KAY DEUPREE would be added to our ROCK CO. HALL OF HONOR this year! NOW my wife (Marilyn) and I are planning to be at the ceremony at 6 pm on MONDAY, 6/17 in the Kirk Denmark Theatre, Wells Cultural Center, UW-Rock County. We’ve known and been involved professionally with NEIL & KAY here and there among there numerous community commitments. Commendation to Rock Co. Board of Supervisors on this selection!

GRATEFUL to see Catherine W. Idzerda’s article about the upcoming ceremony on p. 3A of today’s Gazette, ”Dynamic duo to join Rock County Hall of Honor.” (I am not allowed to post link. IF you are a Gazette subscriber, you are able to access online. IF you are NOT a Gazette subscriber, you will have to buy a print edition.)

Catherine really hits the nail on the head with the lead in her article, “Neil and Kay. Kay and Neil. However you put it, the phrase—even without their last name – means service!” I KNOW this assertion to be true for Marilyn and me. What’s YOUR experience?

Having read Idzerda’s article and the general biographical information in the program for the Honor Recognition Ceremony, I specifically noted the wide-range of involvements which NEIL & KAY have been committed to in Rock County. The KEY quality of their involvements which I know from my own personal experience and the testimony of others: KAY & NEIL are CONSCIENTIOUSLY COMMITTED to each and every involvement they choose! The program for the ceremony makes the statement this way, “Neil and Kay Deupree give wholeheartedly to each committee and cause for which they are involved and in many cases, lead the organization to make Rock County a better place.” If I were editing a “PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter” on this assertion, I would post as “TRUE.” That’s the HIGHEST rating of TRUTH.

I reviewed the lists of NEIL’s and KAY’s involvements with reminders of various ways I have experienced their SERVICE throughout ROCK CO. What reminders do YOU get? Perhaps YOU will post a comment? I will read YOUR comments with interest.

The program for the ceremony notes, “Through their good works and leadership activities, Neil and Kay Deupree have proven to be outstanding examples of good citizenship and making a difference in the Rock County community.

“Neil Deupree has been a strong voice for diversity and social justice programs and is an active member of many organizations: the Diversity Action Team, Friends of Welty Environmental Center, the Green-Rock Audubon Society, Friends of Rockport Park, the Beloit Community Ministers Fellowship, Wisconsin Council of Churches Peace and Justice Commission. In the past, he has been a part of Justice Overcoming Borders, the Rock County Bridge Builders, Janesville Ministerial Association. In addition, he was on the Rock County Board from 2003-2008, serving on multiple committees and as the Chair for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Behavioral Health Redesign Steering Committee. He is currently an on-call chaplain for Agrace Hospice.

“Over the years, Kay Deupree has shown skill as an activist, educator, volunteer, leader, environmentalist, and mentor. Kay was the president of the Janesville League of Women Voters and served on the Blackhawk Technical College Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.

“She has volunteered with and is a strong presence for local causes including YWCA Diversity Committee and Janesville Little Theatre. Through her work with the Neighborhood Action Team, residents have praised her efforts to revitalize Janesville’s Fourth Ward neighborhood including the Wilson Gathering Garden and native hillside.

“Kay and Neil have worked together for House of Mercy Homeless Shelter and Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation. Most of this involvement followed Neil’s retirement from pastoring First Christian Church and Kay’s work as coordinator of UWEX Nutrition Education Program.

“Neil and Kay Deupree give wholeheartedly to each committee and cause for which they are involved and in many cases, lead the organization to make Rock County a better place.”

The 2013 Hall of Honor Recognition Ceremony at 6 pm on Monday (6/17) is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Wells Cultural Center. University of Wisconsin – Rock County is located at 2909 Kellogg Avenue, Janesville.

The ceremony is sponsored by UW-Rock County, UW-Rock County Foundation and the Rock County Board of Supervisors.

See you there?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

POSTSCRIPT - THANK YOU to readers who have expressed concern to me via e-mail that I have NOT followed up with the "Shell game with OUR state budget..." series I started on June 5. I plan to pick-up on that series as we move into the 2nd half of June at NOON tomorrow (Sat., 6/15). I was delayed by the wonderful privilege of hosting my long-time Norwegian friend, Bernt Nordset as our guest. He was en route to the class reunion of his year at St. Andrews School in Middleton, DE. St. Andrews is an Episcopal Church boarding school which emphasizes high quality academics and diversity. You can use this link to read an overview, "St. Andrews School At-A-Glance."

Back to our WI STATE BUDGET in the 2nd half of June. Here we go... Mr. E.

Last updated: 8:25 am Monday, July 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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