Madison Horizons Rotary Gives Back to the Community

In The Community

We gave $9,500 in total to the following organizations. These are some extraordinary people doing extraordinary things right here in Madison and Dane County.

Andy Czerkas

The River Food Pantry: Andy Czerkas
Horizon’s Connection: Ron Phelps
600 families/week/30,000 pounds of food; clothing, dinners, live music, childcare, rides home.
Bakery training program; first class graduated and are all employed! to buy cream pies for Easter.


The Salvation Army/Major Loren Carter:
Horizons Connection: Bev Klumph
Most known in Dane Co. for shelter work. They have a community center and basketball and football teams. After school programs with homework help. Christmas campaign fell short $350,000; horribly difficult to make up. Trying to raise new dollars. Having to make some tough decisions.


John Ziehr

Habitat for Humanity: John Ziehr
Horizon’s Connection: Many of our members have a connection.
Totally volunteer organization; only Habitat affiliate in Wisconsin. One house per year. They have money to build a house; just need a family. It’s hard to get a family that falls into the narrow window of not being too far in debt but also not making too much money.


Bob Schmidt

St. Coletta’s: Robert Schmidt
Horizon’s Connection: Jim Sirianni
Provide services for people with disabilities. In Madison since early 80s. With technology, they’d like to be able to use iPads. Their apps are great for music and speech therapy.


Teresa A. Gmur

Gilda’s Club: Teresa A. Gmur
Horizon’s Connection: Jacqui Sakowski
Local cancer support community. Any type of cancer and any time in their diagnosis. Jacqui purchased a bench for Gilda’s Club Madison in memory of her sister.


Dan SteinSecond Harvest: Dan Stein
Horizon’s Connection: Many of our members have a connection.
Food bank/distribution center. They serve 16 counties. Part of a national network.



Tom Voss

Dry Hooch/Veterans Trek: Tom Voss
Horizon’s Connection: Ron Phelps
Peer to peer support service for veterans. Anthony and Tom had great success and turned this into a nonprofit that they’re in the middle of right now.



Pam Geary Godfrey

Meals on Wheels: Pam Geary Godfrey
Horizon’s Connection: We have six members, maybe more hands on delivering meals.
Meals on Wheels serves Middleton, Monona and Madison. 500 volunteers. Market Street Diner, one of the Food Fight restaurants. Meals on Wheels is not only about meals, but about safety checks. In December, one of the volunteers didn’t get one of her customers to answer the door. Her safety check got authorities to the home to find the resident on the floor.
Jason Hafeman

Project Home: Jason Hafeman
Horizon’s Connection: Many of our members have a connection.
1989 started. Lots of programs: energy savings, home repair programs for folks on a tight budget, Paintathon (25th Anniversary last year!) with 200 volunteers, Hammer with a Heart with 200 volunteers.