For more than 20 years, the Neenah Rotary Club has recognized students, community leaders and club members who have demonstrated service to others and our community.  The Club recently presented its community and club service awards during its annual Changing of the Guard dinner at the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel. 


Alexandra Ziepke, Kristin Franklin and Luke Nelessen each received The Neenah Rotary Clubs’ “Service Above Self Youth Award.”   This award is presented annually to graduating high school seniors who have clearly demonstrated service to their community. 

Ziepke has served through her work with the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Fox Cities Marathon and Polar Plunge.  
Franklin volunteers at Theda Clark Hospital, caring for patients while working with nurses in the recovery room.  She also led a flower beautification project for Brewster Village and is active in a variety of service projects through her church and 4H.

Nelessen served as student body representative to the Neenah School Board and volunteers for Rebuilding Together Fox Valley and the Fox Cities Marathon.
Jody Hoppe was honored with the Jack Casper Service Above Self Community Service award.  This award is presented to a Neenah-area adult, who is not a member of the Neenah Rotary Club, and who best represents the idea of community action.  Nominees are chosen on the basis of their outstanding community service and other activities which help the community and those who live in it. Hoppe received the award in recognition of her 30 years as a volunteer at the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, 33 years as a Camp Onaway leader and numerous other volunteer positions.

The Jack R. Grist Club Service Award recognizes a Neenah Rotary Club member who epitomizes service and whose values reflect the ideals of Rotary International.  Jerry Rickman was presented with the award for his years of service and commitment to the club.

Founded in 1925, the Neenah Rotary Club is a service organization of about 100 business and professional men and women united in fellowship world-wide who conduct local and international humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work towards understanding and peace.  The club meets weekly on Thursday at Noon at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk.  To learn more, visit