Welcoming a new member of our family.

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Executive Director, Kim LaViolette Mosteller and her husband Isaiah, along with some happy grandparents, are proud to welcome an addition to our family.  Walker Lune Mosteller was born on 5-29-18 at 9:07pm.  He weighed 6lbs, 5 oz and is 18 inches long and growing. 

Isaiah and I realized how hard it was to name a baby, but we did agree we wanted it to have meaning in our lives...

"Walker" is a nod to the grounded mode by which we enjoy experiencing our neighborhood and our world. And like our walk together on the Camino de Santiago, we think of becoming parents as a long pilgrimage walk - a journey that we can never really be prepared for in the whole, but the magic happens amid the accumulation of thousands of small daily steps.

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Throughout the pregnancy we referred to him as little "lune" which is french for "moon" since he was conceived on our honeymoon.  When he decided to enter the world under a full flower moon, we decided to keep it as his middle name.

 Full moon outside of Mission Hospital 5/29/18

Full moon outside of Mission Hospital 5/29/18

 Grandparents Renee and Doug, Kim, Walker, Isaiah and El Guapo

Grandparents Renee and Doug, Kim, Walker, Isaiah and El Guapo

We look forward to introducing Walker to the importance of community and family... and share stories of all of you that have joined the Journey along the way. 

Kim, Isaiah and Walker 

2018 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient

Today, Brian's Foundation surprised Bailey Conradt during his AP Psychology class at Ashwaubenon High School.  A team of staff and others shared the news that he was selected as this years' recipient of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship for $10,000! 

He is pictured here with his parents and Doug and Renee LaViolette.

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One student from the 17 high schools in the Partners in Education school district apply.  The top 5 finalist are interviewed by the LaViolettes and members of Partners in Education.  Bailey will be attending UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Engineering, Political Science and/or Music.

The recipient of this scholarship is a student who has a thirst for knowledge, the ability to be a team player, and the desire to be a future leader…aspects of life that were important to Brian while he was growing up and attending school in De Pere.  Find more details on the Brian LaViolette Scholarship here.

"This is someone that needs to be acknowledged"

Isn't it refreshing to hear good news on TV?  One of our advisory board members, Bill Welter, saw a news story on a young man graduating from UWGB last year.  He and his wife, Pam, were inspired by his story and said, "this is the type of man who needs to be acknowledge."

Thanks to the Welters, the Riley Garbe Scholarship will be awarded at Freedom High School over the next 10 years.  Riley graduated from there in 2013, went on to UW-Green Bay and is now a full-time Spanish teacher.

Going to college was a far-fetched idea for Riley, as he grew up surrounded by drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and violence. Despite the adversity Riley faced throughout his childhood, he persevered and achieved his goals. He has chosen to react to his tough life by sharing love with the world. 

The Riley Garbe Scholarship is a $2000 award.  Riley was taken by two of the applicants and decided to split the funds and award a scholarship to both.  

This years' recipients are Taylor Witthuhn (left) who will be studying Neuroscience and Psychology at UW-Madison and Maya Kwasny (right) who will be studying Psychology at UW-Milwaukee.

To read Riley's powerful speech from last week's presentation, click here.

You can also view the latest story on WBAY-TV2 by clicking the photo below.

General Patton Scholarship of Honor, Plzen Czech Republic... Advisory Board member, Bill Welter's experience.

I read about the Liberation Festival and was told by Doug LaViolette that you have no idea how moving it is until you are there in person. Well, from ‘Doug’s lips to God’s ear’ it was true.

The 6 days of celebrations and moving speeches is hard to capture in words. I witnessed 123 wreath laying at various memorials and each one was more moving than the last.

 
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Brian’s story was the impetus for the Scholarship of Honor award. The citizens of Plzen heard Brian’s story and were moved by the generosity of so many contributors.

 
 2018 General Patton Scholarship of Honor recipient, Barbora Lavičkova

2018 General Patton Scholarship of Honor recipient, Barbora Lavičkova

 

General Patton’s grandson, Pat Waters, was in all events and told the Brian story repeatedly with emotion and respect.

 

I was fortunate enough to help with a contribution to the scholarship in honor of my brother-in-law, Jim Wilson, who accompanied us to Plzen. He told me it was the highlight of his life.

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 Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

 

But what touched me the most was the unbelievable love the people of Plzen and the Czech Republic have for Americans. It was so emotional and I cried many times.

I came to Plzen believing the U.S. cannot be the policemen of the world and left with the truism…FREEDOM IS NOT FREE….IF NOT US THEN WHO? .

 
 Bill Welter

Bill Welter

 

Thanks to the Brian LaViolette Foundation's Scholarship of Honor program... it changed my life. 

2018 Scholarship presentation dates

 Dominika Wozniak receiving the International Scholarship of Honor  medal in Poland from Barbara Margol  of the Nidzica Foundation

Dominika Wozniak receiving the International Scholarship of Honor
medal in Poland from Barbara Margol
of the Nidzica Foundation

Last month we sent you a list of over 750 scholarship recipients who are making a true difference in the lives of others.  Over the next few months 53 students will become part of our 'Foundation Family'.

We are proud to announce our 2018 scholarship presentation dates...a proud moment for not only the students, but the families we serve and the communities involved. 

 

Joel Gentz: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN- April 21, 6:00 pm  

Sal Giunta: JFK High School, Cedar Rapid, IA- April 23, 6:00 pm

Danny Dietz: Heritage High School, Littleton, CO- May 1, 9:15 am

General George S. Patton: Pilsen, Czech Republic,- May 5th

Len Keller: Auburn High School, Rockford, IL- May 8, 6:00pm

Kyle Hemauer: Chilton High School, WI-May 9, 7:00 pm

Samantha Rose Cuene: DePere High School, WI- May 9, 6:30 pm

David Parmentier:  DePere High School, WI- May 9, 6:30 pm

 The Ken Kubsch Scholarship at Manitowoc Lincoln High School was awarded to Megan Wech

The Ken Kubsch Scholarship at Manitowoc Lincoln High School was awarded to Megan Wech

Matt Atkinson: Green Bay East High School, WI- May 14, 7:00 pm  

Victoria Parmentier Scholarship: Ashwaubenon High School, WI-May 16, 6:30

John Bradley: Appleton West High School, WI- May 16, 6:30pm

Ken Kubsch: Manitowoc High School, WI- May 16, 7:00pm

Rachel Bosveld: Waupun High School, WI- May 16, 6:00 pm 

Ron Sager: Fox Valley Lutheran High School, WI- May 17, 6:00 pm 

Jerome Hatfield: Tunstall High School, Dry Fork VA-May 18, 8:45am

Thomas Hudner: Fox Valley Civil War Patrol- May 19th

Riley Garbe: Freedom High School- May 20th

Ken Hess: AC Reynolds High School, Asheville, NC- May 22, 6:00 pm

Jim Wilson Scholarship:  Nequa Valley High School-May 23, 8:30am

James Cathey: Reno High School, NV- May 23, 6:00 pm

Wendell and Shanna Ellsworth (2 scholarships): Belding High School, MI-     May 23, 7:00 pm

Nueske Family (2 scholarships): Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, WI-   May 23, 7:00 pm  

 Emma Harvey received the Eric McColley Scholarship of Honor from Gettysburg High School. She is pictured here with Eric's Parents and co-chair of the scholarship, Stan Clark

Emma Harvey received the Eric McColley Scholarship of Honor from Gettysburg High School. She is pictured here with Eric's Parents and co-chair of the scholarship, Stan Clark

Eric McColley: Gettysburg High School, PA-May 25, 7:00 pm 

Brent Vroman: Omro High School, WI-May 23, 6:30 pm 

Ryan Jerabek: Pulaski High School, WI- May 23, 7:00 pm

Ben Edinger: Green Bay West High School, WI- May 23 6:30pm 

Ray Zimmerman: Green Bay West High School, WI- May 23, 6:30 pm

Jesse Thiry: Luxemburg Casco High School, WI, May 23, 9:00 am 

Robert Foley: United States Military Academy, West Point NY- May 24th

Isaiah Hunt: Bayport High School, WI- May 25, 9:00 am

Andrew Brownfield: North High School, Akron OH- May 25, 9:00 am

Brian LaViolette: Partners in Education- Late-May

Ollie and Helen Bogsted: Suring High School, WI- May 26th

 Aaron Lin of received the Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Aaron Lin of received the Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

"The Journey is the Reward": Suring High School, WI- May 26th

NWTC Scholarship: Suring High School, WI- May 26th

Ken Stumpf, Elmer Burr: Menasha High School, WI-May 29, 9:00 am 

Nichole Frye: Lena High School, WI-May 30, 7:30 pm 

Above and Beyond Scholarship: Oconto High School, WI-May 30, 6:30 pm 

Esther Cleveland Safford: Oconto High School, WI- May 30, 6:30 pm  

Robert Safford: Oconto High School, WI- May 30, 6:30 pm

 Corrina Dart  was this years' recipient of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship at Bellin College. She is pictured here with Renee and Doug LaViolette

Corrina Dart  was this years' recipient of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship at Bellin College. She is pictured here with Renee and Doug LaViolette

"The Journey is the Reward": Oconto High School, WI-May 30, 6:30 pm  

NWTC Scholarship: Oconto High School, WI- May 30, 6:30 pm 

Mike Colalillo: Denfeld High School, MN-May 31, 6:30pm

Nainoa Hoe: 1Lt Nainoa K. Hoe Battle Command Training Center, Schofield Barracks, HI- August 28th

LEAP School Science and Math, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa-2018

Poland Scholarships: Nidzica Poland- September 2018

Bellin College Scholarship- Green Bay, WI- October 2018

St. Norbert Scholarships (2 Scholarships): DePere, WI --October 2018

Junior Achievement- Business Challenge-Awarded February 2018