Growing out of a concern for young people, the 2009-10 class of the Tri-County Leadership Initiative sought a project in which the members could interact with youth to make a difference. They chose the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Team members are Joel Gerth and Keith Yedinak of Berlin, Chuck Mirr and Jan White of Green Lake and Carolee Schultz of Ripon.

In addition to serving as mentor (Bigs) themselves, the group members have set a goal to reestablish a long-term presence in the county. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationwide not-for-profit organization with the mission to make a positive difference in the lives of youth through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring.

The team will be at the Green Lake County Junior Free Fair with an exhibit and information, both for adults interested in mentoring and for other non-profits which could be helpful in supporting the administrative costs of sustaining a Green Lake County program.

The group also plans a car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot on Water Street behind the old courthouse in downtown Green Lake. Bring your vehicles and even boats. A free-will donation will be accepted.

For more information about BBBS, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County at 920-922-8200 or e-mail

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