This year we celebrated our volunteers and all the wonderful things they do for Madison Friends of International Students at the Vignette Dining Club on Sunday April 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm.  Just over 40 volunteers and a handful of international students through our Global Friends program joined us out in the country side for good company, delicious food, and gorgeous weather.  We gave special recognition to the following volunteers for the extra time and commitment they have donated this past year:

  • Program Coordinators:
    • English Classes:  Bingbing Chen (with honorable mention to all English teachers)
    • Furniture Program:  Mike von Schneidemesser (honorable mention to assistant)
    • Global Friends:  Rose Turnley
    • Temporary Homestay: Jessica Benjamin
    • Thanksgiving Hospitality: Diane Soles
    • Database Manager: Anne Altstatt
    • Office Personnel:  Nancy Kelly; Joan Maynard; Sue Thieben

And bid a fond farewell to outgoing Board Members Bob Nolan and Mara Helmke for their abundant energy and endless time commitment to the Board over the years.  Thank you Bob and Mara- you will be missed!

Please plan to join us next year for our annual volunteer celebration held during Volunteer Appreciation week in April of 2018.  This is a great chance to meet other MFIS volunteers, share your experiences, learn about our other programs, hear updates, ask questions, and speak directly to program coordinators and Board Members.

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