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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Volunteers rock! Ed Lemar at the MREA

From an article in the Stevens Point Journal:

Volunteer program: Midwest Renewable Energy Association's 21st annual Energy Fair

Volunteer spotlight: The qualities that define a strong community are different to everyone. For some, a strong community means healthy, happy children. For others, it means a population of people who can read and write well. And for others, it means nurturing the environment that provides a home for us all. There are kind and dedicated volunteers throughout our county who work to build up all of these strengths and more. Ed Lemar is one of these volunteers.

Lemar has created a life in Portage County with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Lemar is a local artist, musician and playwright who also sells artisan cheese at Wisconsin farmers markets. When Lemar is not busy with one of these endeavors, he volunteers his time to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, especially for its annual Energy Fair.

Each year, the MREA Energy Fair transforms rural central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. The nation's longest running energy education event brings people from nearly every state in the United States and several countries around the world to learn, connect with others and ready them for action at home. With more than 23,000 attendees, the Energy Fair relies on a team of 400 dedicated volunteers throughout the week to make it possible.

From June 14 through the 21, the MREA needs volunteers to help with set up before the fair, and take down after the fair, as well as help with hospitality, sales, grounds crew, traffic control and other tasks. Volunteers are welcome each day to help at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's ReNew the Earth Institute in Custer.

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