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Senior Crew Spotlight | Wayne Wegner

Wayne Wegner
I grew up on the south side of Milwaukee as the oldest boy in a family of 10.  I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  My whole work career has been in plastic packaging, working for Presto Products (headquartered in Appleton) and Bemis Company (headquartered in Neenah).  Primarily I had various executive management positions in research and development and manufacturing.  My last 3 years, before my retirement from Bemis in 2014, I was the Director of Sustainability which gave me quite a different level of experience as a spokesman for our company and industry.
My wife (Sue) and I have been married for 38 years and raised our son and daughter in Appleton.  Both our son and daughter are married to fantastic spouses and living in Middleton, WI with our 4 grandchildren with 2 more on the way!
About 20 years ago, I volunteered for a day on a Habitat rehab and became very interested in the organization.  After retirement I was looking for an opportunity to give back to this great community and saw an announcement for an informational meeting to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and the Senior Crew.  I signed up, spent the month of February, 2015 going thru several of Kevin G’s training sessions and have been enjoying the experiences ever since.
When not volunteering for Habitat I enjoy fishing and golfing in the summertime and playing racquetball in the wintertime.  My wife and I also spend as much time as possible with our grandchildren both in Middleton and at our home on Lake Butte des Morts.
I really enjoy the variety of tasks that we get assigned to with the Senior Crew.  I like rehab work, new building and repair (painting, like many others, is my least favorite).  The opportunity to work with so many dedicated people that really want to make a difference is extremely enjoyable.  The Habitat model of requiring future homeowners to contribute a significant amount of sweat equity into their home I believe is fantastic.
I asked my wife for help with this question, here is what she contributed:  I’m an engineer with a sense of humor.  I also have 4 grandchildren and for 5 years now, I have been able to avoid changing a single diaper.

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