Intergenerational Family of the Year



Marsha Vollbrecht, Plymouth Intergenerational Center founder and current board vicepresident, presented the first Intergenerational Family of the Year to the Jack and Ruth Fernsler family, including daughter Patti Do Bas and grand-daughter Nicky Dirks, at the Generations Fifth Anniversary celebration earlier this month. This family includes all of Jack and Ruth’s children and specifically the Patti and Steve DoBas family and Nicky and John Dirks family, all of whom are residents of Sheboygan County. Both Jack and Ruth played a significant role in the promotion and building of Generations, Patti DoBas serves as the director of Growing Generations and serves on many committees. Nicky Dirks was the first employee that was hired by PIC. They are a close-knit family who are constantly supporting one another and are engaged in each other’s interests and activities. They are also involved in the community and serve as volunteers in many capacities. They demonstrate a great family as role models and deserve this recognition. The beauty of Generations interior design would not exist without the significant contributions and time that were given freely by Ruth Fernsler. And Jack served as the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition’s early liaison with the city of Plymouth and continues to be a strong advocate for Generations. Patti DoBas has worked in the field of early childhood for almost 34 years, most of those years as a leader and advocate for quality child care services for children. She has also embraced the concept of intergenerational programming and relationship, and in her position, has done much to promote opportunities for children and seniors to work and play together. Nicky Dirks began working for PIC in the earliest days of the organization and demonstrates daily the concerns for Generations’ members and quality services for all who come in contact with the facility. She supports the mission and vision of PIC and she is loyal, dedicated and has a great work ethic. She is also an amazing mom and the love and carries on the importance of family that was instilled by Jack and Ruth through their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Submitted photo Marsha Vollbrecht, Plymouth Intergenerational Center founder and current board vicepresident, presented the first Intergenerational Family of the Year to the Jack and Ruth Fernsler family, including daughter Patti Do Bas and grand-daughter Nicky Dirks, at the Generations Fifth Anniversary celebration earlier this month. This family includes all of Jack and Ruth’s children and specifically the Patti and Steve DoBas family and Nicky and John Dirks family, all of whom are residents of Sheboygan County. Both Jack and Ruth played a significant role in the promotion and building of Generations, Patti DoBas serves as the director of Growing Generations and serves on many committees. Nicky Dirks was the first employee that was hired by PIC. They are a close-knit family who are constantly supporting one another and are engaged in each other’s interests and activities. They are also involved in the community and serve as volunteers in many capacities. They demonstrate a great family as role models and deserve this recognition. The beauty of Generations interior design would not exist without the significant contributions and time that were given freely by Ruth Fernsler. And Jack served as the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition’s early liaison with the city of Plymouth and continues to be a strong advocate for Generations. Patti DoBas has worked in the field of early childhood for almost 34 years, most of those years as a leader and advocate for quality child care services for children. She has also embraced the concept of intergenerational programming and relationship, and in her position, has done much to promote opportunities for children and seniors to work and play together. Nicky Dirks began working for PIC in the earliest days of the organization and demonstrates daily the concerns for Generations’ members and quality services for all who come in contact with the facility. She supports the mission and vision of PIC and she is loyal, dedicated and has a great work ethic. She is also an amazing mom and the love and carries on the importance of family that was instilled by Jack and Ruth through their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Submitted photo

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