energy
T O   S H A R E




 2004 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT REPORT

                                     WPS Resources Corporat...
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         A Message from Our President                                             3


         diversity         ...
On Energy Shared,
   Communities Enriched
At WPS Resources Corporation, community is perhaps our strongest and most deeply...
diversity




                  Friendship overcomes all

                  barriers for Paul Bredael,

                 a...
United Way–
            Citizen Advocacy Program
            of ASPIRO, Inc.
        Diversity enriches our communities. I...
sharing




                    Bob Veeser, an UPPCO

                    retiree and We Care

                   program ...
St.Vincent De Paul –
             We Care Program
         Neighbors helping neighbors in need: that’s the concept of the ...
balance




                   Family-friendly policies

                   have helped Ka Youa

                  Kong, a...
Families in Good Company
           Working and living in balance: WPS Resources believes that is the only way to empower ...
celebration




                  Dick James, vice

                 president of corporate

                 planning at ...
WPS Garden of Lights –
              Green Bay Botanical Garden
           Wherever there are festivals, fairs, and other ...
knowledge




                     Cathy Koch,

                    Wisconsin Public

                   Service customer
...
Junior Achievement
           Imagine communities without free enterprise. It’s almost unthinkable. That’s why WPS Resourc...
spirit




                     Head coach

                    Deb Vercauteren

                    is powering up

     ...
Oshkosh Sports Complex
           When it comes to generating communal energy, there’s nothing like high school and colleg...
innovation




                   Environmental

                   science teacher

                  Ted Rauch introduce...
WPS Community Foundation’s
              SolarWise® for Schools
           How will our children meet the energy needs of ...
nature




                  Tyler Caelwarts, a

                 16-year-old cancer

                 survivor, was the f...
Kippenberg Creek Kids
            A southern boy diagnosed with leukemia dreams of seeing snow. A child blinded in a freak...
community




                   Leadership Green Bay

                   graduate Ann Vande Hei,

                  a Wis...
Leadership Green Bay
          Leaders who inspire. Leaders who innovate. Leaders who transform. These leaders are the
   ...
Energy Around the Community
     Wisconsin Public Service’s support of economic development corporations throughout our se...
Reinforcing the Golden Rule
Once a year, unsung community heroes who “do unto others” are recognized at a special breakfas...
Financial Contributions in Our Communities
     Aging Resource Center of Kewaunee County, Inc.           De Pere Rapides Y...
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.            Place 2-B Ltd                                        Two Rivers Ecumenical...
2004 Beneficiaries
               of WPS Resources Foundation

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WPS Resources Corporation

                                  Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WPS Resources Corporat...
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  1. 1. energy T O S H A R E 2004 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT REPORT WPS Resources Corporation
  2. 2. contents A Message from Our President 3 diversity 4 United Way–Citizen Advocacy Program of ASPIRO, Inc. sharing 6 St.Vincent De Paul–We Care Program balance 8 Families in Good Company celebration 10 WPS Garden of Lights–Green Bay Botanical Garden knowledge 12 Junior Achievement spirit 14 Oshkosh Sports Complex innovation 16 WPS Community Foundation’s SolarWise® for Schools nature 18 Kippenberg Creek Kids community 20 Leadership Green Bay Energy Around the Community 22 On the cover: Shared energy, now and for future Financial Contributions in Our Communities 24 generations, is symbolized in the exuberant play of a Beneficiaries of WPS Resources Foundation 26 mother and her children. WPS Resources Foundation Matching Gifts Program Dollars for Doers WPS Resources Corporation 27 2 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  3. 3. On Energy Shared, Communities Enriched At WPS Resources Corporation, community is perhaps our strongest and most deeply held value. That’s why every year WPS Resources invests time, resources, and talent to make life better—and the future brighter—in the special places we call home. Our commitment begins with the contributions endowed through the WPS Resources Foundation. But it is truly empowered by the involvement of our people. Wherever there are charitable needs, whenever there is a community vision, you’ll find our employees sharing their energies. From serving on community boards to rocking hospitalized babies to supporting a one-of-a-kind camp for terminally ill children, the people of WPS Resources participate generously and enthusiastically in their home communities. In 2004 alone, our involvement has added up to thousands of volunteer hours and more than a million dollars of benevolent gifts. I am pleased to report that our contributions continue to enrich and sustain community, where the energy we share is generating diversity, knowledge, caring, and more. I invite you to learn more about the programs we believe in, the people who make a difference, the neighbors we touch. As you experience the stories of our involvement, we think you’ll agree: There’s energy in everything we do. Larry L. Weyers 3 Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  4. 4. diversity Friendship overcomes all barriers for Paul Bredael, a Wisconsin Public Service community relations leader, and Mike Taggard, his friend who has Down syndrome. 4 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  5. 5. United Way– Citizen Advocacy Program of ASPIRO, Inc. Diversity enriches our communities. It challenges our assumptions. It is one of the critical guiding values of WPS Resources. That’s why we deliberately seek to support programs that foster diversity in our midst. And throughout our service area, there is no more dynamic advocate of diverse people and programs than United Way. Citizen Advocacy is a United Way initiative that is particularly effective at building bridges between diverse people and the community. A program of ASPIRO, Inc., formerly the Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Citizen Advocacy matches children and adults with disabilities with volunteer advocates throughout Brown County. But to be truly effective, programs like Citizen Advocacy need more than monetary support. They require the shared energy of community volunteers like Paul Bredael, who, along with his match Mike Taggard, is discovering the richness of a diverse and unexpected friendship. “Spending time with people who have developmental disabilities has helped me realize that we’re more alike than we are different.” Paul Bredael For nine long years, 56-year-old Mike Taggard waited for a friend and advocate. Many people are afraid to reach out, to make the first move. But thanks to the Citizen Advocacy program, Mike has met his match. His advocate is Paul Bredael, a Wisconsin Public Service community relations leader who works in the Two Rivers area. Mike and Paul have been matched for five years now. They hang out and have fun watching Packer games, catching a cheeseburger at McDonald’s, bowling, washing the car—the things friends do from all walks of life. The relationship is nothing like Paul ever imagined. “When you spend time with someone, whether it’s someone with a disability or some other diverse aspect of life, you get to know them and you realize it’s not such a scary thing. “Mike has helped me appreciate the little things in my life so much more, the things I take for granted. He’s always so happy. I can have the worst day, and see him and he’s got a hug and a smile. The things I thought were major or stressful are gone. Really, we’re more alike than we are different.” 5 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  6. 6. sharing Bob Veeser, an UPPCO retiree and We Care program volunteer, helps neighbors reach out to their neighbors in need through his local St.Vincent De Paul Store. 6 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  7. 7. St.Vincent De Paul – We Care Program Neighbors helping neighbors in need: that’s the concept of the “We Care” program of Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO), a subsidiary of WPS Resources Corporation. Through We Care, concerned UPPCO customers contribute a little extra to their energy payments to help needy people in their community who are struggling to make ends meet. The tax-deductible donations are administered through the local offices of St. Vincent De Paul retail stores, who screen applicants seeking assistance. We Care supports a ten-county service area— fully two-thirds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the last three years, UPPCO has powered nearly $25,000 in donations for neighbors in need, every penny of which stays in the community where the original donation was made. For UPPCO customers, caring may only mean a few extra dollars. But for the poor, weighed down with the worry of unpaid bills, it’s a gesture that spreads light, heat, comfort, and peace of mind. “It’s doing what little bit I can to help the people who don’t have anything.” Bob Veeser Bob Veeser, a retired division manager who worked for UPPCO for 41 years, is a kind-hearted man of few words. A behind-the-scenes volunteer, Bob is the main conduit between caring UPPCO customers and their neighbors in need. Each week, he administers and pays overdue energy bills through the We Care program in St. Vincent De Paul’s Hancock, Michigan, office. During the most frigid days of winter, it is not uncommon for Bob to handle payments for more than 50 people a month who have come to the area store looking for help. To Bob, the program demonstrates the best kind of community caring. “It’s a chance for people to help their less fortunate neighbors,” he says. “When they’re writing out a check, they can just round it up, and the money goes right back to the poor people.” Bob says customers’ faith in UPPCO goes a long way toward the success of the program. “They trust us,” he explains, “to get the money where it needs to go.” 7 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  8. 8. balance Family-friendly policies have helped Ka Youa Kong, a corporate recruiter and married mother of six, keep her equilibrium during daughter Jasmine’s recent open-heart surgery. 8 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  9. 9. Families in Good Company Working and living in balance: WPS Resources believes that is the only way to empower higher productivity, healthier employees, and stronger families. Thanks to our commitment to living out this philosophy, WPS Resources has recently received the coveted Families in Good Company Award from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Citing flexible family-friendly policies, innovative workplace practices, and fun and educational children’s events, the Chamber bestowed the prestigious award on WPS Resources as a leader who is demonstrating support for balancing work and family. At WPS Resources, we are honored to be in front of companies who foster the value of family. Quite simply, we believe family is the cornerstone of all community. So we continue to ensure that our mission, “to provide the best value in energy and related services,” is never achieved at the expense of our children, our elderly, or our future. “When my daughter had open-heart surgery, I didn’t have to concentrate on other things. I could be 100% with Jasmine.” Ka Youa Kong With six children and a career as a corporate recruiter for Wisconsin Public Service, a subsidiary of WPS Resources, Ka Youa Kong is a master at juggling the demands of work and home. But when her five-year-old daughter recently required open-heart surgery, she found new meaning in being a family “in good company.” “When Jasmine was born, she had three holes in her heart that delayed her growth,” said Ka Youa. “By age 5, they were getting bigger, so we had to go for open-heart surgery. “Because of my support system at Wisconsin Public Service, I could take a month off to be with Jasmine during the surgery. I knew I could count on my team to cover my responsibilities, so I could just be a mom. The support I have here is really wonderful. My team also did benefits for Jasmine. They held bake sales and raffle drawings, plus people contributed donations. It was just so overwhelming. “Wisconsin Public Service is really, really supportive of family. This is a company that cares— sincerely cares—for its employees.” 9 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  10. 10. celebration Dick James, vice president of corporate planning at WPS Resources and a board member of the Green Bay Botanical Garden, enjoys “the lights fantastic” with his family over the holidays. 10 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  11. 11. WPS Garden of Lights – Green Bay Botanical Garden Wherever there are festivals, fairs, and other community celebrations, there is the support of WPS Resources Foundation. The WPS Garden of Lights is a dazzling example. This holiday event celebrates the tradition of all faiths in a glittering display of lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Beginning in December, visitors throughout northeast Wisconsin visit the event to stroll through the gardens, enjoy carriage rides, and sip hot chocolate while chatting with neighbors and friends. The holiday tradition is made possible by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, including WPS Resources employees and retirees. Beginning in late fall, the volunteers flock to the garden, spending thousands of hours stringing 150,000 lights to create butterflies, flowers, and other fanciful installations. The result is glorious. Yet it’s just one of the ways we support the Green Bay Botanical Garden, one of northeastern Wisconsin’s most celebrated gathering spots for gorgeous gardens, horticulture education, and community events. “People go out into the gardens, excited about the holidays, and come back happier than when they left. It’s a holiday family tradition. That’s a great feeling.” Dick James Each December, when WPS Resources VP of Corporate Planning Richard (Dick) James is not busy determining long-range strategy, you’ll find him at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. There, with his wife Mary, he’ll be serving cocoa, answering questions, and directing visitors at the Garden of Lights. “I’m one in a host of literally hundreds of volunteers who contribute to a neat holiday tradition,” said Dick. “The Garden of Lights is a way of keeping the family appeal of the Botanical Garden going year- round. It’s just gorgeous decked out in all the lights, like a Currier and Ives scene, where people are having a great time, walking through a wooded wonderland. I’ve never seen it disappoint.” Dick says the Garden of Lights is a natural for WPS Resources. “The connection of the Christmas lights and an energy company are obvious, but we’re really deeply rooted in the communities in which we serve. It’s great to be part of a community tradition where people from northeast Wisconsin keep coming back over and over. It’s a way of giving back.” 11 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  12. 12. knowledge Cathy Koch, Wisconsin Public Service customer assistance advisor and Junior Achievement volunteer, teaches lively second graders about how their community works. 12 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  13. 13. Junior Achievement Imagine communities without free enterprise. It’s almost unthinkable. That’s why WPS Resources has been a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement (JA), a privately funded organization that is passionate about helping young people to understand—and value—the economics of the free enterprise system. The program begins at an early age, fostering business knowledge in kids who want to succeed, learn, and make a difference. The Oshkosh District Junior Achievement is just one of many programs supported by WPS Resources. Here, more than 4,000 area students a year benefit from an age-appropriate business curriculum ranging from fun and informational classroom courses in second grade to high-powered “Business Bowl” competitions at the high school level. The program works because volunteers from the business community take time out to prepare children for the workforce and economic issues they will face in the future. For Bob Hernke and Cathy Koch, JA volunteers from the Wisconsin Public Service Oshkosh office, it’s an investment in skills that can last a lifetime. “It gives children the opportunity to look down their street, and think about what goes into running a community.” Cathy Koch “It was a little scary at first,” admits Cathy Koch, a Wisconsin Public Service customer assistance advisor. “I was thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m not really a teacher.’” But soon Cathy and co-worker Bob Hernke were in the thick of things, teaching a five-week course on “Our Community” to a lively batch of second graders. “Bob and I try to tell a little bit about our jobs and how we fit into our community, talking about the different parts of a city, the government, and more. One fun section was the Donut session, where the kids named their donut shop, learned how to run the business, managed employees, and made sure the donuts came out so people actually wanted to buy them.” Cathy considers her teaching experience to be community involvement at its best. “The kids at this age are so interested in learning,” said Cathy. “Their hands are just shooting up all over. They are amazed at how much goes into running a business. It gives them knowledge at an early age that they wouldn’t receive in regular classes.” 13 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  14. 14. spirit Head coach Deb Vercauteren is powering up the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Women’s Track and Cross Country programs with a new Olympic-quality sports complex. 14 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  15. 15. Oshkosh Sports Complex When it comes to generating communal energy, there’s nothing like high school and college athletics. Our teams fire up school spirit, enrich our lives, and bring together people of all backgrounds to share in a common experience. In Oshkosh, that team spirit is powering up a forward-thinking public/private partnership to transform an aging stadium at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh into a state-of-the-art $28 million multi-seasonal community sports and entertainment complex. The remarkable facility will feature one of Wisconsin’s most advanced venues for high school and college football, track, baseball, softball, and soccer. It will also allow Oshkosh to host high-profile sporting events and entertainment attractions. Not yet completed, the site is already being considered for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics. WPS Resources has been a key team player in making the community complex possible, from sponsoring the concession area to providing in-kind electrical engineering assistance, lighting selection, and more. It’s all part of our commitment to champion the projects that make communities great. “The new facility has the same surface used in the Athens Olympics. It makes our young women go out there, feel good about themselves, and compete with pride.” Deb Vercauteren “When I first became head coach in 1982, we had ten women out for track,” said Deb Vercauteren, head coach of the Women’s Track & Field team. “This year, our numbers were up to 53 women. During that time, we’ve won 14 NCAA national championships and 34 conference titles.” Finally, the team will have a venue that reflects their winning spirit. “The new facilities are spectacular,” said Deb. “It’s a great spectator facility. The track is better suited to the athletes and better suited to competition. The surface will allow for quality training plus fast times in competition. “As part of the NCAA Division III, there is no athletic financial assistance. Our women participate because they like the feeling they get from competing. We’ve already taken recruits to the stadium and they go ‘WOW!’ It gets them excited about the University, and that allows us to recruit a higher level of student athletes.” The new facility is energizing Deb’s own competitive spirit. “We want to put Oshkosh on the map for women’s track and field,” she said. 15 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  16. 16. innovation Environmental science teacher Ted Rauch introduces students from Marinette High School to the power of renewable energy through SolarWise® for Schools. 16 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  17. 17. WPS Community Foundation’s SolarWise® for Schools How will our children meet the energy needs of the future? Thanks to the support of the WPS Community Foundation, the answer may be SolarWise®for Schools—an innovative renewable energy program powering education in 27 schools throughout the Wisconsin Public Service territory. Under the Solarwise for Schools program, customers make tax-deductible donations to WPS Community Foundation, Inc. The donations, along with grants from the state of Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, provide schools with fully operational solar electric systems. Each system produces enough electricity to power several classrooms and comes with an extensive curriculum on renewable energy. The program, which has been named one of the “Top Ten Green Programs in the Nation” by the U.S. Department of Energy for the last five years, offers students a whole new way to think globally and learn locally. They can compare actual electrical production against local weather data and learn how “clean and green” energy contributes viable solutions for their own hometown. For the next generation of environmentalists, scientists, and consumers, SolarWise is providing a bright outlook indeed. “As a country, if we become a little more wise about how we produce our energy, it will not only help the environment, but make us more energy-independent.” Ted Rauch “Anytime you can give students a concrete way of learning, it gives a whole new meaning,” said Ted Rauch, a biology and environmental science teacher at Marinette High School in Marinette, Wisconsin. “We talk a lot about clean energy and renewables. So we are lucky to be part of the SolarWise family of schools. It gives students a better idea of how alternatives work. We can see how weather patterns influence the energy that is being produced. Kids make the connection between what it’s like outside and what kind of energy is being produced. They get a lot more out of it.” According to Ted, the new solar electric program is helping the entire community become “solar wise.” “People are becoming enlightened that solar electric is simple, it’s doable, it’s a benefit. Not just the students,” he adds. “It’s staff, it’s community members, everybody.” 17 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  18. 18. nature Tyler Caelwarts, a 16-year-old cancer survivor, was the first guest of the Kippenberg Creek Kids Camp, where his wish for a successful deer hunt came true. 18 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  19. 19. Kippenberg Creek Kids A southern boy diagnosed with leukemia dreams of seeing snow. A child blinded in a freak hunting accident hopes to once again track wild turkey. A young paraplegic dreams of bagging a trophy buck. Dreams like these are the specialty of the Kippenberg Creek Kids, a camp that hosts outdoors adventure for children with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. Kippenberg Creek Kids is the vision of Pat and Larry Beyer, outdoorsmen who lost a young relative to cancer. Their loss has inspired a remarkable legacy. Deep in the woods of north central Wisconsin, they have constructed a cozy lodge surrounded by fields and forests for hunting and hiking, lakes and streams ideal for fishing and canoeing, and ATV and snowmobile trails for wilderness rambles. Special heated and insulated hunting stands with handicap access add comfort for children who are ill or frail. Families stay at the lodge at no cost, and are guided by experienced sportsmen who volunteer their time to create lasting memories. For children weary of doctors’ offices and hospital walls, the antidote of nature is welcome medicine indeed. And it’s all made possible through the support of advocates like WPS Resources, who contribute both financially and through the energies of employees like Dan Lokemoen, one of the camp’s most active volunteers. “I went through six months of chemo and it was intense stuff. I hadn’t been out in a long time. It felt good just being able to get outside.” Tyler Caelwarts At age thirteen, Tyler Caelwarts was a normal Wisconsin kid. He loved fishing, sports, anything to do with the outdoors. Like many of his friends, Tyler had just passed his hunter safety course and was locked and loaded for his first official deer hunt. Then, the day before he started eighth grade, Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia. Tyler’s outdoor lifestyle was replaced with chemotherapy and constant checkups. In and out of the hospital, Tyler describes his treatment as “pretty intense stuff.” For an active kid, the lingering side effects were debilitating. Then his family found out about Kippenberg Creek Kids. Even though he was actively in treatment, Tyler traveled to camp for a two-day hunt. “It was fun,” said Tyler. “They would cook us breakfast, and then we would head out to go hunting in the stands. I got a buck and a doe.” The trip to the camp would be the first of several the Caelwarts family would make. Tyler, now 16, has been out of treatment since 2003. And he has advice for anyone thinking about becoming a Kippenberg Creek Kid. “Go!” he said. “They treat you great. It’s a lot of fun to hang out there.” 19 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  20. 20. community Leadership Green Bay graduate Ann Vande Hei, a Wisconsin Public Service employee, volunteers at St. Vincent’s Hospital, comforting and caring for babies when their parents are away. 20 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  21. 21. Leadership Green Bay Leaders who inspire. Leaders who innovate. Leaders who transform. These leaders are the heart of any community. Thanks to programs like Leadership Green Bay, the next generation of leaders is being identified, inspired, and equipped for community service. Sponsored by area chambers of commerce, leadership programs throughout our service area are recruiting emerging leaders within the business, civic, and service sectors. Program participants learn about the needs in their community, hone their talents for volunteer leadership, network with other leaders, then make significant contributions to their community in a wide variety of programs. Equipping leadership has its price. So employers like WPS Resources are making the investment to sponsor the participation of our best and brightest employees. And throughout the WPS Resources service area, we’re building stronger community, one new leader at a time. “It’s the most feel-good thing that I do. Some have pretty severe problems, but all you see is a little baby that needs your help. They’re so tiny and helpless. Ann Vande Hei ” “In Leadership Green Bay, I learned to become involved in something I have passion for,” says Ann Vande Hei, a Wisconsin Public Service employee. “We have to ask ourselves, I only have a couple hours a month to give, what would be good for me and the community?” For Ann, the answer was simple. “If I could quit my job and do anything I wanted, it would be to rock babies,” she says. “I volunteer at St. Vincent’s Hospital, caring for babies when their parents can’t be there. The nurses aren’t always able to be in the room, and it breaks their hearts to see the babies sitting by themselves. So I hold the babies, rock them, feed them, play with them, talk with them. It’s what their mothers would be doing, if they were there. “It’s such a rewarding experience. The babies are so tiny and helpless, and they love that attention. It makes me feel so good, I smile all the way home.” 21 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  22. 22. Energy Around the Community Wisconsin Public Service’s support of economic development corporations throughout our service territory is an investment in the prosperity of the communities we serve. “Economic development corporations are the backbone of the local economy,” says Gary Delveaux, manager–business and community development for Wisconsin Public Service. Thanks to the investment of Wisconsin Public Service, the local economy’s backbone has acquired more strength. In 2004, the company played a leading role in the start-up of new corporations in Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties in Wisconsin, and Menominee County in Michigan. Economic development corporations are private/public nonprofit corporations specializing in business development. Their focus can be described as a three-legged stool: retaining and expanding existing business; assisting new business start-ups; and attracting business to the area. From revolving loans to workforce development to access to government programs, the corporations offer a wide variety of possibilities to attract and develop business. Gary Delveaux and Ted Penn, director–business and community development for Wisconsin Public Service, are strong proponents of the concept, fostering understanding of the development corporation, gaining acceptance, and securing front-end investments from the government and business communities. Gary says the results are well worth the effort. “There’s no comparison between those counties who have an economic development corporation and those who do not,” says Gary. “Those who have them are flourishing, and growing. In others, there are very few people who are paying attention to economic growth. It requires investment, but the result is many successes.” Rehabilitating Raptors Specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of raptors such as eagles and owls, the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) is anything but a fly-by-night operation. Located in Antigo, Wisconsin, the public education and rescue group creates a safe haven for injured or orphaned native bird species until they are released into the wild. The group maintains one of the largest flight enclosures in the world for physical reconditioning and rehabilitation for native bird species. During the course of a single day at REGI, rehabilitators wear many hats, serving as: caretakers, nutritionists, behaviorists, emergency medical technicians, naturalists, natural historians, educators, wildlife housing specialists, transport specialists for injured wildlife, record keepers, and providers of wildlife expertise. Perhaps most importantly, the group educates the public on a myriad of wildlife-related topics both through formal programming and informal forums. 22 REGI doesn’t get financial assistance from state or federal agencies, but is self-supported with the help of private donations like those made through WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION the WPS Resources Foundation.
  23. 23. Reinforcing the Golden Rule Once a year, unsung community heroes who “do unto others” are recognized at a special breakfast and awards program sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. Known as the “Golden Rule Awards,” this broad-based volunteer event is orchestrated through the Volunteer Center of Brown County, and celebrates outstanding individuals or groups who are making a difference throughout northeast Wisconsin. Creating Fair Fun for Kids Summer fairs and families just seem to go hand in hand. And at the center of it all, you can find Wisconsin Public Service. Last summer, Wisconsin Public Service sponsored the first-ever Kids Day at the Valley Fair in Marathon County. In cooperation with other area businesses, Wisconsin Public Service created a fun-filled activity area where families came to enjoy free activities, view safety demonstrations, and compete for prizes in fun and zany competitions like the “Best Animal Sounds” and “Best Joke” contests. It was just another way to support kids and community. Transforming Aging Places to Green Spaces In the center of Minocqua, Wisconsin, a new park forms the heart of the community, thanks to Wisconsin Public Service and the Minocqua Rotary Club. Here you’ll find visitors and locals alike enjoying restful green spaces in summer, ice sculptures in winter, and community activities in every season. The lovely park, complete with a shelter and rest area, beautifies an area where an aging police station once stood. Thanks to foresighted community planning and contributions, the abandoned police station was torn down, and the highly visible location was turned into an attractive and welcome community asset. Sparking Solar Flair What was cooking at the 8th Annual Solar Olympics? Sponsored annually by WPS Community Foundation, the latest Solar Olympics challenged high school competitors to design, construct, and demonstrate a solar cooker, a solar water heater, a solar-powered model racecar, and a sculpture with a solar theme. In addition, the students competed in a “solar jeopardy” quiz game and events for solar building design, solar T-shirt design, solar photography, a solar marketing campaign, and a solar essay. The competition was held in May on the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh campus. Judges came from local businesses, the UW System, WFRV Channel 5, and Wisconsin Public Service. And the panel agreed: the students’ entries were ingenious, inspired, and truly energetic. Winners included: Gold (First place) – Denmark High School Silver (Second place) – Sevastopol High School Bronze (Third place) – Oshkosh West High School 23 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  24. 24. Financial Contributions in Our Communities Aging Resource Center of Kewaunee County, Inc. De Pere Rapides Youth Soccer Club, Inc. Interlochen Center for the Arts Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc. Depaul Homes and Shelters, Inc. International Listening Association Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. Disabled American Veteran’s Charitable Iron County Historical and Museum Society Aldo Leopold Association of Parents, Teachers Service Trust Jasper Pickett Foundation, Inc. & Others, Inc. Door Community Auditorium Corp. Junior Achievement, Inc. Aldo Leopold Audobon Society, Inc. Door County Memorial Hospital Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Alger Regional Community Foundation, Inc. Ducks Unlimited Kewaunee Fire Department Allouez Girls Softball, Inc. East Shore Industries, Inc. Keweenaw Community Foundation Alzheimer’s Association Eastshore Humane Association, Inc. Keweenaw Krayons American Cancer Society, Inc. Educational Horizon Foundation, Inc. KI Sawyer Community Association American Diabetes Association Einstein Project, Inc. Kippenberg Creek Kids, Inc. American Heart Association, Inc. Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. Kiwanis Club of Sheboygan Charitable American Lung Association of Wisconsin Encompass Child Care, Inc. Foundation, Inc. American Red Cross Energy Services, Inc. Lake Superior Community Partnership Angel On My Shoulder Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Foundation Ashwaubenon Citizen Academy Alumni Family Service Association Lakeland Rotary Foundation, Inc. Association, Inc. Family Services of Northwest Wisconsin, Inc. Lakeshore CAP, Inc. of Wisconsin Ashwaubenon Historical Society, Inc. Family Violence Center, Inc. Lakeshore Chorale, Inc. ASPIRO, Inc. Finlandia University Lakeshore Communications Baraga County Community Foundation FISC Consumer Credit Counseling of Latinas Unidas of Wisconsin, Inc. Bay Area Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Door County, Inc. Les Turner Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis Bellin Foundation, Inc. Foundation of the Unified School District Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inc. Bellin Memorial Hospital of Antigo, Inc. Libertas Treatment Center Bethel Foundation Freedom House Mission Ministries, Inc. Life Promotions, Inc. Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc. Friends of Marathon County Public Library Lincoln County Big Brothers, Big Sisters Friends of Mead Public Library Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly Birch Trails Scout Council Wisconsin, Inc. Friends of Spies Public Library Lupus Foundation of America Bootjack Fire and Rescue Foundation, Inc. Friends of St. Patricks, Inc. Luxemburg-Casco PTA Boulder Junction Area Historical Society Friends of The Mead-McMillian Association, Inc. Machickanee Players Boy Scouts of America Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center, Inc. Maine 4-H Group Boys & Girls Club Gathering Waters Conservancy, Inc. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. Brown County Civic Music Association, Inc. Girl Scouts of America Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Calumet All Sports Booster Club, Inc. Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin Center, Inc. Calumet Theatre Company & Upper Michigan, Inc. Manitowoc County Lakes Association, Inc. Cerebral Palsy, Inc. Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Inc. Marathon County Historical Society Children’s Health Care Foundation Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce March of Dimes Children’s Hospital Foundation, Inc. Foundation, Inc. Marinette Area Chamber Foundation, Inc. Citizens for Skateboarding Manitowoc Green Bay Botanical Garden, Inc. Marinette County Historical Society, Inc. Chapter, Inc. Green Bay Boy and Girl Choir, Inc. Marquette Community Foundation Civil Air Patrol Green Bay Community Theater Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Community Foundation of North Green Bay Symphony Guild Theme Park, Inc. Central Wisconsin Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Marshfield Clinic Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Mercy Health Foundation, Inc. Concerned Hearts Club Helping Paws of Minnesota, Inc. Merrill Area Concert Association Cup O’ Joy Christian Coffee House, Inc. Holy Family Memorial, Inc. Meyer Theatre Corp. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Home Respite Care, Inc. Michael J. Fox Foundation for De Pere Citizens Academy Alumni Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula Parkinson’s Research Association, Inc. Houghton County Historical Society Mid-County Rescue, Inc. De Pere Historical Society, Inc. Howard Suamico Storm Breakers Mothers Against Drunk Driving Foundation De Pere Police Department Humane Society, Inc. Mt. Carmel Public Library, Inc. 24 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  25. 25. Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc. Place 2-B Ltd Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry My Brothers Keeper, Inc. Portage County Business Council Two Rivers Main Street, Inc. National Childhood Cancer Foundation Foundation, Inc. United Fund, Inc. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Portage County Council for Assistance United Way, Inc. National Park Conservation Association and Rehabilitation Unity Limited Partnership National Park Foundation Portage County Department on Aging University of Wisconsin Extension National Railroad Museum, Inc. Portage County Youth on Ice, Inc. University of Wisconsin Green Bay National Wildlife Federation Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. University of Wisconsin Marinette County Foundation Nature Conservancy, Inc. Randlin Adult Family Care Homes, Inc. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center of Neighborhood Housing Services of Raptor Education Group, Inc. Career Development Green Bay, Inc. Rawhide, Inc. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, Inc. NEW Community Clinic Rebuilding Together Manitowoc County, Inc. University of Wisconsin Stevens Point NEW Community Shelter, Inc. Rebuilding Together Sheboygan County Upper Peninsula Community Foundation Alliance NEW Curative Rehabilitation, Inc. Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Urban Hope Corp. New Hope Center, Inc. Rhinelander Basketball Association, Inc. Utility Business Education Coalition NEW Zoological Society, Inc. Rhinelander Ice Association, Inc. Veterans of Foreign Wars Newcap, Inc. Riverside Medical Center, Inc. Volunteer Center, Inc. Next Door Theatre, Inc. SADD Students Against Drunk Driving, Inc. Waumara Chapter of The Compassionate Friends Nicolet College Foundation, Inc. Salvation Army Wausau Health Foundation Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council Schoolcraft Community Foundation Wausau Hospitals, Inc. Northern Health Centers, Inc. Service League of Green Bay, Inc. Wausau Kayak/Canoe Corp. Northland Lutheran Home Health SHARE of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. Weidner Center Presents, Inc. Services, Inc. Sheboygan Community Theater Foundation, Inc. White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. Northumberland Acorn Little League Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Inc. Northumberland County Council St. Joseph’s Hospital Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Art & Letters Omega House, Inc. St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Inc. Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. On Broadway, Inc. St. Norbert College Music Theatre Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, Inc. Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts, Inc. St. Vincent de Paul Society Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Corp. St. Vincent Hospital Wisconsin History Foundation, Inc. Oshkosh Opera House Foundation, Inc. State of Michigan–Department of History, Wisconsin Peregrine Trust Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra Arts & Libraries Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. Oshkosh West Basketball Club, Inc. Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Inc. Outer Limits Youth Outreach, Inc. The Conservation Fund Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Inc. Partners With St. Joseph’s Hospital of Town Line 4-H Club Wisconsin Sports Development Corp. Marshfield, Inc. Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Paul’s Pantry, Inc. Trails, Inc. WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, Inc. Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Trees for Tomorrow, Inc. Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Inc. Peter’s Pantry, Inc. Trout Unlimited YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) Pine Mountain Music Festival, Inc. Twin Counties Free Clinic, Inc. YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) Agricultural Support & Sponsorships Amherst Fair Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Wisconsin Jaycees Outstanding Young Brown County Breakfast on the Farm Wisconsin Agribusiness Foundation Farmer Program Brown County 4-H Wisconsin FFA Foundation: Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin Marketing Plan Career Development Event Association Marinette County June Dairy Month Breakfast General Fund Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program Midwest Rural Energy Council National Chapter Award Wisconsin Veal Growers Association National Association of Farm Broadcasters’ Ag Mechanics Energy Systems North Central Region Summer Meeting Proficiency Award Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication 25 Farm Tour Proficiency Award Portage County Chamber of Commerce WPS RESOURCES Agribusiness Tour CORPORATION
  26. 26. 2004 Beneficiaries of WPS Resources Foundation Health & Human Services $327,186 Education $287,360 Civic & Community $281,680 Culture & Art $73,210 Environmental $50,810 TOTAL $1,020,246 2003-2004 WPS Resources Foundation Matching Gifts Program There were 449 employee/retiree participants. Employee & Retiree Gifts $90,501 Foundation Matching Gifts $43,151 TOTAL GIFTS $133,652 Dollars for Doers Dollars for Doers is a WPS Resources program that was started in July 2001 to encourage community service. When employees or retirees contribute at lease 20 hours of volunteer time, WPS Resources Foundation donates up to $100 to the nonprofit organization of their choice. The program focuses on organizations assisting with arts and culture, community and civic affairs, health and human services, and the environment in our service territory. In 2004, 94 employees participated in this program, giving 9,668 volunteer hours, resulting in $9,450 in donations from WPS Resources Foundation. 26 WPS RESOURCES CORPORATION
  27. 27. WPS Resources Corporation Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WPS Resources Corporation is a holding company whose diversified system of companies serves regulated and nonregulated energy markets across North America. Regulated Operations Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the principal subsidiary of WPS Resources, is a regulated electric and natural gas utility based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Established in 1883, the company serves 421,240 electric customers and 305,648 gas customers throughout northeast and central Wisconsin, and in an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan. More than 2,400 Public Service employees provide energy products and services through a network of local offices. Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is a regulated subsidiary of Wisconsin Public Service, which provides electricity to 51,941 customers in the primarily rural countryside of Upper Michigan. The company serves 99 communities located over a 4,500-square-mile area, and is based in Houghton, Michigan. Nonregulated Operations WPS Energy Services, Inc., is a diversified nonregulated energy supply and services company. Operating in the northeast quadrant of the United States and adjacent portions of Canada, the company provides individual strategies that allow customers to manage their energy needs and capitalize on opportunities resulting from deregulation. The company’s portfolio of products includes natural gas, electric, and alternate fuel products; patented real-time energy management services; energy use consulting; and project development and management. WPS Power Development, Inc., owns and operates a network of nonregulated electric generation and steam production facilities, including a portion of a synthetic fuel facility. The company provides generation services to customers primarily in the northeast United States and adjacent areas of Canada. Areas of expertise include cogeneration, distributed generation, generation from renewables, and generation plant repowering projects. WPS Energy Services 27 Wisconsin Public Service Corporation WPS Power Development, Inc. Upper Peninsula Power Company Both WPS Energy Services, Inc. WPS RESOURCES and WPS Power Development, Inc. CORPORATION
  28. 28. Printed on paper that contains 10% post-consumer fiber, using environmentally conscientious vegetable inks. ©2005 WPS Resources Corporation WPS Resources Corporation 700 North Adams Street Green Bay, WI 54301 www.wpsr.com 920-433-4901 WPS Resources Corporation

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