Free Enterprise Award

Our 40th Annual Free Enterprise Award Dinner will be held on May 15, 2023. Click here to download a Free Enterprise Award application and nominate an outstanding leader. Nominations are due Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Please submit your completed application to our nominations committee at: PaulMa@immelconstruction.com.

The annual Free Enterprise Award banquet honors a business and community leader. Started in 1983, this has become a coveted award, a list of “who’s who” of community leaders. The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation of Green Bay.

We were proud to present Chris Woleske, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bellin Health, as the 2022 Free Enterprise Award recipient. This selection continues a long line of businesspeople in the Green Bay community that have exhibited the tenets of Rotary in their daily and business lives.

Recognizing the impact of COVID in the health sector on critical mental health services in particular, Rotary selected Foundations Health & Wholeness as our 2022 Charity Partner for its role in providing accessible mental health counseling for children and adults in Brown County. We were honored to present Foundations with a $50,000 check at this year’s Free Enterprise Award Event!

Over the last seven years, the Green Bay Rotary Foundation has distributed back to our community over $600,000 in funds through this event.

Previous Award Recipients

2022 – Chris Woleske – Bellin Health
2021 – Mark Murphy – Green Bay Packers
2019 – Craig Dickman – Breakthrough/TitletownTech
2018 – Michael Haddad – Schreiber Foods
2017 – William “Red” Lewis – PDQ Car Wash
2016 – William F. Kress – Green Bay Packaging
2015 – Susan Finco – Leonard and Finco Public Relations Inc.
2014 – Mark McMullen – Associated Bank
2013 – Tim Weyenberg – Foth
2012 – Mark Skogen – Festival Foods
2011 – Terry Fulwiler – WS Packaging Group
2010 – Rick Chernick – Camera Corner Connecting Point
2009 – Robert “Bob” Gallagher – Associated Bank Corp.
2008 – George Kerwin – Bellin Health Systems, Inc.
2007 – Larry Ferguson – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2006 – Timothy Howald – Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc.
2005 – Larry Weyers – WPS Resources Corporation
2004 – Frank A. Wood – Green Bay News Chronicle
2003 – John C. “Jack” Meng – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
2002 – James F. Kress – Green Bay Packaging
2001 – Carl W. Kuehne – American Foods Group
2000 – Harry B. “Nick” Conlon – Associated Bank Corp.
1999 – K.C. Stock – KCS International, Stock Lumber Co.
1998 – James Madigan – FEECO International
1997 – Leo Frigo – Frigo Cheese, Paul’s Pantry
1996 – Don DeMeuse – Fort Howard
1995 – Louis Konop – Konop Vending
1994 – Robert Bush – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1993 – Robert Harlan – Green Bay Packers
1992 – Donald Schneider – Schneider National
1991 – Ron Weyers & Wally Hilliard – American Medical Security
1990 – Donald Long – Imperial, Inc.
1989 – Steve Van Dyke – Foth & Van Dyke
1988 – Frederick Baer – Paper Converting Machine Co.
1987 – Paul Ziemer – Wisconsin Public Service
1986 – Phil Hendrickson – Krueger International
1985 – John “Jake” Rose – Associated Kellogg Bank
1984 – Merlin Bush – Schreiber Foods, Inc.
1983 – George Kress – Green Bay Packaging