Volunteer Profile

Meet Bill Hoppe

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Bill Hoppe does a lot of volunteering.

Born and raised in Shawano, Hoppe graduated from Shawano High School. He farmed and hauled milk until he was drafted into the Army for two years. He also drove school bus for a while. When he returned he worked for Brown Wilbert Burial Vault Company in De Pere in manufacturing and service for 39 years.

Hoppe, who retired in 2008, and his wife of 48 years, Mary, have four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They enjoy gardening and have traveled all over the world.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “I’m a member of the Bishop Fox Council Knights of Columbus 2836. I help at the Shawano County Historical Society, Sacred Heart (Catholic) Church and the Weidner Center in Green Bay.”

Q How do you help the Knights?

A “I was an officer from deputy grand knight to grand knight. I was district deputy for district three for nine years where we have meetings checking that everything is being done correctly. We have the Tootsie Roll drive once a year. The money raised goes to Lakeland, which is over $3,000. I help at the brat stand at Charlie’s whenever they call and need help. I helped start porkie pancake in the mid-’70s. It started as a once-a-year fundraiser and now it’s twice a year. The money goes to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other people who need help. We also give a scholarship to help a child of a Knights member. We started at $4 a ticket and now we still only charge $5 a ticket. I’m there from 6 a.m. and am the last one to leave.”

Q What do you do at Sacred Heart?

A “I started as an usher and am now a Communion distributor. At the church picnic I usually bring woodworking stuff that I make for the silent auction. I help when we host the Community Dinner.”

Q What do you do at the Weidner Center?

A “Mary and I usher. We have been doing that since 1996. We get to see a lot of the shows. You get to select what shows you would like to usher and see.”

Q Why do you volunteer?

A “I think everybody should spend a little time doing something for somebody else. The Knights say your time is the best gift you can give. And it’s a lot of fun.”


WHAT: Knights of Columbus Porkie Pancake Breakfast

WHEN: 7 a.m. to noon Sunday

WHERE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 302 S. Main St., Shawano.