In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!
Along with our updated mission statement, each team now has their very own team logo! Team members gave input on final selections from a cohesive color palate. As re:TH!NK grows and evolves, so can our teams and their logos.
A big thank you to Melissa Pingel, a member of the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team, for all her work this summer. Melissa completed three alcohol environmental scans this summer helping the team ensure all festivals and events were covered. With the results from these scans, the team meets with event organizers to discuss how we can collaborate to ensure that alcohol is being served and sold in a safe way. Some of the recommendations from these meetings include requiring all attendees over the age of 21 who will be consuming alcohol to wear wristbands and providing CHEERS responsible beverage server trainings to event staff. Thanks to Melissa for all her work and dedication to the team!
The Menasha Police Department is a member of the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team. Recently, they have become an active member in bringing our local CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training to Menasha. Staff at the Menasha Police Department were very excited to have the opportunity to bring this new training to the area, so local liquor license holders could get further training how to responsibly serve and sell alcohol to patrons.
Most recently, the Menasha Police Department held their first CHEERS! Training in April. Officer Daniel Hoernke has helped spearhead this effort, with support from Chief Styka, and through the expansion of the CHEERS! Program, we had over 40 individuals attend representing over 10 establishments at the first training. It is through these efforts that we hope to create a safer alcohol environment in Winnebago County. We thank the Menasha Police Department for helping us in our efforts to expand the CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training and for being a strong partner in building a healthier and safer alcohol environment in our community!
re:TH!NK’s Alcohol Action Team had a chance to present at the National Alcohol Policy Conference in Arlington, VA in early April. The presentation, “Working with Festival Organizers to Change the Drinking Culture in “Event City” Oshkosh, WI,” went over their festival assessment project they completed in summer 2017. Attendees learned how to evaluate how alcohol is served and sold at community festivals, best practices to reduce the occurrence of underage and binge drinking at community festivals, and the steps necessary to implement this project in other communities.
Kevin Wilkinson came back home to Wisconsin in 1988 to continue his law enforcement career. During his tenure at the Appleton Police Department, Kevin co-chaired the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of Fox Valley Unites, then the prominent AODA coalition for the Fox Cities. One of the subcommittee’s projects received an award from the Attorney General’s office for innovation.
Kevin accepted a call to be police chief in New London, home to the largest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration north of Chicago. Through a partnership with the local licensed alcohol establishments, the annual event has maintained safety and order by focusing on key preventive strategies.
In 2009 Kevin was appointed Police Chief of Neenah, where he continues being a voice speaking against the drinking culture in Wisconsin. He has authored a number of newspaper opinion columns on the topic and is a frequent public speaker. He has advocated for legislative change at the state and local level, and helped bring about a sober server ordinance in Neenah, as well as a ban on drive up alcohol sales. He has also been serving as the chair of the Winnebago County Traffic Safety Commission for the past two years. Along with that, Kevin has been an active participant with the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team and has played a key role in their festival scans project.
Kevin will be retiring from law enforcement on June 1, after 34 years in the career.