Meet Greg Sturm

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Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Greg Sturm volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil and for Shawano Pathways.

Greg Sturm volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil and for Shawano Pathways.

Sturm is a native of Appleton, graduating from Appleton East High School. He earned an associate degree in machine tool operation from Fox Valley Technical College. He was a machinist at Wisconsin Wires for seven years, Zwicker Knitting Mills for 12 years, and then an instructional aide/technician for FVTC. He retired in 2008.

Sturm and his wife of 35 years, Maxine, live on the west shore of Shawano Lake. They have one son, Jesse, who camps with his dad every year in the Highlands State Forest.

What do you do for St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil?

“I’m a coordinator of the annual picnic. It’s not open to the public but just for members of St. Martin. Several people help so it is spread out so no one is strapped. It’s been going on many years, but 10 years ago we made it bigger and better. We really enhanced it. I’ve been on the parish council a couple years. We meet to oversee parish operations. I’m a volunteer on distribution day for the food pantry and other duties as needed. On the blue ribbon committee we review and suggest updates and improvements to the church proper like the recent improvements. The men’s club raises funds for parish needs. I am a eucharistic minister and distribute communion and wine. I have two monthly communion services at The Cottages, one for assisted living and another for the memory care.”

How do you help Shawano Pathways?

“Jan Lewellyn and I started the movement in 2009, and in 2010, it became Shawano Pathways. I was president for five or six years, and now I am trail and roads coordinator. We work on signage, route determination and creation of maps. For Bike the Barn Quilts, I help, plan and assist with painting the route arrows, put up signs, and I bike, too. My son and I help with the bike check for things like the air in the tires. We are kind of ambassadors.”

Why do you volunteer?

“When I retired, I felt a calling to volunteer in some small way to make my community and this world a better place. My life has been blessed in many ways. I feel that it is now my duty to share what has been given to me and give back. For me, the returns and the benefits of volunteering has come back to me tenfold. I continue to learn from fellow volunteers as well as the people I serve. This has truly enhanced my life and given me purpose.”