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Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County held its first annual meeting Jan.

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Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County held its first annual meeting Jan. 23 at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1229 Park Row, Lake Geneva.

In attendance were several of the families who are living in homes built through the organization or will be moving into the next homes scheduled to be constructed.

Board President Terry Appenzeller welcomed the gathering of 50 people.

He spoke of the overall plans of the organization, reminded the group of progress made so far, and introduced the "Delavan year" as the plan for 2003.

Ground already has been broken for a home at the corner of Washington and Third streets in Delavan, and closing has been done on another parcel of land that has space for two homes, at Eighth and Ann streets.

The Rev. Mary Ann Moller-Gunderson, pastor of the church, led a welcoming prayer and grace for the meal, followed by dinner and dessert for all.

A highlight of the evening was meeting representatives of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a group of more than 50 students who are actively involved with the organization.

Trisha Brown is the liaison between the group and the university; Brenda Kohut schedules work projects that students take part in, including a spring break trip to West Virginia to build houses; and Matthew Schwieger heads the fund-raising committee.

Appenzeller introduced chairmen of the standing board committees, board members and officers, and displayed the $750 check representing a donation to the local chapter by Wal-Mart, at the occasion of the opening of the new super center in Delavan.

George Wen, chairman of Habitat Bowl 2003, to be held March 23, and Chips Simandl, chairman of Hike for Humanity 2003, to be held June 7, spoke about their fund-raisers. Brochures and registration forms are available for both events.

Another hike will be arranged in Whitewater by the student group, to be held Oct. 4.

The meeting closed with a vocal trio, performed by Chelsey, Hailey and Morgan Burger, daughters of the owners of the first home built by Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County, completed in 2000 in Lake Como.

For more information about the organization, to become a volunteer, or to receive brochures, call 348-0735.

To register for the organization's bowling event, call 642-3918.

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