40th Anniversary Celebration

PRWS 40th Anniversary Dinner & Celebration via Zoom

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Invitation Link & Instructions to Join the Celebration via Zoom! 


To join meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3191093309?pwd=VlRsUTFycG9JaVN0cHZ6bmRWbGp1dz09 


Open the Zoom app and enter meeting ID: 319 109 3309
Then enter the passcode: 1rdmp9  

LANDLINE OR CELL PHONE USERS (Audio only, no visuals):  

To join meeting, call: 1-312-626-6799
When prompted, enter meeting ID:  319 109 3309
When prompted for participant ID, press # (no number is needed)
When prompted for a meeting passcode, enter: 514610 


40th Anniversary Program Schedule

5:30:     Zoom Call Opens–Programming begins at 6:00

              Live Music by Dan Sebranek & Mary

6:00:     Welcome by Joe Lenarz, PRWS Board President & Parent

6:15:     40th Anniversary Video: Reflections from the PRWS Community

6:30:     Alumni Speaker: Maggie Welch (PRWS Class of 2000)

6:40:     Virtual School Tour by Aaron Schmidt and Mary Christenson

7:00:     Tribute to Mary Christenson by Aaron Schmidt, Faculty Chair

7:10:     Address by Mary Christenson

7:20:     Invitation by Robin Kottke, Development Director 

7:25:     Toast to 40 Years by Martha Karlstad, PRWS Parent & Event Co-Chair  

7:30      Words of Appreciation & Inquiries from Program Attendees

7:45:     Closing Remarks & Gratitude by Julia Hundt Ugo, PRWS Alumna & Parent

7:50:     End of Evening; Music by Students & PRWS Photo Montage

Dinner Menu

To Start: 

Salad & Cornbread
local vegetables w/ herb buttermilk dressing;
cheddar cornbread w/ honey butter (GF)


BBQ Ribs & Sweet Corn
slow-cooked Organic Prairie pork spare ribs w/ maple BBQ sauce & local sweet corn w/ herb butter (GF)


Summer Vegetable Strata
local grilled vegetables baked with toasted sourdough bread, local eggs, & cheese; local sweet corn w/ herb butter


WI Fruit Crisp
local fruit w/ a crunchy, buttery oat topping &
Organic Valley whipped cream (GF)

Guest Speaker Maggie Welch

Maggie graduated from PRWS with Anne-Marie’s class in 2000. She went to High School at Viroqua High School, later attended Iowa State University, and has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Maggie is a Project Engineer and currently lives outside of Viroqua. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, traveling, and walking her two dogs.


Tribute to Mary Christenson

Mary Christenson and her husband Steve moved to the area in the summer of 1993 so their daughter, Katrina, could attend PRWS. She joined the newly formed Development committee and the board. In 1994 she worked part time with Kate Walter in Development until Kate retired in the spring of 1995. Mary coordinated fundraising and events, took on various responsibilities in administration, faculty council, and served on the board continuously. She received a certificate of Waldorf Administration and Community Development in 2000, and continued to grow the fundraising programs. Cynthia Olmstead joined her in the development office between 2004-2018. Mary retired from the staff in the spring of 2018, and happily turned over the reins to Robin Kottke. She continues to serve on the board, Development, and Growing for Good Committees.

Dani Lind

Dani Lind owns & operates Rooted Spoon Culinary, a farm-to-table catering business, event venue, & part-time restaurant in Viroqua. A lifelong gardener, she also raises herbs, vegetables, edible flowers, and fruit on the 80 acre grassfed beef farm she lives on with her husband. She loves to cook locally-sourced wholesome meals that burst with flavor, color, & seasonality.

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