Walleye Weekend is always a key fundraiser for the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary and, this year, thanks to students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Building Trades Construction Worker program, the food and beverages Morning Rotary serves to the thousands of Walleye Weekend attendees will be served on 20 newly constructed tables built specifically for them by the Building Trades students.
“We had been borrowing tables from two different groups,” said Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club President Duane Johnson, “and we really felt it was time to get our own tables. Working with Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker Program really worked out great for us and for them.”
The project came to fruition after Morning Rotary Member Paul “Torch” Keifenheim and Don Enders, instructor for Moraine Park’s Building Trades program, connected. “I knew this was something our club needed done, and so I asked Don if this would be a project his class would be interested in. He felt it would be a great learning opportunity for his students and now, here we are with 20 brand new tables.”
“This was actually a great project for us,” said Enders, “as it gave my students an opportunity to see a different side of the building trades.” Enders said because they were producing a larger quantity of just one product, he was able to show the students how to build a jig for mass production of the various table pieces. “In addition to teaching home construction techniques, our program also provides a lot of different learning opportunities for our students. Partnering with Morning Rotary on this project allowed our students to set up a manufacturing process and see how the production side of things works.”
Each table is 12 feet long and 16 inches deep with collapsible legs that fold up and under, allowing for easy storage and hauling. Fond du Lac Morning Rotary provided all of the building materials.
Monies generated at the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary’s Walleye Weekend booth help support numerous Fond du Lac-based community and philanthropic projects exemplifying the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.” To learn more, visit fdlmorningrotary.com.
Moraine Park’s Building Trades Construction Worker program is a one-year technical diploma. To learn more about the program or to view a video, visit morainepark.edu/buildingtrades.