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Jefferson Award Winner: David Shaurette

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Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - Our June Jefferson Award winner has spent the last five years fighting hunger in western Wisconsin.

David Shaurette has dedicated his service to the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club.

"Growing up, my mom was very community-oriented. My grandma was very community-oriented. I spent a lot of time volunteering at church. I actually, when I was younger, I used to call it being "voluntold," because I did not have a choice," Shaurette said.

However, he doesn't need to be "voluntold" anymore.

"Any kind of opportunity I get to get out in the community, I like to be a part of that," he said.

Five years ago, a group of motivated community members, including Shaurette, launched the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club.

Courtesy: David Shaurette

"We are extremely mission-driven on eradicating hunger in the Chippewa Valley," Shaurette said.

From there, he took charge.

I am also our foundation chair. So I am in charge of giving back to rotary international," Shaurette said. "The biggest thing that I do is that I work with our local rotary club as kind of our major event coordinator.

That includes The Oz Run and the club's largest fundraising event - Taste of the Valley.

"On a normal year after everything is all said and done and paid for, our rotary club generally nets about $10,000. Which is huge. All of that goes back locally to programs that affect food in the Chippewa Valley," Shaurette told News 18.

But this year, the race is canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It's hard, because we want to give back and these events are the way that we give back," Shaurette said.

Courtesy: David Shaurette

The club has since halted in-person volunteering but is still finding ways to give back.

"Right away when the pandemic hit, we increased what we were giving to Feed My People," Shaurette said. "Again, as things will kind of progress, we'll be less and less able to do that if we can't bring these big events back."

In the meantime, Shaurette is using this time "voluntelling" others why they should take part in their communities.

"It just really increases your overall mental health to know that you can go out there and actually make a change," Shaurette said. "To know that there are other people who are willing to stand next to you and make those changes."

Shaurette has also earned two Paul Harris Awards. Harris is the founder of Rotary. The award is the highest level of recognition for a Rotarian.

If you know someone making a difference in the community through volunteering, nominate them for a Jefferson Award here.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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