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Alwin Resigns Job As Welcome Center Head

Issue Date: July 26, 2018

Judy Alwin, manager of the Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center on Stephenson Island in Marinette for more than 8 years, has resigned effective Friday, Aug. 3. She submitted her letter of resignation to Marinette Mayor Steve Genesot and her immediate superior, Parks and Recreation Director Kent Kostelecky, on Friday, July 20.

In May of 2010, when Alwin left her career as a nurse to become manager of the Welcome Center in Marinette, the building had been closed and vacant for five years. When she opened the doors she found the building filled with boxes of out dated tourist information, a 5-year accumulation of dust, a laptop and an old telephone.

With the help of what she describes as some great people from Travel Wisconsin she made the building into the busy and welcoming center that it is today, attractive to tourists and local residents alike. Some of her work, in addition to helping tourists decide what to do and where to go in the city, the county and the entire state, has included activities and events aimed at bringing city residents into the Welcome Center and making them aware of what it has to offer.

Half the salary for the 40-hour per week job as Welcome Center Manager is paid by the City of Marinette and the other half is paid by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. That is expected to continue when a successor is named.

In addition to her activities as Welcome Center manager, and organizer of numerous civic and charitable events at the Center, Alwin has been chair of the city's Logging and Heritage Festival since its inception. She announced her resignation at a recent wrap-up meeting for members of the Logging and Heritage Festival Committee, after which they selected Kostelecky and Marinette City Clerk Lana Bero to be co-chairs for the 2019 Festival. Alwin said Kostelecky has worked with her since the festival began nearly two decades ago.

Asked why she had decided to resign at this time, Alwin said she has absolutely loved the job, but feels she has accomplished as much as she can do.

She said in her resignation letter that it had not been an easy decision to make.  "I am proud to have worked for Travel Wisconsin and the City of Marinette over the past years, and I appreciate the time and patience you have shown to me. I have worked alongside some excellent colleagues and am incredibly grateful for the opportunities this job has given me," and added to members of marinette City government, "I would also like to extend a personal  thank you for the support over the years."

She concluded, "I will continue to be proud of our communities and all the accomplishments that have taken place".At this time, I do not know who my successor will be, but I only wish that you will continue to support this person, as you have done for me."

She headed the letter with the quote: "Knowing when to walk away is wisdom"Being able is courage".Walking away, with your head held high is dignity."

Alwin said she still intends to be involved with city, county and state organizations and activities, and joked that she will have to, since she never learned to knit or crochet. "I love people, I love the City of Marinette, I love Marinette County, and I love the State of Wisconsin," she added.

She said one of the most difficult things about her decision to resign is losing the family relationships she has built with other Travel Wisconsin personnel all across the state.


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