VOLUNTEER PURSUITS

Dr. Richard M. Wagner is a member of the Alpine Valley Ski Patrol and has been a ski patroller for over 25 years. “Rich” is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin and has served in a number of capacities with ski patrol including OEC and toboggan instructor.

You will find him patrolling the hills at Alpine Valley Ski Resort in Delavan on a typical Saturday afternoon and evening along with a great team of patrollers. Last year, as a group, they received the Outstanding Patrol Award given to the patrol team who exemplifies excellence in ski patrolling.

His friends call him “Rich” and he sums up his Ski Patrolling experience this way; “Ski Patrol has been a very important part of my life. I of course love the sport and I have been able to share it with my wife and our 4 children. My son John has been a Ski Patroller for over 10 years and being able to patrol along with him is a great joy for me.”

As it relates to volunteerism, Dr. Wagner is involved in a number of other activities and pursuits. For over 18 years he has been involved in international missions work. He, along with his family members and staff, have been all over the world working with a medical/dental team providing care for underserved third world areas. They typically go on 2 of these trips per year. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UW Parkside for his work with international missions.

Locally, he participates in the annual Mission of Mercy with the Wisconsin Dental Association. This is a huge team involving hundreds of volunteers. They set up in various cities around the state providing free of charge dental care to underserved people. People come mainly from underserved communities, but they also get individuals traveling from surrounding states and regions to use this service. Locally, we participate in Give Kids a Smile Day and also in support of our community care clinic.

On a personal level, Dr. Wagner’s Christian faith is very important to him. He is involved in his church and church related activities. He serves as a leader in men’s ministry and music ministry.