Nancy Hundt to be honored for legacy of community service with GHS induction this week
Like many civic leaders in small towns, Nancy Hundt earned a reputation as a hard-working advocate content to make things happen behind the scenes.
But her many contributions to Grafton, including 20 years as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, will take a public spotlight this week when she returns to town to accept one of her most prestigious honors.
Hundt is this year’s inductee to the Grafton High School Hall of Fame, which recognizes local graduates for distinguished achievement in professional and service roles.
“It’s a great honor. I am very humbled,” Hundt said. “In a way, I feel it’s unnecessary because there are so many other people who have done much more than I have.”
Her resume says otherwise, reflecting a plethora of contributions that led many local residents to describe her as “Grafton’s No. 1 cheerleader.”
By the time she graduated from Grafton High School in 1967, Hundt was known as a high-energy cheerleader who went the extra mile to promote school pride.
She began working at Grafton State Bank after graduation, becoming increasingly active in community service.
In 1992, she became executive director of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, a position she held until retiring in 2012. Under Hundt’s leadership, the Chamber membership grew to include nearly 300 businesses.
She played lead roles in organizing popular community events such as the Grafton Christmas parade, Grafton Grand Prix, July Fourth celebrations and Giro d’ Grafton.
Hundt was a committee member of Workforce 2010 and served as president of the Ozaukee County Tourism Council. She served on a committee that developed the Interurban Bike Trail, worked with Economic Development for Grafton Enhancement (EDGE) and helped many businesses develop in Grafton.
Outside of her work with the Chamber, Hundt served as a president and district director for the Grafton Jaycettes, was active in the Safety Town program and spent time as a board member with the Grafton Soccer Club. She was also one of the club’s first female coaches.
For good measure, Hundt was a youth group adviser at Pilgrim United Church of Christ and a board member of the Grafton High School Athletic Booster Club.
“At a young age, it was instilled in me that you should give back to your community,” said Hundt, who was born Nancy Garrity.
Her family’s spirit of school and community service continued to burn bright when her mother Marge joined the Grafton High School staff, Hundt said.
“It worked out really well. It was a great school and a great community to grow up in,” she said.
Hundt and her husband Alvin “Rip” raised two children in Grafton. After retiring, they sold their home and moved to Legend Lake in Menominee County.
Although Nancy said she’s taking it easier now and enjoys spending time with three grandchildren, her service schedule remains busy. She has become a poll worker, volunteers at a food pantry and is active at her church.
“We love it up here, but I have so many great memories of Grafton,” she said. “Grafton will always be my home.”
Hundt will be a featured guest during this week’s homecoming activities at Grafton High School. On Thursday, she will participate in the homecoming parade at 7 p.m. and be introduced to students at a pep rally that follows on the athletic field.
On Friday at the school, her Hall of Fame plaque will be unveiled during a 6 p.m. banquet in her honor. She will be introduced at halftime of the 7 p.m. football game against Port Washington.
Founded in 2010, the Grafton High School Hall of Fame recognizes alumni for achievements in five categories: professional, athletic/entertainment, science/technology, community/military service and entrepreneur/industrialist. Candidates are reviewed by a committee that considers their accomplishments, awards and citizenship, as well as letters of nomination from colleagues and other professionals.
Hundt will become the 17th member of the GHS Hall of Fame. Last year’s inductees were Michael Reblin, Diane Omdahl and Sheldon Sepstead.