National group honors New Holstein man for his charitable work
Peter Eltink wins award
By Linda DeVries
The National Catholic Development Conference has presented one of its top awards to a New Holstein man.
Peter Eltink, executive director of the Salvatorian Center, New Holstein, received the George Key Holloway Distinguished Service Award from NCDC. The Salvatorian Center is a direct-mail organization that raises money for the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) and also helps other Catholic organizations raise money.
"I guess they gave me this award because I'm about to retire at the end of this year," Eltink said. "I spent most of my life teaching in the Society's schools and doing financial work for the Society. I've worked at the Salvatorian Center in New Holstein since 1979."
Perhaps Eltink is more modest than his service deserves. He also served on NCDC's board of directors for 11 years, four of those as board chair. The conference is affiliated with the Association of Catholic Fundraisers and has been in existence for 33 years.
Eltink grew up in Holy Name Parish, Kimberly. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., then went on to get a master's in secondary school administration from the University of South Dakota and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Retirement for Eltink will mean travel, lots of reading, and working in his backyard.
"My wife, Mary Ann, isn't retiring yet," he said, "so I'll be around. One of my goals is to write to my children once a week. We do e-mail each other, but I think more thought goes into actually writing a letter."
Their daughter, Jennifer, manages one of the Towers at UW-Milwaukee; and their son, Anthony, is in his third year of dental school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
The NCDC luncheon in Palm Desert, Calif., - where Eltink received his award - will live on in his memory. "Bp. [Robert] Morneau [auxiliary bishop of Green Bay] gave the invocation. He is the episcopal moderator of the NCDC," Eltink said, "and my wife gave the after-meal prayer. It was very special."