HCCS alumni news: Wisconsin sisters raise a new kind of Cow

Robyn Moreau Kuhlmann and Rene Moreau Hoffmann
Robyn (left) and Rene find their new business relationship equally as fun as being sisters

Robyn Moreau Kuhlmann and Rene Moreau Hoffmann grew up at Holy Cross Catholic School and Church as part of Pat and Virginia Moreau’s family of seven. Now, the sisters are business partners and have brought their one-of-a-kind Smart Cow Yogurt Bar to the greater Green Bay community. Not only were they the first to introduce the brand-new concept of self-serve frozen yogurt to the locals, but they have also introduced a unique idea that pairs business with the community to do something good. “It’s Cool to be Smart” at Smart Cow, because the shop regularly donates part of an entire day’s sales to a local school in an effort to help schools with challenging budgets. The program is called “Grassroots Tuesdays.”

Robyn and her husband Hans created Smart Cow Yogurt Bar, opening two stores in Colorado, where they have lived for the past 12 years. Seeing how challenging and exciting the business is, Rene and her husband Dave joined in, and brought the idea to Green Bay. They recently opened their second Smart Cow location at 2450 E Mason Street, in front of East Town Mall. Their first store opened last April at 2321 S. Oneida Street.

The community has gone wild for Smart Cow, enjoying the experience of designing their own cool treat. Customers mix and match 16 flavors of frozen yogurt and sorbet, then choose from dozens of toppings, from nuts and candies to fresh fruit and warmed sauces. Customers are in charge of portions, flavors and cost, as they weigh and pay by the ounce. It’s a healthier alternative to ice cream, as the yogurts are almost all nonfat and contain live, active cultures to aid in digestion. Frozen yogurt typically has about half the calories of ice cream.

Virginia Moureau
Mom Virginia lends a hand (and often an ear) to the success of Smart Cow Yogurt Bar

Fans of Smart Cow are equally appreciative of the regular support of schools, as well as the discount for teachers and military personnel. In just 10 months, the Green Bay stores have given more than $14,000 to area schools through the Grassroots Tuesdays program. The East side store will host Holy Cross Catholic School during the 2013-14 school year, donating part of the entire day’s sales to help support students’ learning inside classrooms where Rene and Robyn once learned. Smart Cow is also part of the Scrip program at Holy Cross, donating 5% of every purchase, in addition to its regular support of schools.

The girls’ mom, Virginia, helps out regularly at both stores, lending great support not only to their mission, but also to the logistics of running a busy retail store. She’s known as “Grassroots Grandma,” because she hosts and greets every school crowd. She’s also the official baker of Smart Cow pizzelles — crisp, freshly-baked wafer cookies served as a topping, baked to perfection as only she can bake them!

Robyn, Rene and Virginia are appreciative of the great support from the Holy Cross community. Every time you visit, you help them continue on their mission to support local education. Eating froyo is a tasty and easy way to help!

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HCCS alumnus completes Eagle Scout project, earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jakob Janquart, standing next to his completed Eagle Scout project.

Holy Cross Catholic School alumnus Jakob Janquart has earned the Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award on December 13, 2011.

He will be recognized in a ceremony on Saturday April 14th in the Holy Cross School Gym. Jakob is a member of Troop 1041, chartered by Holy Cross FAST. Jakob is one of approx 5% of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Troop 1041 was formed in 1958. Jakob is the Troop’s 35th Eagle Scout.

Each candidate must earn 21 Merit badges, demonstrate leadership, and successfully complete a Leadership Service Project for his community or church to complete his Eagle Scout requirements. Jakob chose to organize and lead the building of a 204 ft rail fence, bordering the Holy Cross soccer field. It is made out of recycled plastic. With Jakob’s direction, his fellow Troop 1041 scouts, family, and friends, the project was successfully completed in August of 2011. A total of 253 hrs were put into his project.

Jakob has served in many leadership roles in Troop 1041 including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Librarian. He is currently serving the Troop as Junior Assistant Scout Master. He has completed Troop Leadership training.

Jakob is an active member in many of the Troop’s activities. He has participated in High Adventure programs at the BSA Florida National High Adventure Seabase  in 2009/10 and at BSA Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Ely Mn, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, July 2011. He is Okpik trained for cold weather camping. He has completed Wilderness First Aid Training. He is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. Including his required Eagle Merit Badges, Jakob has earned a total of 46 Merit badges and currently earned an Eagle Bronze Palm.

Jakob has earned Scouting’s Religious Emblems of Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei.

 Jakob , 16 years old, is a graduate of Holy Cross Catholic School. He is currently a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy. He is a member of the Notre Dame Boys soccer team, Destination Imagination, the NDA  Snow board/Ski Club and a Student Ambassador. He also plays soccer for the FC Green Bay. He is an altar server at Holy Cross.

Jakob is the son of Kathy and Steve Janquart. He has a younger brother Ben, who is also a Boy Scout.