About 30 years ago, the seniors of Three Lakes gathered at the town’s community building for their senior meals. 

Several of the seniors, including George Massman, Edith Reiter and Rose Sehlke, decided that the local seniors needed a place of their own. Through fundraising efforts such as selling Sehlke’s famous homemade English toffee, Christmas decorations, and holding raffles, funds were raised to start to build a building for the seniors to use. 

As the process went on, it was thought that this new facility should be used not only by the Three Lakes seniors, but used as a center for the entire community. 

Ground was broken for the Community Senior Center in 1994. In 2000, the name was changed to the Reiter Center to honor the late Edith Reiter whose generosity made the completion of the building possible. 

The Reiter Center has become the leading community center for Three Lakes. The center has hosted countless wedding receptions, memorial luncheons and fundraising events. Several of the nonprofit organizations in Three Lakes hold meetings and programs there. The Senior Nutrition Program provides senior lunches at the center while courses ranging from Nicolet College’s Learning in Retirement to exercise classes are regularly held in the building.

To honor the 25th anniversary, there will be a celebration and open house Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to attend for tours, music and light refreshments. Nonprofit organizations that use the Reiter Center also will be showcased at the open house.