Date: July 12th, 2016

Alice in Dairyland Grant County Committee Announces Funding

The Alice in Dairyland Grant County Organizing Committee recently solicited and reviewed grant applications from Grant County 4-H Clubs to award the balance of the monies remaining from the 2012 Alice in Dairyland program.  In total, $5165 was awarded for 7 projects.

2016 Alice in Dairyland – Grant County grant recipients, l-r: front row:  Joy Bickford, Nicholas Connolly and Brett Connolly (Wingville Clovers), Maizie and Ezra Lyght (Platteville Woodchucks); middle Row:  Bobbi Jo Riedl and Sadie Retallick (Cassville Country Buddies), Cindy Arndt (Stitzer Go-Getters), Ashley Neis and Wyatt Redfearn (Town and Country Kids), Ruth Goldwasser and Randy Winch (Plum Valley Boosters), Jeremiah Ihm and Shelly Holmes (Active Americans); back row:  Steve Kohout, Allison Bickford, Brandon Bickford and Paul Connolly (Wingville Clovers), Josh Donar and Jacob Neis (Town and Country Kids), Andrea McDermott (Platteville Woodchucks), Derek & Zeeva Orth (Grant County 4-H Adult Leaders)

2016 Alice in Dairyland – Grant County grant recipients, l-r: front row: Joy Bickford, Nicholas Connolly and Brett Connolly (Wingville Clovers), Maizie and Ezra Lyght (Platteville Woodchucks); middle Row: Bobbi Jo Riedl and Sadie Retallick (Cassville Country Buddies), Cindy Arndt (Stitzer Go-Getters), Ashley Neis and Wyatt Redfearn (Town and Country Kids), Ruth Goldwasser and Randy Winch (Plum Valley Boosters), Jeremiah Ihm and Shelly Holmes (Active Americans); back row: Steve Kohout, Allison Bickford, Brandon Bickford and Paul Connolly (Wingville Clovers), Josh Donar and Jacob Neis (Town and Country Kids), Andrea McDermott (Platteville Woodchucks), Derek & Zeeva Orth (Grant County 4-H Adult Leaders)

Hap Daus represented the Committee at the grant presentation event.  In commenting on the awards, Daus noted “This funding is available as a result of an outpouring of support when Grant County hosted the Alice in Dairyland finals in 2012.  In keeping with the mission of the Alice program, these grants are awarded in support of youth involvement in sharing the story of how agriculture impacts everyone’s daily lives; provides the food for a growing population; embraces the technologies necessary to fill this growing needs, and does so by being good stewards to the land, water and animals.”

Ken Klaas, Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin board member, joined Daus in making presentations to the following clubs and projects:

  • Active Americans 4-H Club, Lancaster: $725 for the purchase of Ag in the Classroom Children’s Books and associated curriculum for the Lancaster Schools 4th grade classrooms
  •  Cassville Country Buddies 4-H Club: $570 in support of this new club, and specifically for the purchase of a laptop computer and wireless printer to support the club’s activities
  • Platteville Woodchucks 4-H Club: $250 in support of the “For Myself and Others” gardening project where participants will share their produce with others who are less fortunate
  • Stitzer Go-Getters, Plum Valley Boosters & Mt Ida Hilltoppers 4-H Clubs: this award of $1700 funds the purchase of 2 – 18” x 40” canopy tents to provide a shaded/sheltered area for animals at the annual Fennimore Fair
  • Town & Country Kids 4-H Club, Cuba City: $1500 for the purchase of equipment that will be used in fund raising activities undertaken by the club as well as a laptop computer for club officer use
  • Wingville Clovers 4-H Club, Montfort: $420 in support technology needs and specifically a digital camera to document project work
  • Grant County 4-H Adult Leaders: a challenge grant of $550 for the purchase of an LCD projector.

Charisse Orth, interim UW-Extension Grant County 4-H Youth Development Educator, expressed appreciation noting, “Grant County 4-H thanks the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin and the Alice in Dairyland Grant County Committee for helping us improve our program and our communities with these grants.”

The Alice in Dairyland Grant County Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information about CFSW and its local impact, contact Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).