Date: November 24th, 2015

Lancaster Community Fund Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

Photo caption:  Megan Slane (left) and LuAnne Pink (right) meet with Rod Roggensack to learn about the responsibilities associated with board membership with the Lancaster Community Fund.

Photo caption: Megan Slane (left) and LuAnne Pink (right) meet with Rod Roggensack to learn about the responsibilities associated with board membership with the Lancaster Community Fund.

Megan Slane and LuAnne Pink have joined the advisory board of the Lancaster Community Fund.  Each will serve a 3-year term, 2016 through 2018.

The Lancaster Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 1999.  A 9-person local volunteer advisory board works within the Lancaster community advocating for contributions to an endowment which provides funding for annual grants.  The advisory board also actively recruits planned and estate gifts which will benefit the community forever.

Rod Roggensack, community representative/historian to the Lancaster Community Fund and former advisory board member, noted, “It was my pleasure to meet with Megan and LuAnne to share the story of the Lancaster Community Fund.  During the early years of the fund’s existence, there were a handful of donors. Over time, as more people learned about the fund our donor base has significantly increased.  We are honored that so many people have entrusted resources to the LCF and have made provisions for Lancaster in their estate plans.  These endowments will do good work in this community forever.”

Megan Slane is relatively new to Lancaster, moving to the community in 2011.  Megan grew up in Platteville; and, after graduating from Platteville High School departed to attend college at the University of Northwestern – St Paul.  Megan admits that she never contemplated moving back to this region.  She spent 3 years in Uganda and, on her return, met and married Eric Slane.  Dr. & Mrs. Slane have 2 children with a 3rd to arrive early in 2016.  In commenting on Lancaster and her interest in serving on the LCF advisory board, Megan noted, “I am truly amazed at the commitment by people in this community to do great things.  While I always thought it would be most exciting to live in a bigger place, I now realize that our family has settled in one of the ‘best places on earth’.”

LuAnne Pink is a life-long resident of Lancaster.  A Flying Arrow alumna, LuAnne and her late husband, Doug, raised 3 children in the community.  LuAnne is now retired after selling Charter Fuels, the company she co-owned and operated for many years with husband, Doug.  While her children live away from the community, LuAnne is incredibly proud of their work in philanthropy – paying it forward.  Since Doug’s passing from brain cancer, the children have organized and hosted the annual Douglas M Pink 5K Run/Walk for Glioblastoma Research.  Held in Madison, their efforts have resulted in an over $60,000 donation to the National Brain Tumor Society.  Look for the 2016 date soon.

The Lancaster Community Fund Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the Senior Center in the City Hall.  Members of the board, in addition to Slane and Pink, include David Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck and Bette Steinbrenner.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information about the Lancaster Community Fund, contact advisory board chair David Helmke (608-723-2185) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  Donations may be sent to the LCF, PO Box 294, Lancaster, WI  53813 or may be made online at www.cfsw.org.