Date: September 19th, 2018

A “Golden” Class Reunion

1968 – 2018…50 years! The Hillsboro Class of 1968 celebrated its Golden Anniversary in August and they left a ‘gift of gold’ to support their Alma Mater.

The Hillsboro Class of 1968 in 2018. 50 years better!

It was definitely a ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ for many as they gathered to reminisce. There were conversations about the supportive community, the active involvement of parents, and the progressive school board.

Penne Pacl Rush, class valedictorian noted, “From kindergarten through 12th grade, I was fortunate to have been taught by many talented individuals who challenged me in positive ways. When my dissertation committee reviewed my qualifying exam, one member commented he really did not understand some of ideas I was explaining, but they were so well written that he gave his approval to proceed with the dissertation. The emphasis on organization, supporting evidence, and revision I owe to Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Schaller.”

According to Class of ’68 alum Dick Shold whose Father, Gordon Shold, served as school superintendent and is namesake of the football field, much has changed but much remains the same. “Dad was at the school every day, weekends included, and with that he opened the high school gym so many of us could play basketball, year-round, which gave us something to do in a small town. That basketball tradition culminated in a state tournament berth a couple years ago. Current superintendent, Curt Bisarek, does the same now, on weekends, for the community.”

Many reunion attendees shared a similar opinion: The Hillsboro School District is an extraordinary community that provides a great school experience, thanks to many dedicated teachers, staff, administrators and school board members. There were many stories shared by Class of ’68 alums that supported that sentiment, stories about unique educational opportunities including attention to language instruction and the offering of both French and Latin; an aviation program that included ground school and up to 10 hours of flight instruction, photography including an operating darkroom, and an experiential approach to science instruction.

To honor their great school experience and the people who delivered it, especially Mr. Shold, the classmates pooled their resources and donated over $13,500 to the Hillsboro Excellence in Education fund. Of that, approximately $3,000 will be available during the current academic year to fund grant proposals for innovative projects and programs. The remainder has been added to the EIE Endowment and will generate monies FOREVER for projects and programs in the Hillsboro School District.

Special thanks is due the Hillsboro Class of ’68. Their investment in the Hillsboro School District is extraordinary. These graduates of 50 years ago are extending a helping hand to our current students through their gifts, which will provide supplemental monies for innovative projects and programs proposed by Tiger faculty, staff, and administrators.

The Hillsboro Excellence in Education Endowment is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the EIE Endowment can be made by sending a check to PO Box 526, Hillsboro WI 54634. For further information about the Hillsboro School Endowment Funds, contact Advisory Board Chair Kelli Mitchell, District Administrator Curt Bisarek ([email protected]), or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).

Date: September 4th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2018 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2018 grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, November 1, 2018. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than midnight on that day. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered. The online application is available at Select the grants tab, then grants available. Scroll to Lancaster Community Fund, Fall.

Board chair Joe Krantz noted, “We are honored to award monies during this grant cycle that are available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund. As many will recall, Keith Tiedemann, through his estate, made an endowed gift of over $4 Million to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. His direction was that the earnings available from that endowment were to be granted for projects and activities in Lancaster, through an application and review process under the auspices of the Lancaster Community Fund. We believe that the initiatives that have been funded with the earnings from this endowment are helping to make ours a ‘community of choice.’ Many projects have been supported with grants from this fund including (but not limited to) the air-conditioning of the high school auditorium; the purchase and installation of accessible playground equipment at Winskill; our City of Lancaster Police Dog, Arrow; and science and technology equipment for our schools and public library.”

The Lancaster Community Fund encourages applications from non-profit organizations as well as the schools and municipal committees/boards for projects or programs that serve the people within the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster School District. Requests from individuals are not eligible. Applications must clearly state the scope and impact of the project including the projected number of Lancaster area residents involved in and/or served by the project.

A local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards. Current Lancaster Fund Advisory Board Members include Dave Helmke, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane, and Bette Steinbrenner.

Lancaster Fund grant application forms are available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website. The specific address is

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Joe Krantz, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit

Date: August 29th, 2018

The Worth of a Penny!

Have you ever wondered – what is the worth of a penny? From the number of these coins that can be found on floors and in parking lots, many would likely reply – not much!

Let’s go ‘back in time’ to the early 1950s. Dr. Kate Newcomb, Wisconsin’s Angel on Snowshoes, had a reverence for this copper colored coin, which features the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Kate, as she was known, ministered medicine in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Her dream of opening a hospital was realized when the entire Arbor-Vitae/Woodruff area joined her crusade. In fact, local geometry teacher Otto Burich, brought the visualization of 1,000,000 to life for and with his students, launching the very successful Million Penny Parade! And, today, on a visit to Lakeland Memorial Hospital (Woodruff) which opened in 1956, folks visit THE BIG PENNY!

EVERY PENNY DOES COUNT! Students in the Mineral Point School District and their families/friends have contributed more than $7000 to the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

Fast forward to 2018 and to Mineral Point! Yes, EVERY PENNY COUNTS in Mineral Point and for the building of the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment fund, designed to make grants for special initiatives in the MP Schools. Initiated during the 2017-2018 academic year by volunteer leaders of the MP EIE Endowment fund advisory board, the EVERY PENNY COUNTS campaign has – to date – resulted in donations totaling nearly $7200. The idea – every #PointerNation class, beginning with the Class of 2018 and extending to the 2017-2018 PK4 class (that’s the Class of 2031), would collect ‘pennies’ with the goal of achieving $1000. Yes, be it pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters or paper money, checks or credit cards, EVERY PENNY WOULD (and does) COUNT on the way to the $1K goal!

Congratulations are due the Classes of 2024, 2025, 2026, 2028, and 2029 on reaching the goal. Lots of people – students, parents, teachers, grandparents, friends, and neighbors – helped these 5 classes reach this milestone! Yes, EVERY PENNY DOES COUNT and there’s good reason to be confident that the 2018-2019 academic year will see another 5 classes reach the $1000 mark!

And these dollars – what is their intended use, the purpose? Initiated in 2016-2017, the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment is a FOREVER fund that will provide monies to fund competitive grants for special projects, programs, and/or initiatives in the Mineral Point Schools. The inaugural grants, totaling $1990, were awarded in May of 2018. The projects funded included Opera for the Young, proposed by Jeff David; a subscription to Nearpod, an interactive learning platform, proposed by McKenzy Brown; and needed supplies to initiate Yoga and Mindfulness for School-Aged Children, proposed by Amanda Ingwell.

You can be a part of this initiative – just like folks in the 1950s in the Arbor-Vitae/Woodruff area. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will grow the FOREVER fund for the Mineral Point Schools. For more information contact any of the MPEIE advisory board members – including Nancy Harker, Sarah Fox, Christine Heins, Mary Jean James, Joni Martin, Larry McNeill, Kristin Mitchell, Jessie Potterton, or Rebecca Steffes. Donations may be sent to MPEIE, PO Box 5, Mineral Point WI 53565 or made online The Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Date: August 22nd, 2018

Endowment Fund Means the Elaine Houtakker May Scholarship Can Last Forever

Elaine Catherine Houtakker graduated from Belmont High School in 1957. The daughter of Vince and Dolores Fowler Houtakker, she was one of seven children. In late 1958, Elaine married Jack May, who grew up on a farm near Mineral Point. During their nearly 42 years together, the Mays lived the motto – We Will Find a Path or Make One. They parented four boys building their confidence by repeatedly sharing the message: “If you want to do something, you can find a way to do it.”

Elaine Houtakker May

Elaine passed away in 2000; and, Jack has honored Elaine and her heritage through a scholarship, given to a Belmont High School graduate with at least a B average that will pursue a four-year degree. To date, the scholarship has been funded on an annual basis. This summer, Jack decided to make it permanent.

Working through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (CFSW) and its local affiliate, the Belmont School Funds advisory board, Jack funded an endowment. An endowment is a forever fund, meaning that an annual allocation of earnings provides the monies for the scholarship which allows it to continue in perpetuity.

To create an endowment with the Community Foundation that benefits a Belmont graduate, simply contact a member of the Belmont School Funds advisory board, the Belmont High School guidance counselor or the regional representative for the Community Foundation. In consultation with a CFSW representative, individuals work through the criteria that should be used forever in selecting the recipient. Donors commit to a donation/gift of at least $25,000 (which can be done over a 3-year period), review a fund agreement that includes the name the donor gives to the fun, and its specified criteria. They then sign the fund agreement and make the gift. Fund creators also have the option of presenting the scholarship annually and receiving information about the recipient. Recipients are encouraged to send thank you notes to donors.

The Elaine Houtakker May “We Will Find a Path or Make One” Scholarship is the fifth family-named endowment established through the Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, for the benefit of Belmont graduates. The other endowments honor Charles & Alice Van Bogaert; Harold A. Vickers; Wayne Mester, established by Hubert & Joyce Mester; and Frederick & Helen Rehmstedt.

Those interested in establishing an endowment fund should contact any of the following volunteer advisory board members: Chad Bahr, Emily Christensen, Jeff Crase, MJ Dachelet, Mary Demo, Tammy Haag, Dee McConnell, Kathy Riechers, and Kim Schmelz. You may also talk with Christy Larson, District Superintendent; Brandon Wiese, Guidance Counselor; or Barb Daus ([email protected]), the regional representation for the Community Foundation.

Date: August 21st, 2018

Women’s Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. is seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) charitable Rock County organizations and municipalities offering projects or programs that serve the mental health needs of women and girls.

Services eligible for grant funding may include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, caregiver stress, addictions, work/family stress, and eating disorders.

Both prevention and/or response programs are eligible.  Training programs for targeted audiences, support groups, mentoring programs, resource identification, and other related programs are examples for possible grant support.  Collaborations throughout Rock County are encouraged.

Requests from individuals are not eligible.  The Women’s Fund aims to strengthen programs and encourage projects likely to make a significant difference in the quality of life for women and girls in Rock County.  Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM September 15, 2018.  Proposals of up to $10,000 will be considered.   Click here to apply. 

The Women’s Fund was established in 2003 to be a perpetual source of local support for women and girls of Rock County. The Women’s Fund advisory board is charged with the tasks of raising endowment dollars and awarding meaningful grants to nonprofit organizations offering programming essential to the changing needs of women and girls.

For more information, contact Jane Maldonis at the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin at [email protected], 608-758-0883 or visit