Date: June 13th, 2017

Active Americans 4-H Club Receives Grant

The Active Americans 4-H Club announces that it has received a grant from the 65th Alice in Dairyland Grant County fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc.  The mission of the Fund is to promote and support positive agriculture-related programing opportunities for youth in Grant County.

Classroom 1, Winskill Elementary Fourth Grade Classroom

This grant is in support of Wisconsin Ag Commodities in the Classroom.  Funds received were used to purchase a set of seven children’s books focused on agriculture commodities produced in Wisconsin.  The book titles are:  Sugarbush Spring, The Beeman, First Peas to the Table, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?, Seed Soil Sun, Farmer George Plants a Nation, and Fantastic Farm Machines.  Members of the Active Americans 4-H Club presented a set of seven books to each of the three fourth-grade classrooms at Winskill Elementary School and the fourth-grade classroom at St. Clement’s School.  As part of the presentation, 4-H members lead a classroom activity of making butter with the fourth-grade students.  Much fun was had by all as they learned how butter is made and many other Wisconsin agriculture statistics.

Alex Stone makes butter: Alex Stone, Active Americans 4-H Club President, pours whipping cream to begin the process of making butter.

For more information about 4-H in Grant County, please contact the UW Extension office at 608-723-2125.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves communities, schools, organizations and donors in nine counties in southern and western Wisconsin:  Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, and Walworth.  For more information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin visit our website at or contact regional representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344).

Date: June 12th, 2017

Platteville Community Fund presents 18 grants totaling $30,493

2017 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients:

Seated (left to right): Brandi Kamps (Badger Camp), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Lori King and Deanna Bingham (Family Advocates), Audrey Gallo-Johnston and Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center)

Middle row (left to right): Sabrina Earl (Family Connections), Ron Weier (Platteville Optimists), James Schneider and Kathy Kopp (Community Leadership Alliance), Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund), Steve Kleisath (Platteville Library Foundation), Jessie Lee-Jones, Karina Zidon and Emma Radosevich (Platteville Public Library)

Back row (left to right): Luke Peters (Aquatic Center), Dee Wolff and Dave Ralph (Jamison Museum Association), Steve Olencheck (Platteville Middle School), Diana Bolander and Jeff Shave (Mining and Rollo Jamison Museum), Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street), Gary Munson (Sustainability Committee), Hannah Campbell Gustafson (Family Promise) and Jon Meidinger (Senior Center).


Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Jen Schweigert, PCF advisory board member, presented 18 grants at a special presentation breakfast held June 8.

Curry noted, “Today we are making awards totaling in excess of $32,000.  These monies are available through the generosity of now deceased former residents who made legacy gifts to the community including Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn, and Margaret Keizer.   We are forever thankful for these investments made many years ago.  These trusts give back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.”

The Platteville Community Fund received 22 applications with total requests in excess of $64,000.  The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.

Spring 2017 grant were presented as follows:

From the Elinore Loveland Trust

  • Southwest Opportunities Center — $570 in support of their kitchen upgrade program;
  • Platteville Middle School Science Program — $800 to purchase a science simulation package;
  • Platteville Main Street Program — $1976 to purchase replacement bows for Platteville’s holiday decorations;
  • Make Music Platteville — $850 to support Platteville’s participation in this world-wide music event, held annually on the summer solstice;
  • Platteville Public Library Foundation — $6320 for acquisition of laptop computers and associated accessories and software;
  • Jamison Museum Association — $1000 to support the annual Historic Re-enactment;
  • Family Advocates — $500 to support of the Kids in Transition summer camp program.

From the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust

  • Family Promise of Grant County — $299 to purchase a printer for the program’s day facility;
  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin — $1000 for items for the lending library;
  • Platteville Senior Center — $5,000 in support of the WELCOME TO OUR NEW HOME project.

From the Clarence Gribble Trust

  • City of Platteville Recreation Department in collaboration with the Platteville Morning Optimist Club — $796 to support an Educational Outreach Program conducted by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium;
  • City of Platteville Family Aquatic Center — $4,500 for a toddler water slide;
  • Community Leadership Alliance — $375 to fund partial scholarships for Platteville enrollees.
  • From the Loveland, Hartshorn and Gribble Trusts
  • PHS Scholarship Fund — $3000 for PHS Class of 2018 scholarships to attend UWP or SWTC.

From the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund

  • Wisconsin Badger Camp — $1,000 to provide camperships for attendees from Platteville;
  • Platteville Public Library — $1200 for the development of a World Languages Collection;
  • Platteville Main Street Program – Sustainability Committee — $1000 for the purchase of recycling containers for the city’s parks;
  • Mining & Rollo Jamison Museum — $307 for the purchase of museum collections documentation equipment.


PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.  PCF welcomes donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and estates.  Anyone can make a gift, large or small, and every gift benefits the Platteville community.

To learn more about the Platteville Community Fund contact chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or  Donations are received through the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818

Date: June 12th, 2017

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Awards 14 Scholarships

Fourteen Class of 2017 Iowa-Grant graduates were recently presented certificates and scholarship awards totaling just over $19,000.

Those receiving scholarships and their post-secondary education plans follow:

Ronald Allen: studying Biblical Exposition & Exogesis at Emmaus Bible College
Charles Christianson: studying Computer Science at UW-La Crosse
Gerrit Hunt: studying Physiology at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Maranda McCarthy: studying Agribusiness at UW-River Falls
William McLeer: studying Mathematics at Augsburg College
Erik Raimer: studying Business at UW-Madison
Charles Richards: studying Agribusiness at UW-Platteville
Jaynie Rule: studying Agribusiness/Journalism at UW-Platteville
Sawyer Sarbacker: studying Human Performance at UW-La Crosse
Kassidy Schroeder: studying Elementary Education at UW-Platteville
Payton Simon: studying Accounting at UW-Madison
Hannah Stevens: studying Accounting at Madison College
Chad Thomas: studying Environmental Science at Vermillion Community College
Elana Winders: studying Engineering at UW-Platteville

Two scholarships were presented for the first time. These included the Austin Cook Memorial Scholarship, honoring Austin Cook, a 2010 IG graduate who passed away in 2016 and the Garry Crull Scholarship, recognizing Coach Crull who served as head football coach for 19 years and is the namesake of Coach Crull Field.

In commenting on the scholarship presentations IGEF board chair Paulette Divall said, “Without the support of our many donors these scholarships would not be possible. We are particularly grateful for the endowed scholarships that have been established by families and through bequests. These legacy scholarships will be given for ever.”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2000. Its mission is to build an endowment that provides private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District. The Foundation’s work includes providing scholarships to graduating seniors and making grants in support of innovative and creative educational programming that is beyond the boundaries of the Iowa-Grant School District budget. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette Divall ( or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344). Donations may be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at

Recipients of 2017 Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Scholarships

Front row – left to right:
Sawyer Sarbacker (Austin Cook Memorial Scholarship), Charles Richards (Millard “Mick” Gundlach Ag Scholarship and Glen & Connie Gard Family Scholarship), Payton Simon (IGEF Scholarship In Honor of Garry Crull), William McLeer (Thomas and Mary Jane Limmex Scholarship), Gerrit Hunt (Connie Munson Memorial Scholarship and Mae E Austin Memorial Scholarship)

Middle row – left to right
Erik Raimer (Dr. Dennis and Marilyn Carr Scholarship), Chad Thomas (James E. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship), Hannah Stevens (J. Bruce and Margaret L. Bradley Memorial Scholarship), Kassidy Schroeder (Phil Helgeson Memorial Scholarship)

Back row – left to right
Elana Winders (Tanner Merwin Memorial Scholarship), Charles Christianson (Christianson Family Scholarship), Ronald Allen (Robert & Martha Klindt Memorial Scholarship), Maranda McCarthy (James E Schroeder Memorial Scholarship), Jaynie Rule (Robert Graber Scholarship, Dorothy Lepeska Memorial Scholarship, and Platteville Consumers Cooperative Scholarship)

Date: June 6th, 2017

Gollackson Receives Steinback Family Scholarship

Pictured l-r: Janice Steinback, Chad Gollackson, Doug Steinback.

Darlington High School senior Chad Gollackson is the 2017 recipient of the Doug & Janice Steinback Family Scholarship.  Gollackson competed with students from high schools throughout southwest Wisconsin (Iowa, Grant, Crawford, Richland and Lafayette counties) to earn this award.

Doug and Janice Steinback established a perpetual scholarship, meaning that there will be a scholarship awarded annually, for ever.  In addition to hailing from southwest Wisconsin, applicants for the scholarship must have a high school cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), have demonstrated involvement in community and school activities, and be pursuing post-secondary education in the field of agriculture, life science, biology and/or chemistry.  Gollackson will attend UW-Platteville and pursue study in biology/chemistry with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree in the medical field.

The Steinbacks are well known agriculturists in the greater Platteville area having farmed west of Platteville for some 40 years.  Doug has been active with UW-Platteville, serving on the Pioneer Farm Advisory Board. The Steinbacks have been recognized for their outstanding work in agriculture by the Wisconsin Pork Producers as well as the Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In presenting the award Doug Steinback noted, “Our success came not only through our efforts but through support and involvement of others.  We are honored to give back, through this scholarship, to encourage the future for agriculture.  Through our involvement with local schools and programs we are well aware of Chad’s commitment to excellence both in his studies and in his extra-curricular involvements, particularly athletics.  It has been our pleasure to watch him on the basketball court and football and baseball fields. We’re in an excellent location to watch his progress as he pursues his studies at UW-Platteville.”

The Doug and Janice Steinback Family Endowed Scholarship was established through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.  For more information about the scholarship and/or about the Community Foundation contact Barb Daus, CFSW Donor Services Representative, at or 608-778-3344.

Date: April 26th, 2017

Excellence in Education Grants Awarded at Belmont Schools

From left: Kim Schmelz, representing the Belmont Excellence in Education Advisory Board, presented grants to Liz Weittenhiller, Dee McConnell, Troy Updike and Nik Werner

Four projects that will enhance and supplement initiatives in classrooms in the Belmont Schools received grant funding from the Belmont Excellence in Education Endowment Fund.

Kim Schmelz, advisory board member for the Fund, made the presentations at the conclusion of the April 20 staff training event.  Schmelz gave a brief history of the formation of the Excellence in Education Endowment noting that a group of volunteers came together at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a goal of endowing both an excellence in education and a scholarship fund.  The EIE fund was immediately endowed with a gift of $10,000 by Derek and MJ Dachelet.

2017 marks the third time that grants have been awarded for special projects in the Belmont Schools.  Two grants were awarded in 2014 – to support the construction of two ‘little free libraries’ and to support the software subscription fee for Adobe Creative Cloud with After Effects.  One grant was awarded in 2016 – to purchase a camcorder for use by students, faculty and coaches.

Schmelz presented grant awards totaling $1,123 for the following initiatives:

  • For 3rd grade students as proposed by Troy Updike: 2 – STEM activity kits. One that enables students to design and make a solar car; the other, which challenges students to develop and design experiments to move isopods.
  • For pre-kindergarten students as proposed by Liz Weittenhiller: an incubator, egg turner and egg candling light to study the life-cycle of an animal and the responsibilities associated with caring for living things.
  • For special education students at all levels as proposed by Nik Werner: Hokki ergonomic stools, which allow movement while seated, for two classrooms to assist students in focusing on their classwork.
  • For high school students as proposed by Dee McConnell: a GoPro Waterproof Action Camera for use in completing class projects.

In completing the presentations, Schmelz noted, “Today is a great day for Belmont students and staff.  These grants are a visible sign of the support by our community for the work that is done in this school by our teachers.  Our committee is dedicated to finding way to provide grant funding to supplement what is paid for with tax money.  We want staff to know that it is possible to propose new and creative projects and initiatives.  We live in a competitive school environment and it is our desire that by being able to provide support for projects and unique tools, we will keep Belmont competitive and a great place for our students and staff.”

The Belmont Excellence in Education and Scholarship Endowment Funds are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact advisory board member Kim Schmelz or Barb Daus, donor services representative with CFSW (608-778-3344 or  Donations may be sent to the Belmont School Funds, PO Box 348, Belmont, WI  53510 or may be made online at