This was the first summer for the Foundation’s DREAMBOARD. The Foundation had a write-on easel set up at the flea markets, Music on Main events, and on Musky Day. The board was meant to engage people in conversations about what they loved about Boulder Junction, what they could dream would enhance Boulder Junction and/or what they wanted to preserve in town. Throughout the summer, people wrote more than 100 responses. As you can imagine, we received a wide variety of ideas and comments!
Work has already begun and funds have already been donated to make some of these dreams come true. Janny Thomas & Lynn Mehrholz, owners of BJ Trading Company, were presented with the inaugural Dream Catcher Award at the Colorama Dinner, for making some of their dreams for Boulder Junction come true. They provided the resources and made arrangements for the work to get done – over $20,000 in improvements at the town sport and recreation area by the ballfield. The foundation applauds their vision and action!
The Dream Board responses did tend to fall into some dominant recurring themes/categories. We found outdoor activities reigned supreme, with ideas for the bike trails and downtown live entertainment topping the list. Many of these ideas are worthy of further research and a few will make you chuckle. While not all of the ideas are feasible in a town our size, they are all worthy of consideration and give us an insight into what people are looking for whether they are choosing us for their vacation spot or to live here. View the Dream Board list.
If any of the ideas on the list move you to want to donate to make them a reality, please contact us- we want to help you.
A highlight of the 56th Annual Colorama Dinner, which was held on Saturday, September 19, at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, was the awarding of the raffle prizes from the Foundation’s 2015 seasonal raffle. The grand prize of the hand-crafted fifteen foot cedar strip with ash trim canoe, Prospector model, hand crafted by Boulder Junction resident Parker Sterner, went to Gary L. John, Madison, WI. Cynthia Wills of Boulder Junction was awarded the Specialized Disc Elite bicycle from Coontail Sports. Hod Bailey of Metamora, IL, was the pleased recipient of the classic Boulder Junction pole banner. Congratulations to the winners!
The Boulder Junction Community Foundation would like to thank the 8th Grade Class of North Lakeland School for their continued service at the Colorama Dinner. They did a wonderful job serving food, clearing tables, and looking after their customers. In return for their service the kids earn money toward their annual spring class trip. This year was a banner year for them. Between the stipend given to them by the Foundation for their service, the generous tips they received during the dinner, and ticket purchases for their raffle, they were able to raise almost $2,300 for their trip. NLS 8th graders along with their parents and advisors have been a part of the dinner for many years. We look forward to continuing that tradition.
In anticipation of the rapidly approaching 56th annual Colorama Dinner, Jim Konopacki and Dennis Aukstik installed the Colorama Dinner Signs at the entrance to Camp Manito-wish YMCA on Highway K.
Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for a new event that starts at 5:00 p.m.– a Jewelry Silent Auction hosted by Peeplelures. There will also be shrimp and other appetizers to enjoy provided by one of the in-kind sponsors, Dairymenʼs Country Club. The baked chicken and wild game stew dinner with all the fixings is served, family style, promptly at 6:00 p.m. As always there will be plenty of fun, including door prizes and the drawing for the Foundation’s canoe, bike, and BJ Banner raffle prizes. Tickets are still available at the BJ Chamber (715-385-2400). Adults – $16, Children 12 and under – $8. Join us for a fun community evening!
The beautiful summer weather provided a wonderful backdrop to the busy Lions Flea Market today. Many treasure hunters visited the Foundation’s booth to admire this summer’s raffle prizes and purchase raffle tickets. While the grand prize cedar strip canoe drew many admirers, one visitor paused at the raffle’s 1st prize Crosstrail bicycle long enough for us to capture his affection for bicycles. Thank you everyone for your support of the Boulder Junction community through the Foundation!
Foundation Board members presented Pete Rondello, General Manager of WXPR public radio (91.7 FM), with a certificate of appreciation at Boulder Junction’s Music on Main Street concert July 15. WXPR was thanked for their continued support, through publicity and coverage of charity fundraising events, including the Foundation’s annual Colorama Dinner to be held Saturday, September 19, at Camp Manito-wish this year.
Foundation Board members, family, and friends gathered Saturday morning to participate in Boulder Junction’s July 4th parade. Against a backdrop of perfect summer weather and the North Lakeland marching band, there was plenty of laughter and smiles as this year’s raffle canoe was escorted down Main Street as part of the parade. A big thank you to everyone who joined us!
Foundation Board members presented Theresa Smith with a certificate of appreciation at the Boulder Junction Chamber’s May 27, Membership Meeting. Theresa, who has accepted a position as executive director of the Campanile Center in Minocqua, was thanked for her unwavering support of the Foundation and participation on the Foundation’s Publicity and Community Relations Committee. Best wishes, Theresa!
At the October meeting of the Foundation, two directors, Krista Maurer and Gene Klisnick, were presented with certificates of appreciation for their four years of outstanding service to the community and as directors since the Foundation was formed in 2010. With Foundation term limits, they will be completing their terms in November. This October is the Foundation’s 4th Anniversary.
During 2014 the Foundation Board will focus upon building the BJCF Restricted Endowment Fund. The Board has set a goal to raise a minimum of $50,000 for the Endowment this year. More than $44,000 was added to the Fund during 2013, increasing its total assets from $19,908 as of December 31, 2012 to over $76,000 today.
The Foundation intends to grow the long term endowment fund so that its earnings can be used to award grants to local organizations for projects and programs in the community. To this end, the Foundation is also planning to work with community organizations to understand and define what community needs exist that would fall within the mission of the Foundation. Stay tuned for more news as the work progresses!
Every gift to this fund demonstrates your conviction that together we can truly influence the future of our community. MAKE A DONATION TO THE BJCF RESTRICTED ENDOWMENT