Welcome New Board Members

On Thursday, November 8 the Boulder Junction Community Foundation welcomed three new Directors to the Board:

Nicole Wilkin will share the duties of Treasurer along with Michelle Mauzer. Nicole moved to Boulder Junction two years ago to enjoy all the beauty and nature that prevails in the wonderful Northwoods. Nicole is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in both California and Florida, and in process of expanding her licensure to include Wisconsin as well.  Her practice is primarily in taxation, secondarily in business management, and she has experience in non-profit organizations (taxation) as well.  When Nicole is not in Boulder Junction, she spends her time in sunny southwest Florida with trips to California where her granddaughter has just turned one year old.

Susan Govier is beginning a three-year term on the Foundation Board. Susie is a born and bred local girl who recently retired from a hectic career in interior design to pursue other “northerly” interests, though she plans to offer free-lance interior design in the future. Susie is co-owner of The Aqualand Ale House, just on the edge of Boulder Junction, named for the zoo her father and grandfather operated for many years. She added Wine and Paint classes to the schedule of events at the Ale House to provide a place where non-painters and former painters could play in a less serious way.  She would like to add writing workshops, women’s retreats and other art and craft project classes.  The Boulder Junction Community Foundation seems like the right way to plug into and enhance her childhood home.

Jennifer Heitz is beginning a three-year term on the Foundation Board. Jennifer returned to the Northwoods full-time in 2017 after retiring as an RN. An active volunteer, Jennifer served as president of the PTO, Band Boosters and Merrill Study Class, and was active with the GSHC Foundation, River Bend Trail fundraising committee, food pantry and as an animal rescue/driver for Wild Instincts.  Jennifer was accompanist for the Merrill High School and middle school choirs and head coach of the MHS girl’s tennis team, a volunteer coach for the MHS Earth Club, youth softball and basketball programs. She is excited to serve the Foundation and the community and hopes that her past volunteer experiences will be a positive addition to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation.

John Altschwager continues his role as President, Barbara Douglas-Johnson, Vice President, Mary Van Grinsven, Secretary, and Michelle Mauzer co-Treasurer (with Nicole Wilkin). Craig Mason, Beth Rondello and Adam Zogata continue as Directors.

Boulder Junction Lions Club Presents $500 Donation to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation

The Boulder Junction Lions Club presented a $500 donation to the Boulder Junction Community Foundation in September to be placed in their Greatest Needs Enhancement Fund.

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is an incorporated local 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to helping people and local organizations carry out their charitable wishes for the Boulder Junction community. Their major focus is to create an endowment fund that benefits the community in perpetuity. As it grows, the endowment’s earnings are used to award grants to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations. The Foundation formed in 2010 and has been awarding grants ever since.

Through their partner, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the Foundation is also able to offer donors a variety of safe, simple, and effective giving and fund options to accommodate a donor’s unique financial circumstances, charitable goals, and tax or estate planning objectives. Donors are able to give stocks, real estate, IRA disbursements, and other assets to the Foundation or create a fund to support a charitable purpose of their own choosing. Experienced staff are available to work with donors and their professional advisers to design a giving plan that meets a donor’s specific charitable goals.

BJCF Awards Grant to the Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Public Library a $450 grant to purchase reading incentive prizes for the Children’s Summer Reading Program grand prize raffle drawing. Boulder Junction Public Library’s “Libraries Rock” summer reading program laid the groundwork for children to become lifelong readers and learners. Each week 30-40 children participated.

Special program activities included a presentation about animal habitats with Licia Johnson, a naturalist from the North Lakeland Discovery Center; a visit from Colossal Fossils natural history program, and many other fun and educational games, activities and crafts. The program wrapped up with a Dance Party by Barb Boston, prize awards and ice cream. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a proud supporter of this annual program.

Colorama Dinner Cancelled This Fall

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation Board of Directors recently announced they will not host the Foundation’s Colorama Dinner this fall, traditionally held at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in September. The Board is committed to continually evaluate our fundraising strategies in regards to our mission statement.  Rising costs to host the event was the major factor in this decision.

In other Foundation news, we are pleased to recently award $1150 in grants to the Chamber for Music on Main Street events as well as stage lighting enhancements.  In addition, the Foundation granted $750 to the Boulder Junction Public Library for the Children’s Summer Reading program.

For more information, contact John Altschwager, BJCF President. 715-892-4898.

Foundation Awards Grants for Music on Main Street

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce two grants on August 1, 2018. At intermission during Music on Main Street that evening, the Foundation presented the Chamber a grant in the amount of $400 to help support the funding of artists performing at the weekly summer music series. The series hosts eight Wednesday evening performances in June, July and August.  The Chamber also received a grant in the amount of $750 which helped fund the color LED lighting on the Music on Main Street stage. The lighting is a great addition to the stage, adding ambiance to the performance during the evening hours and functionality to the artists who perform.

Both grants as well as individual and business donators help to support this event which is now in its 11th season.

2017 Fundraising Goal Exceeded

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created by and for residents and visitors of Boulder Junction. For 2017, we had a fundraising goal of $50,000, and we are extremely pleased to announce that we exceeded that goal by $22,254, for a total of $72,254.

Founded in 2010, our mission is to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations. Grants are available annually to organizations for innovative projects that improve, support, or protect the quality of life for our residents and visitors. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 in the Restricted Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. That would allow us to give back $50,000 to the community each year…forever. The total amount currently in the endowment fund is $270,450.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thank you for caring about the future of Boulder Junction. You make Boulder Junction a better place, and we love you for it!

Boulder Junction Community Foundation Thanks Long-Time Director

On November 7 the Boulder Junction Community Foundation thanked Dave Osborn for 6 years of service on the Foundation Board as he ended his final term. Dave came on to the board in 2012, the 2nd year of the Foundation’s existence.

Dave Osborn has frequented the Boulder Junction area with his family since he was a child. Life changing events in 2006 were the springboard for him to make Boulder Junction his home. After 30 years in the fastener manufacturing industry, Dave now follows his passion in his work and owns Little Lakes Canoe Restoration and Guide Service. He specializes in restoring vintage wooden canoes and small boats, as well as guiding fishermen and others for nostalgic back country experiences in restored vintage watercraft. He is a past board member of the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner Wisconsin as well as a past board member of the Gresham Lakes Association.

Dave has been a true asset to the Foundation and the community of Boulder Junction. Thank you, Dave, for your time and energy. We will see you around town!

BJCF Helps Fund NLS 8th Grade Class Trip

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation hosted the 58th Annual Colorama Dinner on Saturday, September 23.  The North Lakeland School 8th Grade Class, along with their parents and advisors, served the family style meal to dinner attendees, a long-time tradition for this event. They did an outstanding job serving food, clearing tables and looking after their customers. In return for their service, the 8th graders earn money toward their annual spring class trip.

In addition to the stipend of $650, which is agreed upon in advance, the students work for tips. This year, they earned $937.77 in tips given by the guests at the dinner, raising a total of $1587.77. This is a wonderful partnership benefiting both organizations. The Foundation has the help needed to serve their annual fundraising dinner and the students are able to realize a large donation towards their annual class trip. In the spring of 2018, they will be traveling to Chicago. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is happy to support the North Lakeland School 8th Grade Class and wishes them every success in reaching their fundraiser goals.

Thank you for your time and energy Grant Herman!

On October 10 the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce and Town of Boulder Junction gathered together to show appreciation for Grant Herman, current President of the Foundation.  Grant has retired from his position as Operations Director at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and will be moving to Washington with his, wife, Gail. For the past 5 years, in addition to working at Camp Manito-wish, Grant has been an active member of our community and multiple organizations. His time and dedication has helped to strengthen organizations, implement new events and foster community spirit. Grant’s last day as President of the Foundation will be November 7. Thank you, Grant, for your time and energy. You will be missed by many!


Pictured left to right: Cathy Schneider, Cherie Sanderson, John Altschwager, Michelle Mauzer, Dennis Reuss, Grant Herman, Theresa Smith, Barbara Johnson, Chris Reuss, Craig Mason, Mary Van Grinsven, Dennis Aukstik, Gary Plouff