Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put. Submitted photo
Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put. Submitted photo

Submitted by Lion Liz Erickson, Spring Valley Lions; compiled by Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News

SPRING VALLEY, WI – This year is the 50th Anniversary of the first Dam Days Celebration in Spring Valley, Wisconsin and this year’s Grand Marshals for Dam Days are a group. It is also the 71st year of the charter of the Lions Club in Spring Valley. It is the Spring Valley Lions that sponsor and conduct many of the Spring Valley Dam Days events you have enjoyed for the last 50 years!

The following is a synopsis of many of the fantastic organizations and their volunteers, who make our community a marvelous place to live, work and play!

One of these is our incredible community theater - The Spring Valley Stagehands whose mission is to provide local actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, and other artists with directorship and a facility in which to perform; to provide theater and related arts education to area youth; and to increase awareness of theater arts in Spring Valley and surrounding communities in an effort to enhance life in rural America. This year, we are celebrating our 37th year as an organization.

Stagehands President Lori Peterson attributes incredible outcomes for the Stagehands to the support of the local and surrounding communities, noting, “The Stagehands wouldn’t be here today, as vibrantly as we are, without those who volunteer so many hours, without pay, to keep this place alive. We owe the Village of Spring Valley and the community a big, extended ‘thank you’ for all they do to support us, as we are a solely volunteer-run organization; there are no paid staff.” If you’d like to get involved, just give the Stagehands Theatre a call: 715-778-4475; come to a 1st Sunday of the month Board Meeting (7pm at the theatre); or send a note to carterannturner@gmail.com

The Spring Valley Lions’ Club - “We Serve!” is the motto of 1.4 million Lions members of clubs in over 200 countries.  Its mission has been the care of the blind and the visually impaired.  The Spring Valley Lions’ Club supports the mission by paying our individual dues toward the national, state and international organizations.

Beyond that the Spring Valley Lions goes to work! Organized in 1946 our Lions have supported and promoted programs in Spring Valley that have improved our community and its life style.  The Lions Club support and organize the annual Dam Days Celebration.                  

With the profits of our fundraisers the Spring Valley Lions have provided scholarships, food baskets, individual help, eye equipment, the Spring Valley Care Center aviary, heart defibrillators, updating the Handy Andy shelter and playground.  We have promoted with financial support the Spring Valley Library, Twin Tower Relief, service dogs for the blind, eye tissue, and recycled eye-glasses.  And more.

With the profits from the annual fishing tournament the Lions have built a fishing dock at the Lake George with features for the handicapped, and a walking, biking trail on the south side of Spring Valley.

The SV Lions’ Club meets monthly. We have an open door and would like to add to 25-30 members, many hands make little work! Join us, but remember your reward will be the satisfaction of doing for others by serving.

The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce formerly known as the Area Association is a group of community members and business members that support and promote Spring Valley.

Eventually the Area Association became the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, which today is made up of 50 community and business members.  The Chamber today supports a number of community events such as the 4th of July fireworks display, at Christmas they decorate Handy Andy park with a lighting display we all enjoy during the holiday season.  Santa comes with treats for the kids.  During Dam Days, the Chamber organizes the coin scramble, supports the Queens Tea for the Spring Valley Royalty along with the float and court during the year.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber please contact Peg Vorlicek, Chamber president.

Spring Fire and Ambulance Services is comprised of two departments: Spring Valley Area Ambulance and Spring Valley Area Fire Department.

Serving a population of over 3,300 citizens and covering well over 100 square miles. Spring Valley Area Ambulance currently has a staff of 27 volunteers providing emergency medical care along with outreach programs on CPR/ First Aid education, critical incident stress debriefing, car seat safety, and scholarship programs.

Spring Valley Area Fire Department consists of 30 volunteer firefighters providing fire protection and rescue while also assisting local businesses with required fire inspections to meet county, state, and federal standards.

If you have ever thought of giving back to your community or wanted be a part of a large family type atmosphere like Spring Valley Area Emergency Services this may be your “calling” to give back and serve. Contact our office at (715) 778-4452 or email: svaa@svtel.net. We are here to answer your questions.

Spring Valley Gardeners “Making Spring Valley Beautiful” - Spring Valley Gardeners is a volunteer organization that has evolved over the years, thanks to many people in the community stepping up and sharing their time and talents for flowers and gardening.  Beginning in 1998 a garden was planted.  From that other gardens popped up. Each of these gardens was maintained by different volunteers who take pride and ownership in their creation. 

Today we are known as the Spring Valley Gardeners. The Village continues to allocate an amount to us each year, but in addition we do rely on donations from the community. The donations allowed us to purchase our flowers locally.  We now purchase our flowers, at Kerry’s Barnyard Botanicals.  None of this would be possible without funds from the Village, our Chamber of Commerce, donations from our individual community members, business, and other organizations.  Most of all we can operate because of the dedication of numerous volunteers over the years that take pride in the hanging baskets and gardens around town in “Making Spring Valley Beautiful.” For more information on opportunities to join Spring Valley Gardeners please contact one of our volunteer gardeners.

The Spring Valley Community Food Pantry has been in existence for nearly 25 years.  It operates under the guidance of the area churches; St. John’s Lutheran Church congregation generously provides space in the lower level of their educational building. 

Approximately 50 families in the Spring Valley School district area are able to supplement their food needs each month by visiting the pantry where approximately 3,000 pounds of food are distributed monthly. 

The pantry is able to operate because of the generous donations of time, money, and goods from individuals, groups, area churches, local businesses, and civic organizations. Thanks to all of you for your continued support of this vital service.

If you are interested in volunteering or in need, call the pantry at 715-778-5988. Food distribution is on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 10:00-11:30 and 4:30-6:00.

Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put, Inc. has a mission and goal of coordinating volunteers to help seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain their independence. “Caring, Connecting, Contributing” (715) 778-5800.

“Staying Put” offers an array of non-medical volunteer services to the community, in continuing the rural tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. Today Staying Put has 69 volunteers signed up for the program, with 53 currently active. The number of active clients is currently at 37.

We are so grateful to be involved with an organization that makes this community a better place to live.  We have a great, diverse group of participants; each brings special talent and value to the effort. It really does ‘take a village’; this one is filled with very generous, giving people willing to serve others.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a Staying Put client, call 715-778-5800.

The Spring Valley Education Foundation is a volunteer organization that supports our school district. We raise money and use these funds to promote student development through unique learning and enrichment activities in addition to those funded by the school budget. We encourage creativity and excellence in members of the school community by providing resources for innovative ideas and creative programs.

The Spring Valley Education Foundation was founded in 2003. It was registered as a 501©(3) tax exempt organization in 2004. In addition to reaching out to our community for individual tax-exempt donations, a signature Fundraising event “Spring Valley Education Foundation Gala” was established in 2010. At the annual Gala, the Foundation celebrates and honors the achievements of distinguished Spring Valley alumni, teachers and community members. We invite you to look for the next Gala in February 2018.

As a volunteer organization, Spring Valley Education Foundation is especially counting on all alumni to step up and participate at the Board level, in providing support for the annual Gala event and in fundraising and grant making activities. Please feel free to contact Kevin Larson (President), Brian Wang (Treasurer) or Eric Johnson (Gala Coordinator) at P.O.Box 141, Spring Valley, WI 54767. United to inspire achievement!