Friendship Center News - Updated June 24th 2020
IT’S A 50 YEAR CELEBRATION!
Through all these years, Friendship Center has flourished as a camp and retreat center through
monetary donations and the priceless service of hundreds of volunteers. It’s been a wild and
wonderful ride. Thank you for your past generosity and support as well as your participation in
Center activities and group rentals.
Friendship Center has been established in its present location in the mid 1970’s with most of the
building, improvements and maintenance achieved by volunteers. In addition to the annual
Children’s Camp, other groups have found it an ideal place to gather with friends and family to
enjoy nature. Friendship Center has no paid staff and it has been through generous donations
that we have been able to keep our rates low and provide camperships to low income kids
attending the Children’s Camp.
Friendship Center’s first Children’s Camp was in 1970 when Mary (Witchie) Konle and Mary
Ann Steckling provided reading instruction to children, mostly from Milwaukee Public Schools,
who were resistant to learning and school because of low reading skills. Gradually the focus of
the Children’s Camp evolved from reading and outdoor fun to learning about the natural world
through art, science, language arts and outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has limited the use of Friendship Center this fiftieth year. We are
taking advantage of this gap by embarking on some major improvements. We would so appreciate
your help with two different projects:
• Friendship Center has always used your donations carefully. The original 1976 kitchen cupboards
and countertops are an example. After decades of use they are worn out making the
kitchen difficult to maintain and keep clean. The board is proposing that new cupboards,
countertops and a dishwasher be economically acquired and installed. The estimated cost is
twelve thousand dollars.
• Friendship Center uses a great deal of electricity with baseboard heaters, a well, water heater
and range/oven. Buying electricity is a big part of our budget even with the use of our wood
stoves for heat. The building’s shingled roof will soon need replacing. A long lasting steel
roof, costing about $5000 and adding solar panels costing about $20,000 would eliminate
electric costs. These savings would pay for the investment in about 15 years.
We hope everyone who has been involved with Friendship Center will join us in meeting the
challenge of financing these projects. Any contribution will be important in helping us achieve
our goal. Several supporters have offered a challenge grant, matching donations up to $6000.
Many people who have stayed at Friendship Center keep coming back year after year to not only
make use of the rustic facilities for a reasonable fee, but also to enjoy the peace, quiet and
restorative power of the beautiful Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. Please join us in this
effort to ensure Friendship Center is a sustainable resource for many years and generations to
Dave Pearson, President; Bill Briska, Vice President; Nancy Pickett, Secretary; Judy Campbell, Treasuer;
Board Members: Children's Camp Director Karen Tennessen, Julie Pearson; Steve McNutt; Greg Baker;
Friendship Center is recognized as a Charitable Organization by the State of Wisconsin, License
#780, and the Internal Revenue as described in section 501(c)(3). Your donation is greatly appreciated
and is also tax deductible.
Checks payable to Friendship Center.
Address: 3973 Evans Quarry Road, Dodgeville, WI. 53533
3973 Evans Quarry Road, Dodgeville, WI 53533 ◆ (608)230-5690 ◆ email@example.com ◆ www.friendshipcenterwi.org
Each winter two groups of Indiana University students drive from Bloomington, Indiana eight hours each way to stay at Friendship Center and ice climb at Governor Dodge State Park. Hopefully they will again have enough ice to climb again next year!
The old showers have been remodeled.
Friendship Center Scholarship Fund
Board members Vince Kavaloski and Dave Pearson have started a special scholarship fund for children who have attended Friendship Center’s children camps in past years and in the future. The fund has been invested in a socially responsible PAX World Balanced Fund and will be available to campers who have participated in our Children’s Camp and have completed High School, assisting them with higher education expenses, whether college or technical school. It is hoped that the FC Scholarship
Fund will further motivate FC Campers to do well and stay in school. If you would like to donate to this fund, please send your donation to: Friendship Center 3973 Evans Quarry Road Dodgeville WI 53533 Friendship Center is recognized as a Charitable Organization by the State of Wisconsin, License #780, and the Internal Revenue EIN 23-7112657 as described in section 501(c)(3). Your donation is greatly appreciated and is also tax deductible. Thank you to all who have contributed to this fund.
Thanks to all the volunteers who have made Friendship Center more user friendly, clean and efficient.