Schleisinger to Slinger 1869-2019 history book available in March 2020
The Slinger Advancement Association was formed on January 5, 1949. The officers elected were President Ray Kramer, Secretary Dr. Kenneth Prefontaine, and Treasurer Kenneth Ries. The Board of Directors consisted of Lionel Bull, William Kratz, Luke Kauth, Howard Miller, and Roy Gundrum. The first annual Fall Festival and Bratwurst Fry was held September 1, 1954 and continues as an annual tradition to this day with a Car show and ball games.
Early projects sponsored by the SAA included the development of the lighted village softball diamond back in 1953. The SAA also promoted the showing of free outdoor movies at the park. SAA also provided funds for Christmas light decorations on the utility poles throughout the Village.
Some of the early public improvements pushed by the SAA included telephone booths and railroad crossing lights. The SAA also pushed for the combining and renaming of Franklin Street, Rector Street and Cedar Lake Road to Kettle Moraine Drive in April of 1963. Please remember that as you read our recently published Schleisingerville to Slinger Historical Album.
The early years saw the SAA promote the annual Blood Bank drive. SAA also acted as a mediator in the deeding back of the land that was developed into the Fireman’s Park, which was dedicated in 1970, and helped with the construction of the original Fireman’s Park buildings.
The SAA was the primary promoter of the Centennial celebration in 1969 and the 125th anniversary celebration in 1994. In 2017, the officers decided that there were not enough members to promote Slinger's 150th the way it should be so we retained the 'Book Rights'
but asked the Village Administrator to form a committee with some of the people who would be interested in doing something for the Sesquicentennial. Going beyond our expectations, Jessi Balcom, the former administrator, did an excellent job with a non Village sponsored large group of Village wide residents and more for many 150th centered activities, most of which were part of the Villages social calendar but done even better in honor of those who brought Slinger to where it is today.
Slinger is a great place to live with one of the best Schools systems in the state and convenient access to a wide area of SE Wisconsin's activities and entertainment.
Don Crego, Jr. is the President and a Secretary when he is really needed. For the 150th History Book, he was the Typographer and Main Designer.
He has been a dentist in Slinger for quite a while
at 340 East Washington. White Colonial Building, Red Doors.
E-mail is email@example.com
Phone is 644-6921
Larry Gundrum (shown in his office above) is the Vice President and Treasurer. For the 150th History Book, he was the Main Historian and in charge of the content..
He is an insurance agent working in the Schuck building on the south corner of The Intersection in Downtown Slinger.
Gundrum Insurance and Investments firstname.lastname@example.org
His phone number is 644-5866
• $1000 annual SAA Scholarship given to a deserving Slinger High School student, nominated by the SHS principal, initiated by Jim Crovetti and given annually since 2006.
• $3000 Recently given to Honour's Inc. to increase our named scholarship donation.
For the past 71 years The Slinger Advancement Association has worked to promote and improve the Village of Slinger. The hard work and efforts of our volunteers have made it possible to be a positive contributor in our community. A few of our achievements are listed.
• Annual Scholarship given to deserving student to attend Badger Girls State Program.
• $1,500 given to the Slinger Fire Dept. in 2005 to enhance their Dive Team program.
• $15,000 given to Slinger Rotary in 2006 for building of the new concession stands and parking lot paving at the Slinger Community Park.
• $6,000 paid to the Village of Slinger in 2006, to purchase the land St. Peter’s church owned, land being used by baseball diamonds.
• $1,500 given to Slinger High School to ‘Light the Soccer Field Project 2007’.
• $1,500 given to the Slinger High School 2006 for the band trip to Hawaii. The band performed in the Christmas Parade.
• $3,534 given to the Slinger Police Dept. in 2007 for new video camera equipment mandated by law. United in Progress Since 1949