Cross Plains Clubs and Organizations
The old adage 'It takes a village...' is correct on more than just raising children. The Village of Cross Plains community, has done some amazing things. From everyone coming together to help each other during the flood, to handing out scholarships for our children to attend college and everything in between. This community is capable of great things. Many ask how they can get involved. We hope that this list of clubs and organizations will inspire you to become involved with this community. Everyone can make a difference.
Cross Plains American Legion Post #245, American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion-
The Cross Plains American Legion, Auxiliary and SAL are very active in our community. They host the annual Memorial Day service during the chicken BBQ and parade. They provide scholarships to students, recycle metal with proceeds going towards Veteran rehab. They support Badger Camp, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They also provide residents with flags in their yards during certain holidays (there is a fee for this service). For more information, please check out their website here. Please be aware that you must be a Veteran, a son, grandson, wife, mother, sister, daughter or grand-daughter to become a member of these organizations. For questions about the Legion, please contact Ed- 798-4253.
Cross Plains Wondermakers- 4H Club-
The Cross Plains Wondermakers is a local 4-H club. Our youth participate in local service projects to make a positive difference in our community. Youth also attend monthly meetings, work on fair projects, practice new skills, learn from others and have fun! At the end of the 4-H year is the Dane County Fair, an opportunity for youth to showcase their projects. Project possibilities range from art to animals to legos to drama and more! There are also other local fairs in the summer in which youth can participate. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their Facebook page!
Knights of Columbus-
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic organization with a primary mission of putting our faith in action through charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. While our membership is made up of Catholic men, we are really all about families and communities. Our local Council covers the communities of Ashton and Martinsville as well as Cross Plains and the surrounding areas. Our charitable efforts have had an impact locally, regionally and globally. For example, following the extreme flooding in August 2018, Wisconsin Knights of Columbus distributed disaster relief grants. Globally, Knights of Columbus charitable donations exceeded $185.6 million in 2017 and was supplemented with more than 75 million hours of volunteer service from our members. Anyone interested in joining should contact any Officer or Dennis O'Connell 608-220-7828 or leave a message on their Facebook page.
The LIFE (Lifestyles Initiative for Fitness Empowerment) Foundation has a mission to foster healthy lifestyles in Cross Plains and the surrounding area. They strive to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and incorporate mental well being with social connectiveness within the community. Their current projects include the Cross Plains Farmers Market, the community gardens in Zander Park, Empower program in conjunction with the UW Health medical clinic, the History of Cross Plains project, the walking school bus and Active Schools/Active Communities. They are also collaborating with Project Recovery, a resource for dealing with the after effects of the 2018 Summer flood. They welcome interested community members to join their initiative. They have opportunities for those who want to make a significant difference by serving on an active committee. If time hinders that, they can add you to their 'volunteer as needed' list for an occasional volunteer opportunity. You can join their newsletter by sending your email address to email@example.com. You can also direct any questions about the Foundation to this email address as well.
The Cross Plains Lions Club is a community-minded club that works to make Cross Plains a better place. We raise funds through brat stands during Trout Days as well as other brat stands in the community. We do this to provide funding for Mutzy's Monster Mash, the Cross Plains Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the St. Francis Youth Football program, scholarships for local youth, Badger Boys and Girls State, the local fire department, EMS, senior citizen programs and the Village of Cross Plains parks. Our club's latest fund-raising drive has been to raise money to pay for the construction of a shelter in the Zander Park Conservancy. In addition to our fundraising efforts, our club also provides vision screenings for adults and children in the community as well as collecting eye glasses to be recycled We provide a Stuff The Bus campaign each August to collect school supplies for needy children in the area. We build wheelchair ramps for those in need. We also perform environmental cleanup at Festge Park and along the ditches of County Highway P. We are always willing to help when there is a need. If you'd like to join our club, we'd love to have you! Please contact Adam Crowson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Cross Plains Optimist Club is a club focusing on the Youth in the community. They host the annual Santa visit at the fire station in December as well as the Oratorical contest (an opportunity for a student to win scholarships). Each month the club honors a student from one of the five schools that they support. The student is nominated by their school based on helpfulness and citizenship, and receives a plaque, gift card and their name on the plaque at their school. The club supports the annual Tri-Star Basketball Skills Contest as well as a scholarship at the High School. They do many fundraising opportunities such as the football card and selling Bucky Books. If you are interested in becoming a member and supporting our youth, please contact Mike Roessler- 212-2006, Sherri Sarbacker 798-4000, Lee Sorensen 577-9173 or Joanne Ganske 798-6302.
Park Elementary PTO, Glacier Creek PTO and St. Francis Xavier Home and School Association-
If you have a child or children that go to school in Cross Plains, consider joining their parent teacher organization. These organizations host community events as well as fundraise for their schools. These funds are used to better the educational resources available to the children. If you have a child that attends Park, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176406012700368/. If your student attends Glacier Creek, please email email@example.com. If your child attends St. Francis Xavier, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office at 798-2422 and leave a message.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
Both scouting organizations have troops in Cross Plains. For more information about Boy Scouts, please contact Mark Blaha at 798-0460. For more information about Girl Scouts, please call the Badgerland Council of Girl Scouts at 800-236-2710.
Cross Plains Historical Society
If you are interested in learning about our Village's history and want to preserve those memories for generations to come, please think of joining the Historical Society. They have a museum located in the old white Lutheran Church on Brewery Rd. This museum is open by appointment. For more information about the Society, or to schedule an appointment to see the museum or records for the Village, please call Doc Esser 798-2147.
If you don't see your organization on this page and think it should be, please contact Becky at the Village Office- 798-3241 ext 101.