Monthly news & updates
December 2021
Volunteer Holiday Party!!
Let's Party!!

The Volunteer Holiday Party is on Saturday!!! We are so excited and are busy getting everything ready so that we can spoil all of you!

If you have NOT RSVP'd, please do so today!! We like to know who is coming in advance so that we can have a special gift ready for you! Call 262-882-3470, option 1.

See you on Saturday!!
Session Updates
Winter Session Sign Up!

Goodbye 2021, hello 2022!! Here is what our tentative class schedule will be for the Winter Session:

Monday: 9:30, 5:45, 7:00
Tuesday: 9:30, 4:30, 5:45
Thursday: 10:45, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00
Friday: 10:45
Saturday: 9:30, 10:45, 12:00

Please sign up using this link:

If class times change for any reason, I will be in touch with you. If you are choosing NOT to volunteer for the winter, but plan to be back for spring, please also fill this form out, and note that on the very last question. That will help us as we plan for both of these sessions. Thank you!
2022 Session Dates

Don't forget to write down the other session dates in 2022! Share with your friends and family, as we continue to search for more volunteers to add to our team!

Spring Session: April 4 - June 4

Summer Session: June 27 - August 27

Fall Session: September 26 - November 26
Santa Cause Fundraiser for SMILES
Tree Festival Details

The Wood Boat Center
Gage Marine
1 Liechty Drive
Williams Bay, WI 53191
November 24th – December 30, 2021
Wed – Fri 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat – Sun 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Closed Christmas Eve + Christmas Day

Raffle Ticket Books $20 for 10 tickets
Buy 5 Ticket Books, Get the 6th FREE!
100% of all proceeds
benefit ‘Charities of Christmas’

To learn more about Santa Cause and the Tree Festival, visit their website here.
Training & Education
New Volunteer Training!

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, please send them my way! I have one training in December where I can still accept more people. If you are interested in taking a "refresher," please let me know right away.

Tuesday, December 21: 5pm-8pm
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December Volunteer Spotlight
December Spotlight is.....Sam Keegan!!

How did you become involved with SMILES, and how long have you been volunteering?

My boyfriend saw a post on Facebooking for SMILES and he showed me knowing I would be interested. So far I have only been involved with smiles for one session. So about 9 weeks. 

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Elkhorn and lived there till I was 7, then I moved to Florida by Ocala where I lived most my life and I moved back to Whitewater in 2017. 

Who is your favorite horse at SMILES and why?

My favorite horse at smiles is Holly. She is my favorite because she is very sweet but also challenging. She has an attitude which I love. Not to mention she is tall and beautiful. The red roan color is one of my favorites. However, once Chaps is introduced to the program he might take the spot as my favorite because of how sweet he is.
If you were gifted a million dollars, what would you do with it?

If I was gifted a million dollars I would pay off my student loans, and put money away for graduate school. I would also put money aside for a house with land by the graduate school I get accepted to. I would also make a large donation to SMILES for anything that might be needed. (I might also use some of the money to purchase Holly).

What is something you like to do in December?

I am not a big Christmas person so I always work Christmas and Christmas Eve but my birthday is December 21st so I enjoy spending that day with my boyfriend. I do however love making gifts for people. 

What do you enjoy about volunteering at SMILES?

Really there is nothing I don't like about volunteering. I love grooming the horses and working with the clients and getting to know everyone. The only thing that would make it any better is if there was a paid position so I could be there full time.
Is there anything else you'd like your fellow volunteers to know?

I really appreciate the opportunity to work with everyone. I have hopes to open my own equine center one day and I hope that my facility can be as great as SMILES is. I hope to expand on what is currently done with equine therapy and help people that have also been through trauma. I am a huge believer that different types of therapy can be helpful in many more ways than they currently are and I am so grateful for all of the conversations I have had at SMILES with volunteers, instructors and clients that are helping to shape the way I plan on setting up my career in the future. 
Event Updates

2022 Virtual Tack Sale

Our next big event is our Virtual Tack Sale starting Friday March 18th and running through Monday march 21st. There has been a lot of prep work happening already here at SMILES.
A big THANK YOU goes out to

Rita Grespan!!

For leading the tack cleaning and photographing project! We are going to have a terrific fundraiser sale in March 2022!
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was a national day of giving, 11/30/2021.
Did you miss Giving Tuesday? There is still time!

December Birthdays at SMILES!
Happy Birthday!
Cassie Kriefall, December 3
Tom Hansen, December 4
Donna Roth, December 6
Roy White, December 6
Ray Firn, December 8
AnnMarie Ries, December 17
Sam Keegan, December 21
Julie Longenecker, December 22
Jaynell Barone, December 23
Denise Milano, December 25
Jillian Kellen, December 28
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