Betterment Committee


The Dover-Kansasville Betterment Committee


Patrick Haley – Chairperson

Lou Maniez – Grounds

Lynnell Carleton – Raffles

Heidi Mueller – Children Games

Johnia Burgan – Petting Zoo

Brian Nelson- Volunteer



Volunteers & Contributions

The Dover-Kansasville Betterment Committee always welcomes volunteers and contributions of time, talent or treasure.

Contact: or call Patrick Haley @ 262 878-0995


Kansasville is an unincorporated village within the Town of Dover. Much of Dover, in fact, has a Kansasville mailing address as Kansasville does have its own post office.

Patrick Haley formed the Betterment Committee in 2006 while he was town supervisor #1. Its first task was to throw the largest party in the history of Dover – “Kansasville’s Sesquicentennial Hometown Picnic” – in order to commemorate Kansasville’s founding in 1856. The celebration has now become the annual “Hometown Picnic”.


The Dover-Kansasville Betterment Committee is made up of anyone who wishes to help make the Town of Dover a better place to live. Projects undertaken by the Betterment Committee help build community pride, spirit, identity and unity.

Signs, banners and the logo contest increase the community’s aesthetic value and give it identity. Historical displays help citizens remember and appreciate the past but at the same time it builds pride in Dover’s progress. The picnic, Venetian boat parade and fireworks help unite the community. Neighbors meet neighbors and celebrate life in the Town of Dover.


The Dover/Kansasville Betterment Committee has for the last two years adopted Eagle Lake County Park per the counties adopt a park program.   Adopt a Park is a program where volunteers are required to do park clean ups and assist the county park manager in any additional types of clean ups that they would require.  In the case of Eagle Lake County park we concentrate along the water’s edge and along the fence lines.

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The Betterment Committee and a group of community volunteers continue to stage the Hometown Picnic each August on the Saturday before Labor Day weekend. Located in Eagle Lake County Park, the celebration includes historical displays, children’s games, a petting zoo, free root beer floats, music, food and other attractions. Following the picnic is a Venetian Boat Parade around Eagle Lake and fireworks over the lake, all organized by Betterment Committee volunteers.

Other Projects

Other projects undertaken by the Betterment Committee are hanging decorative banners on telephone poles in the main thoroughfares and maintaining historical display cases in the town hall. In 2008, the Betterment Committee sponsored a logo contest to develop the Town of Dover’s first-ever logo. A project in the works is designing and erecting the community’s first “Welcome to Dover-Kansasville” signs. Additionally, we host yearly picnic festivities and Christmas tree lighting ceremony to show support and unity for our town!


While the Town of Dover supports the hometown picnic financially, donations from residents and local businesses make all other projects possible.


From Ed and K-9 “Friday” 

I received your generous donation to our K-9 Unit.  I can’t say thank you enough!  We really do appreciate it as our K-9 Unit does not receive any funds in the yearly budget for the dogs.  Everything is funded by community donations so you can imagine how much we really appreciate any help we can get.  If it weren’t for people like yourself helping us, our K-9 Unit would not be a success.  Again thank you. – Ed & K-9 “Friday”