Dan and Laurie Schreiber are a bright light for Beloit Township

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
— If someone gave an annual award for most reliable volunteer, Dan and Laurie Schreiber might tie for first place.

The Schreibers, who are married and live in Beloit Township, have more on their calendars in retirement than when they were employed.

Whether it is planning the annual Festival on the Rock or working the concession stand at a Beloit Snappers game, they hardly let a day pass without volunteering somewhere.

"It seems like we're busier now," Dan said. "We had good jobs. Now we have the time to give back."

Dan retired as a civil engineering technician for the city of Janesville in 2005. Laurie was office manager of a car dealership for 22 years until retiring in 2007.

"Volunteering is their job nowadays," said town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp. "They have such a presence in the township. They are involved in so many things."

For 14 years, Dan has been the town's parks committee chairman. In his role, he oversees seven parks.

"We have the third largest number of parks in Rock County behind Beloit and Janesville," Dan said. "As a small township, that's an accomplishment."

Among them is the 40-acre Preservation Park, which is known for open spaces and the river. Last year, Dan saw the completion of a $400,000 project in Preservation Park, which included construction of a lighted walking path, playground and parking lot.

"The project was my pride and joy," he said.

Kopp calls Dan a leader in making Preservation Park "a gem" in the township.

"Often times, it takes someone with a passion and a vision of what things can be," he said. "Dan has that drive. He's a real asset for the town."

Both Dan and Laurie organize and work at Festival on the Rock, a three-day event at Preservation Park in September. Money raised at the celebration goes for improving the park, including playground equipment.

"It has always been geared as a family event," Laurie said. "The first meeting to begin planning is in March. We concentrate a lot of time on it. But it's worth it when you see those kids on the playground."

In addition to caring about the town's parks, Dan and Laurie are captains of a volunteer team that helps at concession stands during Beloit Snappers games. They have been working at the games for at least 15 years.

"They are great volunteers because they are so reliable," said Cindy Folts, who also works as a Snappers volunteer. "When they say they are going to be there, they will be there, and they will work really hard. They like to see their community thrive. They are good role models for people."

Dan and Laurie also volunteer at their church, with Beloit's Meals on Wheels and VetsRoll, a program to take mostly World War II vets on a free motor tour to the National World War II Memorial. Laurie also has been a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Beloit Junior Woman's Club, since 2001 and president for two years.

Not long ago, a friend gave Laurie a cup that reads: "Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again."

Laurie explains her desire to help others:

"There is such a need," Laurie said. "And other people don't have the time that we do."

Last updated: 7:52 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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