Welcome to the DeLeon Springs Community Association Inc.
We are so happy you’ve dropped by for a visit!
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we tell you of the passing of our dear President and Founder Don Malmborg. God took Don home to glory peacefully, as he slept during the night, on June 27, 2015. Knowing our Don, that might have been the only time he was still, long enough for the angels to nab him and carry him home to Heaven.
Don was a great man and a genuine friend to those who knew him and to strangers alike. Don was a visionary for DeLeon Springs, who alone kept the candle burning for years, praying and waiting patiently for others to join him in working to make DeLeon Springs a better place for everyone.
In 2008, Don gathered a handful of local merchants to form a group that met on Tuesdays for coffee and conversation. In 2011 that group incorporated as a 501c3 known as the DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. With Don as President, the DSCA, Inc. has moved forward over the years to accomplish things that others said could never be done, and it was Don’s energetic, positive leadership that made it all happen, with the hard work of our Officers, Board and volunteers.
When we faced setbacks and adversity, Don was the cheerleader, keeping us laughing and challenging us with his famous phrase: “we’re movin’ on!” Yet when we accomplished something fantastic, Don was quickest to give God the glory and the credit, reminding us that God was in control of DeLeon Springs and was the force behind our efforts to turn things around for our community.
Don was a gentle, humble man from whom we all learned so much and God blessed each of us with his presence and his friendship. A precocious and funny man, Don was first to smile, swift to laugh and always ready with a Swedish joke. For anyone in need, he was there with a kind and encouraging word or whatever money he had in his pocket. Each of us has been blessed by the life of this visionary and man of joy. We have been enriched by his leadership, his humor and most importantly, his godly influence over the DSCA, Inc. since before its inception.
We thank God for the years we were able to know him and serve with him. He lived out a great example of Christlikeness for us, and he left an outstanding legacy of love, generosity and kindness to us. There is no one like him and while Heaven has gained a member, DeLeon Springs is poorer for the loss of him. Don would want us to overcome that loss by following his examples of generosity, positivity and looking to God for our help and hope. As Don said, “we’re movin on!” To God be the glory for the life and the influence of this great man, and for the things still left for us to accomplish.
The DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. grew out of the DeLeon Springs Merchant’s Association, a group of local merchants who wanted to see DeLeon Springs prosper and the downtown corridor improved.
In 2011, the DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. incorporated as a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to “making DeLeon Springs A Better Place to Live, Work and Play”.
What began as a small group blossomed into a focused team of committed citizens, with a broad mission that includes a wide range of volunteers across the community, whose dedication drives our efforts and has accomplished outstanding goals including the now annual “Art Among The Trees” Fine Arts, Crafts and Music Festival, held the second Saturday in April; the annual “Autumn in The Oaks” Arts, Music and Crafts Festival and the Annual Ponce DeLeon Look Alike Contest, both held the third Saturday in October.
This organization spent 2013 working with Volusia County to create a district overlay to define a downtown area, eliminate split zoning in the downtown corridor, and worked with Volusia County and FDEP to create the LEAD 1 and LEAD 2 (Local Economic Advancement District) Brownfield Designations, a historic first for unincorporated Volusia County! We provided numerous scholarships to support local churches, schools, organizations and individuals, offered educational opportunities, promoted student art in McInnis Elementary School and continued to prod the FDEP to excavate the underground fuel plume under Highway 17 in order to protect our water supply, our beloved DeLeon Spring and the health of our community. These are lofty goals for a tiny, unincorporated community, and our volunteers make it all happen with gusto, guts and good humor!
Now take a look at what we accomplished in 2014:
*Hosted our annual visioning meeting, receiving input and direction from members for projects they wished to pursue during 2014 which included: continue festivals; work toward purchase of property for a community center; the possibility of a library; beautify the medians; build an educational partnership and scholarship program for local students
*The DeLeon Dispatch Newspaper Winter Edition printed with our first ever Annual Sponsors
*Updated the DSCA, Inc. website, adding additional tabs and items such as newsletter edition downloads, festival photos, news items, etc.
*Festivals Board met to plan the Second Annual Art Among The Trees Juried Fine Arts and Music Festival focused on local fine arts, crafts, music and McInnis student art.
*Exhibited the DSCA, Inc. Traveling Historic Display at DSSP’s Day in Florida History
*Created the first annual “Ride into Reading” program in conjunction with McInnis Elementary School’s third grade “Reading Counts” program, with an award of new bicycles to the top boy and top girl reader.
*Monday Men created and hosted their First Annual Valentine’s Day Tea for the ladies of DeLeon Springs, which was a smashing success, complete with tea, scones and handsomely attired wait service
*Attended the first Latino Subcommittee meeting with local leaders at McInnis Elementary School
*Met with Councilman Pat Patterson to discuss the possibility of Volusia County donating a parcel of land to the DSCA, Inc. for construction of a long needed Community Center
*Attended Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuges 50th Anniversary Celebration
*Attended the West Volusia Chamber’s “State of the Region” Mayor’s Luncheon
*Hosted the Second Annual Art Among The Trees Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, Old Time and Bluegrass Festival with 45 exhibitors including McInnis student artists, with an attendance of over 2,000 and $100 awards for Best of Show, Best Fine Art and Best Fine Craft
*Applied for and was awarded the Wells Fargo Community Partner Grant
*Hosted the First Annual “Don Malmborg Roast” fundraiser with over 100 in attendance
*Universal Solutions and Southland Construction began the process for the long awaited underground fuel plume clean up, setting up barricades, moving power lines, etc. to begin excavation under all four lanes of U.S. Highway 17 North
*Received the Wells Fargo Community Partner Grant of $1,000 at a May 20th breakfast hosted by Wells Fargo and held at the DeBary Golf and Country Club
*Presented the DSCA, Inc. Merit Scholarship in the amount of $600 to Taylor Middle High senior and DeLeon Springs resident Kristal Gonzalez
*Presented brand new Ride into Reading bicycles to winners Luis Paulino and Yazmin Verdinez, with safety helmets donated by Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park. Honorable Mention went to Elias Real who received a $25 gift card
*Published the Summer Edition of the DeLeon Dispatch Newspaper
*Began discussions with Volusia County for Community Center property located on Burts Park Road
*Helped sponsor the Town of Pierson’s July 4th Family Celebration
*Requested and received a $2,000 donation from Volusia County to the DSCA, Inc. to purchase and install coontie ferns for our Median Beautification Project
*DSCA, Inc. membership voted to pursue the Burts Park Road parcel, requesting it be increased to 4+ acres
*Festival Board met to begin planning for the Second Annual Autumn in the Oaks Arts, Old Tyme and Bluegrass Music and Crafts Festival, featuring the Second Annual Ponce DeLeon Look Alike Contest
*Southland Construction began the excavation of the underground fuel plume located under the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17 North, shifting traffic to the southbound side as single lanes
*Celebrated the two year anniversary of the DeLeon Dispatch Newsletter with the Fall Edition and an unprecedented 700 copies, distributed at the Taylor 5K, DSSP, River of Lakes Heritage Corridor meetings, Autumn In the Oaks Festival, etc.
*Sponsored the Second Annual Taylor High Wildcat 5K September 27th with a donation large enough to have our logo in their t-shirts
*Launched the Second Annual Ride into Reading Program September 30th, expanding the program to include monthly gift card incentives
*Median Beautification Project, coordinated by Dr. Mac Steen was completed by over 15 volunteers, including Councilman Pat Patterson on October 4th by planting 150 Coontie fern in seven medians
*Participated with VCSO and McInnis Elementary School in the International Walk to School Day on October 8th with a $100.00 gift card donation to the McInnis Art Department for purchase of art supplies so students could create works to be displayed at the Art Among the Trees Festival in April.
*Southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17 N. were excavated, shifting traffic to the northbound side, and repaving, new sidewalk installation, road striping began
*DSCA, Inc. Board received the initial draft lease agreement for review and revision. Returned to Volusia County for revision, accepted the final draft of the lease agreement for Volusia County Council approval
*Hosted the Second Annual Autumn in the Oaks Arts, Old Tyme & Bluegrass Music and Crafts Festival, on October 25th. An estimated 2,000 attendees enjoyed a day of beautiful art and fun with over 60 exhibitors, old tyme blacksmith and engine displays, and live Bluegrass, Gospel and Old Tyme bands playing and picking throughout the day. The Second Annual Ponce DeLeon Look Alike Contest was a hit and $500 First Place, $300 Second Place and $200 Third Place cash prizes were awarded to circa 1513 attired contestants.
*Raised funds to create and donate 19 $50.00 Thanksgiving Food Baskets to the DeLeon Springs Head Start program.
*Burts Park Land Lease was approved by Volusia County Council on November 20th for an initial 30 years, with completion of the Community Center building to be accomplished within five years
*Monday Men entered their Spanish Galleon in the DeLand Christmas Parade for the second year.
*Members donated gifts and contributed funds to the Great Kids Angel Tree Program to give Christmas gifts to children in need in DeLeon Springs
*Hosted our Annual Covered Dish Dinner on December 9th to thank everyone for their generous volunteer efforts in “Making DeLeon Springs A Better Place to Live, Work and Play”!
The DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. Mission Statement:
“DSCA, Inc. strives to foster positive economic and cultural advancement within the community of DeLeon Springs, Florida, while preserving its rural nature and agricultural heritage. As stewards of this remarkable area, DSCA, Inc. works to cultivate an appreciation for the environmental treasures that abound in DeLeon Springs, through education, awareness, and conservation of natural resources. DSCA, Inc. is dedicated to providing opportunities to increase and enhance community spirit, volunteerism and civic responsibility, thereby improving quality of life for all.”
Monthly meetings are held in the Historic Porter House, 5030 Highway 17 North, DeLeon Springs, 32130, 6:00 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month and are free, open to the public and include refreshments! For further information contact the DSCA, Inc. at email@example.com
DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. Monthly Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 TIME: Business begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., refreshments to follow LOCATION: Historic Porter House, DeLeon Springs 5030 Hwy. 17 N, DeLeon Springs