The purposes of this Association are to:

  • The purposes of this Association are to:
  • A. Promote and protect the interests, rights, and welfare of the retired educators of the Stevens Point area in conjunction with the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA).
  • B. Monitor and work to improve the benefits for retired educators and other members of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).
  • C. Encourage Association members to maintain membership in the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA).
  • D. Develop working relationships with local service organizations whose main emphasis is on aging groups and with organizations sharing goals similar to those of the Association.
  • E. Inform Association members about and advocate for educational and other relevant societal issues.
  • F. Inform members of activities in the area provided for senior citizens.
  • G. Encourage Association members to be active participants in community affairs on an individual basis.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Interested in Working with Environmental Education?

A volunteer opportunity:

Forwarded conversation
Subject: Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

From: Windjue, Sara <>
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:31 AM
To: "" <>

Hi Santha,
I am reaching out to you to get more information about the Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association. I work in the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education on the campus of UWSP. We are a statewide program providing services and resources to teachers and school with the goal of increasing environmental literacy at the K-12 level. 

We offer a variety of PD throughout the state and will be offering four after-school workshops in April in Stevens Point with the goal of providing place-based resources to support literacy in the elementary classroom. We will also be providing a series of nine day-long workshops in the summer focused on various topics such as 3D Learning with Project Learning Tree, Bird Education, Invasive Species, and Renewable Energy. 

I’m wondering if you connect with current classroom teachers in the Stevens Point area? Are there ways you can help promote our PD and resources to area teachers (or teachers state-wide for that matter)? Or, are you strictly focused on retired teachers?

I’d like to learn more about what you do and if there are ways we can work together in the future to continue to improve environmental literacy in our students. (My daughter is currently enrolled in McDill)

I will also be participating in the Stevens Point Area School District Strategic Planning…will you or another retired educator be part of that process?

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
Sara Windjue

Sara K. Windjue – Senior Outreach Specialist
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE)
1108 Fremont St., 201 SSC
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
ph: 715-346-4163 - fax: 715-346-4698 - cool choices GHS

From: Santha Bickford <>
Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:51 PM
To: "Windjue, Sara" <>

Sara, our focus is retired educators. We have little contact with current teachers except to support  them and their students by attending Board meetings and attempting to keep current with legislation effecting our schools. I'll be glad to share your project and activities as a "news item" on our website if you like. Good luck with your work for the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education!. 

From: Windjue, Sara <>
Date: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM
To: Santha Bickford <>

Thanks for responding so quickly.

Do retired educators ever look to become volunteer with organizations? In the near future, we may have a need for volunteer educators to help us deliver professional development to current teachers. If you think there would be interest in that, I’d be happy to provide additional information, or maybe that could be the “news item” to find out if there is interest. 

Please share our website if you’re able:

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

Thank You

We're received thank you notes from some of our grant and stipend recipients.

From Gene Jacobs:

Hi Jan,
I want to thank you and SPARTA for the generous donation towards our research, it’s greatly appreciated.  Lorraine and I enjoyed the luncheon and visiting with some young friends.

Thank you,
Gene and Lorraine

Eugene Jacobs
Raptor Services, LLC
1601 Brown Deer Lane
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Announcement:  Announcement:  We are offering four  5-day Raptor Workshops in 2017: "Introduction to Raptor Field Techniques" can be taken for credit through UW- Stevens Point. Two summer session:  5-9 June  2017.  Fall session: 2-6 October, 2017.  Visit  for details.

From the Portage County Historical Society:

Friday, March 24, 2017

More T-shirts for Sale

Our t-shirts were such a hit, we had a demand for another order.  We have sizes small, medium, large, ex-large, 2X, 3X, and 4X.  Copy the form listed in the sidebar and return it with your payment before April 14.  The cost is $13 per shirt.

Send form and check (made out to SPARTA) to:
Jan Langton
2010 Aspen Lane
Plover, WI 54467

Your order
will be available for pick-up at the Book Sale on May 2-6 and at the May 8 meeting at the Golden Corral.

Questions? Call Jan or Santha.

March 13 Meeting

Gene Jacobs with a great horned owl, Sassy.

Thanks to Gene Jacobs for sharing his research into saw-whet owls and merlins.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 13 General Meeting: Meet the World's Official Cutest Critters

 Come and spend some time with Gene Jacobs and get to know about his work with owls.  He'll share his experiences interacting with these amazing animals. 

Call in your reservations to Sherri Wallerman at 715-344-0031 by noon on Thursday, March 9.

You can download the agenda, notes, and minutes by selecting them under the "News and Notes" section on the right sidebar. 

Shown in these pictures: Northern Saw Whet Owl. (Unless Gene tells me otherwise.)