January 17, 2018
Dear Fellow SPARTA members,
I have just returned from a meeting of the committee planning the WREA state convention to be held here in September, and I am just on a high with all the great plans! Be sure to mark your calendars for Sept. 24-26 and be ready to roll up your sleeves and join the fun!
We have also had some wonderful gifts recently. Ramona Weisbrod’s family donated her memorial money, $3500, to our scholarship fund! We are so thankful for this generous donation to a great cause! When Book World downtown closed on Friday, they gave us three big boxes of new books by local authors (some of them signed!) which will be a great addition to our April sale.
Lori Boushele, our program presenter last Monday, has sent a list of towns in the central region of the state where Volunteer Ombudsmen are needed. These include Waupaca, Clintonville, Weyauwega, Manawa, New London, and King in Waupaca County; Arpin and Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County; Tomahawk in Lincoln County; and Abbotsford in Marathon County. She writes, “If anyone is interested or knows of someone who has the heart to help residents at skilled nursing facilities, have them call or email me. Her number is 715 342 3086 and her email address is Lori.Boushele@wisconsin.gov.
Did you hear? Members present at our January meeting voted to meet at Park Ridge Family Restaurant (the former Blue Top) as we go forward. Their parking is ample, the restaurant is very handicapped accessible, the price is reasonable, and the menu is varied. They even have a flag and a sound system! Thanks to all who helped us in our exploration of sites. I hope to see you all there on Monday, March 12. Keep smiling-the days are getting longer!
Guests at the January Meeting:
|Brittany Gagas, 2016-2017 Scholarship Winner
|Jan Northcraft, speaking to us about subbing
|Lori Boushele, State Aging and Long Term Care
|Mary Mark, new member from Mid-State Technical College