Saturday, July 31, 2021

Book Sale Status

 




So, the dust is settling on the flurry of activities that took place in May and June centering on the book sale.

As you know, we lost our lease with the Children's Museum Building and needed to move out.   The thought of finding another space was daunting, having gone though this just a few years ago as we had to leave Jackson School.  It took us over a year to find another space.  This time, though, the fates were on our side. 

Delta Dental is building a huge new building just East of 51.  Their old building on Hoover will be taken over by Inclusa.  Inclusa is offering space to a few non-profit groups, and we were lucky enough to be one.    
This is scheduled to happen in the Spring of 2022 if all goes well.

We could only store some of the books we had.  We've rented a storage space and have books stored in more than a few members' store rooms, garages, and basements.  We had to sell off what we could, and pass along the rest to Goodwill and other thrift stores.  We had surprisingly good sales, and actually came out ahead on the cost of the move.  

As usual, all hail to the members of the Book Committee and all the volunteers who worked the sale, hauled books around, or helped in a myriad of ways.  I won't attempt to list them here, since I'm sure to leave someone out, so please accept our heartfelt thank you for what you've done.

All that said, 

WE CAN'T ACCEPT ANY DONATIONS UNTIL THE MOVE IS COMPLETED NEXT SPRING!  

No room, no room.

It hurts to say this, but there's just NO ROOM.

Wow! Our first Meeting in a Year!

 

Our picnic/meeting was held in Plover's Heritage Park.  The weather was comfortable, the company wonderful.  It was great to be able to socialize once again.  A shout-out to Sherrilee for organizing the food.  We were excited to learn of a great opportunity that the Historical Society has been offered.  

An opportunity to expand Heritage Park and bring the Morgan House, listed on the National & State Registry of Historic Buildings, into Society ownership. This purchase would also include the entire block surrounding the Morgan House. With this addition the Park would be 'protected' from residential and commercial encroachment and own 4 of the 20 National & State Registered buildings/sites in Portage County Wisconsin.

The fundraising goal is $350,000 dollars, the projected selling price.


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Things Don't Change: American Fascism in the 40s

From Hullabaloo:

 “The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity .…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.” — Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944.

Pfeifer resurfaces a pithy Frank (not Francis) Wilhoit quote that distills Wallace’s assessment to just over 20 words:

 “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Membership Form 2021-2022

  

SPARTA Membership 2021-2022

 

Return this application and your dues to 

Jan Langton, 2010 Aspen Lane, Plover, WI 54467

 

Name _______________________________________________________________________________________

 

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City, State, Zip ________________________________________________________________________________

 

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SPARTA Dues

☐    I’m a new member.  My first year is free!

☐    $12 annual

☐    $12 Associate annual 

        $150 life

 

WREA Dues   WREA dues are passed on to WREA.  You can pay dues online at wrea.net or mail them to: WREA, 6405 Century Ave, Suite 201, Middleton, WI 53562.    

Regular membership (retired teachers, current teachers, support staff, k-12, administrators, technical college and university.)  

             $60 annual 

            ☐ $165 three-year

      ☐ $1,000 life

 

Associate membership (spouses of members, other annuitants in the Wisconsin Retirement System, friends of education.)  

            ☐ $40 annual

      ☐ $105 three-year

 

 

WREA and WEA are NOT the same organization. WREA’s main purpose is to protect the pension system and support public education.   WEA is/was the union.  Being a member of one doesn’t equate to being a member of the other.  Many of us are life members of both. 

Membership for 2021-2022

There is an early start to people paying their dues for the coming financial year.  SPARTA dues remain at $12 and WREA dues at $60.  If $60 sounds like a lot, just check out your pension checks from ETF. THAT'S what your $60 has brought to you.  

These people are paid for the 2021-2022 year:

GRABOSKI

JENNIFER

ANDAY

ANTON

ANDAY

MARY BETH

BICKFORD

SANTHA

BLANCHE

DORIS

CHEKOURAS

JOYCE

CLEMENTI

BARBARA

EGLE

MARY

FEE

SUZANNE

ISBERNER

LAUREN

KASDORF

JERRY

LANGTON

JANET

LEA

CAROL

MARTIN

CATHY

MEZYK

NANCY

MORELL

SHARON

WALLERMAN

SHERRILEE

WEISBROD

KATHLEEN

WEISBROD


JOHN

ALLAR

BETTY

BUSCH

KATHY

HIGGINS

JANICE

POKORNY

SUSAN

SMITH

DAVID L

WOTRUBA-POLSON

JOYCE

SPANGENBERG


LILLIAN

HOLDRIDGE

JOHN

ERMATINGER

BETTY A

GOSH

ANNETTE

PEDERSON

DAVID

RACKOW

ELBERT


NEW!


LIFERS!





























EMERITUS!











PAID AHEAD!

Website Neglect

 It's been awhile.  I deeply apologize.  It's not that we haven't been busy with SPARTA stuff.  In the last two months we've sold off much of our book inventory, moved the remainder to storage, moved bookcases to the Inclusa facility, and shut down our place at the children's museum.

It is true that I haven't been maintaining this site as it should be.  The feeling from the Executive Board is that we should have a FaceBook page.  We'll need someone to set this up and maintain it.  If you know of anyone who would be interested, please contact Santha or me.

In the meantime, we hope to see you at the picnic on Monday, July 12 at Heritage Park.