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.

2019 September Newsletter


September 9, 2019
11:30 am.  Socializing
12:00 am. Lunch
1:00 pm. Program Speaker

We Did It! Impact of Passing the
Supt. Craig Gerlach

Action Items:
  New meeting day of the week
  2019-2020 Budget

President:  - Santha Bickford                                 Vice President:  - Vacant
Treasurer: - Janet Langton                                 Co-Secretaries: - Dave Blado, Lauren Isberner    
Data Manager: - Sherrilee Wallermann                                                      Immediate Past President:  - Joyce Chekouras
Committee Members 2019-2020   Program Committee: Eileen Payne, Mary Zinda, Santha Bickford   
Coordinators for Power of Attorney for Health Care Committee: Santha Bickford, Bob Bowen, Janet Langton
Data Committee: Sherrilee Wallerman, Janet Langton, Jack Allgaier   
Retirement Committee: Judy Zimmerman, Sandy Schroeder, Santha Bickford   
Membership Committee: Kathleen Nicholson, Lynne Kagelmann, Sally Dehlinger   
Legislative Committee: Joyce Chekouras, Christine Neidlein 
Social Committee: Eileen Payne, Mary Moore, Barb Clementi  
Health Committee: Mary Ann Krems, Jerry Kasdorf, Laurie Pascutti, Betty Allar  
Historical Committee: Eileen Payne  
Book Committee: Nancy Kemmeter, Janeen Kwarciany, Nancy Mezyk, Janet Swiston, Mary Marks, Charlene    Laurent, Fran Vollrath, Elbert Rackow; Sally Dehlinger   
Sunshine Committee: Mary Beth Anday (Jan-Mar), Suzanne Fee (April-Dec.) Arvy Crawford, Santha Bickford
Grants Committee: Janet Swiston, Nancy Kemmeter, Janeen Kwarciany, Nancy Mezyk, Mary Marks, Charlene Laurent, Fran    Vollrath, Elbert Rackow, Eileen Payne 
50th Anniversary Committee: Sherrilee Wallerman, Barb Clementi, Sandy Schroeder


BUSINESS MEETING: (Beginning as soon as orders are taken and continuing through lunch)
1.     Call to order:
2.     Pledge of Allegiance;
3.     Introduction of guests and new members; 
4.     Drawing for door prize
5.     Consent Agenda
6.     Officers’ Reports:
7.     Minutes of previous meeting as written on the following pages (automatically approved if there are no corrections.)
8.     Treasurer’s Report
Regular Committee Updates: (Because members have expressed a desire to shorten the business meeting, we will only hear from those who have been active and wish to report.)
1.     Book Committee.
2.     Grant Committee
3.     Legislative Committee
4.     Health Committee
5.     Data Committee
6.     Membership Committee
7.     50th Anniversary Committee

1.     President’s Update
2.     Program Presentation 


On Monday July 8th, SPARTA members and guests met for a first-time ever picnic meeting at the Boston School Forest.  After all, retirement is a picnic!!

Among our guests were Mabel Vollrath, Don Dehlinger husband of Sally and Susan Sullivan daughter of Melba.

Our first door prize was received by Carol Van Alstine.  Our second doorprize which was generously donated by Lynne Kagelmann was won by Christine Neidlein and Cheryl Stetser.

This year there was $8,000 available for grant awards.  There is a complete list of recipients available to whomever is interested.  The scholarship recipient from UW-SP is Jessica Lange.  The scholarship recipient from SPASH is Alexandria Hutkowski.

The Health Committee reminded members to check with their pharmacist for updates on flu shots and vaccines.

Eileen Payne from the Social Committee updated everyone about the exciting trip on September 11th, to see Buddy Holly at the Fort Atkinson Dinner Theater.  Be prepared for a wonderful time.

We're sure all of you have marked November 11th on your calendars for our 50th anniversary luncheon at Sentry Insurance.  The committee has been working hard to make this event a memorable one for us all.  Be sure to let the committee members know that you will be attending (reservations are needed) and your preference for chicken or beef for your meal.

Meetings:  The times of our SPARTA meetings will continue as alternative months.  This stays consistent and easy to remember.

We are so blessed to have Lynne Kagelmann representing District lll in helping to prepare for the Fall Convention in LaCrosse on September 23rd thru the 25th.  This is a beautiful area of our gorgeous state and will have much to offer for our convention attendees.

After discussion, a motion was made by Mary Ann Krems and seconded by Sherrilee Wallerman to donate $2500 to the CWCM for repairs.  Motion unanimously passed.

The winner of the Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA) drawing was Betty Allar. 

There was a moment of reflection for members with health concerns and the passing of Norma Schultz.

Our speaker Karla Lockman brought us up to date with facts and interesting tidbits about the origin of the Boston School Forest.  Members were led on a BSF tour at the end of our general meeting.  Remember there are always volunteer opportunities at the Forest.  Being involved in our community keeps us young!!

President Bickford entertained a motion to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Mary Zinda and Melba Sullivan.  Motion passed.

Our next meeting will be September 9th with Superintendent Craig Gerlach as our main speaker.  “The Impact of Passing the Referendum”.

SPARTA Day Trip to the Fireside

September 11, 2019
Fireside – Fort Atkinson

Trip includes show, dinner, Lamers motor coach, and tips

Meet at the public parking lot next to the Sky Club at 7:45 a.m. Depart at 8:00 a.m. The group will stop at Jones Market after the show before returning to the parking lot at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Questions call Eileen at 715-341-5571

November 11, 2019
Place: Sentry World, Atrium Room
11:30 Socializing
Noon – Meal
1:00 – 2:30 Entertainment/Program
Cost: $15.00 per person

50th Anniversary Celebration tickets will be sold at the September meeting. 
Prepayment is required. NO REFUNDS
Theme: 50 Years of Memories and Shaping the Future

Come dressed in the fashions of 1969 if you like


Book In-Take Day
As always, our take-in day is the fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Children’s Museum Building, 1100 Main St. Contact Nancy Kemmeter at 715-344-2598 with questions.

WREA Dues Increase

WREA Dues will be increasing effective October 1, 2019,

Regular -             $60.00 yearly
3 Year -             $165.00
Life -                         $1,000

November 11, 2019
50th Anniversary Celebration
Sentry World

Book Sale Information


For more information, call Nancy Kemmeter at 715-344-2598 

Please save the dates for the fall book sale, Wed., Oct16 to Sat., Oct. 19. The hours are the same as usual: Wed. noon to 7:00; Thurs. and Fri.9am to 7pm, and Sat.,9am to 2pm. A sign-up sheet will be available at the September 9th meeting. Remember to wear your SPARTA T-shirt!

The book committee is always looking for new members or extra help on take-in days, sales set-up, or sales take-down. They also need folks to haul discarded books to recycling as well as to sort books and break down boxes. Come see how you can help on the 4th Monday of each month between 10am and 3pm. It’s an old saying, but still true: Many hands make light work!  Plus, the company is good and you’re right downtown where everything is hopping! Scheduled take-in days is: MONDAY,
SEPT. 23.


-       Meeting agendas
-       Meeting minutes
-       SPARTA updates
-       SPARTA newsletters
-       50th Anniversary Celebration updates
Send website information to our webmaster:

Janet Langton –

Approval of 2019-2020 SPARTA Grants
The Grants Committee will have the list of the 2019-2020 SPARTA Grant Recipients and approval vote by paper ballot at the November SPARTA Anniversary Celebration.
SPARTA Volunteer Hours
Please report your SPARTA Volunteer Hours to Joyce Chekouras by email or give her a paper copy at the September meeting.  Volunteer Hours are due by September 21, 2019.

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