Stevens Point Area Retired Teacher's Association
January 14, 2019
Park Ridge Restaurant
Stevens Point, WI 54481
11:00 am. Socializing
11:15 am. Order Lunch Entrée
11:30 am. Business Meeting
12:30 pm. Program Speaker
Program Speaker for January is Donn Behnke. The title of his presentation is: Animal Keepers: The Story of a Great Team and an Unforgettable Year
1. Automatic Door Openers – Children’s Museum
2. Scholarship Committee
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
Historical Committee: Eileen Payne
Book Committee: Nancy Kemmeter, Janeen Kwarciany, Nancy Mezyk, Janet Swiston, Mary Marks, Charlene Laurent, Fran Vollrath, Elbert Rackow; Sally Dehlinger
Scholarship Committee: Lauren Isberner, Nancy Kemmeter, Suzanne Fee, Charlotte Harvath, David Blado, Jim and Mary Ann Krems
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
1. Participation in Panel at Mid-State
2. President’s Update on Committees
a. Scholarship Committee
3. Automatic Door Openers – Children’s Museum
4. Preliminary Plans to celebrate our 50th next year
5. Program Presentation
STEVENS POINT AREA RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
Minutes November 12, 2018
On Monday November 12, 2018, SPARTA met at the Park Ridge Family Restaurant with about 30 present, including guests, Marcella Langton (Jan Langton’s mother) and our featured speaker, Christy SeBlonka. Warmly welcomed were returning members Gretchen Kruzicki, Tina Sivek, Anne Cragg and Lois Cose.
In honor of Veterans’ Day, SPARTA’s three members with service in the military—Elbert Rackow, Jim Krems, and Jerry Kasdorf—received a free meal, compliments of an anonymous donor.
The door prize was won by Gretchen Kruzicki, a result of having both parents serve in the Coast Guard.
There was a moment to reflect on recent deaths: Nancy Kemmeter’s sister, Lauren Isberner’s father, Santha Bickford’s sister, and Joanne Stack’s husband.
Members signed a card thanking the Superintendent of the Stevens Point School District, Craig Gerlach, for his hard work, devotion, and excellent leadership in getting referenda passed at the November election.
A motion to approve the minutes as corrected was made by Jan Langton and seconded by Mary Zinda. The motion carried.
Book Committee: Treasurer Jan Langton stated that the October book sale grossed $6,573.35. Janeen Kwarciany appealed for help in removing books for delivery to Goodwill.
Grant Committee: Janet Swiston reported that the Committee has recommended grants totaling $6,000 to be distributed to 32 applicants. She explained that the money awarded this year actually was the result of our book sales in 2017, and our 2018 sales will fund grants awarded next year. Swiston’s motion to approve the grants recommended by the Grant Committee was seconded by Jack Allgaier and unanimously adopted. For her dedication, Swiston received a round of applause.
Social Committee: Eileen Payne garnered 17 signatures on a sign-up sheet for those interested in attending the Fireside Dinner Theater’s production of “Buddy Holly” in 2019. Suggestions for future excursions are welcome. “Birds in Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum anyone?
Health Committee: Jerry Kasdorf distributed handouts of special interest to those with Power of Attorney for Health Care. The handout lists “25 Suggested Topics to Discuss With Your Health Care Agent.”
Scholarship Committee: Santha Bickford and Mary Ann Krems from the Scholarship Committee represented SPARTA at the Community Foundation’s Annual Appreciation Event.
President Bickford pointed out the “good feedback” from September’s WREA State Convention. Especially notable were the “glowing reviews” for our local presenters, Bernie Patterson, Dan Dieterich, and Donn Behnke.
American Education Week preparations are proceeding well. After the meeting, members picked up packets for new teachers, lots of candy and table tents. Letters-to-the-Editor are being dispatched to the Portage County Gazette and the Stevens Point Journal.
Santha appealed for volunteers to make Power of Attorney for Health Care presentations at Lincoln Center.
Santha Bickford read an updated list of members for each of the standing committees. Vacancies still exist; new people are invited to participate.
In related action, Bickford proposed an expansion of Sunshine Committee duties to include outreach to those experiencing major life changes.
An Ad Hoc Committee was formed to generate preliminary plans for SPARTA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Volunteers include Sherrilee Wallerman, Barbara Clementi, and Sandra Schroeder.
Nancy Kemmeter, along with members of the Book Committee, presented a special award to Elbert and Hulda Rackow acknowledging their dedication and exceptional contributions. The plaque reads:
“Gratefully presented to Elbert Rackow in recognition of his outstanding service to SPARTA and his initiation and coordination of the semi-annual book sales which have sustained our organization, allowed us to award annual scholarships, and support many worthwhile projects in the community; and to Hulda who shared time, attention, and space to support these endeavors!”
“The SPARTA Scholarship given in honor of Elbert and Hulda Rackow” will be an annual reminder of their remarkable legacy.
From her office in Nelson Hall, Director of the Portage County Literacy Council, Christy SeBlonka, pairs adult learners with volunteer tutors. In her presentation, “The Evolving Role of the Literacy Council,” SeBlonka pointed out that, as adults continue to learn and meet their goals, their sense of well-being increases, health outcomes improve, and income rises—a real win for the community and for society as a whole.
Respectfully submitted, David Blado