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 March Newsletter


March 11, 2019
Park Ridge Restaurant
3425 Church
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 March is Susan Lemke, Transportation Superintendent for ADRC and Stevens Point Transit who have merged their services. She will talk about “I Get Around, ‘Round, Get Around” and explain how to do that in the Point area.
Action Items:
1. Shirek Memorial
2. SPASH Academic Scholarship Luncheon
3. 50th Anniversary Committee Budget
4. Formation of a Public Relations 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, 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
a.     SPASH Academic Luncheon
b.     Shirek Memorial
c.     50th Anniversary Budget
d.     Public Relations Committee
2.     Program Presentation 

On Monday, January 14th, 2019, SPARTA met at the Park Ridge Family Restaurant with about 35 present including our guest speaker Donn Behnke.

The door prize was won by Nancy Mezyk.

There was a moment to reflect on recent deaths including John Regnier and Dennis Tierney.

President Bickford showed much appreciation to and thanked Sherrilee Wallerman for updating our directories and developing a new format for our newsletter. We appreciate all the time and effort that goes into this type of project.

David Blado informed us of a wonderful volunteer opportunity to travel to Tanzania for tutoring in reading and writing.  Please contact Dave for more information.

The minutes are approved as printed (thank you David Blado).

The Treasurer's report as presented by Jan Langton was approved (thank you, Jan).

Committee Reports:
Book Committee    Nancy Kemmeter reminded us that book drop off is always the fourth Monday of the month from 10am to 3pm at the Children's Museum.  The next book sale is May 1st thru the 4th.  Please help procedures for preparing for our next sale go smoothly by taking just one hour of your time to bring our very used books to certain drop-off points.

Grant Committee:   Jan Swiston shared that recipients have sent thanks to SPARTA and had them available for members to read.

Health Committee Betty Allar has joined the committee. Thank you!  Jerry Kasdorf reminded members that having a flu shot is advantageous.  He also reminded us to check with our doctor's and our health insurance companies to see if the new shingles shots are paid for.  If the shot is received in the doctor's office it might not be paid, while if received at the pharmacy it may.

Legislative:  Jack Algaier reminded us there is a Primary election for school board members.  Please stay informed as you decide where the candidates stand on educational issues and who you wish to support.

Membership:  Lynne Kagelmann emphasized how KINDNESS, PASSION, and MEMBERSHIP matter.  Be encouraging in your conversations with others about joining SPARTAThe future of our organization depends on it.

Santha participated in the panel at Mid-State and shared how interesting the people, questions and answers were.

President Bickford explained why our scholarship committee could be dissolved as the Community Foundation already has candidate information which helps them choose recipients.  Discussion ensued and a motion was made by Santha Bickford and seconded by Jan Langton to dissolve the scholarship committee.  Motion passed.

President Bickford made a motion to give the Children's Museum $3,266.50 for the installation of a handicap accessible door opener for the rear entrance. The museum has been extremely accommodating for the storage of all our books as well as beyond reasonable in the amount of rent charged and making extra space available for our sales.  Discussion ensued resulting in a friendly amendment by Anton Anday to limit our donation to the exact amount.  The motion was seconded by Jan Langton and passed.

50th Committee:  Barb Clementi made clear the committee welcomes all suggestions and ideas for celebrating our 50th anniversary in November of this year.  Please contact Sherrilee Wallerman, Barb Clementi or Sandy Schroeder with your creative suggestions.

Our program presentation was given by Donn Behnke.  Donn is a retired teacher continuing to coach track in the Stevens Point District.  He gave a very heartfelt overview of his book “The Animal Keepers” which is about an unlikely hero in an unforgettable season.  Thank you, Donn. The presentation made us all truly proud of our chosen profession.

Meeting adjourned.  Next meeting is March 11th.  Look forward to seeing all of you!    

Submitted by Lauren Isberner

11 Burning Questions About SilverSneakers—Answered!

Exercise for Seniors
As the snow limits a lot of outdoor activity and sometimes our own bones do too, the Health Committee is researching some ways seniors can become fit.

Growing Young Fitness is an exercise program by Deron Buboltz and can be done in the safety of your own home.   They are divided into lessons that you sequence through at no cost.   Go to Growing Young (or check it out on FB if you wish.).   As you progress through the series you will have the opportunity to purchase exercise materials, but you don’t have to.    These exercises can be done seated on a chair if you wish.   You exercise at your own speed. 

Wellness Spa owned by Deb Adams. At 715-34-3333 offers a Tai Chi class at no cost on Tuesday Evenings at 5:30-6:30. It is a relaxing exercise that all ages men and women can participate in. It is fun and you return home so relaxed.

November 11, 2019
Place: TBA
11:30 Socializing
Noon – Meal
1:00 – 2:30 Entertainment/Program
Cost: TBA

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

Handicapped Button Installed at the Children’s Museum
The big news! The Handicapped Button is installed!!! I would like to set up a photo shoot with some of the book folks and a nice article to submit to the newspaper and put up on our website! This is the single biggest project, to my knowledge, that we have ever undertaken, and we need to give ourselves a pat on the back for accomplishing that! As we continue or mutually supportive relationship with the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, I want to emphasize that we have members volunteering on a regular basis and helping with special events and times they are shorthanded. A special thanks goes out to Lynne Kagelmann. They are beginning a major capital campaign and we need to help publicize that in any way we can!  Consider participating in the Children’s Museum PANERA Fundraising Event
On Friday, March 1st from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

1st Annual SPARTA Picnic

June 10, 2019
Boston School Forest
Reservations Required

Bring a Friend
Let’s increase our membership!

WREA Grant for Project Fresh Clothes
On Saturday, January 26, Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association passed along a grant for Project Fresh Clothes to Cathy Martin, retired teacher and co-chair of the county-wide Project Fresh Clothes. In past years a dedicated committee of retired teachers and other community members collected clothing and jackets of all sizes to distribute along with school supplies to needy families in the area in preparation for each new school year. This initiative is highly publicized in the schools, Human Services organizations, and local media. Two years ago, the group decided to pilot a project which would give recipients more choice and control over their clothing selection. Instead of clothing, at one of the locations in the community, they distributed vouchers to be used at Good Will, St. Vincent de Paul, and other area second-hand stores. The new direction of the project proved so popular, not to mention efficient, that it was expanded to totally replace the previous method of distribution. Clothing donors are directed to these outlets where shoppers may choose items they need. This has been respectful and empowering to families and students in the Stevens Point area, adding to their success and enthusiasm. Our SPARTA group appreciates the support of WREA in this local endeavor.

SPARTA to Sponsor a Power of Attorney for Health Care Workshop

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at the ADRC (Lincoln Center) from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  Hope you can attend!

Don Grabski Fundraiser
SPARTA donated a raffle basket valued at about $125 was donated to the fundraiser for retired teacher (and current sub) Dan Grabski at the boys’ basketball game at SPASH on Friday, February 8, 2019.


May 1 - 4, 2019

We need volunteers to work at the sale.  Please consider helping. A worker sign-up sheet will be distributed at the March meeting.

The upcoming Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 4 spring book sale is fast approaching. Please be ready to sign up for volunteer hours for the book sale at our March meeting. We are looking for someone to assist with the publicity for the sale. It would involve sending emails to surrounding school districts, UWSP and Mid-State, and getting the information on radio station websites, and a story and advertising for the papers. Let Nancy Kemmeter know if you are interested. 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, and Nancy Mezyk with hours you want to work at the book sale.

WREA District 3 Meeting

May 9, 2019
Greenwood Hills Country Club
2002 Poplar Lane

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Pension Fund Informational Meeting
If you know someone who is considering retirement for Wisconsin Public Service consider attending this informational meeting.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
ADRC (Lincoln Center)
1519 Water St.
Stevens Point, WI

RSVP by Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Santha Bickford – 715-340-5501 or
Judy Zimmerman – 715-341-0578

May 13, 2019
Boys and Girls Club: Mission and Program                                          
Presenter:  Kevin Quevillon

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