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.

2018 Jan agenda, notes; 2017 Nov Minutes


Monday, January 8, 2018 

The January meeting will be at Pizza Ranch, recently opened next door to Golden Corral in Crossroads Commons. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other foods besides a great variety of pizzas. No reservations are necessary! We get the senior price plus there is $1 off for seniors on Monday (be sure to mention it), so depending on your choice of drinks, the total will be under $10. 

President: Santha Bickford 
Vice President: Open 
Co-Secretaries: Dave Blado, Lauren Isberner 
Co-Treasurers: Janet Langton, Arvalea Crawford 
Immediate Past President: Joyce Chekouras 

Socialization at 11:00 followed by lunch at approximately 11:45. The business meeting will be called to order at approximately 12:15 with the program around 12:30. Business will be continued and concluded following the program. 

PROGRAM: Lori Boushele, State of Wisconsin Aging and Long Term Care 

Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions of guests and new members. Reflection. 
Drawing for door prize 
Consent Agenda/ Officers’ Reports: Minutes of previous meeting as written on the final pages (automatically approved if there are no corrections). 

1.Treasurer’s Report 
2.Presentation of New Directory 
3. Committee Updates: (Because members have expressed a desire to shorten the business meeting, we will only hear from those who have something significant to report.) 

Book Committee: Please save the dates for the spring book sale, Wed. April 25 to Sat. April 28. The hours are the same, Wed., noon to 7 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The book committee is always looking for new members. Call Janeen Kwaricany or Nancy Kemmeter or come to one of the following take-in days the fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take-in days: Monday, Jan. 22nd, Monday, Feb. 26th, Monday, March 26th, and Monday, April 9th.

4. Permanent status for the grant committee. 

1. New format for formal motions 
2. Recommend moving our accounts to a local bank. 
        a. Our bank is very inconvenient and expensive in dealing with our book sale deposits. 
        b. It is good to support our local businesses. 
        c. Jan Langton, Lauren Isberner, and Nancy Kemmeter have been appointed as an ad hoc committee to investigate and make a                 recommendation at the next meeting. 
3. Report on planning for state convention to be held in Stevens Point in September. 
4. Vote on permanent meeting site. 


A representative from Bliss Center will visit our meeting to speak briefly about the need for substitutes in the Point district. She will give information, answer questions, and explain the process. 

Please remember to save paper grocery bags for the book sales. You may bring them to meetings, to the book collection days, or to the sale! We especially need them for the bag sales on the final day. 

Mark your calendars now for the state convention to be held right here in Stevens Point on Sept. 24, 25, and 26! We will need lots of help with registration, assembling door prizes, and various miscellaneous duties. If you haven’t attended a state convention before, this is your chance!! And did you now that Lynne Kagelmann, one of our newest members, represents our District III at the state level? She is working to get together goody bags for the October convention! Elbert has offered to obtain decks of cards to be included and Lynne has lots of other good ideas. I’m sure she’ll need help putting these together. 


REGULAR MEETING: On Monday, November 13, 2017 SPARTA met at the Moose Lodge with 38 present including our two 
guest speakers. 

Janeen Kwarciany won the door prize. 

Our veterans were recognized for their service to our country. Thank you! An anonymous donor paid for their meals. Thank 
you for your generosity. 

The secretary's minutes were accepted as printed. 

Book: Janeen Kwarciany reported to us that the sale was again very successful. This sale saw an upswing in the number of 
younger families attending. Members who were able were asked to help distribute books from the book sale drop off site after 
the meeting. 

Membership: Mary Ann Krems reminded members how retirees from last year were contacted and informed of SPARTA 
and how it supports education in our community. All were invited to join. 

Program: Santha Bickford asked for members to consider being a part of the Program Committee. 

Social: Eileen Payne reminded members of different social opportunities. Santha Bickford encouraged members to 
sign the clip boards for local activities including a movie night, cookie exchange, and trip to Marshfield to view Christmas lights. 

Sunshine: Suzanne Fee has sent sympathy cards to the families of Mary Ann Powell and David and Joyce Chekouras. 

Volunteer Hours: Continue to record your volunteer hours. The new forms for doing so can be downloaded from 
the website. The next collection time is fall of 2018. 


1. Education Week: Santha Bickford reminded members to pick up their "American Education" week bags along with table 
tents designed by Sherrilee Wallerman to deliver to their assigned schools. A big thank you to Santha and Sherrilee for 
the preparation . 

2. Santha updated members about her meeting with the Stevens Point school superintendent and the director of human 
resources concerning the lack of substitute teachers in the district. She felt they appreciated her suggestions and thought 
the meeting was productive. 

3. Mary Zinda passed out Sculpture Park booklets and thanked everyone for their continued support of this community asset. 

4. Jan Langton reminded us our Web site is up and running! Check it out. 

FORMAL PROGRAM: President and Co founder Mike Thompson and Lt. Col. James Campbell told members how their 
Central Wisconsin Never Forgotten Honor Flight idea came to fruition and how so many veterans have been honored. 
They have also received this month's Wausau Jefferson Award. Congratulations!! 

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be in January of 2018. The date and venue will be announced. 
A motion to adjourn was made by Joyce Chekouras and seconded by Mary Zinda. Motion passed. 

Respectfully submitted by Lauren Isberner 

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