Enjoy the season as best you can - up north or here in Florida.
Gosh - it seems like the late 60s. I remember my days as a student at UW-Madison and what we went through during anti-war demonstrations. I'm saddened that, now as back then, many peaceful protests are breaking out into violent confrontations and riots. It gives a whole new meaning to "stay safe!"
For some good news -- Even though we haven't been meeting as a club, your Board is working on the coming year. We have fun activities and entertainment planned as we go forward. Final plans will depend, of course, on whatever the Rec Centers require for social distancing. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, here's what is in the works for the 2020-2021 season.
September 21, 6:00 pm - Radio Personality & DJ Ric Mitchell will entertain and we'll have a catered meal. How about a Wisconsin Supper Club evening?
October 19 - Spooktacular Soiree - a magical night. Halloween costume contest anyone?
November 16 - Juanita Lolita, Comedian, entertains
December 7, 6:00 pm - Christmas Holiday Party with catered meal and entertainment from Music Remembrance Trio at Truman Rec Center (note location change)
January 18 - Entertainment TBD
February 15 - Valentine Dance, music by Mike & Terrie, a favorite of many members
March 15, 6:00 pm - Casino Night rescheduled from 2020. BIG prizes for winners
April 19 - Entertainment TBD
May 17, 6:00 pm - End of the year picnic
If you have questions or ideas call Always Fun Vice President Wendy Folberg (414) 841-7112 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packers Play in Tampa October 18, 4:25 p.m.
We have reserved a block of tickets but do not have details at this time. Watch your e-mail for more information on tickets for this game against the Buccaneers. You will have a week to make a commitment to attend once you have the details.
Packer Viewing Parties will continue for the 2020 season. We hope to gather again at Cody's, Lake Sumter Landing for both the 1:00 and 4:25 games. More information to follow as we get closer to the start of the season. Here's the schedule:
Sunday September 13 – Packers vs. Vikings, 1:00
Sunday September 20 – Packers vs. Lions, 1:00
Sunday October 18 – Packers vs. Buccaneers, 4:25 (for those without tickets to the game)
Sunday October 25 – Packers vs. Texans, 1:00
Sunday November 1 – Packers vs. Vikings, 1:00
Sunday November 15 – Packers vs. Jaguars, 1:00
Sunday November 22 – Packers vs. Colts, 1:00
Sunday December 6 – Packers vs. Eagles, 4:25
Sunday December 13 – Packers vs. Lions,. 1:00
Sunday, January 3 – Packers vs. Bears, 1:00
Viewing parties for evening (8:20 p.m.) Packer games will be announced closer to the date of the game.
Keep watching for info on viewing parties for other WI sports (Brewers, Bucks, Admirals, Badgers, etc.)
Our member, Hal Baumann, will again host a Driveway Concert. Mark your calendars for Friday, July 3, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Mark Steven Schmidt will entertain. The theme for his performance:
2003 Ridge Spring Drive, Village of Largo
Tips encouraged. Social distancing required.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am indebted to the author of an article published in 2000 in the Wisconsin Magazine of History for historical perspective. What was learned that can be applied to our circumstances today?
In December 1918, the State Board of Health declared the Spanish Flu epidemic that had just swept the state would “forever be remembered as the most disastrous calamity that has ever visited upon the people of Wisconsin or any other state.” That is, until the COVID-19 pandemic hit a century later.
During the last four months of 1918, influenza and related pneumonia incapacitated almost 103,000 Wisconsin residents and killed 8,459 – about 7,500 more fatalities than would be expected from those causes in a normal year. This global pandemic killed more than 20 million people world-wide during the summer and fall of 1918. The flu was highly contagious and took its severest toll on the population between the ages of 25-40, presumably those in their physical prime.
The Spanish Flu is not as prominent in our collective consciousness as World War I itself. Newspapers at the time reported on the advance of the Allies, their victories, wartime exploits, and diplomatic negotiations – stuff of much more drama than the flu. There was no Twitter, Facebook, 24-hour cable television news channels. Even radio didn’t come into prominence until several years later.
Wisconsin was the only state in the nation to meet the Spanish Flu crisis with uniform, statewide measures that were unusual for being aggressive and for the public’s being willing to comply with them. Our state emerged from the epidemic with one of the lowest death rates in the nation – 2.91/1000 compared with a national average of 4.39/1000.
Wisconsin was better prepared because state leaders made public health a policy priority. The state’s public health network had been 40 years in the making, first begun with a March 1876 law creating a Board of Health and giving it the power to impose statewide quarantines in times of emergencies. In 1883, the state also required that every city, village, and town in Wisconsin appoint a public health officer. When the Spanish Flu epidemic erupted, 1685 local boards of health were in place to help communities mobilize against it.
Following a recommendation from the U.S. Surgeon General, in October 1918, Dr. Cornelius Harper, State Health Officer, ordered all public institutions closed. That included schools, churches, theaters, movie houses, and other places of amusement and public gatherings. The public portion of the 1918 political campaign was curtailed as well – no rallies, no stump speeches, no parades.
Today, such an order has been met with resistance. What was different a century ago? 1) Wisconsin residents had been following the news of many people dying of the flu in the East and South. 2) Preparations against the flu merged with the larger public mobilization in support of the war effort. 3) The pandemic struck during the Progressive Era in Wisconsin when faith in government and experts for improving the quality of civic life was at an all-time high. There was some opposition to the closing of the state but that was rare.
Of course, the economy of Wisconsin suffered during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Retail establishments endured heavy losses or went out of business. Factories curbed production. Agricultural products spoiled. Livestock perished. Socialization declined. Isolation became the norm. Sound familiar? Yet, Wisconsinites were lauded by the Board of Health that reported a “remarkable fact worth mentioning and one which is greatly to the credit of our citizens, practically everyone complied with the closing order to the best of his ability.”
The author of the article concludes with: “In an age of apathy, cynicism, and individualism, it is worth reflecting long and hard that voluntarism, public cooperation, and an activist government prevented the worst public health calamity in modern Wisconsin history from being much, much worse.”
And remember, when you’ve said Wisconsin, you’ve said it all!