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January 2020 President's newsletter


 Happy New Year!

In the new year 2020, may you stay in great physical shape, increase your wealth, and spread joy in the world! 

Welcome back to our members who are just arriving in Florida. Welcome, too, to these new members who joined last month: Ken and Wendy Folberg, Donna Lettier and Daniel Jackson, and David and Linda Shillingburg.

Renew your membership this month. Dues are $10/person and will be taken at our January meeting. 


January 19 - Petrina 

Popular, funny, fun-loving, a favorite of The Villages. Petrina, who has been likened to the funny Lucille Ball with the looks of Pink, brings boundless energy to the stage with her multimedia show. She has a delightful personality working her magic to create an atmosphere that is special and memorable. Everyone will have a great time with Petrina. 

Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring snacks to share at your table. BYOB.


 And VOLUNTEER! Two opportunities:
Put up our Wisconsin flags at our monthly meetings and store them between meetings for the coming year. It’s an easy assembly and the flags take up very little storage space.
Also, do you have some extra storage space (maybe in an attic or garage)? We need several people to store a box or two of monthly meeting decorations. 
Please e-mail me ( if you can help. The first volunteers will be rewarded with tickets to the upcoming Wisconsin Singers concert on March 18. 


Thanks to all the members who have signed up for Dining Out this year. And thank you to Al and Margaret Haass who have organized our Dining Out groups. If you have any questions, contact Al at 920-740-7662. 


​March 16 – Casino Night

Professional dealers, authentic casino tables, and decor will bring the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas to our Club. Plus a photo booth and DJ to keep us going throughout the evening. Cash prizes (Visa gift cards) of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the top three winners of the evening along with DVDs, books, wine, and more. Starting time is 6:00 p.m. A limited number of tickets ($25/person) will be available. Pick yours up at the January meeting or contact Roxanne Evans, at or (352) 561-6079. 


 They are back! Wednesday, March 18 – Wisconsin Singers at Savannah Center, 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. shows. Tickets are $25 for Villagers and their guests.Get a discount coupon ($2 off for up to 6 tickets) at the January meeting. Tickets will be available from Villages Entertainment beginning January 21. Invite your friends and neighbors and use the coupon. This year's show, "Hold On To Your Dreams," impresses with stellar song and dance, big band sound, and classic Badger spirit featuring the top talents of the UW-Madison. And our Club receives a portion of the proceeds from the shows. 


Wisconsin Club Open Game Night

 ​Join other Club members on the 4th Monday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Bacall Rec Center on Canal Street. It’s open to any  card games. BYOB and snacks. Questions? Call Judy Cimbalnik at 262-391-9869. 

Sheepshead Card Night

Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., Colony Cottage Rec Center. If you are interested, please contact Hal Baumann at or 352-259-6552 by Saturday before  Tuesday night so he will know if there are enough players for a table. It’s is 25-50-75 table.


 January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, commemorating the January 15, 1929, birth of Dr. King. As we know, he was a civil rights leader, minister, and winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Born in Atlanta, GA, Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN. The third Monday in January became a federal holiday in 1983 with a bill signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Dr. King’s activism in the civil rights movement helped to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – landmark legislation signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It outlaws unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations.

A few summers ago, I learned about some Wisconsinites involved in the civil rights movement at a Wisconsin Historical Society program. The Society owns one of the nation’s richest archives documenting events of the civil rights struggle. The collection contains more than 1,000 boxes of unpublished letters, diaries, meeting minutes and memos, phone logs, photographs, audio tapes, and other documents obtained at the grassroots level. Much of the collection - 30,000 items - has been digitized and is now available online in the “Freedom Summer Collection.” When the question is asked, "Why Wisconsin rather than Washington, DC?" the answer is because of a handful of UW-Madison graduate students who braved the tumult and dangers of the times to collect this evidence of the civil rights movement.

In December 1964 the students approached the Society’s Director with a proposal to collect material that wasn't easily collectible - stories and papers of ordinary people involved in the civil rights fight. These students knew the people because they had worked in the South to organize residents for the Congress of Racial Equality and to register voters. Some were members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Back in the 1960s these students were being taught by such UW-Madison legendary professors as Harvey Goldberg and George Mosse. The professors believed history was being made from the bottom up. Studying social action movements was a new approach to studying history at that time.

The Society's Press has released a book of firsthand accounts of the struggle for civil rights, Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader. Along with the accounts, the book provides a broader understanding of the civil rights movement. We can be proud of the work done by these young people, work that has been recorded for posterity by the Wisconsin Historical Society, one of the treasures of our state.

And remember, when you’ve said Wisconsin, you’ve said it all!

Jeanne Engle