January 2017 WI Club President’s Message


THANKS TO THE 160 MEMBERS WHO ENJOYED OUR NIGHT AT “COLONY DOWNS” on January 16th. I had a great time as the race caller; the excitement level was amazing. A HUGE “WELL DONE” to GARY GERKE and MARYKAY CHILDRESS. This event deserves to be repeated on a regular basis.

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS Sharon Budz (Sobieski);Mary and Jerry Gandt (De Pere); Dale Hauscher (Madison); Tom and Lucy Huhn (Elm Grove); Jack and Beverly Kardelis ( Wind Lake); Dennis and Pat Knack (Menomonee Falls); Dan and Carrie Kurkiewicz ( Neshkoro); Ed and Susan Leffler (Wauwatosa); Lloyd and Trudy Copenhagen (Cumberland); Rick Pyle (Minocqua); Bob and Marti Sullivan (Onalaska); other new members not introduced at a club meeting include Ed and Marilyn Hannan (Greendale); Judy Sauer (Madison); Bill (Waukesha) and LeeAnn Brown (Thiensville/Mequon).

February 20th Meeting – 7 PM

Singer/Songwriter Comedian Golf Brooks comes to Colony Cottage for a special Valentine’s month performance at our meeting Monday, February 20, 2017, at 7 PM. Mark your calendars now!

Originally from the Philadelphia area known as “The Delaware Valley”, Golf spent most of his life in Nashville as a musician and songwriter, Country and Western, of course. Golf now lives in Leesburg and has become a good friend of Gary Gerke. I have been at a recent performance and it was fun. Treat your spouse or best friend to a night of laughter and music; you won’t regret it.

Attending members with last name starting A-H, please bring fresh fruit or veggie type snack or appetizer; I thru P, please bring a dessert(sugar-free options are always appreciated); Q thru Z please bring a non-sweet or salty snack or appetizer like cheese crackers, chips and dip, cocktail meats, or salad. Plates, napkins etc. will be provided.

2017 Dues – $5 per member

Joanie Schachtner will be collecting dues for 2017 and issuing new magnetic name holders at no charge. If one is lost, there will be a nominal replacement fee. Members who have not paid 2017 dues by June 1, 2017, will be dropped from our membership list.

2017-18 Officer Nominations

Mike Feeney, a Club Past President, is chairing the Nominating Committee for the 2017-18 slate of officers. If you have not already done so, please talk to Mike if you are interested or know someone who wants to be a part of our club leadership. Proposed officers are announced in March; elections in April.

Wisconsin Singers – Wednesday, March 22, Savannah Center

The WISCONSIN SINGERS will perform again in the Villages on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, with performances at 5 and 8 PM at the Savannah Center. Tickets are $20 for residents ($18 if you have a Wisconsin Club discount coupon) and are on sale at the Villages box offices or on-line (discount coupons must be presented in person at a box office).

Now in their 49th year as a performing group, the 20 plus singers/dancers and musicians, and an equal number of technical support staff, have been giving Villager’s high energy performances for over 10 straight years. While representing the UW-Madison Division of Student life, they do not get UW funding. They depend on concerts like ours and charitable donations to do what they truly enjoy; entertaining others. Any profits from the village’s performance are split between the three Wisconsin Clubs.

If you will be here in March, don’t miss this opportunity to hear some great UW students in person at the Savannah Center. Dinah and I will be there with friends for the 8 PM performance.

Extra discount coupons are now available by contacting me (608-444-9610 or rhthies41@gmail.com). Any remaining coupons will be made available at the February meeting.



Our March 20, 2017, 7 PM club meeting will be a throwback game night. You can still play sheepshead or other card games, but we will have monopoly boards, connect four, Rockham sock them robots and other Hasbro game we have in our arsenal of grandkids games.

Rummy royal, checkers, old maid, go fish—of course adding pinochle, bridge, and if you have others you prefer, bring them along. Card tables of four, rectangles of 8, just playing games and socializing. Fun question and answer roundtable, spontaneous audience participation. Open mic. We promise no Twister and no Dodgeball; we want to have fun but respect our knees and hips. You may enjoy this so much you will want to participate in the monthly game nights at Bacall. At the end of the night, a special door prize will be given.

April 17th Meeting – Wisconsin Author Michael Edmonds

HOT OF THE PRESSES!! We are pleased to announce that Wisconsin Author Michael Edmonds, (Out of The Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan), will be our featured speaker at the April 17th club meeting at 7 PM. Michael is a staff member of the Wisconsin Historical Society. This will be a ticketed event. Tickets ($10) will be available at our February meeting. Members and guests who have purchased his book can get it signed. Snack food will be provided. This is a unique event you will not want to miss! Thank you to Jeanne Engle for bringing this potential program to our attention.

Program Ideas Welcomed

Have you attended another meeting that featured entertainment you would like at our club? Do you remember a past club entertainer or subject you want to have us bring back? Let MaryKay Childress (MaryKay.Childress@yahoo.com) or any other board member know what you like to see, hear or do.

Game Night

Monday, January 23rd, Monday, February 27th and Monday, March 27th are the next three game nights at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street at 6 PM. If interested, just show up; BYOB and snacks. These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday.

President’s Personal Message

SUE and JERRY ASMUS, “thank you very much” for volunteering to set up refreshments for each meeting. MaryKay Childress and I and our club members truly appreciate your efforts.

Before I look ahead to 2017, I have to repeat how fortunate we are to be able to say “We are from Wisconsin.” Our PACKERS, despite devastating injuries, won eight straight and finished one win from the SUPER BOWL. My eternal optimistic view of UW FOOTBALL proved quite accurate. The 24-16 win at the COTTON BOWL over undefeated Western Michigan may not seem significant to some, but it was HUGE. Our opponents had nothing to lose; one of the best wide receiver/quarterback combo’s in football, and a young head coach who has now moved to Minnesota.

As we go into 2017, UW Women’s hockey is still #1; Men’s basketball is the top-ranked team in the BIG TEN (#15), Men’s hockey is winning again, and the always good Cross Country teams haven’t started their seasons yet. Coach Chryst has to hire a new defensive coordinator, but hey, good football teams lose great coaches but still are successful the following year. I believe we will have a great 2017 season.

Dinah and I enjoyed our Cotton Bowl trip; we got a win, enjoyed the “battle of the bands” in downtown Dallas and even connected with the son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter (who will be attending UW next fall) of one of my high school classmates; it’s a small world. The bartender at the local Applebee’s was a Packer fan; we had a lot of fun in discussions with the Dallas fans that showed up the night of the Packer/Detroit game.

As you go about your daily activities, either here in the Villages, or while up north or traveling, be proud to say “We are from Wisconsin”.

Your President

Richard Thies