November President’s Message

Thanks to all the members who attended our November meeting, experienced multiple “Magic Moments”, and helped make our evening a big success.  Fresh cheese curds, direct from Farmer John Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, were a big hit with members.  Jeanne Engle worked her magic in getting us to become acquainted with members we did not know.  Magician Wally Lieberson worked his magic with significant audience participation.

I wish to recognize our newest members.  Joining at the Packers/Ravens viewing party were Brian and Marian Buchholz, Delafield; Karen Dewald, Appleton; Anne Geyman, Waukesha; Patricia Hefferon, Waukesha; Lou and Laurie Lublin, Green Bay; and Stan and Kris Petersen-Gauthier, Appleton.

Joining at the November meeting were Barbie and Karl Appleton, Green Bay; Raymond and Linda Clifford, Waukesha; Harry and Cindee Lenius, Minocqua; Maureen Mitchell, Madison; Roz McHugh, Waterford; and Mary Zarse, New Berlin.  I hope to meet you all in the future if we did not get a chance to talk at the meeting.

Thank you to the singles who attended the meeting.  Keep filling up the reserved tables at our regular meetings and we will keep setting aside tables for you.

Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ticket sales are CLOSED for the joint Wisconsin Club Holiday Party.  If you have purchased tickets, the party is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center; doors open at 6 pm, food at 6:30.

Entertainment will be provided by Vinyl Recall from 6-9 PM.  Buffet Food service will be by LaHacienda Catering.  Our entrees will be Herb Roasted Chicken w. garlic and paprika; and Beef Tips in Burgundy Wine Sauce w. mushrooms, peas, onions, and carrots.  Side dishes are Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Cinnamon Sweet Potato Casserole, and Green Beans Country Style with Bacon and Onions.  Table service includes Family style tossed salad with Italian dressing, coffee, iced tea, water; and Apple Cobbler with whipped topping for dessert.  Everything on the menu is gluten free except the Beef Tips and Apple Cobbler.

Attendees will have a chance to take home a unique Badger or Packer themed centerpiece.

2018 Programs

On January 15th, The Traveling Nerd will be our featured entertainer.  On February 19th, Mary Jo Vitale will sing for us.  More details will be included in future newsletters and meeting reminders.  A complete list of our planned January-May meeting programs is expected to be posted on our website.

Game Night

Monday, December 11th (2nd Monday of the month), Monday, January 22nd, and Monday, February 26th. are our game nights at 6 PM at the Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street.  If interested, just show up; BYOB and snacks.  These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday unless otherwise announced.

Dining Out

Thank you to Judy Cimbalnik for organizing our fall dining out groups.  In January, Judy will be working on the next series of dining out groups for the months of February thru May.  This is an excellent way to get to know other club members.  If you are a single, Judy has a group for you.

2018 Dues remain $5 per member

Joanie Schachtner will be collecting dues for 2018 at future meetings.  New members will be issued new magnetic name holders at no charge.  If one is lost, there will be a nominal replacement fee.

President’s Personal Message.

I am a die-hard BADGER fan.  I was only able to view one game in person but I have grown to appreciate the team effort of the players, coaches, and support staff.  Paul Chryst, Joe Rudolph, and Jim Leonhard are all WISCONSIN guys.  Players get hurt but the next guy in has stepped up and done his job well.  I have a special feeling for Ross Kolodziej, the Strength and Conditioning Head.  He was a four-year defensive line starter for Wisconsin.  One of my older cousins was his grandfather, and a prouder man you will never see.

Early this fall I predicted an 11-3 season.  That changed to 12-2 last month.  After the win at Minnesota they are 12-0.  Can our Badgers beat Ohio State next Saturday (Fox 8:00 PM)?  We may enter the game as underdogs but I believe this team will win.  Play solid defense, block well in the offensive line, avoid crucial penalties and make critical third down plays like they have all year.  Get your friends together and root them on!

Our PACKERS, believe it or not, still have an outside chance for a winning season.  I will continue to watch the Packers, win or lose.  Let Bill Cammack (352-399-5654) know if you will attend one of our viewing parties at Cody’s in Brownwood.

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

Your President
Richard Thies