October 2017 President’s Message

October is almost over; cool mornings will soon be the norm.  Since my September newsletter, we have held two excellent Wisconsin Club meetings.  Thank you, Helen Feeney, MaryKay Childress and the rest of our Wisconsin Club leadership for getting us back into the swing of things at our September 18th club meeting.  Special thanks to Jeanne Engle and MaryKay for their work in organizing Oktoberfest; we had a great turnout and I received multiple compliments on the food.

I wish to recognize our newest members:  At the September meeting – Keith and Linds Caulk, Caledonia; Alan Haass and Margaret Thorpe-Haass , Appleton; Konrad and Evelyn Krawczyk, Greenfield; Bob and Lin Mustin, Sussex; Melvin and Debbie Warner, Waunakee; Marie Wasmund, Kenosha; and Jim and Sharon Allie, New Berlin; at our October meeting – David and Frances Melton, Lakewood; Linda Nardin, Kewaskum; Erv and Patti Spaude, DePere; and welcome back, Ted and Karen Templeton, Oconomowoc.  I hope you enjoyed your first meeting and will become regular attendees.

Wisconsin Club Meeting – November 20, 2017 – Magical Moments

Do you like to laugh, relax and enjoy being entertained?  Wally Lieberson, can pull a rabbit out of his hat or transform a handkerchief into a cane.  The world’s greatest self-proclaimed magician and mentalist will bring his upbeat show with plenty of audience participation to the Wisconsin Club, Lake Sumter, on November 20th.  Wally has been a magician for more than 30 years and regularly performs at a number of venues in the Villages.  He has been seen on stage with Broadway Bound Players; Way, Way, Way Off Broadway; and Cabaret at Savannah.

This meeting will be BYOB and snacks to share at your table.  Coffee will be provided.  By popular request, we will be reserving a table for Singles.  Our meeting will start at 7 PM.

Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Now is the time to buy your tickets for our joint Wisconsin Club Holiday Party, scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center; doors open at 6 pm, food at 6:30.  Cost is $32 per member, $37 per guest.

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.

Tickets ($32 member; $37 guest) will be available from Hal Baumann at our Packer Game viewing parties or our November meeting.  Tickets are also available from Hal Baumann by sending him a check (made out to WISCONSIN CLUB LAKE SUMTER) to his home at 2003 Ridge Spring Drive, The Villages, Fl 32162.  Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you want the tickets mailed to you.  Otherwise, the tickets will be held for you at our November meeting.  Ticket sales need to be finalized by November 20th so make your plans to attend and get your tickets.  Attendees will have a chance to take home a unique Badger or Packer themed centerpiece.

Our Club is hosting the event this year.  I am acting as the event chair.  If you would like to help in any way, please call (608-444-9610) or email me @ rhthies41@gmail.com.

Game Night

Monday, October 23rd, and Monday, November 27th. are game nights at 6 PM at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street.  In December, game night will be on the second Monday, December 11th at Bacall at 6PM.  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 each fall meeting.  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

Badger Football is off to a great start with a 7-0 record.  I was able to get to Camp Randall for the first game; watched the next two on TV in Wisconsin and listened to the Northwestern game on Sirius radio as we traveled back to Florida.  The recent victories over Nebraska, Purdue, and Maryland showed flashes of how good we can play but also the silly mistakes that could come back to bite the team if not cleared up.  Each of the next five games will be a battle with teams featuring great defense and long-standing rivalries.

A pleasant surprise is the emergence of Jonathan Taylor and some young quality receivers.  The offensive line will be challenged to block well for both the run and in the passing game, the defense stay aggressive and sound, and special teams do their part.  Alex Hornibrook will need to be sharp and the defense must avoid giving up the big play.  I have seen enough to now predict a 12-2 season.  If we can minimize mistakes and avoid major injuries, this year could be even better!

Our PACKERS are in a world of trouble with Rodgers hurt, the offensive line still not blocking well, and a very raw quarterback.  Do they have the intestinal fortitude to come together during the next two weeks (thank heavens we get a bye week) and salvage the season?  I’m not sure they can but being an optimist, I have not given up hope.

I will continue to watch the Packers, win or lose.  Let Bill Cammack (352-399-5654) know if you will attend and meet us at Cody’s in Brownwood.  Thank you, Bill, for coordinating our Packer viewing parties again this year.

One last comment on the Brewers.  They tried hard to get in the playoffs.  I even watched a bunch of games while in Wisconsin last month.  Good luck in 2018.

Dinah and I are very happy to be back in the Villages.  Like many of our members, we were up North when IRMA came thru.  My Madison Gas and Electric newsletter this week reminded me that many Wisconsin electric utility workers spent multiple weeks in Florida helping the state’s utilities restore electrical service to their customers.  It could even have been some people you know who received their help or came down to help.

That’s just another reason as you go about your daily activities, either here in the Villages, or while up north or traveling, to be proud to say “We are from Wisconsin”.


Your President
Richard Thies