December President’s Message

Christmas came early as over 130 members of the three Wisconsin Clubs in the Villages celebrated the start of the holiday season at our Holiday Party at Colony Cottage on Tuesday, December 5th. Great entertainment by Vinyl Recall greeted our arriving members who settled in at tables featuring our Badgers red and white and Packers green and gold. A great buffet dinner from LaHacienda Catering was enjoyed by all. Continued great music, dancing, and friendly conversations carried us to the 50/50 drawings and awarding of the table centerpieces.

THANK YOU to club members DINAH THIES and NANCY WALKER and especially our good friend from Madison, COLLEN GRANT, for making the unique Badger and Packer centerpieces. If you were lucky enough to take one home, I hope you will display it proudly.


January 15, 2018, Club Meeting-7 PM

It’s Happy Nerd Year on January 15 when the Traveling Nerd will entertain Wisconsin Club members. The crazier we get, the crazier he gets. The Nerd’s goal is to get everyone involved, but most importantly to put smiles on our faces! Surprises are in store.

We will have a “best-dressed” nerd contest – for both women and men. Some tips:

1. Get some horn-rimmed glasses. For an added touch, wrap some tape around the nose bridge to give the illusion the glasses are broken. Any pair of reading glasses will do in a pinch.

2. Wear nerdy prints – checks, plaids, and argyle are the triple threat when it comes to nerd style. Mix-and-match a few different prints. The more they clash, the better!

3. Wear a collared shirt and button it up. If it’s underneath a vest or sweater, even better.

4. Trousers – black, grey, or brown – should be high-rise and cut just above the ankle so that your socks are visible underneath. Shorts are okay, too.

5. Shoes – dress shoes in black or brown are okay. Or a pair of sneakers in a bright color like red, blue, green, or purple.

6. Accessorize with books, pencils, pens, and/or a backpack. Wear suspenders with a standout color or pattern. A standard tie or, better yet, a bow tie with your collared shirt works. Choose the right socks – white knee-highs for women wearing a dress or dress socks in white or argyle if you’re a man wearing shorts. Make sure to pull them up so they are visible.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. with “potluck” snacks/appetizers and BYOB.  If your last name starts with A-H, please bring a dessert (sugar-free options are always appreciated), I-P, please bring a non-sweet or salty snack or appetizer like cheese & crackers, chips & dip, cocktail meats. Q-Z, please bring fresh fruit or a veggie type snack/appetizer. Plates, napkins, and flatware will be provided along with decaf coffee.

Several tables will be reserved for singles.


February 19, 2018, Club Meeting–7 PM

Mary Jo Vitale will be singing for us during our Valentines’ month meeting on Monday, February 19, 2018. One of the premier female soloists in the villages, Mary Jo’s performance is expected to draw a large turnout. Look for details in my January newsletter.


2018-19 Officer Nominations

We will be forming our club officer nominating committee early next month. We expect to have multiple officer positions to fill.

Board positions include President; Vice President-Programs; Treasurer; Secretary; and Membership Chair and Assistant Treasurer. If you would like to become a vital part of leading our great club or be part of the nominating committee, please contact any of our current officers. I expect to announce the nominating committee in January.


Game Night

Monday, January 22nd, Monday, February 26th, and Monday, March 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 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. See her at the January Club meeting or contact Judy at or by phone at 262-391-9869.


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.

As we close out 2017, I wish to commend a great team of enthusiastic leaders. Past President Helen Feeney, VP Programs Jeanne Engle, Secretary Bill Cammack, Treasurer Hal Baumann, Membership Chair, and Asst. Treasurer Joanne Schachtner, Webmaster Nancy Miller, and former VP Programs MaryKay Childress have all been instrumental in keeping our club active, strong and fun to be a member. Writing my newsletter is fun because I have NANCY MILLER to thank for putting the finishing touch on my often drab words. Thanks to all of them for their hard work.

With the Big Ten Championship the same night as the Hope Lutheran Cantata, I only watched the second half live. I still haven’t watched the first half tape. Although I predicted a win, I still believe that this team will bounce back and beat Miami in the Orange Bowl, capping a remarkable season with a 13-1 record.

Get your game face on, friends together, and tune in to ESPN at 8 PM Saturday, December 30, high-fiving and cheering the Badgers on to victory. If you are lucky enough to be at the game in person, enjoy the moment, and cheer loudly. Dinah and I would have loved to go but things just did not work out this year.

Our PACKERS are out of the playoff picture and need to win next weekend just to finish 8-8. Will the players who were injured this year be back and healthy in 2018? Will Ted Thompson be able to draft higher quality players who have speed and can block and tackle? I am sure all Packer fans have multiple opinions about what needs to be done. Regardless, I believe we can look forward to better football next season.

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