March 2019 President’s Message

Happy St. Patty’s Month Wisconsin Club Lake Sumter!!!

“When Irish eyes are smiling…”  What are the rest of us doing? (chucking to myself) I’m not Irish but I cannot pass up a green beer and corn beef n cabbage this weekend, and I’ve been known to bust out a clumsy Irish Jig or two.  Hope to see a huge Wisconsin presence down at the squares!

I’d like to take this time to welcome our New Members!  I meant to include them in my January and February newsletter; please accept my apology for not doing my due diligence in a timely manner.  Let’s Welcome to our WI Club, Lake Sumter, our New Members so far this year!



  • Charles and Cheryl Aslakson – Muskego
  • Bruce Larson and Bonnie Becker – New Berlin
  • Kate Bloomberg – Brookfield
  • Thomas and Bonnie Brosteau – Green Bay
  • Bill and Jan Evans – Pewaukee
  • William and Mary Gundrum – Pewaukee
  • Shel and Penny Larson – Green Bay
  • Sharon Klein – Brookfield
  • Dolored Laveau – Racine
  • Mike Baekes and Kay McCrary – Rhinelander
  • Tom and Charlotte Meyer – Green Bay
  • Tom and Leah Rewolinski – Dousman
  • Richard Soukup – Madison
  • John and Karla Stanek – LaCrosse
  • David and Jane Templeton – Green Bay
  • Ken and Vlasek – Bayfield
  • Ken and Chris Wergin – Milwaukee
  • Dennis Yingling – North Prairie


  • Ronald and Connie Butters – Plymouth
  • Bob and Jean Hatten – Milwaukee
  • Donna Janes – Arbor Vitae
  • Harry and Judy Knoblauch – Greenfield
  • Mike and Kathy Nelesen – New Berlin
  • Sandra Solberg – Madison
  • Ron and Shirley Streib – Madison
  • Conrad and Karen Sutek – Marinette

Oh My Gosh!   How did I miss the Marinette peeps!?!?!  I’m from Marinette! (says No One around here ever!)

At our last Board Meeting, Roxanne, Membership Chairman, reported 413 members w/ 273 paid for 2019.  We hope you keep your membership current and we hope to see you all back again soon.  You may pay at the door, please see Hal or Roxanne for assistance.  Thank You All so much.

How are we looking in the sports arena?

The Bucks are the #1 Team in the NBA!  #AWESOMESAUCE!

In NCAA Men’s basketball last night [#2 seed] Marquette beat [#7 Seed] St John’s at Madison Square Garden in the Big East Tournament!  The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team will play Nebraska in the Big Ten Conference Championship. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for both of these amazing teams!   Go Golden Eagles!!!!  Go Badgers!!!

Our Brewers will start their opening season against the Cardinals on Mar. 28th“Brewer Fever” begins!!!!!

Also, we are working on gathering information regarding the Wisconsin/USF football game in Tampa, Sat. 8/31.  Dick Thies is coordinating this event for us.  Here is an update from him today:  The game is on Friday, August 30, 2019, which almost certainly will be a night game.  Tickets are $65 thru the UW.  I can request the needed tickets but actual availability will depend on overall requests and my priority status.  I would not know until the end of May the number of tickets we would get.  Although I have not yet talked to Senior Adventures, Lamers has a 36-passenger bus (limited quantity) and a 56-passenger bus.  If we were to fill the 36-bus cost would be under $25 per person.  With the 56 we would need at least 46 to keep the cost at $25.  The Wisconsin season ticket application deadline is April 20 for both season and single game requests.  Please stay tuned for more details!  Dick will be in the back of our meeting room for sign-ups and Q & As.

OK, so let’s take a glimpse at our upcoming events.


March 18 – Race Night

And the horses are off! It’s race night at “Colony Downs” with an Irish twist. Bring LOTS of ONE DOLLAR BILLS!  You just may be a big winner at the track this evening. Dress in your favorite jockey silks (men) or fancy Derby hat (women). We’ll have prizes for the best dressed that evening.

Please bring snacks to share at your table; BYOB.

The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.


Wisconsin Singers

The Wisconsin Singers will be here again on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, with performances at 5 and 8 PM.

Did you get your tickets?  The seats are filling up! It has been reported that over 1000 tickets have already been sold!  We are hopeful to have a write-up in The Daily Sun this week as well.  This group of high energy college students, most of whom are not music majors, get no funding from the University of Wisconsin.  In addition to helping them fund continued performances, our purchase of tickets serves as a fundraiser for the three Wisconsin Clubs in the Villages.

Discount coupons are still available.

This year our club is responsible for getting the Subs, snacks and bottled water, etc. for the singers during the event (we will be reimbursed).  I am picking up the food, drinks, coolers, etc. to have for the kids at 3:30 on the 19th.  We will be setting up in the Green Room at the Savannah Center.  I could use at least 4 people to help in between the shows to serve/assist the group and show our appreciation and support for them.  If you’d like to volunteer, please call or text me (MaryKay) at 315-396-3030.  Once the 2nd show starts, we will be packing everything, but a few cold drinks, into the coolers for them to take back on the road that night.  They only perform for The Villages, then they head to the Bahama House in Daytona for some well-deserved RnR before another rigorous schedule begins.


April 15 – John B and Friends

John B and Friends will entertain us with a tribute to John Denver, singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. Sing along to the many hits of Denver’s career. In his honor, we’ll celebrate Earth Day, too.

Bring snacks to share at your table; BYOB.


Event upate

So sorry the Hollerbach’s Day Trip and the WI Club Golf Outing had to be cancelled.  Lynn Bartlett and Joe Keyzers worked very hard to coordinate these for us, but we just didn’t have enough interest.  Please see Hal at our next meeting for refunds.


May 20 – Picnic

Our last meeting will be in May.  Please join us for our Annual Picnic.

Please note the earlier start time, 6:00 PM


Become a part of our Leadership Team!

We are looking for a Social Media person starting in June 2019. Nancy Miller, our current social media person will train you! We need to fill this position by May 2019. If you are computer savvy, WE NEED YOU!

Although all Officer slots are open for voting, we are in need of a Vice President for 2019, along with a Secretary and a Treasurer. Looking for new faces with fresh ideas!  We are also asking for volunteers for our 2019-2020 Entertainment Committee.  We’d love to get 4 – 6 members to get together to help our VP plan upcoming events.  Please help out and volunteer your time.


Game Nights!

WI Club OPEN game nights

Each month on the 4th Monday, of every month at 6 PM at the Bacall Rec Center on Canal Street. We’re open to any card games! If interested, show up by 6 PM; BYOB and snacks. If you have questions, you may call Mary Ann Welke at 352-223-9358.


Sheepshead is every Tuesday at Colony at 6 PM.
If interested, please contact Hal Baumann at or 352-259-6552 by the Saturday before that Tuesday. This will let Hal know if we have enough players for a table.
This is a 25-50-75 table.


Closing Thoughts

We really need your help this coming year.  Please consider volunteering; our Club needs You!  We have had record numbers of New Members.  Please sign up to help make our Club better and fresher for the new year.  I will have a sign-up sheet in the back of the room for our new “Entertainment Committee” for next year.  Please see Hal and sign up at our March meeting.  Thank You!

In addition to this newsletter which is sent out every month, you can find out about all the upcoming events… 24/7… on our website

MaryKay Childress, President

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