Monday, September 17, 2012

Marshfield Area REA


2018-2019 Meeting
September 16, 2019-Brigette Henschel, Wild Rose, Speaker on Heroin use

August 19, 2019 David Pullman, Author, speaking on "Writing an Autobiography"

July, 2019-No Meeting

June 17, 2019-Speaker on heart health

May 20, 2019-Chris Kluck (AMBA)Association of Member Benefits Advisor
& Lynne Kagelmann, District III Director from Stens Point

April 15, 2019-Foreign Exchange Students

March 18, 2019 MAREA travelers sharing:  Carol Subera (Czech Republic, 
Ruby Thomas (Israel), JoAnnn Runge (Turkey), Puby Pinter (Ireland) and others

February 18, 2019-Sue Wilford, Wood Cty Master Gardner Volunteer Planting Fun

January 21, 2019 Ashley Frerick, Century 21 Realtor, Downsizing and Selling your Home

December 17, 2018-Entertainment and Christmas Party

November 19, 2018-Erin Wells, Committe on Aging, Local Resources available in your area

October 15, 2018-Dave Shoepke, Retired Principal "
 Father of Suicide from an all American Family"

Speakers for the 2018-1019 Meetings
Monday August 19, 2019
Marlene Broeske introduced the speaker for the day, David Pullmann.  Mr. Pullmann wrote his autobiography and gave colorful antidotes on what kind of things can be put in an autobiography, why he wrote it and the process of how he wrote it.

Monday June 17, 2019
 Kelly Rasmussen, Nurse Practitioner from MMC spoke on HEART health.

Monday, May 20, 2019
District Director Lynne Kagelmann was introduced and presented a very entertaining program on membership, benefits, etc.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Speakers from China with their host.

Monday, March 18, 2019
Traveling with MAREA Members

Carol Subera spoke about her trip to Czech Republic.

Ruby Thomas spoke about her trip to Israel.

JoAnn Runge spoke about her trip to Thailand.


Monday, February 18. 2019
 Sue Wilford a Wood County Master Gardner spoke on the Master Gardner Program.  She spoke on how to get involved and what responsibilities went with being a member.

Monday, January 21, 2019
Ashley Frederick, Marshfield Realtor gave a very informative talk 
on how/when to get a house ready for sale.
December 17, 2018
Christmas Party
MAREA members participated in an
Ugly Sweater contest, played games, and sang many carols.


November 19, 2018

Erin Wells, Committe on Aging, Local Resources gave a presentation on services that are available in our area.  Erin gave many suggestions for caregivers.
October 15, 2018
Dave Shoepke, Retired Principal gave an excellent talk on   
"Father of Suicide from an all American Family". 
2017-2018 Meeting


September 17, 2018-Deb Delie, Marshfield Lions Club/Puppy Raiser-Leader Dog

August 20, 2018-Mr. & Mrs. Bauer- 
trip to Cuba.

July, 2018-No Meeting

June 12, 2018-Bryce and Maxine Luchterhand-Visit to Viet Nam

May 21, 2018-Foreign Exchange Students

April 16, 2018-Meetinc cancelled because of Snow Storm

March 19, 2018-Larry and Ann Scheckel: Seneca Seasons:  A Farmer Boy Remembers

February 19, 2018-Meeting cancelled because of weather

January 15, 2018-James"Pep"Washburn-"The Touching Spirit":  
The Letters of the Mininimoke

December 18, 2017-Christmas Get Together-Crossroad Harmony plus games

November 20, 2017- Big Brothers, Big Sisters

October 16, 2017-Jean Tucker-Fraud

2017-2018 MAREA Meetings

Monday, September 17, 2014
 Deb Delie, Marshfield Lions Club Puppy Raiser for leader dogs was introduced. Deb gave a very interesting talk on her responsibilities in raising puppies for leader dogs for the blind.
Monday, August 20, 2018

 Mr. and Mrs. Bauer gave a very interesting and informative presentation on their trip to Cuba.

Monday, June 18, 2018


Maxine and Bryce Luchterhand gave an excellent talk on their trip to Vietnam.
Monday, May 21, 2018
 Mia Anderson and Ida Nielsen from Denmark
Mia Helman from Germany
The foreign exchange attend Spencer High School.  The students gave short talks on their families, their schools, and their country.  A question and answer period followed.

No meeting April 16, 2018
Cancelled because of snowstorm

Monday March 19, 2018
Larry and Ann Scheckel: Seneca Seasons:  A Farmer Boy Remembers

Larry gave a very entertaining and interesting talk on growing up on a farm and attending a one room school house.
February Meeting cancelled because of the weather.
Monday January 15, 2018


James"Pep"Washburn-"The Touching Spirit":  
The Letters of the Mininimoke
 Speaker James Washburn, author of two books. Washburn's teaching career included Elco, Mosinee, and Edgar. Washburn spoke on social justice fueled by love.  He stated that each of us has a unique path in the journey of life and we must listen to the teacher within to be open to learn who we are. He stated that the accumulation of possessions as a goal can confuse the mind but the heart knows better in understanding self and others.
James is having a book signing with MAREA member, Triana Tiffany.

Monday December 18, 2017


Meeting entertainment by Crossroad Harmony, a local quartet featuring female barbershop style music was enjoyed by the membership. Then a fun game of bingo was played.
Monday November 20, 2017


The main speaker was Rikki Starich, from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization.  She said that so many children need a positive adult to be in their lives.  The organization looks for someone who has the same interest and hobbies as the "Little Brother, Little Sister." 
Monday October 16, 2017
Jeanne Tucker, AARP, gave a very informative talk on various forms of fraud
2016-2017 Meeting
October 17, 2016 - Diane Wilcenski - WREA Executive Director

November 21, 2016 - Don Hasenohrl - Political Reflections

December 19, 2016 - Christmas party

January 16, 2017 - Josiah Groth - Foot Reflexology

February 20, 2017-James Washburn-"The Touching Spirit":  The letters to Minominiike"

March 20, 2017-Sallie Wylie-Exploring the World on a Bicycle

April 17, 2017 - Foreign Exchange Students

May 15, 2017 - Claire Romanek - The Bluebird Lady

June 19, 2017 - Kristine Haferman (Challenge Award Winner)

July - NO MEETING

August  21, 2017 - Bryce Luchterhand -  Visit to Viet Nam

September 18, 2017 - Melissa Kampmann and Aric Burch - Planned Giving

Monday September 18, 2017
The program for the day was given by Melissa Kampmann and Aric Burch from Ruder Ware in Wausau.  The program was very informational.  Planning Giving, Lifetime Giving, Etc., was presented by Melissa. Aric gave information on trusts and how to protect your assets.  
Monday August 21, 2017
Mary Jarvis speaking on Public School Financing was introduced.  Mary gave a very informational talk on the different kinds of schools, how schools are funded, and voucher schools.
Monday June 19, 2017
Kristine Hafferman received the 2016 WREA Challenge Award.  She and her summer school students gave an excellent presentation on "What Is a Teacher?". 
The students sang rock and roll songs and many songs honoring teachers.
 The MAREA members enjoyed it tremendously and found it very entertaining. 
Monday, May 22, 2017
Claire Romanek from Athens gave a presentation on how 
to attract bluebirds, keep them safe, and what to feed the bluebirds. She brought different kinds of birdhouses that the bluebirds nest in.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MAREA  members heard speakers Ychen Hua from China and Jordan Veigl from
Germany speak.  It was an interesting presentation.   They compared schools in America to schools in their countries.  The students are attending Marshfield High School and Spencer High respectively.


Monday, March 20, 2017


MAREA members heard Doug Seubert speak about dementia. The Marshfield Area Purple Angels is a non-profit organization raising awareness about forms of dementia, which Mr. Seubert has started in the Marshfield Area.  www.marshfieldpurpleangels.org is a link for this organization.

Monday, February 20, 2017

-Sallie Wylie-Exploring the World on a Bicycle
Sallie gave an interesting presentation on her bike trips to other countries.  She has traveled to many countries such as Italy, Spain, Japan, and India, plus many more.  Her favorite country to travel was Viet Nam.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Josiah Groth gave an excellent presentation on "Foot Reflexology".  He showed presure points on hands and feet that relfect your  body.

Monday, December 19, 2016
Christmas Pary
Members had a great time playing a variety of games.

Monday, November 21, 2016
 Donald Hasenohrl, State Representative from 1974-2001 gave a very interesting talk entitled Legislative Perspectives.  Mr. Hasenohrl gave some very interesting insights into how the political machine operates and how he feels things may happen in the future. 
Monday, October 17, 2016
Diane Wilcenski, WREA Executive Director, gave a a very informative talk about various topics related  to WREA issues.
2015-2016 Meeting
October 19 Barbara Bolten, author, "Human Trafficking"

November 16 Rick Lohr, "Polio, My Journey"

December 21 Grown Men Goofing Off, Jazz Band

January 18  Norb Salamonski,  Benefits/Risks of Over the Counter Drugs

February 15 Rev. Wolfe, "Marching with Dr. King"

March 21 Alora Rueth, Country Diva Editor

April 18 Exchange students

May 16 Jan Rasmussen, "Eyes to Donuts"

June 20  Albrechts, "Farmer to Farmer-Egypt, West Africa"

July No Meeting

August 15 Mandy Wright, "Public School Financing"

September 19 Kirk Rodman, "High Ground"

2015-2016 Monthly Meetings
Monday, September 19, 2015
Kirk Rodman spoke to MAREA members about the "Highground"located
in Neillsvile, Wisconsin. This is Wisconsin's largest veteran's memorial park.  The "Highground" pays tribute to both the veterans and the veteran's family.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Mandy Wright gave an informative talk on "Public School Financing".  Mandy gave the MAREA members important information of how state money is divided among public schools, charter schools, and voucher schools.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Bob and Mary Albrecht gave an informative and entertaining talk about their trips to Egypt and West Africa.
 They are part of the "Farmer to Farmer" program.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Jan Rasmussen gave an excellent and entertaining presentation on 
her careers from "Eyes to Donuts".  She had various occupations 
and how she ended up being in the bakery business.  She said that
school was not her thing but was successful through on-the-job 
training.
Jan Rasmussen gave 6 door prizes of
flower cookie bouquets and gift cards to
her JJ's  Bakery shop in Marshfield.

Monday, April 18, 2015
Ruby Pinter introduced four AFS foreign exchange students who are attending the Marshfield High School.  Wujin Shi of China, Sebastian Soerensen of Denmark, Cynthia Dummermuth of Switzerland, and Arnon Meemongkol of Thailand were introduced one at a time.  Each of the students gave an interesting talk about their homeland, their families, their educational experiences both at home and here in the United States.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Carol Ballerstein gave an excellent talk on "Humor in the Classroom".  She talked about the importance of laughter in our lives and how it gives a positive feel.  Members were encouraged to tell humorous quotes from their teaching experience.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Rev. Janet Wolfe gave a talk on her involvement in the Martin Luther King March.  Rev. Wolfe gave an interesting talk on what she actually did and had many interesting books which she referenced.  She has been working with other people who were with her at the time on a timeline of events.  Rev. Wolfe showed us a book which was autographed by Martin Luther King.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Mr. Norb Salamonski, local pharmacist gave a talk on over the counter drugs.  Members were encouraged to read labels and educate themselves on what they are taking.

Monday, December 21, 2015
Members shared their favorite/memorable Christmases.  Some of the stories were humorous and some were sentimental.  
Then Christmas carols were sung under the direction of Annette McCabe.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Rick Lohr gave a talk about polio.  His sister contracted polio at a very young age and he described her journey as she went through the iron lung state, and then on to actually living a fulfilling life.
Monday, October 19, 2015

Guest speaker, Barbara Bolton gave an interesting presentation on "Human Trafficking".  It helped make MAREA members aware of what we should watch for in our communities.

2014-2015 Monthly Meetings

October 20 Carol Subera & Carol Ballerstein, District III Directors

November 17 Clarence Decker, WWII Experiences

December 15 Peter & Sue Weinschenk, Christmas Program

January 19 Bob and Mary Albrecht, Farmer to Farmer in Other Countries

February 16 Andrea Yenter, Lions Camp

March 16 Cheryl Hartl, Food Pantries

April 20 Foreign Exchange Students

May 18 Amy Wiza, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partnership

June 15 Bob Kulp, Legislator Issues

August 17 Stacey Springob, Local Author

September 21 Chris Preisler, State of Wisconsin Investment Board


Monday, September 21, 2015

Chris Preisler, Communications Specialist, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, presented information on navigating the WRS to a strong future.

Monday August 17, 2015
MAREA Members enjoyed hearing, Stacey Springbob, local author from Spencer.
She had written a book entitled, "What I Learned from Never Having a Boyfriend". It is written for teenagers and young adults.


Monday June 15, 2015
The speaker for the June meeting was Representative Robert Kulp.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Amy Wiza of Stevens point spoke about the 
Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partnership.  She told about the Burn Therapy Projects and the Sewing Centers.  

Monday, April 20, 2015


 Alexander Pittion from France and Emanuele Cazzaniga from Italy told about their families, countries, cities, schools, and their ambitions for the future.  We asked them about the differences they found in the school system and they said that the teachers here in Marshfield care more about the students than their teachers back home.

Monday, March 15, 2015

Cheryl Hartl, Soup or Socks director from Marshfield spoke on the pantry needs.  Cheryl has been director for the past 18 years.  Soup or Socks is an emergency pantry.  Participants have to be referred and it is private as those receiving food or clothes are identified by a number not by name. 
Monday February 16, 2015

Andrea Yenter of the Wisconsin Lion's Club spoke about the services the Wisconsin Lion's Camp provides for deaf, blind, diabetic, and mildly cognitive disabled people.  About 1300 people attend the Wisconsin Lion's Club each year.
Monday, January 19, 2015
  Farmer to Farmer Program
Mary and Bob Albrecht told about their experiences with helping farmers in Africa.
Monday, December 15, 2014

MAREA members enjoyed Christmas entertainment which was provided by Peter & Sue Weinschenk.  Sue sang beautiful Christmas songs while Peter played the guitar.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Clarence Decker talked about memories of World World War II.  He is 94 years old and lives in Colby.  He served in the Mediterranean under George Pattton, who he praised.   
A big thank you for serving our country during the War.  
We appreciate all you did for protecting the United States.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Carol Ballerstein and Carol Subera, District III Directors, gave a presentation called "Dog and Pony Show".  Members were put  into groups to play a game.  Carol S. and Carol B. asked questions to find out how well the MAREA knew the WREA.
2013-2014 Monthly Meetings

October 21 Dave Bennett, WREA Executive Director

November 18 Linda M. Soltis-Schroeder, American Red Cross

December 16 Christmas Party, Phil John, Entertainer

January 20 Linda & Bill Bauer, Traveling to Antarctica

February 17 Heather Jones, Department of Aging and Disability Resources

March 17 Alan Harvey, Professor UW Stevens Point, Global Warming

April 21 Ms. Pinter, Foreign Exchange Student

May 19 Carla A. Soczka, Funeral Planning and Long-Term Care

June  Field Trip

July No Meeting

   August 18  Jeff Pertl, Policy Initiatives Advisor, DPI      
 State of the Public School System (Vouchers and other factors impacting Public Education)

September 15  Kathy McGrath, The Amazing Monarch Butterfly

Monday September 15, 2014
The program, "The Amazing Butterfly" was presented by
 Kathy McGrath a retired kindergarten teacher from Port Edwards.
 Kathy's husband helped with the presentation.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jeff Perti, Policy Initiatives, Advisor, DPI
State of Public School System (Vouchers and other factors impacting public education)

Monday, June 16, 2014
Field Trip to Stratford Homes, Stratford Wisconsin.  MAREA Members toured the factory and visited the modern module homes.  Carol Ballerstein and Pat Tietyen were among the 27 members that participated in the tour.
A picnic lunch was served at Country Aire.  MAREA member, Grace Dietel-Ensign, entertained field trip participants with her accordian.  She played enjoyable polka music.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Carla Soczka and her brother-in-law, Mr. Soczka, presented a program on
"Funeral Planning and Long Term Care".

Monday, April 21, 2014
Two Stratford foreign exchange students spoke to the MAREA  about their experiences at Stratford and their  home countries.  Angelo Viola from Italy, told us that he has 9 hours of school and study in Italy. There are no school supported sports programs.  Katrina Wang  from China said that school is rigorous in China, and there are no sport programs there either.   Teachers are stricter in China and there is no joking or casual discussion with teacher.
Monday, March 17, 2014 

 A program was presented by Alan Haney, Emeritus Professor of Forestry, at UW Stevens Point.  He spoke on climate changes that are a result of global warming.  
Monday, February 17, 2014





Heather Jones, Resource Manager for the Marshfield Office of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin spoke to the MAREA members.  She provided information on services offered such as help with disability benefits, elderly nutrition programs, healthy living programs and classes, caregiver assistance, senior home safety programs, and more.  

Monday, January 20, 2014
A program was presented by Linda and Bill Baur about their trip to Antarctica.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Phil John performed at the MAREA Christmas meeting and Celebration.  It was a live performance with variety music and songs.  He brought along his Schatzi to help him perform.








Monday, November 18, 2013



Linda Soltis-Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator, presented the program about The American Red Cross. She encouraged MAREA members who are interested to sign up for the training.



Monday, October 21, 2013

Dave Bennett, Executive Director of the WREA, spoke about the importance of membership growth for units and WREA, status of the WRS pension plan and the importance of staying vigilant; the need for stronger grassroots (local) relationships with legislators to strengthen our lobbying efforts; and the opportunity to support public schools and teachers more.


Mary Denk, MAREA president, with Dave Bennett, Executive Director of the WREA.


2012-2013 Monthly Meetings

 October 15  Mark Lacke, Retired Administrator, Edgar School District

November 19  Jeff Reiche, Principal of Marathon Elementary School

December 17 Christmas Program
(Country Aire)

January 21 Tony Schultz, Organic Farming

February 18 Ten Signs of Alzheimers

March 18  Alan L. Hougum, Changes in Nursing Homes, Wills, etc.

April 15 Ms. Pinter,  Foreign Exchange Students

May 20 Fraud Presentation

June 17 Field Trip Stoney River Assistant Living

July   No Meeting

August 19 Author Charles Shonefield,
 " A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way to the Dementia Ward"

September 16th African Group



Monday, October 15, 2012

MAREA Members learn about challenges of the Educational World from guest speaker, Mark Lacke, former Superintendent of Edgar Public Schools
Edgar, WI



Monday, November 19, 2012


Jeff Reiche, Elementary and Middle School Principal of Marathon Public Schools and Marathon Venture Academy spoke to the MAREA Members about the Marathon Venture Academy which is a charter school for middle school students.




Monday, December 17, 2012

Rita Berg, Mezzo-Soprano singer, entertained the MAREA Members at their annual Christmas Meeting and Celebration.  She has performed at the Grand Theater in Wausau.


Monday, January 21, 2013

 Tony Schultz with his partner, Kat, owns and operates the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens.  He talked about organic farming and his CSA model.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Tony said that you can pay for a seasons worth of vegetables in the spring, and receive a share of fresh, organically grown vegetable and fruit each week which are delivered to your local neighborhood.
 



Monday, February 18, 2013

Amy Chick, who is an Outreach Specialist of Alzheimer Association informed the members of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease which are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging.  She talked about 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  She separated myth from reality and addressed commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America.


 


 


Monday, March 18, 2013

MAREA members learned  important information regarding Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and how to avoid losing a lifetime of assets to nursing home care through a workshop presented by Attorney Alan Hougum.  He discussed the most important aspects of protecting your family’s nest egg and how a few simple steps can also protect your beneficiaries.




Monday, April 16, 2013

Two  foreign exchange students, Elin Ahlgren from Sweden and Eivor Christiansen from Norway, spoke to MAREA members. Elin is 19 years old and from Sweden. Eivor (Ivy) is 18 years old, from Norway. Elin and  Eivor stated that they decided to join an exchange program to become more fluent in English, meet new people, learn a new culture, and out of a sense of adventure.  Both girls stated there is more homework at Colby High School but it is not difficult.    



Monday, May 20, 2013


Judy Steinke, Volunteer Coordinator for SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol)-Coalition of Wisconsin Ageing Groups.  She spoke about the top 10 scams that we should watch out for.  She also talked about ways to protect ourselves from health fraud, medical equipment fraud, Medicare fraud, and medical identity theft.




Monday, June 17, 2013
Field Trip

  Anne Teska, MAREA Member, who organized the field trip to Stony River Assistant Living is with Sarah Krenn, Communications Director, at Stoney River Assistant Living.  The building is luxuriously equipped with full-sevice tavern, theatre, exercise room, beauty salon, and five fireplaces.


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MAREA Members who enjoyed this wonderful and informative field trip.


MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

Charles Schoenfeld, who was a Certified Nursing Assistant, spoke about his experiences of providing care to persons with Alzheimer's and dementia.  He shared excerpts from his book, "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Dementia Ward".   MAREA members had the opportunity to laugh, cry, connect, and heal during the discussion about the benefits of human kindness.






Monday, September 16, 2013

Mary Griepentrog gave a very interesting talk about her seven week mission trip to the Congo in Africa.  She explained about the kind of missionary work that she did in Africa. It also opened our eyes to the living conditions and hardships in that country.