More than 2 and 1/2 years ago Man Talk was formed at the Senior Center, meeting twice a month for conversation. Local concerns drifted into book reviews. Soon presenters were invited. Then women were included. Tours became regular events. Participation increased to a regular 12 to 16.
Now we will have Tom Bauer lead us in a discussion on where we go from here. The Participatory Learning And Teaching Organization (PLATO), a U-W Madison extension program of education, will have
representatives joining in the conversation.
Join us as we look ahead.
In his free-time, Verona Public Library Reference Librarian, Mark Cullen, has been traveling to Japan off and on since 1992. Join us as Mark helps us discover the intricacies of the geography, the arts and culture, and the oddities that make this country so distinctive and fascinating. Just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games! Special emphasis will be given to Northern Japan where his wife’s family resides.
We will tour the Farley Center and the Natural Path Sanctuary west of Verona. The Sanctuary is an all-natural burial site in the beautiful wooded hills of southwest Wisconsin. We will hear a presentation as we walk through the burial area led by Shedd Farley. We will carpool, leaving the Senior Center at 10 AM and return at noon. Wear good walking shoes!
In 1977, one of our own, Bill Rettenmund, bought a 1901, 1/16 scale horse barn for his daughters. Bill wanted to sell it in 2013 as it was a collectors’ item. However, his girls would not permit him! The result? Bill began constructing miniature buildings of the family farm in Black Earth, as well as 1901 farm machinery. He has shown these at toy shows and will retrieve them from the Black Earth museum in order to share them with us!
Promega in Fitchburg is a worldwide leader in applying biochemistry and molecular biology to develop products having to do with genetic identity, drug discovery, diagnosing and treating of diseases and development of various therapies. Scientist Jim Cali will address us on some of their 4,000 products and their $155 million dollar new expansion. We will then have a guided tour of some of the lab areas.
Having just returned from a recovery assignment in Belgium, Charles Konsitzke will explain how lost soldiers are found and returned to loved ones. Though working in several war theaters, the team, which will have several members present, is currently working mostly in Europe.
One of our own, John Scharer, will present several of his works of art. These include nature scenes, still life, wild life and building structures. John has used several mediums for his works, from water paints to oils.
Keith O’Connell will inform us of the joys and frustrations of today’s farming. With his brother and other employees, Keith works 2,000 acres of cropland in the Blue Mounds area and milks 230 cows. Learning about the O’Connell farm will help those attending to understand more about herbicides, milk pricing, government subsidies and conservation farming methods.
We learn about the disappearing water of the American West.
Jerry Grajowski will a discussion of the book, Cadillac Desert, dealing with irrigation, diverted rivers, dams and early Mormon water usages and water reclamation efforts from 1860-1980.
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights of ecological and economic disaster. … (Amazon)
On July 23 we invite a larger audience to join us as Jonas Zahn of Beaver Dam presents alternative arrangements for funerals and burials that do less damage to the environment. His company uses only woods from Wisconsin trees and products that are 99% biodegradable. He will inform us on how to have a carbon negative funeral. This event is open to all participants of the Senior Center as well as to the community. Local funeral directors and pastors are being invited and may be available for consultation. Regular attenders are encouraged to bring spouses, friends and neighbors to this event.
We will learn about the background, motivation and purpose of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) the militant Islamic organization that has recently been in decline. The presenter will be Steve Sheets.
We will carpool to New Glarus to visit with father-and-son dual of Gary and Wade Kuhl at their restoration shop. They will tell of their hobby and show a few gems from yesteryear. We will leave the Senior Center at 10:00 AM and return about noon.
Extensions to the outing (were added at the June 11th meeting):
Have lunch in New Glarus (optional)
Tour of the Brewery (optional)