DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for December 11, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots
Meeting Notes
December 11, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:00 to 7:00 (or 8:00) p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. See tentative agenda below.

(No notes available for December 18, 25, and January 1 - no meetings December 25 and January 1)

Present on December 11: Shirley Cunningham, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich


Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJAR53/JR 54 contact Janet at - A sample LET can be seen at:
Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. - WGN Xmas get-together, Pine Cone Restaurant
Jan. 20, 2018, 1-5:30, American Conference Center, Boscobel - Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?
Sun. Jan 28, 2018, - 6-8:30 PM, LaFollette High School, Madison – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives

Shirley brought up the subject of access to assistance in the DeForest and Windsor area. As a member of the DeForest Village Board, she is concerned that not all of her constituents know how to get help when they need it, in light of the recent increase in costs of utilities like water. We brainstormed some ideas such as ID'ing property owners, those who pay utilities, Liz's emails, posters, DeForest Area Needs Network, and other ideas. What can DWAG do: find resources, draft a handout, DeFo and Windsor websites, census data for zip 53532, DASD has info. on needy children, help fill out paperwork if need be.

We discussed the ”We Care” DWAG statement of beliefs some more. Frank added a paragraph on weapons.

We believe in the right of citizens to keep and bear arms subject to government determination of disqualifications, qualifications, licensing, and permitting to ensure public safety and a civil society. An army of one does not constitute a well regulated militia.

JohnSki contacted Hannah Rajnicek, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to reschedule her meeting with us for January 22nd. Please, everyone, try to make that meeting, so that we can give Hannah a good group discussion. (Karen, please put on all agendas from now until then to develop some questions. Thanks.)

Try out the new !

There will be no DWAG meetings on Monday, December 25th and January 1st for obvious reasons.

After adjournemnt we discussed elections. Ginny is on the Madison area steering committee for Kathleen Vinehout for governor.

Tentative AGENDA –
DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots
1/0/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM

Social Time
Review of rules:
Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)
One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.
Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

Modify Agenda


Old Business – * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

* Reports by whoever went to events
* Community Rights
* Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)
* Messaging
** Discuss visit in January with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Janacek and new associate editor Dan Colton.
** What will be the DWAG role in the Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives?

New Business -


Political discussion

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