DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for June 26, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

June 26, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, July 10, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.


Present on June 26: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley


Announcements were made, see below.*


We had some pre-meeting social time, followed by a review of our meeting rules:


  1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski)
  2. One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
  3. Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
  4. 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.


A few modifications to the agenda were made.


Someone mentioned Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) Message Monday.


John Stanley and Ginny will ride on the DWAG float in the DeForest 4th of July parade.  Nate Timm has donated his truck again and will drive it in the parade.  THANKS AGAIN, NATE!  We hope the theme to be “Resuscitate Democracy” with a CPR dummy, etc.  Karen will provide the new DWAG banner she has donated.  THANKS, KAREN!  And thanks to all who helped with the float.  Expenses for materials and candy are reimbursed out of the DWAG treasury.


John St. reported that the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce will not let us “buy” a table at the weekly Farmers' Market, because even though we are a non-profit organization we are not a 501c3 non-profit.  Go figger, huh? seemed to be the reaction of the group.  JohnSki will check the files for paper work we submitted to the feds when starting several years ago to register as a club (or something like that).  We will pursue this project further.


John St. is working with the Labor Temple in Wausau to set up a site for the northern progressives’ festival in October.  $400 is needed to reserve the hall.  The group decided that was too much for our little group to front, but we would go $100 toward the reservation fee.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network might furnish the fee.  We are hoping that the locally active progressives in the northern counties will jump in soon to organize this event.


As regards the “sign list” or community “intel” spread sheet, Frank is looking at it to make revisions and additions.  Janet wants to take a look.  JohnSki is comparing it to the regular DWAG email list and furnishing Karen with applicable information.


September 16th is the tentative date for DWAG to host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting.  JohnSki will reserve his condo association clubhouse for that date. We intend to have the usual potluck, the usual roundtable sharing, and a short program maybe featuring Kathleen Vinehout, a discussion of the illegal drug web, voter redistricting, the UW Vietnam war era music project, the space program, or some other mutually agreed upon topic.


If you are interested in becoming a Voter Education Ambassador, contact Janet Mills or the City of Madison Clerk’s office.


Ginny and Janet called our Assembly representative, John Jagler’s, office to recommend that he get AJR53 on the agenda for a committee he is on.  AJR53 sets up a statewide referendum on the questions of corporations as persons and money as speech.  Others are urged to call or write to Mr. Jagler too.


We discussed the possibility of computer training at one of the area schools, the senior/community center, or the library.


Karen gave us a quick summary of Senator Ron Johnson’s telephone town hall meeting that day.  The topic was supposed to be health care, but there were other topics brought up too such as the contaminated water in Kewaunee County and Social Security.  One woman called in to ask if her daughter’s $3000/month cost for drugs will be covered if the Republicans’ health care bill passes.


See you at next Monday’s meeting?


*Announcements (Thank you, Karen, for compiling the Announcements each week.)


·        Tue. June 27, The Raging Grannies - 6:30 PM.  E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland.  Please join us for wonderful evening of song, sass and sisterhood.

·        Wed. June 28 12:00 noon -  Stop Anti-Immigrant Bill AB190 – No Hate in Our State - Statewide Day of Action!

·        Wed. June 28th Songs of Resistance - 5:00 pm High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) – Fundraiser for the ACLU, co-hosted by WORT FM Community Radio! Tickets are $5.00. Info? Visit Facebook:

·        June 30-July 6 - Chicago IL Warrior Games - The Warrior Games exist to provide an opportunity for approximately 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veteran/athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force will participate in this international and inter-service competition. Teams include active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. Most events are free. The Opening Ceremonies (hosted by Jon Stewart with entertainment including Kelly Clarkson) are NOT. Many events are at McCormick Place - Lakeside Center. Info/schedule at:    




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