Chamber Connection, February 2018

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Member News Calendar of Events New Members Economic Outlook

Economic Outlook program will offer new tools, strategies for members

By David Eckmann, President/CEO ike many communities throughout Wisconsin, the greater Wausau region is experiencing strong economic growth while grappling with the talent shortage. Many business firms, small to large, are leveraging technology to fill the gaps in production, service, and generate new business. Here at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, we continually seek partners and collaborators that offer services which help our organization and members to seize new opportunities or overcome challenges.


At the 2018 Economic Outlook program scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 at City Grill Restaurant & Event Space in Wausau, the Chamber will introduce a new interactive tool that has been developed by Mark Lange and his team at the UW System Division for Business and Entrepreneurship. Business intelligence information developed and offered by the Business Dynamics Research Consortium (BDRC) will be made available to the smallest and largest of business firms, cutting across industry sectors. The array of tools

available, when employed by users, will empower business organizations to plan and position resources effectively. In addition to assisting businesses, the business intelligence tools are designed to also serve economic development professionals in our communities. Perhaps one of the greatest economic threats we face is the demographic shift – baby boomer retirements, reduced replacement populations, and an exodus of our younger generation to other parts of the state and nation. The Economic Outlook program will also offer new insight on one of the greatest challenges posed by this shift: retaining youth in the northern and rural areas of Wisconsin. A recent study completed at UW Madison sheds new light on why our youth are leaving the region and what we must do, together, to retain our younger generations in the greater Wausau area. This is an important topic that all of us need to pay attention to. To address this multi-generational challenge, strong partnerships between business, industry, government and notfor-profit organizations to develop and implement a talent development, retention, and attraction plan will be required. Without some form of comprehensive strategic thought and initiative, we rely on hope. Hope is not a strategy. For more on the Economic Outlook program, see page 2.

Chamber News Economic Outlook program to feature a pair of experts The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will host an Economic Outlook program at the City Grill Restaurant & Event Space in Wausau on the morning of Wednesday, March 14. The event will include keynote presentations on both the unique state of Marathon County’s business economy and how some communities in Wisconsin are gaining and maintaining young adult populations. Mark Lange, Executive Director at the Division for Business and Entrepreneurship at the UW-Extension will offer a keynote presentation which will detail Marathon County’s business economy through an exploration of business establishment activity over the

last 20 years. Randy Stoecker, Ph.D., M.S., professor in the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin will share a keynote presentation on how some Wisconsin communities are gaining and maintaining young adult populations. Check-in, a breakfast buffet and networking will begin at 7 a.m. followed by the program to be held from at 7: 30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Members can reserve a table of eight for $280. To register for this event visit or call 715-845-6231.


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Mark Lange

Randy Stoecker

The presenting sponsor for the program is Peoples State Bank. The platinum sponsor is Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsor is Wisconsin Public Service Corp and the facility sponsor is City Grill Restaurant & Event Space. Those interested in becoming sponsors for this event should contact Stacy Livernash at 715-848-5955.

Wisconsin Public Radio, Stevens Point Brewery and UW-Marathon County hosted a Business PM on Thursday, January 25. ServiceMaster Restoration Professionals held a Business PM on Thursday, February 8.

Chamber News

Coming up on our calendar: February 20: Building Your Online Presence February 20: The Changing Demographics of Central Wisconsin February 22: Business PM: Buska Wealth Management LLC March 6: Improving Customer Relationships March 8: Marketing for Talent March 8: Business PM: M3 Insurance March 14: Economic Outlook March 15: Internal Controls & Fraud Prevention March 16: Nothing But Networking March 20: Business PM: Patron Mexican Restaurant & Bar LLC and The Village of Weston March 22: Automating Your Business Functions April 5: Business PM: Clark Dietz Inc April 17: Small Business of the Year Awards April 19: Business EXPO 2018 April 19: EXPO Business PM

The Immersion Project continued this month with a day spent visiting The Women’s Community Inc, United Way of Marathon County Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral WI Inc and The Neighbors’ Place on January 13.

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April 20: Small Business of the Year Recognition Ceremony For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit

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SBDC at UW-Stevens Point offers programming for Chamber members When the Chamber’s Dave Eckmann met with Melissa Meschke of the Small Business Development Center last year, he knew a relationship with the organization could benefit Chamber members and local business owners. “It’s a goal for all Chambers to have offerings to assist our local business owners.” said Eckmann, the President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber recognizes the importance of small, medium and large businesses in his community and the need for educational opportunities for them.” Meschke, the Director of the SBDC at UW-Stevens Point, along with Mark Speirs, the SBDC Consultant at UW-Stevens Point, developed a series of programs that will serve the business owners in the community. Both Meschke and Speirs have a background running small businesses and have used that experience, along with feedback they have received from community

leaders, to craft this series. The first program in the series, titled ‘Finding the Money,’ was held last month. The series continues in 2018 with the following programs: March 8: Marketing for Talent – How to attract top talent to your organization. Many people think of marketing their products and services, but what does it mean to market yourself? Learn how with a solid brand, a mobile friendly website, and video, you can help yourself stand out in this tight labor market and attract the talent you need.

About the SBDC at UW-Stevens Point:

One of 14 offices in the Wisconsin SBDC Network offered through UW-Extension’s collaboration with the UW four year campuses to support entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs.

December 13: Grow your Customer Base – Increase sales through networking, sales techniques, and digital and traditional marketing. Learn tips on effective networking and sales November 15: Buying and Leasing Commercial Real Estate – How to know techniques and how to pair with your what is right for your small business. Due marketing efforts. All programs in the series will be held diligence is key when buying or leasing from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UWcommercial real estate to house your Marathon County’s Sonnetag Room at business. This program will cover the analysis and investigation needed before 625 Stewart Avenue in Wausau. signing a commercial lease or buying a For more information or to register, visit piece of commercial property. The Chamber hosted a pair of programs on Marathon County’s Uniform Addressing project in recent weeks. For more information on the project, visit MyMarathonCounty

Business Education Series The Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point presents their 2018 Business Education Series for Wausau Region Chamber Members.

Classes are No Cost to Members

Dates: January 18 March 8 November 15 December 13


3 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Sonnetag Room UW-Marathon County 625 Stewart Avenue Wausau, WI 54401

Presenting Chambers of Commerce:

Finding the Money

Know what financing and funding is available for your businesses.

It takes money to make money, so where can your business find the capital to launch or grow? This program will provide an overview of the many capital sources for business including traditional commercial loans, government loan programs and grants, as well as many lesser-known specialized sources of funding.

Marketing for Talent

How to attract top talent to your organization.

Many people think of marketing their products and services, but what does it mean to market yourself? Learn how with a solid brand, a mobile friendly website, and video, you can help yourself stand out in this tight labor market and attract the talent you need.

Buying and Leasing Commercial Real Estate How to know what is right for your small business.

Due diligence is key when buying or leasing commercial real estate to house your business. This program will cover the analysis and investigation needed before signing a commercial lease or buying a piece of commercial property.

Grow your Customer Base Increase sales.


With so many ways to reach out to potential customers, what truly is the most effective way to do so? Through networking, sales techniques, and digital and traditional marketing, learn how you can grow your customer base and increase sales. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at UW-Stevens Point at 715-346-3838.

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Date set for Annual Golf Outing Golf outings aren’t just for leisure; they’re an opportunity to get business done. Whether you’re looking to make new business contacts, develop existing relationships, close a sale or strengthen your team, a morning of golf is sure to offer you a relaxing, yet productive time on the course. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Outing is one of the most exciting business events each summer and will be held on Monday, June 25. The event offers you the opportunity to connect with other members and their guests, all while enjoying an 18-hole outing at the beautiful and private Wausau Country Club. For more information or to register for the 2018 event, visit If you are interested in becoming involved as a sponsor for this event or have an item you would like to goody bag, door prize or raffle prize item you’d like to donate, contact our programs team at programs@ or call 715-848-5953. The Dirks Group is the presenting sponsor for this event with Ruder Ware LLSC the platinum sponsor and Ansay & Associates the gold sponsor.

Chamber News

Registration is open for Business EXPO 2018: Don’t miss your opportunity to host a booth at the largest business trade show in the state! The Business EXPO is the time to showcase new products and services, make key business contacts and network with thousands of attendees from around Wisconsin.

Member News As flu activity increases across the country, Ascension facilities in central and northern Wisconsin provide a number of options to seek treatment if needed. Ascension Emergency Departments offer 24/7 availability at Hospitals throughout the region and Urgent Care locations in Rhinelander, Merrill, Stevens Point, Plover and Stanley. “We are pleased to offer a mobile scheduling solution to meet the needs of our patients and improve access to care,” explains Vanessa Freitag, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Operations Integration, Ascension Wisconsin. By visiting, , patients will be able to view the open appointments. Patients who use this service are subject to the same treatment evaluation processes as all other patients but rather than spending time in the waiting room, they remain in the comfort of their home. In the event of a delay, users receive updated projected treatment times via automated phone call and email. Online appointment scheduling is available for Urgent Care services which are intended for individuals with non-life threatening medical conditions such as the flu. On-line check in is also available for emergency room visits for non-life threatening conditions. Another way Ascension is providing convenient access and care to patients is through HealtheVisits, an online diagnosis and treatment program for more than 20 specific common medical conditions that do not require an in-person visit. HealtheVisits is available to all Wisconsin residents and visitors ages 2 to 65 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week and costs $35 out-of-pocket. For residents of Mosinee and central Wisconsin, a unique partnership has created expanded healthcare services for the community. For several years, Ascension Medical Group has been providing on and near site health and wellness services to employees of Crystal Finishing Systems at its Schofield location. That relationship recently expanded to include the establishment of a new multifaceted healthcare facility for employees and the community at Crystal’s Mosinee manufacturing location in the Central Wisconsin Business Park, located at 880 South View Drive. Ascension Medical Group at Mosinee, located on the first floor, provides primary care, onsite X-ray and lab testing, physical and occupational therapy and occupational medicine and industrial rehabilitation services. “This facility is an exciting project that represents a commitment to deliver compassionate, personalized care to area employees, their families and the community,” said Sue Sanicola, Vice President Administrative, Primary Care, Ascension Medical Group, Wisconsin. “We are delighted to serve as the catalyst to bring

this facility to the Mosinee community,” said Mark Matthiae, Founder and President, Crystal Finishing Systems. For more information on Ascension Medical Group at Mosinee, please call 715-803-6522 or visit For more information on Integrated Pain Solutions, please call 844200-7246 or visit As part of the planned leadership transition, Clark Dietz Inc has elected Charles Craddock, PE, FACEC, as President and COO. John I. Boldt, PE, FACEC, previously held the title of President and remains as CEO and Chairman of the Board. Jerry Payonk, PE was re-elected Executive Vice President. Wesley Christmas, PE was elected to Treasurer and promoted to Senior Vice President. Mustafa Emir, PE, PhD was elected Secretary and promoted to Senior Vice President. Other members re-elected to the board include: Hans Peterson, PE (Senior Vice President); Al Staron, PE (Senior Vice President); Nancy Hiner (Senior Vice President); Sean Widener, PE (Vice President); Stacie Dovalovsky, PE (Vice President); and Jon Howaniec, PHR (Vice President). Justin Yach has recently been named commercial lines account executive for Compass Insurance Services working in their Stevens Point location. Yach will provide area businesses with comprehensive property and casualty insurance coverages tailored to meet the unique needs of each company. Yach Justin Yach grew up in the Stevens Point area and spent fifteen years working for Travel Guard and Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection in the travel insurance industry. Yach is a graduate of Mid-State Technical College.

We Want to Hear from You! Please submit your stories and photos to Brian Otten at Use of the stories will be at the discretion of the Chamber and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the Chamber will be used.

NEED TO TAP INTO A TALENT PIPELINE? Students participating in The Branch innovate solutions to real-world projects for member businesses.

“We gave the students in The Branch the unusual opportunity to help us make a decision usually reserved for a board of directors or senior management. And investing $5,000 in the ten weeks of what was essentially consulting work was a great value for us.”

“The Branch offered an outside perspective and new approach for a solution to an ongoing issue within our organization. The program had an immediate appeal because we have a passion for entrepreneurship, ingenuity, creativity and innovation.”

- Mike Rayome, Director of Human Resources

- Robin Hegg, Senior Vice President/ Chief Human Resources Officer

To become a supporter of or to submit an innovation challenge to The Branch, contact Renae Krings at or 715-848-5942.

Member News Ellis Construction has been awarded the 2018 Gold Safety Award through the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Ellis Construction was honored at the SuperCon event held by the ABC of WI on February 15. In order to qualify for the Gold Safety Award of Honor, companies must demonstrate the highest proficiency in safety adherence and demonstrate that their track record is well above the industry average. Ellis Construction far exceeded that with over 80,000 hours of work with zero lost time accidents for the second year in a row. Ellis Construction is one of only a handful of companies Statewide that have reached this milestone. “Safety is now central to all we do at Ellis in planning and job site preparation.” said Tim Kreft, Ellis General Superintendent and Safety Director. “We have fully integrated the culture of safety as the number one guiding factor for everything we do here at Ellis.” Kreft added. “Our entire team is responsible for each other in how we work safely and effectively together as a cohesive unit.” “I have never been more proud of our team for their continued efforts and successes, and I thank all of them for helping Ellis reach the highest levels of safety in the State.” said Erik Carlson, President.

displays to fit each room. Guided tours are offered daily except Mondays and holidays. Tours leave on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday through Friday, or 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the last tour at 3 p.m. all days. Tour tickets cost $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths, or free for members and children younger than six. For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

How does China fit into today’s global landscape? Prof. Harlan Grinde will discuss how China fits into today’s global landscape at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12 at Spencer High School. This presentation is part of the History Speaks in Your Town series presented by the Marathon County Historical Harlan Grinde Society and the Continuing Education office of UW-Marathon County. This presentation will explore China’s rise to power and the current political, economic and diplomatic basis for the ‘China Dream’ program announced by President Xi Jinping. The concluding segment will offer observations concerning MBE CPAs recently announced China’s problems and weaknesses. Grinde is an Emeritus that Katie Trzebiatowski has passed Professor of History from the University of Wisconsin the Uniform CPA Exam, becoming Marathon County. This talk is free and open to the public. a Certified Public Accountant in All donations are appreciated. Registration is not required. Wisconsin. The CPA examination is For more information, please call the Marathon County administered by the American Institute Historical Society at 715-842-5750. of Certified Public Accountants to ensure only qualified individuals Katie Trzebiatowski become CPAs. After candidates pass all four parts of the CPA exam, they must also pass a professional ethics exam before officially receiving licensure. Katie is a 2012 graduate of UWMadison. Katie works in the Wausau office and has been an associate with the firm since October 2017. She grew up in Wausau and enjoys being on the board of the Wausau Area Jaycees Fourth of July Celebration and the Institute of Management Accountants – Heart of Wisconsin Chapter.

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The Marathon County Historical Society will present Houses in Bloom from March 6 to 11. In only its third year, this popular week has become a late-winter tradition. Both the Woodson History Center and the Yawkey House Museum will be enhanced by fresh floral arrangements. Local designers visit the homes in advance and create floral

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Member News Merrill Sheet Metal Works, Inc. recently completed the acquisition of Lakeview Heating & Cooling, LLC. “After careful consideration, Penny and I have decided that it’s time to embark on a new venture,” said Dave Lake in a letter to customers. “Although this is bittersweet, we are excited to start a new chapter in our lives.” Lake had been servicing customers in the Wausau area for the past 25 years. “Dave has a great reputation for quality customer service and you can expect nothing less from Merrill Sheet Metal Works,” said Kurt Wendt, president of Merrill Sheet Metal Works & Firefly Lodge.

Cecil to our company. He has a solid foundation in property management and is a great addition to our leasing department. Our site managers have a strong focus on providing a great tenant experience and I am confident Cecil will deliver exceptional care of our tenants in Antigo and Eagle River.”

SC Swiderski LLC recently announced a promotion of Elizabeth DeGroot to marketing and design coordinator. In her new role, DeGroot will handle the day to day operations of the marketing department and contribute to the interior design team with research and selections on new construction projects. DeGroot Elizabeth DeGroot has a degree in graphic design from Western Technical College. She joined the company as a graphic designer in 2016. Jacqui Miller, real estate and marketing manager, said, “I am happy to recognize Elizabeth for her contributions to the company in elevating the company image with her work across all platforms. I am pleased that we can also utilize her talents in the interior design of our buildings.” The company continues to expand their capabilities with emphasis on providing a great tenant experience which starts with thoughtful design handled by their in-house design team. “Adding Elizabeth to this team supports our mission to deliver quality developments for our tenants,” explained Miller.

Schenck SC is pleased to announce Joseph Schirger, Jr., CPA, MT, and Justin Schneider, CPA, have recently been named shareholders of the organization. Joseph Schirger, Jr. Justin Schneider Schirger has more than 25 years of accounting experience providing tax consulting and tax compliance solutions for businesses and individuals. Schirger holds a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver and a BBA in accounting from St. Norbert College. Schneider provides accounting, consulting and tax services to a variety of clients, helping them work through the challenges facing their businesses and plan for the future. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a retired member of the Air National Guard. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Schneider serves as a board member on the Port Washington-Saukville Rotary Club and is a member of the Mequon-Thiensville, Port Washington and Saukville Chambers of Commerce.

SC Swiderski LLC also recently announced Cecil Dehart has joined the company as a leasing site manager. He joins the property management division of the company in the leasing department and will oversee two multi-family locations. Dehart graduated from UW-Stout with a bachelor of science degree in construction management. He Cecil Dehart served six years in the US Army Reserve as a mason and carpenter. He has eleven years of experience in construction, property maintenance and management. In his new role, Dehart will handle leasing and tenant relations at Prosser Place Estates in Antigo and Mill Street Estates in Eagle River. Leasing manager, Kari Kussow, said, “We welcome

The Manufacturing & Distribution team at Schenck, a full-service CPA and consulting firm, jointly published the results from the 2018 Leading Edge Alliance National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. More than 450 manufacturing executives participated in the survey. “Manufacturers, long known for their Karin Gale ability to adapt in an evolving industry, continue to innovate effectively,” said Karin Gale, CPA, shareholder and Manufacturing & Distribution team leader at Schenck. View and download the complete analysis at

Member News The UW–Marathon County Office of Continuing Education is offering a spring break retreat at the UW-Stevens Point Treehaven Retreat Center in Tomahawk on March 26 to 28. Join the UW Quilt Camp/Retreat to learn how to incorporate Contemporary Art into Quilts. Participants will create a series of three unique, contemporary art quilts using a variety of fiber techniques and will utilize the natural setting as their muse to create their pieces of art. Transportation to and from Treehaven in Tomahawk is the registrants responsibility. Cost is $409 per person, double occupancy. For an additional charge, single rooms are available. Includes overnight accommodations, meals and some classroom supplies. For more information please call the Office of Continuing Education at 715-261-6294.

enthusiasts and also UWMC students on the design for the set of UWMC’s upcoming musical, Spring Awakening. Attea installed an exhibit of her work in the Center for Civic Engagement Art Gallery. UW-Marathon County also welcomed University of Wisconsin Madison graduate art student Noël Ash to campus for an exhibit earlier this month in the Ahrnsbrak Gallery.

More than 125 students, representing 26 teams from 14 high schools, including Athens, D.C. Everest, Marshfield, Medford, Mosinee, and Wausau East and West, competed this month in the North Regional Tournament of the Wisconsin Science Olympiad at UW-Marathon County. Qualifiers from the tournament advanced to the state tournament to be held at the UW-Marathon County welcomed Susan Attea, a professional University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 6 and 7. This is the theatrical scenic designer, to campus for an artist residency tenth year UWMC has hosted the competition and is the largest earlier this month. She worked with local artists and theatre representation of schools and teams competing since 2009.

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Member News UW-Marathon County has named its 2017-18 Kaplan Award recipients. The award recognizes individuals for significant innovative improvements in instruction and/or service to students. Recipients receive a $250 grant from the university, matched by the UWMC Foundation. The award honors Arthur M. Kaplan, who retired in 1993 as vice chancellor of the UW Colleges. Aaron Steffen, associate professor of physics and astronomy, received the award for his work in identifying and providing creative curricular offerings. For example, he helped two students in need of physics courses beyond UWMC’s typical offerings. He also taught one of the courses outside of his regular course load without compensation. In addition, to meet growing student needs, he developed more online physics courses with laboratory credit. Joanne Juedes, mathematics senior lecturer, earned the award for her dedication to serving students enrolled in development math. She was recognized for her innovative, patient, steady and clear instruction in working with struggling students and for boosting their self-esteem. Juedes assisted one student, who is blind, complete two math

courses by using alphabet and number wooden blocks and foam numbers and letters to figure out complicated problems. Maysee Cha, an adviser in UWMC’s TRiO program, received the award for the unwavering support and insightful guidance she provides students in directing them toward majors and future higher education institutions that complement students’ strengths and interests. Wausau Kayak & Canoe Corporation thanks everyone who contributed funds, labor and material for the successful completion of Phase 1 of their course improvements. To remain competitive and continue attracting World Class Whitewater events, the group will repair and upgrade its water features. This Phase 2 is subject to obtaining all permits and approvals, raising funds of $186,400 and successful coordination with upcoming Wausau Hydro repairs. Phase 3 will follow with a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the course for enhanced safety access, operational efficiency and to connect Wausau’s Riverwalk in a loop across Stewart, Bull Falls and Clark islands back to downtown Wausau.

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Save the Date! February 28, 2018 Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI


Five-time Emmy Award-winning Investigative Journalist


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Welcome Reception, Madison Club 5:00 - 7:00 PM

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 Business Day in Madison 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Business Day in Madison will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This event brings business leaders from all over the state together to meet with policymakers and discuss important issues facing the business community and our state. We invite you to attend what is certain to be an insightful program. The program will bring its usual cadre of top-notch speakers. Our lunch keynote GREG GUTFELD, a libertarian political satirist, humorist, magazine editor and blogger. Greg is perhaps best known as the co-host of the Fox News Channel program “The Five” and “The Greg Gutfeld Show” on Sunday evenings. He covers a variety of topics, including news, entertainment, and sports with special guests. Other featured speakers include SHARYL ATTKISSON, five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist; and GUY BENSON, political editor of, Fox News contributor and author; and GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER (invited). You areFor invited to a Welcomeopportunities, Reception at the Madison on the evening before, sponsorship contactClub Brittany Rockwell atTuesday, WMC, February 27 from 5:00 -(608) 7:00 PM. 661-6917 or We hope you will save the date and plan to attend the program and welcome reception! Donations to WMC are not deductible as a Charitable Contribution.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Brittany Rockwell at WMC, or 608.661.6917.

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