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Christian Men’s Fellowship
January 22; 10:30am

We gather regularly for great fellowship, interesting programs, and a fine lunch. We meet in Borgwardt Hall. Coffee is served and a time for visiting starts at 10:30am. At 11am, we begin with brief devotions, followed by a short business meeting. Next follows a 45 minute program on timely topics led by special guest presenters. Lunch is served at noon, and the cost is $6. Be part of this fellowship of Bethel men. The annual membership fee is just $10.

January 22: (A change from the 3rd Tuesday)
History of the Wisconsin State Capitol    
Michael Edmunds is a writer and public historian living in Madison. His talk on the Wisconsin State Capitol is the story of the monument that in 2017 turned 100 years old.  He’ll highlight the colorful personalities associated with it over the past century and tell stories about governors, architects, legislators, protestors, receptionists and activists and how they carried out the experiment of self-government under the dome of this great building. Michael has written a number of publications and will have copies of his book The Wisconsin Capitol available. He is a graduate of Harvard and Simmons College and is on the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

February 5:
Fill’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations
Jim Draeger, author of publications on Wisconsin’s Bars & Breweries and Wisconsin Gas Stations, has worked in the field of historic preservation and architecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society for more than 20 years. He celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing and lectures. He is the State Historical Society Preservation Officer.

February 19:
Overview of the 115th Fighter Wing
Major Penny Ripperger and Capt. Westmont are USAF Veterans and manage the Public Affairs Office at the 115th Fighter Wing. Ripperger has been a member of the Air National Guard for 22 years.  She began her military career in the ND Air National Guard.  She has served in several areas in the Air Force, to include Services, Finance and Public Affairs.  In addition to her Public Affairs role, she is also the commander of the Force Support Squadron at the 115th Fighter Wing. Westmont has been a member of the Air Force for 19 years. Her military service includes service in the Active Duty, reserve and guard components, with over 13 years in the Air National Guard. She has served in several fields including, logistics, military instruction, finance and now currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer for the 115thFighter Wing.  

March 5:
Waterway of the Czars
Christian Men’s Fellowship President Dave Lewke will tell us about his recent trip to Russia. Learn about the interesting palaces and cathedrals as well as the Russian countryside as he traveled a 1000 mile river cruise called the “Waterway of the Czars”.  The trip spanned from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Discover facts about the Kremlin and get perspectives on Russian history, culture and economics.

March 19:
Wisconsin’s Commercial Fishing Heritage: Past, Present and Future
Titus Seilheimer is a fisheries specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant and works with commercial, charter and recreational fisheries in Wisconsin’s Great Lakes. He has spent more than 100 days since 2015 on Lake Michigan commercial fishing boats studying catch composition and bycatch in the lake whitefish fishery. Titus is a native of northwestern Wisconsin and has a PhD in Biology from McMaster university and currently lives in Manitowoc. He’ll talk about the importance of Wisconsin fisheries and how they support local jobs and put fish on our plates for the “Friday Night Fish Fries”.  

April 2:
Wisconsin English
Joe Salmons is the Lester W.J. “Smoky” Seifert professor of Germanic Linguistics at the UW-Madison and is the author of several books and publications dealing with linguistics.  This presentation, including plenty of audience participation, will explore the kinds of English spoken in our state, including pronunciation, words and word forms and grammar. How key features of Wisconsin English have developed over time and how they are changing and becoming extinct today.

April 16:
Everything You Wanted to Know about Bagpipes, but were Afraid to Ask
Christian Men’s Fellowship member Ellis Waller first became interested in learning to play the bagpipe when he saw the movie Gunga Din in the 1940s. In 1960 he found a bagpipe teacher and learned to play with the Chicago Stockyards Pipe Band, then played with the Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band, the Shannon Rovers plus the Scottish Educational Society in Rockford before moving to Madison. He was the Regimental Piper for the 338th Basic Combat Trng Regt. At Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. For the last 20 years he has played with the Zor Shrine Pipes and Drums. You will learn about the origin of bagpipes, bagpipes in the Bible, and a myriad of other details about pipes and pipers and the latest bagpipe technology.

May 7:
Football Officiating 101: Getting in to the Game!”
Jon Callaway returns to the Fellowship to talk about his other “life” as an athletic official. Jon has spent the past 22 seasons officiating football at various levels ranging from youth to high school to college to semi-pro. His presentation includes a behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved with training to become an official and what a day in the life of an official is like. This lively and interactive presentation will have you looking at the zebras in a whole new light! Jon was a litigation attorney practicing primarily criminal defense in Madison. Jon is a Local Relations Consultant and has been with the American Transmission Co. since 2008. He has a J.D. from Drake Univ. and B.A. in political science from UW.  

May 21:
Tunes to Delight and Tickle Your Fancy!  
This year, we’re bringing our special closing CMF program to you! All you have to do is to show up! A select group of musicians from the Waunakee Community Band will present a program composed of polkas, waltzes, old time hits and fun tunes, all of which are guaranteed to get the audience involved in hand-clapping, toe-tapping and singing along to the music that we all remember and treasure. Invite others to join us. 

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