University of Wisconsin - Madison


Upcoming events

    • Tue, February 27, 2024
    • Tue, June 25, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • 909 East Broadway, Monona, WI

    Join us for conversation and food !

    Join fellow UWRA members for breakfast (or a cup of coffee or tea) at Elie's Family Restaurant (formerly known as Green Forest Restaurant). Members gather once a month for breakfast and lively conversation.

    You can check out Elie's website.  

    • Thu, April 18, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 46
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.



    Advance registration is required.  

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be

    included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    To register by phone or email, contact: 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Mon, April 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Retirement Opportunities Committee (ROC) offers programs and activities to help UWRA members live a rewarding retirement, all the while making new friends and having fun!

    Program categories include:  Health in Aging; Nature; Culture/Intellectual; Government/Political; Home Concerns; Social Justice; University Updates, and History, etc.  The committee coordinates the "Activities in Retirement" column in the monthly newsletter.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, May 02, 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 48
    Register

    electronics clip art 20 free Cliparts | Download images on Clipground 2021Electronic Technology Committee assists members in staying abreast of changing electronic technology, which includes devices such as computers, tablets, tele­phones, cameras, printers, and software applica­tions.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, May 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Mon, May 13, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village University Woods, Room TBD
    • 178
    Register

    Plan today!  Don't Leave Your Heirs Picking up the Pieces

    Planning and making end-of-life choices is hard and not something most of us want to talk about. After all, when we are gone, we no longer need to make any decisions, nor can we care about the “correctness” of those decisions. We’ve fought all of our lives to be responsible, but death allows us to escape any further responsibility.

    But someone needs to make decisions after we’re gone. By some estimates, there are 150 different decisions that need to be made, some economic and some not. It would be thoughtful of us to provide some guidance to those future decision makers regarding our wishes. These wishes might include what will happen with our bodies, what kind of service, what’s in the obituary, who should be notified and how we want to be remembered. 

    Additionally, there is the financial piece connected to the passing of a loved one. How does one prepare for end-of-life costs and how do our assets pass on to our heirs?  What are the pros and cons of a prepaid funeral, a separate end-of-life fund, burial insurance, life insurance, making provisions in a will or trust, or giving money to the individual who is expected to manage your affairs?

    Join us for a discussion with Melissa Theisen, Advanced Planning & Aftercare Specialist, Gunderson Funeral Homes and Attorney Peter Osman, Borakove Osman, LLC addressing the 100+ decisions that accompany the passing of a loved one. 

    Attorney Peter C. Osman, is a partner at and cofounder of BORAKOVE/OSMAN LLC, a boutique estate planning and business planning law firm in Madison, WI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a Wisconsin-licensed attorney. He pursued his undergraduate studies at both the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, receiving his BA with honors. Peter focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder planning, business planning, and estate administration. As part of his practice, Peter has received extensive continuing education in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, and Elder Law. The attorneys of Borakove/Osman LLC focus their practice on assisting clients at all levels of estate planning and have developed customized strategies to fit client needs at many different service levels and price points. This ensures that each client receives an estate plan that is right for their family, their goals, and their budget.


    Melissa Theisen is an Advanced Planning and Aftercare Specialist with Gunderson Funeral Homes. In this role she assists families make important decisions about their final arrangements in advance. She has had a wide variety of experiences helping people throughout her career as the Director of Development and Communications with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, Sales and Marketing Specialist with Trails Media Group, and Executive Director for the Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce.  Melissa holds a BA in Commuinication and Media Studies from UW-Whitewater.


    This presentation will be recorded.

    If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please send to Program Coordinators Sandi Haase at sandi.haase@wisc.edu and Tom Eggert at tleggert@wisc.edu by Monday, May 6.

    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA at the address below.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, May 10.

    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required. You are encouraged to register online. To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, May 16, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.



    Advance registration is required.  

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be

    included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    To register by phone or email, contact: 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Fri, May 17, 2024
    • 8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Fireside Theatre in Ft. Atkinson
    • 14
    Register


    This inspiring true story of Carole King’s journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a Tony and Grammy Award–winning musical phenomenon. Before she was hitmaker Carole King, Carole Klein was a spunky, young songwriter from Brooklyn with a unique voice. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trailblazing success with her album Tapestry, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical takes audiences back to where it all began. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “Natural Woman,” the show is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget.

    The UWRA and the Verona Senior Center are partnering on this travel opportunity. Seating is limited, so register today! Registrations must be received no later than noon on Friday, April 26, 2024.

    The meal includes spinach salad, freshly baked breads, choice of entree, Georgia pecan pie for dessert, and coffee/tea/milk. Entree choices include:

    Supreme Cut Chicken Breast  Seasoned with lemon pepper and seared. Served with butternut squash gratin and garlic green beans.
    Grilled Hanger Steak Known as "The Butcher's Filet," this tender and flavorful cut is marinated in red ale and brown sugar then charred to perfection on the grill and served with a sauce of savory blue cheese, cream, and fresh herbs.  Served with butternut squash gratin and garlic green beans.
    Rainbow Trout Seasoned with lemon pepper and seared to perfection.  Served with butternut squash gratin and garlic green beans.
    Global Vegetarian Medley Farm fresh vegetables, mushrooms, grains, and pasta


    Schedule  (Return times are approximate)

     8:45 a.m.  Depart Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli Street, Verona
     9:15 a.m.  Pick-up (East side) Dutch Mill Park and Ride (East Lot)
    10:00 a.m.  Arrive at Fireside Theatre 
    11:15 a.m.  Dine
     1:30 p.m.  Showtime
     5:00 p.m.  Return Dutch Mill Park & Ride
     5:30 p.m.

     Return Verona Senior Center


    Cost

    $143 per person and includes bus transportation, driver tip, admission fees, meal, taxes, and gratuities.


    Registration Details and Deadline

    Register online.   Mailed in reservations using the REGISTRATION FORM and checks are accepted.  Registrations much be received no later than Noon on Friday, April 26, 2024.


    Refund Policy

    UWRA refunds an event fee if cancelled prior to the registration deadline.  Refunds after the registration deadline are only processed if a wait-listed registrant can attend.  Refunds made by check.

    Questions

    Contact trip coordinator Sandi Haase at (sandi.haase@wisc.edu) or the UWRA office at 608-262-0641.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    • Tue, May 21, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Expansive the Capital, 345 W Washington Ave, 3rd Floor
    • 33
    Register

    Antique or art, collectible or curiosity, find out for free at the UWRA Appraisal Fair

    Join us for an afternoon of socializing and discovery as appraisers Laura Duguid and Lex Huckabey examine your treasures to reveal what they are and what they’re worth.
    • ·       Please bring only (1) item per person
    • ·       No books, bibles, guns or large furniture please

    Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Register today!

    Laura Duguid has been appraising personal property since 2019, working closely with attorneys, trust officers, wealth managers, and private clients to provide certified appraisal reports. She currently oversees the Leonard Company’s Madison and Milwaukee offices. Prior to joining The Leonard Company in 2019, she owned a vintage shop and held a management position with a New Uses Resale franchise. She currently performs more than 25 appraisal projects per year. 

    Laura holds a BA from the University of Iowa with a concentration in communications and journalism. She is a member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) with the accredited member designation.  She is current with USPAP through 2025.

    Lex Huckabey has been appraising personal property since 2013, working closely with lawyers, bank officers, guardians, and private clients to provide certified appraisal reports. Prior to joining The Leonard Company in 2019, she held positions with Everything But the House (EBTH) and MIR Appraisal Services. She currently performs or oversees more than 100 appraisal projects per year.

    Lex holds an AB from Brown University with a double concentration in Classics and Visual Art. She is a member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) with the accredited member designation. She is current with USPAP through 2025.

    If you have preliminary questions for the appraisers, please send to Program Coordinator Laura Duguid at laura@theleonardcompany.com by Tuesday, May 14.

    Parking

    There is ample street parking or validated parking on LEVEL F in the garage behind The Hyatt Place.


    Food Pantry Contributions:

    Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA at the address below.

    Registration Deadline:  Friday, May 17. 


    Registration:  

    Advance registration is required. You are encouraged to register online. To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Mon, May 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Retirement Opportunities Committee (ROC) offers programs and activities to help UWRA members live a rewarding retirement, all the while making new friends and having fun!

    Program categories include:  Health in Aging; Nature; Culture/Intellectual; Government/Political; Home Concerns; Social Justice; University Updates, and History, etc.  The committee coordinates the "Activities in Retirement" column in the monthly newsletter.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Thu, June 06, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
    Register

    Refreshments will be served along with cash bar available

    Cost: $19 per person

    Registration must be received no later than May 19, 2024


    The UWRA Board of Directors invites you and your guest to the Annual Membership Meeting, Reception, and Speaker at the Arboretum Visitor's Center.  This is your chance to reconnect and enjoy each other's company.  

    Brenda González, UW–Madison’s director of Community Relations, is our invited speaker. She serves as the university’s primary point of contact with local community and nonprofit organizations and is responsible for developing strategies to ensure the university is engaged with these organization and broader community.

    There will be a short business meeting which includes President's annual report, nomination and election of board officers and directors, 2023 audit report, approval 2024-25 budget, and passing of the gavel as required by UWRA bylaws. 

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    Parking:  Free parking is available onsite

    Food Pantry Contributions:    Open Seat Food Pantry.   

    Both cash and checks payable to UW FOUNDATION will be accepted.  Please enter "Open Seat Food Pantry" on the memo line. 

    New Member Table:   If you are new to UWRA or have attended one or two UWRA events, we welcome you. There will be a special table for new attendees to meet board members who will welcome you to UWRA and answer any of your questions or concerns. Look for the table tent saying, "New Member Table".

    Registration:

    • Advance registration is required.
    • Registration deadline:  Must be received no later than May 19, 2024 This is a hard deadline.  
    • You are encouraged to register online. To register by mail with check, click here for main-in registration form.

    If the in-person event is cancelled:

    If the in-person event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, this event would be held via Zoom (same day, same timeframe).  All registrants will receive notification of the change.

    Questions? Call or Email:  

    UW-Madison Retirement Association

    21 N Park St, Room 7205

    Madison, WI 53715-1218

    608-262-0641

    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu 

     

    • Fri, June 07, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    Monthly planning meeting of the Committee on Financial Matters in Retirement (CFMR).

    The Committee offers monthly programs on topics dealing with financial matters in retirement. The topics include seminars on State health insurance coverages, federal and state tax changes, estate planning, management fees to invest, administer and dissolve a trust, how to protect against identity theft and other economic topics of interest to our members.

    Interested in possibly joining the committee?   You are invited to attend a committee meeting to check it out.  Please register.

    Advance registration is required in order to receive virtual call information.  To register by phone or email, call or email 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Wed, June 12, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Galena, Illinois
    • 19
    Register

    The upper Mississippi river winds through bluffs and bottomland anchoring a wonderland of good time in northwest Illinois’ jo Daviess County. Beyond Galena’s charms, there’s plenty to see and do. Beloved for its preserved downtown district and President Grant history, Galena boasts the sightseeing and entertainment options of a place twice its size. Galena’s historic Main Street has built a reputation with more than 125 art galleries, antiques stores and eclectic boutiques – all housed in beautifully restored 19th century buildings.  https://www.visitgalena.org/


    Ulysses S. Grant Home Tour

    On August 18, 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant. Following a jubilant procession, a group of Galena citizens presented the General with a handsomely furnished house on Bouthillier Street. It was opened to the public in 1904.


    Guided City Tour

    Our next stop will be a city tour with our step-on guide. Learn all about the 19th century buildings, business district, eclectic boutiques and art galleries.



    Shopping & Lunch

    Next, we will have time for shopping and lunch on your own. Following lunch, we will make one more SURPRISE STOP on our way back home.


    This is a UWRA and Verona Senior Center partnered travel opportunity. Register today to join the fun.  Seating is limited, so register today! Registrations must be received no later than Noon on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

    Schedule  (Return times are approximate)

     8:00 a.m.  Depart (East side) Dutch Mill Park and Ride (East Lot)
     8:30 a.m.  Pick-up Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli Street, Verona

     Visiting Galena
     5:00 p.m.  Return Verona Senior Center
     5:30 p.m.

     Return Dutch Mill Park & Ride


    Cost

    $116 per person and includes bus transportation, driver tip, admission fees, taxes, and gratuities.  Lunch on your own.


    Registration Details and Deadline

    Register online.   Mailed in reservations using the Registration Form and checks are accepted.  Registrations much be received no later than Noon on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.


    Refund Policy

    UWRA refunds an event fee if cancelled prior to the registration deadline.  Refunds after the registration deadline are only processed if a wait-listed registrant can attend.  Refunds made by check.

    Questions

    Contact trip coordinator Sandi Haase at (sandi.haase@wisc.edu) or the UWRA office at 608-262-0641.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    • Thu, June 20, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 50
    Register

    UWRA members are welcome to attend.



    Advance registration is required.  

    NOTE:  The weblink and virtual call information will be

    included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.


    To register by phone or email, contact: 

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu


    • Wed, June 26, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Milwaukee
    • 47

    Take me out to the ballgame!

    Take me out to the ballgame,

    Take me out with the crowd...

    Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks

    I don't care if I never get back,

    For it's root, root, root for the home team,

    If they don't win it's a shame ...

    'Cause it's one, two, three strikes you're out

    At the old ball game!


    American Family Field, (home of the Milwaukee Brewers) is where a fan upon encountering the brick facade and structural elegance can't help but feel the reincarnation of baseball's romantic past. Intimate proximity to the players, natural grass, and a unique configuration separates this ballpark.

    This day trip is limited to the first 47 people who register. Register today to join the fun.  it is a 1:10 p.m. game.

    Schedule  (Return times are approximate)

     10:00a.m.  Depart Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli Street, Verona
     10:30a.m.  Pick-up (East side) Dutch Mill Park and Ride (East Lot)

     American Family Field, Milwaukee
     5:00 p.m.  Return Dutch Mill Park & Ride
     5:30 p.m.

     Return Verona Senior Center

    This is a UWRA and Verona Senior Center (VSC) partnered travel opportunity. 

    Cost

    $65 per person and includes bus transportation, driver tip, admission fees, and taxes.  Lunch on your own.


    Registration Details and Deadline

    Registration opens April 1 and will close when the tickets are sold.

    For ease in processing tickets, registration is being coordinated through the Verona Senior Center.  To order tickets and reserve your spot, contact the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli Street, Verona at 608/845-7471.


    Refund Policy

    UWRA refunds an event fee if cancelled prior to the registration deadline.  Refunds after the registration deadline are only processed if a wait-listed registrant can attend.  Refunds made by check.

    Questions

    Contact trip coordinator Sandi Haase at (sandi.haase@wisc.edu) or the UWRA office at 608-262-0641.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    • Tue, July 23, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Madison, WI (Self-Drive)
    • 18
    Register

    Ship Ahoy!

    There has never been a better way to experience Madison than this. From the deck of the Betty Lou, listen to the sound of lapping waves and feel the breeze on your face. Whether you are standing on the open deck or relaxing in our spacious cabin, you have got the best seat in town. The motoryachts are fully equipped, and our experienced crew is prepared to make your cruise a carefree event to remember.

    Enjoy first-class views of Madison's skyline, including the State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, and University of Wisconsin campus. Behold miles of scenic natural shoreline, including Governor Nelson State Park, as well as dramatic lakefront estates.

    • This is a self-drive activity. 
    • The yachts are moored at the Mariner's Inn on Lake Mendota.
    • Parking is at the Mariner's Inn, 5339 Lighthouse Bay Drive, Madison.
    • The yacht always leaves on time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. There is no assigned seating on cruises. Seating choices are on a first come basis.
    • This is private boat tour for UWRA and Verona Senior Center members and guests.
    • Cost includes admission and lunch.
    • OF NOTE:  Yachts are not handicapped accessible. The variable water levels and dual decks on each yacht require all of our guests to navigate stairs.
     Menu includes  Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs, "with all the fixin's"

    "Build Your Own Burgers

    Chicken Breast Sandwiches

    Potato Salad

    Assorted Chips and Dips

    Assorted Desserts

    Soda, Coffee, Juice, Water

    Cashless Cash Bar Available

    This is a UWRA and Verona Senior Center partnered travel opportunity. Register now to join the fun.  Seating is limited, so register today! 

    Cost

    $70 per person and includes admission and food.  

    Registration Details and Deadline

    Register online.   Mailed in reservations using the Registration Form and checks are accepted.  Registrations much be received no later than Noon on Friday, June 7, 2024.

    Refund Policy

    UWRA refunds an event fee if cancelled prior to the registration deadline.  Refunds after the registration deadline are only processed if a wait-listed registrant can attend.  Refunds made by check.

    Questions

    Contact trip coordinator Sandi Haase at (sandi.haase@wisc.edu) or the UWRA office at 608-262-0641.

    UW-Madison Retirement Association
    21 N Park St, Room 7205
    Madison WI 53715-1218
    608-262-0641
    retireassn@mailplus.wisc.edu

    • Sun, August 04, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Mon, August 05, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dubuque, Iowa
    • 19
    Register