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MARC has a web site at , where you MARC RAC/RES 8 can find a lot of information about the organization, its services and its activities. If you’re on Facebook, you’re encouraged to find us and “like” us. We’re enhancing our social media presence and we’d like you to be a part of it. In the coming months, watch for a new MARC web site, a MARC YouTube channel and more. Mark your calendars!  May 3: The MARC RES self-employment businesses have scheduled their next sales Event luncheon May 3, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come join us for the potato and salad bar in honor of Mother’s Day and do your shopping while you are here! It’s great food and great fun! Contact Christina Mollman at or call 223-9100, ext 39. May 7: The MARC Awards Banquet – watch for more details June 11: The MARC Golf Classic – You can find details elsewhere in this newsletter and registration materials online at June 23: MARC at the Mallards – watch for more details

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MARC Golf Classic – June 11 The 2013 MARC Golf Classic fundraiser will be held June 11 at the Meadows of Sixmile Creek in Waunakee. Registration includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner and prizes. There are four chances to win hole-in-one prizes, from a set of irons to $5,000 in cash. A raffle and a silent auction add to the fun! Tee time is 11:30, with a shotgun start. You can help us with this The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity entertained at event, even if you’re not a golfer, by the MARC East dinner/dance fundraising event. helping to spread the word among golfers you know. If you need flyers or brochures, contact the MARC office 223-9110. If you’re on Facebook, go to the MARC Facebook page, “join” the event and then invite all your Facebook friends. This is a chance to support the joy, the dignity and the opportunity that MARC’s services brings to so many in Dane County – all the while have great fun. New executive director Russell King is the new executive director of MARC, succeeding Richard Berling who retired in January after more than 30 years at the helm. Russell has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience, including 16 years as an executive director. He also has experience with direct care provision to adults with developmental disabilities and dementia, experience with promoting emergency preparedness among people living with disabilities and the organizations that support them, and experience as the adoptive father of two children with special needs. Russell and his wife, Rhonda, reside in Verona. Together, they have three sons and three daughters. In his free time, Russell is a writer and a poet, an avid fisherman, and a coach of youth football, baseball and softball. Contact Russell at . New administrative assistant
Hannah Liverseed is the new administrative assistant for MARC and RES-RAC at the Post Road office. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and doing outdoor activities when the weather is nice. She likes working with people and being able to help them in any way she can. Hannah had this to say: “I look forward to getting to know everyone here at MARC.” Hannah’s contact information is or call 223-9100, ext 10.


The future of MARC MARC has a long and honorable history of service to Dane County, but resting on laurels is never a good idea. As part of the natural transition to the new executive director, MARC is undertaking an exploration of possible futures. The first step is to take measure of the current state of MARC, and MARC Executive Director Russell King has invited the entire MARC staff to engage in a SWOT analysis, providing him with their views of MARC’s strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T). “MARC’s staff is crucial to the planning of MARC’s future,” King said. “Until they are here and greeting MARC clients in the morning, the MARC mission is just words on paper. It is through their hands that our best intentions become real and have an effect in people’s lives. The feedback they get from clients, families, brokers, employers and others in the community is pure gold to MARC. Their view of the environment in which we work is the most direct, so they have a lot to offer us as we plot our new course.” MARC families, supporters and other interested parties are also invited to share their thoughts. If you’d like to share your thoughts, please send them to .

Dinner and dance to chase away the winter blues The 7th annual spaghetti dinner and dance was held March 8 and proved to be a huge success. After dinner, which was purchased and prepared by MARC East employees, more than 100 participants danced the night away to the big band sound of the UW-Platteville’s Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. MARC East employee Heidi Uebelacker has a son who was part of the fraternity, and it was at Heidi’s request that the fraternity brought it musical talent to MARC seven years ago. Each year, the band donates its time and talent, much to the delight of the attendees.


Raising awareness The February 2013 edition of Nature’s Pathways magazine included a half-page advertisement featuring MARC East. The ad, which will run for three months, was donated by a sister of a former client, James Baldwin, who attended MARC East for several years until he passed away. James enjoyed attending MARC East and taking part in the day services.

March In-service From time to time people ask why does MARC have In-services. For MARC West, here is a snapshot of the topics that took place during our March training: Mobility and Orientation for the visually impaired; Tactile Sign Language; Observing signs and symptoms of illness; Drive smart -- cars, vans and lifts; Wheelchair Safety. Our In-service days allow staff to become Kurt Kalscheur, pictured here with Max the better equipped to assist people with their Rooster, runs Kurt’s Kluckin’ Koop microday in day out activities. Annually MARC has enterprise at MARC Mt. Horeb. five training days. These days are extremely beneficial for MARC staff to keep up to date with the needs of the people that we serve on a daily basis. New Staff Welcome to Elise Beckman! She joins our PF group during the mornings. What staff members are saying “I have worked at MARC-West for 8 months. I have always known that each person is unique and shines in their own way. However, in these past few months, I have seen smiles and heard laughter that is like nothing before. A lot of the individuals I work with are (Continued…)


non-verbal, but the sounds that they make are amazing to me. Each person has their own voice and has something to say whether it is in a giggle, a scream, a grunt, or silly noise. When they are all put together, from afar they make up the MARC-West choir and it's beautiful to me.” -Leah “I feel that one of my biggest accomplishments while working here at MARC has simply been making the parents of certain consumers so proud of even the smallest tasks that their kids have done. One example is telling a mother that her daughter had a great day -- she was full of smiles, making her happy sounds, and completing her walks inside the building -- things that many of us take for granted. Another consumer, after watching a co-worker and I discuss how to release the brakes on a fellow consumer's wheelchair, wheeled himself over to us and undid the brakes himself! This incident was shared with his mother and it brightened her day as well as ours!” – Margo MARC West was built in what year? A. 1985 B. 1993 C. 1998 D. 2001 Correct answer is B. With a building that is approached 20 years old, there are certain aspects that require attention. Once the weather improves, we would like to replace a metal outside hand –railing for our loading dock (see photo at right). If you have talent that would lend itself well toward donating time to replace this item, contact Randy or 608.273.3630 x11. MARC West case managers So you’re email savvy! Our case managers have individual emails accounts for convenient communication:      Yu Cheung Shum- Rhiannon Wiegel- Margo Klassy- Kim Gobrecht- Agnes Meier-

March in-service During our March 8 in-service, staff at MARC South attended a “Safe Medication Administration” training. This training was made possible through the Waisman Center Community Training and Consultation program. Staff learned the basics of safe administration of medications. This information is useful at home and at work. For more information about the Waisman Center Community Training and Consultation Program, visit them at . If you have never visited us at MARC South, give us a call and schedule a tour. We provide day programming and vocational services. MARC South currently has opening for services. We are located at 901 Post Road in Madison. Our day services specialize in meeting the needs of someone with higher levels of personal care needs. If you would like more information please contact Wendy at 608-288-808, ext. 35.

In Mt. Horeb, we are springing ahead with the time! Microenterprise businesses are blossoming, new job sites budding, production contracts growing and new day service activities are sprouting! As consumers’ needs are changing, so too are we changing the way we think. We see this spring as a time for creativity and thinking outside the box to present new and fresh opportunities for those individuals we support. Kurt Kalscheur, pictured on page 4 with Max the Rooster, is a proud chicken farmer. Kurt operates Kurt’s Kluckin’ Koop. His coop is located just outside Mt. Horeb. He tends to more than 70 hens – feeding and watering the hens, cleaning the coop, and collecting eggs. Kurt sells his farm fresh eggs from his coop and also makes deliveries. Kurt also personally stamps all of his egg cartons with his business name and information. His hens lay the best eggs around, and you can’t beat the price!
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Franke Wallitsch, pictured at left, operates Worm Works by Franke. He collects and composts waste from the Mt. Horeb School District, local businesses and area residences, adding it to his red wiggler worm bins and then selling the vermi-compost. This product is an excellent source of nutrition to outdoor gardens and house plants. Franke is pictured with his worm tea packaged in muslin tea bags. Visit both businesses on Facebook (Worm Works By Franke and Kurt’s Kluckin’ Koop) or contact MARC Mt. Horeb for more information on these featured microenterprise businesses (608-437-5998). We welcome visitors and would love to give you a tour of our center and discuss our other programs. Stop in today! And as we, in Mt. Horeb, continue to evolve, we invite you to STAY TUNED! New employee Tracie Meyer has joined the staff at MARC Mt. Horeb.
Franke Wallitsch operates Worm Works by Franke, a micro-enterprise at MARC Mt. Horeb.

The onset of 2013 came with the need for of lots of flexibility and everyone stepped up to meet the challenges. Sandy Braund, the program director, worked to organize commitments and prepare everyone for her absence to have a much-needed surgery. Claudia Anders, the assistant director, skillfully led the daily operations with the help and cooperation of staff and clients. Sandy’s surgery went well. She worked hard in her recovery to return after five weeks. Production work from our local businesses -- Stellar Services, Fastenal, WPS, Message Boards Group and Promega -- has kept everyone busy with deadlines each day. The work was completed by our ever– ready crew of willing clients, who, with the support of MARC-Stoughton’s resilient staff, did not miss a goal. Clients working at nearby businesses have continued to maintain their work hours. Employers express their satisfaction in the work contribution clients make toward reaching their business goals. Everyone is eagerly waiting for spring to arrive to enjoy better weather and the opportunities to benefit from outdoor activities.


It’s Spring – time to volunteer! Soon the flowers will be blooming and the fish jumping! And we want to be ready for both. We are looking for volunteers who like to fish, and don’t mind taking fish off the hook! We are also looking for volunteers who like to garden and would be interested in a donation of flowers or assistance with planting flowers. Please contact Debi Spees at or call 223-9100 ext 23.

Project Search Recruitment Open MARC-Responsive Employment Services (RES) works with cooperatively with Madison Metropolitan School District in a transition program at the VA and UW Hospitals in Madison. The Spring recruitment open house was a huge success, attended by more than 80 people and included tours of internships sites around the UW Hospital. UW Hospital was presented an award from Project SEARCH National for 90% employment outcomes in 2010-11. If you are interested in learning more about Project SEARCH contact Suzanne Hanson at or call 223-9100 ext 26. Recreation & Arts Center (RAC) Located upstairs at 901 Post Road, the Recreation & Arts Center serves a wide age ranges of adults. The typical day includes community outings, games, crafts, music, fishing, walking at the park, and production work for some individuals. The wide range of activities offers something for everyone. Coming soon will be: Maypole dancing; Madison Fire Department; fiddlers; dance troupe; piano playing; weather and tornado preparation. If you have a special talent or interest that you would like to share please call Patti Fellenz at or call 223-9100, ext 49. Are you interested in providing leadership at MARC? If you’re interested in serving on the MARC Board of Directors, the MARC Foundation’ s board, or any committees or task forces, please contact MARC at Thank you!