The Voice of Choice

Welcome to the second edition of “The Voice of Choice” the newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on what’s going on at MARC. If you have suggestions for, or questions you’d like to see answered in, a future edition, please let us know.
Contents – June 2013 MARC Awards Golf Classic Duck Pond Day MARC East 1 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

MARC Foundation annual awards banquet
MARC held its annual recognition banquet May 7 at the High Point Church in Madison. A capacity crowd enjoyed a silent auction, a display by several MARC client micro-enterprises, a delicious dinner, and – most of all – the expressions of gratitude for the many illustrious people and businesses who comprise the MARC community.

MARC West MARC South MARC Mt. Horeb MARC Stoughton MARC RAC/RES In Memoriam

Vivian T. Pope Memorial Award Winner: Patti Fellenz
The Vivian T. Pope Award is given to recognize a MARC employee who has distinguished him- or herself among the many outstanding employees. Patti Fellenz is an excellent example of this. Since Patti’s first day of work with MARC five years ago, she has always demonstrated that she is, indeed, an outstanding employee. Continued on next page…


…Pope continued Patti is always observant and aware of the needs in the workplace, whether with an individual, a coworker, or MARC in general. Patti is an excellent advocate, always seeking the very best for the individuals MARC serves. She pays attention to the details, making sure even the smallest things don’t fall through the cracks. But this doesn’t stop with work: She recently took an individual to Ho Chunk to see an Elvis impersonator on her time off. She did this because she learned that residential care was shortstaffed and this individual, who loves Elvis, would not be able to attend. This is just one example of how Patti notices things that others might miss. Another way that Patti excels is in her volunteer work for MARC. Patti has spent countless hours seeking donations for MARC in the Park and now for the Golf Classic. She has single-handedly raised thousands of dollars. Patti is never afraid to ask for any donation. She has also volunteered her time to paint the Recreation and Arts Center (RAC) with a variety of appealing colors, creating a fresh, inviting, and fun place.
Jerry Fellenz (l) and Ann Chism (r) celebrate the 2013 MARC Pope Award winner Patti Fellenz (c). Photo by Christina Mollman.

Patti has always made MARC a better place. She inspires her co workers and everyone around her to do their very best and to achieve the highest standards possible. She is compassionate about those she serves, a model employee, friend, and family member. Her spirit, energy and kind-hearted nature are the passion behind MARC. In Patti’s “spare time” she enjoys being with her four children and her six grandchildren (all boys!). Sometimes Patti has been known to tire them out! Vivian T. Pope was a dedicated special education teacher in Verona. Vivian passed away in 1973. Some of her students continue in MARC service today. She was a greatly respected and admired teacher. The annual award results from a gift to the MARC Foundation by Arthur Pope, his family, and friends.

Franklin French Award Winner Hassan Chengoul
Hassan Chengoul has been a member of the MARC West staff for five years. During this time, he has become highly respected by the MARC staff and clients. He takes his responsibility to MARC seriously and offers patience and understanding to the clients he serves. Hassan is a caring and patient team member. He is always the first to step up when another employee needs assistance. He is smart, involved, dedicated, and very well-liked by staff. Hassan is always positive and always has a smile on his face. He provides each client with the highest level of service and truly enjoys each client’s unique personality. He treats each client with respect and carries himself with the utmost professionalism. His kindness and patience are valued by everyone. Hassan attended school in Agadir, Morocco before moving to the United States in 1995, and has since become a citizen. He is married and has three children. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his children. Franklin French provided 23 years of dedicated service to adults with multiple developmental Hassan Chengoul, the 2013 MARC French Award winner. disabilities. The Franklin French Award results from a gift to the MARC Foundation by the Portal Foster, Inc. Board. The Franklin French Award is presented during the odd numbered years. The Joan Portal-Foster Award is presented during the even numbered years.

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!


Recognizing Extraordinary Commitment
The depth of commitment to the MARC mission may be glimpsed by the remarkable number of employees who remain with MARC year after year – and sometimes decade after decade! Employees who have reached their 5-, 10-, 15-, and 35-year anniversaries were recognized at the banquet.

Celebrating Five Years Hassan Chengoul, West Arthur Crawford III, East Michelle Erschen, RES Patricia Fellenz, RAC John Foster, East Rosalind Glover, South Kristen Loudon, RES Wendy Reinhart, South Kimberly Snyder, Stoughton Gina Stack, Mt. Horeb Benjamin Thomas, RES Celebrating Ten Years Tele Assignon, West Jean Cullen, Mt. Horeb Kim Gobrecht, West Peggy Roth, Mt. Horeb Jeffrey Wulf, RES

Lakesha , owner of Sassy D’s, was one of the many MARC micro-enterprise clients with handiwork on display at the banquet. Photo by Christina Mollman.

Celebrating Fifteen Years Marsha Babler, Mt. Horeb Sandra Grindle, Mt. Horeb Cindy Mueller, Mt. Horeb

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years Traci Hughes, East Celebrating Thirty-Five Years Pat Kennedy, East


Employer Appreciation Awards
Three of the MARC programs paid special tribute to businesses that are creating a better Dane County by providing meaningful work to MARC clients. The MARC Responsive Employment Services (RES) recognized:  Walgreen’s Distribution Center  Potter’s Crackers  U-Haul  Sterile Processing Services, SPS, VA Hospital  Robert Scheuer- UW Hospital & Clinics. MARC Stoughton recognized Fosdal’s Bakery. MARC East recognized Little Explorers Daycare.

Volunteer Appreciation Awards
The third pillar that keeps MARC standing and serving – in addition to the service of outstanding employees and community employers – is the time, effort, and treasure donated to our cause by volunteers. These volunteers were also recognized, with heartfelt thanks, at the banquet. MARC Administration Appreciation Award: David Heide of Liliana’s Restaurant. MARC Responsive Employment Services -- Ann Cerne. MARC Recreation & Arts Center: Brenda Stanford– Parkview Restaurant. MARC Mt. Horeb -- Ellie and Dick Robert (l) and residential worker Abdul (r) celebrated Robert’s 81st birthday at the MARC banquet. Photo by Larson.
Christina Mollman.


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 event, even if you’re not a golfer, Suzanne Hanson (l), David (c) and Xhevahire (r) presenting by helping to spread the word an award at the MARC banquet. Photo by Christina among golfers you know. If you Mollman. 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 Faceboo k 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. Thank you! At press time, the following companies and individuals have donated to the MARC Golf Classic raffle, silent auction or prize list. Their support is key to making the event a lot of fun for the participants! University of Wisconsin Betty Lou cruises Hu-Hot Restaurants Mariner's Restaurant Liliana's Restaurant University Ridge Golf Course Milwaukee Bucks Great Dane Ten Pin Alley Benvenuto's Madison Symphony Chili's Mid Continent Railroad Hawk's Landing Golf Course Driftless Studio Nature gallery Bonfyre Restaurant Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Society) Overture Center Taliessen Spring Green Foxboro Golf Club Oregon, WI Half Price Books RZ Company The Egg and I Badger Bowl Tricor Insurance Continued on the next page…

…Thank You! continued Little A Merrick A UltraZone Lazar Tag Magnuson Grand Hotel Harbor Athletic Club Tanya Neumann Smokey's Club Country Inn & Suites - Deming Way P.F. Chang's Ableulo's Restaurant Olive Garden Knuckleheads Bowling - Wisconsin Dells Axley Law Firm Bucky Books

Hilton Garden Inn Comedy Club Green Bay Packers Madison Essentials Restaurant Group The Ultimate Spa and Salon Capital Brewery Four Star Video Heaven The Grumpy Troll Mt. Horeb Fisher Winery Mt. Horeb Silver Leaf Design Gallery The Egg and I Rocky Rococo's S&L Hospitality, Inc.

MARC at the Duck Pond – June 23
A spectacular afternoon is in store starting at 3 o’clock on June 23: It You are will be MARC’s day to shine at the Mallards’ game. This presents an outstanding opportunity to raise community awareness about invited! MARC’s vital role in Dane County. MARC information will be available at the booth by the front entrance to the baseball park, will be the subject to a commercial shown on the Mallards’ video board during the game and three video board logo mentions throughout the night. We’ll also be mentioned twice on ESPN radio 100.5 FM, in an insert in the program, three times over the public address system and on the team’s web site. A MARC representative will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and MARC will benefit from the 50/50 raffle during the game. Tickets are available for $10, and you can buy them from the program director at any MARC center.

Farewell to a friend
In May, Doug Quinn-Gruber started another chapter in his life as he retired from MARC. Doug served MARC East for seven years, and staff and clients would shared their thoughts and feelings on his departure: Julie said, “I will be sad.” Marge said, “Good.” Staff shared that they would be happy for him, jealous, sad, and without someone to make their coffee. When asked what they liked most about Doug, staff and clients replied: Julie said, “He makes me laugh.” Patrice said, “He’s my friend.” Kathy said that she likes his hugs.

Doug Quinn-Gruber retired as MARC East’s assistant director.

Staff shared that he is a good listener, he has a sense of humor (is always making us laugh), carries a great conversation, gives good back rubs, has a good attitude at work, and is easy going. He made working here fun. What Doug will do in his spare time? Doug says he will play with his grandkids, travel, bike, drink good beer, enjoy his time off, and eat at restaurants. All of MARC pauses to acknowledge the invaluable contributions Doug made to our community and to wish him the very best in the years to come. His spirit and his talent will be missed.
MARC East Case Managers Debi Webb-- Julie Greenya-- Sue Sefzic-- Traci Hughes-- Vicki Showers-- Kay Engelbrecht-- Heidi Uebelacker-- Jennifer McDonald--

Pat Kennedy (l) has been giving of herself to MARC for 35 years! Thank you Pat.


Landscaping Help Needed With the drought of 2012 many plantings around the building were lost. With the thought that many hands can make for light work, we would like to schedule a work day for families of MARC West. If you are available, please call 273-3630 x10 and we will add you to the list of helpers. We have two volunteers to bring cookies and lemonade. Community Employment Spotlight Meet Oliver (at left), who graduated from high school in June 2010. Oliver has flourished with his job of box folding at Pizza Hut in Fitchburg. He starts his day by being greeted by his friendly manager, Terrance. This job has allowed Oliver to flourish with confidence as well as provide him with a great sense of pride. Oliver is one of the many success stories that show the real value of the MARC community’s combined efforts. Services available after high school graduation! MARC West has worked with area high schools to help adults with disabilities flourish after graduation. Currently the West program is partnered with the following high schools: Verona School District, Monona Grove School District, Middleton Cross Plains School District, and Madison Memorial High School. MARC West Case Managers So you’re email savvy! Our case managers have individual email accounts for convenient communication. Yu Cheung Shum- Rhiannon Wiegel - Margo Klassy- Kim Gobrecht- Agnes Meier- New Staff Welcome to Elise Beckman as a full time staff member on June 1.


MARC South
All-MARC in-service coming in June Friday, June 14, MARC, Inc. will host an allstaff In-service. MARC staff will have opportunities for training and will enjoy an inspirational presentation from our guest speaker, Peter Liedy. Keynote Speaker: Peter Leidy Peter Leidy has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. For almost 20 years he worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison. His roles included direct support, service coordination, recruiting and supporting direct service staff, community building, and management responsibilities. Peter consults David Heide, of Liliana’s Restaurant, accepts a MARC with individuals, families, organizations, award, accompanied by the incomparable Liliana. counties, and states in areas such as Photo by Christina Mollman. supported living, self-determination, organizational development, positive behavior support, building community relationships, and supporting and valuing direct support staff. Peter also writes and sings humorous and thought-provoking songs about life in the human service system and is an award-winning singing commentator on Wisconsin Public Television. He lives with his wife Betsy in Madison. Safe Medication Administration Training will be offered through the Waisman Center Community Outreach Program. Learn the "Do's and Don'ts" about safe medication administration. How can you reduce risk for consumers (and yourself) when handling or taking medications? What questions should you ask about medications? Where can you get answers and information? The classes are particularly recommended for anyone who is responsible for administering medications or for participating in a medication distribution system. Continued on next page… 10

Micro-enterprise items were a bit hit at the MARC banquet. Photo by Christina Mollman.

…In-service continued Mobility Training This training offered through Wisconsin Therapists, Ltd. Participants will learn:  the various levels of assistance;  proper application and use of a gait belt;  safe techniques for assisting someone using a walker; and  safely assisting individuals with transfers, including use of a sit-to-stand lift (EZ stand) or Hoyer/Arjo lift. Questions regarding particular individuals or scenarios are welcome and will be discussed. Sensory Training This training offered through Wisconsin Therapists, Ltd. Participants will learn:  the seven sensory systems;  types of sensory disorders, with a focus on sensory defensiveness which is particularly prevalent in individuals with developmental disabilities; and  treatment for sensory defensiveness to reduce unwanted behaviors and increase participation in activities. Questions regarding particular individuals or behaviors are welcome and will be discussed as time allows.

MARC Mt. Horeb
Let the growing begin! Work has finally gotten underway for the MARC Mt. Horeb Garden! Thanks to Dick and Ellie Larson in Blue Mounds, the consumers from MARC Mt. Horeb have the wonderful opportunity to plant, nurture and harvest a myriad of vegetables. A long winter and cold spring delayed the start of season number two for the MARC Garden but thankfully the days are warming up and we’ve been able to begin planting and setting up fencing to protect our produce. MARC is grateful for those who volunteer to assist with the gardening and also very appreciative for all donations given toward the garden and supplies! Continued on next page…


….Growing continued MARC Mt. Horeb was honored to present an award for Dick and Ellie Larson at the MARC Awards Banquet for their amazing community support for people with disabilities. Dick graciously accepted the award presented by Robert Konarski of Mt. Horeb, stating he was grateful for the award. He described this as a chapter in his gardening book called adventures with MARC. MARC Mt. Horeb is also excited to begin organizing the Mt. Horeb Farmers Market. MARC will collaborate with Shawn Bollig from Energy Club Fitness (previous market organizer) to take over the Market. The Mt. Horeb Farmers Market will begin June 6th and run through October. Every Thursday from 3pm-6:30pm people will have the opportunity to visit the market and stock up on local, fresh foods and other products. This offers MARC consumers an excellent volunteer opportunity and amazing networking experiences. We hope to see you there!

Denise takes a light-hearted approach to her work through MARC Stoughton.

For several months now, MARC Mt. Horeb has been working with The Willow Store on weighing and bundling portions of sheep wool that they use to create reusable wool dryer balls. ReusaWool Dryer Balls are the natural solution for softening your clothes without chemicals. Made completely from wool, they help your clothes (and cloth diapers!) tumble dry softly, and reduce the drying time by up to half. Visit to view the wool dryer balls and other earth friendly products!

MARC Stoughton
In April, we sadly said goodbye to a client who had worked at MARC-Stoughton for 37 years. At her guardian’s request, the memorial service was held at MARC-Stoughton. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our loss and celebrate our experiences. Traci Hughes (r) has blessed MARC with 25 years of service at MARC East. Thank you Traci! Thankfully, a grant that was requested was approved. Clients have been busy with production work steady as spring arrives.


Important dates coming up The MARC –RES self employment businesses have scheduled their next few sales event luncheons! Come celebrate summer at the Taco Bar scheduled for June 28. Next is the Halloween lunch on Oct. 25. You’ll enjoy the halloweenies and smashed jack-o-lantern pie! Join us for the Christmas Sales Extravaganza on Dec. 6. Do your shopping while you are here! It’s great food and great fun 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Contact Christina Mollman at or call 223-9100 ext 39. Tornado Awareness Week MARC-RAC had a Time Bank volunteer, Sandy Nelson, come to the RAC and present her training for “Tornado Awareness Week.” Sandy is an individual with a disability who has been a weather spotter for 30 years. She is pictured below sharing her knowledge of severe weather and tornado awareness with participants in the RAC. Meet the new staff at RAC/RES
RES/RAC is hiring a number of new staff to provide supports to new High School grads and because two staff are moving. Kasia Labovitch is leaving Project SEARCH and moving to Portland Oregon; Ben Thomas is leaving Team 3 and moving to Georgia, and the commutes would be a killer! In the RAC, you will be seeing Susan Killgallon,, 223-9100 ext 14 and Karen Hansen, 223-9100 ext 29. At RES you can say hello to Hanna Love,, 223-9100 ext 47 she’ll be joining Team 4. And we certainly want to congratulate the RES/RAC staff who have been promoted in this process: Sarah Brayer has transferred from Team 4 to Project SEARCH and Kristen Louden has transferred from the RAC to Team 2. 13

The MARC banquet is a family affair! MARC employee Scott Thompson shares a happy moment with his son.

Volunteer opportunity
The Fishing Has No Boundaries event – which helps people living with disabilities go fishing -- is looking for volunteers July 13 from 8 AM to noon, and noon to 4 PM, and again July 14, 8 AM to noon. The commitment involves safely loading and unloading participants unto the pontoons and into the boats. This is a great chance to raise community awareness of MARC and the vital role it plays in Dane County – while sharing a weekend of fun! The Madison Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries was started in July 1995. Since that time, the event has been held on the second full weekend in July at Governor Nelson State Park. The park is located off County Highway M on the southwest shore of beautiful Lake Mendota. Seventy boats and pontoons and about 300 volunteers are available to provide a quality on-thewater fishing experience for anglers with disabilities. All food and beverages are provided for the two-day event, including a fish fry on Saturday night provided by Yahara Fishing Club. Entertainment is provided by a seven-piece band for dancing and toe-tapping listening. Please contact Stephanie at MARC -- or 608-223-9110 -- if you are interested in volunteering for any of these shifts.

Find MARC online
MARC has a web site at , where you 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.

In Memoriam
MARC would like to acknowledge the clients who have passed away within the last year:  Victor Furman  David Frankhauser  Ron Kaltenberg  Claudine Larson  Donna Robinson  Chester Fisher  Rita Briggs  Janet Gerine