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People over age 55 enjoying time together on a beach. The 27th annual Senior Americans Day will be held June 2, 2015 on the UW-Eau Claire campus.


For adults age 55 and better

27th Annual Senior Americans Day


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
W.R. Davies Center
UW-Eau Claire Campus

Schedule
Keynote Address
Session 1 Classes
Session 2 Classes
Session 3 Classes
Closing Session
Cost | Registration | Tips
Sponsors
Steering Committee

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Welcome!
Experience a new season, new topics and new fun galore at this "Positively Ageless" event, featuring a Grand Prize "Stay and Play" Package from:

Logo of Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls

Choose from inspiring breakout sessions where you will learn about local history, cultural diversity, health & wellness and creativity. Attend free health screenings and have a free photo taken in the photo booth. Enjoy a free lunch with your friends and peruse dozens of exhibit booths where you can pick up valuable information and register for fabulous door prizes. You don't want to miss it!

Schedule

Tuesday, June 2



Registration
7:15 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration | Continental Breakfast | Visit The Joy Booth (see below)




During Breaks, Be Sure to Visit:

The Sponsor Gallery - We will showcase the goods and services of over 40 area organizations and businesses. Pick up fun freebies and sign up for door prizes. Have the booth representatives mark your Sponsor Gallery Passport to enter for the Grand Prize Stay and Play Package from Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls.
"The Joy Booth" for a FREE Photo (ends at 12:30 p.m.) - Have your picture taken by yourself or with your friends or partner in The Joy Booth! You can even utilize their fun props if you want to get creative. A fun keepsake from your day!
Free Health Screenings (no appointment or fasting necessary)
  • Cholesterol Screening and Blood-Sugar Testing - Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Hearing Screening - Sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Fall Risk Screening - Sponsored by the Eau Claire County Falls Prevention Coalition and the Aging &Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence. Are you at risk? Take 15 minutes to check your risk for falling. Learn about community fall prevention programs.
  • Baseline Memory Screening - Sponsored by the Aging &Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It creates a baseline of where a person is at so future changes can be monitored.
Bernie's Corner - To honor Bernie Bernicke, a long-time member of the Senior Americans Day Steering Committee and hobbyist extraordinaire, we feature a local hobbyist each year in "Bernie's Corner." This year we are pleased to feature Edith Kling and friends, who will be demonstrating the Norwegian art of Rosemaling. Edith will also have her work for sale. - Sponsored by The Ager House.

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8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Welcome: Senior Americans Day Advisory Committee
Presentation of Colors: American Legion Post 53
Keynote Speaker: Keri Berit





Kari Berit, Keynote Speaker, Senior Americans Day 2015

Keynote Address:  "Forget Less, Remember More"


Ever forget where you put your car keys? That's normal. Forgetting what car keys are…not normal. What is the difference between normal aging and memory loss? Arm yourself with the facts about your brain and reduce your worries. We'll explore how the human brain works and what it needs to stay healthy. And you'll try Aerobics of the Mind and discover how fun, simple activities can help you think more clearly and forget less.

Kari Berit is in demand as a speaker in the field of aging and family caregiving. She speaks nationwide, addressing professionals and families who crave emotional support and a down-to-earth approach to the issues of family &professional caregiving.

Kari is not only a speaker, but also an author and coach. She hosts a weekly radio program called "The Unexpected Caregiver." Her education includes a BA in Psychology and Norwegian from St. Olaf College, a Master's Degree in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of WI, Madison, and over 25 years designing and teaching programs for older adults. Kari has worked 13 years as a resident manager, dementia care specialist, activity and housing director for numerous senior housing communities. Kari also provides dynamic coaching on presentation skills to anyone who has to present as part of their job and leads active hiking tours to Norway.

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SESSION 1
9:45 to 10:40 a.m.




15P502
FULL  Card Making Made Simple (Hands-On) 

Debbie Nelson, Consultant - Creative Memories & Stampin' Up!

Quickly create greeting cards without all the measuring, cutting, and stamping in this hands-on session. Take home five general occasion cards and a few bonus tags!

15P503

FULL  Get Hip to the Lingo

Elaine Welin

Times they are a-changin'-come join the fun! Confused by all the electronic communication options out there? Learn the basics of how to communicate with your grandkids and other friends and loved ones via "new" platforms like Facebook, Skype and phone text messaging.

15P504
Healthier Recipes

Diane Dressel, Mayo Clinic Health System

Want to eat healthier? It's easier than you think! Learn how to modify your current recipes into healthier fare, and learn some simple strategies for healthy eating.

15P505
Dog Sledding

Howard Thompson, Sno-Trek Sled Dog Adventures

Come learn about the fine art of dog sledding and how can you can be a part of the action! Howard will have a sled on site for you to view.

15P506

Wood Carving

Ron Mastroboni

Learn about the basics of woodcarving in this demonstration session.

15P507
Learn to Play Kubb (Hands-On)

Aaron Ellringer and his father David Ellringer, World Kubb Championship Silver Medalists

Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! In this session you will learn and play the Norwegian game that is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

15P508
Tai Chi: Yang Style 8-Form (Hands-On)

Charlene Zeng

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise for stress reduction and improvement of strength, flexibility and balance. Come try out basic forms of Tai Chi and come away relaxed! Wear comfortable clothing for this action session. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

15P509
10 Estate Planning Strategies

Ty Bernicke, CFP, Bernicke and Associates, Ltd.

Discover lesser known strategies designed to maximize the amount that transfers to family and charities.

15P510
Lumber Country

John Vanek, Editor - Chippewa Valley Museum

With objects, maps, documents, and photographs, explore the history of logging and lumbering in the Chippewa Valley. Learn about why logging boomed here, who the workers were, and what a year in the life of a lumberjack was like.

15P511
The Night Sky - Astronomy (Hands-On)

Heidi Conde, Wisconsin DNR and Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society

Increase your enjoyment of the night sky by understanding the apparent motion of celestial bodies. Learn to use a planisphere to navigate the constellations in this hands-on session.

15P512

Encore Careers

Kelly Zugay, MA, Training & Development Coordinator - Citizens Employment &Training, Inc.

As we grow older, we often think about how we can leave the world a better place than we had found it. An Encore Career can provide an opportunity to begin again;to utilize your professional experience to serve your community, to earn an income, and to leave behind a meaningful and lasting legacy.

15P513
Help! I'm Turning into My Mother!

Kari Berit

As you're blow-drying your hair, you notice arm jiggle. Taking a closer look, you notice back fat. If that weren't bad enough, your mother is hanging out in your mirror. How do these aging changes happen? Is it a gradual process and what can we control? For better or for worse, our mothers' DNA is part of us, but it does not have to confine us. Learn what to expect as we age, how to embrace these changes and laugh off the rest. Aging is not a disease; it is a great teacher of life.

15P514
Line Dancing (Hands-On)

Carol Campbell

Kick up your heels for some good old-fashioned line dancing in this learn-how session!

15P515

Assistive Devices for Independent Living

David Koch & Ben Luer, Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin

If hearing, seeing, speaking or getting around is a greater challenge than it once was, a helping hand can greatly increase your quality of life! Join us to learn about some useful gadgets that can help make life more accessible again.

15P516

Live Eagle Ambassador Program

National Eagle Center - Wabasha, Minnesota

Join us for an engaging and entertaining program with a National Eagle Center naturalist interpreter featuring a live eagle ambassador. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of bald and golden eagles. The National Eagle Center is located on the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN and is home to 5 eagle ambassadors - 4 bald eagles and 1 golden eagle. Cameras welcome.



Break
10:40 to 11:15 a.m.


SPONSOR GALLERY OPEN
Without our sponsors, Senior Americans Day would not be possible.

•  Please visit our Sponsor Gallery in the Marketplace Area and Student Living Room.
•  Sign up for the door prizes at the booths.
•  Visit The Joy Booth to have your FREE photo taken - ends at 12:30!
•  Take advantage of FREE health screenings available.
•  Visit the Rosemaling demonstration on the second floor.


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SESSION 2
11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.




15P518

FULL  Card Making Made Simple (Hands-On)

Debbie Nelson, Consultant - Creative Memories & Stampin' Up!

Quickly create greeting cards without all the measuring, cutting, and stamping in this hands-on session.Take home five general occasion cards and a few bonus tags!

15P519
Leaving a Living Legacy Through Memoir Writing

Moira Kneer, Community Outreach Educator -Center for Spiritual Care &The Healing Place

Explore ways to live in the present in order to reflect on the past and record our hard-earned wisdom for future generations. Define your own practical skills, moral and ethical values, and your personal spirituality;and have a good time doing it.

15P520
Fly Tying

Chippewa Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter Representatives

A fun hobby for anyone! Learn the basics to get started in fly tying, including basic materials, tools and sources for further instruction. We'll discuss the flies that catch smallmouth bass, trout, panfish and pike in Wisconsin and we'll learn about "matching the hatch". We will discuss and view examples of dry, nymph and streamer flies, and view a demonstration of a couple simple flies.

15P521
FULL  Floral Arranging & Design (Hands-On)

Brent Stelzer, Brent Douglas Flowers & Artist Gallery

You'll learn about the basics of floral design and you will construct and take home a bouquet of your own!

15P522
Living Water International - Travel with a Mission

Joe & Charl Draxl, Living Water Volunteers

Do you want your next trip to leave a lasting impression? Come hear from local seniors who are actively involved with this local non-profit, which is dedicated to bringing the gift of clean water to impoverished communities, and learn how you can get involved.

15P523
Learn to Play Kubb (Hands-On)

Aaron Ellringer and his father David Ellringer, World Kubb Championship Silver Medalists

Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! In this session you will learn and play the Norwegian game that is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

15P524
Tai Chi: Yang Style 8-Form (Hands-On)

Charlene Zeng

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise for stress reduction and improvement of strength, flexibility and balance. Come try out basic forms of Tai Chi and come away relaxed! Wear comfortable clothing for this action session. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

15P525
Human Trafficking

Jenny Almquist, Executive Director - Fierce Freedom

Come learn how Fierce Freedom, a local non-profit, works to educate and equip individuals and communities to work toward the abolishment of domestic human trafficking, and learn how you can help.

15P526
Family Matters: Explorations in Genealogy

Greg Kocken, Head of Special Collections & Archives - UW-Eau Claire

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your own family's history? This program will introduce you to the basics of genealogy research and focus on the resources available to help you immediately start making fascinating discoveries!

15P527
The Myths of Aging

The Grey Panthers

The greatest handicap associated with old age is the ageist barriers and prejudices imposed on the old by society's orientation to youth. We have been conditioned to despise and devalue our own experiences, skills, gray hair and wrinkles. Powerlessness and alienation affect the young as well as the old in ways which are destructive. Let's talk about how to affect positive change with some simple but lasting ways to combat ageism in your life and in your community.

15P528
Traveling with Road Scholar

Marty O'Halloran

Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more. Hear from a local participant and learn how you can "Explore the World with Road Scholar", too!

15P529
Life &Love After Loss

Jane Hilgart-Nessel, MS, Counselor -The Healing Place

The death of a spouse is a unique and devastating loss.Rebuilding your social life is an important piece in recreating your world and understanding your "new" sense of normal. Let's talk about how to do just that.

15P530
Line Dancing (Hands-On)

Carol Campbell

Kick up your heels for some good old-fashioned line dancing in this learn-how session!

15P531
"Normal" Aging and Dementia 101

Lisa Wells, MA, CDP, Dementia Care Specialist - Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County

"My loved one doesn't have dementia… they're just old and a little forgetful." It is a common misperception that memory loss is a normal part of aging. This presentation offers an overview of healthy aging and how to detect early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Discussion and information on the prevalence, impact, risk factors, prevention and intervention strategies as well as resources for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

15P532
Live Eagle Ambassador Program

National Eagle Center - Wabasha, Minnesota

Join us for an engaging and entertaining program with a National Eagle Center naturalist interpreter featuring a live eagle ambassador. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of bald and golden eagles. The National Eagle Center is located on the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN and is home to 5 eagle ambassadors- 4 bald eagles and 1 golden eagle. Cameras welcome.



Lunch
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Meal is included in the registration fee.

Break

1:15 -1:45 p.m.

This is the last chance to visit the Sponsor Gallery and participate in the Free Screenings!


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SESSION 3
1:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.




15P534
Beginning Knitting (Hands-On)

Cindy Moist, Avid Knitter

Come learn to cast on, knit and purl, read a pattern, and start a simple scarp project or just come to refresh your skills. This class is for all levels of students! Supplies to Bring: 2-3 skeins Light Colored Bulky Yarn (no dark colors as you will want to see your stitches), size 11 needles or size appropriate for your yarn, and pencil/paper.

15P535 

Blaze Orange – Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

Travis Dewitz, Photographer

Join this local photographer as he talks about how his hunting photos turned into a published book. Hear about the hunting camps and businesses he visited and about the people he met along the way.

15P536
FULL  Beginner Watercolor Painting (
Hands-On)

Ruth Lundblad, Artist

Join us for this hands-on painting session geared toward beginners. All necessary supplies provided for you.

15P537
FULL  Floral Arranging & Design
(Hands-On)

Brent Stelzer, Brent Douglas Flowers &Artist Gallery

You'll learn about the basics of floral design and you will construct and take home a bouquet of your own!

15P538
Hmong Culture

Pa Thao, Executive Director - Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association

Did you know that 3% of the total population within the City of Eau Claire is Hmong, making Hmong families the largest ethnic and minority group in the Chippewa Valley? Understanding the cultural background of the people with whom we live, work and socialize is a key factor in developing and maintaining a strong, vibrant community. Join us to learn more about the background and culture of our Hmong neighbors.

15P539
Learn to Play Kubb
(Hands-On)

Aaron Ellringer and his father David Ellringer, World Kubb Championship Silver Medalists

Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! In this session you will learn and play the Norwegian game that is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

15P540
Bee Keeping in the Chippewa Valley

Drew Kaiser, Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association

Have you heard the buzz about honeybees? Beekeeping has been an important part of human existence for thousands of years. Join us to learn more about modern issues including urban beekeeping and colony collapse.

15P541
Impactful Community Giving

Sue Bornick, Executive Director, Eau Claire Community Foundation

Laurie Klinkhammer, Attorney, Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder, & Klinkhammer, LLC

Join us for a session on Estate planning involving planned giving and the impact it can make on your community through a community foundation.

15P542
Wisconsin Ghosts and the Afterlife

Terry Fisk, Paranormal Investigator - Unexplained Research, LLC

Fisk discusses his confrontations with the famous skeptic and debunker James Randi.He also describes his ghost investigations with world-renowned medium Allison DuBois (the real-life inspiration for the hit CBS series, Medium) and psychic Chip Coffey (from TV's Paranormal State and Psychic Kids).This session examines some of the haunted locations in Wisconsin personally investigated by Mr. Fisk.He will share photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, and ghost lore.

15P543
Protect Your Digital Assets

Dr. Tom Hilton, Professor of Information Systems - UW-Eau Claire

You've gone to the trouble of learning how to text, figured out how to pay your bills online, have PayPal and Facebook accounts, and email is finally your friend-and then you pass on. What will happen to all those online connections when you are no longer here? We will address these and other topics on the disposition of digital assets, so bring your best questions!

15P544
Civil War Artifacts

Chuck Zabrowski, Civil War Artifact Collector

Engage in conversation about a typical Wisconsin soldier's life, weapons and battles during the Civil War, complete with a display of authentic weaponry and artifacts to view.

15P545
Making the Transition from Home

Randy Rennock, NHA -Chippewa Valley Continuum of Care Coalition

We will provide a guide to navigating our complex medical system BEFORE you need the care. Special focus on resources in the community and payment options when services are needed for various health related events. Example: Rehabilitation after a surgery, recovery after a stroke, home care needs, hospital services, and hospice needs.

15P546
Living an Active Life
(Hands-On)

Mary Pica Anderson, Eau Claire Senior Center

Have you heard the saying "use it or lose it"? It's true! Staying active is a crucial part of maintaining our quality of life as we age. Come learn some simple ways to stay active and healthy, so you can continue to enjoy all that life has to offer!

15P547
Container Gardening

Erin LaFaive, MS, Horticulture Educator & Co-Department Head - Eau Claire County UW-Extension

You don't need a large in-ground garden to enjoy the fresh produce. Learn how to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers in containers. We'll discuss proper care, types of containers and plants, and other techniques to properly care for container gardens.

15P548
Searching for Planets in the Goldilocks Zone

Dr. Bert Moritz, Staff Astronomer - Hobbs Observatory




Closing Session
2:50 to 4 p.m.


Guest Speaker: UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt


Entertainment: Music Through the Decades: A Sing-A-Long with Cathy Reitz and Friends

Lyrics from these popular songs of the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's will be broadcast on large screens during the event so you can sing along if you wish! If you have a vision impairment, please contact us at 715-836-3636 to have lyrics emailed to you in advance of the event.

Evaluation and Door Prizes*

Must be present to win. *Including the Grand Prize "STAY AND PLAY" Package from Ho-Chunk Casino and Hotel in Black River Falls, and many other fabulous prizes from our Sponsors!


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Sponsors

If your company or organization would like to be a sponsor of Senior Americans Day, please see our Sponsorship page.

Senior Americans Day welcomes these sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

St-Francis-Logo-160


Gold Sponsors

ADRC Eau Claire logo
Grace Lutheran Foundation logo
The Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation logo


Silver Sponsors

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Chippewa County
American Lutheran Homes - Mondovi
Aurora Community Health
Bernicke & Associates, Ltd.
Care Partners Country Terrace Assisted Living
Center for Diagnostic Imaging
ContinuUs
Cornell Area Care Center
Dove Healthcare & Affiliates
Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Humana
Investment Management Associates
Mayo Clinic Health System
Mediqwest
Oakwood Villa
Our House  Senior Living
Royal Credit Union
Visiting Angels
WI Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls

Bronze Sponsors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern WI
Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
City of Eau Claire Housing Authority
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups-WI Senior Medicare Patrol
Eau Claire Community Foundation
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
Home Instead Senior Care
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
LE Phillips Senior Center
Simply Checking In
St. Croix Hospice
UCare
UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education
Western Dairyland - RSVP Volunteer Program
WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired


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Registration Tips


1.   Register Online and SAVE $5

  • New this year – register online and save $5 off the standard registration price. 
  • BONUS: You are immediately placed in the first sessions you choose when you register online. If a session is already sold out, you can see that while you're registering.
  • Coming with your spouse, partner or friends? You can register everyone together at one time. Just follow the online directions.
2.   No Additional Fees 
All session costs, lunch, photography, screenings and fun are included in your registration fee this year. Register in advance of the event and you can leave your money at home!
3.   No Wait List Available
This is a very popular program and sessions do fill quickly. We do not offer a wait list for any of our sessions, so register early to reserve your spot!
4.   Limited Scholarships Available

Thanks to the generosity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, we have limited scholarship funds available.  Please note: all available 2015 scholarship funds have now been awarded. No new requests can be accepted. If you have been approved for a scholarship, we will need to take your registration over the phone. Please call 715-836-3636 Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register.

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Cost / Registration Details


Cost:
$45 per person – $5 discount if you register online. Cost includes instruction, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, entertainment, and refreshments.

Phone:  715-836-3636  |  toll free 1-866-893-2423
FAX:  715-836-5700  |  toll free 1-800-835-3755
Mail:  UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI  54702-4004
In Person:  210 Water Street, Eau Claire, WI  |  7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F

Registration Confirmation:  A confirmation along with a map and directions to campus, plus parking information, will be provided in advance via email or mail if you are registered by May 22.

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life happens. Although refunds are not allowed should you cancel your registration, you may substitute another person in your place at no extra cost at any time.

Parking & Elevators: Shuttle Transportation provided by Cody Limousine will run from the Human Sciences and Services (HSS) lot on Water Street to the Davies Center from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in ALL campus lots in F and S stalls during Senior Americans Day. Elevators are available in the Davies Center.

Accommodations: UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

Disclaimer: By signing up for Senior Americans Day, you are granting the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire the right to use, publish and copyright any image or comment (including audio, moving image or photograph) for educational programs, websites, and promotion of University programs. The University adheres to all Federal and State laws associated with the use of these materials.

Still Have Questions?
Call Us: 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423
Email Us: ce@uwec.edu

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Senior Americans Day Steering Committee


Sue Abboud - Grace Lutheran Foundation

Laura Baalrud - HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Kathy Herfel - Eau Claire Public Library
Kelly Holzer - UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education
Mick Lovvick
Therese Martens - St. Francis Apartments
Katherine Schneider
Lisa Wells - Aging &Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County

 

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