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October 2017 Headlines





Join Us November 11th to Celebrate the Life of Ayse Somersan

If you graduated from WRLP in the 80’s or 90’s you may have had the wonderful opportunity to experience the leadership of Ayse Somersan. She left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of many people. Connie Loden (Group VI), Mary Maier (WRLP Staff), Gerry Campbell (Group V Executive Director), Bonnie Peterson (Group VII), and others are working with Ayse’s daughter Zeynep on a memorial event that will take place Saturday, November 11th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI.

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Group XVII Invites Alumni to Study Food Systems in La Crosse

Group XVII’s November seminar will be held in La Crosse, WI. The seminar, which explores today’s food system and sustaining healthier communities, is being designed by Group XVII Fellows. They would like alumni to join them as they delve into various social and economic perspectives.

Crucial ConversationsWednesday, Nov. 8th from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Food Systems Perspectives and Challenges – Thursday, Nov. 9th from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Food Systems DiscussionThursday, Nov. 9th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m







Applications Close December 15th! – Explore Finland’s Investment in Innovation

Finland’s proven investment in innovation and collaboration offers the perfect foundation to study government and business leadership. Consistently ranked as one of the most competitive nations in the world, a look at Finland is an examination of the cutting-edge leadership skills necessary to thrive. Join Connie Loden (Group VI) and her seminar co-chair Dennis Winters this coming April for this thought provoking 10-day seminar.

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Group XVII Fellow Feature: Linda Zillmer

Get to know Group XVII, the current group of Fellows in Leadership Wisconsin’s Signature Program. Linda shares the story of her connection and return to rural, northern Wisconsin. Her journey has had multiple intersections with Cooperative Extension, and as a result she is a passionate advocate for Cooperative Extension’s value to rural, suburban and urban communities across the state.

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Alumni Updates

On Oct. 13, Lori Ward Bocher (Group VII), retired from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), Madison, WI. Thus ended a 40-year career in agricultural communications, with the last 12 at this USDA agency. Lori has degrees in both journalism and dairy science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked as a marketing agency associate, as a dairy farmer, as an editor for Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, and as a freelance agricultural writer before joining the staff at the USDFRC.

Yolanda Voigt (Group VIII) serves as the President of the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals which held its 49th annual conference in September. She completes her term in December and will become the Past President in charge of nominations. Yolanda is the Director of Volunteer Services at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

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Thank You For Your Support

Leadership Wisconsin would not exist without the incredible support of our alumni and friends. Thank you to the following supporters for their generous donations.

September Donors
Art Lersch (Board of Directors)

Sustaining Donors
Cindy Vana
(Group XV)
Henry Veleker (Group X)

Tuition and Signature Program Sponsors
Paul and Joan Dettloff
Wisconsin Counties Association – Citizen Government Fellowship

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