August 2024 Meeting

Food Wants vs. Food Needs

August 14

Join Nutrition Educator, Emily Randerson as we discuss our food wants vs food needs. How often are you buying foods you want each week? Foods you need? Together we will learn about MyPlate, practice how to choose healthy foods, and try a new recipe together!

You will go home with:

  •  A grocery list example of healthy foods
  • A new recipe
  • A motivation to try new, healthy foods!

July 2024 Meeting

Identity Theft: Am I Protecting Myself from Fraud?

July 10, 2024

Imagine being advised that a data breach may have jeopardized your personal information. What if you lose your wallet, or criminals hack into your online account? What now? Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in America today, can compel victims to spend countless hours trying to restore their stolen identity. Jamie Hanson, co-founder and Behavioral Financial Advisor with Akamai Investment Advisors, will share tools and techniques for you to safeguard yourself.

You’ll learn:

  • The latest ploys used by criminals to steal private data
  •  Practical steps to protect your identity and minimize risk


Presentation Materials

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June 2024 Meeting

Ready, Set, Rehab: Physical Therapy Basics

June 12, 2024

Step into the world of wellness with help from Susan Armstrong, MPT, owner of Stellar Rehabilitation, an organization offering cutting-edge, personalized therapy services for clients ranging from 6 weeks to 106 years old. Sue will demystify the fundamentals of physical therapy, with practical tips and strategies to enhance your physical resilience and vitality. From simple exercises to ergonomic adjustments, you’ll gain insights that can revitalize your approach to daily living. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, seeking to improve your fitness, or simply curious about the human body, Sue’s presentation will inspire and educate. Expect to learn:

  • Simple stretching routines to ease common aches and pains, such as neck and back discomfort
  • Effective techniques for improving posture and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Tips for incorporating balance and stability exercises into your daily routine, promoting agility, and preventing falls
  • How physical therapy can help with managing chronic conditions, such as arthritis or low back pain

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May 2024 Meeting

Insights on Household Waste Management and Recycling

May 8, 2024

Does recycling work? Does it matter?

Over the years, a heated debate has ensued regarding the economics of recycling, coinciding with a surge in the number of single-use containers.

Don’t assume that simply placing an item in the blue Pellitteri bin guarantees recyclability. Some mistakes can create a ripple effect with significant consequences. It starts with you. Emphasize quality over quantity when recycling.

Nationally, people contaminate and render unusable 25% of recyclables. Let’s assess Fitchburg’s performance and its potential recycling report card. We’ll start with the following questions.

  • Do plastic bags gum up recycling machinery?
  • Does food residue make recyclables unfit for processing?
  • Should you bag recyclables?
  • Can you recycle all paper? Even if it’s wet?
  • What about books, coffee cups, and other paper products?
  • How can you decode the recycling symbols on containers?
  • What types of plastic and paper are non-recyclable?
  • What actually gets recycled? What percentage of items have to be rejected?
  • Do you really know the proper ways to recycle?
  • How can you manage household waste in a more sustainable way?
  • How can I properly dispose of potentially hazardous materials?

Ben Schulte, Environmental Engineer for the City of Fitchburg, and Todd Bollenbach, Pellitteri’s Municipal Account Executive, will share insights on these issues for Fitchburg residents. It’s a talk you don’t want to miss.


April 2024 Meeting

 Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years

April 10, 2024

Step into the captivating world of Georgia O’Keeffe in “Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years.” In this immersive presentation, historian Joe Chase offers a glimpse into the formative years of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Her bustling farm family of Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch descent comprised her parents, two aunts, and six siblings under one roof. The rural surroundings with farm animals, crops in the fields, rolling hills, and open prairies, all provided visual and sensory stimuli. Georgia, being the oldest daughter, assumed the duties of tending the garden, looking after her siblings, and maintaining housekeeping chores, during a life stage that researchers have found to be pivotal in terms of learning and development.

   Let’s explore the roots of O’Keeffe’s passion for creativity, as we delve into her journey from the tranquil landscapes of rural Sun Prairie to the bustling streets of New York City, and culminating in her eventual retreat to the landscapes of Santa Fe. Through captivating storytelling and visuals, Joe invites you to trace the footsteps of a visionary whose trailblazing creations continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this presentation promises to deepen your appreciation for Georgia O’Keeffe’s remarkable legacy and the profound impact of her early years on the trajectory of modern art.

March 2024 Meeting

Devil’s Lake Rocks!

March 13, 2024

Bird watching, hiking, climbing, kayaking, picnicking, and a host of other outdoor activities are available at Devil’s Lake State Park. Known as Tee Wakącąk, meaning Holy or Sacred Lake, the park is on ancestral Ho-Chunk land and contains ancient effigy mounds that are part of their cultural heritage. As a seasoned naturalist passionately connected to this breathtaking landscape, Sue Johansen-Mayoleth will take you on a journey of exploration and reverence for the remarkable story of the lake’s creation. It’s a living testament to the forces of geology and ecology that have shaped our planet over millennia. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate processes that have sculpted the towering cliffs into an enduring presence.

Join us on March 13th when Sue will help us vicariously wander through nature, where every rustle and chirp tells a story of life and renewal.

February 2024 Meeting

Reviving Mobility: Stem Cell Therapies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

February 14, 2024

Stem cell therapy is an early-stage field of pain management that, in some situations, can provide an alternative to surgery. Since stem cells have the unique ability to develop into specialized cell types, they can help promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation, easing pain. Yet, erroneous assumptions and misinterpretations cloud the understanding of regenerative medicine.

Adam Berge will introduce you to the pain mitigation potential of stem cell therapy by addressing:

  • What stem cells are and where they come from
  • Conditions effectively treated by this type of regenerative medicine
  • Whether stem cell therapy is safe
  • Benefits and risks
  • The most common misconceptions
  • Cost considerations
  • Questions to ask when considering stem cell therapy

His company is Amplified Wellness, and his email is

January 2024 Meeting


January 10, 2024

At age 67, Charli Fulton embarked on an epic journey. Throughout her 2,200-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail, she not only conquered physical challenges but also discovered transformational insights. Her trail name “Sturdy Peasant,” became a powerful catalyst for overcoming adversity, defeating pancreatic cancer, and forging a new, vibrant chapter in her life. The name stuck as she tackled other trails.

In her reflections, Charli will emphasize the value of personal encounters, where the trail became a platform for the exchange of life stories. She will highlight how the hikes instilled in her a profound sense of self-discovery; unearthing strengths she never knew existed. The intimidating challenges of the Appalachian and other trails helped her discover a reservoir of courage laying inside herself, waiting to be tapped.

Charli’s storytelling unveils both physical feats and personal growth. Through her experiences, we learn that we often overlook our own strength and courage amidst daily chaos. Don’t miss this inspiring presentation to start the new year in a positive direction. Charli’s adventures are a narrative of rebirth, renewal, and the unwavering belief that one can start a new chapter at any age.

To learn more about Charli’s journeys, follow her blog posts at Sturdy Peasant’s journals.

November 2023 Meeting

Spotlight on Acupuncture

November 8, 2023

The medical industry is gradually embracing acupuncture for pain management. It is now accepted as a complement to standard Western practices. According to a 2017 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, acupuncture resulted in “lower pain intensity” for both acute and chronic low back pain. Medicare recognized this, and the government website states that “Medicare Part B… covers up to 12 acupuncture visits in 90 days for chronic low back pain.”

But what exactly is acupuncture? How does it work? What conditions can it address?

Elissa Gonda will provide an honest overview of the practice. She’ll explain what happens during a typical treatment, and describe the principles of health therapy. Whether you’re a curious beginner or a seasoned enthusiast, you’ll leave the session with a newfound appreciation for the topic. As you delve deeper, you’ll discover how this age-old practice is more relevant than ever in today’s fast-paced world.

Elissa’s interest in acupuncture stemmed from her lifelong battle with asthma, allergies, and sinusitis. She and her business partner opened Dane County Family Acupuncture in 2010. With an advanced degree, active advocacy, and over a decade of experience, Elissa is a wealth of knowledge in holistic wellness.

Here is Elissa’s contact information:


October 2023 Meeting

The Art of Self-Care: A Hands-on Workshop

October 11, 2023

Give yourself a fall tune-up to ignite a brighter, healthier future. Here are a few things you’ll learn:

  • Breathing exercises: Explore deep breathing to enhance oxygenation, reduce stress, and improve mental clarity.
  • Self-massage: Target key areas to ease muscular discomfort, promote relaxation, and enhance body awareness
  • Pressure points: Apply acupressure to specific locations to address a range of physical and emotional issues.

Jo Anne Lindberg, a 30-year veteran of Asian medicine, will be your guide. Working in small groups, you can experience and practice these self-care techniques, or simply observe.  Next, Jo Anne will invite you to take part in a one-month challenge to make these concepts part of your daily life. As a traditional shiatsu practitioner, Jo Anne works with clients to improve the quality of their lives at all ages. She is certified by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia and a graduate of the Ohashiatsu program.