Sustain Jefferson Jefferson County, Wisconsin

Meeting Minutes

Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 

at the home of Janet McConaughey in Oconomowoc


Board Members Present:  Kathy Adams, Mike Klaus, Janet McConaughey, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, Buck Smith (Quorum established)

Others Members Present: Ellen Klaus, CJ O’Neill, Ben Adams, Mary Branson

As we waited for everyone to arrive, we tasted and voted on seed trial cucumber varieties that Janet had grown in her garden.

The meeting was Called to order at 6:18

July minutes: The motion was made to approve them by Mike Klaus, seconded by Buck Smith.  Minutes were then approved by all.

Financial Report:  via email from Paul Moderacki, Treasurer

Balance was $7214.93.

One check was written for $20.00 to Ben Adams (driving rummage sale items from Monona to JC) 

Dividend of $0.61 credited on July 31.

Plastics Reduction Action Team update:  To date, 37 bags re-usable produce bags were sewn by team members.

Inserted in the bags was the neon green SJ flyer and a simple note regarding the purpose of the bag. Kathy Adams will donate these bags to vendors at the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market on 7/10/19. 

Discussion on “Burma Shave” type signs with a waste-reduction message:  We are re-using some signs and holders – they will be spray-painted by Ben & Buck.  Kathy Heller will do the text on the signs.    Possible posting locations and regulations were discussed.

Ellen has composed the plastic reduction letter (to be sent to some businesses).  She will update the Facebook Page with addresses and the letter to encourage all caring citizens to make their voice heard.  John and Janet will send out the letter to some of the businesses we discussed.

--Ellen showed us some bleach tablets.  Another way to reduce plastic and keep the emptied gallon bottles that once held liquid bleach out of the landfills.

Further discussion on the Fall Event:

New proposal:

Abby Armor, librarian at the Johnson Creek Public Library is organizing a program at the library (as part of the weeklong Wisconsin’s Science Festival).  On October 19th  Dr. Stan Temple is coming to discuss “Aldo Leopold and Conservation on Private Lands”.  Ms Armor will do posters and advertising for the week’s events. 

Abby is looking for eco- friendly organizations to hold events in the week prior to Dr Temple’s talk. Greg D. will contact Kirsten of Brattsett Family Farms to speak on an evening in that preceding week.  John moved that we offer Kirsten $100 to speak at our event. Seconded by Janet. Motion carried. 

Discussion of Wild Apricot membership management software:  too sophisticated and costly for our group.  

Linda proposed some money-making ventures:

  • Thinking ahead to spring (on some Saturday) we could sell potatoes and seedlings (started by a group of us), books, canning jars, etc. perhaps having a table of 3 gardening experts.
  • Another idea is to sell our surplus fresh garden produce this fall as a SJ money maker. 
  • Could also sell hypertufa pots and/or bird baths cast from rhubarb leaves


Greener Oconomowoc plans - 

On the 3rd Thursday in October, Vik Karolinis is moderator in a recycling discussion

Earth Day - they may have a teachable Community Wide Scavenger Hunt - perhaps SJ could be one of the stations?

Buck had the idea that if the “Burma Shave” signs are popular, we could sell them. 


Next meeting will begin with a potluck at Mike & Ellen’s home on September 4th, 5:30 pm

Motion to adjourn made by Mike, seconded by Janet - passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:37 pm


Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Adams

Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
at the home of Kathy & Ben Adams – Watertown, WI
Board Members Present:  Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Greg David, Mike Klaus, Janet McConaughey, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, Buck Smith (Quorum established)

Others Members Present: Ellen Klaus, Paul Moderacki (Treasurer) via Face Time 

Called to order at 6:04

Discussion of Board Vacancy:

John Harrington (formerly Vice President) has moved away from Jefferson county, so is no longer on the board.  Janet was appointed to be Vice President by Linda (president), seconded by Mike Klaus, and approved by all.   We discussed options for a replacement to fill John’s place on the board.

May minutes: 

The motion was made to approve them by Mike Klaus, seconded by Buck Smith.  Minutes were then approved by all.

Financial Report:

from Paul Moderacki, Treasurer

Balance as of 6/30/19 was $7234.32.

One check was written for $46.76 WEPCO printing (for 750 neon green SJ flyers) 

Dividend of $0.60 this month.

Plastics Reduction Action Team update:

  Team members met at Johnson Creek High School to sew produce bags. Our plan is to give these to Farmers Market vendors for their customers’ use as a better alternative to plastic bags. 

Ellen is composing a simple letter to insert in the bags. The Team will discuss this further and report back on this after the next Plastics Reduction team meeting (at CJ’s). 

Ellen has written a letter regarding sales of single use plastic (with positive alternative ideas & community action suggestions) This letter would be posted on our website for individuals to copy, edit and send on to grocery store chains around Wisconsin.

Signs of hope in plastic reduction were shared: water bottle refill stations in MANY locations, Farm & Fleet employees thanking customers for bringing their own bags.  KwikTrip employees are not assuming, but asking if a plastic bag is needed.

Kasey passed around a deli container from Piggly Wiggly grocery store – looks like paper, but isn’t.  It is not being recycled as intended - only #1 and #2 plastics are actually being recycled 

Paul M (via FaceTime) researched and recommended reviewing 2 app programs that are useful for non-profits: (highly rated) with built-in features for building websites, managing membership records, email & newsletter, payment processing; Product Store option to sell from website, setting up & sign-ups for events.  Also has mobile app.  Payment is based on organization’s membership numbers (tiered).  30 cent per transaction charge for their service as a pass-through from purchaser’s bank account to SJ account.  The site has a demo available (simpler, but similar functionality than Wild Apricot).  Payment is also tiered by membership numbers (there is a free tier too)

Paul also recommended a movie (for a possible future SJ event) called “Woman at War” (Icelandic woman fights big electric companies)

Further discussion on the Fall Event:

Linda summarized discussed ideas regarding having a Harvest Lunch.  

Other ideas:

•             movie series

•             solar presentation (Josh Feyen) – Fort Atkinson’s Heart of the City may want to pair up with us on solar later.

•             Kasy will provide information later on a project with students from multiple schools

•             Renewable Energy and Climate Change (Citizens Climate Lobby could present info on the upcoming house bill)

•             The Concord area solar project (Sinnissippi Solar) – perhaps they could come and speak – Note: there is opposition

•             Per Greg, Electric (resistant) heating is wasteful.  Use of electricity should be limited to lights, running pumps, refrigerator etc.  So, solar panels (photovoltaic) would not be a good final solution for heating, but perhaps Solar Thermal (for home heating) using simpler solar panels and large containers to hold solar-heated liquids (water or ethylene glycol).  Solar Thermal would be in place of burning fossil fuels, burning electricity, running a heat pump

o             Perhaps could be run for absorption cooling if it were adapted. Mike asked about this.

o             It would need to be plumbed in & designed by a thermal engineer.

o             Ellen asked how we could bring this info to our county:

             Were there forums or workshops at the MREA that we could model and reproduce at a county level?

             Who would our audience be?  Would we reach a new audience? Or Are the people who would be interested in this attending the MREA?

o             Kathy attended part of a MREA workshop presented by Ben Nusz, Renewable Energy Specialist Instructor at Mid-State Technical College.  Links to his MREA workshop topics:Intro to Solar Hot Water; The Solar Greenhouse; High Mass Sand Beds

o             John & Linda have a neighbor, Chris Folk (energy instructor at MATC). He has a wind power background and heats his old farm house with solar panels.  Perhaps he could speak?

o             Mike reminded us people will want to know about the cost and payback with real life examples.

o             Buck said the initial investment for solar heating is less and the payback is shorter when compared to installing solar panels (for electricity) on your roof.

o             Other ways of looking at your return on investment are not only based on money - it may not be green (as in money), but a green gift to the future.

o             John said we can expect energy costs to rise – much of the oil we are using now comes from fracking (with a higher cost of production)

•             Fall event idea committee (probably in October, rather than September) to include Greg, Janet, Linda, Buck, John

Should we plan a book study for this winter?

•             Are they a good way to send our message and get people interested in SJ?

•             Previous books: “Prosper”, “The Town that Food Saves”

•             Optional winter study:  “The Natural Step” was done ~10 years ago - SJ had 1 or 2 presentations related to the book.  ~10 sustainability communities were started after reviewing the book.  Is it time to read it again? Or should we do something more current?

•             John N would like an economics book

•             Greg – John Ikerd, author of Financialization books, perhaps would talk to us?


•             Janet reminded us of Poopapalooza in Ixonia.  They will be watching the recently released documentary.

•             Buck shared highlights of Naomi Oreskes (Harvard professor) talk on Exxon’s hiding of facts from their own research that fossil fuel use would cause world-wide temperature rise. And released propaganda that contradicted their own findings.   Here’s a link:

•             Kasy’s recommendations

o             As a fundraising gift from the Wilderness Society – if you contribute $25, you get 2 large re-usable bags or 3 small re-usable bags with wildlife art

o             A Sierra magazine article (July/Aug 2019) on plastic and paper recycling. 

•             Janet reported on Monarch butterflies emerging in her yard.

•             Farm Technology Days is next week – July 23rd – 25th.

•             Contact Kasy if you see any sick snakes – she knows someone researching them

Our next meeting (and potluck) will be at 5:30pm on Wed. August 7th at Janet's house (N8144 LaSalle Circle, Oconomowoc)

Adjournment motion by Kasy, seconded by Buck – passed – adjourned at 7:55 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Adams

Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 

at the home of John & Linda Nichols – Watertown, WI
Board Members Present:  Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Greg David, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, Buck Smith, Paul Moderacki via Face Time  (Quorum established)Others Members Present: CJ O’Neill, Richard Seibt, Jean Brooks
Call to order at 6:15
Welcome and Introductions
April minutes The motion was made to approve by John Nichols, seconded by Buck Smith.  Minutes were then approved by all.
Financial Report:  from Paul Moderacki, Treasurer via FaceTimeLast Month’s Balance was 4594.76.Current Balance of $7412.29 in accountGardening Workshop and Rummage Sale contributed to this increase.Paul will look into Direct Deposit on website
Gardening Workshop Report:22 registered $1011.52 net profit from the eventAll potatoes were sold (many after the event) Note for next time: French Fingerlings didn’t sell as quickly as others.Publicity for the event was good.Suggestion by Richard that we take photos of event so that they can be used for next year’s publicity (Towne Cinema displays them before movies)We would still like to have a spring event:Possibilities: Plant sale (perhaps later in April would be more appropriate)Still doing something with organic gardening, selling potatoes again.Richard mentioned that perhaps if we did the sale a couple weeks later next year, perhaps we could partner with Drive Smart to have a couple alternative fuel vehicles outside.
Johnson Creek Rummage Sale cleared $1572.10.  We spent $24 for publicityWe received 7 new email addresses.Buck Smith moved that John, Ben & Greg receive $20 each for gas for the trip to Madison to transport sale items$90 to Buck for sale tags, his travel and for pizza for workers ($40).  Seconded by Kathy Adams.  Approved by all.
Linda initiated a discussion on updating our small (1/3 sheet) P.R. handout to be more accurate and complete.  Buck made a motion that we spend $50 or less and Linda will negotiate with the printer for the best deal.  Seconded by John N.  Approved unanimously.
Plastics Action Team 1st Brainstorming Meeting will be 4:30pm on Monday, May 13th at the Johnson Creek Public Library.
Janet McConaughey & Linda Nichols worked with Ixonia Grade School’s Recycling Club (10 3rd & 4th graders) during their lunch time.  “Citizen Scientists” collected data, using PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
For the fall Event, Linda listed these possibilities:  solar power, electric cars, climate change. 
Jean voiced concerns about climate change deniers and that global warming should be our biggest issue.   Linda spoke about the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) which focuses on non-partisan discussion of climate issues with the public (whether they recognize climate change or not).  The CCL will be represented at the Dairy Breakfast.  There is a local Jefferson County chapter of the CCL.  They are working towards the passing of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) in the House of Representatives.  ( )The legislation attempts to be market-driven.  Carbon is taxed at the point it enters the economy (pump or port, for example) with a dividend returned back to households. 
Richard recommended, Tom Cotton, the director of Citizens Utility Board (CUB) as a possible speaker
Discussion was on Harvest Dinner as a fall event.  Options: local chef, local ingredients, possible fund-raiser,Perhaps have a workshop related to using all organic, perhaps have a fermenting workshop.  Dinner and then workshops on how to make it (with possible topics of organic foods, fermenting)Perhaps have posters and videos on the side.
Another idea focusing on health & nutrition on topics of phytonutrients, carbohydrates.
This event could be a fund-raiser.  We can’t sell food, unless it’s prepared in a professional kitchen.  Or host the event in a location with a professional kitchen.
Note: Advance registration doesn’t work.  We get more attendees with a “just drop in” event.
Possible dates and topics – perhaps Sept 8th, 15th or 22nd for a harvest lunch fund-raiser with themes of health, eating locally for sustainability, fermenting your foods, eating organic. This will be on the agenda for next month & will discuss forming a committee to work on it.
Ellen & Mike are may go to the Climate Reality Leadership Core meeting Aug 2-4th in Minneapolis, MN.   Linda may go also.
Next month’s board meeting will be a potluck at 5:30p on July 10th at home of Kathy Adams - N7980 County Road X, Watertown, WI (updated on 7/9/19 with actual location and date)
Motion to adjourn made by Kasy, seconded by Greg.  All were in favor - Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.


Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
at the home of CJ O’Neill, Johnson Creek WI


Board Members Present:  Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Greg David, John Harrington, Janet McConaughey, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, Buck Smith  (Quorum established)
Others Present: CJ O’Neill, Richard Seibt (life-time member), Barbara Schmidt
Call to order at 5:49
Welcome and Introductions
March minutes were updated with the correct amount of $35/day for the Garden Workshop.  The motion was made to approve by John Harrington, seconded by Buck Smith.  Minutes were then approved by all.
Financial Report:  sent via email by Paul Moderacki, Treasurer
Balance of $4584.07 in account
Expenditures of $56.00 for one year rental of Johnson Creek P.O. Box
and 49.10 for Wepco printing of Garden Workshop Posters
Income of .39 – dividend on the account
Gardening Workshop discussion:
We have 16 Call Ahead registrations.
It has been widely published. Linda N reported:
40 Posters distributed,
Facebook: (including $14 boost) over 900 people viewed the most recent post
Instagram: 2 posts
Waukesha Master Gardeners received a poster and advertised
Madison Area Permaculture Guild via Josh Feyen
Edgerton press release
Watertown Daily Times twice
Jefferson Daily Union twice
Linda was on the Fort Atkinson Radio Station
3 email blasts
We are gathering at 3 PM Friday for setup at the Concord Community Center
And at 8AM Saturday to finish set up.  Public may enter at 8:30 on Saturday to make purchases if they wish.  Speakers start at 9.   The last workshop ends at 2:15.   Must be cleaned up by 4
Johnson Creek Rummage Sale (April 26-27 from 8-3)   at CJ’s garage
Buck Smith will donate a houseful of priced items.  Others may donate items also.  Proceeds to SJ.  Linda will promote SJ during the sale.  Kathy will email board members to see who can help and when.  Buck needs help loading large furniture items. We can move things into CJ’s garage during the week prior to the sale.  Final set up is on Thursday at 1PM
Discussed working a food booth at Farm Technology Days at the Walter Grain Farm (corner of French Road & Hwy A) July 23-27.   LaVern Georgson (UW Extension Agriculture agent) is the contact person (920 674-7295)
Two Shifts:  9-2 and 12-5.
$100 earnest money required – If we participate, how is Sustain Jefferson paid for our time?  
No decision made.  The topic is tabled to discuss again at a later meeting
Action Team for Plastics Committee
A brainstorming meeting is to talk about plastic reduction for Jefferson County to meet on 5/13 or 5/14    Location TBD.
  • Do we work with grocery stores on plastic bags?
  • Or corporations (Nestle, Pepsico, etc)– writing letters?
  • Teach people about alternatives to plastic?
  • Learn about recycling in each of our municipalities – different rules depending on where you live?
  • Go to Madison and develop a statewide approach to recycling?
Janet & Linda worked with Ixonia Grade School’s Recycling Club (10 3rd & 4th graders) during their lunch time.  “Citizen Scientists” collected data, using PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) 
Buck Smith recommended Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha as a re-cycling field trip.  Per Janet Retzer is a resource for one of their summer school sessions.
Tom Steinbach from Tall Pines Conservancy works with the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network.  At one of their recent meetings, a Fresh Water Institute PhD was studying nanoparticles off of Oak Creek Sewage Treatment plant and found the biggest pollutant nanoparticle pollutant is metformin (drug for diabetics)
Amazon smile ( ) will donate a percentage of sales to charitable organizations if orders are placed through their website.  Sustain Jefferson Inc is one of their charities and we get periodic checks from them.  Make sure you buy through the smile link and set up Sustain Jefferson as your nonprofit of choice.
Kasy announced that there’s an open Wisconsin budget meeting in Janesville on Friday, April 5 at 10AM which she is attending
This Saturday, April 7th, 6:30-9pm, at the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, there is a 40th Anniversary celebration of Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Tickets are $12.50 with discounts for MREA members
On Saturday, 4/20 at Greenfield Public Library, Drive Smart has a potluck meeting from 9:30 – 1:30 – a networking opportunity on electric cars.  Ben Nelson is a member of Drive Smart 
Greg reported that Saudi Arabia’s largest oil field has peaked – has gone from 500 million barrels of oil down to 350 million barrels – a wake up call!
Janet reported that the “Protecting our Ixonia Countryside” group (working against a CAFO on Gopher Hill Road) will meet on Sunday, July 14th at the O’Halloran Farm on Green Valley Road.
At this meeting, they will show a new documentary on CAFO’s (which will also contain footage of their celebration last year).
The 7/14 meeting will include speakers:
Mary Dougherty (of Sustainable Agriculture, a nationwide organization)
Tessy Camp – fighting CAFO in central sands area
Greg’s Regenerative Agriculture talk
There will also be a panel discussion
Our next Sustain Jefferson board meeting (potluck) will be 5/1/2019 at 5:30 at  John & Linda Nichols home.
Kasy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Greg David seconded.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Adams, Secretary



Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

March 6, 2019


Present:  Janet McConoughey, Greg David, John & Linda Nichols, C. J. O'Neil, Ellen & Mike Klaus, Buck Smith, John Harrington, Frankie Fuller

1.  Financial Report: Paul reported via skype that we have $4,688.78 in our account.  We'll be de-activating our sales tax permit number because we don't sell $50,000 worth of items within 120 consecutive days, so it's not necessary. Paul said our federal income tax has been filed, using the new “postcard form.”  Motion to accept report by Greg, with 2nd by Mike.  Motion approved.

Linda added that she is now the registered agent for our 501(c)3 and she will be registering SJ with Farm and Fleet so that we are a tax-free purchaser.

2.  Rummage Sale:  it will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26/27, at CJ's home, with set-up on the 25th.  Buck has a number of items, and we are all urged to contribute things for sale.  CJ will register the sale as part of the Johnson Creek village-wide rummage event.

3.  Gardening Workshops on April 6 at Concord Community Center:  Linda is getting posters printed and those present at the meeting volunteered to distribute them.  We will pay each presenter $35.  Registration is by email and fees will be collected at the registration table.  Credit cards will be accepted.  All day attendance is $35, with a $5 donation for lunch.  Individual workshops are $15, but the worms workshop and pain salve workshop will have a $5 materials fee.

A motion was made by Greg, with a second by John Harrington, to allow a maximum of $1,000 for expenses.  Motion approved.

4)  Action Team on Plastics:  a decision was made to meet after the gardening workshops event. Linda will suggest some possible dates.

Next meeting will be at CJ's on April 3, with a potuck at 5:30.

Submitted by Ellen Klaus


Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting
Wednesday February 6, 2019
at home of John & Linda Nichols – Watertown Wisconsin
Board Members Present:  Buck Smith, Janet McConaughy, Kasy Culbertson, Linda Nichols, John Nichols, Greg David, Kathy Adams
Others Present: Paul Moderacki via Skype
Before the meeting was called to order, Lynn Stull, Lead Organizer of
spoke with the group to warn us of dangers of 5G wireless. 
She emailed this information to us afterwards ( that she had referenced in the discussion):
Greg David recommended a book related to this topic: “Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a grip on the technologies that limit our autonomy, self-sufficiency, and freedom” by Dimitri Orlov.  Dimitri makes the argument that the techno-sphere is becoming a sentient being.  It has goals and ambitions of its own and drives what many people do.
The meeting was called to order by Linda Nichols at 6:52 pm.  Quorum established.
January minutes:  
Motion made by Buck Smith to approve the minutes, Greg David seconded.  Minutes approved as presented.
Financial Report provided by Paul Moderacki via Skype:
End of Year Financial Summary for 2018:
The checking account started the year with $6488.07 ended with $5151.31.  Went down $1337.76
The biggest expenditure was the insurance.  Our insurance (with Alliance for Non-Profit) rates are likely as low as we can get for the coverage we need.  We get some bulk rates with other members of the Alliance.  We are not certain what insurance other comparable Sustain organizations use.
Income came from:
Small amounts from checking account dividend/interest: 6.31
Donations – 535.79
Potato Sales: 558.25 (sales) - $265 (cost) - (made 150% profit)
January 2019 Financial Summary:
We had Income mostly from Plastics Problem Forum
And expenses for seed potatoes, JC Community Center, and Plastics Problems products (which will also be sold at the Gardening Workshop).
Greg David moved to accept the financial report, John Nichols seconded and it was approved by all.
Square Inc. 
To prepare for the Gardening Workshop sales, Linda reported on this card-reader device used for taking credit payments (deposited right into our Landmark account). 
Request for info on a system to make a “hot” donation button (with PayPal or?). Paul M will be looking into this.
Report on Plastics Problem Event of Jan 11, 2019
48 attendees
2 new people signed up for the action team - Brainstorming meeting will be in March.
Kasy stated Badgerlands has a plan for a new recycling plant.
Janet stated that not having standardized requirements makes it difficult to be a good recycler.
Greg said the State has set responsible units for handling garbage/recycling - not the counties but the townships or incorporated municipalities.  Those township boards make the decisions on what is best.
Paul shared his community’s progress on limiting single-use plastics. 
Kasy discussed Kroger’s negative policy on customers bringing in containers for purchasing goods.  Perhaps the action team could tackle this.
Gardening Workshop Planning Committee:
One meeting so far
One speaker is confirmed. Another most likely.  And other conversations are taking place.
Greg volunteered to do a talk on Regenerative Gardening/Agriculture.
Johnson Creek’s Village Rummage Sale is on April 27th:
Buck proposes offering items (from his mother’s house) to be sold then with proceeds to benefit SJ.   Perhaps we could use C.J.’s garage.  Similar sales in the past had been profitable.  Buck will price things as he packs them.  Kasy and Linda will take a look at the items that are offered when they pick up potatoes for the spud sale.
Announcement from Linda: “Heart of the City”
in Fort Atkinson is showing “From Paris to Baltimore” climate change movie on Wednesday, Feb 27th at the Fort hospital.  It will be posted on our SJ website.
The next meeting (a potluck) will be 5:30 on March 6th at Janet McConaughy’s home.
Kasy made the motion to adjourn.  Greg seconded.  Approved by all.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Adams


Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Meeting Held at Mike & Ellen Klaus home – Watertown Wisconsin


Board Members Present:

 John Nichols, John Harrington, Buck Smith, Ellen Klaus, Mike Klaus, Kasy Culbertson, Janet McConaughy

Others Present:  CJ O’Neill, Ben Nelson, Ben Adams, Hank Wiedmeyer

Called to order by Linda Nichols.  Quorum established.

Welcome and Introductions

November minutes:

Motion made by Kasy Culbertson, John Nichols seconded.  Minutes approved as presented.

Financial Report:

From Paul Moderacki – reported by Linda N

Little activity in Nov & Dec - earned .90 interest.

$300 = 1 withdrawal for items being sold at Plastic Forum plus mic purchase from Plastic Pros

{which will be ready for the Plastics Forum (see below)}

Current Balance: $5,150.31


Plastics Problem Forum:

Will be held on Jan 11, 2019 at Johnson Creek Community Center.   Doors open at 6:30pm

Various things to sell (see below)   

Starting at 7pm will be 2-3 short video clips looking at problems of plastic in different ways.

This will be followed by Janet McConaughy discussing:

  1. Kits available at no cost for schools, etc that can recycle milk, etc other containers

(she will demo the strainer that fits into a large pail that can be handled with ease).

  1. How to form action teams that people can sign up for on Facebook .
  2. Provide sign-up sheets for individuals to write how they are moved to help.            (Janet)
  3. As is customary, have clipboards to get names/email addresses of attendees.         (Linda)

  To follow:  2 speakers  (20 +/- min each)  with Q/A to follow:

Randy Franks:  Street supervisor of City of Watertown

Sharon Eberhart:  Jefferson county recycling

At event will be selling various products to replace some of the plastics in our lives:  stainless steel straws, shampoo bars, re-usable washable mesh produce bags, chewable toothpaste pillows, bamboo toothbrushes, Beeswax  wrap, reusable silicone food covers. 

Meeting is to be advertised on Sustain Jefferson website and Facebook page; and through press.

Gardening Workshop

-Will be Saturday April 6th /13th at Concord Community Center  [note: before Easter]  Cost TBD?

-On the committee: Kathy Adams, Kasy Culbertson, Janet McConaughy, CJ O’Neill (registration), John Harrington, Linda Nichols. 

-First meeting will be Jan. 25 at Harvest Market, Watertown Regional Medical Center (Hospital) at about 2:30pm 

-{Discussion of old Posters? Can we get those from John Nichols?}

-In the past, there were 3 sessions of approx. 1 hour each (breaks in between), lunch, and then 2 more sessions.  Sometimes there was a movie.  

-Janet McConaughy will teach growing mushrooms in cat litter for this year’s workshop

-Other possible ideas: physical therapy for gardeners, Bee Topics by John Nichols, how/why to make garden hoops by Ben Adams, Speaker- Lynn?, movie; sponsor w/ Greener Oconomowoc. 

         Potato Spuds Selling/Fund Raiser at  Workshop:

Should spuds be picked up on same date as Garden Workshop  or on a separate date?  Yes, no other time available.  It should be done in such a way so as to not interfere with workshop this time.

Kasy will be the primary organizer for the potato sales.  Ellen Klaus will send information on past years’ order files and sales to her.  Buck will purchase our choices along with his personal order.

Credit Payments on Card Readers:

            Card readers to attach to phone to get credit payment:  Square One, Apple Square, Pay Pal, etc.

Consensus – we’d get more sales with credit cards.  Perhaps mark up the price to cover that fee.

We may put a PayPal button on the SJ website for donations.

Motion for Linda N to explore – motion made by Ben Nelson, second by Buck.  Approved. 

Sponsor Book Discussion:                                                                                                                             (Ellen)

 The Son by Phillip Meyer  (Comanche based) for a later April/May date, to be put on  SJ Website and Facebook  date.


  1.  Jan 17 at 7 pm Wehlan’s  Wisconsin Ave  Oconomowoc    “Beyond Climate Change”.
  2. Ben Nelson donating books , on table

Motion to disband by John Harrington, second by John Nichols.

Respectfully submitted.

Kathy Adams
SJ Secretary

Note by Kasy:  Thanks to CJ for a great buffet with cookies.

Next mtg not established yet.    Nor Green Thursday.


Sustain Jefferson Board Meeting

Wednesday Nov 7, 2018

Meeting held in Ben Nelson’s Workshop - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


Board Members Present:

Mike Klaus, Mike Opager, John Nichols, Linda Nichols, John Harrington, Greg David, Janet McConaughey, Buck Smith

Others Present:

Ben Nelson, Kathy Adams, Paul Moderacki via Skype


Called to order by Linda Nichols at 6:06 pm     Quorum established.

Welcome and Introductions


Motion made by Mike Klaus to approve minutes of October board meeting.  Seconded by John Nichols. Passed.


Election of Board Members

  • Paul Moderacki nominated Greg David for re-election to the board. Nomination accepted. Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed
  • Paul Moderacki nominated Janet McConaughey for re-election to the board. Nomination accepted.  Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed.
  • John Nichols nominated Kathy Adams to the board.  Nomination accepted. Mike Opager seconded.  Passed.
  • Mike Opager pre-approved Kasy Culbertson for election to the board. John Harrington seconded.  Passed.

Election of Officers

  • Mike Klaus nominated Linda Nichols as President.  Greg David seconded. Passed.
  • John Nichols nominated John Harrington as Vice President.  Mike Klaus seconded.  Passed.
  • Mike Opager nominated Paul Moderacki as Treasurer.  Greg David seconded. Passed.
  • Janet McConaughey nominated Kathy Adams as Secretary.  Greg David seconded.  Passed.



Green Thursday report:

12 People met on October 11, 2018 at Hiway Harry’s to hear Vic Karaliunas, manager of the Ixonia recycling center and transfer site speak about recycling.  

Suitability of the room for future meetings was discussed. Since at least one of the members had some difficulty hearing in the room, a portable PA system is being considered.   Ben Nelson will research.


January 11, 2019 at 7pm – A SJ-sponsored film showing is being planned by committee.  Committee members are Ellen Klaus, Linda Nichols, Janet McConaughey, John Harrington, and Buck Smith.  The event will be at the Johnson Creek Community Center.


Workshop Day in Spring Discussion:

We will begin planning in February.  The best money-makers are large events. 

When:  TBD   

Possible Topics: Garden Workshop in Waukesha – Janet M has a contact.

                Spudfest  (was done last year)


Financial Report - Paul Moderacki emailed (11/6/18):

Paul’s report summarized our 2018 activities through Oct.31, 2018:  We've had revenues of $1,574.45 and expenditures of $2,635.11, for a net decrease in the checking account of $1,060.66.

Checking summary:

Beginning balance, Jan. 1, 2018: $6,488.07

Balance as of October 31, 2018:  $5,427.41

Revenue over (under): ($1,060.66)

This continues a trend from 2017:

Beginning balance, Jan. 1, 2017: $7,989.09

Ending balance, Dec. 31, 2017:   $6,488.07

Revenue over (under): ($1,501.02)


The biggest drain on our resources is the annual insurance premium of $1,623.00 (the premium was the same in 2017 and 2018), and it accounts for our decreasing fund balance.


Our Spuds sale event in the spring continues to be the best revenue generator.  The Linda Conroy workshop in June netted $83 over our payments to Ms. Conroy. 


On Nov. 1st there was a $22.00 deposit into our checking account, raising the balance, as of Nov. 5, 2018, to $5,449.41.


The next board meeting will be at 6pm on January 2, 2019 at Greg David’s Prairie Dock Farm.


Motion to adjourn made by Mike Opager.  Seconded by John Nichols. 

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by,
Kathy Adams
SJ Secretary


Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017

Potluck-J. McConaughey’s house


Board members present: Amy Rinard, president, John Nichols, Mary Branson, Greg David, Paul Moderacki, treasures, Janet McConaughey, Buck Smith, Mike Opager

Others present: John Harrington, Karen Culbertson

Called to order at 6:42 pm

Welcome and introductions

Paul M. motioned to approve the minutes of Sept. 6, 2017 board meeting, Mary B seconded, motion passed

Financial Report:  $6095.58 currently in account, $100.00 sent to speaker Linda Conroy, check not cleared yet. Spent $1623.00 for insurance, earned interest of $0.62.

Update and discussion fall food preservation event- scheduled for Saturday Oct. 28th, 2017, workshop from 9:00 to 11:30, fee of $20.00, lunch to follow, registration on line to a mailbox that goes to Linda N. and CJ O’Neil, collect money at the door. Publicity will include: Facebook post push for $10.00.  E-mail blasts, press releases will go out, is on the SJ website (112 reads so far). Also have a Book and magazine exchange table, demo tables of dehydrates, food sealers, etc

Greg-soup, saurkraut



Will need more volunteers to make food

Discussion of Nov. elections of officers/board members-Three positions to the board expire: Paul Moderacki, Mary Branson and John Nichols.  Paul M. will not be running for re-election to board but will continue treasurer duty until replacement found, Mary B. will not be running, Amy Rinard will not be president but remains on the board, John N. will run again. John H. thinking about it. Linda N. will run for president

Janet M. suggested doing a children’s event in Dousman next year


Citizens Climate Lobby will have TV Weatherman Bob Lindmeier's presentation on Climate and the Weather in Watertown on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Next meeting: Potluck on Wednesday Nov 1st at 6:00 at the Jefferson extension office.

Mike O. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded, motion passed, adjourned at 7:34 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary


Sustain Jefferson Minutes

September 6, 2017

Attending:  Casey Culbertson, Janet McConaughey, Ben Nelson, Greg David, Kathy Heller, Buck Smith, Paul Moderacki, John Harrington, Sarah Seibt, Mary Branson, Ellen/Mike Klaus


1) Minutes of last meeting were approved:  Greg/Paul.


2)  Paul reported $7,717.96 in checking account, with $20.68 spent to UPS store and income of $9.88 from Amazon Smile.


3)  An organizing meeting will need to be held soon for the October 28 meeting.  We were not certain if a room has been secured at Johnson Creek H.S.?  Committee members: Janet, Sarah, Amy, and C.J.


4)  Several upcoming events were shared by Ben and Paul.

5) Adjourned: Mike/Greg

Sustain Jefferson

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Korth Park


Board members present:  John Nichols, Amy Rinard, president, Mike Klaus, Paul Moderacki, treasurer, Buck Smith, Greg David

Others:  John Harrington, Sarah Seibt, Richard Seibt, Kathy Heller, Karen Culbertson, Ellen Klaus

Called to order at 7:00 pm

Welcome and introductions

Amy R motioned to approve minutes of June 7, 2017 board meeting, Sarah S.  seconded, motion passed.

Financial ReportCurrent balance is $7,828.08. We sent $300.00 to Standing Rock. Received $1.00 donation from Buck, and one $20.00 membership. Earned 67 cents interest for June.  Paul consulted with Jeff Weinkauf, insurance agent. SJ can move policy from two million to one million and save a total of $220.00. Annual payment from $1875.00 to approximately $1555.00.

John N. motioned to reduce premium from two million to one million, Mike K seconded, motion passed.

Andy Didion came to talk about composting coffee grounds. He and his father have been collecting for about 20 years from Urbans, a Jefferson restaurant.  He talked about SJ recognizing businesses that are doing sustainable things. He would like someone to take this over and collect from the restaurant. Ellen said we can put something on Facebook to have people connect with Andy. Sarah suggested door stickers for businesses with sustainable practices, get our name out there.

Report on, discussion and possible action on purchase of FoodSaver- vote tabled, seek input at our Oct event. Buck reported the company from Canada’s stuff was not meeting our needs.

Update and discussion of fall food preservation event-Herbal topic in the morning for 2hr. 30 min. with Linda Conroy. Event is Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Johnson Creek high school FACE (home ec. Room), lunch in cafeteria. Afternoon could be general food preserving topics. Committee; Amy R., Sarah S., Ellen K, Janet M. and Linda N.


Brew with a View County Parks fundraiser is August 25th

Facebook Market place to sell/give away anything

Micropark-lots of plants coming up, laying out the path, work day coming

Webinar about health and nutrition-Greg D. will send link out

Amy R. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded, motion passed. Adjourned at 7:48pm

Next meeting Wed. Sept 6 and 6:00 potluck place to be determined.

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary



Sustain Jefferson Meeting

 Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Johnson Creek Community Center


Board members present: Amy Rinard, president, Janet McConaughey, Mary Branson, Mike Klaus, John Nichols, Buck Smith, Greg David

Others present: CJ O’Neil, Ellen Klaus, Kathy Heller, Sarah Seibt, John Harrington, Jan Gerling, Pat Kopps

Meeting called to order at 5:37pm

Mary B motioned approval of minutes of Feb. 27, 2017 board meeting, Janet M seconded, motion passed

Financial Report: The checking balance as of March, 31st is $7,845.53, and there's been no activity thus far in April. In March, we expended $60, all related to SpudFest ($10 for FB boost and $50 for JC Community Center rent) and received $0.67 dividend from Landmark. To be added is we spent $94.16 for cookbooks, Sarah S. will turn in receipt for potatoes she purchased.

Discussion of insurance coverage- tabled

Discussion and possible action on going to MREA- Buck is going but it’s too late to set up a SJ booth.

Update on book discussion groups-Buck shared that it’s been very interesting, had 24 people for first meeting, have broken into 2 groups: 10-12 people at the larger group, 4-5 have come to the smaller group.  Have talked about having a potluck/dinner at the end. Some people from Whitewater have come so interest from around the area.  Spin off groups from the book groups to do events etc. has been discussed.

Discussed possibly buying a food sealer and other food preserving equipment for members to share. Could do a food saving event. Possibly in Sept.   Pool our resources and divided them up.

Micro-park update- Greg sent a copy of the grant out, went over well, should be hearing soon. All of it was written on-line, so was time consuming. This Friday, well meet to lay out the swale for the rain barrels at 2:30.  Thursday Apr. 27 and Friday May 18 are work days. Will probably have work days once a month during the summer.  Greg is looking for people to sift seeds and sort by species.

AnnouncementsApril 22nd is Earth Day. There will be a march in Madison about climate change. SJ group will go, we could march with SJ banner. It’s from 2-5 pm.  Ellen will sent out e-mail.

Agenda for next meetingFood saving event, possibly in September. Insurance issues.

Next meeting:  5:30 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Potluck at Linda Nichols’s house.

Mike K. motioned to adjourn Janet M. seconded, adjourned at 6:02pm.

Submitted by

Linda Nichols

SJ Secretary











Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Fort Atkinson Hospital


Board members present: Mary Branson, Janet McConaughey, Paul Moderacki, treasurer,  Amy Rinard, president, Greg David, Buck Smith, John Nichols

Other present: Sarah Seibt, Kathy Heller, John Harrington

Meeting called to order at 5:33 pm

Greg David motioned to approve minutes of Feb. 1, 2017,  Paul M.  seconded, motion passed

Financial Report: $7,989.09 in account as of Jan. 31st, $7,904.25 as of today, Sales tax was paid $94.48.  $9.64 donation from Amazon Smile

Letter of recommendation for Micro- park grant application:  $1,000.00 was pledged by SJ in January 2016, $250.00 has been given.  Amy R. has prepared a letter to endorse their grant.  Greg D. motioned to approve the letter as read with the dollar amount of the pledged added. Mary B. seconded, motion passed.

Plans for April 5th potato-growing workshop: Janet M. will ordinate the 3 presenters.  Potato bars--Sarah S. will get 50 organic potatoes, Linda N. will bake and put in a Nesco, others will bring tops. Will be held at the Johnson Creek Community Center with board meeting at 5:30 pm and   workshop at 6:30 pm.  Sarah S. suggested to increase price of seed potatoes being sold due to it being a free workshop. Ellen Klaus will work out the prices. We will bring a donation jar and sell cookbooks at $3.00 each. The event will last until 9:00 pm. Sarah S. and Amy R. were on the Fort Atkinson radio to talk about the workshop.

Future book discussion- the book is Prosper by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart. The first meeting is Tuesday March 7th. at the UWEX Bldg. in Jefferson. Posters were shared to display. Press release is ready. Greg D. will talk about the book club at the movie. Amy R. will put it on the web-site.  Greg D will send e-mail to Mike O for an e-mail blast.

Next meeting: April 5, 2017 at 5:30 at the JC Community Center, Agenda items: MREA,  Book discussion update, membership, saving on insurance,

Announcements: Joel Kleefisch town hall meeting in Lake Mill March 9th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fargo Library

Paul M motioned to adjourn, Mary B seconded.

Adjourned at 6:07 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Harvest Market, Watertown


Board members present:  Mary Branson, vice president, Buck Smith, Janet McConaughey, Paul Moderacki, treasurer, John Nichols

Others present:  John Harrington, Kathy Heller, Sarah Seibt

Meeting called to order at 5:51 pm by vice president

Welcome and introductions

Approval of minutes from Jan. 4th meeting: Paul M. motioned to approve minutes, Mary B. seconded, motion passed.

Financial Report: Paul M. passed out copies of the Annual Report.  We took in $4,495.39 and spent $4,072.17. Please send Paul an email when you deposit money so we can know what the source was.  On Jan. 30th the annual tax report was done, amount was $94.48. Currently in the checking account is $7,988.41 Janet M. motioned to accept the Annual Report with the revised information regarding the three unidentified donations. Buck S. seconded. Motion passed. Paul asked for addresses of board and officers for the Non-Stock Cooperation Annual Report.

Update on plans for Feb. 27th film screening: It will start at 6:30 at Fort Hospital.  Amy Rinard has begun publicity.  She has posted it on our website home page. Next week she will have Mike Opager send out email blasts to our groups. She will also send out press releases to the Jefferson County media outlets.  Sarah S. has sent out a flyer to Fire Souls email group and provided one at this meeting.  Some changes were recommended.  Board and others will begin circulating the flyers. Sarah requested for someone to go with her to check on the room we will be using.  John N. and Buck S. will meet her on Monday.  Paul M suggested snacks. Sarah will bring lemonade. Others will provide snacks. John N. will check if they have a popcorn machine. Mary B. asked about a snow date.  Sarah shared they were quite booked up but she will ask.  We will have a discussion after the movie.  Sarah will send a link so the board can watch it ahead of time. 

Discussion of future film screening or book discussions:  John H. suggested a book discussion on “Prosper” by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart.  He will coordinate with John N. and Greg David to set something up. Possibly two sessions in March.

Discussion of Spring potato sale and potato-growing workshop: Ellen Klaus, Janet M. and Meg Kelly will present. This will be on April 5th right after our monthly board meeting.  Mike and Ellen will pick up the seed potatoes. Sarah suggested the Johnson Creek Community Center.  Mary B motioned to use the JC Center as our venue. Paul M. seconded. Motion passed.  Will we sell potato cookbooks again? Paul M suggested 50 copies rather than 100. John N. motioned to order cookbooks. Mary B. seconded. Motion passed. Sarah will contact CJ O’Neil to rent the center.  Kathy H. suggested a potato bar where we all bring various toppings.  We will need a source for potatoes to bake.  Sarah will ask if the new market in town can order us organic potatoes. Mary B. will ask at the Oconomowoc market.  Kathy will make a sign.

 Donation to Standing Rock: Janet M. requested that we make a donation to the anti-pipe line efforts.  Because of snow, they are moving their set up. It’s down to 500 people. They will need to fund court battles and are running out of lawyers in that State.  Buck S. recommended a donation of $300.00.  Kathy H. asked if we are a Wisconsin based organization and should keep our money here.  Discussion included if the cause meets with our mission statement. Buck S. motioned to send $300.00 to the Legal Defense Fund, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  John N. seconded. Motion passed. Janet M. provided Paul with the address.  He will send a check.

Next meeting:  February 27th at 5:30 pm at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

Agenda items to include: book discussion details.  Potato workshop details.

Announcements and recommendation:  Janet M. shared about a public radio program.  It was about a community college program focusing on wind turbine technology in Iowa.  There will be many jobs in this area in the future.  Encourage people to take courses like this.

Paul M. motioned to adjourn.  Janet M. seconded. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm

Submitted by,

Linda Nichols

SJ secretary      


Sustain Jefferson Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016

Johnson Creek Community Center


Board members present:  Mike Opager, Amy Rinard, Janet McConaughey, Greg David, John Nichols, Sarah Seibt, Mary Branson, Paul Moderacki via Facetime, Buck Smith

Others present: CJ O’Neil, Mike Klaus, John Harrington, Kathy Heller

Annual Meeting,

Called to order at 5:45 pm

Review and approval of YTD-none reported at this time. Monthly Financial Report - Paul M reported that the checking account balance is $7, 956.93. We received $0.68 in interest in October and reimbursed CJ O’Neil $74.00 for the annual cost of our mail box rental at the Johnson Creek Post office. Ellen made correct that CJ was given $24.00 for 6 months post box fee and $50.00 for rental of Johnson Creek Community Center.

Summary of year's activities-members recalled our gardening workshop, made raised beds at Heritage Home, had 2 book studies, one blog discussion, removed things in storage at Bethesda and had a successful rummage sale, fermentation workshop, and potato sale.

Elect 3 board members (expiring terms: Sarah Seibt, Amy Rinard, Buck Smith)- Sarah S. nominated Mike Klaus, Amy Rinard and Buck Smith for a 3 year term on the board. Nomination accepted by all three. Mary B. seconded, motion carried. 

Mary B. motioned to adjourn the annual meeting, Mike O seconded, motion passed, adjourned at 5:54 pm

November Board Meeting,

Called to order at 5:56pm

Greg D. motioned to approve October board minutes, Ellen seconded, minutes approved.

Financial report: see above

Election of officers: Amy R. nominated Linda N. for secretary, nomination accepted. Paul M. seconded, motion passed.  Buck S. nominated Paul M for treasurer, nomination accepted. Mary B. seconded, motion passed.  Amy R. nominated Mary B. for vice president, nomination accepted. Greg D. seconded, motion passed. Linda N. nominated Amy R. for president, nomination accepted. Mike O. seconded, motion passed.   

Report from Film Fest ad hoc committee-Sarah picked suggestions from a list that Kathy Heller gave.  Movie is “Unacceptable Levels” a new and free movie. Committee will proceed to find venue and equipment. Sarah S asked people to vote if we should do it at the Watertown Theater and make it a bigger thing. Mike O shared to make sure that we can stream it off the internet. Amy R would like to use a free place.  She shared that the actor Leonard D. has a new documentary which is on-line right now. Committee will watch that one and invite other board members and officers.

Micro Park Update-Greg D shared that they have had 3-4 seed gatherings   Work day is Friday Nov. 18 10:00 to 2:00. They will be taking the fence down, mixing and sowing the seed. There will be a presentation to the park department on Monday afternoon.

Newly appointed president, Amy R. suggested a change in meeting days and times. She suggested not having a Dec. meeting, all agreed. Change to 5:30 meeting times and always have a potluck for the board meetings. We will continue to meet on the first Wed. of the month.  Next meeting is Jan 4th, 2017.

Sarah S. motioned to adjourn, Greg D. seconded. Adjourn at 6:22 pm.

Submitted by Linda Nichols, SJ Secretary

A fermentation workshop followed. In addition to board members, 14 people attended. Four SJ members presented.  It was well received.