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I open my remarks by extending special congratulations to James and Agnes Stearns who will celebrate 51 years of MBCA membership on March 12th!

2024 Events

There are a number of events already on the calendar for 2024.

The first is our 6th Annual Valentine’s Drive-to-Dine.  Join us Sunday, February 11th when we return to the Fox & Hounds in Hubertus for this very popular event.  Get all the details in the event announcement elsewhere in the newsletter or on the website.

Other events already on the books for 2024 are listed on the Event Calendar elsewhere in this newsletter.  Most of them also have event announcement in this issue.  Be sure and mark your calendar and plan on attending them all!

Member Challenge

We are planning more events in addition to those listed in the calendar.  I challenge each of you to provide your input.  Tell us what kind of events you would like us to hold, and where you would like them to be held.  Would you like to see us hold a golf outing or a rallye, or something else we haven’t done in awhile, or have never done?  Would you like to see more events held later in the day or a dinner gathering?  This is your club and your input is what drives our event calendar.  Please let me or any of our board members know your preferences!!  Finally, don’t be afraid to tell us what kind of events, if any; don’t hold any interest for you.

A final word on events.  We are planning an extended Fall Color Tour this year.  Would you prefer to head back to Door County, to the Great River Road along the Mississippi, or some other location.  Let us know!

Event Refund Policy

Your Board of Directors adopted an Event Refund Policy during their January meeting.  The entire Policy is posted elsewhere in the newsletter.  Please take the time to read it, and direct any questions you may have to any Board member.

Board Member Update

Patrick Brinkman has resigned from the Board for personal reasons.  At their January meeting your Board of Directors appointed Chad Winter to serve as Director for the remainder of Patrick’s term.

Audit Committee Volunteers Sought

We are looking for 2 or 3 individuals to review the financial records of the Section to help make sure that our books and records are in order.  Please see the announcement elsewhere in the newsletter for details.

Webmaster Wanted

MBCA National is developing a new website, and your Section is looking for an individual to serve as Webmaster for our part of the new site.  Experience with websites not needed, but a knowledge of Excel would be helpful.  

Membership Matters

New members joining Nov 29, 2023 - January 21, 2024 and those members celebrating milestone anniversaries in February and March 2024 are all listed elsewhere in the newsletter.

Congratulations and welcome to all!

I close these remarks by thanking each and every one of you for being a member of the Wisconsin Section.  It’s our members who make this Section successful.  I look forward to seeing all of you in person at an upcoming event.

Best regards,

Bruce Hamilton

[email protected]

PS – don’t forget to give us your 2024 event suggestions!




Bruce Hamilton