JUNE 2019 BACC NEWSLETTER
The Bay Area Community Council is the leading organization in engaging community leaders in understanding and shaping the future of the greater Green Bay area.
January 27, 1929-June 11, 2019
Several representatives of the BACC and the Aging and Disability Resource Center visited Pat at St. Vincent Hospital on June 6. The proclamation below was
presented and a BACC directors medallion were shared with her. Five days later, she died at Unity Hospice.
In Appreciation to Patricia Finder-Stone
upon Completion of Her Service to the Bay Area Community Council
June 6, 2019
You are retiring from participation in the Bay Area Community Council Board of Directors, a position held since 1994.
• You served as our President in 2002, continuing the legacy of very competent leaders of our organization.
• You are our most esteemed “Community Volunteer,” as you express it. You brought to us, as well as your other organizational interests, your passion for improving major societal challenges: our natural environment, government, families, public health, and social fabric. Indeed, when you could not be with us, we knew you were probably in Madison representing us to our legislators on an important issue.
• You participated actively in all of our studies and programs, helping with the interviews and research, because you were committed to what we were trying to do for the community, and it energized you.
• You financially contributed when we needed it to fund important projects.
• Each meeting, you brought to us the next important learning opportunity we could take advantage of to inform our community on an important issue.
We thank you for helping us think through how we can structure ourselves to select and perform work that is important to our Brown County community.
You're a leader by both what you do, and, most especially, by who you are.
We are blessed to have had this time with you.
Rev. Paul Demuth
President, Bay Area Community Council
On behalf of your fellow members:
Randy Van Straten
Thank you so much for this special celebration and all of your thoughts and prayers. Having you here today means so much to me and I wish I had more time to tell each of you how much of an impact you have had on my life and how much impact we have made together on our wonderful community. This is a truly special place to live and work. It brings me great joy this morning to look back at all we have accomplished to make this a more vibrant, more welcoming and a more loving community. I am truly honored today, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Steve Herro, the Executive Assistant of the BACC, also
about Pat's contributions to the community.
JUNE 13 BACC Board meeting
The BACC Board of Directors met on June 13 at St. Norbert College. The meeting was followed by the third installment of foresight analysis training by Garry Golden.
Paul Demuth briefly described the final days of life of retired Board member Patricia Finder-Stone. Members honored her with a moment of silence.
Paul Demuth and Dave Wegge distributed "BACC's Future in the Light of Foresight Analysis." The Board will use this paper as a road map for the formation and work of signals teams. The teams will capture information about events and trends related to governance and civic culture, community of choice, health and wellness, pathways for success, and local economic transformation in order to report out to the Board and wider Green Bay area community. The work of the signals teams is quite pertinent to the BACC's reputation as the area's quality of life think tank.
Tom Schumacher reported that the Nominations Committee is close to presenting up to three names for new Board membership. Devon Christianson reported that the Communications Committee is moving forward on rolling out a process to strengthen the BACC's branding strategy.
Know your BACC Director: Morgan Fuller
Tell us a little bit about yourself—where you were raised, past and current professions and careers, how long you have lived in Brown County, and some of your favorite pass times
I was born and raised in Spring Grove a smaller town in the southern Minnesota. I moved to Green Bay for college at UW-Green Bay in 2010 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in non-profit management. Fund development, relationship building and anything with a strong mission of giving is how I love to focus my time and energy!
For the last two years, I have served the UW-Green Bay Advancement Team as the Manager of Events and Annual Giving. I work with the Chancellor on high profile events and with our Fund Development team on donor events and our annual giving strategy. From 2015-2017, I worked with the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes as Fund Development Manager for the Greater Fox Cities and the Green Bay region. This was an exciting role for me because it was my first development role upon graduation. I learned so much from this role and the people I worked with! It was a great first-post-college job.
My outside of work life consists of marriage to a wonderful man, Trevor Fuller, and two hilarious dogs, Cooper and Chester. They make our life so full. We love to be outside – hiking, kayaking, biking, etc. We also purchased a home a few years ago and are constantly working on home-improvement projects; maybe one day they will be finished? Our family lives far and wide, so we are constantly traveling to see them.
Another passion of ours is to create a better community in which we live. We are residents of Allouez, but view the greater Green Bay region as such a wonderful place to live. It’s our personal goal to make it better! Some of the ways we do this is to serve on local boards and make sure our full-time jobs add to the community as a whole.
Describe your relationship to the BACC—when did you start on the BACC, what are your hopes for the BACC, what personal gifts do you bring to the BACC mission?
I officially joined the BACC in October 2018. I joined the BACC to help create positive change in our community. I believe I bring several exciting things to the table for the BACC:
1. Outside perspective. I did not grow up here and I’ve only been here since 2010. So I see things a bit different than others who’ve grown up here and lived their lives here.
2. Being 27 years young has is pros! Not many 27 year olds have the opportunity to get involved at this level with an organization like the BACC. The opportunity to create change, as I mentioned before, is exciting and I think my age and “new to the table” ideology can bring some fresh perspectives to the group.
3. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I love to dig a little deeper. I have the need to know more and learn more about any given subject.
What do you like most about life in Brown County?
Living in Brown County has many perks! Below are some of my favorites!
1. The close proximity to many other things, such as the U.P., Door County, Chicago, the Twin Cities, etc.
2. Vibrant community life. Each municipality has its own feel and events that we love. Even though we love living in Allouez, we are always taking in other pieces of the communities – Saturday and Wednesday Farmer’s Markets in Green Bay, Pooches and Pints in Allouez, Bark and Brew in Howard, area restaurants, live music, and of course, the Packers and the Titletown Development.
3. All the trails in the area, such as the Fox River Trail, the UW-Green Bay Arboretum.
Applying foresight analysis to life in greater Green Bay
provides the fifth installation of a six month series by BACC directors connecting foresight analysis to life in our community
The BACC's work in foresight analysis challenges our thinking about tomorrow, but also about today and the path that will lead us to a potential future for our communities. Many “what ifs” are flying about as we wrestle with and pay attention to signals and trends that are nudging us to think about what might be, but also what we want the future to be. If we can imagine it, we can influence it.
My work with older adults and adults with disabilities is ripe for this discussion. L
ooking to the past, in 1902 the average life expectancy was 49 years old; see how far we have come already.
What if we never grew old? What if your parents never grew old? Your spouse? What if your pets lived nearly as long as you? Might this make you choose your relationships and that new puppy more carefully?
“Researchers are now looking at ways to slow down the fundamental aging process and lessen its impact. Stem cell exhaustion, which occurs when stem cells lose their ability to divide, causing everything from graying hair to tissue degeneration.
have identified stem cell rejuvenation (essentially, putting the spark back into the metabolic pathways that spur stem cell growth and development) as a possible mitigator to some of the inevitable physical by-products of aging” ("The Future of Getting Old," Pfizer 2017).
There are high and low tech considerations when mapping out the possibilities. What if you would live to 115 years old? Would you retire at 67? 90? When would you outlive your resources? What if we can’t conquer Alzheimer’s disease but conquer longevity? Did you think you would be married for 70 years? What will we call this new “stage of life”? Super old age?
What are the possible implications, not only to us, but also major industries like housing, employment services, banking, transportation and more? Many industries have this on their radar screen and are looking to build entire communities just for persons with dementia. The Netherlands
an entire village where people shop, go out to eat, exercise, and wander.
In Oregon, three generation housing is taking off.
offers foster youth, their parents and older adults a win win living situation. Youth learn life skills, parents -parenting skills, and older adults experience reduced isolation. We will need to explore and build innovative housing options to accommodate this new very long life!
What about a
on your property to assist your parents? The concept of a backyard bungalow is already hot on the market. You can live in this new tiny house and let your kids stay in the big one. Or rent it out and stay in your neighborhood in your own backyard.
These ideas were considered crazy 20 years ago, but someone saw what might be and said, "Let's do it!" There are plausible futures, possible futures and preferred futures to consider. The fun of forecasting is considering them all and building our circles of influence to begin the work of creating a preferred future. The future starts today!
Collective care in greater Green Bay
BACC Board Director Nan Nelson
Recently our friends at
blogged about the concept of "
collective community care
" This is what we do together that make life easier and better for our whole community, not just ourselves and our loved ones.
Yes, I know community care is serious business, and there remains a lot to be done. But remember the Women's Trade Union slogan, "
It is bread we fight for-- but we fight for roses too
Bread for the body and roses for the spirit--taking care of each other can also be fun!
Favorite resources and news you can use
Recent news stories, articles, books, videos, Websites or venues of interest to the BACC supporters and newsletter readers, recommend by the BACC staff and directors. Also community events of interest to the BACC supporters
6 pm-7 pm
June 20, July 11, July 25, August 15, August 29
Sponsored by Brown County Library, each Thursday night features a short walking tour and explanation of the historical and cultural influence of a given section of downtown Green Bay. Contact Dennis Jacobs, 920-448-4400, for more information.