The Messenger
January 18, 2016
There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location,  
age, gender or disability. ~ Sharron Angle
From the Desk of Board Chairman
Ken S. Hobbs

Greetings and hope you are off to a fantastic new year. Arc Dane County is already really busy with many events, educational seminars , outreach and collaborations in the works.  We could use a few more volunteers! If you are interested or know of someone who would like to serve on a committee, a board position or just lend a helping hand for a very specific  date and time, please contact the  office or shoot me an email. We'd love more volunteers!   Before the Packer game Sunday, consider lending a hand any time between 1:30 and 4:30 for our winter ball. We've sold 500 tickets!

  With so much happening in the public policy arena both here and in Washington DC, there is much to stay on top of so we can best serve you.  Please attend any or all of the seminars the Arc is working with others to bring to you. This also means we need your help to grow our membership so we can continue to fund programs for free or nominal costs.  Help us reach more people WHO NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!  Consider Ordering  some fruit. You have two weeks to do it!  It is a large fundraiser for the Arc Dane County and would really contribute to our bottom line.  
And remember, as Congress moves toward
repeal of  the Affordable Care Act (ACA),  there are plenty of groups, us included  who are  urging lawmakers to release a replacement plan that preserves key protections for people with disabilities created by the current law before voting on its repeal. Read the complete Survival Coalition statement: link  
Survival Coalition ACA statement January 2017

 Help us grow this year. There is much to do. Thank you for being a part of the Arc Dane County family. We are all in this together to serve individuals with physical and intellectual  disabilities!

WINTER BALL THIS SUNDAY: Pay at the door if you have not yet rsvp'd.  
Sunday, January 22, 2017 
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton St., Madison, WI

NOTE:  Concourse Hotel Ramp is closed but pull up in front of hotel  for drop off and hotel staff will park your vehicle at the State Street ramp on Carroll Street as a complimentary service. 
When guests are ready to depart, please come to lobby with the ticket you are given by valet team and valet will retrieve your vehicle for you. 



Also In This Issue
The Arc-Dane County:

2017 Fruit Sale
January 1st - January 27th

2017 Winter Ball
Concourse Hotel
January 22nd, 2-5 pm

Family Care/IRIS 
Transition Learning Series
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Alliant Energy Center-Exhibition Hall
(Mendota Rooms), Madison 
PACE Forum  (Parent and Children Education)
February 21, 2017, 6 pm
March 16, 2017, 6 pm
April 27, 2017, 6 pm
June 13, 2017, 6 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703

2017 Awards Banquet
Concourse Hotel
April 20th, 6-10 pm
2017 Spring Ball
Concourse Hotel
April 30th, 6-10 pm

The Arc- National:

2017 Disability Policy Seminar Washington DC
The Renaissance Washington, DC 
Downtown Hotel
March 20-22, 2017

2017 NCE Summer Leadership Institute
The Ritz Carlton, 
St. Louis, MO
July 24-26, 2017

2017 The Arc's National Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA
November 1-4, 2017
January 2017 Events
Time to volunteer Sunday? B etween 2 and 5 pm.

If you are interested, we need friendly helpers with:
  • Registration Table
  • Serving snacks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Making sure everyone is dancing and having a good time
  • Getting people connected to their transportation in the hotel lobby after the dance.
  • Bring a friend!  Call or email Alice at (608)225-9391 or
ORDER your Fruit! the Sale is on NOW! A BIG FUNDRAISER for Arc-Dane County
The Arc-Dane County is offering boxed of oranges and grapefruit,  as well as, mixed fruit (half and half).  NOTE you have to order within the next two weeks !  
  Sweet California Navel Oranges and fresh Florida Indian River Red Grapefruit will be something to sink your teeth into and also receive the best tasting, healthiest fruit you'll find anywhere.  
ORDER DEADLINE: January 27, 2017

   We could use some help ..just say yes !    

Family Care/IRIS
Transition Learning Series:
Hosted by: Living Our Visions
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30pm  
Speaker: Lynn Breedlove
Alliant Energy Center
Exhibition Hall (Mendota Rooms)  
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison WI

RSVP to:
Click HERE for more details!

PACE Forum:
Parent and Children Education

Tuesday, February 21 at 6pm: 
Bruce Barge 
"Financial Planning for Families with Children Under 18"
Thursday, March 16 at 6pm:
 Ron Konkol 
"Social Security Benefits & Resources"
Thursday, April 27at 6pm:
Bruce Barge 
"Financial Planning for Families with Individuals 18 and Older"
Tuesday, June 13 at 6pm:
 Laura Skilton Verhoff 
"Special Needs Trusts, Wills and Powers of Attorney"
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
The Arc National News
Policy webinar on the ACA and Medicaid:  

Look forward to our next policy webinar. The Arc