Book Club – “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

The Book Club will not be meeting this summer so our next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 25th at 7:00 pm on Zoom where we will discuss “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi.

Gyasi’s new book, “Transcendent Kingdom,” now at No. 6 in its second week on the hardcover fiction list, was inspired by a visit to a Stanford University lab where an old friend worked. It wasn’t intended as a research trip.

Tour de Wisconsin

September 13 –20 we are hosting bicyclists from all over the US to enjoy our local bike trails.

We need more hosts. You do not need to be a bicyclist to host.

Several of our visitors will be driving and bringing their bikes. Some will be flying to Madison and will need to rent a bike. For them, we will need hosts who can transport a bike to the start of the day’s ride and pick the cyclists up at the end.

If you are a cyclist and can carry more than one bike, please volunteer to host.

We are still receiving inquiries and we would like to accept as many people as possible, so please let our Journey Manager know if you are willing to host. This is a relatively easy hosting situation since our guests will mostly be out biking and you do not have to be a cyclist or go with them to activities every day.

We also will need small dinner hosts as it will be difficult for hosts who are biking to do that as well as cook. We need people to be “on call” who can pick someone up if they fall or their bike breaks and they cannot finish the ride that day. We hope this doesn’t happen, but we like to be prepared.

We will need riders from our club to go with the group even if you cannot host.

We will be having a Club Welcome dinner on September 14th and a farewell on September 19th – so keep those evenings open to meet the cyclists.

Please contact Stephanie Sorensen as soon as you are able and let her know what you are willing to do to help and make this Journey a success during this week in September (13th to 20th). Thanks so much!

Stephanie Sorensen,  Journey Manager

Second Harvest Foodbank

Our service project at the Second Harvest Foodbank will be on Thursday, July 29, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 2802 Dairy Drive.

Recently the results of an extensive study on hunger were released on the Second Harvest website ( The study showed that of those served by Second Harvest in southwestern Wisconsin:

  • A majority live in a household that brings in less than $20,000 per year.
  • A majority of households have someone that works at least 30 hours per week.
  • Households struggling with hunger have to use a number of ways to make ends meet like relying on cheap and unhealthy food and watering down food and drinks.
  • People without access to enough money have to make tough choices between paying for food or basics like housing, utilities, transportation and medical care.
  • Hunger has a significant impact on health. High blood pressure and higher rates of diabetes result from not having enough healthy food.
  • Hunger knows no race, gender, age, job status or education level.

Let leader Lois Schulz ( know of your interest by June 22.