next Spanish Speakers Potluck will
be held on Monday, September 17, at 6:30 pm, at the home of Mary
Somers, 4467 Crescant Road. Bring a dish to pass if you can –
are welcome! Please call Rosemary Dorney at (608) 238-4382 with
questions or if you need to arrange a ride.
us for an Ice Cream Social on
Sunday, September 9, after Soup Sunday!
In a Support Group around “Supporting Aging
on the Caring
there are a number of us in the zone of parental caretaking as our
parents age. We’d like to gather to share resources, stories
support. Katherine Peterson and Aileen Nettleton from the Caring
Committee will facilitate our first session. We will base it on the
concerns of those who come. We will meet from 11:45-1:30 on Sunday, October 14, in
one of the
classrooms at Prairie. Feel free to bring finger food to share.
Please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org (608-205-4366) or
Aileen at email@example.com (238-6053) if you are able to join us
so we plan for a space for all. If those who attend wish to meet
further, we will plan accordingly at this meeting, but if you wish to
come just once, you are welcome.
Prairie Men's Group will
meet at Prairie on Sunday, September 9th, from 5:30 to
7:30. Please bring something delectable to share for the
potluck. After the meal we will continue our planning for the
year. Call Dan Proud (212-3793) for queries.
have a date for Habitat for Humanity--Saturday,
September 15! Everyone is asked to commit to a full day, from 8:15
to 3:30. If you are
unable to help
with the heavier work, you are encouraged to help provide lunch for
Prairie volunteers, regular volunteers and site staff (about 15
people). Please contact me if that interests you. Youths younger than
16 can not volunteer, unfortunately. The 16 and 17 year olds would
need to be accompanied by an adult and there are some restrictions on
what equipment they can use. Thanks for your support of this
– Paula Pachciarz
Life and Death of Dave Zakem
Dave Zakem 67, a former Prairie member, died
August 21 of ALS disease at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg,
Wisconsin. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1944 Dave spent
most of his adult life living abroad....as a Peace Corps volunteer in
Somalia, Swaziland, Belize, and Guatemala and working in International
Schools in Iran, Mexico and most recently in Laos and
Khartoum. Dave was a dedicated pre-school teacher and
curriculum coordinator whose chief satisfaction was encouraging the
social and intellectual development of young children.
During the 1980's while Dave was in a Ph D
program at the UW, he was a Prairie member and lay minister and
participated in a number of community organizations; the
Madison Bead Society, the Bombay Bicycle Club and the Democratic party.
In 1980 he was appointed Regional Director for Wisconsin's Ombudsman
Program for the Aging and Disabled.
On Feb 29 of this year Dave returned to
Madison from Khartoum where tragically he had been diagnosed with the
fatal Lou Gehrig's Disease. Many Prairie friends helped in
his care or visited during his swift and sad decline. His brother Rick
Briggs and niece Lindsey Briggs from Grand Rapids were in Madison
helping Dave during his final months of life.
A memorial service for Dave will be held
Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. September 15 at Prairie Society.
In lieu of flowers Dave requested contributions to the ALS
Association Wisconsin chapter, 3333 N. Mayfair Road Suite
213, Wauwatosa, WI 53222 (www.alsawi.org).
To view Dave's life history and a guestbook
in Dave's memory visit www.davidzakem.last-memories.com
MINISTER TO BEGIN SOON (Article by Barbara Park, president)
sure we are all waiting excitedly to welcome our new minister, the
Rev. Sandra Ingham, known to her friends as Sandy. You will
discover that she is a person full of energy. Since we saw
last, she has been on a cruise to Alaska and plans to hike the Grand
Canyon. These were adventures that she had scheduled before
decided to give Parish Ministry another try and apply for the Prairie
Sandy will be speaking to us one Sunday per month and probably will
also act as the Presider on one other Sunday. Her first two
times speaking will be a slight variation on this schedule, as she is
going to present the Sunday morning program on both September 23rd
and September 30th.
She will not be around much in
October as she needs to move from Arizona to Madison and will drive
here with an apartment worth of things during October. She
be starting a regular schedule of speaking, office hours, attending
meetings and pastoral care beginning in November, although she will
be available off and on before then. We will publish her
hours once they are established, but we have already decided that one
of the days will be Monday.
that our Water Ceremony “Ingathering” takes place
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone who
has been away over the summer and anticipate a wonderful year.