ECHO/Janesville Athletic Club Fund Raiser!


ECHO and the Janesville Athletic Club have teamed up to let you enjoy a three-month regular membership to the Atheltic Club for just $20. Fundraising proceeds go to ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others), which has been especially busy this year assisting area families with rent assistance, food, and other badly-needed services. Every weekday, ECHO supplies about a week's worth of food to 40 families. It could be many more, but 40 is the maximum ECHO can serve in a day. Rent, transportation and other assistance has increased with the area's growing unemployment rate.

So here's how you can help while also helping yourself!

The warm therapeutic pool, whirlpools in each locker room, weight room, cardio room, walking/running track, basketball and other sports, and now Monday evening yoga and everything at the club are all yours for three months for just $20.


Anyone age 14 or older, who has not been an Athletic Club member in the last 6 months, and who is a permanent area resident, may redeem a pass. And they are transferrable, so you can give one (or more!) as a gift if you like.

Because of how the fundraiser works, we send in all the orders at the end of the campaign (Dec. 30) and receive the actual passes around January 5. We can deliver this or arrange for pick-up.

Once you receive the pass, you must activate it within 35 days (so, around Feb. 10) by taking it to the club. Your three month membership begins on the day you activate it.

I just wanted to make sure you had all the details in advance.


You must purchase by Dec. 30. You can Contact Denise directly (see below) or you can visit Codos Coffee, 119 N. Main St., Janesville -- that's across from M&I Bank, between Main Street Saloon and Perfectly Plus. Russ, the owner at Codos, can sell you your pass. He'll give you a receipt and take the info so we can deliver your pass.

Contact Denise at or at 608-289-0682 for other arrangements.

One more alternative is to go to the ECHO office after 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. I discourage this, because the staff is already very busy, but if this is your best alternative, you're welcome to stop in. In this event, please be prepared to wait in line behind clients.

Any questions, or more options, contact Denise.

Thank you!
Denise Showers
ECHO volunteer

P.S. Remember, this special deal ends December 30th! Reserve your passes today.

Support Medical Marijuana

Help us pass the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in 2009!

In the link above is a convenient, pre-written letter urging your representatives to vote on a bill for the statewide regulation of medical marijuana in Wisconsin.

It only takes about 30 seconds to complete and send off. It's that easy!

(download the flyer here)

Read the text of the JRMMA:

Assembly Bill 554 | Senate Bill 368

How to testify and submit written testimony here.

Upcoming Events

A combined Assembly/Senate committee public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 @ 10:00 am in Room 412 East of the State Capitol.

Health Care Vigil In Milwaukee

An assortment of area community and faith organizations will unite to demand an end to unneeded suffering and deaths due to a flawed health system.

– A wide assortment of Milwaukee area individuals and organizations will gather this Friday (Nov. 13) at 5:30 p.m. in front of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue, to hold a Vigil for Health Care.

Participants will stand in unity with those who have suffered as a result of our flawed health system, before entering the church for a program beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The program will include:

• Perspectives from the faith community and health care providers to the poor, homeless and uninsured Reverend Joseph Ellwanger, organizer for WISDOM
William Mullooly, lead social worker at St. Ben’s Health Clinic Dionne Young, APNP, nurse practitioner at St. Ben’s Health Clinic.

• Update on reform legislation
Brian Rothgery, Deputy Program Director for Citizen Action Paulette Garin, Wisconsin State Coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America.

• Perspectives of sponsoring organizations
Sponsors and co-sponsors for the vigil include the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, MICAH, WISDOM, Citizen Action, Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America , Progressive Democrats of America , Peace Action Wisconsin, Casa Maria, Healthcare Now, and The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare – The National Single Payer Alliance.

The vigil’s speakers, sponsors and participants have varying opinions of the specific policy decisions before our nation’s legislators. The focus of this vigil is not public option versus single payer, or even Republican versus Democrat. The vigil is a unifying opportunity for those who demand responsible federal health reform over the status quo.

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County is an all-volunteer organization, and serves as the local chapter of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin . Democrats value broad prosperity, mutual responsibility, effective government, a better future, and a stronger America. The DPMC meets the fourth Monday of most months at 7:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room at the Pettit National Ice Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Contact: Dave Redemann, Communications Chair
(414) 520-4401


Wisconsin’s Inconvenient Truth


Environmental Café

What could be better than a vanilla latte, pumpkin scone and an educational chat about environmental issues affecting our lives? Ok, maybe not the info about the environment – life for many is depressing enough right now without adding horror stories of airborne toxins, chemicals in your shampoo, and urban sprawl.

We heard about a “Science Café” - A Science café is a live event in a casual setting like a pub or coffeehouse. An actual Scientist makes a brief presentation about a current scientific topic, and then a group discussion takes place, allowing all in attendance to get involved, to learn, and most importantly, to talk with your mouth full. (really, that is from ‘s website) These events are popular in large cities, allowing anyone to attend, grab a brew, learn about the latest issues, chat with knowledgeable professionals, meet new friends, and speak your mind on interesting topics. There is much to discuss, so why not do so with some like-minded people, over a great cup of coffee and a muffin? PS. Bring your own cup.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
7:00-8:30 PM

Hedberg Public Library - Program Room
(upstairs near the Children’s Library)

Guest Speaker: Ryan Schryver
of Clean Wisconsin, Madison

A 30-minute open discussion about our changing global and local climate follows a 60 minute presentation. Sponsored by Rock Environmental Network. Bring a mug and stop on your way in for a fill-up at The Ground Floor coffee shop on the library's lower level.

For more info, email: