FWSP Workshops and Presenters

Educate, Collaborate, Celebrate

FWSP Workshops and Presenters - Nov. 10, 2018 – Monona Terrace Madison, WI  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

confbc17Fund Raising – Steven Goldberg – Madison College:  Friends groups will benefit from developing a fund-raising strategy and cultivating individual donors, corporate donors, grant writing and other ways of generating revenue.  Steven will discuss various aspects of fundraising is this session.
Steven Goldberg
Steve recently retired from his position as Executive Director of the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation after nearly 50 years with the CUNA Mutual organization. A lifelong Madisonian, Steve is a 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he was also an Evans Scholar. His community service has included terms on the boards of United Way of Dane County, Family Service, the Dane County Community Action Commission, Dane County Social Planning Agency, Summit Credit Union and the Madison Repertory Theatre.  Steve was a presenter at the 2018 UW–Madison Fund Raising for Nonprofits Conference and he is currently working with Madison College on a fund raising campaign for a large expansion.
Recruit and Retain Members & Volunteers – Teri Engelke - UW- Madison Speakers Bureau:  One of the challenges for Friends Groups is recruitment and retention of members.  This workshop will provide the building blocks on how successful organizations build membership. It's important to provide broad opportunities for individual participation.  These activities promote a sense of belonging.  Find out how to engage the local community to build a strong Friends Group.
Teri Engelke
Teri Engelke serves as the Assistant Dean for Human Resources for the School of Education at UW-Madison. She is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Performance, Learning, and Change; she has 20 years of experience in higher education, training, development, staffing and recruitment, having worked at a number of colleges and university across the United States.
Managing Friends ProjectsThis is a 2 part session with a panel of presenters who will provide an overview of how to start a Friends group project with a vision, plan and develop the project at a State Park system property and provide guidance for all phases of the project.  The panel will also provide their experiences with several types of projects from an outdoor amphitheater to a large Friends shelter building.
DNR Parks Bureau -Missy Vanlanduyt – Section Chief – Bureau of Parks & Recreation
Friends Group representatives:   
Janet Hutchens Parks BureauFriends of Peninsula State Park – Chris Holicek  - President & Steve Strucley – Business Manager
Friends of Pike Lake State Forest – Rob Wessberg – Property Superintendent
Friends of Blue Mound State Park – John Koffel  - Friends member 
Friends of Rib Mountain State Park – Sheryl Hemp - President      
Friends Websites and Social Media – Randy Paske & Jonathan Ringdahl – FWSP Board members:  Boost your Friends Group outreach Extravaganza. Presenters Jonathan and Randy will demonstrate effective, time-proven approaches which will positively affect your groups’ growth and enhance communication between members and prospective members and the public.
Randall Paske
Randall is a Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) board member. He is the website designer and IT person for FWSP, as well as for several other non-profit websites, and the City of Prairie du Chien's website. Randy is a past presenter for FWSP, and in his former life as a teacher, has made several presentations at statewide telecommunications conventions on utilizing the internet for more effective teaching.
Jonathan Ringdahl
Jon is a current Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board member and resident hashtagger. He has worked with local friends across the state to help them improve their social media presence. Learning social media can be easy and fun; Jon will drive points home in a memorable, funny way.
Best Practices – Mike Samsa – FWSP Board member:  To function as efficiently and effectively as possible, Friends need to establish an organizational structure that works best for them and to develop and consistently follow a tailor-made set of standard operating procedures.  Mike will describe each of these aspects in this session.
Michael Samsa
Mike has been an energetic volunteer for more than 30 years, including extensive Board involvement with professional associations, local Friends and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. He will explain how an organization like yours can operate more effectively by fashioning the process to fit your particular needs.
Building Relationships – Bill Lunney- Past President of FWSP:  This presentation will give an overview of ideas and techniques for cultivating relationships with community groups, businesses, the legislature, and other governmental bodies.
Presenters:  Bill Lunney, Judie Pfeifer & Dan Miller
William (Bill) Lunney
A speaker at the First Earth Day 48 years ago on the need for local regulations to preserve wetlands, Bill is serving his 29th year as Chair of the Dane County Parks Commission. Bill is a former Board Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. and current member of the Conservancy's Emeritus Council.  He was also President of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Board of Directors for five years. Bill and his wife Judie Pfeifer were co founders of the Friends of Capital Springs State Recreation Area nearly 15 years ago and they continue to work actively in leadership roles for that Park. The recipient of numerous awards, Bill was recently described by Howard Mead former Editor and Publisher of Wisconsin Trails magazine as "an articulate spokesman for the wise use of natural resources in the tradition of Aldo Leopold and Bud Jordahl.... In his (Bill's) over forty years of service, no one in Wisconsin has accomplished more good things for the environment."
Bill's blog on Parks can be found at: www.lunney4healthyparks.org
Judie Pfeifer
An award-winning alcohol and drug abuse professional, Judie Pfeifer coordinated alcohol and drug education for the University of Wisconsin Dept. of Family Medicine for nearly two decades. 
Judie is Treasurer and founding board member of the Friends of Capital Springs State Recreation Area since 2004. She is the cofounder of the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment and serves as its Secretary. Additionally, she served as treasurer of the Lake Waubesa Conservation Association in Dane County for over 20 years. Among numerous awards, Judie has received the prestigious Woman of Distinction Designation from the Madison YWCA, and was honored by the Dane County Board and Executive by naming the Donor Wall at the Lussier Heritage Center after her and her husband, Bill Lunney.
Dan Miller
President, CEO and owner of the successful Real Estate Company, Mad City Dream Homes. He is a member of the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment and Development Committee. He and his staff have developed and underwritten the Friends newsletter, data base, photo blog and numerous outreach efforts and programs to cultivate donors and partners.