Our thanks to our members, guests, speakers, youth grant recipients, artists who shared their works (below), Monona Terrace staff, and committee and board members for making this past season a success.    —Outgoing chairs Barbara Gerlach and Carole Kretschman

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Dos Mujeres - Edgar Salguero Untitled Landscape - Mary Ann G. A New Day #17 - Linda Koenig Dolly at Bat - Virginia Huber


The 2013-2014 season has concluded. We thank you for your support!

This website will be in transition, preparing for the 2014-2015 season. Next year's co-chairs Kristi Williams and Boris Frank have an exciting lineup of speakers on the theme Civil Discourse in a Changing Society. 

September 13, 2014 Parker J. Palmer: Healing the Heart of Democracy
October 18, 2014 Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Overcoming Obstacles
March 14, 2015 Joan Goldsmith: Resolving Conflicts to Build Healthy Relationships
April 11, 2015 James Leach: The Frailty of Today's Civil Society.

Please visit us in June to see more about our programs, and to join or rejoin Madison Civics Club.

If you are already a member of the Madison Civics Club, all the meetings are included in your membership fee. 

Please join us for the 2014-2015 year! If you are interested in joining and are not already on our membership / mailing list, please send your name and address to info@madisoncivicsclub.org. We will send you a membership brochure and program information in June.

For more information about our meetings, read Meeting Information and FAQs.

Parking at the Monona Terrace Convention Center is often very tight. If possible, please consider parking at a nearby ramp, carpooling with others, walking, biking, or using public transportation. If you drive, please build time into your schedule to find a parking place. And remember that the fee for parking is $5.

Madison City Channel records some of our events. The programs are broadcast shortly after the luncheons and are then made available for streaming on your computer on demand on their Madison Civics Club "channel". The Enrique Morones program can be viewed now. Erroll Davis, Jr.'s program will be available through this website soon.

Members may be interested in the ARTS/INDUSTRY: COLLABORATION AND REVELATION exhibition opening March 22 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Youth Grants helped fund a Madison Public Library project for students with Simpson Street Free Press to make Book Trailers. Learn about the project and view the first trailer (for Each Kindness) here.


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This painting by Virginia Huber was displayed at the April 12th luncheon.

Club Member's Poem in Monona Terrace Exhibit

Fran Rall's poem Wisconsiana is part of the reopening exhibit for Monona Terrace in the hall between the main entrance and the restrooms. Fran came to Madison in 1962 and soon joined the wait list for Civics Club, which met in smaller quarters. After three years, she became a member sponsored by Annetta Rosser, who was later President in 1977-78. The poem is from Fran's 1994 book Common Joy II about outdoor art in Madison, coauthored with photographer Frances Hurst. The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets elected Fran one of its first Life Members in 2012. She organized the statewide invitational poetry readings at Olbrich Gardens for 20 years, among other contributions to poetry.

The exhibit of poems and photographs of Madison places will be up until August, 2014.

Are You Interested in Volunteering Next Year?

The Assistant Co-chairs would love to talk with you about how you can use your time and talents with Madison Civics Club. Please contact Boris Frank and/or Kristi Williams.


Anyone can become a member of the Madison Civics Club. Membership information for the 2014-2015 season will be available in June.

Soliciting Youth Grants Candidates

The Youth Grants Committee would like to know of youth groups whose community service projects complement our speakers for the coming year (listed left). Organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible. Schools qualify. If you know of promising groups, please contact Miriam Simmons (258-9515).

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A Thank You to Madison Public Library

Thanks to the Madison Public Library staff for compiling the readings for each of our 2013-14 speakers. All resources listed are available through the Madison Public Library.

We Met the Challenge!

Thanks to the support of Madison Civics Club members and Board of Directors, we met the challenge! During the 2012-13 Civics Club season and in honor of the Club's 100th anniversary, the Madison Community Foundation offered a challenge gift of $5,000 toward our newly established endowment fund. We contributed $15,000 and earned the additional gift. The Madison Civics Club Endowment Fund will provide a permanent base of support for our programming and operations. We invite your continued investment with a gift today or through your estate plans.

100th Anniversary Book Collection

As part of its centennial celebration, the Madison Civics Club donated a collection of about 150 books by Wisconsin women authors to the Madison Public Library. During our anniversary year the collection was displayed at each branch library for several weeks, before returning to its permanent home at the South Madison branch. 

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