Arc Southeastern Minnesota has improved lives for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This newsletter
is intended to inform you of current and future Arc activities and to invite your participation in protecting the rights of
people in the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona.
“Taking Control of Your Destiny” September-November 2006
The Arc of Minnesota’s State Convention Volume 3, Issue 2
October 27th and 28th, 2006
The Kahler Hotel, Rochester Arc Southeastern Minnesota
2200 2nd Street SW #101
Rochester, MN 55902
The Arc of Minnesota’s Convention Planning committee met again on (888)732-8520
September 4th to put some of the final touches on the program for this toll free
year’s conference being held in Rochester. The theme revolves around Website:
self-determination: “Taking Control of Your Destiny.” See the insert www.arcse-mn.org
inside this newsletter for more information and the registration form or
go to www.arcminnesota.com for a details on the convention. office@Arcse-mn.org
A few of the presentations are as follows: In this issue:
Minnesota State Convention 1
JoAnn Lawler and Beth Honecker, Arc Southeastern Minnesota Tribute to Louise Shefelbine 2
advocates, on helping self-advocates form healthy relationships. Message form Buff 3
Charitable Giving - Arne 4
Deb Monahan, Arc Southeastern Minnesota’s Family Liaison Project, Advocacy Answers 5
on creating training programs for parents who have children with autism. Family Liaison Project 6
Staffing Changes 7
Arc SE Minnesota's Planned Lifetime Assistance Network. Somerby Golf Results 8
Winona People First 9
Region 10 Quality Assurance Project staff and Rebecca Godfrey from Self Advocacy Conference 10
the Department of Human Services, on Minnesota’s quality assurance Quality Assurance Commission 11-12
efforts. Upcoming Activities and Events 13
Remembering with Dignity 14
John Jordan, parent, on creating a Self-Directed Support Corporation. Transition Fair 15
Rochester Jail-a-thon 16
Arc Southeastern Minnesota will also be hosting a Silent Auction during Thank You to Donors 17
Gifts that Remember 18
the weekend. We are still looking for Silent Auction items. If you have Membership Renewals 19
an item you would like to donate please contact Marta at the Arc office Membership Form 20
at 507-287-2032 or toll free at 1-888-732-8520. You can also contact her
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also going to need many volunteers to help ensure this is a MISSION
successful event. We will need people Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so We build inclusive communities
for all by providing support,
please contact Marta at the Arc office if you are willing to help. education and advocacy to
persons with developmental
disabilities and their families.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota is a
501(c)3 nonprofit agency. All
contributions are tax deductible
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QA Progress Report - continued
Remembering - Louise Shefelbine
In August we lost the first president of Arc Southeastern Minnesota - then called “The
Association for Retarded Children”. Louise Shefelbine and other parents of children with
developmental disabilities had the courage to fight for a better life for their children.
They achieved some success. But the real beneficiaries of this work are you and me - parents
that have benefited from all the changes that Arc has sponsored since those humble beginnings:
- Integrated public schools
- Sheltered Workshops and Employment in the community
- Housing in the community
- Adaptive recreation programs
- Community Education programs
These progressive changes give people a chance to live as independently as possible
“in the least restrictive environment”.
Arc has fought court battles, and Arc has negotiated with community groups to ensure that the
rights of people with developmental disabilities are protected. The changes have been
Louise never really experienced all these changes, but she and her friends are the reason we do.
Thank You, Louise!
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 2 Fall 2006
Message from Buff
It is fitting that we honor one of the early disabilities and their families are very
advocates for the rights of people with dependent on the government for support of
developmental disabilities - Louise the programs and services they need. Please
Shefelbine. The tiny organization that Louise take part in the election process. Arc does not
and Alton and their friends started - The endorse any candidates, but we do encourage
Association for Retarded Children, is now people to become informed and vote your
called Arc Southeastern Minnesota and offers values.
advocacy, education and support in seven
counties. On the front page of this newsletter you read
about the upcoming state convention. We are
very excited to be hosting it. We are busy
preparing for the state convention. This is an
opportunity for some of you who might not
find it convenient to travel for the state event,
to join us, listen to some excellent speakers
and get some good advice on how to deal with
various situations involving developmental
disabilities. Join us! You will be amazed at
the variety of topics offered, all aimed at
improving lives of people with developmental
disabilities and their families.
This year, Arc Southeastern Minnesota hosts We have been informed that there will be
the Minnesota State Convention! We are a several award winners from southeastern
respected chapter across the state. We have Minnesota. We hope you will be there to join
programs that Louise never dreamed of nor in their recognition.
was able to take advantage of. Yet her work
paved the way. Many Arc supporters showed In addition, at the convention we will be
their appreciation for this pioneer -- see page holding our Annual Meeting to elect our new
18 for those who honored Louise with a Gift Board members and officers. It will be held
that Remembers to Arc. on Friday night at 5:30 pm. Immediately
following that meeting, we will hold a special
Thanks Louise! You started a good thing! membership meeting to vote on merging with
Arc Rice County. That is an important vote
For the second straight year, Arc Southeastern for our chapter. It will extend our service area
Minnesota is collaborating with several to include persons with developmental
agencies to try to improve charitable giving as disabilities and their families who live in Rice
the Olmsted United Way campaign gears up. County. Please join us for these important
Specifically we are recommending that you meetings.
consider designating your Olmsted United
Way dollars to Arc. Read about this venture Thanks to all of you who support Arc. We
on page 4. appreciate each and every one of you.
As fall begins, so does the political campaign Have a nice Fall season!
season. Many people with developmental
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Directed Giving…It’s Your Choice
Directed Giving, a collaborative of Human We depend on contributions in the Fall
Services agencies, has effectively provided a United Way Campaign. We no longer receive
wide range of services to individuals and an allocation from Olmsted County United
families in our communities for nearly a Way so we ask that you consider designating
century. We have deep roots in the your United Way dollars to us. You can do
communities we serve. Member agencies that via payroll deduction through United
provide services to one in four people living Way of Olmsted County or you can set up a
in Southeastern Minnesota. direct mechanism with Arc. Call the Arc
office if you need help on how to do this or
Agencies included in this collaborative are: visit wwww.directedgiving.org
• American Cancer Society We thank you for supporting Arc. Many
people have made donations without the
• American Red Cross organization knowing who these people are.
• Arc Southeastern Minnesota We encourage you to call the Arc office and
let us know if you are designating your
• Boy Scouts of America United Way dollars so we can thank you .
• Southeastern Minnesota Center
for Independent Living Arne Fockler
Charitable Gift Advisor
• Women’s Shelter, Inc.
Charitable Gift Annuity
We have a growing list of Betty Hubbard Society members (people that have designated Arc
Southeastern Minnesota in their will). If you are considering a planned gift to Arc (a bequest for
instance), think about purchasing a Charitable Gift Annuity. The benefits of a CGA include:
• An immediate income tax deduction
• A lifetime stream of fixed payments for one or two people
• A future significant gift to Arc Southeastern Minnesota
Gift annuities have been around for over 100 years and are governed by the American Council on
Gift Annuities (ACGA). The principal is invested with the Rochester Area Foundation - which
manages over $38 million in community assets. Interest rates you could expect are:
----One Life---- ------Two Lives------- Call me and I can get you the details of
Age Rate Age Rate
50 5.3% 50 and 50+ 4.7% what a similar annuity might do for you.
60 5.7% 60 and 65 5.5% It is a nice idea that works for you and
70 6.5% 70 and 75 6.1% works for Arc. You become a key part in
80 8.0% 80 and 85 7.3% ensuring that Arc advocacy, education
90 11.3% 85 and 90 8.4% and support is here for the long term .
Thank You -- Arne Fockler
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We are happy to announce this new column a new teacher share the wonderful things
that will now appear in each issue. about your child and describe the things he
Advocacy — it is an activity that can be or she finds challenging.
used to ensure the protection of
constitutional rights and to meet the social
and emotional needs of people with
developmental disabilities. The goal of
advocacy is to enable people to reach their
maximum potential in a nonrestrictive and
For individuals with developmental
As parents, you have the right to request an
IEP meeting at any time to address concerns;
and remember to never sign an IEP until you
have the final written copy. We wish our
families a great school year, and we look
forward to assisting you with your concerns
and questions. To reach us, ask for Beth or
JoAnn at the Arc office at (507) 287-2032,
disabilities and their families, it is crucial or 1-888-732-8520 or by e-mail at:
that someone is available to listen, support, email@example.com and
and provide appropriate options. With firstname.lastname@example.org .
school starting, families are reminded of
how important it is for them to create a For more information on the Individuals
positive and proactive special education with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA ,
experience for their children. When meeting please visit www.fape.org.
The Sibshops of July 2006
Sibshops are opportunities for sisters and Siblings had 3 fast-paced fun afternoons this
brothers of children with special health or past July at Sibshops where 5 Star Kids and
developmental needs to obtain peer support Kevin Lowry let us use their facilities. It was
and education within a recreational setting. a warm and exciting time for all. We are
looking forward to another series of Sibshops
Based upon participants’ perspectives, next summer.
Sibshops are lively, pedal to the metal
celebrations of many contributions made by Thank you, Kevin Lowry, for all you do for
sisters and brothers of kids with special children and in particular children with
needs. developmental disabilities.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 5 Fall 2006
Family Liaison Project
What is the Family Liaison Project? needs and who want to assist other parents
who are on the same journey. The goal is to
The Family Liaison Project began in 1992 empower families.
and is dedicated to providing peer and
emotional support and information to How does the Family Liaison Project
families whose children have special needs. provide ‘support’?
Supports differ from family to family. We
have sat with mothers while their babies are
in the Neonatal Unit and listened to their
hopes and fears for their child and family.
When appropriate, we may share
experiences from when our children were in
the NICU. We are asked a lot of questions
that only another parent in the same
situation might have experienced. Other
families seek information (i.e. who provides
ABA therapy in the area? How do I get
funding for a wheelchair?). Some families
are looking for support groups or to be
connected with another family similar to
The Family Liaison Project has access to
many families who are willing to
communicate with other families. We have
The program is unique in that the staff and attended IEP, social service, and medical
volunteers are parents who also have meetings; not as an advocate but as an extra
children with special needs. pair of ‘ears’ for the parents and to make
We contact families only with their sure all their questions are being answered.
permission or personal request. It is our So ‘support’ is not limited to just a few
goal to provide families with individual services, ‘support’ is tailored to the family’s
support. This project supports families who needs.
have a child from ages pre-birth through six
with a developmental disability or at risk of How can we support you and your family?
developing a disability; hospitalized or Please call or email me at 507-287-2032 or
living within the geographic area served by email@example.com.
the Project, and/or who are medically fragile
or have other medical issues. Sincerely,
The Family Liaison Project is composed of
parents who have gone through (and are still
going through) the joys and the many
challenges of having a child with special
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 6 Fall 2006
Good Bye, Lindsay
After 3 ½ years as the Secretary/Receptionist
for Arc Southeastern Minnesota, Lindsay
Husbyn Olson has taken a new position with
the Girls Scouts. We will miss her enthusiasm
and energy. Lindsay not only did clerical
duties, but she worked on fund raisers. During
the past year she was the primary staff for our
special events and put special effort into the
golf tournament. Lindsay always was an
advocate for the rights of people with
disabilities. She attended Arc’s Day at the
Capitol whenever possible and made sure that
legislators were aware of Arc’s issues. We
thank her and will miss her.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota would like to welcome
Bobbi Losure to our staff. Bobbi began on
September 4 as our new Special Events
Coordinator. She will be working 15 hours per
week coordinating our special event fund raisers.
For the past 10 years Bobbi was the Youth
Coordinator for Zumbrota Mazeppa Community
Education. She has also been a volunteer for the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Schools, SS Peter and Paul Church and the
American Cancer Society. She is also attending
college working on a social work degree. We feel
fortunate to have her on our staff. Please welcome
her and say “Yes” when she calls you to volunteer!
Action Alert Team Needs You!
Arc needs more people on our Action Alert Team. toll free at 888-732-8520 or e-mail at
Arc currently has 65 people signed up on our Ac- firstname.lastname@example.org.
tion Alert Team. The climate continues to be criti-
cal for individuals with developmental disabilities. Please leave your name, address, telephone num-
Please help their voices be heard. ber, e-mail address and legislative district. If you
do not know your legislative district I will look it
I will be contacting people as issues come up dur- up for you.
ing the 2007 Legislative Session. If you are inter- Thank You,
ested in being part of Arc’s Action Alert Team, JoAnn Lawler
please call me at the Arc office at 507-287-2032,
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Celebrity Mulligan Golf Tournament a Success!
The tournament was off to a shot gun start at noon, July Thank You to our generous sponsors:
24th. Before noon, golfers were able to practice on the
driving range, get in on the putting contest, relax, and take Corporate:
in the beautiful scenery while enjoying lunch. - Ameriprise Financial (Don Koster and Dennis Bussian)
- Opportunity Services
The tournament consisted of - Rochester Medical
27 teams, 3 Celebrity - MCT Financial
Mulligans, and 8 Golf Pro
Mulligans playing this Tee:
exclusive course. The -Viking Lupient Oldsmobile
Celebrity Mulligans were; -Hiawatha Homes Foundation
Pat Lund of KTTC, Dan -Cardinal of Minnesota
Cole “The Common Man” -Region 10 Quality Asurance
of KFAN, and Doug Zmolek, a hometown Pro Hockey -PossAbilities
player. Our Golf Pro Mulligans were; Billy (Watty) -ARSYS
Watson of Northern Hills Golf Course, Craig Cookman -Olmsted National Bank
and Jennifer Ellefson of Rochester Country Club, Dave -Home and Community Options
Nordeen of Somerby Golf Club, Ryan Kuster of Meadow -Think Credit Union
Lakes Golf Course, Scott Rindahl of Willow Creek Golf -Bear Creek Services
Course, Dave Troyer of The Jewel and Will Dretsch of -RT Autism Awareness Foundation
Soldier’s Field Golf Course. -Donna Garratt
The teams were able to bid on-line -Larry and Janet Johnson
for a Celebrity or Golf Pro -Arne and Kay Fockler
Mulligan. The Mulligan would be
their 5th person on their team and Green:
they could use one of their -AFLAC
Mulligan’s shots per hole. The -Tri-State, Mike Rand
winning team consisted of: Will -Adamson’s Motors
Dretsch, Jerry Miller, Al Bernard, -K & M Glass,
and Rich Collins. Arc Southeastern -Charles and Judy Bird
Minnesota was the biggest winner, -Lyn and Steve Smith
netting nearly $25,000 this year. -Molly and Brian Mullan
All the fun and excitement of Media:
the day was followed by a -KTTC, The FAN, KFAN, -Laser 101.7
social hour, live and silent -Fox Country 102.5
auctions, and a delicious
stuffed chicken dinner. We Putting Contest &
also had the special Moo Mobile Sponsor:
opportunity to have Dan Cole Mike Hart—Prudential Realty
“The Common Man” speak
to the group. Web Design:
Many thanks to the golf committee: Donna Garratt, Val
Koster, Melanie Schmidt, Craig Hanson, Sandy Russo, Banquet Dessert Sponsors:
Jim Maronde, Jim Carper, Vicki Allen, Jeff Maness, Mike Ohly Law Office
Hart, Bruce Ekhoff, John Tuseth, and Lindsay Husbyn Grant Kirgis, LTD, CPA
Many thanks to our donors for door prizes, silent
and live auction items, to our volunteers
and our Celebrity and Pro Mulligans.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 8 Fall 2006
Winona People 1st
Annual Hike Bike
Arc and People 1st of Winona teamed up with the WEA (Winona Education Association) and
the students from the Winona School District for the Annual Hike Bike, an annual fund raiser
that raises money for Arc Southeastern Minnesota.
We would like to thank the WEA and the students who took the time to help Arc raise over
$2200 and make this fund raiser a success.
The following Winona businesses and individuals donated prizes for the participants... Brach's
Candy, Z's Tees & Sports, Conoco on Riverview Drive, Zestos, Adventure Cycle & Ski,
WinCraft, Kolter's Bike Shop, Lakeview Drive Inn, Taco Johns, Winona Radio, McDonalds,
Tom's Lock & Key, Winona Computer & Laser Tag, Videoland, Video Vision, Altra Federal
Credit Union, and Hiawatha Broadband Communications. The two bikes were donated by
Chuck & Sandy Schollmeier and family.
Refreshments at the Hike Bike were provided by Midtown Foods, Rochester Wholesale Fruits,
Hy Vee Foods, and Cheryl Ghionzoli & Sandy Gardner.
Please let the Winona area businesses know how much you appreciate the support they give
Arc. Every year they are very generous with their donations to this event.
July Annual Picnic Potluck
People 1st of Winona held the Annual Picnic Potluck in July where we had a wonderful
turnout of about 90 people. There was a variety of foods to choose from, great socializing, and
games for people to play. Of course, they had the egg toss and water balloon toss. The teams
seem to be getting better every year with the distance between team members increasing
before there is breakage. I think teams have been practicing before the picnic so they can go
the distance they have been achieving.
People 1st of Winona continues to hold monthly meetings the 2nd Monday of the month at
5pm in the lower conference room at HCO's Central Office. During the meetings they form
planning committees for the various events, discuss topics that have an impact on their life,
and a variety of other things. Come and join us for a meeting and see what they are all about.
Upcoming events include bowling party, monthly meetings, pizza party, Thanksgiving
Potluck, and Annual Holiday Party.
You can contact People 1st of Winona via e-mail at email@example.com or by
calling the Arc office.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 9 Fall 2006
Self Advocacy Conference
Arc Southeastern Minnesota and Minnesota Region 10
Quality Assurance presented a Self Advocacy conference
entitled: “It’s your Life, It’s your Choice” on July 1, 2006
at Treasure Island in Red Wing, Minnesota. The topics
included: Leadership Skills, Healthy Relationships,
Employment, Nutrition, Craft and a Fashion show. The day
ended with a sit-down meal and a dance with music by
“The Music Man,” Troy Fegre. Feedback indicated that the
conference was good and self-advocates are looking
forward to the event being repeated in the future.
The conference was a great success due to the volunteers
that helped before and after the event. We would like to
thank the Minnesota Governors Council on Developmental
Disabilities, American Express, and the Self Determination
Project for funding this conference.
Region 10 Quality Assurance’s Newest Member
Laurie Magnus joined the Quality Assurance staff
in May as the Licensing Resource Coordinator.
Laurie will focus her work on conducting paper
compliance reviews with providers in the area,
following up on complaints, and working with
others to provide Quality Assurance Team training.
She is a member of the legislative and education
Voter Participation … By Jo Ann Lawler
During the months of September and October, helping individuals fill out registration forms,
Arc is organizing and presenting several and the role caregivers play in assisting
nonpartisan voter participation workshops where individuals to the polls. Dates and times of
individuals with developmental disabilities are trainings have been mailed, and questions can be
encouraged to vote in the upcoming election. addressed by calling the Arc office at 507-287-
The workshops will focus on the importance of 2032, or sending an email to JoAnn at
voting, acquiring information on candidates, jlawler@arcse-mn .org.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 10 Fall 2006
Minnesota Region 10 Of
Quality Assurance Commission I ndividual
Funded by the Minnesota State Legislature C hoices and
For more information call: (507) 287-2032 E xperiences
Region 10 Quality Assurance has experienced
many changes in the last several months. Cindy
Ostrowski is the past QA Director and is now
serving as the new Executive Director for
Hiawatha Homes. Cindy’s leadership and
direction has enabled VOICE and QA to be
successful in Region 10. Following is a brief
update of our staff and their responsibilities.
The QA Director is Dan Zimmer; he is responsible
for the overall direction of QA from the QA
Commission and supervises other staff. He is
involved with expansion efforts, legislation issues,
various committees, and represents QA on a
statewide QA Panel.
LeAnn Bieber is the QA Manager. She is
responsible for scheduling all the VOICE Reviews
and Provider Licensing Recommendations through
our QA Review Council. She trains, supports and
provides continuous feedback to all the Quality together QAT recruiting tools and assisted in QAT
Assurance Team Members that perform VOICE training such as orientations and refreshers.
It is an exciting time for the Region 10 Quality
Laurie Magnus is the Licensing Resource Assurance Commission and VOICE. With the
Coordinator. Besides assisting LeAnn with assistance from Arc Southeastern Minnesota and
training QATs, Laurie conducts Provider Paper local chapters like Arc Central, Headwaters and
Compliance Reviews, Licensing Complaint SW, many people from around the state are
Investigations and Provider Licensing seriously asking for VOICE Reviews to go
Recommendations. statewide. During the past months, we have seen
other Arc chapters around MN host trainings for
Karen Larson is the Conference and Outreach people to perform VOICE Reviews in their areas.
Coordinator. She works to keep everyone In addition to all the excitement created around
informed both in Region 10 as well as throughout expansion, we are still working hard to ensure that
the state and country in regard to QA and VOICE. Region 10 VOICE Reviews and Provider
She also provides support to stakeholders that Licensing Recommendations continue with the
have disabilities so they can be active as a high level of quality everyone expects and
stakeholder, on the QA Commission, the QA deserves.
Review Council, or as a QAT.
If you would like more information on Region 10
Deb Niedfeldt is part-time and came on board to QA or VOICE, visit our Website at www.mn-
help us with VOICE Reviews. Besides acting as a voice.org or call at (507)287-2032.
QAT and completing many VOICE Reviews
during the past six months, she has also put
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 11 Fall 2006
Meet Quality Assurance Self-Advocacy Team Member
When Region 10 Stakeholders met, they realized that for VOICE and Quality Assurance to
be effecttive, everyone needs to have the chance to fully participate. Over the years, more
self advocates are volunteering to help as Quality Assurance Team Members where they
serve on the QA Commission, Committees, and on the Quality Assurance Review
Council. This quarter, the Quality Assurance Team is spotlighting self advocate Amanda
Who is Amanda Lauer?
I am a good advocate for myself and am learning how
to help others advocate for themselves too. I’m
social and enjoy being with my friends. I live at home
with three roommates in Winona and work at ORC in
Career Options where I clean on a janitorial crew in
places like Wellingtons, medical centers, and a
What do you like?
I enjoy people and having a good time. I like to hang
out with my friends, go to sporting events, and
bowling and shooting pool. I love to sleep in on the
weekends and Bubbles (my cat). I like my staff;
they give me lots of support. I’m blessed with a lot
of people in my life – not everyone has that.
What do you dislike?
I hate being late to things – I want to be early.
How are you involved in Region 10 QA?
I’ve been on the QARC for about a year and a half.
What is the QARC?
It is a group of people that read VOICE reviews on an agency and then tell that agency
what they are doing well and what they are not doing well. We make sure that things that
are supposed to happen are done.
Why do you like to be on it?
I understand what other people are going through and their needs and wants. I take my
What is challenging about being on the QARC?
Since I know so many people in Winona, I have to not be involved when Winona VOICE
reviews are looked at.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 12 Fall 2006
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Scholarship and Training Grant Down Syndrome Support Group
If you are a parent, professional, public agency, or
preschool caregiver caring for a young child with The group will meet the third Monday of the
special needs, under the age of six, the Rochester month at 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC)
invites you to apply for a grant that will: Calvary Evangelical Free Church - Door 6
5500 25th Avenue NW
• reimburse or award registration expenses for Rochester, MN 55901
attending a class, workshop, or conference.
• provide or present training for parents, There will be no meeting in December. Contact
professionals, or caregivers. Debbie Monahan at the Arc office if you have
• provide education for early identification of questions:
children with special needs.
507-287-2032 or toll free at 888-732-8520.
Grant request deadlines are: January 1, March 1,
May 1, July 1, September 1, and November 1.
Funds for this grant are limited. Please allow thirty
days for processing. December 1st , 2006 6:30-8:30 PM
Northrup Building GYM
For more information, call IEIC (287-1679) or Linda 201 8th Street NW
Becker (288-7923). Rochester, MN 55901
The IEIC was created to assist in developing and Advance registration is required. $1.00 in
planning comprehensive, coordinated, advance, and $2.00 at the door. No Charge for
multidisciplinary interagency services for children Staff. Watch your mail for more information.
from birth to age six and their families. We
encourage the sharing of workshop, conference, and This dance is co sponsored by Arc
training information with other parents, caregivers, Southeastern Minnesota, RADAR, SEMCIL
or coworkers. Aplication forms are available at the and Community Education
2006 Arc Greater Twin Cities and Arc Southeastern Minnesota Raffle
Purchase a raffle ticket from Arc and you could win 2 tickets
valid for any Holland America Cruise Lines worldwide!
Raffle tickets are available at the Arc office for $10. Cruise tickets are valid until 10/31/2007 and are for a
luxury outside stateroom. If you would like to order tickets please send payment, name, address and phone
number to the Arc office at 2200 2nd St. S.W., Suite 101, Attn: Marta, Rochester, MN, 55902. (State law
prohibits us from mailing out tickets).
Tickets will also be available for sale at The Arc of Minnesota State Convention, October 27th & 28th, at the
Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The drawing will be held on October 28th at 9:00 p.m. at the Convention. Winner
need not be present to win.
Please call Marta at the Arc office if you have any questions: 507-287-2032 or toll-free at 1-888-732-8520.
Arc Southeastern Minnesota Page 13 Fall 2006
REMEMBERING WITH DIGNITY
Rochester State Hospital Cemetery Recognition
At the time of its use, the Rochester State Hospital and are covered with sod, while others have been
Cemetery was the resting place for people with vandalized. A large pile of markers were found
disabilities who died at the Rochester State discarded in the woods nearby. Years of neglect
Hospital. The cemetery was tucked away in the allowed brush and trees to encroach over several
woods. It was not a place people talked about and rows of graves into the cemetery. A cave at the
certainly not a place people visited. As was the east end of the cemetery was used to store the
practice in all Minnesota state hospital cemeteries, bodies of residents who died in the winter.
the deceased residents were buried anonymously Burials were suspended when the earth froze and
with no names, just cement or metal markers with crews of state hospital residents were no longer
numbers. The markers at the Rochester State able to dig the graves. In the spring, when the
Hospital Cemetery appear to be made from large ground thawed, the burials would resume. The
coffee cans filled with cement with a number cemetery records show that April has twice the
pressed into the top. number of burials than any other month.
The graves in the Rochester State Hospital Some families have done what the state refused to
Cemetery date from 1887 to 1965, and number do, and have placed named headstones to honor
2019 people. The numbered markers are no the memory of their loved ones.
longer visible, and some have sunk into the soil
• 1994,the Remembering With Dignity Project was created when a group of people with
disabilities, some former state hospital residents, addressed the problem of numbered graves at
state hospital cemeteries across Minnesota.
• 1997, a group from Remembering With Dignity visited the Rochester cemetery and began asking
questions about who was buried there and how the state of Minnesota could lose a cemetery. The
Dignity Project began to raise public awareness about the injustice of burying people with
• 1999, the Quarry Hill Nature Center began creating a database cemetery record from the old death
• 2002, these ledger books and plat maps were officially transferred from Quarry Hill Nature Center
to the Olmsted County Historical Society.
• 2004, Rochester citizens formed a group to improve the Rochester State Hospital Cemetery. Now
known as the Rochester State Hospital Cemetery Recognition Group, plans for improvements are
underway and many hours of research have gone in to verifying the names. Quarry Hill Nature
Center and the city park department have undertaken efforts to clear brush and trees and to
establish the original cemetery border.
Rochester State Hospital
Cemetery Recognition and Cemetery Improvement
Remembering those who lived and died in state institutions, and acknowledging the importance of people
with disabilities living in our communities. Past residents of the Rochester State Hospital, buried and
forgotten, numbered gravestones overgrown and discarded, where over 2000 souls wait for recognition.
Date: Sunday, October 1 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00pm Location: Quarry Hill Nature Center
What: Time of Remembrance; Marker installation; Update on cemetery improvements; Refreshments
For information: Rochester State Hospital Cemetery Recognition Group -- 651-641-0297
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District 535 Transition Fair
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Century High School
Are you a student, parent, or a teacher of students with an IEP who will be transitioning
from school to community living? If so, come to the Transition Fair!
Join Us and……..
meet representatives from local and state-wide organizations and resources
employment, recreation, home living, and community participation opportunities
Learn about post-secondary education and training
For more information or questions call your child’s case manager or e-mail to
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Brain Injury Community Committee (BICC) Conference
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Rochester Area Brain Injury Community Committee (BICC) is planning another terrific
conference! This year’s program includes:
Keynote:“Life Lessons From a Dog” – Vicki Snyder
Some of the sessions planned are:
“Spirituality” – Kate Piederman
“Brain Gym” – Lisa Anderson
“Practical Guardianship Issues” – Kreg Kauffman moderator
“Mental Fatigue” – Sue Lapore & Tracy Bolster
“Self Advocacy” - Jeff Bangsberg
“Brain Injury and Sexuality” – Leah Holmes”
There will be vendor displays with a variety of information as well as numerous door prizes.
Come for the information, networking, and fun!
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2200 2nd St. S.W. Suite # 101 We build inclusive communities for all by providing support, education, and
Rochester, MN 55902 advocacy to persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
Thursday How Does Jail-a-thon Work?
November 9, 2006 1. The accused may turn themselves in at jail or arrange to be
8:30-4:30 picked up by an Arc deputy. The prisoner will then have
Hyvee their mug shot taken and will be assigned a prison uniform.
Barlow plaza 2. The accused may plead their innocence to the Dishonorable
Judge. If they are found guilty, they will be sentenced to
Who can be arrested?
one hour of hard labor telephone time. The prisoner will
Have your co-worker, boss, have unlimited access of a cell phone to call family, friends,
family member, or friend co-workers, or whomever to meet their bail. This bail is in
arrested. Perhaps they the form of pledges to Arc Southeastern MN.
skipped out of work early,
set the office clock ahead, 3. The prisoners are released after raising their bail or
were a public nuisance, lit- spending an hour in jail, whichever comes first.
tered the woods with golf 4. Arc will handle all of the pledge collecting. It is only
balls, or have become a necessary for the prisoner to collect names, addresses,
coach potato. Use any of phone numbers, and pledge amount from donors.
these charges or others to
have someone arrested.
To have someone serve time Who do you want arrested? Mail or fax this request to the contact be-
or to turn yourself in, call the low.
jail hot line at 287-2032.
Jailbird Prizes for the top
three pledge earners. Daytime Phone # _________________________________
1st. Place—Great Escape to Address _________________________________________
Kahler Grand—includes over-
night stay, dinner, champagne
on ice, and breakfast. Employer _______________________________________
(Accommodations for two.)
2nd Place—Dinner certificate to
Outback Steakhouse and 2
movie passes to Cinemagic
For additional information contact
3rd Place—Waterworks Express
certificate for oil change and car Bobbi or Marta at:
wash. Phone: 507-287-2032
Thank you to our supporters of this event—Think Credit Union, Kahler Grand Hotel, Outback Steakhouse, HyVee Barlow
Plaza, and Cinemagic Theaters. Coca-Cola and Waterworks Express have provided gifts towards the participant “goodie bags”.
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Arc has a wonderful base of supporters! We appreciate (and need)
your gifts. Your donations do help improve lives of people with
developmental disabilities and their families.
---- THANK YOU! ---
Arc Minnesota Foundation - St Paul Karen Larson - Faribault
Elda Augustine - Goodhue Bill and JoAnn Lawler - Rochester
Lucy and Tony Bergmann - Mazeppa Don and Arlysse MacGillivray - Rochester
Marta Bollesen - Rochester Mychelle and Jim Maronde - Rochester
Layne and Kathy Bucher - Zumbrota Ann and John McGuire - Rochester
Teresa and Roy Cerling - Wykoff Robert Mesarchik - Rochester
Bill and Marcia Cochran - Rochester Debbie Monahan - Rochester
Ronald Deno - Rochester Kevin and Michelle Monosmith - Pine Island
Dave and Sonja Dunn - Rochester Ellen Newman - Pine Island
Dr Titus and Carol Evans - Rochester Sylvia Nickel - Rochester
John and Gail Flanders - Rochester Jeff O'Toole - Rochester
Arne and Kay Fockler - Rochester Mickey and Larry Prince - Rochester
Eldon and Dorothy Fockler - Olmito, TX Rochester Civitan Club - Rochester
Gary and Lynda Fockler - Redding, CA Rochester Rotary Club - Rochester
Herb and Edna Freitag - Rochester Phyllis Rusley - Rochester
John Griffith - Rochester Lorna Schunke - Rochester
William Harris - Winona Dave and Gail Shefelbine - Tolland, CT
Buff Hennessey, Jack Priggen - Zumbro Falls Louise Shefelbine - Rochester
LeRoy and Ardy Henrichs - Goodhue Judy and Jim Sloan Foundation - Rochester
Roger and Irene Herzog - Rochester Robin Sommer - Rochester
Cathie Hiley - Rochester Dick and Adele Spavin - Rochester
Pam Holty - Rochester Mara Steiger - Minneapolis
Les and Dianna Horntvedt - Rochester Annie and Dale Stensland - Wanamingo
Lindsay Husbyn-Olson - Zumbrota Dennis and Lonna Theede - LaCrescent
Carol Jackson - Zumbrota Judy Tollefsrud - Spring Grove
Larry and Janet Johnson - Rochester Deb Weston - Maple Grove
Knitcraft-St. Croix Foundation - Winona Joel and Julie Young - Chatfield
Lynn and Mike Krause - Dodge Center Dan Zimmer - Rochester
Rosanne Kubicek - Winona
“What I gave I have - what I spent I had - and what I left I lost.“
Robert of Doncaste
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Gifts That Remember
In Memory of Jane Hinsch In Honor of Marta Bollesen
LeRoy and Ardy Henrichs - Goodhue Curly and Joy Bollesen
In Memory of Rachel Mann In Memory of Edna Freitag
Mickey and Larry Prince - Rochester Bill and Marcia Cochran - Rochester
Jack Priggen, Buff Hennessey - Zumbro Falls
In Memory of Louise Shefelbine Roger and Irene Herzog - Rochester
Duane Coffman - Rochester Larry and Janet Johnson - Rochester
Dave and Sonja Dunn - Rochester Bill and JoAnn Lawler - Rochester
Arne and Kay Fockler - Rochester Don and Arlysse MacGillivray - Rochester
Jack Priggen, Buff Hennessey - Zumbro Falls Eldon and Dorothy Fockler - Olmito, TX
Lorna Schunke - Rochester Dennis and Lonna Theede - LaCrescent
Dave and Gail Shefelbine - Tolland, CT Marta Bollesen - Rochester
Mary Runyon - Phoenix, AZ
In Memory of Janet Volkmar Phyllis Rusley - Rochester
Bill and JoAnn Lawler - Rochester
In Honor of Linda Kinzer
Don and JoAnn Kinzer
Honor Someone Special?
Each of us has someone who has been important in our lives. Someone who has been there
during difficult times. Someone who took the extra step to show that they truly care about us.
Honor that person with a
Gift that Remembers.
Any amount works - $10, $20, $50, $1,000 etc. The gift goes to Arc and we send send the
honoree (or relatives) a letter explaining that you have remembered them in this way.
Call the Arc office or visit our website if you would like more information
about how to do this.
New Members (April - August 2006)
WELCOME! Our hope is that you benefit from being a member of Arc Southeastern Minnesota and that
you get actively involved with the activities that fit your needs. Call the Arc office (287-2032) and talk
to us about your needs and interests.
Ryan Dickison - Rochester Matthew Rank - Rochester
Kelli and Kent Gillespie - Chatfield Tracey Schuppel-Nelson - Red Wing
Mikki Haskins - Rochester Ann Thompson - Caledonia
Jeanne Hoecker - Rochester Kirstyn Vold - Rochester
Holly Kropp - Winona
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Membership Renewals (April - September 2006)
A special thank you to the following members who have renewed in the past
few months. Membership remains a critical priority for Arc.
Our strength is our grass-roots membership.
Platinum Membership ($1,000+) Beatrice Petz - Winona Kelly and Benjamin Hain - Rochester
Cardinal of Minnesota - Rochester Shirley Olson - Zumbrota Kristen Heise - Red Wing
Arne and Kay Fockler - Rochester Tom and Pat Peyla - Wabasha Ellie Henrichs - Red Wing
Kirk Garratt - New York, NY Carolyn and Steve Ramaker - Rochester Leah Holmes - Rochester
Tom and Corinne Johnson - Walker Griffith and Lois Rees - Rochester Susan Hopp - Red Wing
Mychelle and Jim Maronde - Rochester Gene and Arlys Schmidt - Zumbro Falls Greg and Beth Hostetter - Rochester
Lyn and Steve Smith - Rochester Gene and Elaine Skjeveland - Rochester Rhea Iverson - Winona
Tom and Margaret Thompson - Byron Arnold and Sylvia Jacob - Lewiston
Gold Membership ($500+) Great River Homes - Wabasha Mary Pat & Raymond Jewison - Rochester
Les and Barb Bauer - Zumbrota Richard and Norma Johnson - Wykoff
Daniel and Betty Bielen - Byron Contributor Membership ($50+) Ruth Klocke - Hayfield
Peter and Margaret Coleman - Oronoco Bernhard and Colleen Brenner - Winona Esther Laine - Rochester
Carl and Connie Deobald - Rochester Ronice and Gary Donovan - Rochester Crystal and David Lammers - Adams
William Harris - Winona Dave and Sonja Dunn - Rochester Amy Lawler - Oronoco
Mickey and Larry Prince - Rochester Pat Dunn-Walker - Rochester Charles and Ruth Lombard - Lake City
Phyllis Rusley - Rochester Glenn and Dorothy Faith - Rochester Mitch and Eileen Long - Rochester
Bill Volkmar - Rochester Ruth Fischer - Rochester Betty Mace - Stewartville
Rick and Carol Fishbune - Rochester Kim and Bob Marek - Rochester
Silver Membership ($250+) Carol Fitzgerald - Rochester Clarence and Marlys Mickelson - Goodhue
Judy and Charles Bird - Rochester Andy Fockler - Rochester Dan and Cara Miller - Spring Valley
Roger and Irene Herzog - Rochester Gary and Cindy Friedt - Rochester Terry and Nancy Miller - Rochester
Thad and Suzanne Johnson - Eden Prairie Marilyn Frost - Byron Sheloy Mollert - Rochester
Helen Monsees, Robert Sixta - Rochester Cory Bauer, Michael Garner - Rochester Kristin and Dave Nagel - Rochester
Pam and Joel Skinner - Rochester Jean Gronseth - Rochester Richard Nelson - Houston
Stephen and Carla Harner - Rochester Janelle and Dirk Oelkers - Zumbro Falls
Peter Edl, Paula Horner - Rochester Joyce and Deven Oldenburg - Rochester
Sponsor Membership ($100+) Mary Oney - Byron
Ann and Arnold Archer - Phoenix, AZ Marilyn Mahoney - Cannon Falls
Karen Morris - Harmony Polly Owens - Rochester
Margie and Tom Bellinger - Rochester
Genny Rice - Rochester Eva and Doug Pampuch - Winona
LeAnn and Curtis Bieber - Byron
Vesna Sloan - Rochester Paul and Nancy Pedersen - Stewartville
Karla Bollesen - Rochester
Dr. Ken and Jacky Swenson - Rochester Gloria Pepke - Winona
William and Rita Bourne - Rochester
Terry and Betsy Timm - Kellogg Deborah and Dennis Piens - Rochester
Cerise and Paul Brown - Rochester
Jim and Donna Wermerskirchen - Austin Scott and Hiyas Quelle - Rochester
Heide and Helmut Buettner - Rochester
Kathe Yoss - Rochester Mr.and Mrs. Laverne Reisner - Red Wing
Jane and Mary Campion - Rochester
Mary Alice Richardson - Rochester
Peter and Carol Carryer - Rochester
Wes and Mary Clark - Rochester General Membership ($25+) Dale and Carol Rodgers - Chatfield
Duane Adler - Pine Island Tonia and Mark Ruport - Mantorville
Kaye Eppard - Rochester
Jennifer Bagne-Walsh - Rochester Sandy and Shirley Russo - Rochester
Kathy and John Graupner - Wabasha
Lora and Bill Beaupre' - Rochester Dr. Donald and Georgia Scholz - Rochester
Guy and Laurie Griesmann - Oronoco
Linda Becker - Rochester Rebecca L Schuller - Byron
Joe Gunnison - Rochester
Jim Behrends - Plainview Diane Sellner - Rochester
William Harris - Winona
Lisa Brenna - Rochester Kathy Slinden - New London
Henry and Sandy Hocraffer - Rochester
Rose and Allan Busta - Rochester Stanley Jones & Assoc. - Rochester
John Jordan - Houston
Doug and Sue Butler - Rochester Annie and Dale Stensland - Wanamingo
Bernetta Kahabka - Rochester
Konne Carlson - Onamia Stacy Stiever - Rochester
Dan and Linda Kinzer - Rochester
Kevin and Karen Carr - Chatfield Kim Sutton - Rochester
Mary and Douglas Lambert - Rochester
Kathy and Kevin Clemens - Welch Jean Sweet - Chatfield
Steve and Joan Larson - Shoreview
Robert and Eva Colligan - Rochester Barb Thompson - Red Wing
Rodney and Nina Lee - Rochester
Karen and John Corfits - Rochester Karen and Paul Van Duyn - Colton, SD
Jane Marquette - West Concord
Sara Croymans - Boyd Ed and Linda Vilt - Austin
John and Paula McGuine - Rochester
Jean David - Rochester Margery Weichers - Winona
Jim and Jeanie Michelizzi - Pine Island
Rose Dorn - Winona Michael and Sheryl Weinandt - Wabasha
Erin and James Mitchell - Minneapolis
David Drury - Rochester Francis and Theresa Wilkes - LaCrescent
Ellen Newman - Pine Island
Luella Eggenberger - Lake City Shirley Wilson - Rochester
Steve and Deb Niedfeldt - Rochester
David and Gwen Oeth - Rochester Vernon and Ethel Feine - Rushford
John and Peggy O'Toole-Martin Phil and Linda Ferguson - Rochester
- Rochester Rod and Omanez Fockler - Houston, MO
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Name ___________________________________ Phone _______________ E-mail Address _______________________
Address __________________________________ City _______________________ State _____ Zip Code ___________
Paying by Check?
____ General $25
____ Sponsor $50 Please make checks payable to Arc Southeastern Minnesota.
____ Contributor $100
Paying by VISA ____ or MASTERCARD _____
____ Silver $250
____ Gold $500 Name as it appears on the card_____________________________________
____ Platinum $1000
Credit Card Number ______________________________________________
Expiration Date ______________________
I am interested in making an
annual gift to Arc and I Signature _______________________________________________________
would like my membership to
be included in that gift. Tell us your interest in Arc?
_____ Please call me. ___ I am a Self Advocate
___ I am a parent of a person with developmental disabilities
___ I am a relative of a person with developmental disabilities
___ I am a professional working in disability related services
___ I am a friend of a person with developmental disabilities
Thank you for joining Arc ___ My business provides jobs for people with developmental disabilities
Southeastern Minnesota! ___ Other _________________________________________________
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