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President's Message June 2023

June 01, 2023 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are stronger together.

The theme I chose for my year as president is synergy, because I believe deeply that when it comes to TEMPO Madison, we are ALL stronger TOGETHER.

My year as president has reenforced by conviction in countless ways, starting from my first few weeks as president when I asked Sue Studz and Joan Gillman to coffee. Joan first introduced me to TEMPO in 2008. We met in Middleton and sat outside on a beautiful day. I asked them what advice they had for me as I took the helm for such an esteemed group of women. Their advice was sage, sound, and spot on. We talked about ways to continue to provide opportunities to Lead, Connect, and Engage.

Stronger together.

As I wrote in my initial column we’re here for each other, in the good times and bad.

And we have fun! I think it’s safe to say we’ve even surpassed the pre-pandemic “noise” level at our noon meetings. And, while yes, it can take a bit to quiet the room, the energy you bring to the table always makes me smile. It’s an energy we couldn’t produce alone.

Stronger together.

As I reflect on our TEMPO Madison events and initiatives of the past year, I have such gratitude for the effort each one of you put in to help reach our many accomplishments. You have a lot to be proud of, and none of it could happen working on our own.

Stronger together.

I transition to the role of Immediate Past President knowing that TEMPO Madison will be in the very best of hands under the leadership of In-Coming President Susan Thomson. I’ve no doubt that you will greatly benefit from Susan’s dynamic personality and significant expertise.

My heartfelt appreciation to our own Erin Fabrizius, the members of our phenomenal Board of Directors as well as our amazingly dedicated committee chairs and committee members. Each of you went above and beyond in offering your time and talents to make this past year extra special for me.

Stronger together.

It’s been a true honor to serve as your President. I am most grateful to you all for your support and friendship and for making my past year incredibly meaningful and memorable.

I hope to see many of you at our annual meeting where we’ll also be recognizing our scholarship winners. Once again we have an amazing group of scholars! Let’s celebrate their success, and ours, together!

With my deepest appreciation and admiration –


Michelle Vetterkind, 2022-2023 President


  • June 01, 2023 11:03 AM | Anonymous
    Thank you, Michelle, for your engaging and energetic leadership - always with a smile on your face! Your presidency had the added dimension of occurring during the year of our 40th anniversary celebration, and you certainly rose to the occasion. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors under your leadership.
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    • June 01, 2023 11:05 AM | Carol Koby
      Sorry - forgot to sign my name to my comment! Did not mean to be anonymous in expressing my appreciation. Carol Koby
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      • June 01, 2023 12:53 PM | Anonymous
        Thank you so much for your kind words, Carol!
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  • June 01, 2023 11:37 AM | Susan Pigorsch
    Carol said it so well, but an added thank you, Michelle, for all you have given to TEMPO -- both to our members and to our organization. I'm looking forward to the annual meeting!
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    • June 01, 2023 12:53 PM | Anonymous
      And....thank you so very much, Susan!
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  • June 01, 2023 7:33 PM | Kristine Euclide
    Michelle— you’ve been a gracious, committed and inspiring leader. Thank you for all you do for TEMPO!
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    • June 03, 2023 11:19 AM | Anonymous
      Thank you so much for your gracious words, Kris!
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