Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County, under the leadership of Jim Schmidt, invited Joe Scheidler to deliver an address on “Your Right to Free Speech” on October 14 in Mauston, WI. Ann and Joe were honored at a reception and Surf and Turf dinner at the Park Oasis Inn prior to the main address. Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth served as Master of Ceremonies for both the private dinner and the public address.
Joe is interviewed by Relevant Radio in Wisconsin, Oct. 14 [Photo by Mike Schmidt]
Peggy Hamill, president of Pro-Life Wisconsin, and her husband Bob came from Milwaukee for the annual event. To give the Scheidlers the real “flavor” of Wisconsin, Jim Schmidt presented Ann with an assortment of cheeses and Joe with a “cheese” hat. Jim’s son Mike, a high school student and member of Crusaders for Life, set up an impromptu photo studio and took pictures of each of the dinner guests with Joe Scheidler.
Following the dinner, the Scheidlers and other guests proceeded to the Mauston High School Auditorium for Joe’s talk, offered to the public at no charge. Sheryl Albers, the local representative to the Wisconsin Legislature, introduced Joe Scheidler and presented him with a Wisconsin map and directory of Wisconsin legislators.
Scheidler emphasized the uniqueness of America’s First Amendment right to free speech, pointing out that he has spoken and protested in other countries where this right is not protected. He said it is important for pro-lifers to be aware of the scope of the First Amendment and to exercise their right to freedom of expression in their battle to end abortion. He said that pro-lifers are really the true patriots in America today, that they are working to help America realize the dreams of the
Founding Fathers for a land where all people, born and unborn, are treated with respect and dignity.
A social hour with dessert and coffee followed the talk in the auditorium. The following morning Jim and Jean Schmidt, Bob and Peggy Hamill, and Jim and Betty Lobenstein joined the Scheidlers for brunch before the Chicagoans headed for the North Woods to relax and visit with relatives.