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Office Closed on September 1st

The TeamSoft office will be closed on September 1st for Labor Day. Enjoy your time off with family and friends!


School House Socks Fundraiser

The case managers of the Sharing Wishes families have requested socks for the upcoming school year. To help out this program, we set a goal of having 100 new pairs of socks donated. On July 24th, we went to a client site to collect these socks and we surpassed our goal and had 139 pairs of socks donated for the fundraiser! We appreciate everyone who helped make this goal possible!

Office Staff Socks Picture


Office Closed on July 4th

The TeamSoft office will be closed on Friday, July 4th. Enjoy your time with family and friends! Happy Fourth of July!


Mallards Game Outing Rescheduled for August 6, 2014

Due to the rainout, TeamSoft night at the Mallards game has been rescheduled for August 6, 2014, when the Madison Mallards take on the Alexandria Blue Anchors at 7:05 PM.

Your ticket will include 2 beers (for adults) or 2 Kid Zone tickets (for those under 21).  Because the game was rained out, there is no additional cost to you. 

If that date doesn’t work, you can use those tickets for any game that has availability (Mallards schedule:  http://northwoodsleague.com/madison-mallards/schedule/).

Hope to see you at the ballpark!


WJUG Meeting

The next Wisconsin Java User Group presentation is Thursday May 22nd, 2014.

This meeting will be held at: Corvisa (see www.wjug.org website for directions and parking instructions).

Turbocharge Enterprise Java Development with Groovy - by Ken Krebs

Do you want to develop code faster?
Do you want to develop test code with a minimum of fuss?
Do you want your code to be more readable?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this code-centric talk will show you how you can make progress on all these fronts by adding the Groovy language and other parts of the Groovy ecosystem (Spock/Gradle/Grails and more) to your team's dev stack.

Bio:
Ken has been programming professionally since 1980 starting with embedded systems and machine/process automation. Ken's focus since 2003 has been Enterprise Application Development for the Java platform. Ken has been a practitioner of Test Driven Development for the last 10 years. Ken has been programming with Groovy since 2009 and has used it for most all of his development work for the last 2+ years.


March of Dimes' March for Babies 3 Mile Walk

Join TeamSoft for March of Dimes' March for Babies 3-mile walk. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in Dane County that help moms have healthy pregnancies and funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies. Please join our team: Team Soft Feet!

Here's how to sign up:

  1. Visit www.marchforbabies.org
  2. Under "Ways to participate," select "Join a team"
  3. In the search bar, type in "Team Soft Feet" and click Search
  4. Click on Team Soft Feet (2014)
  5. Begin your registration process

Fortunately, registration for the March for Babies walk is FREE! If you sign up, however, we ask that you participate in our fundraising effort! Our fundraising goal, as a team, is $1,800, so the higher you set your personal goal, the more likely we are to reach it collectively. To encourage successful fundraising, there will be an incentive for the first 6 team members who raise $100. If you are one of the first 6 team members to raise $100, TeamSoft will match that $100 with an additional $100! This way we can help you win the prizes that March of Dimes is offering. March of Dimes prizes are for participants that personally raise $200 or more.

If this is your first March of Dimes fundraiser walk, your participation and the participation of your family is worth a wellness credit(s)! Additional event and fundraising information will be provided upon completion of your online registration. The walk will be @ Law Park, 410 South Blair Street, Madison, WI on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. Please contact Zach at (608) 829-7277 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions.


Crazylegs Classic

8K Run/2-Mile Walk

Date: Saturday, April 26th

Run Start: 10:00AM

Walk Start: 10:00AM

Wheelchair Start: 9:45AM

TeamSoft is continuing with the tradition of our Fun & Fitness team to participate in the 33rd annual Crazylegs Classic. Cost for the event is $35. Some benefits of joining the TeamSoft Fun & Fitness team for this event include:

A 2014 Crazylegs Classic T-shirt, a Fun & Fitness hat, the post-race events at Camp Randall Stadium (live music, free beverages), and the convenience of team materials being available for early pick-up (either at the TeamSoft office or a pre-determined east side location). This bypasses packet pick-up by each individual team member. This is a great opportunity to get outside for some exercise and fun all while supporting UW Athletics. Participation in the event also qualifies for a Wellness Credit (if a new qualifying event).

To Register:

  1. Visit http://www.crazylegsclassic.com
  2. Click on "Begin Registration"
  3. Select "Fun & Fitness Team" (right side)
  4. Select "Sign up with Existing/Past Team"
  5. Enter Team Name "TeamSoft, Inc."
  6. Enter Password "teamsoft"
  7. Select "Continue to Participant Registration"
  8. Enter Information for each Participant
  9. Pay Registration Fee ($35)

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Local Cooking Class at Willy Street Coop. West

Eating healthy can be fun! It can be easy. It can even taste good (gasp)! Join TeamSoft for a healthy cooking night with local cooking instructor Laurie Conrad:

  • Wednesday, March 26th
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Willy Street Co-op on the West side of Madison
  • 6825 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
  • Cost: $22 per person; the class is capped at 15 people
  • RSVP ASAP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot; submit payment to TeamSoft, Inc by March 17th, 2014 to guarantee your spot

The class will include hands on learning and each participant will receive a copy of the recipes along with healthy nutrition and exercise facts. The menu includes Liguarian Bean Dip with Manchego Garlic Crostini, Seafood & Vegetarian Spring Rolls (attendees will build their own with lots of fresh fruit, herbs, vegetables and sauces to experiment with), and a surprise for dessert!

Along with being a foodie, Laurie is a wellness coach and fitness class instructor. She wants to reduce the diseases that have crept up in our society such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. "I want to let people know that there are healthy dishes that TASTE good and aren't expensive," says Laurie. The food we put in our bodies greatly impacts our health. The amount of information about what "eating healthy" means can be overwhelming and sometimes it is hard to know where to start making changes. If you are nodding your head in agreement, we've found some great resources at www.eatright.org. There are quick tips sheets, how-to videos and even activities for kids. Want to take your nutrition to the next level? Consider signing up for a CSA, taking a healthy cooking class, or meeting with a registered dietitian; if these are new activities for you they will be worth one Wellness Credit.


Chair-Based Yoga

Join TeamSoft for a FREE wellness event where we will learn stretches and breathing exercises you can easily incorporate into your day, even when sitting at your desk! There is no need to change out of your work clothes or bring a different pair of shoes; simply come as you are!

Prolonged sitting (and let's be honest, we aren't always sitting in a way that would make us the poster child for ergonomics) can wreak havoc on our bodies. Issues ranging from poor circulation in legs, strained neck, sore shoulders, diminished spine flexibility, carpal tunnel, tight hips, and other concerns have been attributed to sitting for long periods of time. One of the best benefits of daily stretching is that it stimulates the formation of synovial fluid in the joints, which acts to make the joints easier to move, thus reducing pain and stiffness. Research indicates that periodic stretching may reduce pain by up to 72 percent. Increased flexibility and an increased sense of self-worth also comes with the territory. Over time, daily stretching can significantly reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition which affects every aging adult and is the number one cause of disability worldwide. Taking a moment to remember to breathe offers many benefits as well. On top of providing relaxation and stress-relief benefits, deep breathing provides extra oxygen to the blood, which makes you feel more alert.

So come learn how to bestow all this goodness on your body! Participation is worth one Wellness Credit and significant others are welcome. Please RSVP to Kristina in HR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend. More details will be sent in February.

  • Thursday, February 27th
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM class
  • AFLAC building on the East side of Madison
  • 4001 Felland Rd, Suite 106, Madison, WI 53718

Sharing Wishes & MCF Payroll Deductions

To coincide with our Sharing Wishes Spring Cleaning initiative, we are rolling out the option to donate to Sharing Wishes through payroll deduction! This will not replace the Wish Lists that we send out, but payroll deduction is just another, possibly easier, way for you to donate.

Many of you have requested a payroll deduction option to make monetary Sharing Wishes donations, which would then be tax deductible. After doing some research, we decided to partner up with the Madison Community Foundation (MCF) to make payroll deductions a possibility. The MCF is a local, non-profit organization with a mission to encourage, facilitate and manage long-term philanthropy.

Through payroll deductions, you can make ongoing donations to the Sharing Wishes fund, managed by MCF. TeamSoft will send your donations to MCF and then the TCGC will access these funds to purchase Sharing Wishes items. Again, MCF is a nonprofit organization making your donations to Sharing Wishes tax deductible. At the end of each calendar year, you will receive a letter from the MCF verifying your taxable donation.

You will still receive a quarterly Wish List from the Family Stabilization Program families at Salvation Army, but the tax deductible payroll deductions will allow the TCGC to purchase any remaining items on the Wish List to assist families with urgent needs. The donations will go into effect on your March 15th, 2014 payroll.

Documentation on how much each dollar of your donation will affect the FSP families will be mailed to your home along with a form to sign up for payroll deductions to the Sharing Wishes fund through the MCF.

If you have any questions after receiving this information, please contact Jamie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 827-7772.


Sharing Wishes Lunch & Learn

Please RSVP to the e-vite so we are sure to have enough food and beverages for everyone attending our Sharing Wishes Lunch-and-Learn at AmFam on Tuesday, February 18th! Join us for lunch as we kick off our Sharing Wishes Payroll Deduction Option!

We will be gathering in the A Building cafeteria around 11:45 AM and will have two speakers - an introduction from Brian Worden, TeamSoft partner, and Melissa Sorensen from the Family Stabilization Program (FSP). Melissa will be speaking about the families participating in the FSP and TeamSoft's impact on the families throughout the years. The presentation will last until about 12:30 PM, but Melissa will be in the cafeteria until 1:00 PM to answer any questions you may have. We will also be serving pizza (with vegetarian options) and lemonade.

An informational packet was sent in the mail recently with a payroll deduction form included. We will have extra payroll deduction forms if you forget to bring yours with.

Remember if you turn in your form by February 28th, you will be entered to win a full house cleaning, including windows, from Bloomingvert Cleaning!

To get to the A Building Cafeteria from outside of American Family Insurance, take your SECOND right (after the complex of buildings) and park at the VISITOR / FLAG ENTRANCE to the building. The cafeteria is located downstairs on the left.

See you there!


Madison & Greater WI Java User Group Presentation

The next Wisconsin Java User Group presentation is Tuesday February 11th, 2014 and the next Madison Java User Group presentation is Wednesday, February 12th, 2014.

The WI meeting will be held at: Connecture (see www.wjug.org website for directions and parking instructions). The Madison meeting will be held at: American Family Insurance (see www.madjug.org website for directions and parking instructions).

Architectural Case Studies - by Ken Sipe

There is nothing better than looking at real-world examples to understand project failures and project successes. This session is intended to be an open conversation, based closely to a birds of a feature (BOF) session, however it will have a series of "that happened to me" topics throughout discussed from the perspective of technology. Discussed will be a clients dating back from 2005. The actually client and there name will not be revealed, but the industry, the contraints and some of the outcomes will.

Bio:

Ken has worked with Fortune 500 companies to small startups in the roles of developer, designer, application architect and enterprise architect. Ken's current focus is on enterprise system automation and continuous delivery systems. Ken is an international speaker on the subject of software engineering speaking at conferences such as JavaOne, JavaZone, Jax-India, and The Strange Loop. He is a regular speaker with NFJS where he is best known for his architecture and security hacking talks. In 2009, Ken was honored by being awarded the JavaOne Rockstar Award at JavaOne in SF, California and the JavaZone Rockstar Award at JavaZone in Oslo, Norway as the top ranked speaker.

View the links below for more details about these events:

http://www.wjug.org/wjug/nextmeeting.jsp and http://www.madjug.org/madjug/nextmeeting.jsp.

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