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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.


Registration Open! The 2014 Greater Wisconsin Software Symposium Returns March 14th-15th!

The No Fluff Just Stuff Java Symposium Tour Series long considered the premier Java/Agility Event Series anywhere returns to Madison area this spring! Come experience the best a conference has to offer: phenomenal speakers, excellent ninety (90) minute technical sessions, right sized event mode (capped at 250 attendees) all experienced in a vendor free environment. At a No Fluff Just Stuff event, the focus is entirely on the attendee experience and nothing else!

**Local Venue, World Class Experience**

Event Name: 2014 Greater Wisconsin Software Symposium

Dates: March 14-15th (Two Day Event)
Location: Madison, WI
Venue: Sheraton Madison
URL: https://nofluffjuststuff.com/conference/madison/2014/03/home

Make sure and use your special TeamSoft discount of $50 by using the promo code nfjsusergroup50 when registering.
If you are registering with a group, the highest discount will apply - group or TeamSoft discount.

REGISTRATION FEES:

Early Bird Individual: $900/person thru Feb 24th

Excellent Group Discounts Available - bring your entire development team to the show:

5-9 Attendees: $800/person
10-14 Attendees: $775/person
15-24 Attendees: $750/person
25-over Attendees: $725/person

Why attend?
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* Excellent Speakers: Authors and Project Leaders
* Insightful 90 minute Sessions
* Network with your local developer community
* No vendor promos
* Locally Based Event
* Great Venue
* Limited Attendance
* Meaningful Keynote
* Excellent Giveaways including $250 & $500 Visa Gift Cards!

What's Included - Registration Fee:
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* Two Day All Access Pass
* Breakfast/lunch/dinner & Breaks on Friday & Breakfast/Lunch & Breaks on Saturday
* NFJS Laptop Bag
* Online Audio Recording of Available Sessions
* Subscription to NFJS, the Magazine - 2013 (10 Issues from March thru December)

Go to https://nofluffjuststuff.com/conference/madison/2014/03/home for additional information and registration details for the 2014 Greater Wisconsin Software Symposium.


In Light of National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month, and with the help of the TeamSoft Charitable Giving Committee (TCGC), we want to highlight this great cause by sponsoring "Two Weeks at the American Red Cross."

During this two week time period (January 16th - January 31st), we are encouraging everyone to give blood to the Madison Red Cross.  There are many charities that ask for help during the holiday season; giving blood is a great way to make a difference in our local community.  You will not only receive the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in someone's life, but you will also receive a much deserved Wellness Credit and an American Red Cross t-shirt when you mention that you are donating for TeamSoft.

The Madison Red Cross will have a posted TeamSoft acknowledgment sign at their East side (2109 Zeier Rd.) and West side (4860 Sheboygan Ave.) locations in conjunction with a number of other local area blood drives taking place (please visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation for blood drive locations that will be convenient for you to attend).

To register for your American Red Cross t-shirt, or if you have any questions, please contact Jake Borde: 608-829-7262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Office Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day

The TeamSoft office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th, and Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. Enjoy time with family and friends! Happy holidays!


December Bowling Event

Join us at Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie on Sunday, December 8th from 1PM to 4PM for our Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund fundraising event. Donations will be $5 per spare and $10 per strike for every lane's best game.

TeamSoft will be providing food and beverages, so please RSVP to Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have received an E-vite.


Drop-Off for Sharing Wishes Winter Wish List

Please Mark Your Calendars!

We will be having a drop-off for our Sharing Wishes Winter Wish List at the TeamSoft Office, 1350 Deming Way, Ste. 250, Middleton, WI from 8:30AM to 3:30PM on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013. Bring any items from this list, or mail them to our office by the week of the drop-off.

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