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April 18th, 2019

Annual Meeting May 4th - Guest Speaker Bill Jartz

Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player. He received an athletic scholarship to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. "I was always interested in journalism and sports, and this is the perfect combo. TV is where it's at when it comes to live sporting events."
Bill began his career as the 10 o'clock sports anchor at WSAW-TV in Wausau, but confesses he felt ecstatic about coming to WBAY-TV in 1983. "I grew up watching Channel 2," Bill recalls. "I'm lucky enough to have hooked up with the best."
As the WBAY sports director, Bill won the admiration of Northeast Wisconsin's sports fans, performing play-by-play duties for pre-season Packer football games, and hosting the award-winning "Monday Night Kick-Off" throughout the regular schedule.
In late October, 1998, Bill followed the path of another sports veteran-- Chuck Ramsay-- to assume a new challenge as a news anchor, joining Cami Rapson on Action 2 News at Ten. Bill felt it was time for a change, and it also gave him weekends free to spend with his wife, Mary. Four years later, with the retirement of the venerable anchor, Bill followed in Chuck's footsteps again to assume the mantle of 5 and 6 p.m. co-anchor.
On Green Bay Packers home game days, Bill can be heard as the Voice of Lambeau Field. He started as the public address announcer with the 2005 preseason.
Married since 1984, Bill and his wife own two dogs and enjoy relaxing with friends at home. Bill's other interests include hunting, fishing, and physical fitness. When the opportunity arises, he also likes assisting at a friend's dairy farm. "It takes me back to my roots," Bill explains.

Bill Jartz and His Seymour Connection
When Bill Jartz came to Channel 2 in 1983 he teamed with Seymour native Joe Schmidt who was sports director. When Joe left for Minneapolis in 1985 Bill took over as sports director. In his program for the annual meeting Jartz will reflect on his early years working with Schmidt, comment on his career in television and provide insight into his duties as "Voice of Lambeau Field."
This is an excellent opportunity for Seymour area residents to get up close and personal with one of the top TV personalities in Wisconsin. Bill has appeared on the Cerebral Palsy Telethon and proudly supports Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the March of Dimes. He's also involved in Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited and ASPIRO, among others.
The meeting will start promptly at 1:00 with a brief business meeting. Jartz's presentation will follow. The program is open to the public at no charge. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by members of the Seymour Community Historical Society.

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