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​​Additional Networking Opportunities
Agenda subject to change.

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention Welcome Reception

Thursday, 7:00 - 11:00 pm

This informal gathering of lake lovers is a great way for newcomers to "get their feet wet" and for seasoned convention attendees to reconnect. There will be a handful of Wisconsin Lake Leaders graduates - and trust us, you'll want to know what they've been up to! Never heard of Lake Leaders? Well, here's your opportunity to meet some of the lake citizens and professionals who have earned the title of Wisconsin Lake Leader, and find out what this leadership opportunity sparked them to accomplish and how they continue to be committed to Wisconsin's amazing lakes.
There will also be Wisconsin Lakes Board Members, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Professionals, UW-Extension Lakes Specialists and other lake educators and enthusiasts.

We have a special treat for you this year. The In A New Light​ program will share a beautiful and touching display of art, nature and hope.​ 
This reception is covered by your Friday registration fee and will include appetizers (cash bar).

Sunrise Yoga 

Friday, 6:45 - 7:45 am

Quita Sheehan from Phelps, Wisconsin will lead participants through basic yoga poses in a mellow and relaxed environment. Participants should bring a yoga mat or bath towel with them. Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended. Free and welcome to all ages and levels of interest.

Poster Presentations 

Friday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Check out the latest research and projects on topics that relate to healthy watersheds, healthy lakes and healthy people. This is your chance to ask questions of the researchers, educators and citizen scientists who are sharing their stories. Posters will be on display for the entire convention, so take your time to peruse them and come to this interactive session ready to learn and share.

Think you might want to share your research, project, success story or lessons learned? You still have time to submit a poster proposal (deadline extended: March 6, 2015). Find all the details here​.  

Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Friday, 6:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating the 2015 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winners and new nominees at our banquet and awards ceremony on Friday evening. The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership presents the annual Lake Stewardship Awards to recognize the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts of individuals and groups who protect and improve our lakes. People are nominated for Stewardship Awards by their peers - what a meaningful way to say, "Thank you!" to the people in your community who work so hard to care for our lakes. Winners of these awards join a select group of women, men, students, and organizations whose unmatched dedication, vision, and commitment ensure that Wisconsin's legacy of lakes will be safe and secure for generations to come.

Stewardship Winners:
Citizen: Sandy Gillum (photo taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

Citizen (educator): Margaret Mary Gerhard (photo taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

Group: Archibald Lake Association (photo taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

Business: Karen Engelbretson, KJE Design LLC (photo taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

Public Service: Thomas Davenport (photo taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

You don't want to miss this:
In addition to these prestigious lake stewardship awards, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership will be honoring a very deserving program with a scholarship in the memory of Lowell Klessig. Ben Thwaites, Expressive Arts Coordinator at Northwest Passage, and creator of the In A New Light therapeutic program, will accept the award as well as share a short film: New Light under the Surface, highlighting "the world's first and only therapeutic underwater photography program." In addition, the In A New Light program will have their art exhibit on display throughout the convention. 

Few words have as positive a connotation as “stewardship.” However, stewardship is not enough. It will not provide lakes or any other part of nature with enough love and respect… The lake steward is protecting the lake for the benefit of present and future generations of humans. That is a good start, but it is a woefully inadequate paradigm because it still treats nature as a commodity to be managed for wise human use. A paradigm shift from stewardship to “interdependence and a broad sense of community” is required for families, communities, and societies to be sustainable. ~ Lowell Klessig

See video of Ben Thwaites' presentation and award here.
(photos​ taken by Derek Kavanaugh)

Lakes Partnership After Hours 

Friday, 8:00 - 11:00 pm

​After seeing the healing benefits of the combination of nature and art, let's get together and share our experiences through stories, poems, quotes, songs and more. Surrounded by the striking photographs from the In A New Light art exhibit and the exhilirating images entered in the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Photography Contest, you may just be inspired to make up something on the spot! If you have an instrument, bring it with you! Bring along your knitting or craft a gift from dried aquatic invasive species! The only requirement is to relax and enjoy yourself.

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