Additional Networking Opportunities
(Agenda subject to change)
Your 39th annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention will offer several networking opportunities. There will also be Hands-on Workshops, Special Technical Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Poster Sessions, and the Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards Banquet, as well as keynote and lunch speakers. Don't forget to check out the hands-on workshops and concurrent sessions!
Wednesday, 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 Institute 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.
Wisconsin Lakes Board Members, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Professionals, UW-Extension Lakes Specialists and other lake educators and enthusiasts will also be attending.
This reception is covered by your Thursday registration fee and will include appetizers (cash bar).
Thursday, 6:30 - 7:15 am and Friday, 6:30-7:15 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.
Thursday and Friday
This year, the 2017 Water Action Volunteers Symposium, will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point. The WAV portion of the conference will begin after lunch on Thursday, April 6th and run through the end of the convention on Friday, April 7th.
There will be a special Citizen Volunteers stream within the conference that will feature speakers from WAV. The annual Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards will be presented on Friday, April 7th at lunchtime.
Thursday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Check out the latest lake, river, groundwater and watershed research and projects. This is your chance to ask questions of the researchers, educators, students 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.
Descriptions/Contact Info. for Poster Presentations (PDF)
Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Please join us in celebrating the 2017 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winners and new nominees at our banquet and awards ceremony on Thursday 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.
Thursday, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
It's time to unwind the mind! Relax and enjoy the sounds of a friend of our waters and a local celebrity. Tuck Pence will be playing and singing for our enjoyment!
A note from Tuck, singer/songwriter, musician, and entertainer:
Music has been my passion from childhood, I have been in the music industry for 35 years. I have written approximately 30 songs and currently have 3 CD's available, a 4th on the way. I am a solo artist but like none other you've seen before. I play my originals plus have a repertoire of approximately 2500 songs from a variety of genres and era's, country, folk, classic rock, country rock. I enjoy entertaining a crowd and love playing music that makes people feel and smile! I have a sound system capable of playing for a crowd of 1000 people. Currently play all over Wisconsin and a few area's beyond. Not only does playing music make me and others smile, it helps support my fishing hobby, otherwise I'd have to get a real job! Hope you enjoy my songs.