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Thursdays @ 4:00
Free Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed for members of lake associations and lake districts, or folks who are thinking about becoming a member or forming one of these groups, or interested in the topics provided.

April 15, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Lake Districts in Wisconsin: The Basics Presenter: Eric Olson, Director, Extension Lakes

What are lake districts? How do they differ from lake associations? Why do people form lake districts in Wisconsin? What steps are required to begin creating a new one? We'll cover these topics and take your questions about Wisconsin lake districts!

Download a PDF copy of the slides by clicking here; use the link below to view a recording of the webinar.


April 22, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)


New Lake District Commissioner Orientation Presenter: Eric Olson, Director, Extension Lakes

Whether you've been recently appointed to a lake district board, or elected at the last annual meeting, you likely have questions about how lake districts operate and what your role is as a board member. This webinar will cover the basics of how lake district boards operate, their responsibilities under Chapter 33 of Wisconsin statutes, and the relationship between the board meetings and the annual meeting. We'll allow plenty of time for your questions!

Download a PDF copy of the slides by clicking here; use the link below to view a recording of the webinar.


April 29, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Annual Meetings for Lake Districts During COVID in 2021 Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes

The lake district annual meeting is critical for finalizing and approving a lake district's annual budget. It is also where and when elections for board members take place. Wisconsin state law governs many aspects of how the annual meeting is to be run. To participate, land owners and electors must be present in person. This creates unique challenges during a pandemic. We'll discuss the basics of the annual meeting and share some success stories from 2020 to help people have healthy and productive lake district annual meetings in 2021. 

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May 6, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Liability and Insurance: For Lake Districts and Lake Associations Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes

Board members from lake associations and lake districts often have questions about liability and insurance for their organization. For some groups, the cost of insurance represents a significant portion of the budget. This webinar will cover the basics of liability and insurance for lake groups; we'll be joined by a professional from the insurance industry and allow ample time to field your questions. 

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May 13, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Lake District Treasurer 1: Before the Annual Meeting Presenter: Eric Olson, Extension Lakes

This workshop is designed specifically for Lake District Treasurers. Managing a lake district budget is not the same as working with finances for a lake association or other type of organization. This workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to create and manage your lake district’s budget. We will cover specific compliance rules that lake districts need to follow and take your questions about treasurer responsibilities. 

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May 20, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Local Boating Enforcement Grants Presenter: Lieutenant Darren D. Kuhn, Boating Law Administrator, Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Sargent Christpher St. Clair, Lauderdale Lakes Water Patrol

The Wisconsin DNR provides cost-share grants to local governments and lake districts to help defray the costs of providing local boating enforcement. Several communities have already taken advantage of these programs. The DNR has requested additional funding ($900,000) in order to support more cost-share grants to those looking to boost the state's capabilities to keep our lakes safe and sound. Learn more about what makes for a successful cost-share request and get answers to your questions about local boating enforcement. 

May 27, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Lake Association Capacity Training Discussion Presenter: Eric Olson, Director, Extension Lakes and Sara Windjue, Leadership and Capacity Development Specialist, Extension Lakes

More than 600 non-profit lake associations are working to protect and restore lake health and water quality to over 1000 Wisconsin lakes. There is tremendous variation in how these groups operate and many are looking for ways to be more effective and efficient in their efforts. This webinar will share the results of 2020's lake group capacity survey and outline ways that Extension Lakes is working to provide "backbone support" to lake associations and their board members. 

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June 3, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Electronic Communications, Websites, and LakeKit Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes

From hard news to the latest viral animal video, information travels FAST these days. For lake organizations to effectively grab the attention of their members and external audiences, use of electronic communications like a robust and active website, email newsletters, and even social media is crucial. In this session, the leaders of, Wisconsin Lakes’ lake organization website community, will explain how a simple, integrated approach to electronic communications, built off a strong website, is the best way for your message to reach its intended audience. You’ll also learn how through the platform and community you can get the help you need and help others reach their communication goals as well. You’ll be introduced to, a sample of email clients, and get a crash course in social media like Facebook, Instagram, and maybe even the dreaded Twitter! Come learn how electronic communications can benefit your lake organization! 

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June 10, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (CDT)

Regulating Recreation on Lakes: Carrying Capacity Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes

2020 saw record-shattering participation in outdoor recreation in Wisconsin. Many lake groups are hoping to reduce conflicts and protect the lake with reasonable regulations on boating and other activities. This presentation will cover some of the basic laws that impact lake regulations, including Wisconsin's unique Public Trust Doctrine. We'll go over several strategies for reducing lake conflicts and describe the Carrying Capacity concept as it applies to our shared waterways. 

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