Annual Meeting

WWOA 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in person on September 22-25 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Oshkosh

Come to explore the Fox Valley area, meet like-minded woodland owners, and learn more about keeping your woods healthy! Spend a beautiful fall weekend along the Fox River with a variety of local activities. Mark your calendar to attend a tour, a day, or stay for the whole weekend. A variety of registration options will be available.

Book your hotel room and mark your calendar NOW! Call the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel at 920-230-1900 or 855-230-1900 and ask for the Wisconsin Woodland Owners room block. The hotel is offering WWOA members a special room rate of $112.99 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy ($109.99 hotel + $3.00 municipal facility fee). Hotel room cancellation notice is required 24 hours in advance. Hotel check-in is at 3 pm. All hotel rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer and lighted makeup mirror, security safe, and high-speed internet.

The Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel is located on the banks of the Fox River and on the edge of downtown.  The Convention Center is located across the street or use the convenient second floor skywalk from the hotel.  The Ground Round at River’s Edge bar and restaurant is located right inside the Best Western Premier and other restaurants are nearby on the river or downtown.

 Can you help us create a successful Annual Meeting? Here are a few things we need your help with
• We are looking for WWOA members willing to share their woodland succession plan stories.
• Help us recognize exceptional WWOA service by submitting your WWOA award nominations for Distinguished Service, Chapter Distinguished Service, Special Recognition and Next Generation. Just complete and submit the simple nomination form.
• Volunteer for a couple of hours during the Annual Meeting to assist with registration, introducing speakers, helping with the silent auction or raffle, or the many other opportunities available.
Email the WWOA office if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!

 

Meeting activities will be updated as they are confirmed.

 

Thursday 

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the WWOA Board of Directors will hold their quarterly meeting followed by the traditional tree planting to commemorate our annual meeting in local park.

Members may register for a guided tour of one of the world’s finest aviation attractions, EAA Aviation MuseumSince it is close to the hotel with plenty of parking, you will be able to drive directly there. This is a handicapped accessible tour and it includes lunch at the museum.  There will also be time to explore the areas that interest you the most.

Thursday evening will offer our Sharing Experiences presentations with fellow WWOA members sharing their personal experiences in caring for their woodlands. WWOA Board member, Ken Kempfert will share his experience and processes with their Christmas tree business. Past President Randy Cooper will share their woodland’s story of the 2019 derecho damage, resulting timber salvage, and reforestation. Past President Chuck Wagner will share how he researched the history of his property.  

Friday

Tentatively, we are creating four tours for Friday, Sept. 23.  These tours offer a variety of topics to learn more about the Fox Valley area.

  • Wiouwash Trail Bike Trip – The Wiouwash State Trail is named for Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano counties. This trail, built on a former rail corridor, is a relatively smooth and flat trail with a crushed limestone base. Our 12-mile trip begins and ends in Oshkosh’s Rainbow Park and follows the Wiouwash Trail north to the turnaround at Brooks Road. Highlights of this ride include the Tribal Heritage Crossing trail along Highway 41, beautiful views of Lake Butte des Morts, and Oshkosh-Larsen trail prairies.  The bike trip will include a stop for lunch.
  • Weis Earth Science Museum and High Cliff State Park – The Weis Earth Science Museum is the official mineralogical museum of Wisconsin and one of its founders is WWOA member Roy Valitchka. Enjoy a guided Wisconsin geological trip through time from prehistoric times, to under the sea, to glacial times up through the mining era. After lunch our guide will help us explore the geological features of High Cliff State Park including the Niagara Escarpment, lime kilns, and history of the Lake Winnebago area.  This tour is not handicapped accessible.
  • UW-Oshkosh campus and surrounding area – A tour is tentatively being planned for exploring the UW-Oshkosh to learn more about their sustainability and eco-friendly efforts throughout campus. We anticipate that this will be a handicapped accessible tour and may include other sustainability efforts in the area.
  • The fourth tour is a bit up in the air at this time but we are checking into a variety of options and will have details finalized by late June.

Friday late afternoon visit with our exhibitors, bid on silent auction items or purchase some raffle tickets while spending time with friends.  Remember to purchase your Friday raffle tickets for the chance to win some wonderful prizes including a chain saw!  After dinner, hear from Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps member serving WWOA, Violet Thielke.  Violet was also one of our past Forestry Leader Scholarship recipients.

 Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 24, starts bright and early with the opening of the exhibit hall.  Saturday includes WWOA’s Annual Business meeting, our keynote speaker, afternoon concurrent sessions and a craft session. Several afternoon concurrent session topics have been confirmed. David Eagan will be speaking on useful and edible plants. J. Paul White, WDNR, will give an update on the northern long-eared bat and white-nose syndrome along with information on the Habitat Conservation Plan and possible endangered species listing. Tentatively we hope to offer more information on carbon sequestration and credits.

Then visit with friends from around the state at the cash bar before a wonderful dinner of your choosing.  Saturday evening’s Awards Banquet kicks off with the drawing of the Annual Fundraiser prizes and the Chapter Basket Raffle. Help us recognize the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee award winners and fellow WWOA members (submit your nomination) who have given so much of their time and energy to WWOA and our mission. 

Sunday

WWOA’s Sunday Field Day is a fun day in the woods.  

WWOA’s 2022 Annual Meeting will offer a variety of registration options. Come for a tour, a day, or the whole weekend. The 2022 Annual Meeting packets will be emailed out to members in early July. Please make sure WWOA has your current email address on file. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a packet in the mail. If you prefer a packet mailed to you, contact the WWOA office and let us know.

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Annual Meeting Fun! 

Deciding if you want to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting?

Why should you consider attending if you’ve never come before? Hear what our members have to say:

  • “Wealth of information in speakers, members, and exhibitors. They will learn something new.”
  • “Meet new friends, old friends, & see other parts of the state.”
  • “To get ideas to improve your woodland & meet people or organizations to help you.”
  • “To broaden their knowledge of the value of good management & especially meet members with experience and also camaraderie.”
  • “We have attended many annual meetings and still learn new things at every one.”

 

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