Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Assn.

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Recent News by Laurel Steffes

Register now for the 2018 Annual Meeting.
We are less than SIX WEEKS away from our 43rd. annual Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Conference in Eagle River on July 20-22, 2018. Remember those days of doubling and tripling up in the cabins? They're gone. For the last two years we have had two full cabins with almost all private rooms.  The Friday night cookout has become quite an event - sponsored by Toyota, and we enjoy some great speakers, a silent auction and camaraderie on Saturday. We had 30 paid members attending last year.  Let's break that record!

Meeting Registration: Register Now!
We need to make room assignments and provide a head count for meals by mid-July.  Please fill out the conference registration form asap and return it to Laurel Steffes with your registration fee. (See WOCA Meeting Info and Registration below) Laurel's address is on the form.  We must deliver our room assignments to Trees for Tomorrow by Thursday, July 12. Conference prices are still very low. Trees is holding two bunkhouses for us, so we can accommodate everyone both nights.

Check- In Reminders
Our two bunkhouses - Hemlock and Pine at Trees for Tomorrow will open for check in at 2:00pm on Friday, July 20.  A staff member will be available from 2 to 9 p.m. to help with check-in, setup, etc. Be sure you check out by10 a.m. Sunday.  Please stay out of the cafeteria and its kitchen during our Friday evening cookout, the kitchen staff are not involved.  We have the big classroom Friday 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A Trees staff member will be on hand Saturday all day. Breakfast is 7 a.m. and lunch is at 12:15 p.m. Trees will provide a breakfast snack cart by 7:15 a.m. on Saturday in the classroom, and it will be refreshed with afternoon items by 12:45 p.m.  If you have special dietary needs, let Laurel know by July 12.  If you are staying on campus, you need to bring your own towels and washcloths. Members staying overnight need to fill out a Trees for Tomorrow medical form (See WOCA Annual Meeting below).

Membership Renewals are Due!
We are lagging on membership renewals for 2018, so whether or not you plan to attend the 2018 conference, please download a membership renewal form  (available under "Memberships") and mail it with your annual $25 dues to Laurel Steffes.  Please remember you need an up-to-date membership to attend the conference.  You can enclose your membership renewal with your conference registration form.

As always, please try to recruit new members and re-engage  previous members. Also, as we have discussed at previous conferences, encourage bloggers to attend. Once they're WOCA members, we can try to help them find ways to make money from their communications.

Toyota Sponsors Friday Night Cookout
Curt McAllister, Midwest public relations manager for Toyota Motor North America, has again arranged to have Toyota sponsor WOCA's Friday night cookout and social at the fire pit.  Thanks Curt! Toyota's generous donation allows WOCA to earmark more money for our annual scholarship and charitable donations.  We had a great cookout last year. Don't miss it.

See You in Eagle River!

WOCA 2018 Annual Meeting

The WOCA 2018 Annual Meeting will take place July 20-22 at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  To download a PDF meeting registration form just click HERE.  To download a PDF file of the meeting agenda click HERE.

Members staying overnight at Trees for Tomorrow need to fill out a medical form for Trees for Tomorrow and attach it to the registration form. To download a copy of the form please check HERE.

Make plans now to attend the 2018 WOCA Annual Meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  This is always a fun event and if you haven't attended one lately mark you calendar and download the registration form (above) to attend.  Lodging is available at Trees for Tomorrow.  You won't want to miss the Friday night cookout! 

If you know someone that is not a member but is an outdoor communicator, bring them along to enjoy the fun and maybe consider joining this great group of outdoor communicators.

WOCA Scholarship Announcement