Over 220 folks who had already registered for the Convention responded to a survey in which we asked their interest in pursuing an online version of the Convention, and the majority said “Yes” (53%) or “Maybe” (26%). We are going to do our best to make that happen.
The vast majority of presenters are on-board with an online format. So, we are moving ahead. Online.
There is a potential upside to the online format as there are no real “caps” on the number of people who can participate due to the size of the room (and we don’t have to fret about how many lunches to order!). In other words, we are hoping to spread this online event to a much wider audience, including those for whom the travel and expense of the “normal” meeting made it unattractive.
The challenge in rescheduling is that all similar meeting spaces book out years in advance, so we would not be likely to find a good date.
Yes. We are processing refunds based on your responses to the survey that was emailed to all registered participants on Thursday, March 12. If you do not remember seeing an email, check your SPAM folder for an email from "Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Program" arriving at 9:27 am on 3/12/2020.
If you registered before March 12, but did not receive an email, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/9n7jHtswrSpP1cfG7 (please do NOT fill out the survey more than once.)
Keep in mind that we are operating under somewhat trying conditions, so please be patient.
No. If you registered for the Convention before March 12, you are already considered registered for the online event. We will send you log-in instructions the week of the event.
We have had some Wednesday workshop presentations cancel (understandable, as some were really “hands on”). If you signed up for a workshop that is now cancelled and you want to join another workshop, you can, but there will be a small fee ($5 per workshop). We are working through cancelling those workshops in the registration system, but it is somewhat time consuming. You will get an email when your refund has been processed explaining what your options are. The online agenda is the most up-to-date source for what is happening and what is not.
Yes, a nominal one. New folks registering for the online event will be asked to pay a small fee:
$5 for workshops (Wednesday morning and afternoon options)
$10 for each conference day (Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3)
This is to help us better plan for the actual number of people attending and to help recoup some of the transaction costs associated with the cancelled event.
Check out the agenda HERE. If you are ready to be part of this exciting online event, REGISTER NOW!
The hotel has agreed to cancel the entire block at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Fairfield/Marriott. You do not need to contact them to cancel your hotels; it is taken care of. We appreciate the hotel being responsive and flexible in these trying circumstances.
*If you have a reservation elsewhere, you need to cancel that reservation on your own.
Some things to keep in mind: we will be presenting this conference on the Zoom meeting platform. UW Madison Division of Extension selected Zoom a few years ago as their framework for delivering online programs statewide. Part of why they chose Zoom is that it works fairly well in low-bandwidth situations common to rural Wisconsin. Zoom will run best on a computer (laptop or desktop) but will also run on a tablet or a smartphone. You can participate with a browser, or get a better experience with an app for your device. You can learn more about participating via Zoom here:
All registered participants will receive log-in information for their sessions by email the week of the event.