Convention & Activities Commission Purpose:

This commission shall be empowered to make the necessary investigation and recommendations for the holding of the annual Department Convention and shall make such further investigation and recommendations for such other annual events of the Department as requested by the Department Executive Committee, and shall make their recommendations after such investigation to the Department Executive Committee, which shall be empowered thereafter to select the time and place for such annual Conventions and annual events. The Commission meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.


Jim Schmidt, Chair - Burlington

Tom Strey, Vice Chair - Oconomowoc

Phil Ingwell, Member - Madison

Jim Kell, Member - Lomira

Tom Carlson, Member - Green Bay

Mark Lesko, Member - LaValle

John Polzin, DEC Liaison


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