WHPA Fall Convention
November 1-3, 2018
Hotel Mead • 451 E. Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids
Hotel Reservations: 715-423-1500 • Room rate is $89/night
Keynote speaker Ian Steppler of Steppler Farms in Manitoba, Canada; additional presenters include American Beekeeping Federation vice president Tim May, Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), 2017 Youth Award Recipient Gunner Berning, Rebecca Masterman – University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Jim Belli of Belli Farms, Illinois, beekeepers’ panel, live Honey Queen Auction, Kids & Bees Expo, and more!

Convention Agenda (Tentative)

Thursday, November 1, 2018
2:00 p.m. – Board of Managers meeting
4:00 p.m. – District Chair meeting
6:00 p.m. – Board Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Budget committee
Kids N Bees Committee
8:00 p.m. – Honey Queen Committee
Poster Contest Committee
Other Committee Meeting if needed

Friday, November 2, 2018 (all activities in the
Grand Ballroom A & B unless noted)
7:30 a.m. – Registration opens
8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open (Grand Ballroom C)
8:30 a.m. – Honey Show entries due & Baking Contest entries due (Timberland Room)
8:30 a.m. – Call to order by WHPA President – Kent Pegorsch
Welcome by Wis Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink
emcee – Vice President – Matt LaForge
8:45 a.m. – Introductions of Honey Queen and Candidates – Mary Kettlewell
9:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Ian Steppler
10:00 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. – Bee Informed Partnership
11:15 a.m. – ABF update – Tim May
11:45 a.m. – Wisconsin State Apiarist Update – Elizabeth Meils, DATCP
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (meal ticket required)
1:00 p.m. – Rebecca Masterman, University of MN Bee Lab
2:00 p.m. – Lee Heine – Panel
3:00 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. – Business Meeting
Supper on your own
6:45 p.m. – Honey Queen Candidate presentations
7:10 p.m. – Entertainment
7:30 p.m. – Honey Queen Fund Auction

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (all activities in the
Grand Ballroom A & B unless noted)
7:30 a.m. – Registration opens
8:00 a.m. – Exhibits open
8:00 a.m. – Announcements
8:15 a.m. – Presentation by WHPA Honey Queen Hannah Sjostrom
8:25 a.m. – Presentation by WHPA Honey Princess Lexi Gegare
8:35 a.m. – Ian Steppler
9:35 a.m. – Break
9:50 a.m. – 2017 Youth Award Recipient – Gunner Berning
10:50 a.m. – Earl Hoffman – Strong Microbials
11:50 a.m. – Announcements and Door prizes
12:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kids-N-Bees (Room – Atrium)
1:00 p.m. – Jim Belli
2:00 p.m. – 2017 Research Recipient – Brad Mogen
3:00 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Speaker Panel
4:00 p.m. – Executive Committee Meeting
Social/Free Time
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:00 p.m. – Banquet (ticket required) (Grand Ballroom A, B, C)
9:00 p.m. – Dance and Social