2018 Wisconsin Groundwater Conference
January 17 – 18, 2018
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Over 500 attendees participated in the Wisconsin Groundwater Conference at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells in January, including Continuing Education registrants, exhibitor booth representatives, and guests.
The Honorary Member Award was presented to Dean Rickard in Memoriam; the award was received by his family.
A Lifetime Member Award was presented to Thor Aune at the 2018 Conference.
A lot of emphasis was placed on the Children’s Areas this year. The evening of the Scholarship Auction, the kids were invited to a movie screening of “FROZEN” along with a fun interactive snow globe activity. During the Trade Show, the Children’s Area featured a bounce house, face painting, crafts, and visits by the Kalahari characters. A scavenger hunt The Adventures Club also provided a scavenger hunt for kids to participate in on their own during the Groundwater Conference.
The WWWA Silent Auction, Live Auction and Scholarship Reception raised $3,200 for scholarships! Thank you to everyone who brought an auction item, bid on items, and/or showed your support by attending the reception.
The Bowling Fundraiser proved to be a popular event again this year, and raised nearly $400 for scholarships and the Uganda Well Project. We filled 20 lanes, most with 4 person teams – much thanks to the participants and sponsors!
During the Thursday Reception in the Exhibit Hall, all attendees were able to participate in the chance to win one of the Door Prizes provided by our exhibitors.
The Exhibit Hall featured a Poker Run this year – participants were encouraged to visit exhibitor booths in order to earn cards for a poker hand. The best hand won that corresponding door prize.
Kalahari offered a Spa Discount to attendees and guests during the conference, and a Kalahari Cooking Class was offered (for an additional fee) for spouses on Thursday of the conference.
We encourage you to start making plans for next year’s Groundwater Conference, January 16-18, 2019. Bring your family, your employees and their families too! We are already planning for more fun activities to keep everyone involved and ensure you have a great time while catching up with others in the industry and getting your continuing education credits.
We greatly appreciate all of the support from our sponsors!
In particular, we thank the following:
- Diamond Sponsor – Wisconsin Pump & Well Suppliers
- Platinum Sponsor – Nolan Insurance Agency LLC
- Gold Sponsors – Franklin Electric and Headwater Wholesale
- Silver Sponsor – First Supply
Those sponsors who donated or sponsored beyond the booth rental include the following:
- Atlas Copco
- Burton-Anderson & Associates Inc.
- CSI Water Treatment
- Federated Insurance
- First Supply
- Franklin Electric
- Gefco, Inc.
- Headwater Wholesale
- Nolan Insurance Agency LLC
- Preferred Pump
- Rep Rite Burk
- Water Right/Clean Water Testing
- Wilmar Pump & Supply
- Wisconsin Pump & Well Supplies
- Xylem/Goulds Water Technology
The Exhibit Hall held over 40 Exhibitor booths. Two rigs were on display in the Exhibit Hall; we always appreciate having the big rigs in the hall, and thank Atlas Copco and Pulstar Manufacturing for bringing them.