National Meeting Information


Jun 17-20, 2020

Green Bay, WI


The 2020 Spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 17-20 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center located in Green Bay, WI. Note the Oneida Casino adjoins the property so no need to “step outside” to lose your money or win big! The nightly rate will be $109.00.   Breakfast is NOT included with the room rate. The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting. Reservations line is 1-920-494-7300. Make sure you mention MWTCA when making reservations.

The men’s display theme will be “Axes – Celebrating Wisconsin’s Logging History”. We will have a sizable area for tool trading and displays so plan on bringing lots of tools for sale and trade as well as displays.

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday June 17 from 2-6 PM. You can expect up to two dozen rooms will be open Wednesday for in room tool trading. Once again we will “kick off” the meeting with a Welcome Reception at 6 PM with a light meal so don’t forget to register for this function. The Tailgating will begin early Thursday morning (bring a flashlight) weather permitting.   Be aware that there is NO BACKUP plan should it be raining.

Several tours are scheduled for Thursday. In the morning their will be a guided tour of the Neville Public Museum to view their Gowns and Guns display showing the history of the dresses and guns from the Civil War to the Vietnam war. This will be followed by a stop at the Ashwaubenon Museum to view their display of “tramp art”.   In the afternoon we plan to tour the Marquis Carver yacht building factory in nearby Pulaski where you will see yachts well in excess of one million dollars being made.   This will be followed by a tour of the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a treasure of football history. You will find this tour interesting whether you follow the Green Bay Packers or not! Also in the afternoon we will make a trip to the Seroogy Chocolate shop in De Pere for complimentary coffee and a sampling of their chocolates.

Thursday afternoon James Wright (“Woods by Wright”) will again present a program on wood working tools and their use. His program at the Spring meeting in Peoria was well received so we have asked James to return. The men’s program on Thursday evening will feature a presentation by Greg Strayer on axes.   On Friday the Trade and Display room will open at 6:30 AM for display set up and loading in of tools at 7:00 AM. At 8:30 AM displays will be ready for viewing followed by tool trading at 10 AM. We hope to have a number of area woodworkers demonstrate their skills in the tool room on Friday. Friday afternoon James Goodwin will present a program on “Lessons Learned buying on Ebay” which is likely to kindle some of your own experiences. The tool auction will get underway at 7:30 PM with the auction preview at 6:30 PM. If you have tools that you would like to sell please give serious thought to bringing them for the Friday auction.

For those members that can only attend on Saturday there is registration for ‘Saturday Only” with the trade room opening at 6:30 AM. The What’s It session will be held in the Men’s Program Room at 10:30 AM.   Attendance at the banquet is NOT included with “Saturday Only” registration.

Saturday afternoon Mark Hawkins from Hands on Deck will share his experiences working with youth through the use of tools.   Mark uses the simple sloyd knife to capture the attention of not only the youth in the community but also the adults. Mark suggested a number of titles for his presentation such as: “A sharp knife and misguided youth”, “ADHD and Sharp Knives – A Magic Combination”, “How To Stop A Kid Dead in His Tracks with Greenwood Carving”. You don’t want to miss Mark’s presentation.

Saturday evening we will close out the meeting with a banquet and short business meeting.

Your hostess will be Jeanne Thorson. She has been busy planning activities for the Auxiliary as well as planning the tours.


The registration fee has not been finalized but it will be in the area of $56. Note the deadline for making hotel reservations is Thursday May 26.

Our meetings are closed to the public so you must be a member ($25) to attend. Attendance badge is required to attend all functions. You can join online here.