Next Meeting – General Meeting Info and Agenda



The 2023 Spring Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 14-17 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.  You may secure room reservations on line via this link The rate is good three days prior to and three days following the meeting.  Reservations line is 1-920-494-7300 or 1-800-333-3333.  Make sure you mention MWTCA.

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.

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday June 14 from 2-6 PM.  You can expect up to a 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 Museum featuring their new science exhibit as well their inflatable art exhibit.  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 Cruiser Yacht building factory in nearby Pulaski 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 a sampling of their chocolates.  For those of you on the Hall of Fame tour you will have to make this trip on your own!

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 Chuck Druckrey will provide a presentation on his experiences building a timber frame barn.  Join Chuck on a nearly two-year project to build a traditional timber frame building.  Chuck harvested the trees and cut all the joinery using traditional methods and hand tools (mostly).  Learn how careful planning and traditional layout methods allow for building a straight frame from crooked timbers.  Chuck also used a variety of traditional “machines” like gin-poles and a boom-crane to move large timbers and raise the frame”.  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 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’s presentation is tilted Elementary Mechanical Skills – A Practical Educational Component For Five Year Olds.

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

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.

The Auxiliary will host a luncheon on Saturday.  The guest speaker will be Chris from Hazelwood House.



Note!! You must be a member to attend.  Badges are required to attend every function including the outdoor “tailgate” function.

Wednesday   June 14

2-6:00 p.m.     Registration

2:10 p.m.        Preservation & Education Committee

4:00 p.m.        Executive Committee

6:00 p.m.       Welcome Reception

8-10:0 p.m.     Hospitality room opens

Thursday    June 15

6:00 a.m.         Tailgating – Until You Drop!

6:00-Noon. Registration

8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

9:30 – Noon      Neville Museum and Ashwaubenon tours     

12:15-1.55 p.m Tour Cruiser Yacht Company

2:05-4:15 p.m.  Tour Packer Hall of Fame   Tour Seroogy’s Chocolate Shop

4:15-6 p.m.      BOD Meeting

4:15-6 p.m.      Auxiliary Planning Meeting

7:30 p.m.        Program – Axes – Greg Strayer

7:30 p.m.         Auxiliary Meet & Greet

9-10:30 p.m.   Hospitality room open


Friday      June 16

6:30 a.m.    Move displays in & set up

6:30 am-5 pm.        Registration open

7:00 a.m.    Move tools in and cover

8-5:00 p.m. Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

8:30-10 a.m. Displays open for Q&A Session

9:00 a.m.         Demonstrations

10 a.m.      Trade Room Open

2:00 p.m.    Auxiliary Book Review

2-3:30 p.m.      Timber Framing – Druckrey

3:30-6 p.m. Trade Room Open

6:30 p.m.        Auction preview

7:30 p.m.         Auction

7:30 p.m.         Auxiliary Program – Game Night

9-10:30 p.m.    Hospitality room open


Saturday    June 17

6:30-10 a.m. Registration

7:00 a.m.         Trade/Display Room opens

8-noon             Auxiliary Social Activity Room open

10:30 a.m.       What’s-it Session

11:30-1p.m.     Auxiliary luncheon & program

12:30 p.m.       Trade/Display room closes

2:00 p.m.         Program – Woodworking with Kids

6:00 p.m.         Cash Bar opens

6:45 p.m.         Banquet

9-10:00 p.m.    Hospitality room open