Step into Spring: 2016 Convention

WGCF’s spring convention will be held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake from Sunday, May 15th through Tuesday, May 17th.  The Sheboygan District is the host and has lined up  diverse speakers, educational and useful sessions plus renewing friendships and getting to know others from around the state.  The 2016 Convention brochure provides the details plus registration information.

This year online registration is also available at   Choose the package option that you want, the workshops and menu options and pay by credit card.   Brown Paper Tickets (the company providing the service) does charge a convenience fee.  On line registration opens on January 10, 2016 and closes May 1, 2016.  Register by April 15th and avoid a late fee.    One thing to be aware of . . . the on line registration is timed; 10 minutes is allowed to complete the process.


Step into Spring Flower Show

As part of the convention the Wisconsin Judges Council is sponsoring a petite standard flower show, Step into Spring.  The show is  open to all members WGCF and the Wisconsin Judges Council.  Members are encouraged to enter in the design, horticulture and special exhibit categories.   Please consult the Step into Spring Flower Show program to decide on your entries.  Entries must be in place by noon Sunday, May 15th.  The show will be open for viewing later  Sunday afternoon, May 15 through Tuesday noon, May 17th.


WGCF Step into Spring Shoe Drive

Many people do not have shoes to wear.  Many people do not have jobs.  We have lots of shoes.  Some of our shoes are thrown into landfills.

WGCF needs funds to continue its mission.  If we donate our shoes, WGCF will receive money for them.  People will have jobs sorting the shoes.  When the shoes reach one of the 26 countries that funds2Org deals with, people will purchase the shoes to use either as trade goods or for their own shoe-selling business.  More people will have shoes.  More people will have jobs.

WGCF has contracted with funds2Org to collect 2500 pairs of shoes.

Please collect and save gently worn shoes from your closets, your friends, your neighbors.  Shoes and boots and sandals and crocs and flip flops and stilettos and flats and tennis, etc. can be of ANY style, of ANY size.  There needs to be 2 shoes for a pair.  If the shoes need laces, there need to be laces.  The shoes need to be in good, clean condition. No holes, paint splatters, broken heels, etc.

To prepare the collected shoes:

  • Either tie shoelaces of a pair together, or bind them with a rubber band*.
  • Place the shoes in a clear 33 gallon garbage bag*. The goal is to pack each bag with 25 shoes.
  • Please label the bag with the number of shoes packed in it. ( Should a bag have less than 25 pairs, we will add to it at the collection site.)
  • Close the bag by tying it or using a rubber band.
  • Bring or send your bags of shoes to the May convention in Elkhart Lake.

Your club or district now has the time to plan your local shoe collection.

There will be bags and rubber bands available at the February Executive Committee/Board Meeting.