Ozaukee Treasures Network

OTN Autumn 2017 Conference

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

October 12

5:30 p.m.

Pot luck


Think tank event:   Looking at OTN, Networking and Self-evaluating our organization


What is OTN achieving?

Where are we most beneficial to members?

What can we do better?

Outreach, Recruitment

Current community needs/topics for future conferences

Future direction?


As you can see, this one is all about us, so everyone is important to this gathering.

Pat Marchese has offered to open with a short history of our network.  (You can get a step up on this by clicking on the "about us" section here on this site.

We will divide up by self-selected topic at tables to take a look at where we are and where we should tweak things and explore.

We will of course go around and do introductions and any shameless plugs* for your organization that you wish to share.

The rest of the evening will be eating, drinking and networking.


Food & Drink

Bring along a dish to pass and / or a beverage to share


*  Secrets of Shameless Plugs

A shameless Plug is:

  • A chance to Plug/Brag about a current event, project,  or initiative 
  • A chance to brag about ONE thing about your organization.
  • A chance to generate enthusiasm
  • A chance to spread the word to the network

Secrets of a great shameless Plug!  Here is what to do!

  • Start by giving your name and your organization (if you represent one or more.)
  • State a BRIEF reason why your organization exists. (It’s Mission)
  • Describe your plug ---The Event, the Project, or Initiative in two (2) sentences in two (2) minutes!!!!!
  • Thank everyone.  Sit down!!!  (Our group is large and those minutes really can add up.)  Please be considerate of others and the members of the network listening!)

The plug must be concise and focused!

It is OK to just introduce yourself and not do a plug!

It’s OK to do a “Shameless Ask” BUT follow the same secrets of a shameless plug.




Heads up!!

OTN Spring Conference

5:30 pm

April 6th - Thursday evening

In the barn at Riveredge


Pot luck (and we will have a few basics so if you don't have time to grab some food or beverages, no worries.

Two Things!!

1. This event will be all about networking, eating & drinking and sharing! Some new and exciting river initiatives will be discussed. Stay tuned. I will send a reminder mid-March.


Joe Fitzgerald - Milwaukee Riverkeeper - the impact of road salts on the health of the Milwaukee River Basin

Mandie Zopp - Riveredge - Community Rivers Project

and a few others TBD


2. Let me know if your organization has any upcoming events between April 7th September. We will have a list of those events up on the screen to share at the conference.

OTN September Gathering

Thursday, September 29th

5:30 pm

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve


Food! We will have some dinner basics on hand. If you wish to add to the table with something to pass, or drinks of your choice, please do.

Networking time! This is our concept - to give you time to connect with colleagues over food and drink.

One Speaker - Dan Colllins from the League of Conservation Voters will do a short presentation to update us on current and coming legislative issues that affect environmental policy or may impact our efforts in some way.

Shameless Plugs! As always, we will go around so everyone has a chance to give a quick update on their current projects.

RSVP - Please let me know if you are coming - it really helps to plan for food and seating.



September 6th Women in Agriculture Conference at Riveredge

September 17th- Krier Conservancy is doing a seed collecting event on Saturday, September 17th from 9 to noon. They provide lunch after. Nice opportunity to see this preserve-in-the-making just east of I-43 on Jay Road. Bring gloves and boots. Contact Steve Hjort for more info.

September 18th - Farm to Table Annual Dinner at Wellspring Farm, September 18th