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Fellow WADA Members:

It has already been over 6 months since we celebrated WADA’s 50th Conference in grand style.  Almost immediately after the 50th concluded, your Board went to work on  planning an equally impressive 51st Conference to be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells Nov. 4-7, 2017.  We have had 2 formal Board meetings along with numerous electronic correspondences in preparation for WADA activities.

I am pleased to announce we have secured our keynote speakers for the Conference.  I searched for speakers that would be a great fit for the theme “Make It Magical”.  Leading off on Sunday will be Wisconsin native and Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen.  Dan’s journey to a gold medal is an inspiring story.  He overcame obstacles, persevered, and finally, in his final race, stood atop the podium in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.

While Dan’s story figuratively speaks of Make It Magical, Monday’s keynote speaker literally Makes It Magical.  Magician and Motivational speaker Billy Riggs will amaze and inspire you through his magic and message.  It is sure to be a great show and a great way to kick off our Monday.  In addition, Billy will present 2 mini-sessions following his keynote.

WADA is very fortunate to have national expert on School Law, Lee Green, at this year’s Conference.  A regular at the National Convention, Lee takes the normally dry subject and adds humor while still getting his point across.  He will also be available to teach some high level LTI courses.

Also, don’t forget about the Summer Institute in Wisconsin Dells this summer on July 11-13.  LTI classes (yet to be announced) will be offered on July 11.  The always entertaining WADA Golf Outing will occur on July 12, headed by Past President Bryan Yager of Reedsburg.  Anyone qualifying to take their CAA exam will have that opportunity on July 13.

More information on the 51st Conference will be available as we move forward in the Board’s summer meetings.  Follow the WADA website for updates and registration information as it becomes available.

Enjoy the end of the school year and don’t forget to Make It Magical!

Tim Collins
WADA President
Big Foot High School

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