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Spring Conference & Trade Show

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See highlights from the Spring 2022 TLW Convention

The TLW offers two meetings and trade shows a year. Tavern League members and non-members are welcome to participate in a full day or come for the entire four-day event. Speakers, seminars and receptions are all included for a minimal fee. For many attendees, the highlight of the convention is our two-day trade show. We feature purveyors of goods and services for any size operation. This is a fun and educational event that we encourage all licensees to attend to learn what is new in the industry and meet fellow owners from all corners of Wisconsin. If you attend once, we assure you that you will come again.


Note: Times and events are subject to change without notice.
Shuttles available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from all hotels.

8:30 am to 3:00 pmFood Safety Class & Exam (Woodland)
(open to members and non-members, pre-registration required.)

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

TLW Board of Directors Meeting (Trilium)
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Registration & $2 Bill Exchange

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Stevens Point Tavern League Welcome Party
Moose Lodge 1572
Entertainment from Spicey Tie Band. Food will be served. Bus Shuttle service starting at 5:00-11:00pm.

8:30 am to 5:00 pmRegistration & $2 Bill Exchange (Prairie Ballroom)
8:45 am to 9:15 am

Nominating Committee Meeting (Spruce)

Rules Committee Meeting (Sands)

9:15 am to 12:00 pm

General Session (Prairie Ballroom)

  • Attendance Drawing
  • Welcome
  • Opening ceremony
  • Introduction to Local Leaders
  • TLW updates from our President, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Speaker: Past President Chris Marsicano: Importance of PAC Contributions
  • Awards
  • Raffle Drawings
  • Announcements
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Silent Auction (Prairie Ballroom)

12:00 pm to 5:00 pmTrade Show (Northwoods Expo)
12:15 pm 

First Timer's Orientation (Prairie Ballroom)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Seminar I (Prairie Ballroom)

Kwik Trip John McHugh: Purpose & Compassion at Work

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Seminar II (Prairie Ballroom)

US Bank/Elavon

8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Cocktail Party (Prairie Ballroom)

  • Diamonds and Lead Performance
  • Live Auction
9:30 am to 11:00 am

General Session(Prairie Ballroom)

  • Presentation of Check
  • Legislative Report
  • Operations Update
  • Parade of Candidates
  • Good & Welfare
  • Raffle Drawing
  • Attendance Drawing
11:00 am to 3:00 pmTrade Show (Northwoods Expo)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pmSafeRide Meeting (Sands)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Caucus Meeting
Room 1: District 1 & District 9 (Woodland/Trillium)

Room 2: District 2 (Sands/Spruce)

Room 3: District 4 (Frontier/Evergreen)

Room 4: District 7 (Stonefield/Harvest)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Caucus Meeting
Room 1: District 3 (Woodland/Trillium)

Room 2: District 5 (Sands/Spruce)

Room 3: District 6 (Frontier/Evergreen)

Room 4: District 8 (Stonefield/Harvest)

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

President’s Reception (East Commons)

(Ticket required - $25 donation to TIPAC)

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Voting (Sands)

(delegates only)

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

General Session (Prairie Ballroom)

  • Attendance Drawing
  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Rules Committee Report
  • Swear in new board members
  • Keynote Speaker - Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Host League Raffle
  • Foundation Raffle
  • Silent Auction drawing
  • Buyer Raffle drawing
  • Announcements/Good & Welfare
  • Closing Remarks
  • Announce Fall Convention
  • Attendance Drawing
12:30 pm

Board Meeting (Prairie Ballroom)

1:00 pm

Portage County Tavern League President’s Reception

Shooters Supper Club - 5330 Harding Ave, Plover, WI


Want to Exhibit at the 2023 Spring Trade Show? Click the button below or contact Tina Conley at

Exhibitor Information

Are you an exhibitor that needs help, or just more general information? If you have more questions that weren't answered by this section, contact Tina Conley at or 608-270-8591

*Floorplan updated daily


TLW has several exciting new sponsor options this year. Claim your sponsorship now!

Thank You to Our 2023 Spring Conference and Trade Show Sponsors!

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Registration Fees

Full Registration (TLW Member)$50$60
Full Registration (Non-Member)$70$80
One Day Only (TLW Member)$30$35
One Day Only (Non-Member)$50$60


Country Inn and Suites 

$125 - $135/night

301 Division Street N

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 345-7000

Rooms at the Kalahari have entirely booked, however we have an overflow block reserved at the following:

Baymont by Wyndham

$110 - $125/night

247 Division Street N

Stevens Point, WI 54481

 (715) 341-8888

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

$114 - $122/night

4917 Main Street

Stevens Point, WI  54481

(715) 344-1900

Cobblestone Inn and Suites

$121 - $131/night

1117 Centerpoint Dr

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 343-0522 

Want to advertise at the 2023 Spring Conference & Trade Show?

The Portage Tavern League would like to invite you to support the 2023 TLW Spring Convention & Trade Show by advertising in the printed program book. The book is distributed to all 900+ Convention attendees and is a fantastic way to promote your business and show your support. Ad deadline: March 15, 2023.

Custom TLW 'Challenge Coins'


The TLW is pleased to honor military and law enforcement heroes with a special "Challenge Coin," offered for sale as part of the Spring Conference.

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion bearing an organization's insignia or emblem and carried by its members. The challenge begins with the challenger drawing their coin and slapping or placing the coin on the table or bar. Everyone being challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization, and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and everyone else who has their challenge coin. However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group!*

Coins may be purchased as part of the Spring Conference registration process. Purchase the coins to keep and "challenge" fellow TLW members, or honor one of your heroes (law enforcement, fire safety, medical, etc.) by gifting a coin to them. All profits from Challenge Coins will be donated to a "Guns N' Hoses" organization.

*Source: Wikipedia

Convention & Tradeshow Speakers


Kwik Trip Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development & Training: John McHugh April 4th - 12:30pm

John McHugh is the Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development, and Training for Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In his role at Kwik Trip he has helped the company achieve recognition as a Top Workplace as listed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Des Moines Register.

Prior to joining Kwik Trip in 2004, John was an instructor and principal at Aquinas High School in La Crosse. He holds degrees from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. John sits on the Boards of Trust Point, Betterlife Insurance and Viterbo University.


Milwaukee Brewers President - Business Operations: Rick Schlesinger April 6th 

Rick Schlesinger enters his 20th season with the Brewers and fourth in his current position after being promoted on January 23, 2019. He has previously held roles with the organization as executive vice president of business operations (2003-10) and chief operating officer (2011-18).
Schlesinger oversees the organization’s business operations, including finance, human resources, information technology, legal, sponsorships, marketing, ticketing, business analytics, broadcasting, communications, stadium operations and non-baseball special events. In addition, he oversees American Family Fields of Phoenix (the team’s Spring Training complex) and the business operations of the Carolina Mudcats, the organization’s Low-A affiliate. Schlesinger is a member of Major League Baseball’s Youth Baseball and Labor Policy Committees.

US Bank/Elavon April 4th - 2:00pm


Upcoming Conference, Convention & Trade Show Dates

2023 Fall Convention & Trade Show
October 2 - 5, 2023
Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, WI

2024 Spring Conference & Trade Show
April 8 - 11, 2024
Grand Geneva
Lake Geneva, WI

2024 Fall Convention & Trade Show
September 30 - October 3, 2024
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

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