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Happy Times for WLI Alumni!

Happy February to all of our Wedgworth Alumni Family!

Check out what’s new for the new year!

2018 WLI Alumni Legislative Reception

Many WLI alumni came together at the offices of the Florida Forestry Association on January 30th for the annual WLI Alumni Legislative Reception. Thank you to Alumni Treasurer Matt Webb (Class VII) and Region I Director Richard Schwab (Class VI) for helping organize this opportunity for alumni to gather in Tallahassee!

See below to view photos from the reception!

2018 WLI Alumni Legislative Reception

WLI Alumni Gather with South Dakota Friends at the Watering Hole

We had an incredible turnout on February 1st at Cowpoke’s Watering Hole in Sebring, FL.  Over 30 different alumni in the south west Florida area came to this dinner to gather with old friends and make new ones.  WLI Alumni were also joined by 15 alumni from the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership program.  Region V Co-directors Susie Bishop (Class VIII) and Bob Conrad (Class IV) organized this event.  Alumni President Ray Royce (Class VII) spoke on behalf of the association, and all were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. This was such a fun night, and if you weren’t there, you missed out!

Check out photos from this event!

WLI Alumni Gathering at the Watering Hole (2/1)

Class IX Member Welcomes New Baby!

Class IX graduate John Evans and wife Ann welcomed a beautiful baby girl on January 23rd.  Elizabeth Ann Jewel joins older Jack in the Evans household. Congratulations, John and Ann!  We can’t wait to meet her!




Region IV event on February 24th

Come one, come all (the more the merrier!) to a Region IV get-together at the home of Alumni Secretary Lisa Lochridge (Class VII) and husband Mick Lochridge in Apopka, FL.

Shane Platt (Class II) will be manning the grill and other food details will be forthcoming! We’d love to see folks from this region and others who would like to come enjoy the afternoon!

Lochridge Home address: 1372 Branch Hill Ct, Apopka, FL 32712

Please RSVP by emailing Lisa Lochridge ( by February 16th!



MARK YOUR CALENDARS for July 26-28th at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, FL!

Stay tuned as we announce this year’s keynote speakers, items for the annual alumni live and silent auctions, the official site location for the Wedgworth Youth Leadership Institute, and so much more!

This year is a GRADUATION YEAR–so be excited as we welcome Class X into our alumni family!!!

Find Us Now on LinkedIn!

Calling all Wedgworth alumni on LinkedIn!

We now have an Alumni Association LinkedIn page and associated LinkedIn *group.

(What’s the difference, you ask?  Our page is visible to the public, while our group is exclusive to WLI alumni and partners/spouses; this is similar to our Wedgworth Facebook page and Facebook private group.)

*Members of the LinkedIn group may invite other alumni members to be a part of the group as long as they are already connected or “friends” on LinkedIn.  Or, search for “Alumni Association of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute” and ask to join our group!