Articles of Incorporation


Executed by the undersigned for the purpose of forming a Wisconsin Corporation under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes, without stock and not for profit.

ARTICLE I The name of the Corporation shall be Wisconsin Grape Growers Association (WGGA).

ARTICLE II The purpose shall be:

  1. To provide a formal structure for a statewide association of grape growers in Wisconsin
  2. To develop and grow the Wisconsin grape industry and promote the production of a high quality product
  3. To provide a forum or conduct programs that will improve the grape industry in Wisconsin, foster the exchange of ideas and disseminate current information pertaining to optimum agricultural practices for vineyards
  4. To recommend and encourage research to solve viticulture problems
  5. To Coordinate with the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and other agencies for the advancement of the grape and wine industries in Wisconsin.
  6. To represent the interests of Wisconsin grape growers in legislative and political matters

ARTICLE III The location of the principal office will be (address of the president or executive director).

ARTICLE IV The name of the initial registered agent is (executive director or president).

ARTICLE V The address of the initial registered agent (same as III).

ARTICLE VI The number of directors may be fixed by bylaw, but shall not be less than three.

ARTICLE VII Names and addresses of the initial directors are:

Ryan Prellwitz Ripon, WI
Lois Sterling Fort Atkinson, WI
Alwyn Fitzgerald Madison, WI
Edward Rink Appleton, WI
Philippe Coquard Prairie du Sac, WI
Bill Exner Barneveld, WI
Ted Kearns Platteville, WI
Troy Chamberlin St. Croix Falls, WI

ARTICLE VIII No part of the net earning of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers or other private persons except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.

ARTICLE IX Upon liquidation or dissolution, the liabilities and obligations of the Corporation shall be paid and any remaining assets shall be transferred to a similar non-stock, nonprofit or public institution with similar purpose.

ARTICLE X The methods and conditions upon which members will be accepted, discharged or expelled shall be set forth in the bylaws.

ARTICLE XI The Corporation shall be formed without capital stock, and no dividends or profits shall ever be declared or paid to members.