IMAGIN's 2023 Conference

Social Events

One of the key tenants to any conference is the ability to network with your colleagues.  At IMAGIN, we strive to plan fun and engaging social events and networking opportunities for our conference goers.  Check out the scheduled social events below and get ready to have some fun!

Sunday June 4

Golf Outing sponsored by Engineering Supply & Imaging

The IMAGIN 2023 Golf Outing will be held at the Betsie Valley Golf Course at Crystal Mountain Resort this year. Cost is $50 per person. Format will be a 9-hole casual team scramble! All skill levels and handicaps are welcome. Show up with your own team, or we will pair teams up that afternoon upon arrival. The first group will tee off at 3pm, so arrive early to get warmed up and ready to go!

Event registration has closed.

Event Organizers: Brodey Hill

Group Bike Ride sponsored by Giffels Webster

Join us on 20-mile bike trip along the scenic Betsie Valley Trail from Frankfort to Beulah and back. We will meet at 2.30 pm Sunday 6/4 in the trailhead parking lot in Frankfort (510 Main St, Frankfort, MI 49635).  Crystal Lake Adventure Sports is just down the street (312 Main St, Frankfort, MI 49635) offers bike rentals, but you can also bring your own bike if you’d like to. The rental is about $30-35. Please make your own bike rental reservations ahead of time. They can be done online or by calling 231-399-0329. At 3pm we will head out on the trail to Beulah. Along the way we can stop at the Crystal Lake Outlet Dam. The ride one way is 10 miles and takes about an hour. The trail is flat and paved except 3 miles of aggregate along Crystal Lake right outside of Beulah. We will rest at the end of the trail in Beulah and visit Five Shores Brewing to enjoy refreshments sponsored by Giffels Webster before the ride back to Frankfort. The total time is expected to be about 3 hours. Once back in Frankfort after the bike ride the plan is to have dinner at Stormcloud Brewing Company before heading back to Crystal Mountain Resort for the Sunday Night Social. Frankfort offers a variety of restaurants, so feel free to explore on your own as well. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of bike rental, dinner, and transportation.  Registration for the bike ride closes on Thursday June 1.

Click here to learn more about Betsie Valley Trail and view the map.
Event Organizers: April Kibby, Jon Merrick, Magda DiFranco

Register for Pre-Conference Activities

Introduction to IMAGIN Meetup
This is a networking opportunity for conference attendees who are new IMAGIN Members or who are attending the conference for the first time. Join us for a tour of the organization as we review IMAGIN’s history, Board of Directors, and other IMAGIN-sponsored events. We’ll also share a few tips to help you get the most out of the conference as you begin to build your professional GIS network.

Event Organizers: Keri Blough, Janet Mocadlo

Ice Breaker Event on the Crystal Center Lawn
Join your colleagues for an ice breaker on the Crystal Center Lawn.  No registration required.

Monday June 6
Dinner at Iron Fish Distillery presented by Esri

This is the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy casual networking in any of the various locations at Iron Fish.  Challenge someone to a yard game or take a tour.  The Iron Fish experience is sure to please.

Dinner includes smoked chicken, pulled pork, and portabellas along with all the sides and fixings you’d expect.

All conference goers in attendance will receive a free drink ticket regardless of dinner reservations.

Don’t want to drive?  IMAGIN has arranged for a shuttle bus to run between the resort and Iron Fish.  RSVPs for dinner are required.  If you have any questions, please reach out to

Feel like expanding your Iron Fish experience?  We have lined up guided tastings and a distillery overview tour as optional add-ons.

Barrel Aging & Rickhouse Tour - $10/person
Guided Tasting - $15/person

Register for Monday Social Add-Ons

IMAGIN: Improving Michigan's Access to Geographic Information Networks

IMAGIN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with offices at 416 S. Cedar Street, Suite H, Lansing, MI 48912

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