The Friendship Force Pacific Northwest / Northern Rockies Regional 2014 Conference
April 25-26, 2014, Albany, Oregon
The Friendship Force of Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley invites you to attend the 2014 Pacific Northwest / Northern Rockies Regional Conference on April 25-26 in Albany, Oregon. The theme of the conference is Friendship Force: We’ve Got a Good Thing Going. The conference venue is the Holiday Inn Express, 105 Opal Ct. NE, Albany – just off I-5.
Albany is about 65 miles south of Portland and 40 miles north of Eugene in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
The Conference Check-in Desk will be open at 12:00 pm. If you arrive early on Friday, there will be an opportunity to explore the culture and history of Albany including the volunteer built carousel project, and the Albany Regional Museum. The visit to historic Albany begins at 1pm on Friday, April 26.
The presidents’ pre-program meetings start at 4:00 pm, the cash bar opens at 5:00 pm and the dinner program begins at 6:00pm. The Saturday program starts at 9:00am and ends at 8:30 pm.
We have limited home hosting capability, but will try to accommodate as many attendees as possible. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at the corporate rate. The rooms will be held until March 25. Be sure to tell them you are with Friendship Force and are attending the conference when making your reservations. Home hosting will be offered on a first come first serve basis. You will receive confirmation of your registration and if you have a home stay before March 20 if we receive your registration by March 15. There are several other motels within walking distance of the Holiday Inn.
The educational portion of the conference will address the future of Friendship Force and how we can keep that Good Thing Going. In addition there will be opportunities to expand and renew our regional friendships.
Our keynote speaker will be Joy DiBenedetto, Friendship Force International CEO, who will provide us insights into the international organization’s plans for the future. Marilyn Peterson, the Field Representative from the PNW/NR region will conduct the Friday Presidents’ meeting.
The registration and conference fees will be $80.00 (US) per person. The fee includes Friday night dinner, buffet lunch and banquet dinner on Saturday night. We ask that US attendees pay by check in advance. Canadian attendees, please pay in US currency upon your arrival.
Presidents: as is the custom, there will be space for your clubs’ displays. Also on Saturday afternoon each club in the region will be recognized so please be prepared to speak briefly about your club. We would especially like for you to share something that your club has done about which you and your members are particularly excited.
Air – fly to Portland (PDX) and take either City2city or the Hut Shuttle to Albany. Both shuttles require reservations in advance. City2city shuttle ( www.city2cityshuttle.com, 1-866-999.8001 ) stops at the Conference venue. Hut Shuttle (www.hutshuttle.com, 1-541-926-2525 ) stops at another hotel.
Amtrak – to downtown Albany. We will provide transportation from the Hut Shuttle stop and from Amtrak. Please contact us in advance if you wish shuttle service.
Drive – the conference venue is less that a mile from I-5. Several RV parks are located near the Holiday Inn.
We look forward to seeing you on April 25-26. Remember that the Regional Conference is a great opportunity for all Friendship Force members, not just presidents and board members, to gather, to learn, to renew friendships and to make new ones.
Marilyn Peterson, Conference Chair
Barb Callner, Kay Macpherson, Rita Powell, Conference co-chairs
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