We are about two months away from our conference. I hope that you have submitted your registration materials to our Treasurer. The sooner we know how many are coming, the better we can plan for food, in particular. You also should get your reservations made in one of our motels, since we do not have a convention center or convention hotel in Davis. I have prepared a separate Journal article on traveling to and driving around the campus, to reach the conference facility. Parking permits are going to be at the registration desk in ARC near Ballrooms A&B. You will be liable for a parking ticket if the ticket person spots your vehicle before you can get into ARC and return with your permit. I begged for a bit of leniency. If you get a ticket, it could be “fixed” if I submit your license plate number and your permit number on an appropriate list. But, I’m only going to do that for “best efforts.”
Davis Visitor Information
If you are going to be around Davis for a day or two extra, and you are wondering about what you might wish to do locally, our little Davis paper, The Davis Enterprise, just published and distributed a 24-page (including significant advertising) “Summer 2017 Davis Visitor’s Guide.” I have prepared two other lists: Davis Restaurants and Davis Fast Food Places that appear in the Journal.
Details in the Journal
The July/August WAS Journal contains the schedule for the conference, as it stands today. (It will also be posted here on the website soon.) Of course, things are subject to change, but this is how it appears to be going: see conference schedule beginning on page 13. As you can see, the entire on-campus meeting is going to take place in the ARC Ballroom. That very large hall has a retractile wall that we will use to separate the space into two rooms. The larger room will seat the audience for presentations. The smaller room will house the vendors and the silent auction, and then on Friday afternoon will be set up for the banquet. The tours will leave in private vehicles from parking lots #25 and #35.
Deadline for Award Candidate submissions is July 31
We are getting close to the closing date (July 31st) for submitting names and supporting information for the candidates for the “Outstanding Service to Beekeeping Award” (U.S. or Canada) and “Thurber Award for Inventiveness” (local award, probably from California). The Awards Committee has to have time to make the selection, contact the recipients, make arrangements for them to be present at the awards banquet, and have their plaques engraved. So, if you have one or more candidates, get that information to Awards Committee chair, Archie Mitchell, at: Archibald_178@hotmail.com by July 31st.
Looking forward to seeing you at this special 40th Anniversary WAS Conference.