Upcoming Convention News
2019 Annual Convention
Mark your calendar for next year as we have a great Convention lined up for our club. The 2019 Convention will be held in Branson, Missouri on September 3-7. Our host airport will be Branson West Airport KFWB. Branson is in Southwest Missouri, just south of Springfield. Our hotel is actually a beautiful resort called Chateau on the Lake. The hotel sits on the northern end of Table Rock Lake with amazing views of the rolling hills of SW Missouri.
The 2019 Convention will be somewhat different from previous events. This year the Association Board is the ‘host’ giving us the opportunity to try a few different things. The main difference is we won’t have a registration table set up at the airport. Much of our focus is shifting to the resort and beautiful Branson, MO.
There are two flyouts planned along with two dinner shows. One is a riverboat dinner cruise on Table Rock Lake and the other the Dixie Stampede, a horse show with dinner. Both flyouts are a very comfortable distance away and quite interesting locations.
The banquet will be held at the Chateau resort, with a scrumptious menu planned in a very nice private hall. Bring your appetite and dress up, this will be a night to remember.
A couple of important things to remember:
We are encouraging online registration which will be available in mid-January. Currently we have 40 rooms reserved at the Chateau resort and while it is possible to get more we need to secure those early. Please mark your calendars and call the resort for reservations.
Continuing the trend of recent Conventions there will not be any vans for transportation. Enterprise is available at KFWB although once again it is important to get a reservation early so they can have a car there for you.
As with recent Conventions the trend has been for members to double up on rental cars and as a result the vans have been under-utilized. Since the rental rate on the vans is part of the registration fee we have the opportunity to ‘spend’ some of that elsewhere.
Branson has an amazing collection of places to explore, as a result members having their own wheels will give everyone the opportunity to get around as they like.
Finally note the Convention is the first week of September, and with event activities going on Tuesday through Friday. The banquet will now be on Friday evening. This allows the entire weekend to fly home. We have all noticed the WX patterns have changed with the usual clear harvest weather not being there in the last week of September. Moving up a few weeks should make for better flying.
Online registration will be up and running in March. Hotel registration is available now. Please mark your calendars… this is going to be the premier social event of the Cessna 120/140 Pilot’s year. The Association has a dedicated email address setup for questions concerning the convention: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old friends and new, we hope to see you there!