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Our 2013 Meeting in Cabo will be here before you know it. Now is a good time to start making your arrangements for travel and hotel. I was in Cabo a few years ago and it is my favorite place on the ocean. The beaches combine the Gulf Coast white sugar sand with the rocky coastline of California.It is very easy to fly into and offers all the fun and sun we will be craving in February.

Room rates start at $225 a night and are being held for us at this special rate.                                          An example would be – Run of The House- (single occupant $225) (two people sharing room $225) (three people sharing room $275) (family-two adults and two children children under 12 yrs of age $225)     Junior Suites are $299 – Superior Jr Suites are $329- Premier One-Bedroom Suite is $399

Also a few rooms will be available for a few days before and after meeting dates for those who wish to stretch out the vacation atmosphere a bit longer.

The booking code for the meeting is ” CAM ” and is needed when booking for the group rates we have been given.

By booking early you assure yourself of getting a room at the special price, Also be sure to book your flight early to get the best price and remember that Frequent Flyer Miles usually require booking very early in order to be able to take advantage of the flight schedule and availability you are looking for.

The number to call is 1-877-354-1399   and remember the code is “CAM”

Meeting dates –  February 24-28 2013

Please let me know if you have any questions and would you please let me know once you have made your reservation.

Michael Thompson

Now that you’ve all planned for the logistics of this trip, it’s time to relax and get excited from a creative perspective. We think you’re going to love what we have planned for you!
Speaking of creative planning:
Joyce Wilson and others have helped plan an incrediible experience for us with Ann George, who will be a guest participant the whole week in Quebec City.  On Monday night,  Ann will be presenting her images and her creative perspective.  She will also be giving an optional photo assignment to be completed by Wednesday night.
Bring your camera …a cell phone camera could be a creative adventure ;-)…and be prepared to download, edit, tweak and give your image  to Joyce and Ann on a jump drive by 11 pm on Wednesday.  You’ll have two days to capture and prepare your image during our sightseeing adventues.
Joyce & Ann will share a special presentation and dialog of these images on Thursday after lunch. We’re hoping this experience will go down as one of the highlights of your creative adventures in 2012…and we have a special contest in mind as well…more on that later.
Schedule:
Sunday:
Arrival Welcome and Appetizers
Monday:
Business meeting-Spouses tour Quebec City
Lunch at hotel
Show and Tell…complete with popcorn!
Dinner on your own
Ann George Presentation
Tuesday:
Tour Baie St. Paul
Lunch and Chocolate Factory
Dinner on your own
Wednesday:
Tour Ille d Orleans
Lunch and Cheese Factory
Montmorency Falls
Banquet at The Garrison Club
Thursday:
Business meeting
Lunch on your own
Review of CCA Images with Ann George and Joyce Wilson
Dinner on your own

We’re trying out some fresh ideas this year, and we think you’re gonna love it!

Your hosts,

Greg and Sally, Mark and April

The Countdown Begins…

Now that all the details of our hotel reservations are completed, here are some helpful things about the exchange rate and other financial details you’ll want to know for our trip….

Exchanging Money:

The currency used in Quebec is the Canadian dollar. You might want to exchange your money before you arrive in Quebec, or when you get to town.  Remember that you tend to pay more at the currency exchange bureaus at the airport will  You can use American money, but the exchange rate is currently so low that it’s not worth it. Moreover, businesses have to give you the change back in Canadian dollars and they always keep a certain percentage for administration fees.

 Using your credit card:

Most of the boutiques and shops allow customers to pay with their credit cards or their bank cards. This is the safest way to pay. All the cities and towns have cash dispensers (ATM) where you can withdraw money from your bank account with your bank card or your credit card. Note that some administration fees might be taken from your account.

Tipping:

Gratuities in Quebec are not included in the prices. At the restaurant and in bars, 15% is the norm.  At the hotel, the bellboy and the baggage handler normally are awaiting a tip of $1 per piece of carried luggage.

Weather:

Temperatures in Quebec at the time we plan to be there are 51-73 degrees, so plan accordingly.  And don’t forget that sunset won’t be until 8:45 on June 21st so we get to enjoy the longest day of the year together.

Getting to the hotel from the airport:

Reasonably priced taxi service is available from the airport.

And, don’t forget this last reminder:

Free Internet in your hotel if you are a member of the Fairmont President’s club. Take a moment to register now, and to check out the other benefits. It’s free!

I’m sad to say that a couple of members have had to drop out of the Quebec trip this year.  This means that we can still accept a few people to join us in June.

This is bound to be welcome news to anyone who hasn’t signed up yet!

If you’ve been up in the air about the trip, I hope this will be the last little nudge you need to join us.  I have to release these rooms in early April, so let me know right away.

It’s going to be amazing.

J’adore Quebec!

Avril