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2023 National Conference Updates

July 07, 2023 7:58 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

Saturday Night - Fun & Relaxing Activities 

Saturday morning and afternoon are packed with presentations and workshops, but Saturday evening will be a chance to relax and get to know other attendees. One option is to sit around a campfire or in one of the lodges’ sitting rooms enjoying your favorite BYO beverage. We suspect that member, Dave Lippman, might lead one of the campfires into song (see article). Some members would like to do storytelling. Who knows, it will be fun no matter what.  

For stargazers, NYC member, Jon Corrado, is bringing Large Binoculars and will lead a stargazing event. As Jon notes, stargazing is a bit like fishing... “It depends on the weather, phase of the moon, and patience.” The camp is in a fairly wide valley surrounded by mountains that shield most ambient light, so it is a good place for this. Bring a telescope or binoculars if you have them. 

NYC Pre/Post Conference Hosting 

screen-shot from Lodging page showing Google map of NYC areaThe Conference Lodging page now has a link to a list of New York City metropolitan area Servas hosts. It is accessible to members only, so you must be signed into US Servas to access the list. The list includes the Host's names and contact information. The page includes a functional Google map of the NYC region to determine where a particular host is located.  

Attendee-travelers should present their hosts with a copy of their LOI unless they are already well known to one another. We recommend LOIs for all people wanting to visit a US Servas host. LOIs are included in your membership. If you do not presently have a valid LOI, all you need to do is log in to your International Servas account and complete your traveler information. Here is a link to the Member Help & FAQs page where you can learn how to do this.  If you have never been a traveler before, you can add that status by using the US Servas CONTACT US form and request traveler status. 

Other Lodging Notes 

Contrary to earlier versions of the lodging webpage, yurts Now Include bedding, linens, and towels, and thus are now priced at $25 for the two-night stay.  

How to Get to the Conference 

Although the conference venue is in the Catskill Mountains, it is only about 2-1/2 hours from Central Manhattan. If you are driving, your GPS app will get you to the venue just fine (search for Frost Valley YMCA Camp). Many attendees have asked "What is the best airport to use?" The answer is, "Wherever you get the best deal." There is also a way to get there by public bus. Visit the Conference Transit webpage for information  on airports, bus schedules, ride sharing and more. 

Order Extra Conference T-shirts

Some members want T-shirts, but are unable to attend the conference. You can click this link to Order T-shirts. You can order multiple sizes and quantities, and there are various delivery options. The shirts are high-quality, forest green,  Gildan Tees with the design is shown below

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