PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

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AnnualConference2008 / General Info

Registration

To register online, see the Registration page.

To register by mail, please complete a copy of the registration form (also on the Registration page) for each attendee grade 7 and over. In addition, complete the forms for youth or childcare if applicable.

Mail paper registration forms and checks to:

PSD Annual Conference c/o Nancy Amsler

Adult Registration includes the Friday Social Justice workshop, the banner parade, keynote speakers, Saturday workshops, worship services, meals, and Saturday entertainment. The advance registration fee is

$135 through March 21st and then $150 thereafter.

Youth Registration is $60 and attendees in grades 7–12 are eligible. Youth registration requires both parental permission and the presence of an adult sponsor who will be attending the conference.

A youth registration provides all of the events described above for adults. Youth participants will also create the worship service on Saturday evening. Youth may make hotel reservations or stay at the First Unitarian Church in Omaha.

For more information, youth, parents, and adult sponsors should all review and complete both the regular Conference Registration and the Youth Supplement that is included in this packet. Both forms must be returned to complete a Youth Registration.

Childcare

Childcare will be available at the conference hotel

Friday evening 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Care for infants through kindergarten will also be provided Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday lunch and snacks are provided for all ages. On Saturday, kids from grade 1 through 6 will be touring the Henry Doorly Zoo and the Children’s Museum.

The fee for infant through kindergarten is $50 and the fee for grades 1 though 6 is $40. Childcare registration forms must be submitted along with the adult registration and must be received by April 1st.

Meals

Adult and youth registrations include Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, refreshments during breaks, and Sunday breakfast. Childcare includes Saturday lunch and snacks. Extra Saturday lunches ($15) and/or dinners ($20) are available for family members or other non-participants. They can be purchased on the registration form. Vegetarian meals are available and other dietary needs should be noted on the registration form.

Special Needs

The registration form contains space to indicate your interest in car pooling, home hospitality, or room sharing. You may also indicate special dietary needs or other assistance that you might need to attend the conference.

Cancellation

Cancellations that are received by April 1st will be charged a processing fee of $10. Cancellations after April 1st will not receive a refund.

Accommodations

The conference hotel is:

Old Market Embassy Suites 555 South 10th St. Omaha, NE 68102

The hotel is conveniently located in Omaha’s Old Market entertainment area and provides a great site for our meeting. Rooms are large and provide the space for an active family weekend. The two-room suites make it easy for attendees to share the space and the cost. Parking, breakfast, and the daily manager’s reception are all included in the hotel’s special $139 conference rate ($149 for 3 or 4 adults). The deadline for reservations at this rate is March 21, 2008. Use Group Code PSD.

 

A list of alternative hotels is available.

Choir

The Annual Conference Mixed Choir is back! Join with your fellow singers by attending either or both rehearsals at 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

The Choir will perform twice. They will sing a number at the Saturday night banquet as well as participating in the Sunday morning worship service.

Scholarship Fund

The Prairie Star District Board has authorized the creation of a scholarship fund to subsidize attendance at future Annual Conferences for those who could not otherwise attend. When you register for this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to this fund. The criteria for awarding of scholarships will be published when funds are available.

Exhibits

The conference will include a UU Bookstore and space for other exhibitors. Exhibit space is available for $30 per 6-foot by 30-inch table. See the Registration page for an application form.

Questions?

For more information, email the registrar or contact: Nancy Amsler or Cheri Cody

Banner Parade

The Banner Parade will be Friday evening, and banners will be exhibited throughout the conference. You are invited and encouraged to bring your congregation’s banner (and pole) for the parade.

To learn more about creating a banner, visit http://www.uua.org/ga/bannerspecs.pdf