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AnnualConference2010 / General Information

Schedule

The conference begins Friday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, but there are a number of pre-conference activities earlier on Friday. The Conference concludes Sunday, April 25, at 10:30 AM. See Schedule for the times of all activities.

Meals

All registrations include the following meals:

Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and Saturday evening family buffet Saturday noon meal For adults, toddlers and infants: Our Annual Awards Luncheon will include a formal, served meal. This will be the largest meal of the day. Parents with infants and toddlers should take their children with them for this meal. For children and youth: Weather permitting, young people (preschool through grade 12) will enjoy a picnic lunch along the banks of the Mississippi followed by a scavenger hunt. Weather not permitting, we have other off-site locations for the picnic. If you have guests coming for Saturday’s Awards Luncheon, you are welcome to make reservations for them by adding “extra meals” when registering for the full Conference. You can also make reservations for the Awards Luncheon without a conference registration at Annual Conference A La Carte. The cost for the Luncheon is $17.00 per person. This amount includes tax and tip. Vegetarian meals will be available, if selected on the registration form.

Optional Pre-Conference Meal and Entertainment

A festive Mexican dinner will be available on Friday for an additional fee.

Pre-conference dinner will include an emcee’d Open Mic Evening – bring your appetite and your instruments and join with other UUs in relaxing and jamming before the conference starts. Food prepared by talented chefs from the host congregation. Dinner and Open Mic from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, April 23. Location: the River Music Experience, a museum and performance center celebrating the music of the Mississippi River Valley – jazz, blues, and more – located just a short walk from the Radisson. Cost: Adults and youth $6.00 per person; children $3.00 per person. Reservation required. Make reservation when you register for the conference or to add later go to Annual Conference A La Carte.

Table Topics

At breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, you will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with others interested in whatever issue of congregational life most challenges or intrigues you. If there is a topic you want to discuss, please include it in the appropriate spot on your registration form. Then, at conference breakfasts, look for the topic “tents” on the tables to find a group congenial to your interests.

Special Needs

The registration form contains space to indicate any special assistance you may need while at the conference. This would include:

Special food Assistance in going from one facility to another (see Transportation). Assistance in hearing and seeing conference activities, etc. Assistance in climbing steps or a ramp to a low stage (if you anticipate doing so). Any other assistance you might need.

The conference venues all have elevators and are located within two blocks of each other. All are connected by skywalk and are also accessible from street level.

Please be very specific about your needs, so that we can be of the greatest help to you. Please contact Barb Robinson or LaDonna Anderson for more information.

Carpooling

See Carpools to coordinate a carpool to the conference with other attendees from your area. If you are driving with empty seats or need a ride, sign up.

Transportation

See Transportation for driving directions, local transportation options, transportation to off-site conference events, and parking.

Shuttles are available from the airport to the hotels and between the hotels. See Transportation for more details.

Conference Choir

We invite you to join the Conference Choir. Experienced singers of any age, including young people, are welcome! Music Director, Ken Hill, tells us that the rhythm of the music is a little complicated for total beginners, but experienced choir members or musicians will enjoy the challenge of it.

The choir will rehearse at the Radisson on Saturday during Workshop C and again after breakfast on Sunday morning. It will perform during the Sunday morning service at the Figge Art Museum.

On the registration form, please indicate both your interest in singing and the part you normally sing. If you are registered on or before April 8th, we will mail your music to you.

Scholarships

A scholarship fund has been created by the Prairie Star District Board to subsidize attendance at Annual Conferences for those who could not otherwise attend.

Donations

Your voluntary contributions to this fund are much appreciated. Every dollar you contribute, even one dollar, will help another UU attend next year’s conference. You can contribute by adding a gift when you register for the conference or to contribute without registering go to Annual Conference A La Carte.

Applications

Thanks to individual contributions from members of congregations all over the District, we are able to give a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of attending the PSD Annual Conference. For information on applying to receive a scholarship see Scholarships.

Bookstore

The Annual Conference will host a UU Bookstore with books recommended by conference presenters and a selection of other books. This is a great place to spend some of your book and media budget for the year. Great books. Great prices. Great support for the district and the local church. For more information, contact Henry and Vivian Becker

Exhibit Tables

Exhibits will be available to view from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the Lower Concourse, RiverCenter South.

Information for Exhibitors:

For more information and to apply for a table see Exhibit Tables. Deadline for Exhibit Applications:  April 1, 2010. This deadline has been extended. Cost:  $10 per table without electricity; $45 per table with electricity. For questions about having an exhibit contact Lana Long. Prairie Star District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the Prairie Star District Annual Conference or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Banner Parade

Remember to bring your church banner!

We will hold our traditional Banner Parade on Friday evening. Please bring your congregation’s banner and pole for the parade! True to our conference theme, we suggest you invite a multigenerational family or group to carry the flag for your congregation. We will display your banner all day Saturday in the RiverCenter’s bright, sunny lower concourse – where we will gather for exhibits, Make-it/Take-its, the conference bookstore, and socializing. You may pick up your banner on Sunday morning before you leave the hotel. To learn more about creating a banner and pole, http://www.uua.org/documents/gaoffice/bannerspecs.pdf.

Photography

By registering for the conference you are agreeing to be photographed. Videos and photos may be used on our web site and in District print publications. If you have serious concerns about your picture being used, please call Barb Robinson at 563-381-3561 prior to the conference. You will need to let us know some way to identify you (perhaps a distinctive jacket or hat) during the conference so that we will know not to use your picture.

Friday Evening Reception

The Unitarian Church, Davenport, invites conference attendees to join them Friday evening April 23, at 8:30 pm, to celebrate the ministry of their new Minister Emeritus, Rev. Alan Egly. This reception will take place in the Radisson Atrium at the conclusion of the Annual Conference Welcoming Celebration in the adjoining ballroom.

As many of you know, Rev. Egly has been not only the minister of the Davenport Church (1979 to 1987) but also a leader and friend to many ministers and lay persons in Prairie Star District. Join them in congratulating Alan. Shake his hand. Reminisce. There will be a cash bar and popular Davenport pianist, UU Margaret Skinner, at the keyboard. This will be a great time to connect with UUs from throughout the Midwest and celebrate Alan’s new status as well, whether you have worked with him in the past or not! The Davenport congregation hopes to see you then.

Questions?

For more information on registration, email LaDonna Anderson, Conference Registrar, or phone George Robinson, Assistant Registrar.

For general information on the conference schedule or activities, contact Barb Robinson.

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