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1999 AFMS/SFMS Conventions and Show

Official Convention Registration Form in Adobe Acrobat afmsregist.pdf

Contents:

bulletDays of Silver
bulletShow Agenda
bulletConvention Hotel
bulletSilent Auction
bulletState Directors Seminar
bulletEditors Seminar
bulletGrand Ole Opry
bulletRiverboat Casino Tour
bulletNashville Bus Tour

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DAYS OF SILVER

A Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil
Show Celebrating the
25th Anniversary of the
Southeast Federation of
Mineralogical Societies

And

The Annual Conventions of the
American Federation of
Mineralogical Societies
and the Southeast Federation

July 5th to July 11, 1999
Nashville, Tennessee
Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society
Directions to the show

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The annual Convention for the AFMS and the SFMS will be held in Nashville, Tennessee beginning on Monday, July 5, 1999.  The Convention headquarters will be at the Ramada Governors House and Conference Center located at 737 Harding Place in Nashville.

The current schedule for the conventions and show follows:

1999 AFMS-SFMS Annual Convention & Show Agenda
Nashville, Tennessee

Monday, July 5, 1999
        Convention Check In: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        Riverboat Casino Tour: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Depart from the Host Hotel parking lot.
Tuesday, July 6, 1999
        Convention Check In: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        AFMS Uniform Rules Committee Meeting: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        Flair Bus Tour of Nashville: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Depart from the Host Hotel parking lot.
Wednesday, July 7, 1999
        Convention Check In: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        AFMS Registration: Host Hotel Conference Room
        AFMS Annual Convention Meeting: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        AFMS Scholarship Board: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM, Host Hotel Conference Room.
Thursday, July 8, 1999
        Convention Check In: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        Gem Show Dealer and Display Setup Begins:
                10:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds
        ALAA Meeting: 7:00 PM, Host Hotel Conference Room.
Friday, July 9, 1999
        Convention Check In: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        Gem Show Opens: 9:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
        SFMS Competitive Judges Meeting: 8:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

        State Director/Regional Vice Presidents Seminar:
                9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room
        AFMS/SFMS Past Presidents and Delegates Luncheon:

                12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        Editors Seminar, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Host Hotel Conference Room
        Gem Show Closes: 6:00 PM
        Grand Ole Opry: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Transportation on your own.
Saturday, July 10, 1999
        Convention Check In: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Host Hotel Lobby.
        AFMS Competitive Judges Meeting: 8:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

        SFMS Registration: 8:45 AM, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        SFMS Annual Convention Meeting: 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        Gem Show Opens: 9:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
        SFMS Delegates Luncheon: 12:00 Noon, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        Gem Show Closes: 6:00 PM
        AFMS/SFMS Awards Banquet: 7:00 PM, Host Hotel Conference Room.
Sunday, July 11, 1999
        AFMS/SFMS Editors Breakfast: 8:00 AM, Host Hotel Conference Room.
        Gem Show Opens: 10:00 AM, Tennessee State Fairgrounds
        Gem Show Closes: 5:00 PM

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CONVENTION HOTEL

Ramada Governors House & Conference Center
737 Harding Place
Nashville, Tennessee  37211
(615) 834-5000    Hotel
(800) 272-6232    Central Reservations

Convention room rate has been reduced from $59.00 to $49.95 per night.
The special rate is for Sunday, July 4th through Sunday, July 11th.

You may make reservations by calling the motel at (615) 834-5000 or by calling the central reservations number (800) 272-6232.

You must provide the property number 1198 and the group code American Federation to obtain this special room rate.

The motel will be remodeled by the time of the convention. 

All scheduled meals and most meetings will be held at the motel.  The Show and Convention Schedule indicate the locations of all meetings

Directions to the show

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Silent Auction

We need help!  To assist the Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society with expenses of this undertaking, we are requesting donations of hobby related items (i.e. cabs, slabs, cutting rough, mineral specimens, extra tools, etc.) to be sold at a silent auction at the show in July.  Please look around and find something that you believe someone else would want and donate it.

We would like to have the items ahead of time if possible, but will be glad to take them at the time of the show.

State Directors Seminar

On Friday morning at 9:00 AM we have made arrangements for a seminar of all persons who hold the position of State Director (or Regional Vice President named by some Federations).  John Wright, Second Vice President of the Southeast Federation is assembling a panel of speakers to provide helpful information to those in these positions.   Many others will also benefit from the program.  Feel free to register as we have a large, comfortable meeting room.

We will have folders with handouts and writing pad for each person attending.

Come on in and join us for this session.

Editors Seminar

Leo Morris, retired Editor of the Lodestar, the newsletter of the Southeast Federation, will conduct an Editors Seminar on Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the Host Hotel.   Leo is busy signing up a very good panel of experts to speak on copyrights, how to design and format a newsletter, how to use computers to our advantage, and a number of other subjects.

As above, we will have folders with handouts and writing pad for each person attending.

Don't miss this one.  It will help you with everything you do for a newsletter whether you are an editor or a contributor.

Grand Ole Opry

We have made arrangements for you to attend the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, July 9, 1999 if you should so desire.  You must call the Grand Ole Opry Ticket Office to purchase your own tickets.  The cost is $20.00 per person, plus a $2.00 per ticket telephone fee.  If you send a check or money order, there is no fee charged.  The phone number is (615) 889-3060.  When you call, tell the operator to include AFMS in your address and that you want to be seated with others of the same group.  They are going to seat as many of us together as is possible.

At this time there are a large number of seats available.  You should not rely on this state continuing as the Opry is normally sold out well in advance of show dates.   If you want to attend, then you should call at the earliest possible date.

Transportation is on your own.  Parking at the show grounds is free.  The show building opens at 6:30 PM, and the show runs from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Stars who appear on a regular basis include, but are not limited to, and may or may not be on the program that night are:

Porter Wagoner
Jimmy Newman
Skeeter Davis
Oswald & Charley
Little Jimmy Dickens
Jeanne Pruett
Osborne Brothers
Bill Anderson
and Many Others

Sounds like a Lot-O-Fun doesn't it?

Riverboat Casino Tour

We have arranged for you to take a Riverboat Casino Tour at no cost.   The tour will be on Monday July 6, 1999 at 9:00 AM.  We will depart from the host hotel parking lot.  Arrival in Metropolis, Illinois will be at 12:00 Noon and we will enjoy a free lunch buffet and the go on a four hour river cruise with returns at 5:00 PM.  The bus will return to Nashville at 8:00 PM.

We must have a minimum of thirty (30) persons to have this charter bus.   A smaller number can still go, but not on a charter bus.  I do not believe we will have any problem getting this number and may have to have two busses.

If you want to go, then "mark the spot" on your registration form and tickets will included in your packet.

Nashville Bus Tour

We have arranged with Flair Tours of Nashville to offer you a tour of Nashville.  They promise to show you "everything you could ever want to know about Nashville."  Included, will be visits to the Ryman Auditorium (original home of the Grand Old Opry), the Nashville Parthenon (copied after an ancient Greek Parthenon, restored and quite worth while seeing) and many other sights.  Included will be lunch, paid for in you ticket, at a Nashville Restaurant such as the Piccadilly Cafeteria.

You will see Music Row, much of Historic Nashville, Centennial Park, the new Bicentennial Mall and much more.

The tour will board the bus(ses) at the Host Hotel at 9:00 AM and will return at 3:30 PM.  the cost will be $39.00 per person.  Tickets must be paid for in advance to facilitate planning.  should an insufficient number register by June 15th, refunds will be mailed to all who have purchased tickets.

This sounds like a wonderful way to see more of Nashville during your stay in our city.  We hope many of you will take advantage of it.

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