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Vol. 13 No. 1 Traveling Times Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Newsletter January 2006 Program for January 12th Regular Meeting: Frank and Beverley Kisch will be our Greeters for January and Jim Ewing our Security Monitor. Thank you Bill and Jo Jury our Greeters for December, and to Jim Ewing for Security. Turkish Delight and Aegean Discovery Diane Witt of the Globus Family will present pictures of the places in Turkey that we will visit during October. She will also provide information on trip cost, planning and insurance. Additionally she will describe the places to be visited by those wishing to take a post trip to Greece which includes a cruise of the Greek Isles. Then, Jim Chapman will show some video from the trip he and Carol took to the Galapagos Islands last October. Christmas Party Thank You! To Blanche Arbogast, John Brady, Michelle Fradenberg (John’s daughter) and her friend for the organization and serving of the buffet. Ladies your best Bavarian aprons and the men’s lederhosen were outstanding. A special thanks to members Abe/Marlene Angell, Milt Brookfield, Judy Pearson, and Judy Bosnake who helped with room setup and cleanup. Northwest Harvest Congratulations BETC Members! You raised $575.65 for Northwest Harvest at our Christmas Party. Northwest Harvest was thrilled, they can buy in bulk and as little as $.55 can supply a meal. Much of the donation was a result of our members bringing donated items for the silent auction and then generous bids for those items. Thank you to Paula and Darrell Gaston for managing silent auction and to Bill Jury for auctioning those items not receiving silent auction bids. A very special thank you to Bill Brooks who has donated hand crafted clocks for 20 years. Les, many people have benefited from your generosity over these years. Thanks to all! Lets Go!!!! POLICIES FOR CLUB-SPONSORED TOURS Tour escort costs may be defrayed. BETC cancellation policies are negotiated with carrier (s) and vendor (s) at the time of contract and will vary with each trip or event. Portions of a trip may not be refundable. BETC will continue to encourage “wait lists” to help find replacements for cancellations. Non-Members are welcome to come as BETC member guests on any trip. For most trips, a small fee for non-members will be added: $2 for short trips (1-2 days), $5 for medium (3-6 days) and $10 for trips lasting seven days or more. Also, the Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement form must be signed by members and guests. Please Note: Expression of interest in trips sponsored by the club helps our vendors and us tremendously in planning for these trips. Please call or e-mail the BETC Focal or another Board member, or put your name on a sign-up sheet at the meeting. Remember: Your only guarantee of a place on any trip is to put down a deposit. Acronym Definitions: ppdo per person, double occupancy ppso per person, single occupancy Bali: January 16 to February 1 (Call to check last minute availability - a female traveling partner is needed for one of our BETC travelers)) .Cost: $1695 ppdo from Seattle or $1495 from Los Angeles, plus $148.15 for taxes and airport fees. Pre trip to Hong Kong is available at $495 ppdo and the post trip to Thailand/Cambodia is at $895 ppdo. Travel insurance is available from Grand Circle Travel or you can purchase it yourself from firms such as Travel Guard. To check for availability, call 1-800-597-2452, press 2 and make reservations under Group ID GG6 3034. BETC Focal: Alex Henschel 425-277-4017 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tour Agent: Grand Circle Travel Matt Ferri at 1-800-597-2453 ext 6085 or email@example.com Fraser Downs: January 14, 2006 We missed going to the harness races at Fraser Downs (formerly Cloverdale) this year so we’re planning ahead for 2006. Even if your horse doesn’t come in, you’ll have a fun filled day watching the races through panoramic windows while indulging in a fabulous buffet. Since Fraser Downs is in Canada, you’ll need a passport or other accepted proof of citizenship (driver’s license and birth certificate) Cost: $69 per person. Call Lauren Turpen at Alki Tours to determine if space is still available. Tell her you are traveling with BETC, Customer #7089. Be sure to write this number on your check when you pay Alki Tours. BETC Focal: Blanche Arbogast, 253-833-0795 Tour Agent: Alki Tours: Lauren, 206-935-6848 or 800-895-2554 Poulsbo Small Ship Cruise is cancelled due to withdrawal by the Cruise Operator Northern Lights Tour: February 21-26, 2006 ( Cancelled , will be offered in 2007) We will fly from Seattle to Vancouver, BC and then on to Whitehorse in the Yukon. On our arrival at the High Country Inn, we will each be issued an Arctic package of winter clothing to wear during our stay. We will see the finish of the 1000 mile Yukon Quest Dog Race. Also, we will visit local museums and interpretive centers; soak in the Takini Hot Springs; visit the Muk Tuk Kennels and learn the basics of driving a dog team; and drive our own dog team on an introductory run. We will spend two evenings viewing the Northern Lights from a location where there is not any light pollution. We will have time to take in some of the planned events of the Rendezvous Festival such as casting a vote in the Snow Sculpture Challenge. Finally, we will attend the closing banquet of the Yukon Quest. The tour includes a daily full American breakfast, one lunch and the banquet dinner. Cost: $2025 Twin, $1975 Triple, $1947 Quad and $2289 Single. Down payment of $250 by Credit card. BETC Focal: Blanche Arbogast 253-833-0795. Call for more information or to sign up. Trip is limited to 20 people. Tour Agent: Lou Noess of Normandy Travel as an agent for Cardinal Tours. Call 206-824-4682 or firstname.lastname@example.org Umbria and Tuscany: April 1-12, 2006 Join Alessandra Gardino as she leads us to still hidden treasures all over Umbria and Tuscany. We will fly to Rome and transfer to Orvieto for the night after dinner in an Etruscan cave. Unpack your bags in Gubbio, Italy’s best preserved medieval village where Alessandra’s 800 year old palace is located. and spend 5 days exploring central Italy. Visit hidden monasteries and mystic churches, tour the Basilica in Assisi and enjoy a private wine tasting in Spello. In Tuscany visit Siena and experience two full days in Florence. Cost: $2550 ppdo (land only). Round trip airfare from Seattle is estimated to be $800-$900 per person. A group package for air fare will be worked with the Elizabeth Holmes Travel Agency. Deposit: Ask Judy for the trip registration form and mailing instructions BETC Focal: Judy Bosnake 425-965-2163 or email@example.com Tour Agent: Montgomery & Gardino Expeditions at www.mg-expeditions.com Panama Canal Cruise: April 2-22, 2006 ( join members on a non Club sponsored trip) Holland America is offering a wonderful cruise through the Panama Canal starting in Ft. Lauderdale and ending right here in Seattle. Some of the great ports of call will be: The Dominican Republic; Cartagena, Columbia; Punta Arenas, Costa Rica; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetza, Guatemala; Santa Cruz/Hualtulco, Mexico; Porta Vallarta, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, Canada. Cost: Starts at $2235 including port charges and taxes. All persons registering under our group code 894007 will receive a 3 category upgrade. Airfare Seattle to Ft, Lauderdale is additional. BETC Contact: For more information call Sue Gurevich 206-232-4946 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tour Agent: Shawn, Group Coordinator at Holland America 1-800-355-3017 ext 4294, use our group code. Steamboatin’ on the American Queen June 8 – 15, 2006 Once again we have the opportunity to go Steamboatin’ on the Mississippi. This time it is the Upper Mississippi. We’ll depart St. Louis; go Steamboatin’ on the Mississippi; visit Hannibal, MO; spend 2 days Steamboatin’ on the Mississippi enjoying all the sights this ol’ river has to offer: visit Dubuque Iowa and LaCrosse, WI; disembark in St. Paul. Those who have gone steamboatin’ before will tell you this is a wonderful opportunity to relax, enjoy luxurious accommodations, scrumptious food all while enjoying some of the great history America has to offer. Includes: Airfare from Seattle to St. Louis and from Minneapolis back to Seattle; 7 nights cruising on board the American Queen; all meals and entertainment on board; current port charges and fees; A complimentary cocktail party; Travel Insurance; Transfers to and from the airport and pier. Rates (approximate): Cat. G, inside = $1795 pp; Cat. E, river view = $2217; Cat. D, larger river view = $2445; Cat. A, river view with verandah = $2947. Deposit due February 10 BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 or email@example.com Travel Agent: Mary Jacob or Lisa Caulfield at Professional Travel Service 425-827-5656 or 1-800-275-9876 Mary’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org A pre-night in St. Louis or post nights in St. Paul can be added Mackinaw Island and The Great Lakes: September 17-24, 2006 Arrive in Detroit and spend the first night in nearby Dearborn where after visiting the Ford Rouge (the world’s largest automotive complex) you’ll have a choice of touring Greenfield Village or the Henry Ford Museum. Then on to the Bavarian town of Frankenmuth with a stop at Bronner’s Christmas store. The next day we’ll go to charming Mackinaw Island where we’ll spend two nights and have dinner at the world famous Grand Hotel. On day five, move on to Sault Ste. Marie on the Upper Peninsula known for the Soo Locks and Ship Wreck Museum. Going from Bar Harbor to Grand Rapids, try some Michigan cherries and go to The Music House. Once in Grand Rapids enjoy a visit to the Gerald Ford Museum. On the last day we’ll go to Chicago and have a brief tour before going to O’Hare for those who do not wish to extend their stay in Chicago. Meals included are 1 special reception, 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners. Chicago Post-trip: Three nights at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, 3 breakfasts and a lake cruise is $430.ppdo. Rate: $2293 ppdo ($1826 land + $402 Air + 65 Tax). Insurance is $109. Deposit: $200 pp or $309 with insurance Code A1 60917. For credit cards call the Globus Group Desk at: 1-866- 821-2752 ext. 7180 and give the code and state that you are with Boeing Employee’s Travel Club Tour Operator: Globus Tours, Diane Witt 425-227-8358J BETC Focal: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 or email@example.com Baltic’s (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia): September, 2006 There has not been enough interest shown in the Baltic’s to make it an official BETC trip. We will continue to work with Anna Louise at Nordic Saga and pass on information to our members for a similar trip being offered. BETC Focal: Judy Bosnake 425-965-2163 firstname.lastname@example.org Travel Agent: Anna Louis Waerness of Nordic Saga 1-800-848-6449 or email@example.com Turkish Delight: October 13- 27, 2006 The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Atatürk's Mausoleum, the unique landscape of Cappadocia, ancient Ephesus, the Wooden Horse of Troy and the Anzac Cemetery, Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, Anatolian Highland, Mt. Olympus of Mysia, Mediterranean coast of Antalya, and the lime cascades of Pamukkale. This 15-day in-depth vacation is ideal for those who wish to see the many famous attractions of Turkey. Your Istanbul stay includes visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and the Grand Bazaar. Cross the Bosphorus into Asia Minor and continue to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, where sightseeing includes the Green Ottoman Complex, and the Great Mosque. Via Gordian, where Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot and thus opened the way to Asia, continue to King Midas' Earth Tumulus. In Ankara, capital of the Turkish Republic since 1923, visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. On the volcanic plateau of Cappadocia visits to the early Christians' Rock Chapels in the unreal moon-landscape of Göreme and the underground city of Özkonak are included. Explore the exotic Caravansaries of Agcikarahan and Sultanhani, and take pictures of the lime cascades formed by the hot springs at Pamukkale. Enjoy a full day at leisure in the Mediterranean city of Antalya before discovering the fascinating history of Ephesus, Troy and the World War I Anzac Cemetery on your way back to Istanbul. This trip includes roundtrip airfare from Seattle with all airport taxes and fuel surcharges included. Cost: $2860 per person. Single Supplement is $336. All tips and hotel porterage are included. Deposit: $200 per person by March 1st to hold your reservation. Trip insurance of $109 per person at time of deposit if you want the coverage. A trip discount of $150 per person if deposit is made by March 1st. An additional $50 discount for AARP members. Final Payment: Due by August 9, 2006. Deposits and final payments may be made by check or credit card. BETC Focal: Alex Henschel 425-277-4017 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tour Agent: Globus Family, Diane Witt 1-800-851-0728 ext. 4007 or email@example.com Aegean Discovery: October 27 to November 7, 2006 Take this trip as an extension to the Turkish Delight trip or separately The Acropolis, Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and cruise the Aegean to Mykonos, Rhodes and Patmos! Enjoy the best of Greece and a taste of Turkey on this relaxing 11-day vacation. Visit the Acropolis as well as other famous sights in Athens before continuing to Delphi, to visit the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo. After a ferry ride across the Gulf of Corinth, learn about the history of the original Olympic Games in Olympia. Then take in the scenery through the Arkadian Mountains on your way to visit Mycenae and Epidaurus. Next set sail on the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea for a three-day cruise. Highlights along the way include visits to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes and Patmos, as well as the Turkish port of Kusadasi. This tour includes an outside cabin on your cruise. Optional Add on to the Turkey trip: Fly from Istanbul to Athens and spend 2 days on your own before joining up with this tour. Cost: $4520 for both the Turkish Delight and Aegean Discovery trips. $3100 for this trip alone. Single supplement for this tour only is $861. Insurance is included if you take the Turkish Delight Tour and pay the $109 insurance fee. Otherwise insurance is $109 for this tour. All tips are included. Deposit: $200 by March 1, 2006. A trip discount of $150 per person if you deposit by March 1st and an additional $50 for AARP members. Final Payment: Due by August 9, 2006. Deposits and final payment can be made by check or credit card. BETC Focal: Alex Henschel 425-277-4017 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tour Agent: Diane Witt of the Globus Family 1-800-851-0728 ext 4007 or email@example.com New Year’s cruising the Columbia River on the Empress of the North Dec. 28, 2006 – Jan. 4, 2007 DAY Board the Empress of the North in Portland for scenic cruising along the Columbia and Willamette rivers. 1 DAY Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River, with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Motor coach to Mt. St. Helens 2 National Volcanic Monument where you may look right into the volcanic crater from the nearby observatory and interpretive center. (Views of the mountains and the crater may vary due to weather and road conditions.) DAY Port call at Astoria or a motor coach tour to Coxcomb Hill and Astoria Column. Visit Lewis & Clark’s Fort Clatsop where the Corps of 3 Discovery spent the winter of 1805/06. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum and have time on your own to explore historic Astoria. DAY Early morning cruising brings you to the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. You’ll transit Bonneville Lock and Dam and 4 port call at Stevenson, Washington. Visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam. Return to the ship for afternoon cruising on the Columbia River. DAY After breakfast, bow land at historic Umatilla Landing to visit the Fort Walla Walla Museum, the Whitman Mission and one of Walla Walla’s 5 35 wineries. After lunch at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, reboard the Empress near the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers. DAY Take a safe yet thrilling whitewater jet boat ride deep into Hells Canyon. Have your camera ready to capture the wildlife and ancient native 6 petroglyphs along the river’s edge. Return to the Empress for afternoon cruising on the Snake River. A Nez Perce native will join you onboard to share the history and culture of his people. DAY Spend a leisurely day passing through Wallula Gap and transiting four locks along the Columbia River. Enjoy shipboard activities including 7 a presentation by the ship’s historian. DAY Disembark in Portland. 8 Rates include: - Accommodations in River-view staterooms, based on double occupancy - Shore excursion in every port - All meals and entertainment on board - Current port charges of $134 per person - Current fuel surcharge of $40 per person - Group Trip Cancellation/ Interruption insurance *Rates: Cat. C – First Class River view , $1471 per person, double Cat. CC – First Class River view with Verandah - $1774 per person, double Cat. BB – Superior with Verandah - $2828 per person, double Travel Agents: Mary Jacob or Lisa Caulfield of Professional Travel Service at 1-800-275-9876, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 or email@example.com * rates apply for reservations on deposit by April 1, 2006. Trip Report Thanksgiving at the Davenport Hotel By Jane Bentley Early Thanksgiving morning five members of BETC joined approximately 32 others bound for the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. There was some trepidation as the WADOT was advising travelers to avoid going over Snoqualmie Pass due to a rockslide, which limited traffic to one lane in each direction. Many must have listened as there was very little traffic and the weather cooperated nicely. After a lunch break in Moses Lake we arrived at the Davenport around 2:30. We made our entrance into the elegant but comfortable lobby which was absolutely grand in all its holiday splendor. A large Christmas tree in the center acted as the focal point providing a nice background for family pictures. Our rooms were ready and what a treat they were. They were large and had the elegance only vintage hotels can provide. Some kidded that maps should be provided showing how to evacuate the tremendous marble showers. We met at 6:00PM outside the Pennington Ballroom for our Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Of course it was beautiful but the highlight to some including the bus driver’s little boy (about 7) was the chocolate fountain in the Doges Foyer. The quiet little boy on the drive over was a little more active after coating and eating everything in sight with rich chocolate. The next morning we were allowed to order anything from the menu in the Palm Court restaurant. After a nice breakfast, we decided to walk to the mall in downtown Spokane, just a couple of blocks away. Now keep in mind that this is the busiest shopping day of the year. Where were all the crowds? The sales people had plenty of time to visit with you and people drove right up to Nordstrom and found on the street parking. There was one the biggest Christmas trees I’ve ever seen gracing the main entrance. Time to leave the Davenport and tour the Campbell House, a turn of the century mansion. It was next to the museum where we also had plenty of time to browse. We headed back to Seattle in the afternoon calculated to miss most of the traffic. It was dark when we got to the pass but again no delay. It was a wonderful trip offered by Alki Tours. Yes, I’d do it again. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Board of Trustees 2005 President Judy Bosnake W: 425-965-2163 H: 425-432-0789; firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President Alex Henschel H: 425-277-4017; email@example.com Treasurer Barbara Elliott W: 206-662-5961; H: 425-228-8665; firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Mavis LaBounty H: 206-878-3514; email@example.com Membership Mike Yamada H: 425-427-9332; firstname.lastname@example.org Hospitality Blanche Arbogast H: 253-833-0795 Sunshine Marlene Angell H: 425-226-3166; email@example.com Webmaster Jiin Chen H: 425-255-1865; firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Editor There is an opening for this position Assistant Newsletter Editor Bill Forde H: 425-337-4179; email@example.com Meeting Master/Audio-Visual Bob Gamrath H: 206-935-8562 Past President Jane Bentley H: 253-520-6580; firstname.lastname@example.org BETC Security Jim Ewing H: 253-852-5715; email@example.com Boeing Recreation Advisor Evelyn Alexander W: 206-655-1952; firstname.lastname@example.org BETC WEBSITE: http://www.betravelclub.com News items and editorial comment in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Boeing Company. Newsletter items for the February 2006 issue are needed by January 20th. Sunshine: Marlene and Abe Angell, 425-226-3166 We wish a speedy recovery to Ron Cline, knee surgery and to Clara Rockwell. Also, it was great to have Karen Armstrong attend the Christmas Party. Membership If the date on your address label is a 2005 date or January 2006 please renew your membership today. Complete and sign the membership renewal form and the Indemnification agreement from your December Newsletter, enclose a check and mail it to BETC or give it to our Membership Chairman, Mike Yamada or our Treasurer, Barbara Elliott. Your membership is important so please renew. If undeliverable, return to Barbara Elliott, MC 35-72 Boeing Employees’ Travel Club P. 0. Box 3546 Renton, WA 98056 Next Meeting: Thursday: January 12, 2006 Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM Place: 25.01 Cafeteria Boeing Longacres Park at Oakesdale Rd, Renton Directions: Go to SW Grady Way in Renton between West Valley Highway and Rainier Ave S. From SW Grady Way, turn South onto Oakesdale going under Interstate 405 and continue past SW 16th St. Turn right into the first Boeing parking lot off Oakesdale (there is a small sign directing you to the 25.01 building). Enter the door on the East side to the left of the loading dock. Travel Club signs will also be visible. Badges Please wear your Boeing badge during the meetings. If you have a retirement badge or card, please carry it with you to the meetings. This helps us to avoid security issues. Solo Table There will be a table reserved for solo travelers so you can meet and discuss trips you might want to take together.
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