Veterans of Foreign Wars Western Conference Department of North Dakota And Bismarck VFW Post 1326 Welcome to the Western Conference November 5 – 8, 2009 Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of North Dakota Western Conference It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to Bismarck, the capitol of North Dakota. One of the many things to see in Bismarck is the “Skyscraper on the Prairie”, our State Capitol building. It reaches high, much like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary. The hotel we will be staying at is the Ramkota Hotel, the same one we had in 1999 when we hosted the Western Conference. The name has changed but the rooms are only $10 higher. Transportation from the airport will be provided so be sure to get your Registration sheet sent in with your flight information on it. Entertainment has been booked for the Friday evening meal and the Saturday Banquet. I’m sure you will enjoy the very talented local entertainers that have been booked for this occasion. For all the ladies attending, bring along an empty suitcase. There is an excellent mall across the street from the hotel. My wife will drive 110 miles from Minot to go shopping there so I’m sure you will enjoy the walk across the street. Transportation to the Bismarck VFW Post, where they have Casino activities, will be provided. We have vans lined up to haul you around. Please plan on attending this Conference where you will be able to visit with National officers, Department officers and those who are running for office. Your attendance at Western Conference meetings is important because that is where we get to know and elect the member who will be the next Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief from the Western Conference. Looking forward to seeing you in Bismarck. Sincerely, //signed// Wayne Paulson, Adjutant Department of North Dakota Co-Chairman – Bismarck Western Conf. Veterans of Foreign Wars 2009 Western Conference – Bismarck, North Dakota November 5 – 8, 2009 Pre-Registration Request (One Registration Per Sheet – Please print or type) Name_____________________________ Title______________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Cost per person - $85.00 before October 15, 2009. $95.00 after October 15, 2009 Please make checks payable to: VFW Western Conference – ND Mail check and Registration Request to: Wayne Paulson P.O. Box 428 Minot, ND 58702-0428 Please complete the following if you are traveling by air: Name__________________ Address ______________________________________ Airline__________________ Flight Number _________________________________ Arrival Time _____________ Date ________________________________________ Departure Time __________ Date ________________________________________ Transportation to and from the Ramkota Hotel will be provided. Make your own room reservations with Ramkota Hotel. Be sure to mention the VFW Conference to obtain reduced rates. Ramkota Hotel 800 S. 3rd Street Bismarck, ND 58504-5728 Phone: 701-258-7700 Fax: 701-224-8212 Room rates are: Single or double - $79.00 + tax (currently 9%) All reservations must be received by the Ramkota Hotel no later than October 16, 2009. After this date, reservation requests can only be accepted on a space available basis. Any rooms not held by a specific name will be released for general sale. Veterans of Foreign Wars 2009 Western Conference – Bismarck, North Dakota November 5 – 8, 2009 PRE-REGISTRATION PACKAGE before October 15, 2009 is $85.00. Registration Package after October 15, 2009 is $95.00, Package includes: REGISTRATION DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY NOON LUNCHEON SATURDAY BANQUET & ENTERTAINMENT SATURDAY TRANSPORTATION FROM & TO THE BISMARCK AIRPORT Tentative Schedule THURSDAY, NOV 5 Registration Hospitality Evening Coat Room, Ramkota Hotel VFW Post 1326, Bismarck Transportation provided to & from VFW Post 1326 1:00 to 4:00 PM FRIDAY, NOV 6 Registration 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Coat Room, Ramkota Hotel Joint Opening 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Patterson/Grand Pacific, Ramkota No Host Social 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Courtyard, Ramkota Hotel Dinner & Entertainment 7:00 PM Lamborn/Patterson, Ramkota Dance After Dinner VFW Post 1326, Bismarck Transportation provided to & from VFW Post 1326 SATURDAY, NOV 7 Registraion Business Sessions Coat Room, Ramkota Hotel Heart/Sheyenne, Ramkota (Ladies) Grand Pacific, Ramkota (VFW) Lunch 12 Noon to 1:30 PM Lamborn/Patterson, Ramkota Business Sessions 1:30 PM Heart/Sheyenne, Ramkota (Ladies) Grand Pacific, Ramkota (VFW) No Host Social 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Courtyard, Ramkota Banquet & Entertainment 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Lamborn/Patterson, Ramkota Dance 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM VFW Post 1326, Bismarck Transportation provided to & from VFW Post 1326 SUNDAY, NOV 8 Depart for home TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FROM AND TO THE BISMARCK AIRPORT. 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM 9:00 AM to 12 Noon Veterans of Foreign Wars 2009 Western Conference – Bismarck, North Dakota November 5 – 8, 2009 Greetings Comrades and Sisters, The VFW Western Conference will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota on Nov. 5 – 8, 2009. We invite all Candidates, Posts, Districts, Departments and Auxiliaries to place an ad in the Western Conference Program Booklet. The Cost of the advertising is as follows: Full Page Half Page Quarter Page $100.00 70.00 50.00 All ads must be received by October 15, 2009. Make Checks payable to: VFW Western Conference – ND Mail as soon as possible to: Wayne Paulson, Co-chairman PO Box 428 Minot, ND 58702-0428 Thank you in advance for your participation.