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					                                               NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION
                                        **NEW ENGLAND TRIP FROM SACRAMENTO**

                                                 OCTOBER 16 - OCTOBER 24, 2009


      Friday, October 16, 2009
      11:40 p.m.        Leave Sacramento International Airport aboard Continental Airlines flight #1740.

      Saturday, October 17, 2009
                       Connect in Houston to Continental Airlines flight #52.
      12:26 p.m.       Arrive Newark International Airport, Newark, New Jersey
                       Bus in to New York City

      Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2009
      Tour New York City. Tentative tour plans include stops at Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Ground Zero, Trinity Church,
      Wall Street, Liberty and Ellis Islands, United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, and a performance of a Broadway
      musical production.

      Monday, October 19, 2009
      Visit the United States Military Academy at West Point, the home and Presidential Library of our 32 nd President, Franklin D.
      Roosevelt, and private motorcoach transportation to Boston, Massachusetts.

      Tuesday, October 20, 2009
      Tour Boston, Massachusetts. Tentative tour plans include a walking tour of the Freedom Trail exploring the birth of our nation,
      and visits to the Old South Meeting Hall, the Massachusetts State House, the Old North Church, King’s Chapel and Burying
      ground, Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, and Paul Revere’s home.

      Wednesday, October 21, 2009
      Air travel from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Indianapolis International Airport for the National FFA Convention. The
      group is scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis around 3:00 p.m. A group orientation will be conducted that evening by the California
      Ag Education State Staff.

      Thursday through Saturday, October 22 - 24, 2009
      Attend National FFA Convention sessions and activities in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Note: For convention activities and schedules,
      and assistance in planning your participation in the National FFA Convention, we recommend you visit the National FFA
      Organization’s convention planning website at

      Saturday, October 24, 2009
      5:33 p.m.        Depart Indianapolis International Airport via United Airlines flight #5883. Connect at Chicago’s O’Hare
                       Airport to United Airlines flight #515.
      10:42 p.m.       Arrive Sacramento International Airport

      Flight numbers and flight times may be altered at the airline’s discretion.

Mr. Tom Munter, President of Excellence in Presentations, will be in charge of your departure flight and will coordinate the flight
preparation activities. You are to meet him at the main Continental Airlines domestic travel ticket counter in Terminal B at
Sacramento International Airport. Check in at Continental Airlines to check your luggage and secure your airline boarding card. No
airline tickets are issued for this group travel. You simply check in with Mr. Munter at the designated place and time to receive your
boarding documentation.

DEPARTURE TIME! This is a federal regulation. If you arrive late you may find yourself staying home! YOU MUST HAVE A
VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IN YOUR POSSESSION to be checked in and to board the aircraft. An official school photo
ID is generally accepted if you are under 18 years of age and have no driver’s license. If you are 18 years of age or older, you must have a
government-issued photo ID.

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         The Federal Transportation Security Agency recommends that valuables such as electronic devices, cash, jewelry,
         etc. be carried aboard the aircraft with you in your carry-on luggage. Federal regulations with regard to carrying
         aboard liquids and gels are strictly enforced. Be certain to carefully follow these regulations regarding carry on
         “Travelers may carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less per item) that fit
         comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
         After clearing security, travelers can now bring on board aircraft beverages and other items purchased in the secure
         boarding area. At the security checkpoint, travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a
         bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared

         For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items onboard US airlines, as well as specifics regarding
         acceptable identification, please see the Transportation Security Agency’s website at: Any travelers with medical conditions requiring the carrying of
         medicines aboard aircraft – especially those medicines in liquid or gel form – are strongly recommended to
         consult the Transportation Security Administration’s rules regarding medications at the website noted above.
         Many medications, especially those in liquid or gel form, must now be declared to TSA officials at security
         checkpoints at airports. The form required for declaring these items can be downloaded at the website noted
Do NOT check your luggage outside the terminal building with a skycap. Luggage must be checked in at the ticket counter in the main
terminal building when you check in with your group leader. IMPORTANT NOTE: Airline luggage regulations have changed
substantially over the past few months. Most airlines are now charging fees for checked baggage onboard US aircraft. YOU must
be prepared to pay any applicable baggage fees to the airline when you check in at the airport. These fees will be charged by
airlines every time you check in at an airport for a new trip. For your trip, this means you may be subject to baggage fees THREE
TIMES during your trip. Once when you leave California for New York. A second time when you leave Boston for Indianapolis.
And a third time when you depart Indianapolis to return home. Additionally, airlines have very strict regulations about the
dimensions and weight for BOTH checked baggage and carry-on bags. BE PREPARED! TAKE TIME NOW to go to the
appropriate airline websites and acquaint yourself with the luggage size and weight restrictions and the baggage fee policies for the
airlines you will be flying. Be absolutely certain you pack according to these requirements and be ready to pay any applicable baggage
fees or your luggage MAY BE LEFT BEHIND! For your trip you need to check the websites of three different airlines for regulations
and baggage fee policies as follows:
   1) Departing California on October 16 th aboard Continental Airlines -- see
   2) Traveling from Boston to Indianapolis on October 21 st aboard Southwest Airlines -- see
   3) Returning from Indianapolis to California on October 24 th aboard Continental Airlines -- see

Also, be aware that security at U.S. airports is at an upgraded status according to the Federal government. Due to the exceptional
changes made since September 11, 2001, the following items need to be brought to the attention of all persons that are participating in a
group trip like this one.

Before Leaving Home
       1. Pack Light (see information about luggage regulations above and check the airline websites).

        2. Check your belongings for cutting or puncturing instruments (knives, including small pocket knives, scissors, nail clippers,
        tweezers, metal nail files, box cutters, etc.) Leave them at home or pack them in your checked baggage. Diabetic related syringes
        and needles are allowed on board airline cabins and must be declared to security screeners at the security checkpoint. In such a
        circumstance, it is wise to bring along a letter from your physician indicating your need to carry such items with you. Also , you
        may need to download, fill out, and carry with you a TSA medications declarations form which may be found online at:

        3. Wear shoes that you can slip on and off easily. You will most likely be required to remove your shoes for inspection. Thick
        soled shoes may be regarded as suspicious. Foot powder is also seen as suspicious.

At the Airport
        1. Arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

        2. Keep your driver’s license or other photo ID handy -- in your hands -- from the time you arrive at the airport until you
        board your aircraft. You will be asked to show your ID at the airport check-in-counter and when you pass through security
        screening. Occasionally, airlines check it again before boarding the plane. This applies to all cities on the trip.
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        3. When going through airport security, remove all items from your pockets (keys, cell phones, change, etc) and place th em in
trays provided at the security check point. Remove your shoes and place them in trays provided. If you have several metal p ins
on your FFA jacket you should remove it and send it through the X-ray machine on the belt. Security agents may ask you to put
your FFA jacket through the X-ray machine regardless of medals. TSA officials may request additional information from you
such as middle name, date and place of birth, and social security number.

4. If you are carrying a laptop computer, you must remove it from its carrying case and send it through the security x-ray
machine separate from its case. You may also be asked to open the laptop and display the screen and keyboard.

5. If you are carrying a camera with a removable lens, you may be required to disconnect the lens so that security agents can look
inside the camera.

6. Keep medication in original containers with pharmacy labels intact. Go to the TSA website at: and carefully familiarize yourself with restrictions regarding the carrying of medications.
 Some medications must be declared, in writing, (form available at the TSA website) to security agents at airport check in.

7. Travelers with disabilities may ask for a private security screening.

8. NEVER joke about bombs or firearms or discuss terrorism, weapons or explosives within earshot of security personnel.
Security personnel will interpret ANY CONVERSATION about such matters as a threat to public safety. Airport security
WILL detain and question you thoroughly and you will miss your flight! Airport security is under the control of the
Transportation Security Administration – a Federal Agency. U.S. Air Marshals will be on many of your flights. They are
obviously not identifiable but they are armed. Be aware and exercise caution! This security information is provided so that you
may be informed of the changes that have taken place since September 11, 2001, and to help make everyone’s trip more
enjoyable. Do not be alarmed by added security measures. Simply be alert and follow instructions given by airport security

While you are in Indianapolis you will be staying at the hotel property listed below:
      The Indianapolis Downtown Marriott Hotel
      350 W. Maryland Street
      Indianapolis, IN 46225
      Phone: (317) 822-3500

While you are traveling in the New England area, you will be staying at:
   October 17 and 18:                                           October 19 and 20:
   Comfort Suites                                               Boston Comfort Inn
   1275 Route 1 South                                           900 Morrissey Blvd.
   Avenel, NJ 07001                                             Boston, MA 02122
   Phone: (732) 396-3000                                        Phone: (617) 287-9200

While in Indianapolis attending the National FFA Convention there are dozens of official FFA Convention activities in which
students may participate. The Advisor’s Planning Guide for the 2009 National FFA Convention has already been mailed directly
from the National FFA Office to all local FFA Advisors in the country. Convention trip participants should utilize that guid e to
make some plans about what they want to do while in Indianapolis. You can also visit the planning guide on the Internet at Exercise caution about making plans for Wednesday evening, October 21 st. The State Association will hold a
mandatory orientation meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Your restrictions are that you must be attending some activity or function listed in the official FFA program at all times and that
you must be back at your hotel each night at 11:00 p.m. for curfew and bed check unless you are out later with your chapter
advisor or other local advisor responsible for your supervision. Bear in mind that the travel package you have already purchased
includes convention registration (this includes unlimited admission to the Career Show), and a ticket to the Official Convention
Opening Session. Those on this trip who were listed by their chapter as an American Degree recipient will receive a ticket to the
American Degree Luncheon with their registration materials in Indianapolis. If there are any other activities listed in the Planning
Guide in which you wish to participate which require a ticket for admission, it is up to you to purchase and/or obtain those tickets
at your own cost. It is strongly recommended that you order tickets in advance for any items you wish to attend which require
tickets. Check the Advisor’s Planning Guide for functions which you may order tickets for early

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and instructions on ordering those tickets. Money and requests for ticket orders go to the National FFA Organization. DO NOT
send any special ticket orders to Excellence in Presentations. Don’t forget the mandatory orientation meeting Wednesday
evening when planning for other evening and night events.
1. You or your school must take care of your travel to and from Sacramento International Airport.

2. Travel as lightly as you can, but remember you will need warm clothes. Be sure to dress warm. It can be very cold in New
York, Boston, and Indianapolis at this time of year. It is more likely to be mild with possibilities of rain, but cold and snow are
within the realm of possibility. It is certainly a good idea to pack a raincoat and umbrella. Girls will be allowed to wear dress
slacks with their official dress uniform during touring activities in New England. You will wear your official FFA dress uniform
every day you are on the trip — pack accordingly. There will NOT be opportunities during the trip to launder clothes. There
will be a few instances where casual clothes are allowed, but not many.

3. Your payment includes your plane fare, hotels, all bus transportation and museum/park/monument entrance fees in New
England, airport transfers, and convention registration. In New England, continental breakfast each day is also included. You
will need to bring money for the balance of your meals. For your food $35-40 per day is recommended. You should bring
additional funds to cover any incidental or souvenir-type expenses. It is recommended that you carry travelers checks, NOT

4. Each school is responsible to provide its own adult chaperone and supervision for this trip.

5. Excellence in Presentations staff persons will take care of registering everyone at the Convention and getting your credentials
to you in Indianapolis.

6. ALL FFA MEMBERS (including American FFA Degree recipients) ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR OFFICIAL FFA
DIRECTIONS. Check with your local FFA Chapter Advisor if you have any questions. Share these materials with your parents
and your local FFA Chapter Advisor. ONLY your local Chapter Advisor is authorized to contact our office with questions
about the trip. Due to contractual obligations, parents and students are not to contact this office, airlines, or hotels
directly! Doing so can result in forfeiture of your space on the trip!!