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					TO:          TWCA Membership

FROM:        Jerry Clark, TWCA President
             and Leroy Goodson, General Manager

SUBJECT: TWCA 2009 Annual Convention

DATE:     December 16, 2008
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President Jerry Clark invites you to attend the 65th ANNUAL CONVENTION of the Texas Water
Conservation Association scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, through Friday, February 27,
2009, at The Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, TX.

The format for the convention will be similar to previous conventions, with all attendees invited to
participate in the NWRA luncheon, the reception and dinner on Thursday, and the Presidents’
breakfast on Friday morning.

Governor Rick Perry headlines the convention with remarks in the opening session on
Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday’s afternoon’s session will also include a panel discussion on
the ownership of groundwater and a presentation on water accounting plans for water rights.

Thursday’s panel sessions will feature a discussion of Hurricane Ike. Former Harris County Judge
Robert Eckels, chair of the Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal, will lead
a discussion of the Hurricane Ike recovery process. Others will discuss their experiences with the
hurricane and its impacts. Panel sessions on Thursday will also include presentations on surface
and groundwater management, and a presentation on air quality in Texas by former TCEQ
Commissioner Ralph Marquez.

State Senator Kip Averitt, Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, will attend the
dinner on Thursday evening and discuss legislative issues for the 81st Regular Session of the Texas
Legislature.

Comptroller Susan Combs highlights Friday morning’s general session. Friday’s program will
also include James Herring, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, and Carter
Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

A full program will be posted on TWCA’s website (www.twca.org) by mid-January.
The types of registrations are:


   Convention Registration                                    $390.00 each
   Extra Lunch Tickets                                        $ 60.00 each
   Extra Dinner Tickets                                       $ 75.00 each


TWCA is accepting credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover ONLY). Please see the attached
registration form for the required information needed in order for us to process your payments.


We have arranged a special rate with The Sheraton Austin Hotel (http://www.starwoodhotels.com) of
$159.00/night for a single or double room. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by
Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in order to receive the discounted rate of $159.00/night. Their address is
701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701 and their phone number is (512) 478-1111.

         Please note that if you are unable to get a room at The Sheraton Austin Hotel under the
         TWCA block of rooms you can call our office and have your name put on a waiting list and we
         will do everything possible to get you a room. Other hotels within a 5 mile radius to The
         Sheraton Austin Hotel are: Hilton Garden Inn(http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com),500
         North IH 35, Austin, TX (512) 480-8181; Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown
         (http://hamptoninn.hilton.com) , 200 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX (512) 472-1500; Omni
         Austin Hotel Downtown (http://www.omnihotels.com) ,700 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX, (512
         )476-3700; La Quinta Inn (http://www.lq.com), 300 East 11th Street, Austin, TX (512) 476-
         1166; or Residence Inn Downtown Austin (http://www.marriott.com), 300 East 4th Street,
         Austin, TX (512) 472-5553.

If you have made a reservation with The Sheraton Austin Hotel and will not need your reservation,
please contact the TWCA office prior to canceling your reservation so that we may reassign it to
another member on our waiting list.

Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it to the TWCA office no later than FRIDAY,
February 20, 2009. Please note that all requests for convention registration refunds must be received
prior to Friday, February 13, 2009. Registration packets can be picked up on Wednesday, February 25,
2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For
additional forms or information be sure to visit our web site at www.twca.org.




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