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    • #11699
      Anonymous
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      An Invitation from Your Convention Chairman…

      Hello, Bell Lovers! Prepare now to come to the 66th Annual ABA Convention. The Gateway Arch Chapter has some important plans on Route 66. The Central District is hosting this year’s Convention.

      Come and learn from fascinating, informative programs. Save your money now. The Exhibit Room provides many wonderful bells for you to purchase. The BEHOLD Room stimulates your expertise with fabulous displays. The Auction provides magnificent bells for sale. I’m sure it will also be very entertaining!

      You won’t need to travel down Route 66 for entertainment. Saturday evening’s entertainment will amaze you and leave you astonished! Sorry, I must keep you in suspense on this for a little while.

      Stay on Route 66 for information on the 2011 ABA Convention bell. You will want to make plans to order it as soon as it is advertised in the January-February issue of The Bell Tower. I’m sure the bells will go quickly! I wish I could tell you about it. I know you will be impressed when you see it.

      There will be time for visiting with friends and making new friends. Remember, bell collectors are very friendly people. There are areas in the hotel where small groups can gather and visit.

      Plan to allow a few extra days for visiting St. Louis. We have some great antique malls and shops in the area.

      Read on to learn more about the Convention Hotel and our Early Bird Route 66 Special, Things to See and Do in St. Louis, our Hat Contest, and more. Please bookmark this page because we will continue to add new and exciting information over the next several months!

      I’ll be traveling Route 66 and looking for you!

      Annette Hunt
      2011 ABA Convention Chairman
      bellhunt@centurytel.net

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16244
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      What You Will Get with Your 2011 ABA Convention Registration

      With your paid registration fee, you get the following:

        • Invitation to attend Thursday night’s Welcome Reception with refreshments and special bell exhibits
        • Admission to educational programs about a variety of bell-related topics
        • Admission to the Bell Exhibit/Sales Room
        • Chance to sell some bells ($40 for a full sales table and $25 for a half table). Reserve your table early!
        • Admission to the six-hour auction of 300 bells
        • Ability to place up to 12 bells per family in the bell auction (first come-first served reservations only)
        • Admission to the included lunch and dinner on Friday
        • Admission to the included lunch and banquet on Sunday
        • Admission to ABA annual business meetings
        • Opportunity to buy the beautiful, handcrafted convention bell-shaped paperweight designed by Joe Rice
        • Opportunity to review bell book, annual committee reports, and special displays in the BEHOLD Room
        • Opportunity to make new friends with people who have similar interests and renew old friendships

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16245
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The Cost of Registration and How to Register

      Early Bird Adult Registration (postmarked by April 1, 2011) = $135 USD
      Adult Registration postmarked after April 1, 2011 = $155 USD
      Youth Registration = $40 USD

      Click https://americanbell.org/convention/2011/2011_registration-form.pdf to download a printable registration form.

      Also on the Registration Form:

      • Order form for the 2011 ABA Convention Bell
      • Order form for reserving a full size Exhibit Table
      • Order form for reserving a half-size Exhibit Table
      • Place to list any special dietary requirements, food allergies, handicap need, or other special requirements

      Send the completed registration form and your check to:

      Ruth Ann Frank, Convention Treasurer
      800 Avenue H
      Saint Louis, MO 63125-1760

      Full refunds for cancellations will be given through June 1, 2011. Fifty percent refund if cancelled from June 2-15.

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16246
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      We Treasure our First Timers!

      There will be a First Timers Meeting on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the 2nd Vice-President and the Chairman of the Welcome Letter Writers. They will give you helpful information about the Convention. Please include your e-mail address on your ABA convention registration form so they can contact you about that meeting.

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16247
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel

      While at the 2011 ABA Convention, our meetings and accommodations will be at this lovely hotel. Hilton has agreed to charge us only $89.00 plus tax (USD) per night! This price will be honored for 3 days before and 3 days after the convention.

      To make your room reservations, please contact the hotel directly. Be sure to tell them you are with the American Bell Association convention. The hotel’s direct telephone number is (314) 993-1100 and their toll free number for reservations is (800) HILTONS. For more information about the hotel, we invite you to visit their website at http://www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com.

      Click on http://www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com view the hotel’s website.

      Click on https://americanbell.org/convention/2011/2011_hotel-registration.pdf to download a printable registration form.

      The St. Louis experience begins when you enter the grand and gracious two-story reception area of the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. The hotel is an upscale, midtown hotel with a European flavor. This central location will provide access to many St. Louis attractions.

      Our hotel is across the street from fantastic shopping at the Plaza Frontenac. It is home to Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma, and many other stores and restaurants. If you need more shopping, the hotel provides free shuttle to the Galleria Mall and West County Mall. There are restaurants in the hotel and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

      Hotel Amenities

      • FREE airport transportation to the hotel from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      • FREE outdoor and covered parking
      • FREE shuttle to the Galleria Mall and West County Mall
      • 10% OFF at restaurants in the hotel
      • COMPLIMENTARY high speed Internet
      • Business Center
      • Fitness Center and Outdoor Pool
      • Breakfast Cart (paid by each individual and not included in paid registration)

      Fantastic Shopping at the Plaza Frontenac located across the street from the hotel. It is home to:

      • Saks Fifth Avenue
      • Neiman Marcus
      • Williams-Sonoma
      • and many other upscale stores and restaurants

      Restaurants in the hotel and within walking distance of the hotel

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16248
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The Early Bird “Route 66 Special”

      Prizes: Three (3) names will be drawn for upgrades to suites at our standard room group rate of $89 per night!

      Eligibility: To qualify for entry in the “Early Bird Route 66 Special” drawing, your convention registrations must be paid and hotel reservations must be made by April 1, 2011.

      The Fine Print: Members and spouses of the Executive Board, Convention Standing Committee, and the 2011 Convention Chairman are not eligible.

      The drawings will be held at one of the April 2011 ABA Chapter Meetings.

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16249
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The 2011 Convention Bell

      This hand-blown glass bell paperweight was designed by Joe Rice and made at the House of Glass in Elwood, Indiana. It is inscribed, “ABA 2011/Joe Rice”.

      The paperweight is hand-blown so the approximate size is 5.25” high and 3.5” in diameter. This paperweight is clear glass with red, white, and blue flowers on a base of red, white, and blue. There are hundreds of tiny bubbles inside this bell. The paperweight bell is so beautiful that it really can’t be described. You must order it early since we have a limited amount. Cost:

      • $35 if picked up at convention

      • $45 if mailed to the U.S. or Canada

      • $55 international mailing

      Please ORDER EARLY to ensure you get one of these!

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16250
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The Silent Auction and Raffle

      Things are shaping up for a wonderful raffle and silent auction. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle or silent auction, please e-mail me at bellhunt@centurytel.net. There will be more information coming about this over the next few months.

      How to Place Bells in the Convention Auction:

      To place items in the auction, call Bruce Clayton, Auction Chairman, 913-782-4944, on Saturday, March 5, 2011 only, beginning at 12 noon CST

      The Convention Auction will be on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

      A maximum of 300 bells or bell-related items will be accepted with a limit of 12 bells per family. Each Item must have a minimum value of $25. A minimum bid may be set for any two (2) items in your group. Any bell with a value of $300 or more may also have a minimum bid. The ABA seller’s premium is 15% of the total sales of their bells. A catalog of auction items will be in your registration packet.

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16251
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The Hat Contest



      There will be a hat contest at lunch on Friday. Decorate a cap, hat, or any kind of headgear with bells and wear it to lunch. There will be a first and second prize awarded. Start decorating those hats now! This should let people in the hotel know we are bell collectors (ding-a-lings) and we have a good time!

      This contest is for human men, women, teenagers, and children. (Sorry, pets may not enter the hat contest.)

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16252
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Come Early and Stay a Few Extra Days


      Gateway Arch……………………………………..Anheuser Busch Brewery

      There is so much to see and do in St. Louis! Visit the website: http://www.explorestlouis.com

      St. Louis Arch & Museum
      St. Louis Zoo
      Cardinals Baseball Game

      Grants Farm
      St. Louis Science Center
      Missouri Botanical Gardens
      Missouri History Museum
      St. Louis Union Station
      Museum of Transportation
      MO Civil War Museum
      Route 66 State Park
      Six Flags
      Purina Farms
      Mississippi Riverboat Cruises
      Laumeier Sculpture Park
      The Magic House
      St. Louis Children’s Museum
      Ted Drewes Ice Cream
      Antique Malls and Shops
      Golf Courses and much more…

      Drive, Fly, Roller Blade, Bicycle, or Skateboard

      It doesn’t matter how you come, just get on Route 66 and head for the 66th American Bell Association Convention on June 23-26, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri. We will have lots of fun. Check out the hotel and the St. Louis websites: http://www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com and http://www.explorestlouis.com.

      More details are forthcoming. Please bookmark this page and check it for new information from time to time.

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16253
      halanb
      Participant


      What Jeff Foxworthy has to say about St. Louis:
      (Did he nail it or whut?)
      ___________________________
      If someone mentions “The Landing” and it has nothing
      to do with the space shuttle, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
      you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you’ve seen a tornado touch down and ONLY thought
      “Darn it, I just waxed the car”, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone
      who dialed a wrong number, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you measure distance in hours instead of miles,
      you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back to ‘heat’
      again in the same day, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you drive 75 miles through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard
      for some White Castles, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife
      knows how to use them, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you take I-Farty-Far to Six Flags,
      you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If someone says concrete and you think of Ted Drewes
      instead of pavement, you might live in St. Louis.
      __________________________
      If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph — you’re going 80
      and everybody is passing you, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you’ve ever skipped school, work, or even a court-date because you
      had tickets to an afternoon Cards game, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you can say the words “Cahokia Mounds” and not think of
      a candy bar or boobs, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are
      filled with snow, you might live in St. Louis.
      ___________________________
      If you actually understand these jokes,
      you live or have lived in St. Louis.

      ===========================

      A few observations of my own and of my sister:

      1) In St. Louis, nobody cares or will ask where you went to college.
      They want to know where you went to high school, because
      that defines your background, and who and what you likely are.

      2) St. Louis University is sometimes referred to as “St. Louie U” (though often now as SLU [pronounced ‘slew’]). Otherwise it is always St. Louis, except sometimes from our “friends” on the wrong side of the river (who themselves tend to say “Illinoise“, so they may be discounted).

      3) The correct pronounciation is “MissourEE“, not “MizzourAH“. Anyone who prefers the latter is some form of degenerate – i.e., likely to reside in the western and especially southwestern part of the state.

      4) St. Louis is sometimes called the “Gateway to the West“. This was true in the early 1800s, but might now be more correctly regarded as a “Gateway to the East” and has much more in common with cities of the midwest like Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.

    • #16254
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The 2011 Convention Bell

      This hand-blown glass bell paperweight was designed by Joe Rice and made at the House of Glass in Elwood, Indiana. It is inscribed, “ABA 2011/Joe Rice”.

      The paperweight is hand-blown so the approximate size is 5.25” high and 3.5” in diameter. This paperweight is clear glass with red, white, and blue flowers on a base of red, white, and blue. There are hundreds of tiny bubbles inside this bell. The paperweight bell is so beautiful that it really can’t be described. You must order it early since we have a limited amount. Cost:

      • $35 if picked up at convention

      • $45 if mailed to the U.S. or Canada

      • $55 international mailing

      Please ORDER EARLY to ensure you get one of these!

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16255
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Educational Bell Programs to be Presented

      “Oh, Look, I Remember”– Presented by Jeannette Miller

      “Companion Pieces”– Presented by Kay Weaver

      “Bell, No Book and Candle”– Presented by Lora Pecor

      “Ware or Wear: A Big Look at Tiny Bells”– Presented by Arlene Foreman

      “Pilgrim – The Poor Man’s Wedding Bell”– Presented by Cindy Mauller & Mary Casada

      “I Love Big Bells”– Presented by Robert Cowie

      “St. Louis Bells and Bell Founders”– Presented by Carl Scott Zimmerman

      “My Lovely Ballantynes”– Presented by Rona Kesselman

      “A Glimpse of Russia Through Bells”– Presented by Larissa Franczek

      “Enamel Bells” Presented by Pat Stodghill

      “That Glorious Bunch”– Presented by Ruth Mularcik

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16256
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Exhibits in the BEHOLD Room

      (Subject to Change)

      ABA Archives – Displayed by Jeannette Miller, ABA Historian

      Ballantyne Bells and Books – Displayed by Wade and Pauline Prentice

      Everlasting Garden – Displayed by Rona Kesselman, ABA 1st Vice President

      Lighthouse Bells – Displayed by Mary Levins

      Pewter and Zinc Table Bells – Displayed by Alan Burgdorf

      Ware & Wear – Displayed by Arlene Foreman, ABA Treasurer

      French Bell – Displayed by Robert Cowie

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

    • #16257
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Brief Convention Agenda

      Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (Pre-Convention Concert)
      Carillon Concert, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, 7 p.m. Transportation on your own. Bring blankets or chairs. 6.2 miles from the convention hotel.

      Thursday, June 23, 2011
      • First Timers’ Meeting
      • Opening Exhibit and BEHOLD Rooms open
      • Welcome Meeting and Reception

      Friday, June 24, 2011
      • Educational Bell Programs
      • Lunch (included in Registration fee)
      • Dinner (included in Registration fee

      Saturday, June 25, 2011
      • Bell Auction
      • Cash Sandwich/Drinks Bar (not included in Registration fee)
      • Dinner on your own (not included in Registration fee
      • Evening Entertainment

      Sunday, June 26, 2011
      • District Meeting with District Representatives
      • Educational Bell Programs
      • Lunch (included in Registration fee)
      • Business Meeting
      • Banquet (included in Registration fee
      • The convention officially ends after the banquet

      Posted at the request of 2011 ABA Convention Chairman Annette Hunt.

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