[Bristol-Birds] 2012 TOS-VSO Joint Spring Meeting set for Holiday Inn--Johnson City

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:45:55 -0400






















 The Bristol Bird Club announced Tuesday night that the joint annual spring 
 meeting of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the Virginia Society of 
 Ornithology will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Johnson City
 the weekend of 18-19-20 May 2012.  It is sponsored and hosted by BBC.

 Members voted unanimously to authorize the club's leadership to enter a
 contract agreement for the event with the Holiday Inn management .  Venue
 Committee Chairwoman Wilma Boy brought the motion to the floor at the BBC
 October meeting.  It followed with a PowerPoint review of the two-page contract
 details worked out with the hotel by committee member Dr. Roy Knispel.  Two
 dozen copies of the contract were shared with those attending.  Members
 also saw a PowerPoint photo presentation of inside the facility which would be
 covered under the contract.
 
The BBC Venue Committee for the 
joint state meeting, has been busy 
working  with the project for three 
months.  Committee members met 
twice to plan needs and work
on details.  Visits were made to a 
number of appropriate facilities in 
Abingdon, Bristol, Kingsport and 
Johnson City to survey sites, 
photograph rooms, parking, access, 
overnight accommodations, banquet 
 rooms requirements and to meet and discuss the meeting and needs with hotel 
 managers. Committee members canvassed areas including Boones Creek, 
 Tri-City Airport and facilities along I-81 and I-26.  Locations such as ETSU, 
the 
 Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center at Abingdon, Martha Washington
 Inn, Northeast State Community College and the Natural History Museum and 
 Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site were considered.

 It finally came down to the Holiday Inn Convention Center at Johnson City, the
 Millennium Conference Center in Johnson City and the MeadowView Marriott
 Conference Resort and Convention Center at Kingsport. 

 The Virginia Society of Ornithology Board of Directors consented to a location
 in the Tri-Cities metro area of Northeast Tennessee so that a facility large
 enough with staff, banquet facilities and hotel rooms could be secured. 

 The Holiday Inn, which was extensively renovated in February 2008, won out
 hands down with the Venue Committee due to size of banquet facility, no 
guarantee
 required for room accommodations, the extremely low extra fees and small 
deposit.
 The hotel has  200 rooms.  BBC will lease the 11,000-square-foot convention 
 center with its private outside entrance.  It is also central to some of the 
most 
 desirable field trip areas. 
  
 Birders attending the meeting
 were: *Fred Martin, *Janice Martin,
 Lois Cox, Wilma Boy, Amy
 Franasio, *Dave Worley, *John
 Moyle, *Mary Erwin, *Roy Knispel,
 *Rick Knight, *Jacki Hinshaw,
 *Patricia Wagers, John Hay,
 *Wallace Coffey, *Carolyn Coffey,
 *Don Holt, *Dianne Draper, *Judy
 Roach, Ed Burke, Charlie Powell,
 Mary Clark, Ruth Powell, Mike Poe.
 (* before names indicate persons
 having dinner with BBC at the Mad Greek Restaurant starting at 6 p.m.)

 John Hay presented the program on his trip: Galapagos Islands Birds.  Hay was
 a fill-in for Tom Hunter, who was schedule to present the program but had to 
cancel
 due to illness.

 Dr. John Moyle gave an update of the BBC-sponsored "Costa Rican High-Low       
   
 Birding Adventure" field trip 1-10 February 2011.  More members took 
information
 sheets to consider taking part in the event.

The closing touch to the exciting meeting was Mike Poe modeling his new pair
of "five finger shoes."  Everyone gathered around to not only look at the weird
new style of shoe but to also feel his toes, tickle his feet and be amazed at 
the
astonishing new shoes which us older folks will soon be wearing to church :-)







 

 

  


 
 

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