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USA/Canada Forum
September 22-24, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska

For more information, please contact
Mark Lyon, CC
Email: [lionmarklyon@gmail.com ]
 ~ click here for schedule and fun information ~

Also see:  USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum
Click here: www.usacanadalionsforum.org
- Early Bird Registration Form -

TWO LAND TOURS Offered by Suzi Davis Travel Agency:

1) Denali Explorer Tour (LC916) - Sept 16-21, 2011 
$1,199.00 per person based on double occupancy; $1,659.00 single occupancy 
A $500.00 per person deposit required at time of reservation. Final payment due Friday, June 17, 2011. 
Included in Rate: Two nights hotel accommodations in Fairbanks, Gold Mine Tour, Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise, two nights in Denali, Natural History Tour, one night in Talkeetna, two lunches, and taxes on included features.

2) Denali Explorer Tour (LC917) - Sept 17-22, 2011 
$1,199.00 per person based on double occupancy; $1,659.00 single occupancy 
A $500.00 per person deposit required at time of reservation. Final payment due Friday, June 17, 2011. 
Included in Rate: One night hotel accommodations in Fairbanks, Gold Mine Tour, Alaska Pipeline Visitor Center, two nights in Denali, Natural History Tour, one night in Talkeetna, one night in Alyeska, two lunches, and taxes on included features. 

Not included in above Rates: Airfare, trip cancellation insurance, gratuities for driver/guide, and remaining meals.

TWO CRUISES Offered by Suzi Davis Travel Agency:

1) Holland America Line Alaskan Cruise (LC911) - September 11-21, 2011 
Interior Stateroom $1,849.00 per person based on double occupancy 
Ocean View Stateroom $2,249.00 per person based on double occupancy 
Balcony Stateroom $3,099.00 per person based on double occupancy 
A $500.00 per person deposit required at time of reservation. Final payment due Friday, June 17, 2011. 

Included in Rate: Seven nights cruise accommodations, meals on board the ship, two nights hotel accommodations in Denali, Tundra Wilderness Tour, one night in Anchorage, and taxes/port charges on included features. 

    

2) Princess Cruise Line Alaskan Cruise Tour (LC910)- September 10-21, 2011 
Interior Stateroom $1,799.00 per person based on double occupancy 
Ocean View Stateroom $2,249.00 per person based on double occupancy 
Balcony Stateroom $2,499.00 per person based on double occupancy 
A $500.00 per person deposit required at time of reservation. Final payment due Friday, June 17, 2011. 

Included in Rate: Seven nights cruise accommodations, meals on board the ship, two nights hotel accommodations in Talkeetna, two nights Denali, Natural History Tour, and taxes/port charges on included features. 


Not included in above Rates: Airfare, trip cancellation insurance, shipboard gratuities, gratuities for drivers/guides, meals on the land portion of your trip, soft drinks/alcoholic beverages on board the ship, and items of a personal nature.

For more information on these packages, go to the Forum website: www.usacanadalionsforum.org and click on the tab for Suzi Davis Travel Tour Information. Or call Suzi Davis Travel, toll free at: 866/592-0455. You can also email Suzi Davis Travel at: groups@suzidavis.com. 

For more activities in, and around Anchorage, including: glacier cruises, wildlife viewing, flight-seeing, Native Heritage Center, shopping, biking along Coastal Trail, kayaking, horseback riding, trails, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, fishing, Museum of History and Art, golfing, 4-wheeling, hiking, tram ride up Mt. Alyeska, birding, rafting…and more…visit the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.Anchorage.net.

Air Fare

As of October 29, 2010, round trip airfare from Chicago was under $450 per person on Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta and United. This price was good for traveling through the month of August 2011, as it appears airlines do not book beyond 10 months out. For a definite price and for booking purposes, you should be able to get September 2011 air fares during the month of November 2010. Direct flight time is approximately 6 hours. Some flights have a stop in at least one city such as Minneapolis, Seattle or Vancouver.

Did you know…there are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world?  (all receding)

Climate

Surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, and warmed by Japanese currents of the Pacific Ocean, Anchorage has a moderate, maritime climate with low humidity that contributes to its comfortable climate. Daytime temperatures in September average 55 degrees F/ 12 degrees C, with 12 hours of daylight. (The Termination Dust arrives in October to officially end Summer)

Did you know…Juneau is the only capital in the United States accessible only by boat or plane?  (Juneau is approximately 850 miles south of Anchorage, but rarely has a light snowfall that remains on the ground past noon)

What to Wear

The key to outdoor comfort in Anchorage is to dress in layers --- it’s the best way to be prepared when taking advantage of the areas many outdoor activities. Check out some of the high-tech fabrics on the market that are lightweight and made to work in all types of climates! Comfortable walking shoes and warm socks are appropriate for all seasons. Anchorage’s informality makes casual wear welcome virtually everywhere.

Did you know…The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7,200.000 (about 2.3 cents an acre?)  Seward's Folly

Thursday Evening Opening Banquet Speaker

MK Mueller – international trainer, coach and author. Having spent a month in a domestic violence shelter and deep from within the depths of despair, she experienced life-changing insights as she discovered that we are not victims because the power to effect change is always within us. Her 8 High-Ways Roadmap for Life have inspired and motivated women’s groups, hospitals, universities, and churches around the world. Her joy and down-to-earth humor immediately put people at ease, making her presentations heart-hitting and transformational.

Did you know… Alaska became the union’s 49th state on January 3, 1959.  There were 1500 entries in the competition to design a 49 Star and 50 Star USA flag.   The winner of the 50 Star flag was credited to 17-year old Robert G. Heft, who later became a member of the Saginaw Lions Club and District Governor for District 11-D1, Michigan.

Friday Luncheon Speaker

Martin Buser – Four-time winner of the Iditarod Dog Race, including holding the record for the fastest time, and the only racer to finish in less than 9 days. Martin mixes humor into his presentation, talks about perseverance, setting goals, team building and his experience on the Iditarod. He may also bring a few of his prized dogs. 

Did you know… Alaska is the largest state, covering 570,373 square miles, approximately one fifth of the entire U.S.!

Saturday Luncheon Speaker

President Wing-Kun Tam (Lions Clubs International President 2011-2012) – President Tam of Hong Kong China will speak on his Presidential Program.

Did you know… Alaska is home to the tallest mountain in the U.S. with Mt. McKinley standing at 20,320 feet.  (Known by the natives as Denali)

Saturday Evening Closing Banquet Speaker

Dan Bigley – “The last thing I ever saw was the bear that took my eyes.” In 2003, Dan was attacked by a grizzly bear, sinking her claws and teeth into his arms, legs, back and shoulders, before flipping him over and clamping her jaws around his face and chomping hard enough to pulverize bone. He was left for dead, lying alone, mangled on the ground, unable to move, feel or see. Today he is married, has two young children, and recently received his Master’s Degree in Social Work with a 4.0 GPA. He counsels kids and families dealing with trauma of their own, shares his story with community leaders, educators, troubled teens and others through dynamic presentations. He was named 2008 Alaskan of the by the Governor’s Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities.

Did you know… The population of Alaska is only 670,053 and compared to the population of bears in Alaska, there is one bear for every 21 people!  Bald Eagles are a common sight.