2014 Fall Board Meeting and Symposium

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American Daffodil Society
2014 Fall Board Meeting and Symposium

Hosted by the Mid-South Daffodil Society

October 24-25 in Memphis, Tennessee

Open to all ADS members and their guests with advance reservation

Marriott Memphis East Hotel
5795 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119

Download Registration Form for the 2014 ADS Fall Board Meeting and Symposium!

Hotel Reservations: 800-228-9290 – open 24 hours, 7 days a week or www.marriott.com/memmm Group Code: ADSADSA for the special room rate $109 + tax, single or double occupancy. The hotel web site has 52 photographs representing all aspects of the facilities and services.

Hotel reservations must be made no later than Friday, October 10, 2014, to receive the group discount. You are encouraged, however, to book your room ASAP. Please also send in your registration ASAP, as it helps with advance planning.

Check-in time begins at 3 p.m., and check-out time is 12 noon. Guests must present at check-in a valid photo ID and the credit card used to guarantee the reservation. Hotel provides:

  • Free parking
  • Free shuttle within five miles of hotel (including Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden, Lichterman Nature Center, and many restaurants and shopping areas)

Getting to Memphis:

  • Driving directions can be found at the hotel website: www.marriott.com/memmm. A link to Maps and Transportation is at the bottom of the home page under Local Area header.
  • The Memphis International Airport (MEM) is served by American, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways. Delta provides more flights, but Southwest frequently offers the least expensive airfares. Southwest’s website may indicate that it flies into Memphis only from Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Orlando, and Tampa. If you are interested in possibly utilizing Southwest and want to compute the potential total airfare from your home to Memphis, please investigate the fare between your home airport and one of these five cities through which you might connect to Memphis.
  • Free on-call hotel shuttle service is available from and to Memphis International Airport. Shuttle hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests should call the hotel at 901-682-0080 for pick-up. Shuttles leave the hotel for the airport every hour on the hour. A round trip takes roughly 30 minutes.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, October 24
Throughout the day Arrival of ADS members and guests
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Finance Committee meeting
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Reception (cash bar)
7:00 p.m. Dinner, followed by Bulb Auction

Saturday, October 25
7:30 a.m. Board bus to travel three miles to Dixon Gallery and Gardens (some may travel in their cars); coffee, tea, fruit, and muffins will be available upon arrival. For any attendees not on the Board, guided tours of the Gardens are available Saturday morning, and guests are welcome to view the new Rodin exhibition in the gallery beginning at 10 a.m. Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts the annual Mid-South Daffodil Society/American Daffodil Society Daffodil Show, and we want to share with you this beautiful garden in the heart of Memphis. www.dixon.org

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Board meeting at Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

11:30 a.m. Box lunches will be distributed; board will continue to meet while eating if necessary.

1:15 p.m. Board bus to travel back to Marriott Memphis East

2 – 5 p.m. Symposium “Progress in Breeding Miniatures” with:

  • Michael Berrigan, Minnesota
  • Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland
  • Larry Force, Mississippi
  • Harold Koopowitz, California
  • Steve Vinisky, Oregon (Harold will give Steve’s presentation)

6:00 p.m. Reception (cash bar)
7:00 p.m. Dinner featuring guest speaker 2014 American Daffodil Society Gold Medal recipient Jan Pennings of the Netherlands, speaking on “Daffodils in China.”

Sunday, October 26
Breakfast is on your own; say goodbyes or stick around a few more days to check out some of the great Memphis attractions at www.memphistravel.com. October can be beautiful in Tennessee with cool weather and colorful fall leaves.

You are invited to attend the Mid-South Daffodil Society program on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, when Brian Duncan will make a special presentation titled “Snowdrops and Daffodils”.

Hope we see you in Memphis!