Canadian Branch Gathering

CMA Canadian Branch 68th Annual Gathering, 15 to 17 September at Brantford ON

The plans are complete. Now it is time to Register.

STEP 1: Book Your Hotel Room

Book your room at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Brantford, September 15 thru 17 2017.

Photo of Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, Brantford, Ontario

A block of rooms is set aside, consisting of suites @ $129.99 per night and standard rooms @ 109.99 per night plus tax. The cut-off date for these rooms is August 15 so book now to avoid disappointment. The hotel will honour this rate as long as rooms are available but we are advised this is busy time in Brantford.

For room bookings contact the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center at toll free 1-877-341-1234 or local 1-519-753-8651. Reference “Clan Macpherson.”

STEP 2 – Plan Your Stay in Brantford

Brantford is located on Hwy 403 and is 100 km (60 miles) from Toronto to the east and London to the west. The nearest airport is 50 km (30 miles) away located south of Hamilton. Airports located in all three cities serve Brantford.
Photo of Bell Homestead with original telephone office next door. Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell conceived the telephone while he was living in Brantford? Did you know that he set up the world’s first long distance telephone call between Paris Ontario and Brantford? You can visit the Bell Homestead and Museum to find out more.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON SEPTEMBER 16

Events
Jazz Festival http://brantfordjazzfestival.com Harmony Square Brantford
Apple Festival http://stgeorgeapplefest.com St George Ontario
Auto Show www.brantfordkinsmen.ca/carshow.html Paris Ontario Fairground
 
Points of Interest
Bell Homestead Museum http://www.bellhomestead.ca
Glenhyrst Art Gallery http://www.glenhyrst.ca
Canadian Military Heritage Museum http://canadianmilitaryheritagemuseum.ca

Brantford is a Best Blooming city winner and has flower bed displays in various parks throughout the city.

For those who like a good walk, there are marked trails in the area

STEP 3 – Get Ready for the Gathering

The Schedule of Activities for the Gathering is designed to maximize your stay in Brantford and allow time to meet old friends and new:

SCHEDULE FOR GATHERING
WHAT WHEN WHERE Notes
Friday September 15
Check-in to Hotel 4:00PM Lobby  
Registration 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Lobby  
Supper 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Restaurant At Member expense
Chairman’s Reception 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM Gretzky Room Snack will be available
 
Saturday September 16
Breakfast 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Restaurant Discount Coupon
Council Meeting 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Alex Graham Bell Room  
Annual General Meeting 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Alex Graham Bell Room  
Lunch 12:00 PM At member expense
Free time 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Members choice See list of Things to See and Do
Cocktails 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM Alex Graham Bell Room See after dinner program
Highland Dinner 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM    
 
Sunday September 17
Breakfast 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM Restaurant Discount Coupon
Rendez-Vous at Church 9:45 AM Central Presbyterian Church 97 Wellington St  
Kirkin O’ the Tartan 10:00 AM-11:00 AM    
Group Photo 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM Victoria Park Near church
Check-out of Hotel 12:00 PM    
Sunday Tea 1:00 PM Bob and Sondra Archibald Residence 25 Golfdale Rd., Light lunch available

We are offering a special menu at the Highland Dinner for children accompanying their parents. There are choices to suit almost everyone.

The menus choices for each person will be entered on the Gathering Registration Form which is returned to the Hon. Treasurer. Meal tickets reflecting the choices made will be issued at Registration time in Brantford. These will be presented to the waiting staff at the dinner.

STEP 4 – Registration

This year you will have a choice of manual registration using a fill-in form that is returned with your cheque or money order by post, or an on-line payment by PayPal using an on-line form.

To encourage participation by families we are offering special registration rates for younger persons accompanying their parents.

Members are encouraged to register before September 10 to ensure that meal selections can be filled by the hotel.

For manual registration click here for the form: 2017_Gathering_Registration_Form.pdf

For online registration: CLICK HERE.

For additional information and assistance contact:
Edward (Ed) Smith CD
Chairman, Canadian Branch Gathering Committee
or
519-802-8821