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.
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.
|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
|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
|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.
- Adult and Youth (14 -18 years incl.)
- Starters: Scotch Broth and Mixed Salad
- Main Course:
- Prime Rib of Beef, or Maple and Ginger Glazed Salmon, or Stuffed Pepper
- Roasted Potatoes
- Neeps or Vegetable Medley
- Dessert: Adult - Drambuie Bread Pudding. Youth-Bread Pudding
- Adult menu includes choice of red or white wine
- Child (4 – 13 Years incl.)
- Starter: Mixed Salad only
- Main Course:
- Reduced size portions from adult menu choices,
- or Chicken Fingers with fries,
- or Pasta Marinara
- Dessert: Bread Pudding
- Infant (3 years or less) - No charge for the meal
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