Monday to Thursday
July 15-18, 2002
at the Ritz Carlton in the heart of Philadelphia!
Keynote: "Eyewitness to Ordinary Evil: One CODA’s Way"
by Robert Hoffmeister
While we traditionally have our annual conferences from Thursday to Sunday, this year we're doing it differently. Because DEAF WAY II is happening at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC from July 8-13, we chose to have our conference begin just after DEAF WAY ends. We are hoping that some international codas who are coming for DEAF WAY II will be able to come to our conference as well. So to welcome them, we changed our usual practice.
The conference will be held at the AAA Five Diamond, Ritz-Carlton, located at Ten Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa. The Ritz offers gourmet quality meals and a fabulous banquet hall. There are many stunning views of Philly, which we are sure will, as you are soaking in your bathtub, enchant you. We have locked in an excellent rate of $110 per night plus tax. The rate is contracted for double and single rooms and an additional person may join a double for a $25.00 fee. This rate is available from Saturday, July 13th to Friday, July 19th for those of you who would like to come early or stay a day or two in Philly. All rooms are a first come first serve basis for the luxurious bathtubs. Believe us, the the showers and rooms are quite spectacular, but if you are a tub person you can request one in addition to the shower. You will have available to you: twice a day maid service, evening turndown service, complete concierge attention; 100% goosedown and non-allergenic foam pillows. multiline telephones with voice mail, computer and fax hookup; network dataport, Internet access - plush terry robes (if you want to keep them, the Ritz will sell them to you), ironing board and irons, premium bath amenities, 24 hour room service, complimentary overnight shoeshine, overnight laundry service, valet parking, complimentary morning newspaper and on-site fitness center. The Ritz has a spa featuring sauna, steam, massage and aromatheraphy treatments. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-241-3333 and reference CODA. All reservations should be received by the Hotel no later than June 15, 2002.
IMPORTANT NOTES: 1) After June 15, the room rate will go back to their normal rate of $325/night (eeek!), so make those reservations early! 2) If you have the bellmen help you with your luggage, the cost is $6 per bag!! Parking is at a premium as in any large city so if you plan to drive the fee is $18.00 per day. This has been discounted from the usual $28.00 per day for Coda members only. See more of the hotel itself by going to their website: www.ritzcarlton.com or call them at (215) 735-7700. There is much to see and do in Philadelphia, and the on-site concierge will be happy to help you with arrangements and reservations if you plan to stay on.
The hotel is in the heart of Philadelphia's shopping, dining and entertainment districts and also within walking distance of the City's cultural and historical sites. Five minutes from the hotel is "the most historic square mile in America." including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other famous sites. Philadelphia is also famous for being the home of more than just the Liberty Bell. Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin resided there; it is the home of the Quakers; the US Mint; and the place where the 1776 Declaration of Independence was signed! The Ritz is in the heart of the city, only one mile from the oldest part of town, Old City, and close to the Marketplace.
PLANES: If you are looking for a air travel discount contact Brenda Fain at Rodgers Travel, Inc./American Express l-800-825-1775. The local Philly number is 215-473-1775. Reference the CODA conference and you will be routed to either Brenda or other agents assigned to handle Coda Travel.
If you book prior to 60 days you can qualify for a 10% discount on lowest fares on either American Airlines or US Air, and 15% on mid-range fares. If your plans do not include a Saturday night stay, you might qualify for a zone-fare. This is business class with a 25 to 30% discount. If you book within 60 days, you qualify for 5% discount. Travel dates are July 12th to the 21st.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE: If you are making flight arrangements to Philly the cost of the airport shuttle is $20.00 per shuttle, with no limit on how many people are on it.
BUS: We are working on getting a bus from DEAF WAY in Washington, DC to the hotel in PA. At this time, it looks like one way transport will cost about $15 per person, depending on the number of people who will be taking the bus. More info in the May edition of the newsletter!
TRAINS: The train from the airport to Market St Station is $5.00/one way. Market St Station is very near the hotel. (Two blocks) If you are planning to take Amtrak it is about $3.00 from the 30th street train station by taxi. The station is about fifteen blocks from the hotel. Travel around the city is inexpensive if you take the Philly Plash (purple bus) at $4.00 per person or $10 for all day access.
Get ready for our Keynoter Bob Hoffmeister, a long-time regular at conferences. We will offer a variety of interesting, challenging, and touching breakout sessions and workshops. We will have an ice-breaker session, international panel, black tie optional banquet, dancing, much entertainment, and of course, our (in)famous Hospitality Suite, which is on its own floor, away from other hotel guests!
If you want to offer a workshop or facilitate a breakout session, contact our Program Chair, Ava Sterling. Are you able to be on the Newcomer's Panel? Call CODA Founder Millie Brother in CA at (805)682-0997.
For those who can't wait to get started, check out the Pre-Conference Activity. For those who relish long goodbyes, check out the Post-Conference Activity. Both offer additional opportunities to hang out with other Codas while taking in the sights of Philadelphia.
As always, we will be having our famous live and silent auctions, co-chaired by Helen Young and Marian Lage. Please consider bringing something to donate to this lively and fun event. At previous CODA Conferences, we have shown unfailing support for the Millie Brother Scholarship Auction. Contact Helen Young with your ideas, donations, and energy and let's show our coda brothers and sisters that we care about their education! All collected money goes to the Scholarship fund and every year, we have an essay contest. Two winners each receive $1,500 to help them further their education. With such an honorable goal, let's all give something to make this year's auction the best ever!
Some of our brother and sister members have become deaf later in life. We cherish these members and have found that hiring outside interpreters just doesn't work. We take care of our own, so if you are able to volunteer some of your time during the conference, please contact Nancy Holdren.
A limited amount of financial assistance will be available to help defray the cost of registration. Requests should be included with registration forms and should include name, address, phone, email, and number of previous conferences attended.
Want to offer something specific to one of the committees? Contact the appropriate chairperson. Having access problems? Nada problem! Call any of the Tripod people and we will help! We'll all see you in Philly!