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2008 Schedule of Events

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Schedule of Events

Schedule subject to change

Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday 

Friday, August 1

Policy Board members meet with At-large Representatives
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“Meet the Candidates” Reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Optional. Open to all registrants.

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Saturday, August 2

NFDA Registration/Information Desk
7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Policy Board Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SATURDAY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Sonoma Wine Experience Tour
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (repeated on Tuesday)
The chateau at Domaine Carneros is considered one of the most beautiful wineries in North America.  The classic 18th century château-style building was was architecturally inspired by the historic Château de la Marquetterie owned by principal founder, Champagne Taittinger. This stunning winery specializes in sparkling wines such as Brut Vintage, Brut Rose and Blanc de Blancs Le Rêve.  These wines were repeatedly, rated “The Best Sparkling Wine in America.”  You will receive the logo sparkling wine flute as a memento of your visit. Then, you're off to Nicholson Ranch Vineyards and Winery, a winery nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma Valley.  Nicholson Ranch has received accolades for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah including a bronze medal at the Grand Harvest Awards for their Chardonnay Cuvee Natalie Estate.

Includes a gourmet box lunch, transportation, guide, and gratuity. 
$155 per person           (After June 16 – $165)

Alcatraz/Fisherman’s Wharf Tour (repeated on Tuesday)
2 – 6 p.m.
After a short 10-minute ferry ride across San Francisco Bay, you will arrive on the infamous Alcatraz Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the notorious federal penitentiary, home of the likes of Al "Scarface" Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly and Robert "The Bird Man" Stroud. From the prison cell house, you are given an award-winning audio tour which includes actual interviews of former guards and inmates! After the ferry ride back, you will have free time for shopping at and exploring Fisherman’s Wharf.

Includes ferry, audio tour of cell house, transportation, guide, and gratuity. 
$70 per person             (After June 16 – $80)

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Sunday, August 3

NFDA Registration/Information Desk
7:30 a.m. – Noon and 5 – 6:30 p.m.
 
Children’s Reception
We are unable to offer the Children’s Reception this year.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
Welcome Reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to see old friends and make new ones. Please indicate the number of people attending on the registration form.  Pre-registration is required.

SUNDAY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Golf Outing (Shotgun Start) 
8 a.m. (7 a.m. departure)

To tee it up at the Presidio is to stand in the footsteps of giants. Formerly part of the Nation’s oldest military post, historical leaders like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower visited and played there.  In 1995, the Presidio was converted to a National Park, making the famed golf course accessible to all. Perhaps it is only fitting that another giant, the legendary Arnold Palmer, was sought out to operate this treasure by the bay – hosting golfers of all abilities from around the globe. With the dedicated service and quality added by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, you too can expect a Presidio experience nothing short of “Presidential.”

Includes green fees, transportation to and from course, golf cart, bucket of balls, and lunch. For club rental information, contact Heidi Jensen hjensen@benchmarkdestinations.com or call 415-776-1051. Participation is limited. Maximum number of players: 48
$270 per player           (After June 16 – $280)

Walking Tour of Chinatown
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Discover the mystery and history of one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. Walk down Grant Avenue and see Chinese markets, restaurants, theaters, herb shops, temples, a fortune cookie factory, and much more. Attendees will enjoy a traditional dim sum lunch and experience the tradition of an authentic Chinese tea ceremony. When you leave Chinatown, you'll drive past Fisherman's Wharf, and view Coit Tower and the historic Ferry Building.

Includes dim sum lunch and tea, transportation, tour guide, entry fees, and gratuity.
$80 per adult               (After June 16 – $90) 

Sausalito Shopping and Muir Woods Tour
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic redwoods of Muir Woods. You will visit Muir Woods and take a walk among the regal redwood trees. Then, off to the charming seaside town of Sausalito, where you can shop at your leisure. Upon returning to San Francisco the bus will stop on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge for photo opportunities.

Includes admission, transportation, guide, and gratuity.
$75 per adult               (After June 16 – $85)

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Monday, August 4

NFDA Registration/Information Desk
7 a.m. – Noon

Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 8 a.m.

Association Stewardship Café
8 – 11:45 a.m.
Facilitated by Jeff De Cagna, Principled Innovation LLC

The future of associations is filled with new challenges and opportunities, and staff and volunteer leaders must think creatively about how to anticipate what's next and embrace what is possible.  Using a uniquely powerful method of strategic conversation, the Association Stewardship Café will engage you and your colleagues from around the country in a deeper exploration of the emerging trends and issues facing your organization.  Through this compelling learning experience, you will build your capacity to create a more vibrant future for your association!

MONDAY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Sail San Francisco Bay Tour
12 – 4:30 p.m.

This Bay Cruise will take you past Fisherman’s Wharf and under the Golden Gate Bridge. En route you’ll pass Fort Mason, the marina district, St. Francis Yacht Club and the Presidio. Under the Golden Gate Bridge you’ll have excellent photo opportunities. After cruising close to the Marin Headlands and Sausalito, you’ll head past Angel Island and around Alcatraz. Here’s the best part—guests will be broken into teams and take over the responsibilities of navigating the yacht around San Francisco Bay.

Includes transportation, lunch, exclusive use of Glory Days sailing vessel, guide, and gratuity.
$160 per adult             (After June 16 – $170)

Cypress Lawn Tour
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Ken Varner, President and CEO, invites you to tour and have lunch at Cypress Lawn, Northern California’s premier historic cemetery.  Cypress Lawn was the first cemetery in the United States to open and operate a crematory and columbarium in 1893!

Today, Cypress Lawn is once again preparing for the future with a new 33,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style funeral home and reception center designed to cater to the area’s diverse, multicultural families. You’ll also see the newly opened cemetery; complete with lakes, fountains and specialized cremation gardens.  As Cypress Lawn serves a large number of Asian families, each new area of the cemetery is designed in accordance to the traditional principles of Feng Shui.

Includes transportation, lunch and tour.
Free - limited to 100 people

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Tuesday, August 5

NFDA Registration/Information Desk
7 a.m. – Noon

Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 8 a.m.

Funeral Service Stewardship Café
Facilitated by Jeff De Cagna, Principled Innovation, LLC
8 – 11:30 a.m.

Funeral service is changing, and funeral directors must change with it.  Once again, using the World Café approach to strategic conversation, you will engage in a series of rich dialogues with your colleagues from around the country about the challenges your funeral home faces today and going forward.  Collaborate with your peers, brainstorm new answers to difficult questions, and devise fresh solutions to the problems so you can keep your business reaching new levels of success!

TUESDAY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Alcatraz/Fisherman’s Wharf Tour
Noon – 5 p.m.

After a short 10-minute ferry ride across San Francisco Bay, you will arrive on the infamous Alcatraz Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the notorious federal penitentiary, home of the likes of Al "Scarface" Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly and Robert "The Bird Man" Stroud. From the prison cell house, you are given an award-winning audio tour which includes actual interviews of former guards and inmates! After the ferry ride back, you will have free time for shopping at and exploring Fisherman’s Wharf.

Includes transportation, ferry, audio tour of cell house, guide, lunch and gratuity. 
$105 per person           (After June 16 – $115)

Sonoma Wine Experience Tour
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
The chateau at Domaine Carneros is considered one of the most beautiful wineries in North America.  The classic 18th century château-style building was was architecturally inspired by the historic Château de la Marquetterie owned by principal founder, Champagne Taittinger. This stunning winery specializes in sparkling wines such as Brut Vintage, Brut Rose and Blanc de Blancs Le Rêve.  These wines were repeatedly, rated “The Best Sparkling Wine in America.”  You will receive the logo sparkling wine flute as a memento of your visit. Then, you're off to Nicholson Ranch Vineyards and Winery, a winery nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma Valley.  Nicholson Ranch has received accolades for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah including a bronze medal at the Grand Harvest Awards for their Chardonnay Cuvee Natalie Estate.

Includes a gourmet box lunch, transportation, guide, and gratuity.  
$155 per person           (After June 16 – $165)

Left My Heart in San Francisco Reception
6 – 7:30 p.m.

After enjoying the sights and sounds of San Francisco, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful mix of cultures.  Join us for a taste of California pizza, featuring brie baked in pastry, sour dough bread with chowder, California roll sushi, fruit and cream display and a dim sum station.  (Children under 3 are free.)

Adults                                                 Children (ages 3-12)
$40 per person                                     $25 per child
(After June 16 — $50)                        (After June 16 - $35)

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Wednesday, August 6

NFDA Registration/Information Desk
7:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 8 a.m.

Form 990: What Every Association Board Member and Executive Must Know
Paula Cozzi Goedert, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
8 – 9:30 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service has gotten into the business of supervising the governance of non-profits.  The new Form 990 requires non-profits to have many policies in place during 2008 to avoid scrutiny or audit in 2009.  Form 990 also requires some thoughtful consideration of presentation on governance issues, for both IRS and public consumption.  Get tips from a non-profit tax expert on how to answer the new questions to minimize scrutiny of your association.

Breakout by Office
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Discuss topics related to your specific role, while sharing ideas that are important to your association’s success. Breakouts are as follows:

  • Presidents                                                
  • Vice Presidents                            
  • Secretaries/Treasurers
  • Executive Directors/Secretaries
  • Past Presidents

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