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Frequently Asked Questions

I appreciate the questions I have received. I will attempt to answer them here, as many are of general interest.
Here are your latest questions

− Dave asks: I can't wait for the convention. How can I view the video that was shown during the presentation made in Portland?
    − Actually, it was Salem. I have placed the video on the convention web site, http://2017avaconvention.org/downloads.html where you can either view it or download it and view it. There are several different formats.

− Carol says: Suggest lodging information on the website, especially interested in any RV lodging.
    − Of course, the first option is to stay at the convention hotel, the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. You can make your reservations now using code AVA617. In the Billings area there are several other hotel chains and at least three RV parks. We are working on negotiating a discount, but I do not yet have finalized information for that.

− From Brian: For pre- and post-convention walks, is the expectation that we will find and secure our own lodgings, or will AVA suggest locations with special rates as it's doing for the Convention? I ask because if we're on our own, I want to get a head start in securing lodging through providers such as Airbnb.
    − The expectation is you will find and secure your own lodging. We are working with several different hotels and RV parks in Buffalo, Red Lodge and Cody (as well as Billings in case you miss out on the convention hotel) for favorable discounts, and will make those known as soon as they are finalized.

− Cindy asks: Do you have a pdf brochure yet?
    − Nope. I expect it will be available before the online registration becomes active. We still have some work to do to finalize all of the details.

− Carol wants to know: How far are the walks during the convention in terms of mileage or driving time? Will shuttle bus service to these walks be available for a fee?
    − There will not be transportation provided for the pre- and post-convention events. If you start from Crazy Horse (NOT a convention walk), it is 150 miles to Buffalo, Wyoming for the first pre-convention walk on Monday June 5. Then it is 105 miles to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and that is about 60 miles from Billings. All of the events in Billings start at the hotel. If transportation is necessary it will be included in the cost of the event. The first post-convention event is in Red Lodge, Montana, 60 miles. Then on Sunday Cody, Wyoming is about 60 miles further on.


About the 20th AVA Biennial Convention Committee

During the 19th AVA Biennial Convention, the Rocky Mountain Region (for Billings, Montana) and the Northeast Region (for Albany, New York) presented options for the location of the 20th AVA Biennial Convention. A vote was taken, and the Rocky Mountain Region was selected to present the convention in Billings, Montana. The convention will be held the week after Crazy Horse, June 7-9, 2017.

The 20th AVA Biennial Convention Committee was formed. Sherry Sayers is the ChairPerson, Lynette Reagan is the Volunteer Coordinator, and Charlie Gentile is the "SpokesPerson". The AVA Liaison to the convention committee is the Rocky Mountain Regional Director, Frank Sayers.

Although none of us live in Montana, we have each made several trips to do the coordination required. This convention will be a little bit different, with not as many events, fewer days, and more time between functions. We will not only be able to complete the business of the AVA, but have time to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful state of Montana. Hope to see you there.