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American Women's Club of Hamburg

FAWCO and FUN 2008 Regional Conference of Regions 2 and 5

All members of FAWCO clubs in Region 2 (Denmark, Finland, Moscow, Norway and Sweden) and in Region 5 (Austria and Germany) are cordially invited to attend our joint Regional FAWCO Conference in Lüneburg, Germany (50 km south of Hamburg) November 7 to 9, 2008
at the Hotel Bergström
Bei der Lüner Mühle, 21335 Lüneburg
Tel. +49 (0) 4131 3080, www.bergstroem.de


A Microsoft Word version of this invitation may be found here: regional_invite_lueneburg.doc

Lüneburg is a 1050 year old Hanse city with unspoiled historic sites, retaining a visible display of its medieval wealth from the salt mines / salt export to the Baltic /Russian countries. Three large churches built between 1376 -1480 in pureBackstein-Gothik, (where J.S.Bach studied), the Rathausbuilt in 1230, and many streets and locales in original structure show the importance of this town long before Hamburg existed. Lüneburg is easily reached by train (Intercity) or Autobahn(A250), with every site in walking distance to the hotel and train station.

This long weekend will give us a chance to combine FAWCO information and FAWCO work with sightseeing, relaxing, chatting and getting to know each other.
This Regional Conference has the key topic ‘Preparation for Vilnius’ our 2009 FAWCO Biennial Conference, but offers a place to meet club members in our two regions, with planned time for fun and sightseeing.

A proposed agenda as of July 1, 2008, subject to additions and slight changes:

Friday, Nov. 7 18:00 arrival at the hotel, conference room ‘Mühlensaal’
Welcome drinks and introduction to Lüneburg
19:00 Dinner with getting to know each club and attendees
followed by ‘The latest news from FAWCO’ by FAWCO Board members

Saturday, Nov.8 Conference room ‘Mühlensaal’
9:00 Introduction to VILNIUS, site of our next FAWCO biennial conference 2009
by Angelika McLarren and Sharon Lochocki, co-chair ladies of the conference
9:30 Region 5: Vilnius Conference program and volunteer plan,
open volunteer positions, etc.
10:30 Region 2: Pre- and Post Conference Plan and Status, etc.
11:30 Heart Pillow project and other NGO / US liaison information (tbd)
12:00 Lunch-Buffet at the restaurant ‘ Marina Caffee’
13:00 Walk to highlights of Lüneburg and visit of the Rathaus
16:30 Free time for shopping, a beer at the downtown brewery, a coffee, etc.
18:30 Dinner at the restaurant ‘Kennedy, Mühleninsel’ (Hotel Bergström)
21:00 Medieval Lantern walk with the night-watchman (Nachtwächter)

Sunday, Nov. 9 9:00 Meeting at the hotel Bergström
Walk to the ‘sunken part of town’ and visit of the St.Michael church
10:00 Visit of the Salt Mine and demonstration of medieval salt production
and its export by land and sea to the Baltic regions
12:00 Brunch at the hotel Bergström ‘Mühlensaal’
Summary of our work and plans and discussion of open points
14:00 End of the conference
Post-Conference activity: what did we not see but should? For all
with time to stay.

Cost of the conference, including conference rooms, coffee, lunch, both dinners, brunch and sight seeing : EUR 135,00
Drinks during meals are extra. The conference fee must be paid in cash at arrival at the conference.

Reservations to be sent to Frauke Rademacher-Heidemann, FAWCO Region 5 Coordinator at heiradem@aol.com. Reservations in written (e-mail) form only with

full name : ______________________________________________________

address : ______________________________________________________

city and code:___________________________________________________

e-mail : ______________________________________________________

telephone: ______________________________________________________

by September 10, 2008*

*Cancellations by October 15, latest. No shows without cancellations will be billed. Reason is committed conference arrangements and tours. (I will be traveling between September 20 and October 27 with little or no access to internet. Reason for the dead lines above).

Please address questions and suggestions also to heiradem@aol.com

For hotel reservations, please contact:
Hotel Bergström
tel. +49 (0) 4131 38609

The hotel has a block reservation for us until October 17, 2008.
Please use the code ‘FAWCO’ with your reservation.
We have special prices: Single room inclusive breakfast per night EUR 116,50
Double room inclusive breakfast per night EUR 151,50
With both regions attending we may need more rooms so ‘first come-first served’.
Please see www.lueneburg.de for alternate hotels.
The hotel Bergström will assist you with group taxi reservations from the airport to the hotel and return.
I look forward to seeing you in Lüneburg and I am convinced we will have FUN with FAWCO!

Frauke Rademacher-Heidemann
FAWCO Region 5 Coordinator
Tel. +49 (0) 4134 7946
Fax +49 (0) 4134 6064


A Microsoft Word version of this invitation may be found here: regional_invite_lueneburg.doc


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