Sunday, April 22, 2012

Transportation from Pearson Airport

A number of potential 2012 AGM attendees have been concerned about transportation to the hotel from Pearson Airport. We have contacted a minibus company that is licensed to operate from Pearson who will pick people up from the airport and drop them at the hotel on the Friday at set times. When you book your flight to Pearson, please let us know if you would be interested in the airbus and we’ll take it from there.

The cost is going to be about $30 per person (including tax and tip). This is about $20 cheaper than taking a cab from the airport.

We suggest that you do not rent a car if you are coming just for the AGM as the schedule will be filled with things to do.

  • Nearly every Toronto-area taxi company accepts the major credit cards (VISA and MasterCard). However, check with the taxi driver that she/he will take the credit card you have.
  • Most companies also accept American bills. Again check before if they accept American dollars.
  • A number of taxi companies offer a senior rate. Ask before if the taxi does offer a seniors’ discount and be prepared to show proof.
  • The taxi will cost approximately $50 to $55 from the airport to the hotel, including taxes. Some, such as Airport Taxi, charge $47 to the hotel, but you must prebook your trip.
We will have a taxi sign-up sheet at the AGM registration so you can coordinate a ride back to the airport with someone else to split the costs.

Please note you will need a passport to cross the Canada-US border.

(Posting by Victoria)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Silent auction XV

American Ricardians David and Judy have very generously donated a signed Graham Turner print of Richard III, called The March from Leicester to the Silent Auction. 

The framed print measures 17 inches by 13 inches (43 cm by 33 cm). 

Please note that there will be a reserve bid on this item.

A signed Graham Turner print of The March from Leicester.
(Posting by Victoria)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Morris McGee Raffle

This year, we are doing something different at the AGM to raise funds for the McGee Fund. Instead of the Sunday breakfast, we are holding a raffle instead. The reason for this is because Sunday’s breakfast, traditionally reserved for American Society fundraising, is covered by the cost of your hotel room.

McGee raffle tickets can be bought at the time of your registration at the AGM and until the raffle closes on Saturday. The McGee raffle draw is slated to be held after the banquet dinner on Saturday, so be sure to leave room in your suitcase for your goodies.

If you would like to make a donation to the McGee raffle, please let myself and Nita of the American Society know. If you can send a description and photograph of the items, I will post it to our blog. We hope to have a formal list of raffle items by the end of June. Please bring the items with you to the AGM.

If you would like to take part in the McGee raffle, but are unable to attend, please let us know and we will send you a list of raffle prizes closer to the AGM. If people want to participate in the raffle and are unable to attend they should make arrangements with a friend who is attending the AGM to bring home any prizes for them. Unfortunately, sending prizes by mail is very expensive.

The cost of raffle tickets will be $2 for one, $5 for three, $10 for seven.

To get the ball rolling, I have donated a cross-stitch stained glass bookmark to the raffle (see below). 

Good luck!

This medieval-themed bookmark will look
wonderful in your favourite edition of
Josephine Tey's 
The Daughter of Time

(Posting by Victoria)