It's time for Denver!
Please register before July 31 for Friends of Nigeria's biennial meeting, Aug. 3-4, in Denver. Rooms should still be available for $179 per night, including full buffet breakfast at the Holiday Inn - Cherry Creek. A few hotel rooms at a steeper discount rate of $99 per night, including breakfast, may still be available by calling Cynthia at the hotel at 303-388-5561, x 7171. (If you're interested in sharing a room, respond to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to match requests.)
We have an array of Nigerian cultural speakers and practitioners from the surprisingly vibrant Nigerian diaspora community in Denver and Santa Fe. The meeting will feature Nigerian American guest lecturers, an African themed dinner, and the usual taste of Star Beer if we can get it.
Those who wish will have easy shuttle, taxi or walking access to the nearby University of Denver, where the National Peace Corps Association's annual Peace Corps Connect (PCC) meeting is being held Aug. 5 and 6. You can drop your bags and take advantage of the Holiday Inn's rates up to two days before our Thursday evening Aug. 3 session and Friday, Aug. 4 meeting and dinner, and then stay at the same price through the weekend to attend the PCC meeting. The biennial meeting is required by FON's bylaws, and we typically schedule our meetings in conjunction with PCC to allow you to weigh in on national issues with the NPCA.
FON registration is $150 and includes a luncheon, as well as a dinner at the hotel, catered by a popular local West African restaurant. The dinner-only price is $40, available for spouse(s) and/or guests(s). All of Friday's events will take place at the hotel,
We plan three themes for the meeting: 1) Nigerian culture (drumming, tie and dye, Oshogbo art, ethnomusicology, and literature); 2) current or recent events in Nigeria; 3) Friends of Nigeria’s aspirations and future. Our goal is to create a meeting that will be interesting and fun, get you participating, and to ask your opinion about some of the crucial issues facing Friends of Nigeria. Some of the artists presenting will have their work products for sale.
For those who prefer dorm accommodations you can easily commute to our meeting from the University of Denver. Check the NPCA website for details: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/cpages/peace-corps-connect.
We will register and congregate at the hotel Thursday night, when we will also hold a Board of Directors meeting. Then Friday morning we will elect a new Board of Directors. The new board will then meet to elect FON officers. Both meetings are open to all FON members. Watch the website and newsletter for details.
Make your hotel registration by calling (844) 330-7212 and identifying yourself as part of the Friends of Nigeria Peace Corps group to ensure you will get the $179 (or $99) rate WITH free breakfast for everyone in the room. If you would like to make your reservation online, use this link: https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=rates&brandCode=hi&hotelCode=dencb&_PMID=99801505&GPC=fon
The rate for a double room is $179 plus 14.75% tax per night.