by Carla Ruschival

It's already November, and ACB is getting closer and closer to going gold. The 2011 ACB conference and convention is set for July 8-16 in Reno, Nev., and you will want to be there to help us celebrate ACB's 50th anniversary.

The conference hotel is the fabulous John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort Casino. It features two 29-story towers with over 1,500 rooms, eight restaurants, six bars, pool, fitness center, and of course a casino.

This month's featured restaurant in the hotel is the Noodle Hut. Enjoy quick and tasty Asian specialities like won ton noodle soup, pad thai or sushi; chopsticks are optional. Visit another time and feast on pasta favorites such as spaghetti and meatballs and Cajun pasta. The Noodle Hut is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is conveniently located next to Trader Dick's bar on the main casino floor.

By the time you read this article, the conference and convention committee will have completed its fall visit to Reno. At this time, we generally interview transportation providers and exhibit hall decorators. We visit potential tour sites and begin working with the hotel on accessibility issues. We begin recruiting volunteers and identifying potential corporate sponsors. Even though the conference doesn't happen until next July, fall is a crucial time in the planning process.

Work has begun on session programs and schedules, exhibits, advertising and sponsorships, and more. Materials will soon be available for affiliates, committees, and companies who wish to participate in the ACB 50th anniversary conference. To insure that your company or agency receives information on how to become a part of this exciting opportunity, let us hear from you right away (see contact information below).

It's not too early to stake your claim in Reno. Make hotel reservations by calling the John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort Casino at 1-800-648-1177. Use group code "gblind" to insure that you receive the ACB rate of $87 per night (single/double) plus tax. Remember that there is a $10 charge per night for each additional person in your room.

New this year: You can make hotel reservations on-line. Visit to check it out. Be sure to give us feedback concerning your online reservation experience.

For more information, call the ACB national office at (202) 467-5081 or 1-800-424-8666, or contact Carla Ruschival, chair, ACB national conference and convention committee, at (502) 303-7042 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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