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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AND MEMBERS WITH A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS.  PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD IS REQUIRED AND SUBJECT TO A  $3 SERVICE FEE 

2022 ARCOA Convention and Memorial Service

  • 26 Jul 2022
  • 29 Jul 2022
  • Washington D.C.

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Welcome to the 2022 ARCOA Convention and Memorial Service with a return to Washington D.C.  For many, our overseas adventure began after training here.  For most, this is a much-anticipated return to see old friends, make new ones, and continue the adventure and travel that originally attracted us to Red Cross. 

ACCOMMODATIONS: State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, Washington D.C. 20037, located 0.5 mi from Red Cross Headquarters, https://www.stateplaza.com.  Suite rooms have been reserved July 25 – July 29 (checkout July 30).  Rates are offered 3 days before and after the event subject to availability. 

Online reservations:  ARCOA Reservations LINK (ignore the message “only 5 rooms remaining”)

Phone Reservations:  800-424-2859 Refer to Group Code 67849E to get the special group rate. 

King Suites - $169/nite + tax = $194.27            Queen/Queen Suites - $189/nite + tax =$217.26

Plenty of rooms reserved because we hope to see so many of you

 

SPECIFIC TIMES BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO SLIGHT CHANGES AS SPECIFIC EVENTS ARE FINALIZED

Tuesday July 26th 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm REGISTRATION begins at State Plaza Hotel.  Rooms are not available until 3 p.m. so take some time to visit or plan your stay, or plan to arrive on Monday.  All efforts will be made to make registration packets easily accessible throughout the Convention.

Tuesday July 26th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm NO HOST RECEPTION/ICEBREAKER State Plaza Hotel Diplomat and Ambassador Rooms enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) in the convenience of the hotel.  Refunds will be issued if you miss the event due to a changed, delayed, or cancelled flight.

Wednesday, July 27th - 7:30 am BUS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTS HOTEL

  Korean War Vets Memorial - Welcome to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.  All attendees should use the ARCOA provided bus to ensure required seating by 9 am for the 10 am, one-hour ceremony.  Buses will return to the hotel at one specified time to be announced later.  Rest of the day is free to explore or relax.

Thursday, July 28th   9:00 am ARCOA BUSINESS MEETING – Red Cross Headquarters – 430 17th Street NW in the Tiffany Circle Hall – 2nd floor.  Attendance number requested for refreshments and seating.

Thursday, July 28th 2:00 pm RED CROSS BUILDING TOURS given by ARCOA Secretary/Archivist Jackie Walters and Red Cross docents.  Includes the new display of Red Cross service in Korea. 

Friday, July 29th 10:00 am   ARCOA MEMORIAL SERVICE Tiffany Circle Hall, Red Cross Headquarters.  Traditionally held in the Fall, we will honor those Red Crossers whom we have lost since October 2019.  Take some time to visit the renovated Red Cross garden area.

Friday July 29th – 12:00 pm (following the Memorial Service) CONVENTION FAREWELL LUNCHEON Tiffany Circle Hall will serve as the venue for our Farewell Luncheon.  A catered buffet along with presentation of awards:  Condict Award, Presidential Award, RAFFLE PRIZES

A RAFFLE OF SPECIAL ITEMS WILL BE CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT THE CONVENTION WITH PRIZES DRAWN AT THE LUNCHEON.  THERE WILL NO SILENT AUCTION THIS YEAR.  IF YOU HAVE A SPECIAL, EASILY PACKED ITEM YOU THINK WOULD ATTRACT MANY RAFFLE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT SHIRLEY POWERS, arcshirley@yahoo.com or 505-821-2735.  WE ARE LOOKING FOR 10-12 SPECIAL ITEMS.


CONVENTION MENTIONS

Red Cross Korea Service

The 2022 ARCOA Convention is pleased to recognize anyone who has or is serving with Red Cross in Korea.  The Convention dates were selected to allow for attendance at the Dedication of the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on July 27, 2022.  The Convention is for everyone but let’s give a special shoutout to Red Crossers with time in Korea.

Washington D.C. + July = HOT AND HUMID!

Please remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, and whatever else you may need.  Consider bringing a refillable water bottle as your contribution to helping the environment, keeping the city clean, and just being a good steward of resources.  Of course, you may need a shawl or light sweater for air-conditioned buildings!

ARCOA Raffle

Reminder that there will NOT be a silent auction this year – just a raffle.  Prizes will be drawn at the Farewell Luncheon on July 29th.  Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the Convention.  We are shameless! 

ARCOA is looking for 10-12, easily packed, highly desirable items.  If you think you have an item or item(s) that would attract a lot of raffle tickets, please contact SHIRLEY POWERS, arcshirley@yahoo.com or 505-821-2735.  THANK YOU.

BE A TOURIST IN WASHINGTON D.C.

So much to do, so much to see, how to decide????  At this time (February 2022), it is hard to know what July in Washington D.C. will be like.  PLEASE go online or call various places to determine availability for visiting, touring, eating, etc.  Many museums and attractions require timed entry with limited attendance.  RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.  At this time, proof of vaccination/boosters or a current negative Covid-19 test are required in restaurants.  Obviously, we hope that all the issues facing businesses and nonprofits will be gone by July, but it would be foolish to not prepare ahead.  Below is some contact information for popular destinations to help you make plans for your visit.  Refer to the Convention Information page to help you plan any free time activities if you are interested in doing so or on days before and/or after the Convention.  We want you to enjoy this time.

https://washington.org/dc-information/coronavirus-event-attraction-information

Free Things to Do: The Best of Washington, DC | Washington DC

Official Visitors Guide & Request Form | Washington DC


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