Just a reminder that it's time to get your reservations in to the Friends
of Nigeria (FON) Annual Celebration/Reunion on San Francisco Bay Aug.
10-12. We've got events planned from a panel discussion to a Dinner on
the Bay complete with African and San Francisco touches and goodies,
along with a scenic wine tour. We have a premeeting walking tour of the
Bay. The registration form is below. Please register now. If you have
friends coming in from out of town, note:
DISCOUNT RATES AT THE HOTEL BERESFORD NEAR UNION SQUARE ARE GUARANTEED
ONLY THROUGH WEDNESDAY, JULY 10.
These rates are $95-105 per room in a fun hotel in a great location at a
price that is extremely competitive anywhere near SF in the height of
tourist season. Call the hotel at 415-673-9900 or 800-533-6533. The rates
are available before and after the meeting period, but extended discounts
must be booked through the 415 number. Hotel website is
And PLEASE use the coupon below to make reservations this week for our
Bayside dinner. We're a small organization, and need a head count as
early as possible. You may send questions to Maureen Osen at
Thanks! Look forward to seeing many of you next month,
Friday Aug. 10 through Sunday Aug. 12
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
8 TO 10 P.M.
Informal, no host reception at a popular downtown San Francisco
restaurant/pub to be announced - probably the Beresford Hotel
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Join long-time Bay Area resident Bud Abbott, Nigeria 19, at the
Fishermen's Wharf terminus of the Powell Street Cable Car for a walk
along the Bay pedestrian route toward the Golden Gate Bridge. Bud is
biologist who is running a habitat restoration project on the Bay. Stop
for lunch at a deli enroute to our meeting site at Fort Mason. (Contact
Bud at abbco@...
12:30 P.M. TO 10 P.M.
Reunion and gathering at the Firehouse
at Fort Mason on San Francisco Bay.
All day: Watch for a BOOK SALE, organized by Karen Keefer, Nigeria 26
('66-'68). This collection includes works by Nigerian authors, as well
RPCVs. Some new copies, some old and some autographed by people whose
names you will probably recognize. Proceeds will benefit FON.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting
a. FON business
b. Proposed Back to Nigeria Trip
c. Microloans and FON
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Guest speaker/panel - An update on Nigeria and the world from a
U.S.-Africa perspective. Hosted by Father Edward Inyanwachi, a Ph.D
candidate at the University of San Francisco
3:45 to 5:30 p.m. - Entertainment -- possible special guest solo play
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Wine tasting/reception. The wine tasting will be
moderated by FON member Norm Gary, Nigeria 01, as well as a casual
wine/beer/soft drink bar on the patio. View Alcatraz, the Golden Gate
Bridge and more. No host.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Dinner Buffet. Dinner is included in registration,
but you're welcome to bring a favorite dish. We'll also have available
premium wines (and also a familiar drink from Nigeria) and desserts from
a major San Francisco bakery.
Over dessert, Charlene Baldwin, Nigeria 24, and her son, who was born
while she was in Peace Corps service in Lalupon from 1966 to 1968, will
give us a look at her Nigerian hometown through the years. Charlene has
returned to Nigeria regularly for 40 years and her presentation will
depict the changes she saw over time.
$60 contribution per person covers facility, dinner, a beautiful day with
a beautiful view and surprises. Any net proceeds benefit FON's VSO
Support Program. Public transportation is available and parking is
relatively easy, often at no cost on the street, near the Firehouse.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
A Tour of California's "Other" Wine Country
Join Norm Gary, Nigeria 01, currently a California wine consultant who is
familiar with various California wine producing areas. We'll travel by
bus to a selection of Santa Cruz Mountain wineries just south of San
Francisco. The wines of this lesser known region are comparable to the
far more crowded and commercialized Napa and Sonoma valleys. The bus will
enable everyone to partake of the wine guilt free with no need to drive.
We may return to San Francisco via the strikingly gorgeous San Mateo
Coast. Rates will be approximately $100 to $120 per person. Please sign
up now to request a reservation with a $75 deposit.
Don't forget that we have negotiated special rates at the Beresford Hotel
on Sutter Street in San Francisco. It's about a 45-minute scenic walk
from the meeting site, or a short easy cab ride or more adventurous bus
ride away. Contact the Beresford at 800-533-6533, 415-673-9900 or,
www.beresford.com. Explain you are with FON or the Nigeria group for
special rates ($95-105) through July 10. The rates are available for
stays beyond the weekend, but extended discount rates must be booked
through the hotel's direct (415) number, not toll free number (800).
Please sign up as early as possible to help us plan the best event
Name:_______________ No. of persons and names___________
FON member: __Yes, __No, but I want information on joining (someone will
get back to you). __No thanks.
FON affiliation: RPCV? __Yes, group no., __ Other________________
__I'm coming to the Aug. 11 event. Enclosed is $60 per person.
__I'm interested in the wine tour. Enclosed is my deposit of $75 per
person, refundable before July 1.
__ I'm not sure about the wine tour. Put my name down and I'll let
you know if I'm interested if there is still space.
Please send your reservation to:
Maureen Osen (08/'63-'65)
1413 Belleville Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Nigeria
For further information, contact Maureen at the above address or
, or 408-530-8472.
MEETING DETAILS WILL BE UPDATED ON THE FON WEBSITE:
www.friendsofnigeria.org, or join a discussion at the FONmembers
GoogleGroup site http://groups.google.com/group/FONmembers
Phone/fax (650) 854-2653
Cell (650) 722-1889
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