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Rev Up for the 113th Grand Nest Convention in Indy!

Registration is open for the 113th annual convention of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, from July 16-19 at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  Lots of great activities are included in the registration fee (see agenda below).  Details and registration links may be found here.   Sign up early and save!

CONVENTION AGENDA:

TUESDAY 7.16

  • Grand Nest Officer’s Meeting
  • Grand Nest Spouse Activity & Luncheon
  • Optional Golf Outing
  • Pre-Con Water Park Activity
  • St. Louis Pond Sponsored Hospitality
  • Chef JJ’s Interactive Iron Chef Dinner Activity
  • Grand Nest Officer’s Reception & Dinner

WEDNESDAY 7.17

  • Optional Indy Motor Speedway Tour
  • Volunteer Giveback Interactive Experience
  • Parents & Youth Meeting
  • Youth Welcome Party
  • First Timer Meeting
  • Race to Indy Welcome Party

THURSDAY 7.18

  • Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Model Initiation
  • Youth Tour of Children’s Museum
  • Spouse/Guest Local Brew Bus Tour
  • All Industry Luncheon
  • Punch Bowl Dinner
  • Cincinnati Pond Sponsored Hospitality

FRIDAY 7.19

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Grand Nest Meeting & 2020 Convention Presentation
  • Youth Tour of the Zoo & Splash Pad Activity
  • Spouse/Guest Axe Throwing Experience
  • Convention Luncheon
  • Youth Dinner Banquet (14 and under)
  • Grand Nest Banquet

No Escaping Fun in the River City

Over 20 ganders and guests participated in a River City Escape Room experience on Wednesday, July 18, plus a few extra for the social next door at Nick’s Roman Terrace.  This was the first escape room experience for most participants, which made it an extra challenge.  While there were no great escapes to report (better luck next time!), everyone enjoyed the fun and fellowship.  Thanks to Keith Strohecker for making all the arrangements!

Meet the 2018/19 Grand Nest Officers

Meet the the 2018 Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International’s Grand Nest officers.  These individuals were elected and installed at the 112th annual Blue Goose convention held in July in Edmonton Canada (L-R):  Most Loyal Grand Gander Kim Bilbrey of the Dayton Pond; Grand Supervisor of the Flock Dan Rich of the Hartford Pond; Grand Custodian of the Goslings Michael Smith of the Florida Pond; Grand Guardian of the Nest Wendy Knizek of the BC (British Columbia) Pond.  We look forward to great things in the coming year!

Charity and Membership Emphasized at the 112th Grand Nest Convention

It was pointed out at the 112th Grand Nest Convention that promoting our cardinal precept of charity is one of the best ways to attract new members to Blue Goose. We are proud to report that during the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Blue Goose International cumulatively contributed over $223,000 in financial contributions; 2000 volunteer hours; over $68,000 in collected goods; and over $10,000 in scholarships. And some of the ponds’ charity reports are still coming in!  A final total will be included in the Grand Nest’s annual bulletin.

It is always inspiring and energizing to mingle with ganders across the US and Canada at the annual convention and to learn about other ponds’ charitable and social activities.  Dana Cullen and Mary Kay Marchetti had the honor of representing the Virginia Pond in Edmonton this July.  We look forward to sharing more information from the convention at an upcoming Pond meeting.

Thanks to the Edmonton Pond for hosting this year and for organizing such fun activities for ganders, spouses and kids!  Next year’s convention will be held July 16-19 in Indianapolis, IN.  Mark your calendars and watch for details!

Virginia Pond Dues – Pay Early and Save!

Virginia Pond annual dues will go up to $50 effective 7/1/2018. This is the first dues increase since 2012, when dues were increased at the Grand Nest level.

Ganders who pay dues for the 2018/19 Pond year prior to the 7/1 increase may do so at the old rate of $45.  Dues may be paid online via PayPal, or by check made payable to Blue Goose and mailed to: PO Box 74995, Richmond, VA  23236.

A large portion of ganders’ annual dues ($27) is passed through to the Grand Nest for operational expenses and reimbursement of travel for convention delegates.  A small portion of dues goes to the Southern Region’s convention fund.  The remainder is used for the local chapter’s operational expenses and welfare.

Feel free to contact an Executive Committee officer if there are any questions or about dues.

Precepts Put Into Practice at the 2017 Convention

Hats off to the Southern Region for hosting an outstanding convention in Savannah, GA July 11-14.
Without the help of each Southern Region Pond/Puddle we would not have been able to assemble a convention of great Blue Goose memories.
Our convention, while having some great fun, focused on our three precepts of Character, Charity & Fellowship.
The convention was filled with many firsts for Blue Goose.  We were the first to have a convention app to highlight our agenda and attendees, along with sponsors.  We were the first to have a charity activity start our convention and go through out the convention. We were the first to have a “First Timers” program.
Speaking of first timers….the South had over 24 “First Timers” in attendance.  This is awesome and really demonstrated how the Southern Region is coming alive with enthusiasm for this great organization.
Here is an article summarizing Charity at the 111th Grand Nest Convention.
We hope more ganders will join us next year in Edmonton, Canada for the 112th convention.
Linda Meik
Past Most Loyal Grand Gander
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International

Meet your 2017/18 Grand Nest Officers

The Grand Nest Officers inducted at the 2017 Convention are: (front left to right)  Grand Guardian Michael Smith from the Florida Pond; Grand Supervisor Kim Bilbrey from the Dayton Pond; and Grand Custodian Dan Rich from the Hartford Pond; (on screen) Most Loyal Grand Gander Mark Robertson from the Edmonton Pond.  Unfortunately, Mark was unable to be at the convention at the last minute and had to Skype in for the business meetings.

Photo by Neil Miller, Edmonton Pond