We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for our 82nd Annual Meeting.
To start off the meeting, on Wednesday, June 28th, we will have our traditional golf tournament held on the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Their signature hole is the famous floating 14th green. Golfers are transported to the golf course from the hotel by the resort’s luxury mahogany speed boats. It is only about a 10 minute cruise on the lake to the course. This is also how you get to the resort’s infinity pool, beach, and tennis courts as they are located right next to the golf course.
Wednesday evening will be the Welcome Reception, that will be held at the hotel on a large deck overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene. Please come and say hello to old friends and enjoy drinks and appetizers as we kick off the meeting. This year will be a bit different from our usual event, in that it will be a true reception with drinks and appetizers only, not a full buffet dinner. The main street of Coeur d’Alene, with many restaurants of all types and budgets, is just a short walk out of the front door of the hotel. We want everyone to have an opportunity to get out and see the town, so we purposely left Wednesday and Friday nights open for people to make their own dining arrangements.
Thursday evening is going to be our main social event. We are going to get away from the hotel and take a short 15 minute coach ride to Settler’s Creek, a 100 year old historic homestead and farm that has been revitalized as an event center. You can get a preview at their website, settlerscreek.com. This is a beautiful outdoor venue whose hosts have a passion for food and service. All of the food is prepared on site from scratch using the best local and regional ingredients. There will be a cocktail hour with time to explore the grounds, relax, and maybe even take a hayride. There will be games for the kids then it’s time for dinner. During dinner, we will be entertained by John Denver tribute artist, Ted Vigil. There is nothing like enjoying the Rocky Mountain music of John Denver outside and Ted does an amazing tribute. Enjoy the music, time with friends, then relax and watch the sun go down and the stars come out. The coaches will cycle back to the hotel so you can stay as long as you like.
Only 30 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene is Silverwood Theme Park, the #1 tourist attraction in Idaho. It has tons of rides plus a huge waterpark. We are planning a trip for the kids on Friday so make sure to bring the entire family to the meeting this year. There is so much to do in the Coeur d’Alene area for everyone. The resort hotel is located right on the lake so you have all kinds of water activities. There are bike rentals and paddle board rentals just a short walk out of the front door of the hotel. There are miles of bike paths and great hiking around Tubbs Hill, a city park next to the hotel. If you are daring, join all of the locals jumping off the rocks into the clear waters of the lake on a hot day.
For those who are looking for pampered luxury, look no further than the Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa. For four consecutive years, The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa has been ranked one of the top resort spas in America, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, and MSNBC.com named it one of the “World’s Most Romantic Spas”. After a day at the spa, you should definitely plan to visit Beverly’s, the resort’s gourmet restaurant. The food and the view are the best in the area. Beverly’s wine cellars are rated as some of the best in the Pacific Northwest and we plan to offer several wine tasting tours for small groups as well as a cooking class with Beverly’s top chefs.
Our Friday evening President’s Reception will be a before-dinner cruise on the lake, one of the must do items on a visit to Coeur d’Alene. We will leave the resort at 5:30 and be back by 7:00 so make any dinner reservations for after that. It is a great way to see the surrounding beauty of the lake region and unwind after a busy day.
Saturday evening will see our traditional Installation Dinner and Dance. Plan to brush up on your swing dance steps as we are having Pearl Django as our evening entertainment. Pearl Django is known around the Northwest as Seattle’s premier gypsy jazz band and one of my favorites so we are really excited that they agreed to make the trip to Coeur d’Alene to play for us. Get a preview of them at www.pearldjango.com.
The best thing about coming to Coeur d’Alene is that it is so easy to get to. Contrary to popular belief, Idaho is not all in the middle of nowhere. The resort offers round trip luxury shuttle van transportation to the Spokane, Washington International Airport, only 40 minutes away! There are direct or non-transfer flights from all major West Coast airports. The town is totally walkable from the hotel, so there is no reason to need a rental car.
Melissa and I are so excited to host everyone at this amazing gem of the Northwest. Chandur Wadhwani and Amerian Sones have assembled a great scientific program featuring honorary members Frank Spear and Dave Mathews doing a joint presentation to open the meeting on Thursday morning. So come one, come all and meet your friends in Coeur d’Alene, June 28 – July 1, 2017. Registration will open in early January.
Rodger and Melissa Lawton