Bicolanos will hold 1998 national convention in New York, August 1-2, 1998

In a little more than 30 days, delegations from different Bicol Chapters throughout the United States will gather in New York. La Guardia Marriott Hotel 102-05 Ditmar Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369 will be the convention center. The host of this upcoming Bicol National Association of America (BNAA) 1998 National Convention is Bicolandia Association, Inc. of the Eastern Seaboard, USA under the leadership of Carmen Rances, its president.

Ramon Belleza, current president of the Bicol National Association of America (BNAA) invites all Bicolanos to participate in this national event. While everyone longs for a comunity that is tolerant of a way of life that enriches that of the others, making this happen takes some involvement. BNAA for its part is proud to say that it has been involved in projects like, medical mission to the Far East, construction of pump wells to help the needy in the Philippines and many others. This year's convention will focus on Camaraderie, Collective Leadership and Unity of Purpose under the aegis of BNAA.

BNAA Convention Dinner in San Francisco, California

Camen Rances, President of the hosting organization conveys to all Chapter Presidents, Past Presidents, and Past BNAA Presidents, that the Bicolandia Association, Inc. of the Eastern Seaboard, USA is, to put it in her words, "pretty much on target insofar as preparation at our end is concerned." She urges everyon to keep deadlines in check as follows:
June 20th - submission by chapter Presidents of list of delegates attending the convention.
June 25th - Souvenir Journal advertisements/greetings/messages must be received to allow for printing deadline.
July 15th - cut-off date for hotel reservation to avail of a discounted rate of $105/day at La Guardia Marriott Hotel, La Guadia New York, 102-05 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst NY 11369.
Telephone: 1-800-228-9290 or 1-882-1043. When making your reservation ask for BNAA.

A look at the deliberation on the convention floor

Covention Activities:
Friday, July 31st - Delegatess start checking in at La Guardia Marriott Hotel
6:oo p.m. - an informal welcome for delegates and their families at:
St. Paul the Apostle Church Auditorium
98-16 53ed Avenue, Corona NY 11368
Tel. (718) 271-1100
Saturday, August 1st - Convention Proper at the Marriott Hotel
Saturday, August 1st - Evening: Gala Night. Cocktail starts at 7:30
Sunday, August 2nd - send off picnic at the Flushing Meadow Lake.
Fees and Payments
i. convention/Registration fee: $45 payable in advance by June 20.
ii. Dinner-dance $60 or $55 for out of State delegates ifpaid in advance.
iii. All Checks are payable to: the Bicolandia Association, Inc.
c/o Carment Rances
99-14 59th Avenue 4-b
Rego Park NY 11368

Wives of some local San Francisco-Bay Area BNAA members welcoming guest to dinner/ball

Chapter Displays:
Bulk material displays may be mailed 2 days prior to the convention to avoid storage problems. Address package to:BNAA Convention c/o Diane Hellreigell, La Guardia Marriott Hotel 102-05 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst NY 11369.

If you have any questions, please contact: Fred Ramin (516) 775-3570; Carmen (718)271-6957; Priscy Toribio (718) 353-2971; Frank Rabadam (516) 474-8212; Emmanuel (Boy) Pangan (516) 242-1837; Lita Pena (201) 432-2144; Linda Sia (201)420-0009.

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