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Two Ways to Register for Our Arizona
1. If you can open Microsoft
Word documents, download
the form to your computer, fill it out there, print it, and send it with
your check to our Convention Treasurer (as listed on form). If you have
entries only on the first page, that is all you need to print and send.
2. If you cannot open Word documents, print and complete the form found in
the Bell Tower January-February issue between pages 26 and 27 or
download the PDF document
and send it with your check.
If you have questions, please contact Convention Chairman Nancy Kirk at
520-544-5707 or by email at
Download Registration Form:
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
6333 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
Tel. 480-948-7750 or 1-800-528-3119
(Our convention days this year are Wednesday through Saturday. Also, Arizona
will NOT be on Daylight Savings Time.)
The easiest way to make your hotel reservation is
personalized group web page. You may also call the hotel at 1-800-528-3119.
If you are not using the personalized group web page, you must give our group
name, American Bell Association, when you make your reservation. You will be
given a confirmation number, which you should record for future reference.
your type of accommodation: double or king room at $89 plus tax per night or
Villa (includes two master bedrooms—one king, one double double) at $198 plus tax per night, $99 each if two
couples share. Guarantee your reservation with a major credit card. Notify the
hotel if you have a special need such as an accessible room or a room close to
our meeting space. NOTE: All the rooms in the hotel proper are close to meeting
Your reservation must be placed by June 6,
2012 to receive our group rate. Our group rate will be available three days
before and after our convention dates, based upon availability. You are urged to
make your reservations early.
Check-in time is 4:00 pm. Check-out time is 12:00
pm. You may cancel your hotel reservation until 6:00 pm the day of arrival.
If you have any problem, please contact Gary
Childress (CSC Hotel Coordinator) by phone at 816-392-0847 or by email at
Villas offer two master bedrooms (one king, one double double) with bathrooms separated by a large
living room, an additional queen-size sleeper sofa, furnished kitchen,
dining area, three flat-screen TV’s, washer and dryer, your own patio
and grill, and a swimming pool and tiki bar in the (gated) villa
complex. The villas are within walking distance of the hotel proper, and
the hotel will transport villa guests using a minivan or a six-person
golf cart. If you are staying extra days in Phoenix and/or bringing
other family members along for an Arizona vacation, a villa might be the
very thing for you. (They are part of the hotel complex and will count
toward our credit for room nights sold.)
If you are interested in a villa, please
notify Gary Childress at 816-392-0847 or by email at
email@example.com at your earliest convenience. At this
point we have only five villas still available. Gary is also keeping
track of who is sharing villas, and he will try to match up anyone who
is looking for someone with whom to share.
Smoke-free guestrooms including large work
desk with ergonomic chair; complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access
with remote printing capability; two dual-line telephones with voicemail; alarm
clock radio with connectivity; cable television with pay-per-view movies, games,
and complimentary HBO; iron and ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerated mini-bar,
coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea service; individual climate
control; electronic in-room safe; USA Today delivered each weekday morning and
local paper on weekend days.
Concierge on duty 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.
Business center open 24 hours. Gift shop. Laundry/valet service. ATM. Car rental
desk. Complimentary parking. Complimentary shuttle within 2.5 miles for
Dining & Entertainment: BlueFire
Grille—indoor & patio seating. (10% discount for ABA) BlueFire Lounge. Oasis Bar
& Grille—featuring sandwiches, snacks, and poolside libations. Fleming’s Prime
Steakhouse & Wine Bar. 24-hour In-Room Dining.
Recreation: Heated swimming pool with
whirlpool spa. Wellness Center and Spa. Preferred tee times at nearby golf
Located nearby: Old Town Scottsdale,
Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Borgata, Hilton Village Shops, Camelback
Mountain, Sonoran Desert, desert jeep
tours, horseback riding, hiking, air tours, bike trails, art galleries, museums,
antiques, and other shopping.
"Early Bird Special" Upgrade
names will be drawn for an upgrade to a king suite (also includes a
queen sleeper sofa) at our group rate of $89.
To qualify, convention registration must
be paid and postmarked, AND hotel reservation must also be made and
confirmed by Apri 1, 2012. The winners will be drawn at one of the April
2012 ABA chapter meetings.
Members and spouses of the Executive
Board and the Convention Standing Committee are not eligible for this
Tour of Cosanti
of us have Soleri windbells in our collections.
Cosanti, where these bells
are made, is less than ten minutes from our convention hotel. We will make
arrangements for those who are interested to tour Cosanti on Tuesday, June
26—the morning of the day before the Convention begins. (Our convention days
this year are Wednesday through Saturday. Also, Arizona will NOT be on Daylight
The tour itself will take about an hour, plus
whatever additional time we wish to spend just looking around, and it will
include watching a bronze pour. We will carpool over and plan to arrive at 9:00
am; Cosanti is beautifully shady, but it will be cooler and more pleasant the
earlier we get there. The cost will be $10 per person, with a minimum of eight
for the tour.
Please contact Nancy Kirk at 520-544-5707 or
at your earliest convenience to take advantage of this opportunity.
|"Three Bells in One"
THE 2012 CONVENTION BELL
[Click images to enlarge]
|The first items that ABA President Rona Kesselman
ever collected were DeGrazia plates. Now she will have a companion piece for
those plates—the Convention Bell of the ABA Convention at which she is presiding
The ivory pottery windbell casting is five inches
high and three and three-fourths inches diameter at the bottom. The wind-catcher
is two and a half inches long. On the front of the bell is a full-color Ted
DeGrazia picture called “Bell of Hope,” a Native-American girl ringing a bell.
The wind-catcher features a relief picture of a small bird perched on a bell
hanging from a tree branch. Three bells in one. Lettering on the reverse says
“ABA Arizona 2012” and “DeGrazia Foundation, Sandstone Creations.”
Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was born in 1909 in the
Morenci mining camp in Arizona Territory. He moved back to Italy for five years
with his immigrant parents as a child and then returned to Morenci. He attended
the University of Arizona while working as a trumpeter and leader of a big band
and began painting while managing a theater in Bisbee. His passion was to create
art depicting the lives and lore of the native cultures in the Sonoran Desert.
By the mid 1950’s, his artwork was steadily
attracting media attention, and the town of Tucson had grown near his first
studio on Campbell and Prince, so he and his wife bought 10 acres far out in the
desert in the Santa Catalina foothills and built what became their Gallery in
the Sun. (Tucson has now also grown up around it.)
By the time he died in 1982, DeGrazia had
established his DeGrazia Foundation to ensure the permanent preservation of his
art and architecture. Our bell was made by the Sandstone Creations Company in
Phoenix for the DeGrazia Foundation at the Gallery in the Sun.
Please order early; quantities
picked up at Convention – $35 mailed.
Car Rentals, Transportation & Directions
We have made arrangements to have a discount
program available for car rentals during Convention 2012 with Avis, Dollar and
Hertz (listed alphabetically—no recommendation implied).
Avis. Use the AWD discount number D256936.
Click here for discount or you may call Ray Walker at 1-800-525-7537 ex
Dollar Rent A Car. “Guests will receive a
10% discount off our already low internet rates from our Phoenix Sky Harbor
Airport and Scottsdale, AZ locations.” The discount code is CM0645.
Click here for discount or you may call 1-800-800-4000 and mention corporate
discount code CM0645 to receive the 10% off offer.
Hertz. Use the discount code CV# 022Q5173.
Click here [link coming soon]for full discount pricing details or you may call
1-800-654-2240 (US & Canada) or 1-405-749-4434 (local).
Other transportation between Sky Harbor Airport
and the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas (17 miles, about 25 minutes):
Average price $40. Can be shared, probably by no more than three, depending on
luggage. Always available at the airport. Would have to be called from the
resort for return.
Resort car service company. $38 per car,
can be shared, up to three people with luggage. The company also has SUV’s
available that would hold four or five people, depending on luggage, and cost
$58. Notify the resort concierge ahead of time with your airline, flight number,
and time of arrival from what city, and arrangements will be made to meet you at
the airport and take you directly to the resort. The same will be the case for
Super Shuttle. Price $18 per person.
Available at the airport; may make other stops on the way to the resort. For
return, they require notification 24 hours in advance, and they must get you to
the airport two hours before your flight time. Depending on how many other stops
they are making, you might have to leave three hours or more before your flight
DIRECTIONS FROM SKY HARBOR AIRPORT TO HILTON
SCOTTSDALE RESORT & VILLAS: Take Highway
51 north to the Lincoln Drive exit. Turn right (east) on Lincoln. Take Lincoln
to Scottsdale Road. The resort is located on the southeast corner of Lincoln and
Other Phoenix-Area Attractions
Sites featured on two of our programs:
- ASU Campus (Tempe) & Carillon, 21 minutes
- Old Adobe Mission, 9 minutes
Many fine museums and attractions:
- Heard Museum, 27 minutes
- Heard Museum North, 36 minutes
- Musical Instrument Museum, 23 minutes
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, 21
- Desert Botanical Garden, 17 minutes
- Phoenix Zoo, 18 minutes
- Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Chase Field Tours, Major League Baseball Game,
- Chuckwagon Dinner and Show
- Big Surf Wave Pool/Water Park, 17 minutes
Other Arizona attractions:
National Parks and Monuments
Twenty-one American Indian reservations
including Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, Fort Apache and San Carlos Apache,
Many fine state parks including Kartchner Caverns
A few suggestions from other cities:
- Tucson: Biosphere 2, San Xavier del
Bac Mission, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area,
Pima Air and Space Museum, University of Arizona
- Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Red Rock
- Prescott: Territorial History
- Flagstaff: Museum of Northern
Arizona, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University
Chairman’s Pick: Flagstaff is
gorgeous in the summer and everyone should visit the Grand Canyon at least