2022 AFSA Convention
The Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville South – Cool Springs
September 11-14, 2022
Greetings to Everyone!!! Plans are now set for our 2022 Annual Business Meeting and Convention.
If you haven’t made your reservations yet for the hotel, it is now time to do that:
- call the Embassy Suites 800-371-8318 code FSA or 615-515-5183
- email Dan Pieschel – firstname.lastname@example.org and he will forward a link to you
Additionally, it is time to complete your convention registration via the AFSA-IRS website.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
The Grand Ole Opry: What better way is there to start your convention in Nashville, than a visit to the show that helped make country music what it is today. We have arranged a deluxe motorcoach to pick us up at the Embassy Suites at 4:30 pm and then transport our group to a southern-style dinner (location to be determined), and then onto the Grand Ole Opry. We will have reserved seats on the main level in the iconic theatre where we will enjoy the show that has been broadcast live on Nashville radio station WSM since 1925. After the show, the motorcoach will return us back to the hotel just in time for everyone to enjoy a nightcap in the AFSA hospitality room. This is a must-see experience if you visit Nashville!!! The cost for the entire event (transportation, dinner, and show) is $175 per person.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Registration: Sunday will be the official start of the convention and will be the day of arrival for most. You will have the option of driving, or flying into the Nashville International Airport, which is an easy 20 mile drive to the hotel. Self-parking will be available at the hotel, and it is complimentary for our group. A registration table will be available in the lobby by 1:00 pm. If you arrive early, you will have the afternoon for yourself. A list of suggested on-your-own activities will be included in your registration package.
Meet-and-Greet – Our annual President’s Meet and Greet will be held in the hotel’s Atrium from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. It will be in close proximity to the Manager’s Evening Reception where liquid refreshments will be available. Everyone will be able to gather and see some old friends and meet some new ones. There will be several food stations which might just be the best Meet-and-Greet spread that we’ve ever offered. Be sure to come hungry!!! To top the night off, we will (of course) have our hospitality room open where conversations and nightcaps will be plentiful…as they will be every night.
Monday, September 12, 2022
Bob Manzi Memorial Golf Tournament – Our traditional Bob Manzi Golf Tournament, played annually in memory of one of our former members, will kick things off on Monday morning at The Franklin Bridge Golf Club, 750 Riverview Drive, Franklin, Tennessee 37064. As has been the case in past years, it will be set up in the usual four-person scramble format. The cost will be $60.00 per person and will include lunch. Times will be announced at a later date, but plan on starting early. Note that those golfers who are either Officers or Regional Directors, will be finished and back to the hotel in time to attend the required Board meeting.
Music City Tour or Day-On-Your-Own – If not golfing, you will have the option of either taking a bus tour of Music City or enjoying the day out on your own. The bus for the Music City Tour will depart the hotel at 9:30 am and will visit numerous sites including Historic Downtown Nashville and the Riverfront, Centennial Park and Bicentennial Park, and The Korean War, Vietnam War, and WWII Memorials. There will be free time for lunch on you own at the newly opened Assembly Hall at 5th and Broadway. Finally, admission to the iconic Ryman Auditorium for a self-guided tour is also included. The bus will return everyone to the hotel by 2:30 pm. The cost for this tour will be $70 per person. If going out on your own for the day is more desirable for you, then there are a lot of options such as a visit to nearby Downtown Franklin, or possibly a tour of a local distillery, winery, or even a Civil War home just to name a few.
Board of Directors Meeting – Officers and Board Members…Note: Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual afternoon Board Meeting that must be attended by all Officers and Board Members. It is scheduled to begin sharply at 4:30 pm and will be completed by 6:30 pm.
Evening Activities – It’s been a busy day, so this is a good evening to kick back and relax or visit one of the restaurants that is on your list to try.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
General Jackson Showboat and The Country Music Hall of Fame – Tuesday’s activities will start a bit earlier as our deluxe motorcoach will depart the hotel at 9:00am and take everyone to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Downtown Nashville. This is another “Must See” site when visiting Nashville. We will then be taken to the General Jackson Showboat where we will board and depart for a lunch cruise on the Cumberland River on this magnificent 300 foot long showboat. A seated lunch will be served, and a musical stage show will be shown while cruising. The price for this trip is $150 per person and it includes admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the General Jackson cruise, show, and seated lunch and (of course)
transportation to-and-fro. Everyone will be back to the hotel by 3:30 pm. That gets you back in time to freshen up and make it to the complimentary evening reception in the Atrium that starts at 5:00 pm.
Evening Activities – Nothing is planned, so this is another good evening to see the town or visit another one of the restaurants that you read or heard about.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Morning Activities – As in past years, our annual meeting will be held this year on Wednesday and will begin with an invocation, an opening ceremony, and a presentation by the Color Guard at 8:30am. Arrangements still need to be made for our speakers, but we will, of course, invite Chief Jim Lee to attend and have him provide his annual update on what’s happening within the organization. That will be followed by our annual business meeting and election of officers. Lunch will be on your own.
Afternoon Activities – The afternoon has been intentionally left open to allow everyone some time on the last day for any of the sights you wanted to see but missed earlier in the week. As noted above, there will be a list of suggested activities provided in your registration package.
The Annual Banquet Dinner – Opening with a cash bar reception, our annual dinner will be held in one of the ballrooms at the hotel. It will be a buffet-style dinner that is sure to please. Following dinner will be one last chance to visit the hospitality room and enjoy one last nightcap before retiring for the evening.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in September.
Dan Pieschel, Event Chair