Dear Fellow ACB Friends and Supporters:

As many of you know, Florida will be the host of the 2009 national convention. This esteemed gathering will be in Orlando from July 3-11, 2009 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. I am serving on the local host committee, which helps to plan and coordinate this upcoming shindig.

As we would when welcoming honored guests into our homes, we want to go above and beyond toward making our fellow ACBers feel special and welcome. One way in which we can do this is to have lots and lots of goodies, door prizes and memorabilia for our guests to win and take back home with them. Another way is that old, unbeatable human contact. There will be plenty of opportunities for both outreach and giving.

To this end, I am requesting your help. Whether you want to donate personally or from your chapter or affiliate, we would be grateful for any donations. Some suggestions are: money, gift certificates, small memorabilia from your state and the like. The other suggested and perhaps most important donation is time. When you give of your time and talent by volunteering to help others, you receive the real gift!

When thinking about what I wanted to write, I thought of a quote that I read a few years ago. Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." So come on, friends, letís give freely and make this a convention ACB will never forget!

Additionally, FCB will be hosting a Welcome to Florida Party on Saturday, July 4th. This is an awesome opportunity. Itís where we get to meet and greet, see/hear and be seen/heard by our national brothers and sisters. We welcome you all to this party and look forward to showing you some real Florida sunshine while youíre here!

Thank you in advance for considering my request and helping in whatever capacity you are able. Please contact me either by phone, (850) 894-9203, or e-mail, [email protected], with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in July!

With sincerest appreciation,

Sila Miller

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