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AVA: America's Walking Club

Request for Proposal 2018-001 for public relations/promotional services is now open for qualified vendors.

Project: AVA America's Walking Club
Event Open Date: August 6, 2018
Pre-Conference Teleconference Call: September 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. CT
Event Close Date: October 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. CT
Issuing Company: AVA America's Walking Club

Click here to download the RFP.

To see Pre-Submittal Conference Questions and Answers click here.

Still looking for photo entries for the Starting Point photo contest.
August 31 is the deadlint to get your photos submitted. The first and second place winners will get their photo printed on the front side (1st place) and backside (2nd place) cover of the 2019 Starting Point book. Winners will also get a complimentary copy of the Starting Point!

Entries are due to AVA National office no later than August 31, 2018. Rules, guidelines and the official entry form are attached here.

Also please dont forget to pre-order your 2019 Starting Point book today!

Pre-order Form

An autumn walk. - 2018 Photo submission by Don Smith.

“Mark your calendars for September 1 and come UP to Victor for a tribute walk for Lynette Reagan, our late Rocky Mountain Deputy Regional Director. The walk will start at the Elks Lodge at 367 N. Third (3rd and Diamond). Start is at 9 am until 12 pm, finish by 3 pm. This walk is also being held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Labor Day Plein Air Festival and Competition. Plein air translates from French to “outdoors,” and this style of art is simply that – the act of rendering artwork outdoors. Last year’s festival brought around 55 artists and 160 artworks were created by artists from around Colorado, with a few from other Western states. Paintings will be displayed, and awards will be given throughout the weekend. Events run Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3.” – Frank Sayers

For more information please contact Sherry Sayers, Rocky Mountain RD

2019 Convention Hotel

A block of rooms for the 2019 AVA Convention has been reserved with the Red Lion Hotel Albany. We have blocked room nights for June 11-15 at a discounted group rate of $109 + tax per night. Complimentary continental breakfast is included per guest in each room per day.

The hotel will begin taking reservations starting July 20, 2018. To make your reservations: please dial (518) 458-7250 ext. 440. Please make sure to ask for the American Volkssport Association Block to get the discounted rate. Stay tuned for Convention updates on Facebook and website.

Red Lion Hotel Albany
205 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205

Registration coming soon! For more information please vistit the 2019 Convention site by clicking here or on the logo.

US Freedom Walk Festival
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Appalachian Trail Join us as we hike portions of the Appalachian Trail, America's first National Scenic Trail. Pristine lakes, rugged peaks and quiet forests await us.

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A New Virtual Online Program (VOP) beginning May 1, 2018
Tour of Italy - VOP
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Sponsored by 401K:Invest in Your Health

To all who have completed 401 Kilometers to Invest in Your Health! For a complete list of names click here.

If you are doing any Holiday Traveling you might want to take advantage of the Red Roof Inn discount for AVA members and their families and support the AVA!
The AVA will receive 5% of all room revenues when you book at a Red Roof Inn using the Volume Plus Number (623002)! Red Roof’ Inn’s great rates and quality rooms means that you won’t be breaking the bank to afford a comfortable room. Through the American Volkssport Association , Red Roof Inn is also offering additional value. When you book your reservation using Volume Plus Number 623002, you’ll save 15% off Red Roof Inn’s Best Available rate. Red Roof Inn’s Volume Plus Number works just like an online coupon code. Use this link — https://www.redroof.com/deals/partner/American_Volkssport_Association — and Red Roof Inn’s online discount code will automatically be filled in for you! Or go to www.RedRoof.com to make a reservation. All you have to do to receive a discount at participating inns is enter Volume Plus Number 623002 in the VP+ / ID # slot. You can also make a reservation with an inn directly by calling 1-800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663). You are required to provide the Volume Plus Number 623002 to the reservationist when you make your reservation, BEFORE arriving at any Red Roof Inn property


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