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Destination: Aruba for the Winter Meeting

For much of ASBA's membership, the farthest thing imaginable might be the need for sunscreen or short sleeves in late February. But for those who want to make some progress and get a jump start on the season, not to mention help the Association make some great strides, those items are going to be necessary.

ASBA's 2012 Winter Meeting will be held February 24-26 at the Westin Resort and Casino Aruba. That's right -- while much of the country is shivering and shoveling, you'll be enjoying sunny skies and balmy weather, AND as a volunteer, you'll be helping the Association to move forward with its important work.

ASBA has opened online registration for the meeting. Take the time to explore the program and to register.

The program includes a chance to work on ASBA's publication, Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, as well as the opportunity to work on position papers for the Tennis, Track and Indoor divisions. There will be a session to suggest topics for the 2012 Technical Meeting.

The schedule includes free afternoons to take advantage of the many diversions Aruba offers -- golf, tennis, water sports, shopping, dining and of course, relaxing on the beach. You won't want to miss your chance to get away from it all -- and to get a big head start on all those projects ASBA needs you for.

If you're itching for some payback after playing tennis or golf at the Technical Meeting, you'll find plenty of opportunities at the Winter Meeting. The Tennis Tournament, held in a laid-back round-robin format, is offered on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25. And while ASBA will not have a formal golf tournament at the Winter Meeting, there will be a golf outing on the afternoon on Sunday, February 26, and you can count on friendly competition from your fellow attendees. Interested in teeing up? Contact Tom Hinding ( tom@ or 203-410-6090) by February 1.

Oh, and did we mention the facilities? Located in Palm Beach, Aruba, the Westin Resort and Casino is a paradise nestled in a luxury resort. It offers 481 guest rooms (200 with ocean view), an unbelievable pool, hot tubs, a new, fitness center, free high-speed wi-fi and the newly renovated casino.

In order for any U.S. citizen to get to Aruba, you will need a valid U.S. passport. Find out about applying for a passport at your local post office by clicking here or by by going to the official U.S. government site by clicking here. Do not delay in applying for or renewing your passport.

Information has been posted on ASBA's website,  Members will continue to receive updates and other information automatically; others can request it by contacting the Association at its headquarters via phone, 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595, fax 410-730-8833, or by e-mail at Information will also be posted at

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