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any of the ones that preceded me coming on board. Then as I learned the ropes, I saw that there was room for improvement. The Spring issue AKA the Hotel issue always seemed to be a little smaller than the Winter (CVB) and Summer (Annual Directory) issues. I couldn’t understand why. It became apparent that it was necessary to start working on any issue not three months in advance, but twelve months in advance. Why? Because sometimes it takes that long to find relevant topics for a particular editorial focus. We are sure that RF NEWS delivers the goods in this issue. There are four articles about different aspects of the Hotel industry. Please see “Inside This Issue” on page 4 or the center megaphone on the front cover for a complete list of these articles. In addition there are two more articles on the related airline industry; “Travel Rights!” on page 32, and “Industry Watch” on page 46. And then there is an increase in hotel advertising. This may be more of a result of the changing economy rather than any effort on my or Jane’s part. Maybe not… maybe it’s all about Jane’s hard work. Of course there is more. This issue’s ConFAM© including our third WorkFAM©


in Detroit on September 28–30. If you haven’t heard about the WeekEnder, Paul talks about this new event in his article on page 6, “Sometimes Things Can Be Confusing.” We have regular features too; “From a Women’s Point of View” on page 24 and “Traveling with RFN” on page 34 both written by Charlene. Lately I’ve been missing my Mom (Joan Spiewak) so I thought I’d pay tribute to Mother’s Day with the article on page 38, “25 Reason’s to Thank Your Mom” (if giving birth to you isn’t enough of a reason to thank her.) Although I promised you that Marc’s “Finance Corner” would be back in this


and a brand new event, the ConFAM©


Parade includes eight events WeekEnder


So, I have to ask… Now that I’ve been at the helm of the magazine for three years, this is the thirteenth issue I’ve completed, how am I doing? In the beginning I was just trying to produce a magazine that was as good as


By Zac Spiewak,


the early going and she is a pleasure to have on the staff. We think you’ll agree. One last shout out for this issue: Happy 86th Birthday to my Dad, Paul Spiewak,


the Reunion Guru! Thanks for all of your hard work. Look for not one, but TWO “Paul’s Opinions” on pages 26 & 28.


This issue brought to by the support of these organizations


AZ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ............. . 30 CA Fremont Marriot - Silicon Valley........ . 23 CO Colorado Springs CVB................. . 24 DC Washington - Crystal City Marriott/ Reagan Natl Airport................... . 25


IA Grout Museum District ................ . 27 LA Jefferson County CVB ................. . 55 MD Ocean City - Dunes Manor Hotel........ . 46 MO Branson Lakes Area CVB ............... . 3 MO Pulaski County CVB ................... . 29 OH Greene County CVB ................... . 31


R EUNION F R IENDL Y N EWS • Spring, 2012


SC Sea Mist Oceanfront .................. . 33 SD Rapid City CVB ....................... . 35 TN Chattanooga CVB ..................... . 40 TX Austin Crowne Plaza .................. . 46 UT Utah Valley Convention................ . 37 VA Fairfax County CVB ................... . 39 VA Norfolk CVB........................... . 2


WA Seattle Airport Marriot ................ . 41 WI Waukesha Pewaukee CVB............. . 45 USA AMRF ............................... . 56


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issue, he is just too busy this quarter doing tax returns to write an article. He assures me that he will have a new column for you in the upcoming Summer issue. I also promised you a new column tentatively named “The Minefield” or “Avoiding the Minefield.” However, we just did not receive enough material from you all to make it a regular column. We do have plans to use the stories we did receive as a featured article(s) in a future issue(s). Thank you to those of you who did take the time to compose and email me your horror stories. We wanted to introduce our newest employee, Jessica. If you call to sign-up for , then most likely you’ll be talking to her. Jessica has done so well in


a ConFAM©


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