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12NR26 - MRF News Release - Meeting of the Minds 2012

06 August 2012

Contact: Carol Downs, MRF Conference Director

Meeting of the Minds 2012

The annual Meeting of the Minds is closer than you think.  The dates seem early; but it is still the 4th weekend in September.  This year those dates are September 20-23. 

Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of North Carolina (CBA/ABATE) will be our hosts for this year's conference.  We will be in Durham, NC at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.  For those not familiar with Durham, they share an airport with Raleigh.  Our rate for the Conference is $99.00 per night.  Be sure to mention the Meeting of the Minds to get our rate.  You must make your reservations no later than August 19th to take advantage of the discounted rate.  Shuttle service is available to and from the airport to the hotel.

August 19th is also the pre-registration deadline for the Conference.  Members pay only $70.00 registration fee; for non-members it is $80.00.  On August 20th, the registration fees go up by $10.00 for both members and non-members.  Pre-registering is easy.  Simply log on to, click on 2012 Conference Information.  A secure link for registration is right on the page.  You will also find a link to make your hotel reservation.  If you prefer to pay by check you may send you check to the DC office: 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 204, Washington, DC 20002.  To get the pre-registration rate the envelope must be postmarked no later than August 19th.

The Conference begins on Thursday evening at 7:00PM with the Meet and Greet.  This is one of the most important events at any conference.  This is where we find out who is in attendance and what issues they are facing at home.  It gives us an answer to the question "Who do I need to talk to this weekend?" 

Again this year, we have a variety of topics to cover in the General Sessions as well as the offered workshops.  We will be doing a panel discussion of what challenges different parts of the country are facing; and how to help each other.  Our individual workshops will cover topics ranging from attracting younger (read that sport bike) riders to leadership to an analysis of the CDC statements on motorcycle safety.

Another item to note is this may be the last year for the Tug of War.  Currently, the standings are three wins each for Bibs and Kilts.  And as an added bonus, Bruce “goes both ways” Downs will come out of retirement and again tug for the team who raises the most money.  In the previous year's that Bruce tugged, the team he was on won three of four matches.  We have other fun events planned as well.  You will need to join us to find out what all there is to do, and who all there is to meet.  See you next month! 




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