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Notes from Julia

Hello Friends!

What a winter this has been! I'm thankful to know that spring is on its way.

Spring is a time when we almost magically develop a burst of energy and refocus our attention on filling our calendar with pleasurable activities. For me, the excitement of discovering new destinations, learning new things, and meeting new friends through travel is invigorating.

In February 2013, I attended a ten-day conference for group tour directors, sponsored by Heritage Clubs International. This organization, in which AmeriClub has been a member for many years, provides worthwhile opportunities for bank club directors from around the country to attend educational meetings, network with other bank club directors, and participate in a familiarization tour of area attractions, restaurants, and hotels. Beyond a doubt, the time at this conference in South Dakota was well spent.

Although I have traveled to numerous destinations in the United States and internationally, I had not been to South Dakota. Like most Americans, I had seen pictures of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Deadwood. However, by the time the conference ended, I was astounded by the number of fascinating attractions within a relatively short distance of Rapid City. I was so impressed by the area's history, hospitality, and attractions that I returned home and immediately booked a tour to the Black Hills of South Dakota, wanting to share my excitement for this wonderful part of our country with AmeriClub travelers. Our customized tour includes many superb experiences. Because of the number of inclusions on our itinerary, flying rather than driving to Rapid City will allow more time or sightseeing in the area. I hope I've sparked your interest in this specially-designed "Black Hills Getaway" tour. (details p. 14-15)

I would also like to draw your attention to an once-in-a-lifetime tour for those who love international travel. Pages 12-13 of this issue detail our Norwegian Fjords Cruise Tour with three days in London. Time is running out to register by the March 31 deadline, so don't delay! A visit to London is on the "bucket list" of many individuals, and our tour is jam-packed with sightseeing in that exciting city. The extended daylight hours in Norway will give us ample opportunity for sightseeing in the unmatched beauty of this Scandinavian country.

Don't forget the American Trust ScoreCard Rewards Credit Card promotion in effect through the end of March. Use your card at the movies, pharmacy, for gas or travel (AmeriClub included) and you will earn triple reward points!

I hope you enjoy reading this issue and I look forward to hearing from you soon.