Notes from Julia

Hello Friends!

Today's cool, rainy weather reminds me that the carefree summer days are past and only a couple pages remain on the calendar. Where does the time go?

As I review this year's AmeriClub events, I am thankful for your support. In 2014, we sponsored numerous one-day trips including two to Chicago, three to The Fireside Dinner Theatre, one to Circa '21, one to a Milwaukee baseball game, a Cedar Rapids mystery trip, and a trip to Coralville. Extended tours included New Orleans, France, London and Norway, South Dakota, Kentucky, and San Antonio. We enjoyed two cruises on the Celebration Belle. "Debbie & Gordy" performed for our Dyersville dinner show; and discount-price tickets were offered for 18 productions at the Grand Opera House, Bell Tower and Five Flags Theaters, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Diamond Jo Casino.

As you examine our 2015 offerings, please register early. It is thrilling to add your name to our lists of activities; however, we do not like to deliver the news that an activity has filled and subsequent names must be added to the waiting list. Venues and tour providers require adequate registrations by a specified deadline, after which our tentatively-held airline seats, hotel rooms, theater seats, etc. must be relinquished. On occasion, an event has been cancelled because of inadequate initial response, after which a flurry of interest occurs.

Consider joining us on an extended tour. I personally endorse our Oregon trip, as I recently traveled to that beautiful state. Two particularly fun inclusions will be experienced on that tour–a dune buggy ride and jet boat excursion! Our China trip is filling nicely, and our Southern California stay on the Queen Mary is distinctive. The American Queen experience will be dynamic. Additional events will be added next year.

Thanks to all who contributed photos for our AmeriClub calendar contest. It was difficult for our judges to select winners from the many fantastic submissions. Your photos underscore the fact that our world is filled with fabulous sites. Visit your favorite American Trust office to pick up a free calendar in late November.

As I close, I hope that this year has been filled with happiness, special times, and good health for you and your dear ones and that the new year will bring you peace and special blessings. Best wishes for a meaningful Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and holiday season. See you in 2015!