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San Antonio is the 9th largest city in the country yet it has the feel of a small town. Established by Spanish missionaries in 1718, Mission San Antonio de Valero became the hub for a growing settlement and its unfinished church and grounds eventually became known as the Alamo. This is where the legendary Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836 during Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico. The cry “Remember the Alamo” became the rallying point of the Texan revolution against Mexico. San Antonio is unlike any other American city. A visit to San Antonio is a fascinating experience – a blend of the old and new.

Planning for the 35th Annual NAOSMM Conference and Trade Show is almost complete. Many hands have joined in the effort to put together a week of educational and fun events you will not want to miss! The Board and various committee members who have been planning and preparing for the past 12 months will begin arriving on Friday, July 18 to conduct the business of the conference and the organization. The Board Meeting will take place all day Saturday and Sunday morning as the Committee chairs make presentations to the Board.

Join us Sunday afternoon for a San Antonio River Cruise along the famous River Walk – the cost is only $5! The rest of the afternoon would be a great time for taking a leisurely stroll along the River Walk (“The American Venice”) or visit the world famous Alamo, site of a very important battle in the fight for Texas independence. Pack your most comfortable walking shoes as San Antonio is made for walking! San Antonio will be very warm so drink lots of water and stay out of the sun! Make sure you get back to the Hotel in time for the Fisher Scientific reception at 7 pm. This is the first of many networking opportunities during the week and the time to meet sales representatives, renew old acquaintances and chat with your colleagues.

The conference officially opens on Monday morning with the opening session and our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jack Bacon, "A New Carl Sagan," sponsored this year by Sigma-Aldrich. The title of his presentation is "The Parallel Bang." After a day filled with educational seminars, networking and catching up with old friends we will be treated to a special dinner reception beginning at 7 pm, complete with entertainment, co-sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich and NAOSMM.

Tuesday will feature more educational seminars and presentations. This is the time for asking questions, learning and sharing experiences with your fellow members.

The Trade Show opens Wednesday with more than 50 vendors displaying the latest products and technologies that you need to perform your job all in one place. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and be prepared to mingle with the vendor representatives at the Vendor Lunch! Wednesday night features “Wildlife and the Wild West,” sponsored by VWR and partners at the Buckhorn Museum and Saloon.

After breakfast with the vendors Thursday morning, the Trade Show wraps up at noon and is followed by the NAOSMM annual business meeting in the afternoon. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the business meeting. The final event of the week is the NAOSMM Awards Banquet at 7 pm. This is a formal event, so remember to pack your formal attire (suits and ties for men, evening gowns for the ladies.)

Finally, on Friday there is an optional tour of the Texas Hill Country, the “sweet spot of Texas” and at the center of the wine industry in central Texas. Stops include the LBJ Ranch, the charming town of Fredericksburg, one of the largest wildflower seed farms in the country (Wild Seed Farms) and a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.

Edward Glumac
2008 Conference Host

Conference and Trade Show Hotel
Crowne Plaza Riverwalk
111 Pecan Street East
San Antonio, TX   78205
Hotel Front Desk – 210.354.2800
NAOSMM Room Rate - $109 per night (single, double, triple, quad) plus Tax – 16.75%
Check-in – 3 pm; Check-out – 11 am
Self Parking in Garage - $23.75 per day.
How to Obtain Contracted Group RateClick here to go to the special NAOSMM reservation page or call 1.888.623.2800 and tell them you are with NAOSMM. If this line is busy it will roll over to the main 800 number where our group (NAOSMM) is also listed. A special code is not needed when calling in. Room reservations are guaranteed with a credit card or by sending in an advance deposit.

If you wish to extend your stay outside of the conference dates (7/18/08 – 7/26/08), you will need to book a separate reservation on the Web site or contact the Hotel directly at Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk 1.210.362.6418.

Reservations Due Date – Deadline for reserving rooms in our contracted room block is June 27, 2008.

High Speed Internet Access
  1. All sleeping rooms have high speed internet access for $9.95 on a 24 hour rental.
  2. Floors 4, 20 & 21 have wireless capabilities.
  3. All Meeting Rooms & Public Spaces have wireless Internet for $9.95 on a 24 hour rental per computer.
  4. All Meeting Rooms have wired High Speed Internet access for $175 per day per room.
Transportation
Airport – San Antonio International (SAT), 8 miles from Hotel
Shuttle from Airport - $18 one way or $32 round trip
Taxi - $22 one way (up to 4 may share a ride)
VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bus) - $1 one way 
Weather in July
Daily Average Maximum – 95.6 (yes, it will be hot!)
Daily Average Minimum – 73.9
River Walk  - "Paseo del Rio"
Sequestered 20 feet below street level, the River Walk is the crown jewel of San Antonio. Stretching for about 2 .5 miles and lined with sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques, nightclubs and gleaming high rise hotels it is a unique experience for visitors. Be sure to bring your walking shoes!

There is a Rio Taxi Service stop at the Hotel which stops continuously at over 39 stops. A one way pass is $4, 24-hour pass is $10, and a three-day pass is $25.