CHARLES L. SOMMERS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.

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    • August 23, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • August 25, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    Registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available on Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and on Saturday from 7am to 9am.

    You may contact the association to say you will be coming. However, this does not reserve a spot.

    As catering for the banquet must be ordered ahead of time, spots for this event will be on a first-come registration basis. There is space for eleven walk-ins at the banquet.

    Register using this page if you are attending both the reunion and banquet. Click here to register for only the banquet.

    We invite you and your family to the Reunion Rendezvous from Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th! Reconnect with old friends and fellow alumni. Celebrate our mission of supporting the Northern Tier National High Adventure program.

    It's been three years since the last reunion. We’re excited to rendezvous to celebrate the completion of Northern Tier’s 97th season, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the program. Let’s get together to plan and support the next adventure!

    We encourage you to register in advance not only to save but to allow us create the best reunion experience for you. Register by June 19th for the early bird discount.

    Register for the reunion now!

    (If you need assistance registering, please contact us.)

    Agenda

    Friday will begin with an opening dinner at the Sandy Bridges Program Center followed by an evening of campfires and board games. The following morning on Saturday will start with north-woods activities at Northern Tier. In the afternoon we will head to Ely for a cookout in Whiteside Park and Ely attraction and activities (included). We will gather on Saturday night for our biennial banquet. The banquet will include a dinner (catered by Sir G's Italian Restaurant), keynote speaker, and auction.

    Registering guests and family

    Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

    Your reunion registration includes

    • Lodging at Northern Tier on Friday and Saturday night
    • Meals Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast
    • Reunion t-shirt 
    • Saturday picnic at Whiteside Park with activities in Ely
    • Banquet dinner on Saturday at the Amici's Event Center (catered by Insula Restaurant)

    * Reunion t-shirt and banquet may not be available to "walk-ins" (those who do not register in advance).

    Registration (closes August 4, 2019)

    • Extended "Early Bird" pricing ended on July 1st.
    • June 20 - August 1: Adults - $119; Youth (6 – 17) - $40; Kids (0 – 5) – Free

    Credit and debit card payments are accepted. If you need assistance registering, please contact us.

    Frequently asked questions

    Can I bring my children?

    Absolutely! There will be plenty of activities at Northern Tier and in town for the family. Families are assigned their own cabin.

    Children 5 and under are free. Children 6 and over are $35.

    What are the lodging options?

    Attendees of the reunion stay in a crew or staff cabin. One family/couple per cabin or 4 individuals of the same gender. There are two steps to enter the cabin. There are electrical lights and an outlet that can handle basic electronics.

    For those who want to stay in a hotel or full-service cabin, the Ely Chamber of Commerce lists options available at https://ely.org/lodging/.

    Do we need to bring bedding or a towel?

    You need to bring your own bedding and towel. For bedding, you need to bring your own linen (sheets, blanket, pillow) for a twin bed or a sleeping bag.

    What are the bathroom facilities like?

    Shower and bathroom facilities are near the cabins. The shower and bathroom facilities are private suite style. There are several accessible units. Bring a swimsuit if you plan to use the sauna.

    I have a mobility impairment. How can I get around?

    Those with mobility issues can use their vehicle to get to and from locations. For others, we do not allow it because of the safety hazard of vehicle traffic.

    Where will we be eating?

    Meals at Northern Tier will be in the “Sandy Bridges Program Center”. The center serves as the hub with a dining hall, conference rooms, and a trading post. The deck has a great view of Moose Lake. There is an elevator to the second floor.

    Can I bring my pet?

    Pets are not allowed. Service animals are allowed. We recommend making lodging arrangements at a neighboring property. The Ely Chamber of Commerce has a site that lists many lodging options at https://ely.org/lodging/

    Registration policies

    • Registration Policy: Primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, please join before completing your reunion registration. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests.
    • Payment Policy: Payment must be received by July 22, 2019. Unpaid registrations after this date will be cancelled.
    • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 1st, 2019 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests between July 1st, 2019 and July 21, 2019 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 22, 2019 are not refundable.
    • * An important note about walk-ins: Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-in registration will be available during check-in on Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Sandy Bridges Program Center. Walk-ins will not receive a t-shirt and may not be able to attend the banquet on Saturday. Limited space for walk-ins at the banquet will be given on a first-come basis. 


    Register for the reunion now!

    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Lodge Building, Northern Tier High Adventure, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN

    The Annual Meeting of Members of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. will be on August 24th, 2019 at 9 AM. The location of the meeting will be in "The Lodge Building" at Northern Tier High Adventure, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN.

    This meeting is held in accordance of the association's by-laws and Minnesota Statute 317A.431 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF MEMBERS WITH VOTING RIGHTS.

    This meeting is for members who are eligible to vote. These members are classified as Active members. Affiliate members are welcome to observe but are not eligible to attend, participate, or vote at the meeting.

    The association's 2019 REUNION RENDEZVOUS event will be occurring during this weekend. If you wish to participate in activities before or after the meeting, you must register to attend the reunion.



    • August 24, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Amici's Event Center at 10 W Pattison St, Ely, MN 55731

    Registration is now closed. Walk-in registration for the banquet will be available at Northern Tier on Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday from 7am to 9am, and at Amici's Event Center on Saturday starting at 5pm.

    You may contact the association to say you will be coming. However, this does not reserve a spot.

    As catering for the banquet must be ordered ahead of time, spots for this event will be on a first-come registration basis. There is space for eleven walk-ins at the banquet.


    Register using this page if you are attending only the banquet (not reunion). Click here to register for both the reunion and banquet.

    Join us for the association's banquet on Saturday, August 24th at Amici's Event Center. The event will feature a dinner (catered by Sir G's Italian Restaurant), keynote speaker, and auction.  Registration for the banquet does not include other activities at the reunion. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

    (If you need assistance registering, please contact us.)

    Registering guests and family

    Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

    Registration (closes August 4, 2019)

    • $53 for adults (18 and over) and $35 for children (17 and under)
    • Walk-ins: Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Limited space for walk-ins at the banquet will be given on a first-come basis.

    Credit and debit card payments are accepted. If you need assistance registering, please contact us.

    Registration policies

    • Registration Policy: Primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, please join before completing your reunion registration. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests.
    • Payment Policy: Payment must be received by July 22, 2019. Unpaid registrations after this date will be cancelled.
    • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 1st, 2019 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests between July 1st, 2019 and July 21, 2019 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 22, 2019 are not refundable.
    • * An important note about walk-ins: Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Limited space for walk-ins at the banquet will be given on a first-come basis. 

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