WRS 6th Anual Express Bus Charter to Chicago LFS's 3/16/13

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WRS 6th Anual Express Bus Charter to Chicago LFS's 3/16/13

Postby tomstechnic on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:47 pm

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Greetings MARS Members!

As President of Wisconsin Reef Society, I would like to invite you to join us on our 6th annual charter bus trip to Chicago Local Fish Stores on March 16th. Info is below, signup thread is here: http://www.wireefsociety.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13307

You must be a paid WRS member to reserve seats, otherwise it is first come first serve, and you will still need to sign up for membership on the day of the trip.

The bus is scheduled for departure at 8:00AM sharp. The bus will be at the park and ride at 7:30AM, so please be punctual so that you can get your gear on board in a timely fashion. I anticipate us returning to the park and ride lot between 6:00PM and 7:00PM, however this depends on travel time, time in store, etc. The bus has an official capacity of 54, so the first 54 paid members to post here: http://www.wireefsociety.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13307 will be granted boarding passes.

---------->Milwaukee County park and ride lot 40-55 - State Fair<----------
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/par ... il4055.htm

Eligibility To be eligible to participate in this event you must be a WRS member. If you are bringing your spouse, GF, BF, child, brother, sister, friend, mother, father, etc. they must be a member of the Wisconsin Reef Society. We will be able to sign up new members on the day of the trip, so if you are bringing a non-member(s) to be signed up on the 26th please mention that in your post. Also, there is a $15 co-pay that everyone must pay the day of the trip. This co-pay is applied to the bus charter fees and raffle items.

Members who are under the age of 18 Unfortunately we can not allow minors on board without a parent or legal guardian. This is an absolute must, we are crossing state lines and it is illegal for us to have a minor on board without his/her guardian. There will be alcohol on board and we don't want problems.

Coolers & Heat Packs It is essential that you purchase heat packs to keep your fish, coral, etc warm once you purchase them. The day is long and keeping your treasures warm is a high priority. Most of the reef shops can provide us with styro coolers, but they will not have heat packs. It is very important that you bring those along. These heat packs can be purchased at Target, Gander Mountain, etc. You are encouraged to bring your own sturdy fish coolers.
Heat packs are currently on clearance at Target. Buy some now so that you don't have to scramble later!

Food There are no planned food stops. Some of the shops we are stopping at have fast food, sandwich shops, etc. near them. You can bring snacks, sandwiches, candy on board. Most of the shops we are stopping at provide some snacks and beverages.

Alcohol Alcohol is permitted to be consumed on board the bus. We have been advised in the past to avoid glass (beer) bottles and encouraged to use sippy cups. Cans and liquor/wine bottles are OK. Beverage coolers can be stowed in the storage area under the cabin of the bus. On this trip your favorite beverage can follow you from store to store and in the store.

This is a very exciting and fun event that has been a yearly highlight for many members. The stores bring in special corals and have special deals for us, and there is a rolling raffle on board the bus. See the anouncements section for details.

If you are unsure about the trip, ask around. Many WRS members, and a few MARS members have made the trip as well!

Tentative Trip Stops:
These are tentative; the final details are being ironed out. Specials will be announced and posted at a later date. The order of stops hasn't been completed, except that we'll be at Sea Schor around lunchtime for some Jake's!

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Re: WRS 6th Anual Express Bus Charter to Chicago LFS's 3/16

Postby MadCityReefer on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:21 pm

Last year was a blast...wish I could make it this year :( If anyone from MARS is thinking about attending this, it's well worth it!!! Sign up be a paid WRS member and you'll get your membership dues back 10 fold just on the saving on group buys....not to mention monthly meetings, barbeques, x-mas party!
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