Banquet Brings Annual Meeting to Unforgettable Close

The past will be honored and the future will be embraced during the Annual Banquet, the traditional sendoff to the Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom.
The Banquet is a time to honor nurse anesthesia accomplishments and outstanding individuals. It will begin with the traditional procession of AANA past presidents, Board of Directors, award winners, and dignitaries. The event is also a time to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the nurse anesthesia profession and the education of future CRNAs. The following awards will be presented: The 39th Annual Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, the 34th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award, the 28th Annual Alice Magaw Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award, and the 13th Annual Ira P. Gunn Award. See an upcoming issue of the AANA NewsBulletin for names and photos of the honorees. 
Outgoing AANA President Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, will address the audience and pass the gavel to incoming President Dennis Bless, CRNA, MS, who will begin his term with an inaugural speech.
To remember the evening and the Annual Meeting, guests will be able to take their commemorative napkin and view the AANA Scrapbook, a collection of pictures from the last few days.
Be Sure to Pick Up Your Tickets
If you haven't picked up your tickets yet, Banquet seating (located near the Rotunda at Registration Desk 3) will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Banquet Seating Procedures for 2013
The following procedures have been developed to simplify the seating process and enable attendees to be seated at the table of their choice. In fairness to all, these procedures will be strictly followed.
  1. All seats for the Annual Banquet are reserved. Please visit Banquet Seating in the registration area with your banquet voucher to make your seat selection. Banquet Seating hours are listed above.
  2. A large floor plan showing table numbers is on display in Banquet Seating – please use this diagram to make your seating choice before reaching the desk.
  3. Please note: Attendees who purchased banquet tickets prior to the cut-off date of June 15, are pre-reserved at the state or military table they requested on their registration form.
  4. Tickets for pre-reserved seating must be picked up by Sunday at 6 p.m. After this deadline, all pre-reserved seats not picked-up will be open to general seating until Tuesday at 12 p.m.
  5. All seating arrangements must be made by Tuesday at 12 p.m. when Banquet Seating closes.
  6. Groups of five or more who desire to sit together must complete a Group Seating Form and designate a representative to pick up and sign for all the tickets. This form is available in Banquet Seating.
  7. Banquet tickets are nonrefundable. If you find that you are unable to attend the banquet you may wish to donate your ticket to a student or sell it to another attendee. Individuals are responsible for their own transactions.
  8. If you plan to bring children to the Annual Banquet, a ticket must be purchased for each child. AANA does not recommend that members bring small children to the banquet.
Advance Ticket Purchase
By purchasing tickets in advance, you are assured of a place at the state/military table you requested. Advance purchased tickets must be picked up by 6 p.m. on Sunday. The cutoff date for reserving a place at a state/military table was June 15, 2013.
Purchases After the Cutoff Date or Onsite
If you purchase banquet tickets after the cutoff date or onsite, you may not be able to be seated at your state table. You will be assigned a seat by the Banquet Seating Desk personnel, who are instructed to fill tables that are partially full.
Seating at State Tables
State tables are rotated annually so that states whose members are seated in the rear of the ballroom one year will be seated closer to the front in ensuing years. Although no more than 10 people can be seated at one table, every effort will be made to locate all tables from one state in the same area. A large image screen will be used to give everyone a better view of the head table.
State Presidents’ Tables
All State Presidents were sent information regarding the procedure to be used for completing the state presidents’ table assignments. If you are a state president, you are responsible for being knowledgeable about this procedure.
The cutoff date for ensuring that you will be seated with your state was June 15, 2013. Anyone who ordered tickets after the June 15 date will be assigned seats based on availability.
No Balloons, Please!
The release of helium balloons during the Annual Banquet is prohibited, because such balloons are very costly to retrieve. Any individual who releases such balloons will be billed by the Mirage Hotel for any expenses incurred in retrieving them.
Flower and Tuxedos for Banquet
Contact the concierge at your hotel for assistance in finding a florist and/or tuxedo shop for your corsage/boutonniere and tuxedo needs.
AANA Scrapbook
We are unable to honor requests to retrieve individual pictures that are shown in the AANA Scrapbook because of the number of pictures required to produce this video.