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GFWC Middle Atlantic Region

2014-2016 Calendar


       September 11-14: Region Conference, Albany, NY

       December 10: GFWC Holiday Open House, GFWC Headquarters


       October 1-4: Region Conference, New Jersey

       June 13-15: GFWC Convention, Memphis, TN

       December 9: GFWC Holiday Open House, GFWC Headquarters


    June 26-29:  GFWC Convention, Baltimore, MD                                                          


GFWC Western States Region Conference |September 18-21 | Washington

GFWC New England Region Conference |October 3-November 2 | Vermont

GFWC Mississippi Valley Region Conference |September 25-28|  Minnesota

GFWC Middle Atlantic Region| September 11-14 | Albany, New York

GFWC Great Lakes Region Conference |October 9-12 | Michigan

GFWC South Central Region Conference |October 2-5 | Arkansas

GFWC Southern Region Conference |October 23-26 | South Carolina

GFWC Southeastern Region Conference | November 6-9 | Tennessee





Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania 



2014 Annual Conference 

Deen Meloro, President 


SEPTEMBER 11 – 14, 2014 

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center 

660 Albany-Shaker Road 

Albany, NY 12211 

Welcome to the MAR Conference, 2014!  It is our hope that you will join us for a weekend    

of fun, sisterhood and learning. Our special guests will be GFWC International President, Babs 

Condon, and GFWC President-elect, Sheila Shea. There will be entertainment, a hula hoop 

contest, and new ideas to bring home.


The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center is a beautiful facility, built to look like a 

Colonial Village, with sleeping rooms surrounding beautiful courtyards. There are only two 

Desmond Hotels in the country, one in Albany and one in Philadelphia, so this is not your usual 

chain hotel. The hotel prides itself on its service and style. Minutes off of I87 North, or 90, you 

will be delighted with the grace and charm of the facility.


The Desmond is an entirely smoke-free facility. Each double room has two queen-sized 

beds and each single has a king-sized bed. The hotel has complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool 

with Jacuzzi, a fitness center, a 24-hour business center and courtesy shuttle service within a 

three-mile radius, which includes the airport and the Colonia Center Mall.


The rooms are $129.00 per night plus 14% taxes.


Room reservations for the Middle Atlantic Region Conference will be accepted until 

August 28th. While this is only two weeks before the beginning of the conference, it will be 

before our clubs meet in the Fall, so it is important that this information be given to as many club 

members as possible, as early as possible.


To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 1-518-869-8100 or (toll free) 800-448- 

3500. Identify yourself as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Middle Atlantic 

Region. The group ID# is 1255A5. Please use that number when making reservations.


Check-in begins at 4:00 pm and check-out is at noon. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Deen Meloro, 2014-2016 MAR President 

Kathy Canzano, Conference Chairman 

Rosemary Brown, New York State President


New York Members: If your club is tax-exempt in New York, you must make that clear when 

making your reservation, bring a copy of your club’s NYS ST-129 form, and pay for the room with 

a club check. 


Thursday Dinner ~ $40 Off-site All invited 

The Desmond shuttle will bring us to The Barnsider restaurant. You will have a choice of an 8 oz. 

prime sirloin, chicken teriyaki or 7 oz. baked haddock. All diners will have the salad bar and a 

choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or vegetable medley to add to dinner. There will be ice cream 

for dessert, along with coffee or tea. Cash Bar.


Friday Dinner ~ $36 

Desmond Salad 

Chilled exotic greens topped with sliced mushrooms, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, 

dried cranberries, cheddar cheese and garlic dressing 

Chicken a la Normande 

Roasted boneless breast of chicken with an herb apple stuffing and sauce supreme, 

served with oven roasted rosemary new potatoes 


Vegetable Strudel 

Oven roasted garden vegetables folded into thin phyllo leaves, baked to golden brown, 

finished with roasted red pepper coullis, served with herbed couscous. 

Pear William Cake 

Vanilla chiffon cake layered with pear Bavarian mousse and sliced pears, topped with a 

caramel glaze and toasted almonds.


Saturday Breakfast ~ $23 

Hearty Continental Buffet 

Includes freshly squeezed orange and assorted juices, 

breakfast sandwiches, O'Brien Breakfast potatoes, breakfast 

pastries, bagels and petite coffee cakes, bacon, sausage, 

coffee, decaf and tea.


Saturday Lunch - $28 

Choice of ham and swiss or turkey croissant or grilled vegetable wrap, served with 

individual containers of cole slaw, pasta salad, pickle spears, potato chips, pretzels, whole fruit, 

with a baked brownie, cookie and either soft drink or bottled water.


Saturday Dinner ~ $32 

Tossed Garden Salad 

Fresh garden greens with mushrooms, tomatoes, crisp herbed croutons, topped with 

honey mustard vinaigrette. 

Char-grilled Salmon 

Fresh Atlantic salmon fillet char-grilled, drizzled with honey pomegranate glaze and 

served over fingerling potatoes 


Penne Mediterranean 

Imported penne pasta tossed with seasoned garden vegetables, kalamata olives, 

artichokes, and roasted red peppers in an herb garlic olive oil 


Chicken Parmesan 

Boneless breast of chicken, breaded and sauteed, topped with a pomodoro marinara, 

mozzarella cheese and served over imported linguine. 

Apple Crumb Tart 

Sauteed apples in brown sugar, honey and butter in a sweet tart shell, topped with 

streusel crumbs.


Sunday Breakfast ~ $19 

Freshly squeezed orange juice and other assorted juices 

Sliced fresh fruit 

Assorted breakfast pastries, bagels, petite coffee cakes 

Coffee, decaf, tea



Morning of Service 

We will carpool for the 4.5 mile, 8 minute trip to the Northeast Regional Food Bank to do what we 

do best ~ volunteer! We will leave the Desmond at 9 am and return by 11:30, which will give us 

plenty of time to get ready for the sightseeing cruise on the Hudson.


Sightseeing Cruise on the Hudson River $43 

Enjoy lunch and fellowship on this 1 ½ hour cruise. Attendees with be picked up at The Desmond 

Hotel at 12:15 pm and driven to the boarding site. Boarding begins at 12:30 and the boat leaves 

at 1:00 pm. Upon disembarkation at 2:30 pm, a bus will return you, relaxed and happy, to the 



Lunch will include a selection of sandwiches, including roast beef, Italian “sub”, harvest 

chicken salad and vegetarian wrap along with a mixed green salad and potato salad. Finish up 

with dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. 

Anyone who would like information on going to the State Museum, the Institute of History and Art, 

or a walking tour of Albany may contact Tour Chairman:


Lois Busch 

61 Thornton Street 

Albany, NY 12206