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The Place to ”B” – FNGLA’s Annual Convention!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Article by: Greenline

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FNGLA’s Annual Convention takes place June 23-24 at the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. It’s the industry meeting where business and fun merge. Register today to be one of the 200+ FNGLA members and volunteer leaders taking advantage of the connections and experiences offered at Convention.

“B” there a day early and participate in a community service landscape project on Thursday afternoon. Join the FNGLA all-volunteer team to add landscape enhancements to a local service facility. More details will come as local FNGLA members finalize the plans.

You’ll find plenty of business insights and opportunities at the convention’s main events - with fun on the agenda too!  The Convention starts with the Beach Bash Welcome Reception on the private beach of the B Ocean Resort. This is the place to reconnect with your FNGLA colleagues and expand your business network. It’s also the place to eat, drink and be merry to the sounds of an island drum revue and relaxing ocean waves.

Saturday is jam-packed with business and fun as FNGLA’s Annual Business Meeting starts the day’s itinerary. Every FNGLA member is encouraged to attend the Business Meeting to learn all of the activities, issues and opportunities in which the Association has engaged during the past year. This is also when leaders share their visions, exceptional volunteers are honored and new leaders are sworn into service. 

The President’s Gala on Saturday evening combines insights from keynote speakers to engaging dinner conversation and ends with a burst of energy as the deejay gets the dance floor hopping. Although not officially confirmed, Florida Agriculture of Commissioner Adam Putnam has been invited as the evening’s keynote speaker.

Adding even more fun to the weekend are optional activities - take advantage of the beach and local botanical offerings.

Explore by boat the plant and animal life found in coastal mangrove wetlands at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, a 1,500-acre wilderness preserve.  The tour is Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Registration is required and attendance is limited.

Saturday afternoon offers two extra-curriculum activities: Right on the beautiful beach, organized beach games and activities will be held, including volleyball, corn hole and more.  Take time to get your photo snapped with a live mermaid. If games aren’t your thing, you can relax by the pool and have plenty of good conversation with FNGLA friends.
An FNGLA-exclusive private tour of Bonnet House will include a visit to the Main House and 35 acres of themed gardens, tropical courtyards and natural coastal barrier island plant communities. Bonnet House is located very near the B Ocean Resort. Registration is required.

And there is more!  

Participate in a turtle nesting walk, take a tour of Fort Lauderdale via the Water Taxi or the Jungle Queen Riverboat, shop and dine on famous Las Olas Boulevard, stroll or jog along Fort Lauderdale’s iconic A1A beachfront promenade – all within an easy distance of the B Ocean Resort.

Thanks to the generous support from convention sponsors and the convention host FNGLA’s Broward Chapter, registration prices are a terrific value.  Register before June 19 for the lowest prices.  The Full Package is only $170 and includes: a welcome bag; the Beach Bash Welcome Reception; the Annual Meeting Continental Breakfast; beach activities and games; the President’s Gala; and, access to the Broward Chapter hospitality suite.  Single tickets are available for the Beach Bash Welcome Reception and the President’s Gala.  

The Anne Kolb Nature Center tour and the Bonnet House tour are not included in the full package and require purchasing separate tickets to take part. 
Make reservations at the B Ocean Resort online or call 1-866-990-6826. Mention FNGLA’s Annual Convention to receive the special group rate of only $149 prior to May 25.  

Do not be fooled by outside companies calling and trying to sell you hotel rooms for the FNGLA Convention. These are not legitimate companies.

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