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The 3rd Annual West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner Is Here!

We have been preparing for this for some months and NOW the time is here to make your reservations for…

The West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner!

As Chapter Chair of the Southern California Chapter, it is my honor, along with WECAD Co-Chair David A. Dolan (MN ’03) and Co-Chair Rosaly Lopes (FN’04), to invite you to reserve your seat for our third West Coast Annual Explorers Club Dinner (WECAD) taking place on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. This event is co-sponsored by the Bowers Museum. Bowers’ President Dr. Peter Keller (FN’84) also extends his personal welcome to this very exciting event. We are delighted to announce that our newly elected Explorers Club President Alan Nichols (FN’84) will be joining us at WECAD.

Titled “A Night To Remember,” this evening will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic. In keeping with the Titanic theme, our specially catered dinner will include selections inspired by the First Class Menu from the last night of the Titanic. In recognition of this historic event, part of the evening’s program will include a commemoration of this occasion and will feature special music and words of remembrance. A ship’s bell will be rung in honor of those who lost their lives 100 years ago. The evening will begin with a no-host bar reception at 6:00 p.m. with several wings of the museum open for viewing. Our dinner and program will commence at 7:00 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 3rd Annual Ralph B. White Award for Oceanographic Exploration and Conservation of the Seas to National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence Emory Kristof (FN’87). Don Walsh (HON’61), Explorers Club Honorary President and the first recipient of the Ralph White Award will be on hand to present this well-deserved award to Emory Kristof. You can read Emory’s biography on the National Geographic Website here:  Emory Kristof

 . Following the receipt of his award, Emory will give what I know will be an awe inspiring presentation illustrated with his photos from his many expeditions to site of the Titanic on the ocean floor, over 12,000 feet below the surface.

The tickets for the evening will be $150.00 per person. The cost for those 30 years old and younger will be $100.00.

There is a special opportunity for those who wish to help underwrite this event and support future programs co-sponsored by our Chapter and the Bowers Museum. With a contribution of $500.00 per ticket, or $5,000.00 for a table of ten, you will have preferred seating and you will be listed in the printed program as an official “Co-Sponsor” of our WECAD. Your donation is tax-deductible minus the cost of the dinner.

Please contact Co-Chair and organizer extraordinaire David Dolan if you are interested in this opportunity. You may call him at 949-307-9182 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thank you in advance for your generous support of our future programs.

For those guests flying to join us, the closest airport is Orange County—John Wayne Airport (SNA) and it is only 9 miles from the museum. We have a special rate at the Doubletree Hotel (Anaheim/Orange County) located at 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868. (2.8 miles from the museum. Use the Bowers Museum preferred rate, which is on the Business Level.  The rate is $135 plus tax and includes breakfast. Call the Doubletree at 714-634-4500 and use the Bowers Reference number of #0002690324.

Please let David or myself (email below) know if you have any questions. You can check out the current exhibits at the Bowers Museum and find directions at We look forward to seeing you on April 15th

Here is a summary of the details:

Event: The 2012 West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner
Date: April 15, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. No Host Bar, Museum open for viewing
Program starts: 7:00 p.m.
Recommended Attire: Black Tie Optional, Military or Native Dress
The Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Space is limited. The final deadline for ticket purchases is April 10, 2012 at 12:00 Noon PST.

How to Order Tickets:
  By Check – Send your checks payable to the Bowers Museum at the address above and note that it is for the 2012 WECAD. Please enclose a list of the names in your party.

By Credit Card - Click here to order! You must enter the presale code “discover” to purchase tickets for this exclusive event. After purchasing your tickets online, please email a list of the names in your party to David Dolan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The deadline to receive payment for tickets is Tuesday, April 10th at 12:00 Noon. No refunds after the deadline. Make your reservations now as space is limited and this event may sell out prior to April 10th.

Alan Feldstein (MN’09)
Chapter Chair for Southern California
The Explorers Club
(E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

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