KOSA INTERNATIONAL GATHERING

Waco, Texas - July 20-21, 2018

Month: May 2018

June 2018 Update

FOR EACH CHAPTER REPRESENTED — Please bring your KOSA banner if you can. For those driving in, we would appreciate your bringing the staff and stand also. We are going to “round up” several sets for those flying in that cannot bring a staff and stand and can only bring the banner in your checked baggage.

THE NEXT GATHERING: in the final afternoon session on Saturday we will offer the opportunity for any chapter to “give us a pitch” on why you should host the 2020 gathering. We intend to announce the 2020 gathering location at the banquet Saturday evening. If you want to “volunteer” to host, please ensure you have a good sales presentation (no more than 5 minutes per chapter…verbal, no powerpoints due to time limitations) AND ensure you have the support and/or approval of your Scottish Rite Valley.

GET YOUR ROOM RESERVED NOW: This may be our LAST WARNING on rooms. If you want the discounted rate at one of our three suggested hotels, it is very important that you make that reservation BEFORE 20 June.

DRESS COMBINATIONS DURING THE GATHERING: Several attendees have asked about dress options throughout the event. Our recommendation is that you come casual to Waco Friday and dress casual or “Texas country” for the Friday night Texas night. For the distinguished speaker presentations on Saturday, your KOSA regalia would be appropriate or at least a sports coat and tie. The banquet is designated as formal but formal is often in the eyes of the beholder. A tux or black suit would be appropriate and an evening gown for your lady but, again, we know many may want to stay in Scottish attire showing off your regalia and a plethora of kilts representing the different clans. Some have suggested dressing down Saturday afternoon for the breakout and closing session and the free time before changing for the banquet. I know our local KOSA chapter intends to dress in distinctive polo shirts Saturday afternoon. We do have locations to change clothes at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum so you will not have to return to your hotel room to change. Remember, it can get pretty hot in Texas in July (a fair warning to our Northern brothers).

May 2018 Update

  • Just a reminder, we are concerned about the availability of rooms in Waco during the gathering.  Currently, three hotels are holding rooms for us but each is asking to pull some of the block back due to market demand.  We HIGHLY encourage you to make room reservations NOW even if you later decide to not come to the gathering.  (You can cancel with no fee up to 24 hours before the arrival day.)  The contact information  for the hotels is on the ‘Registration’ page but we know the hotels will not honor the discounted rate or even guarantee you a room after June 20.  After that, the cost of a room will be near double the gathering rate … if you can even find a hotel with available rooms.
  • So far we are noticing nearly half of the registrants are bringing their wives.  That is great news as the local wives have a super program of activities for the wives.  Encourage yours to come.
  • Do not hesitate to contact us (email — kosa2018waco@gmail.com ) if you have questions or need assistance in getting from the Austin or Dallas airport to Waco.    You can also call the Waco Scottish Rite office for help.  Phone number is 254-752-1618.
  • The gathering is just over 2 months out and the planning committee is working hard to ensure you have a good time in Waco.   Hope to see you here.  Visit the various sections of the website for more information.
  • The Waco Chapter is waiting for you.  Ya’ll come for a great Texas BBQ dinner as the kickoff  Friday evening, July 20