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WITS General Meeting

Tuesday Oct 15th, 2019

Century House, Latham, NY



The meeting was hosted by Lori Nojaim from Globus Family of Brands. It was very informative, Lori gave a wonderful presentation all about their different brands, traveling around the world to all 7 continents.



The meeting was well attended and Wits gave some gift certificates for prizes, along with a great meal.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary




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September 10, 2019 General Meeting – Saratoga Lake Golf Course- summary


Vendor presentations were outstanding-

Salute Africa, GoWay, EZ Europe, Trafalgar and Star Clippers

Food was OK, service was lacking, but the building and setting was beautiful.
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WITS General Meeting

June 5th, 2019



The meeting was held at the Century House in Latham, NY featuring Arnie Weissmann editor in chief of Travel Weekly. He is seen regularly on PBS as a contributor to the television program “The Travel Detective”



His program was very informative with lots of fresh insights into our evolving industry!



See you in September, lots of good meetings being planned for the next season!



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary




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WITS General Meeting – May 22nd, 2019

Cruise Night



Once again our annual cruise night was held at the Vista at VanPatten’s in Clifton Park with the following vendors:



Avalon Cruises

Club Med

Croisi Europe

Crystal Cruises

NCL

Port St. John

Princess/Cunard

RCCL

Riviera River Cruises

Sceanic Cruises



The meeting was well attended, lots of great information and prizes. The Board of Directors for WITS all made baskets worth $50.00 for give aways!

The winners of the 2 $500.00 prizes, which could be used toward a cruise were:

Ginny Smith from Custom Travel

Diane VanWert from Unforgettable Travel.






The slate of officers was announced for the following year:

Dominic Karl – President

Connie Dyer – Vice President

Elaine Ciulik – Recording Secretary

Treasurer – Suzanne Zabek

Corresponding Secretary – Gloria VanDerpoel

Eileen Seery – Membership Director

Janet Dudley – Web Coordinator

Rich Giordano – BOD

Cyndi Aird-Miller - BOD

Phyllis Testo – BOD

Phyllis Rathbun – BOD

Patrick Jones – BOD

Amy Gerling made a motion to accept and everyone was in favor!

See you all in September, the Board is working hard with lots of great meetings planned!



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik – Recording Secretary

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WITS General Meeting – April 24th, 2019
Caribbean Night



Caribbean Night was held at Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY with the following vendors:

Anguilla Tourist Board

St. Vincent Tourist Office

AM Resorts

Vacation Express

Elite Island Resorts

Aruba Tourist Office

St. Marten/St. Maarten Tourist Office

Hard Rock Hotels

Sands at Grace Bay, Grace Case Beach Club St. Martin

Margaritaville GrAND Cayman

Renaissance Aruba and Curacao

Bucuti and Tara Resort Aruba

Manchebo Beach Resort Aruba

Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman



Dinner was served in a beautiful setting along with the vendors presentations and prizes. The meeting was very informative giving lots of great information about the resorts in the Caribbean.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary








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WITS General Meeting – March 19th, 2019

Irish Night



Irish night was held at Brown’s Brewery in Troy, NY with the following vendors:



Celtic World Vacations

CIE Tours

Journey’s Connect

Premiere Limo



Great presentations followed by delicious food along with some great entertainment thanks to Art Dudley and his band playing some Irish music.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

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WITS General Meeting
Meet Your Rep

November 7th, 2018



Our annual Meet Your Rep was held at the Glen Sanders in Scotia, NY with 24 reps participating.

The day started with lunch which again was sponsored by the Florida reps and the BOD all made $75.00 baskets for give a-ways.

The afternoon was filled with 8 seminars, followed in the evening by a trade show and dinner, with the vendors giving us lots of good information and prizes.

The event was well attended and the food was plentiful and really good!



Next meeting after the holidays will be the bus trip to the NY Times Travel Show January 25th at the Javits Center NYC,s once again provided by Today’s Limo at no cost to members. Notify Gloria Vanderpoel, $10.00 will hold your spot and refunded the day of travel.

Registration is required to attend.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

WITS General Meeting

October 18th, 2018

Road Trip to MGM Casino, Springfield, Mass.



Transportation was provided by Today’s Limo and subsidized for by WITS. 28 members attended and had a great trip! We all received a $10.00 slot play voucher and a $15.00 food voucher.

We didn’t have any big winners but we all learned a lot about the hotel and casino and had a lots of fun! Best part it was a free trip to members!



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

WITS General Meeting, September 18th, 2018

Disney Night



The first meeting of the new season was presented by Doreen Brown teaching us all about Disney. She was full of wonderful ideas and information.



The meeting was held at the Red Lion Hotel on Wolf Rd., Albany, NY with a good turnout and really good food!



Our next meeting will be a road trip to the new MGM casino in Springfield, Ma. and the BOD has been working really hard for a great season ahead. Hope to see you all there!



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary





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WITS General Meeting- May 15th, 2018

Cruise Night

Our annual cruise night meeting was held at the Vista, VanPatten Golf Club

With the following vendors:

AMA Waterways

Avalon Cruises

Club Med

NCL

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Canaveral Cruise Lines

Port St. John

Princess

Riviera River Cruises

Scenic Cruises

Silver Seas

Affulent Hospitality

Today’s Limo

It was a great meeting well attended, with lots of information and the BOD once again made $75.00 baskets for give aways!

Here are the winners of the $500 GC

  Rebecca Murell --- All Aboard Travel
  Susan Bott --- Journeys By Julie
See you all in September, the BOD is working hard with lots of great meeting planned for the coming year.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting – April 17th, 2018
Mexico Night

The April meeting was held at the Century House in Latham, NY. The vendors that participated were:

Mark Travel

Vacation Express

Hard Rock Hotels

Barcelo Group Hotels

GoGo Tours

Palace Resorts

Travel-Ex Insurance

Presentations were very informative, and very interesting including all kinds of information about Mexico and insurance. The food was great and the meeting was well attended.

Next meeting is our last meeting which will be Cruise Night, May 15th, 2018 at the Vista, Van Patten Golf Course.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary*************************************************************************************************************

WITS General Meeting – March 20th, 2018

Around the World



The March meeting was held at the Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy, NY, a new venue to WITS. The vendors that attended were:



Back Roads Touring with Kristina Zito

Affluent Hospitality with Adele Black representing many different companies

Miller-Aird Destination Marketing with Cyndi Miller Aird, representing many companies also.



Presentations were very informative and the venue was really nice, good food and great attendance.



Next meeting will be April 17th, 2018 at the Century House in Latham for Mexico Night, with several vendors.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting – February 13th, 2018

Educational Night



Another great evening was held at the Albany Airport Observation Deck featuring TSA (Transportation Security Administration) with a presentation from Kelly Schoonmaker reviewing Global Entry, TSA Pre-check, TSA Cares, Real ID, Sentri and Nexus programs. She gave a lot of good information so you can assist your clients more effectively.



Doug Myers from the airport authority also gave some good information and updates on the airport.



The meeting was well attended, with good food and parking was provided courtesy of the Albany International Airport.



Next meeting will be on March 20th, 2018 “Around the World” at Brown’s Brewing Company, Troy, NY.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting – January 26th, 2018



NY Times Travel Trade Show



Once again WITS chartered a limo with Today’s Limo for the NY Times Travel Trade Show, a great learning opportunity for agents to meet with our Sales Reps

Held at the Javits Center in NYC.



The show featured up to 600 vendors from over 150 countries around the world.

It is a very informative endeavor running for 3 days with lots of seminars including presentations and exhibitions.



We attended the Friday session for Travel Agents ending with a reception including wine, soda and appetizers.



Great day, all agents are urged to attend, and it’s free!!!!



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

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WITS General Meeting November 8th, 2017 Meet Your Rep Night
 
Our annual Meet Your Rep night was held at the Saratoga Casino Hotel with 27 Vendors attending. Lunch was again sponsored by the Florida reps and the BOD members again all made baskets in the amount of $75.00 each for giveaways along with the reps' giveaways.  
 
It was a well attended meeting and very informative.
 
The next event will be January 26th, 2018, the NY Times Travel Show held at the Javits center in NYC. Today’s Limo will provide transportation and everyone is invited to go at no cost. Please get in touch with Gloria VanDerpoel if interested at vanderp99g@gmail.com with $10 required to hold your space on the limo - registration also required for the event.
 
Happy Holidays, see you all soon!
 
Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

WITS General Meeting  October 17th, 2017 Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Waterways
 
The meeting was held at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar.
 
Scott Moore presented on the Scenic Luxury Cruises 5star all- inclusive river cruising along with Emerald exceptional value. He also talked about the new Scenic Eclipse the world’s first discovery yacht.  The presentation was very informative and interesting.
 
Next meeting will be MYR at the Saratoga Hotel and Casino on November 8th, 2017 and Dominic said we have 29 reps to date and 6 seminars filled. He urged everyone to attend, hope to see you all there.
 
Respectfully submitted, Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting September 12th, 2017 USA Night
 
Our first meeting of the 2017-18 season was held at the Century House. The vendors that attended are:
 
GoGo World Wide Vacations Globus Pleasant Holidays Contiki The Mark Travel Corp.
 
The meeting was well attended, the food was wonderful and the vendors gave great presentations about their products.
 
Next meeting is October 17th, 2017 and will be at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar presenting will be Scenic Cruises, see you all there!
 
Respectfully submitted, Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
 
 


WITS General Meeting May 16th, 2017 Cruise Night
 
Our annual cruise night this year was held at the Saratoga Casino & Hotel. The vendors that attended are:
 
AMA Waterways Avalon Carnival Club Med NCL Port St. John Princess Viking Today’s Limo
 
Along with a wonderful dinner the reps all gave lots of information about their products and the board of directors of WITs all made baskets valued at $75.00 each for giveaways.
 
See you all in September, lots of good meetings being planned for the next season!
 
Respectfully submitted, Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
 
 
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WITS General Meeting

April 11th, 2017

Europe Night



Europe night was held at the Treviso, Italian Community Center on Washington Ave, Albany NY. The vendors that attended were:



GoGo Tours

Auto Europe

Car Italy

Ciao Italy

Globus

Sceptre Vacations

E Z Italy

Travel Bound

Downtown Travel

Homeric Tours

Tradesco Tours



The event was well attended with wonderful food and the vendors gave lots information for traveling to Europe.



The new slate of officers was voted on and approved for the coming year 2017/18:

Dominic Karl – President

Phyllis Testo – Vice President

Elaine Ciulik - Recording Secretary

Pat Colongione – Treasurer

Gloria VanDerpoel – Corresponding Secretary

Eileen Seery – Membership Director

Patrick Jones, Rich Giordan, Phyllis Rathbun and Cyndi Miller-Aird - Board of Directors

Janet Dudley- Web Coordinator



Next meeting is Cruise night May 16th at the Saratoga Racino hotel.



Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik – Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting- March 21st, 2017

Caribbean Night

Mohawk River Country Club

The meeting was sponsored by many vendors:

Antigua Tourist Office

Apple Vacations

Grand Case Beach Club

Saint Martin-Sands at Grace Bay (Turks and Caicos)

Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall (Jamaica)

Exclusive Group Travel

Aruba Tourism Authority

Vacation Express

Jamaica Tourist Office

Elegant Hotels of Barbados

St Vincent & the Grenadines Tourist Office

Sandals

It was a very informative evening, wonderful venue, good food and presentations from all of the vendors.

Dominic announced that next month on the 11th of April we will be presenting Europe night and also if anyone would be interested on being on the Board of Directors please let us know before that meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
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WITS General Meeting – February 15th, 2017 Educational Night Albany International Airport
 
Educational night was held at the Albany International Airport Observation Deck featuring updates on the airport from Doug Myers from the airport authority and Daniel Breen from AIG Travel Guard Insurance and Michelle Legenza from Travelex Insurance.
 
The evening was very informative with lots of information, great food and an amazing venue! And the parking was free!
 
Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary
 
 

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WITS General Meeting – January 27th, 2017
 
NY Times Travel Trade Show 
 
Once again WITS chartered a limo with Today’s Limo for the NY Times Travel Trade Show, a great learning opportunity for agents to meet with our Sales Reps  Held at the Javitts Center in NYC.
 
The show featured up to 500 vendors from over 150 countries around the world.  It is a very informative endeavor running for 3 days with lots of seminars including presentations and exhibitions.
 
We attended the Friday session for Travel Agents ending with a reception including wine, soda and appetizers.
 
Great day, all agents are urged to attend, and it’s free with your WITS membership!!!!
 
Respectfully submitted, Elaine Ciulik, recording secretary
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WITS  General Meeting – November 2nd, 2016 MEET YOUR REP
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY
 
Our annual Meet Your Rep meeting this year was a great success with over 30 vendors. The luncheon was again sponsored by: Visit St Pete/Clearwater, Lee County Visitors Convention Bureau and Lee County Visitors Convention Bureau.
 
The afternoon was filled with information seminars, followed by a trade show,  Dinner and presentations from all of the vendors. The BOD all made baskets in the amount of $75.00 for give-aways along with the vendor prizes.
 
The event was well attended and Dominic gave information for the upcoming meetings in 2017. We will again this year sponsor transportation, provided by Today’s Limo to the NYTimes Travel Show at the Javits Center in NYC on January 27th, 2017.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

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WITS General Meeting

October 11th, 2016

Hawaii Night

 

The meeting was held at the Treviso- Italian Community Center, Washington Ave., Albany NY and hosted by George Johns from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau along with:

Candace Yuen – Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Michael Rudloff – Marriott Hotels

John Raiche – Pleasant Holidays/Journese

Pedro Spignolio – Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Lil Musmanno – Classic Vacations

 

The meeting was very informative on the all of the islands of Hawaii along with the hotel presentations, great food and beautiful slides!

 

Dom announced that our next meeting will be our MYR day with lunch being provided by the Florida Convention Bureau’s, followed by seminars and trade show with dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY, hope to see you all there.

 

WITS once again will be offering a free trip to the NY Times Travel Show in NYC at the Javits Center January 27th, 2017 and Gloria will be collecting a $10.00 deposit, refundable on the day of the trip and will collect that at the MYR meeting.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Ciulik, Recording Secretary

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WITS September Meeting in Saratoga

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Saratoga Casino Hotel

 

Wits once again started off the 2016-2017 season with a great evening at the Saratoga Casino Hotel hosted by:

Tim O’Neil – EZ Italy

Megan Allen – CIE Tours

Ann Andreas – Exclusive Group Travel

Victoria Weinstein – Salute Africa

 

The vendors gave wonderful presentations and the meeting was well attended. 

Dominic gave a preview of the meetings to come, lots of good stuff!

 

Next meeting Hawaii night on October 11th,2016 at the Treviso Italian Community Center, no certifications this year, hope to see you all there.

 

Thank you,

Elaine Ciulik

Recording Secretary
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