2021 Annual Session

2021 NEAFCS Annual Session
#NEAFCS2021
November 2-5 ~ Grand Rapids, Michigan

We are excited to share that the 2021 NEAFCS Annual Session will be held both in-person and virtual.  The in-person conference will be held November 2-5 in Grand Rapids, MI.  At this time, there are no limitations on attendance. To assist members in making plans with individual state and University restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, early-bird registration will be extended through October 1, 2021.   The virtual aspect is still being finalized, however, we plan to offer all concurrent sessions and ignite presentations via on-demand recordings, images of poster presentations, potential on-demand recording of the Opening General Session, live access to the Affiliate Officer Meetings and Committee Plans of Work Meetings, as well as discussion forums following the in-person event for continued conversations for all participants.  Both the in-person and virtual meetings are still being developed and offsite tours will ultimately be determined by registration.  

We ask all members to assist NEAFCS in planning for the Annual Session by:         

  • completing your registration as soon as you have finalized your plans (do not wait till the last minute), and
  • reserving your hotel room as soon as you have finalized your plans.  Please do not HOLD extra rooms at the hotel if you are unsure of your plans as this time.

Registration is set to open before the end of June.  Continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information on registration, pricing, schedule and more. 

SEE YOU IN MICHIGAN (welcome video)

NEAFCS and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel are working diligently to plan for a safe experience for all Annual Session attendees in accordance with guidelines from local health authorities.  Prior to the meeting, NEAFCS staff will share all event and hotel safety plans with attendees so everyone will know what is expected prior to arrival. We are looking forward to a great event!

Click the links below for more information:

Schedule/Education/Tours:

Travel/Transportation/COVID-19 Protocols

Activities:

Presenters/Exhibitors

 

Hotel Information

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Room Rate: $174 per night (single/double/triple/quad)
Reservation Deadline: September 29, 2021
Concessions: 
complimentary wi-fi, discounted overnight self-parking fee $15 per day
Check-In/Check-Out: 4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Amway Health & Safety Protocols: Click here

Be aware that last-minute cancellations have financial ramifications for the association, so please try to make any changes as early as possible – no later than 4 weeks ahead if possible.  When our block has sold out and attendees are holding additional rooms, this will require other attendees to book outside our room block at a higher rate.  When attendees cancel their additional rooms that they were “holding”, this now opens up a room in our block that the association is held liable to fill or will incur attrition fees. 

Online Reservations
A dedicated booking website has been created so attendees can make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Book your reservation online here - https://book.passkey.com/e/50171164

Phone Reservations
To make your reservation by phone call (800) 253-3590 and reference the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences to receive the group discounted rate.  

Deposit/Cancellation
All reservations require a one-night's deposit including tax. Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received by hotel 48 hours prior to expected arrival date.

More on the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel                               
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel for the 2021 Annual Session.  It is recognized as one of the finest historic hotels across America. NEAFCS will also utilize space at the DeVos Place Convention Center, connected to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by a climate-controlled skywalk. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and close to many of the top things to do in the area.  Grand Rapids is the heart of what Forbes Magazine calls "One of the 10 best downtowns in the USA."