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WEFMAX in Philadelphia

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
April 6 - 8, 2016


(Hosted by the Pennsylvania WEA)

2016 Center    2016 Waterfront 

WEFMAX is unlike any other meeting providing the members of the House of Delegates, MA Leaders, and WEF Staff an opportunity to meet, discuss challenges, and share successes. 

At this meeting, meet WEF Vice President Jenny Hartfelder and, WEF House of Delegates Speaker Jamie Eichenberger, WEF Treasurer Ralph Exton, WEF Board of Trustees: Claus Homann and Joan Hawley and the Pennsylvania WEA (PWEA) Board of members: President Brian Book, Past Presidents Daniel Slagle and Art Auchenbach, 1st Vice President Larry Fair, 2nd Vice President Michael Sedon, Secretary/Treasurer Scot Fertich, Executive Director Sue Boynton, WEF Delegates Dean Miller and Carl Janson, and WEF Delegate-at-Large Mike Kyle.  Please take a moment to get to know your WEF Leadership and the Pennsylvania WEA Leadership prior to attending.

Registration is complimentary for all attendees.  The meeting schedule and information on hotel accommodations, airport transfers and points of interest are provided below.

MEETING REGISTRATION OPTIONS: Print Out...fax or email Registration Form

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact:
WEF Staff: Dianne Crilley | | 703.684.2445
Pennsylvania WEA Host Coordindators:
Sue Boynton, Executive Director | | 717.642.9500
Cindy Rock, Conference Manager |

Why Attend WEFMAX '16 in Philadelphia:
Philadelphia is the Birthplace of American and the Cradle of Liberty.  The Philadelphia WEFMAX will be held in the heart of Philadelphia, just a few blocks away from Independence Hall and Philadelphia's City Hall.  Great restaurants, entertainment, historic sites, museums, and the residents of the City of Brotherly Love will all welcome you.  The Loews Hotel is easily accessible by air, train, taxi or car.  Bring the entire family to enjoy the history and charm of Philadelphia.  Our host committee will be available and more than happy to assist you with any special needs or to make recommendations of things to do, places to eat or answer questions.  We look forward to welcoming you!


  Wednesday, April 6 
9:00 - 3:30 pm Operator Training
2:15 - 5:00 pm Local YP Summit
2:30 - 4:00 pm MA Leaders Summit
4:00 - 6:15 pm HOD Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 pm Meet & Greet Icebreaker at the Field House
  Thursday, April 7 - WEFMAX Day 1 
7:30 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 am Welcome / WEF Business Update / HOD Update
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 12:00 pm WEF/MA Dialogue Session I
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:45 pm WEF/MA Dialogue Session II
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm MA Host Session III
4:00 - 4:50 pm Open Session
4:50 - 5:00 pm Daily Wrap
5:30 - 6:45 pm Historic Walking Tour with professional guide
6:45 - 9:30 pm Social Event - Dinner at Fogo de Chao
  Friday, April 8 - WEFMAX Day 2 
7:30 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:45 am WEF/MA Dialogue Session IV
9:45 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 - 11:30 am WEF/MA Dialogue Session V
11:30 - 11:45 am Call to Action
11:45 - 12:00 noon WEFMAX closing comments / adjourn

**Additional information, including details on social events and meeting program will be sent to each attendee three weeks prior to the meeting. 

 2016 LowesHOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call the hotel: 1.888.575.6397
 PWEA has blocked a limited number of hotel rooms at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel with a special rate per night of $179 single/double occupancy plus city, state, and hotel tax  currently at 15.5%.  This rate is only available until 5:00 pm local time on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by contacting  the hotel directly.  When making your reservation, please advise the hotel you are booking under the "WEFMAX Conference" or Group Block Code "WEF046". Based on availability, the hotel will offer room rates two days before and after the event.

  Loews Philadelphia Hotel
  1200 Market Street
  Philadelphia, PA 19107
  PH: 212.627.1200 (front desk)
  Reservations: 1.888.575.6397

2016 LowesLogoWelcome to Loews Philadelphia Hotel!  Loews Philadelphia Hotel combines living history with warm sophistication - just like the city we call home.

Our landmark structure was America's first skyscraper,k rising a commanding 33 stories into the air.  Using curved glass and bold geometric shapes, it was constructed in the Art Deco period and was home to our country's first savings bank.  Rare woods along with marble and granite from over 30 countries were utilized for dramatic effect, and clocks by Cartier made sure everyone was on time.

From 20 miles away, you can still catch sight of the undisturbed sign of the original owners - The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society - as PSFS glows in glorious red neon.  Today, you can still see the imposing bank vault doors in our hotel lobby - an homage to our history and a striking art installation.

For decades, our landmark structure has hosted Philadelphia's elite - and guests just like you.  With a perfect downtown location, stunning guestrooms, a relaxing spa and an indoor pool, we like to think we're proof that you really can have it all.

The 33rd floor of the PSFS building was once set aside for the highest echelons of business.  The top floor soon established itself as one of the most powerful business settings in the country.  The floor was so exclusive and powerful that many of the PSFS top executives never even stepped foot upon the top level.  According to urban myth, the elevator operators would get out of the car on the 32nd floor, to have the passengers go to the 33rd floor alone.  As the elevator door closed the operator would call out, "Your're on your way, gentlemen!"

The historic features of the prestigious floor have been well maintained as part of the hotel.  To this day, the prestigious floor have been well maintained as part of the hotel.  To this day, the original designs and unique style remain in place.  And it is home to some of our most impressive meeting space.

A Friendly Reminder -
- Check-In: 4:00 pm | Check-Out: 12:00 pm
- Late check-out charge is 50% of the daily rate.
- Guests are required to provide a valid credit card for daily incidental charges.  If a valid credit card is not available, a cash deposit of $100 per night will be required at check-in.
- A maximum of 2 children under 18 years of age sharing a room with parents stay free when using existing bedding.
- Rollaway beds and cribs are available from housekeeping.  Rollaways beds are in additional $25 per day based on availability.
- All departures prior to date agreed at time of check-in will be subject to an early departure charge.
- In the event that a guest fails to check-In for a guaranteed reservation, a non-refundable charge of one night room and tax will be charged to the credit card on file and the balance of the reservation will be cancelled.  The hotel must receive notification of cancellation no later than 4 pm, 24 hours before arrival date of the reservation.
- Guest must be 21 years of age to check-in to the Loews Philadelphia
- Pet fee: $40 per stay   

HOTEL AMENITIES: Loews Signature Amenities...
- 100% combed and ring-spun cotton terry towels and bath sheets  
- Comfort zone skin and body-care products
- Davines shampoo and conditioner
- The ultimate doeskin robe by Chadsworth & Haig
- Keurig coffeemaker with gourmet coffee
- On Demand movies
- Makeup mirror
- Iron and ironing board
- Julien Farel professional hair dryer
- 24-hour room service
- In-room safe
- Guest dry-cleaning and laundry service
- Wake-Up call
- Chaise lounge
- Flat-screen TV
- MP3-compatible alarm clock/radio
- Free WiFi

In-Room Business Amenities...
- Spacious work desk with ergonomic chair
- Premium Plus Wi-Fi available (fee applies)
- Two telephones with dual voice lines and voicemail
- Onsite FedEx Office Business Center    

The Service and Amenities You Expect in a Luxury Hotel...
Here, when the temperature dips below freezing, you can still take a dip in the heated indorr pool.  Unwind in the his-and-hers Steam Rooms and Saunas after a workout in the oversized, sun-soaked Fitness Center.  Or be pampered from head to to at the 12 Fit Spa.

Of course, Loews Philadelphia has in-the-know concierges who can assist with everything from event tickets to arranging a personal trainer to recommending the best Italian restaurant in town.  No matter how you like to spend your time, historic Philadelphia is right outside the doors.  With so much to do here, this really is the ultimate setting for a romantic getaway, a fun family vacation, or a business trip.  

2016 FieldHouse
The Meet & Greet Icebreaker will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at The Field House, which is one of Philadelphia's largest sports bars.  Appetizers will be provided.

Located at 1150 Filbert St, inside of the Philadelphia Convention Center and across from the worked renowned Reading Terminal Market, is The Field House.  The Field House presents an energized, yet casual setting to sports and dining.  Equipped with 35+ HDTV's, a state of the art sound system, 40 local drafts and an American Pub Food menu, Field House places itself above the rest.  Welcoming the challenge of being a restaurant in Center City, Field House offers the brotherly love Philadelphia has made famous, each and every day.  The craft beer, great food, good time environment just comes natural here.

2016 Tours     2016 Fogo

To be held on Thursday, April 7, at Fogo de Chao.  The group wil depart the Loews Hotel at 5:30 pm and take a guided historic walking tour with Tours by Foot.  The tour will end at the restaurant at 6:45 pm.  The restaurant is about 4 blocks from the Hotel.l  If you would rather not take the tour, please be sure to let us know in advance so that we can be sure to have the appropriate number of tour guides for those taking the tour.

Fogo de Chao is an authentic gaucho-style Brazilian Steakhouse, offering beef, chicken, lamb pork seafood and vegetarian options.  The story of Fogo de chao began in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil.  It is the lessons the founding brothers learned on their family farms that gave them the ambition to share their rich culinary heritage with the rest of the world.  They are craftsmen in the Art of Churrasco, the centuries-old gaucho chefs' tradition of Southern Brazil.  You'll experience the unforgettable sights, sounds, aromas and flavors that make Fogo such a unique and fun dining experience.  At Fogo, you are not just an observer, but a participant.  Experience the dance of gaucho chefs delivering fire-roasted meats.  Soak in vibrant colors of the Market Table and the symphonic soundtrack of the Fogo experience.

Philadelphia International Airport - 12 miles from hotel

- The Lady Liberty Shuttle will cost $10 one way.  A taxi is a flat fee of $29.50 each way

The Loews Hotel is directly across from Philadelphia's Jefferson Station (formerly known as Market East Station) with connection to the Airport Line, Frankford El (to 30th Street Amtrak Station) and SEPTA Routes.

PARKING: A charge of $34.20 per day + tax for valet parking.

All materials being sent to the hotel must include the following information:  
Hold for Guest (Guest Name) (guest cell number)
Loews Hotel | 1200 Market Street |  Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Provide Group Name (WEFMAX)

Operating Hours:
Mon - Fir: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Phone: 215.733.0313 | Email: 
Fax: 215.733.0315
- Independence Hall
- Liberty Bell Plaza
- US Constitution Center
- Betsy Ross House
- Ephraims Alley (Oldest continually inhabited street in USA)
- Reading Market
- Philadelphia Museum of Art (and "The Rocky Steps and Statue")
- Franklin Institute
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Barnes Foundation (Art Museum)
- African American Museum
- Christ Church Burial Ground (Graves of Ben Franklin and several Declaration of Independence signers)
- University of Pennsylvania Museum (Archaeology and Anthropology Exhibits)
- South Street
- National Liberty Museum
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Mural Arts Tour

2016 Bell    2016 Museum  

  2016 Flag   2016 Rotunda
Temperature ranges from an average high of 67 degrees to a night low of 47 degrees with an average of 3.57 inches of rain for the month of April.

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