Outreach & Events - Freedom From Religion Foundation
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Hotel Sites

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Freedom From Religion
   38th Annual National Convention ­
Weekend of Oct. 9-11, 2015
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE HOTEL

9 EAST WILSON STREET, MADISON, WISCONSIN, 53703, USA
TEL: +1-608-255-5100 FAX: +1-608-251-4550

RESERVATIONS FOR THE HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE

Phone Number: 1-608-255-5100 or 414-935-5941

Group Name: Freedom From Religion Foundation
Group Code: FFRF
Cut Off Date: September 7, 2015
Rooms not reserved by the above cutoff date will be released and sold at a higher rate.

Special Room Rates:

  • 2 DOUBLE BEDS rates from 169.00 USD/Night
  • 1 KING BED rates from 169.00 USD/Night
  • 2 DOUBLE BEDS LAKEVIEW rates from 169.00 USD/Night
  • 1 KING BED LAKEVIEW rates from 169.00 USD/Night

The Hilton has also created a secure and private reservation website. Please click here to register online.

SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM AIRPORT

The hotels have a courtesy vehicle to handle your transportation to or from the Dane County Regional Airport. You may use the courtesy phone located at the hotel board between Bag Claims 1 and 2.

To order a shuttle to the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace please call 608-255-5100 when you’ve arrived at the airport.

CANCELLATION POLICY

48-hour cancellation policy. Late cancels or “no shows” will be charged one night’s room and tax. No show reservations are released and are not automatically reinstated.

Please click here to view directions to the hotel and convention center

OVERFLOW HOTEL OPTION

SHERATON MADISON HOTEL

706 JOHN NOLEN DRIVE
MADISON, WI 53713
+1-608-251-2300

RESERVATIONS FOR THE SHERATON MADISON

Central Reservations at 800-325-3535. Reservation name: "Freedom From Religion Foundation"

The Sheraton Madison has also created a secure and private reservation website. Please click here to register online.

Room rate is $139 single/double/triple quad for either 1 king bed or 2 double beds.

Cut Off Date: September 8, 2015

SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM AIRPORT

The hotels have a courtesy vehicle to handle your transportation to or from the Dane County Regional Airport. You may use the courtesy phone located at the hotel board between Bag Claims 1 and 2.

To order a shuttle to the Sheraton Madison Hotel please call 608-251-2300 between 7AM and 11PM when you’ve arrived at the airport.

SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM SHERATON MADISON TO MONONA TERRACE

Daytime: (every half hour or upon availability) 7AM-6PM

Nighttime: 6PM-11PM

HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE HOTEL DETAILS

Attached to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center by climate-controlled skywalk, the award-winning Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel is located in the heart of downtown Madison overlooking Lake Monona. Wake up in an elegant guest room to enjoy views of the Wisconsin State Capitol or Lake Monona. All guest rooms include a refrigerator and feature one king-sized bed or two double beds. For your convenience, in-room internet access is complimentary in all guest rooms. The Capitol Chophouse serves lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Monday-Saturday, featuring 28-day aged beef and local ingredients to create a memorable dining experience. The Breakfast by Hilton buffet is available daily in the Olive lounge, featuring Starbucks® coffee. The lounge is a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy a cocktail and a light snack. Recreational amenities at the hotel include a heated indoor pool, exercise room with modern equipment and direct access to the Lake Monona walking trail. Explore all that downtown Madison has to offer just a few blocks from the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel. The hotel is only blocks from Wisconsin State Capitol and the University of Wisconsin campus and hospitals. Camp Randall and the Kohl center are also nearby if you are in town to watch a University of Wisconsin Badger sporting event.

HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE AMENITIES AND SERVICES

One of the finest Madison hotels, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace offers a wide range of amenities designed with you in mind. Our goal is to provide you with the services that you need, when you need them and to make your stay as comfortable, relaxing and convenient as possible. Our Madison hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, onsite dining and so much more.

FOR YOUR BUSINESS CONVENIENCE

  • Audio/Visual Equipment Rental
  • Business Center
  • Complimentary Printing Service
  • Express Mail
  • Fax ($3.00)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Photo Copying Service ($3.00)

FOR YOUR FAMILY'S COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

  • Children's Menu
  • Cribs ($10.00)
  • High chairs

FOR YOUR COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

  • 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market
  • Automated Teller (ATM) ($3.00)
  • Baggage Storage
  • Bar Area
  • Concierge Desk
  • Electric Service
  • Elevators
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Activity/Recreation Desk
  • Laundry/Valet Service
  • Local Area Transportation
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Hold
  • Multi-Lingual Staff
  • On-Site Convenience Store
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box

FOR YOUR FITNESS AND RECREATION CONVENIENCE

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool

FOR YOUR ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS

The Following Features Are Available:

  • Accessible
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Accessible business center
  • Accessible exercise facility
  • Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32” of clear width
  • Accessible hotel restaurant
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility
  • Accessible public entrance
  • Accessible registration desk
  • Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms
  • Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the business center
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the spa
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the swimming pool
  • Assistive listening devices for meetings upon request
  • Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders
  • Lowered light switches
  • Lowered peep hole in door
  • Lowered shelf storage
  • Lowered sink
  • Lowered thermostat controls
  • Portable shower chairs
  • Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged
  • Service support animals welcome
  • Swimming pool hoist for pool access
  • TTY for guest use
  • Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility

The Following Features Are Not Available:

  • Accessible concierge desk
  • Accessible route from the hotel’s accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities
  • Accessible swimming pool
  • Accessible transportation with advance notice
  • Valet only parking
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2015 FFRF CONVENTION - Madison, Wisconsin

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   38th Annual National Convention ­
Weekend of Oct. 9-11, 2015
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

Ron Reagan, the “unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell” who kindly recorded a recent and much-censored TV commercial for FFRF, will keynote its 38th national convention at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wis., on the weekend of Oct. 9–11, 2015.

The convention center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is next to Lake Monona and two blocks from Wisconsin’s impressive State Capitol and next door to the convention hotel, the Hilton. (There’s a memorial along the lake near the convention center noting that singer Otis Redding and six members of his band died there on Dec. 10, 1967, when their plane plunged into the lake’s icy waters.) Reserve your hotel room now to avoid disappointment at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Hotel, 9 E. Wilson St., room rate $169 single or double, by phoning toll-free 1-866-403- 8838 or 1-608-255-5100. The group name is Freedom From Religion Foundation and the group code is FFRF. Book online at ffrf.org/convention2015 — go to the hotel site section, which links directly to reservations. The cutoff is Sept. 7, or as long as rooms last.

For those who are driving in or don’t mind staying away from downtown, there are additional rooms at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, which provides a free shuttle to and from the convention center every half hour from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sheraton rates are $139 single/double/triple/quad. Make your reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and let them know you’re with “Freedom From Religion.”

You may wish to arrive Thursday in order to tour the “reborn” Freethought Hall Friday morning, which is 6 short blocks from the convention center. An informal open house will be held from 9–11:30 AM. Please indicate if you plan to attend on the registration form, to help ensure FFRF orders enough refreshments. Enjoy rolls, juice, coffee and tea and socializing in the Charlie Brooks Auditorium, top floor, where a short video presentation on the building and FFRF will play. Staff members will be posted throughout the building to greet, answer questions and make sure you don’t get lost! If you ordered a paving stone, look for it in the Rose Zerwick Memorial Garden & Courtyard, or your vestibule tile in the entry. Major donors’ names will be found in the Wall of Honor and Donor Wall in the Anne Nicol Gaylor Lobby. Every donor will be listed in a book on the reception desk. Due to time and staff constraints, this will be the only time to tour during the convention. 

SPEAKER LINEUP

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Joining Reagan as confirmed speakers are:

Kevin M. Kruse, the Princeton University professor of history whose new book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, is creating a lot of excitement. He recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and has authored or co-edited four other books. His White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005), won several prizes.

Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, will also speak about his newest book, Life-Driven Purpose: How an atheist finds meaning, an answer to Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life, and will autograph books. Dan, a talented pianist and songwriter who has recorded three music CDs for FFRF, will also entertain throughout the conference. Douglas Marshall will receive a Freethinker of the Year Award as the local plaintiff in FFRF’s most recent federal court victory, forcing the town of Warren, Mich., to permit him to put up a Reason Station to counter an ongoing prayer booth that dominates the atrium of his city hall.

Anita Weier will be honored as Freethought Heroine for introducing a historic ordinance to make “nonreligion” a protected class in Madison, Wis. Weier, former city editor for The Capital Times, served as an alderperson for two terms. Her “first of its kind” ordinance passed with no dissent on March 31.

Steven Hewett will be honored with FFRF’s Atheist in Foxhole Award. The former police officer and Afghanistan war veteran returned home with a Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star, only to find a Christian flag flying at the Veterans Memorial in King, N.C. In December, following a long court battle taken on his behalf by Americans United, the city agreed to stop flying the Christian flag and to remove a cross from a kneeling soldier statue. Steven is a Lifetime FFRF Member.

FFRF staff attorneys will give a detailed presentation on their major accomplishments in ending state/church entanglements in 2015. Other speakers and honorees will be announced in future issues. You have a chance to receive an expenses-paid trip to the convention.

If you persuade your prayerful local governmental body to let you to give a secular invocation, you can enter FFRF’s Nothing Fails Like Prayer contest (see details at ffrf.org/outreach/nothing-fails-like-prayer). The award includes opening a session of the conference with your secular words and a $500 award, plaque, transportation and accommodations at the convention. FFRF will honor major donors who made possible the expansion of Freethought Hall at Saturday’s dinner, which will also include the annual drawing for “clean money” (pre-“In God We Trust”).

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

 

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