Convention Info and Tips from Kate

First: WHAT TO BRING

– Credential: if paid in advance a credential is sent by mail

– Picture ID

– Delegate Guide: the newspaper handout mailed to delegates

– Mini-flashlight

– Charged cell phone; helpful for staying in touch

Plan on wearing comfortable clothing and shoes.  Dress in layers, temperatures at the Arena can vary tremendously. It’s helpful to have the cell phone numbers of friends and other delegates. No food may be brought into the MassMutual Center. Like most large public arenas, there are restrictions on large bags and backpacks.

If you need to review the Delegate Guide it is online here:

http://www.massdems.org/2012/05/21/download-the-2012-call-to-convention/

SEATING MAP 

The floor map for the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Endorsing Convention is available on line. Check out the map and see where your delegation will be sitting next Saturday. The senate district is printed on your credential.  If you are in a split town or ward for convention purposes the town or ward will be combined; check the list that is posted to determine where a split town or ward will sit.

http://www.massdems.org/2012/05/25/seating/

CREDENTIAL INFORMATION

A delegate who already has credentials does not have to get in line at any of the tables but can head straight to the convention floor with credentials and a photo ID.

Unpaid Delegates: Any delegate who has not paid his or her registration fee, should go to the “Unpaid Delegate” area. A credential will be provided upon payment. The unpaid registration tables will be lined up alphabetically by town/city.

Paid/Reprint Table:  Any delegate who has paid his or her registration fee, but did not receive a credential or who has lost his/her credential can pick his/her credential here. Lost credentials can be reprinted here.

Guest Pass: Guest passes are available for $25 for those who would like to attend the Convention but are not delegates or alternates. Guests must be registered Democrats.

Resolution Table: This table will deal with any problems that occur from any of the above tables and it will be staffed by the Credentials Committee.  Discrepancies such as a delegate or alternate’s name not appearing on the delegate/alternate list will be resolved here.

On Thursday there is a “Convention Hotline” at 617-939-0812. If you have a question on credentials consider calling. especially if you pre-paid your credentials prior to May 18 and did not receive your credentials.

FRIDAY OF THE CONVENTION, JUNE 1, 2011

There will be no formal session on Friday evening.

Delegate Information: 3-8 PM: Mariott Hotel Lobby, 2 Boland Way. Pick up a lanyard for your credential and a flashing button which will allow delegates to ride the shuttle bus and receive restaurant discounts. Bring your credential or ID to get your button.

Congressman Neal & Elizabeth Warren Party: 5:30-8 PM Theodores’, 201 Worthington St.

SEIU Party:  6-10 PM Adore Nightclub, 206 Worthington St.

LG Tim Murray & Congressman McGovern Party: 6 PM McCaffrey’s Public House, 1171 Main St.

Treasurer Steve Grossman Party: 7-9 PM Student Prince, 8 Fort St.

Marisa DeFranco Party: 7-9 PM Adolfo’s Ristorante, 254 Worthington Street. Everyone welcome. Appetizers and cash bar.

Host Committee Party: 9-11:30 PM MassMutual Center; Enter through Main Street entrance.

YDM Party: 8 PM-2 AM Smiths Billiards, 207 Worthington St., Suggested $10 donation.

Shuttle bus will run from 5 PM to Midnight and will transport delegates in the downtown area

Resolutions: It is possible that delegates will be circulating resolutions looking for signatures of delegates.  Resolutions require fifty signatures.  Use care in deciding what you sign.

SATURDAY OF THE CONVENTION, JUNE 2, 2012

Parking: Civic Center Parking Garage, 41 Harrison Ave. $7.Drive to the Harrison Avenue location. If needed you will be directed to overflow parking at 1620 East Columbus Avenue.

MassMutual Canter, 1277 Main Street, Springfield. Enter through the front entrance doors on Main St.

CONVENTION AT A GLANCE

8 AM Registration and Exhibit Hall open

8:30 AFL-CIO Breakfast with Joe Kennedy III. Ballroom A.

8:30 Unity Breakfast hosted by the Affirmative Action and Outreach Committee

9 AM Tellers start checking in delegates

10 AM Convention begins, Opening ceremonies.

11 AM Quorum roll call

Endorsement of U. S. Senate Candidate

Resolutions

1 PM Canvassing and Phone banking!

NOTE: Times are approximate.

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