2009 Washington Leadership Conference Student Program Information
Holiday Inn Rosslyn Holiday Inn Eisenhower 1900 N. Ft. Myer 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Arlington, VA 22209 Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 807-2000 (703) 960-3400
We are excited that you are attending the Washington Leadership Conference. A full week is planned for you in
our nation’s capitol. WLC is designed to combine personal growth and leadership development with an array of sightseeing events. Enclosed is important information to help you prepare for your WLC experience.
Conference registration takes place on Tuesday from 1:00-5:00p.m. Be sure to check in at the FFA conference
registration table, not at the hotel front desk. If you arrive later than 5:00p.m., please join us in the conference
room for the activities taking place. The conference starts with a dinner served at 5:30p.m. There is a late
registration around 10:30p.m. Tuesday night. Your hotel accommodations include Saturday night’s lodging.
Be sure to check your confirmation so you’ll know at which hotel you are registered to participate. Those students staying at the Holiday Inn – Rosslyn will register there and those students staying at the Holiday Inn – Eisenhower will register there.
IMPORTANT: Confirmation, Medical and Permission Forms
Bring all forms (Student Medical Information, Consent to Medical Attention and Personal Conduct Agreement)
with you to the conference (all included in this packet). Do NOT mail them to the National FFA Center. It is imperative to bring these forms with you. You are not eligible to participate unless the front and back of these
forms are completed in full, signed, and submitted to the conference staff on the day you arrive. If these forms are misplaced replacements can be downloaded from www.ffa.org.
If you plan to arrive prior to Tuesday, please contact the WLC office at (317) 802-4321 at least seven days prior to the start of your conference. The WLC staff must make this reservation for you to qualify for the special
discounted hotel rate. It will be your responsibility to pay the extra night’s lodging directly to the hotel.
Registration Fee Includes
Your student registration fee includes a participant workbook, training materials, supplies, meals, tours, lodging,
in-town bus transportation and secondary accident insurance (covers deductible and nonpayment on primary
insurance coverage). The student fee is based on four students in each room. Extra money will be needed for
souvenirs, snacks, etc. See packing list below.
Student Supervision & Conference Size
WLC staff will reside in both hotels (the Holiday Inn Rosslyn & Holiday Inn Eisenhower) and accompany
participants during all workshops and tours throughout the week; the conference hotel also provides nighttime
security personnel. Most conference sessions have an average enrollment of 120 students at the Holiday Inn
Eisenhower and 240 students at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, which allows for maximum participation and personal
contact with the WLC staff members.
Travel to the Conference
If you are confirmed for the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn
Driving on 95 South – Take I-95 South to I-495 West (the Capitol Beltway toward Silver Spring) into Virginia. Take Route 66E to exit #73 (Rosslyn Key Bridge Exit). The hotel will be on the right, at the corner of Lee
Highway and North Ft. Myer Dr. just under the underpass.
Driving on 95 North – Take I-95 North to I-395 to exit 8A (Washington Blvd/Columbus Pike). Follow Washington Blvd. to route 50E. Follow Rt. 50E to the Rosslyn/Key Bridge exit. The exit will merge onto Lynn St.
Travel on Lynn St. to Lee Highway South. Do not go over the bridge. Turn left onto Lee Highway and make an
immediate left on to North Ft. Myer Drive. The hotel is on the right, just after the underpass.
Arriving from the West – Take I-66 East to the Rosslyn/Key Bridge exit #73. Turn right at the second traffic light onto Ft. Myer Drive. The Holiday Inn Rosslyn Hotel is located on your immediate right.
If you are confirmed for the Holiday Inn, Eisenhower
Driving on 95 North – Take 95 North towards Baltimore and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take the Eisenhower Avenue Connector Exit-174, pass Van Dorn; turn left at first light onto Eisenhower Connector. Next light, turn
right onto Eisenhower Avenue and drive approximately 2.2 miles to stoplight at Stovall Street; turn right into the
Driving on 95 South – Take 95 South on the Capital Beltway, go over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take exit 176 Telegraph Road-North Alexandria. As soon as you come off the ramp, make the first right onto Pershing Road. At
the stoplight, turn right onto Stovall Street and keep straight through the next stoplight (crossing Eisenhower
Avenue) into the hotel parking lot.
From National Airport – Take Route #1 South into Old Town Alexandria, turn right onto Duke Street from Washington Street (Rt. 1) and go approximately 5 traffic lights and make a left onto Holland Lane (Table Talk
restaurant will be on your right). Go to the end of Holland Lane and turn right at stop sign onto Eisenhower
Avenue. Keep straight through one stop sign (Mill Road) and the next stoplight (Stovall Street) turn left into the
hotel parking lot.
If you are flying into Ronald Reagan Washington National airport, WLC staff will be located in the baggage claim
areas, should you need assistance. The staff is there to provide information, and to help you locate ground
transportation. It is not necessary for you to locate the staff if you already know how to find the ground
transportation. Should you have difficulty locating our staff (this is possible, as they may be helping a large
group), simply follow the airport signs to “Ground Transportation” and take a taxi to your hotel.
Transportation is not provided. The information on how to find WLC staff is as follows:
? If you are flying TWA, Midway or Northwest into Ronald Reagan Washington National airport, a WLC staff
person will be stationed at the terminal in the seating area next to the TWA baggage claim #2 from 10:00a.m.
4:00p.m. on Tuesdays.
? All other flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National airport will be located in the main terminal. Go
downstairs to the baggage claim area. A WLC staff person will be stationed at the baggage claim information
screens between baggage claims 6&7 on the lower level from 10:00a.m..-4:00p.m. on Tuesdays.
Both hotels are conveniently located near the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In addition, Dulles
Airport is located 40 miles away from the conference site and BWI is located 50 miles away from the conference
site. WLC Staff will not be stationed at Dulles International or BWI Airports.
Travel to Hotel
If you’re arriving into Washington, D.C. by airplane or commercial bus/train, you have a few options for getting to
your hotel; you can take a taxi, take the Metro (subway) or a shuttle van.
Taxi’s can be found by going locating ground transportation at the airport – approximate costs (one way):
? Taxi from Washington National Airport ............................... $18............... 10-minute drive
? Taxi from Dulles Airport (20 miles away) ............................ $65............... 30-60 minute drive
? Airport bus from Dulles Airport to National
Airport. Then take a cab to your hotel. ................................. $18............... 30-60 minute drive
? Taxi from commercial bus or train station ............................ $25............... Varies
If you would like to travel via shuttle van. Use the following link for suggested shuttle van companies and rates.
You will need to make reservations in advance.
? If you are flying into Reagan International Airport -
? If you are flying in to Dulles International Airport – http://www.washfly.com/super_shuttle.htm
If you would like to the take the Metro (subway) to the hotel. Use the following link for more information.
? If you are flying into Reagan International Airport – You can catch the Metro right in the terminal. Check
out the following link -
? If you are flying in to Dulles International Airport – there is not a direct connection to the Metro but you
can catch the Metro via a shuttle bus – check out the following link -
What to Pack
On Wednesday evening and Thursday and Friday morning students will be asked to wear official FFA dress*. All
other times casual dress (slacks, jeans, skirts, and shorts) will be worn. No sleeveless shirts are allowed. Sleeves must be the width of a dollar bill. No mini-skirts - skirts must not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
Be sure that your casual clothing is appropriate for staying in a hotel. Be prepared to walk extensively.
Comfortable shoes are required. Note: It is suggested that females only wear flat black shoes with official dress
because of the large amount of walking during the tours. The hotels have swimming pools so bring appropriate swimwear.
*Official FFA dress consists of: jacket, white shirt, tie/scarf, black slacks/skirt, black socks (males), pantyhose
(females), and dress shoes. Capri pants are not an acceptable form of official dress.
*Replacement official dress apparel can be purchased in advance through http://www.ffaunlimited.org/
Official FFA jacket Casual jeans/shorts (2-4)
Official FFA tie/scarf Casual shirts (3-4)
Black slacks/skirts (2-3) Casual dress slacks/skirts (1-3)
White shirts/blouses (2-3) Casual shoes/sneakers (1-2 pair)
Black socks or pantyhose (2-3 pair) Dress shoes (1-2 pair)
Flat, comfortable black shoes (1-2 pair) Shorts – appropriate length (1-2)
Swimsuit - appropriate Raincoat and/or light jacket
Extra spending or taxi money ($75-$150) Camera and film (3-6 rolls)
Camera batteries and flash Phone card
One set of work clothes (something you don’t mind getting dirty)
Appropriate work shoes (sandals are not recommended)
Making an Appointment
Each week we try to have a congressional speaker address the conference participants on the lawn of the capitol.
Once the speaker is finished, students will have the opportunity to visit with their Senator or Representative. You
and your chapter should make an appointment as soon as possible with your United States Senator or
Representative by first phoning the appointment secretary and following up with a letter (see the sample letter on
the back page). Most legislative leaders and their staff welcome the opportunity to meet with you. This
opportunity to visit congressional leaders should be scheduled on Thursday, between the hours of 10:45a.m.-12:15p.m.. The telephone number for the House of Representatives and the Senate is 1-202-224-3121
If you have questions between now and the time you come to WLC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are
looking forward to seeing you in Washington D.C.!
SAMPLE LETTER TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
The Honorable ____________
Attention: Appointment Secretary
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable ____________
Attention: Appointment Secretary
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Each summer the National FFA Organization conducts the Washington Leadership Conference in our nation’s
capitol. The purpose of this conference is to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop personal
leadership skills and realize their citizenship responsibilities. As (a member or office held) of the _________FFA
chapter in ___(city)_____, ____(state)_____, I have been selected to participate in this leadership conference.
I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you to share what I a.m. learning at the conference as well as learn
about your role. I am available 10:45a.m.-12:15p.m. on Thursday, __(month/date)__ to visit your office and meet
with you if your schedule is open. I will contact your office soon to confirm this appointment. In the meantime, I
would appreciate it if your office would contact me at the address listed below or leave a message at _____(phone
number) regarding this appointment.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. I a.m. looking forward to my visit to Washington D.C., and
would be honored to have the opportunity to meet with you and members of your staff.
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Daytime Phone Number