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Welcome To San Antonio for Spouses and Guests Only

Sunday, June 28, 4:30pm-5:00pm

First visit to San Antonio? San Antonio has so much to offer! There is so much to see and do within walking distance of the Convention Center. Please join us for an informational meeting hosted by ASSE. Brochures and maps of San Antonio will be available as well as suggestions on some of the sites you don’t want to miss!

Caverns and Curios

Monday, June 29, 8:30am-1:00pm - Tour #GG5109
Tour Price: $78 per person (ages 10 & up).

This tour will highlight the awesome power of nature. The tour begins with the Natural Bridge Caverns, with trails through the Caverns covering more than a mile with temperatures at 70 degrees year round. The next stop is Gruene, Texas, a turn-of-the-century cotton farming community. This quaint little town is an assortment of restaurants, antique stores, specialty shops, and a wine-tasting venue. Enjoy a complimentary coupon that is good for an old-fashioned ice cream cone or treat at the authentic General Store. Please wear shoes that provide good traction on wet and steep surfaces and dress for the weather. Note - this tour is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic or are unsteady on their feet.

This tour is inclusive of transportation, tour guide, tour stops as well as all taxes and gratuities.

Texas Wine Country

Monday, June 29, 9:00am–4:00pm - Tour #GG5209
Tour Price: $95 per person. No one under 21 years old may participate on the tour.

The tour will depart downtown San Antonio for a scenic sampling of the Texas Hill Country Wineries. Stops include the Texas Hills Vineyards, located in the gentle hills of the picturesque Pedernales River Valley, the Grape Creek Vineyards, located on the South Grape Creek in Pedernales and a visit to the quaint town of Fredericksburg, for shopping and lunch on your own. The final stop is the Becker Vineyards, host of the largest underground wine cellar in Texas.

This tour is inclusive of transportation, tour guide, tour stops and all applicable taxes and gratuities.

Fredericksburg and LBJ Ranch

Tuesday, June 30, 8:00am-4:30pm - Tours #GG6109 and #GG61C09
Tour Price: $89 per person (ages 6 & up). Children (ages 6-12) $80 per child. All children (ages 6-12) must be accompanied by an adult.

The tour will take you to Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch, a tour of his reconstructed birthplace and the nearby Johnson Family Cemetery where Johnson is buried. Guests will enjoy a look at the LBJ Ranch and view a short video on the ranch and the famous occupants who once lived there. The next stop is Fredericksburg with its wide historic Main Street lined with more than 100 specialty shops. A walking map will be provided to help you navigate the array of interesting shops and fine restaurants for lunch on your own. For the non-shoppers, plan to visit two important museums, Pioneer Museum Complex, which tells the history of the settlement of Fredericksburg and the Admiral Chester Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War where Admiral Nimitz, the last of the U.S. five star admirals, was a native son of Fredericksburg.

This tour is inclusive of transportation, tour guide, tour stops and all applicable taxes and gratuities.

Spanish Mission Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Tours #GG6209 and #GG62C09
Tour Price: $65 per person (ages 6 & up). Children (ages 6-12) $59 per child. All children (ages 6-12) must be accompanied by an adult.

One of the country's few National Parks within an urban setting, the missions tell the early story of San Antonio and European expansion in the New World. Mission stops include Mission San Jose, established in 1720 and will include the famous "Rose Window", Mission Concepcion, the oldest un-restored mission church in Texas that was established in 1731 and Mission San Juan Capistrano, the re-established mission with its permanent home made along the banks of the San Antonio River in 1731. The final stop, Mission Espada, established in 1731, was never completed. The outline of an intended church is still visible with a look at its water system, as interesting as the mission itself.

Each adult guest will receive a complimentary book of the Spanish Mission Trail. This tour is inclusive of transportation, tour guide, tour stops as well as all taxes and gratuities.

Rafting on the Guadalupe (cancelled)

Wednesday, July 1, 8:00am–1:00pm - Tour #GG7109 (cancelled)
Tour Price: $120 per person (ages 12 & up). No one under the age of 12 years old may participate.

Located in the charming hill country town of Gruene, Texas, guests will have the opportunity to shoot the rapids with the experienced crew of “Rockin’ R”. Each participant will be given a life jacket, paddle, and waiver to sign before they hit the water! Length of tour is between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. For those who make the run early, Rock R has activities such as beach volleyball and horseshoes.

In order to participate, you must be able to swim. Wear water shoes or old tennis shoes and bring sunscreen. No glass or Styrofoam permitted. This River trip is not for pregnant women. This tour is inclusive of all loaner equipment, instruction, transportation and all taxes and gratuities.

Technical Tours

All technical tours require a $30 advanced payment per person. No cameras, video or other recording devices are permitted for technical tours. Register early, tours have limited capacity. Thank you to the South Texas Chapter for their assistance with the Technical Tours.

SeaWorld San Antonio

Tuesday, June 30, 9:00am–12:00pm - Tour #TT6309 - (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00am–12:00pm - Tour #TT7309
(SOLD OUT)

This tour provides a behind the scenes look at the safety efforts of some of the unique jobs at SeaWorld. Attendees will have the opportunity to see and learn about the safety and conservation considerations SeaWorld employs to ensure the health and welfare of employees and animals.

Tour Capacity: 25
Departure Information: 8:45 am from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn for walking.

Southwest Research Institute

Tuesday, June 30, 1:30pm–4:30pm - Tour #TT6509

This tour will take attendees on a guided tour of Southwest Research Institute, one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit research and development organizations in the U.S. The first stop is the Emissions Lab, which measures and quantifies exhaust emissions rates to determine if vehicles meet federal regulations. Attendees will learn about emissions research, federal and state regulations, and what is being done to limit exhaust emissions. Attendees will also visit the Metering Research Facility, a world-class, high-accuracy, high-technology flow measurement facility operated for the natural gas industry for meter development, meter calibration and meter testing. A third stop is to be determined.

Tour Capacity: 40
Departure Information: 1:15 pm from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Shoes must be closed toe; low heels recommended.

Zachry Construction Corp.- Hotel Construction

Monday, June 29, 9:45am–11:45am - Tour #TT5209
Wednesday, July 1, 9:45am–11:45am - Tour #TT7209

This tour will take place at an active construction site where a multi-story hotel is being constructed. Attendees will be able to see fall protection practices, use of suspended scaffolds, steel erection, tower crane use and other elements of building construction.

Tour Capacity: 30
Departure Information: 9:30 am from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Sturdy shoes must be worn with closed toe and heel. Long pants must be worn; no shorts and Capri pants. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided. Because of the locations and activities involved in this tour, it is not recommended for anyone who is afraid of heights.

North Central Baptist Hospital

Monday, June 29, 1:00pm–4:00pm - Tour #TT5309
Sponsored by the Healthcare Practice Specialty

This tour will consist of recently designed and constructed safety features such as a contaminated patient waiting area, a mass decontamination shower arrangement and the design of an emergency room entrance that helps prevent contamination of an emergency room. Attendees will also see infant protection and card access systems in place. North Central Baptist Hospital is the only hospital in the state of Texas which allows them to treat potable water on a secondary basis to ensure safe water for patients, staff and visitors.

Tour Capacity: 55
Departure Information: 12:45 pm from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Comfortable clothing should be worn for walking.

Vulcan Materials Company

Monday, June 29, 9:00am–12:30pm - Tour #TT5109
Tuesday, June 30, 9:00am–12:30pm - Tour #TT6109
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00am–12:30pm - Tour #TT7109

During the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to review safety practices on how limestone is mined, crushed, screened, and transported by truck or rail. The tour will provide a better understanding of the production process and how it is done safely as well as how the facility conducts EHS compliance and loss avoidance.

Tour Capacity: 25
Departure Information: 8:45 am from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Shoes must be closed toe and heel. Long pants must be worn; no shorts or Capri pants.

Fit For Work

Tuesday, June 30, 9:30am–12:00pm - Tour #TT6409 (SOLD OUT)

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a Fit for Work Center with instruction, observation and hands on participation in Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) through a series of didactic events. Focus will include the review of actual and simulated PDA’s in process, observation of actual manufacturing processes through video review, group participation in recommending potential abatements, use of PDA to develop “Best Practice” training for material handling and observation of the use of PDA information for the purpose of Fit for Duty or Post Offer Employee Testing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in several functional “Stations” representing various uses of the PDA.

Tour Capacity: 20
Departure Information: 9:15 am from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn.

Frito Lay Inc. - CANCELLED

Monday, June 29, 1:15pm–3:30pm - Tour #TT5409

During the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to learn the overview of the safety program (VPP structure) and tour the manufacturing site. Attendees will learn what it takes to be a VPP site and how products are safely made.

Tour Capacity: 30
Departure Information: 1:00 pm from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn. Shoes must be closed toe and heel Safety glasses and hair nets will be provided.

Dos Rios Water Recycling and Treatment Center

Wednesday, July 1, 8:30am–12:00pm - Tour #TT7409

This tour provides attendees with the opportunity to learn the overview of Wastewater Treatment operations and various safety programs associated with them. Attendees will learn the development, implementation, and challenges of RMP and chlorine/sulfur dioxide safety programs at the Gas Storage Building and the Confined Space Program at multiple confined space locations.

Tour Capacity: 54
Departure Information: 8:15 am from the San Antonio Convention Center
Requirements: Sturdy shoes and clothing should be worn for outside walking. Hats, sunglasses, light/loose summer wear are advised.

Chapter Nights Out

Ranch ‘N Rodeo!

Monday, June 29, 2009, 6:00pm – 10:30pm.
Price: Adults #N05 $75. Children 4-12 years old $37 #N05C

ASSE’s South Texas Chapter from San Antonio proudly presents a Night Out at Rio Cibolo Ranch, an evening that puts you in the mood for the Wild West of Texas. Enjoy an authentic western style rodeo performance, armadillo races, moonlit hay rides, and the feeding of the Texas Longhorns. Feast on a Texas Western Round-Up dinner buffet, enjoy a Live Band and learn to Line-Dance, go on a hayride, or visit the game room for some sawdust shuffleboard or foosball with your ASSE friends. As the night winds down, enjoy tales from a resident Historian about the Old West and the Battle for Texas Independence around the open fire pits as you roast marshmallows. C’mon out with your jeans, boots and a cowboy hat -- maybe even a camera and enjoy the night with colleagues under the stars as ASSE does a night of Ranch ‘N Rodeo! Presented by ASSE South Texas Chapter.

Texas Hold ‘Em & Casino Night

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7:00-10:30pm
Price:
$50.00 Casino Night and Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, #N06T
$40 for Casino Night only, #N06. No one under 21 of age is admitted.

Texas cowboy Benny Binion is credited for taking poker from Texas to Vegas and making it the most popular game played today. On Tuesday night, we’ll be bringing the games back to Texas – casino style! Whether your preference is poker or casino games, such as blackjack and roulette, there will be something for everyone. This is a “play for fun” event where everyone can be a winner. Register early – seating is limited. All proceeds from this event will benefit the ASSE Foundation. Presented by ASSE Region III & ASSE South Texas Chapter.

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