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As I am writing to you today it is dreary and cold. This morn- ing I awoke to a flash of light in my room that had me a little confused, but then a

May 18 The Temptations & Four Tops/Five Flags May 21 Rose Parade Travel Show (p.6) May 28 New Zealand/Australia Travel Show (p.6) May 31 Grumpy Old Men /Circa 21 June 9 Cubs/Cardinals Baseball Game (p.11) June 16 Newsies /Five Flags (p.7) June 25 Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Outer Banks Travel Show (p.6) July 11 That’s What I Call Rock ‘n Roll/ Fireside Theater (p.12) July 14 Godspell /Five Flags (p.7) July 21 Mary Poppins/Grand Opera House (p.8) July 24 Celebration Belle/Port of Dubuque (p.8) Aug 11 Ain’t Retirement Grand /Bell Tower (p.9) Aug 16 Luke Bryan/Iowa State Fair (p.5) Aug 26-Sept 3 Paris to Normandy River Cruise Sept 26 Run For Your Wife/ Palace Theater (p.13) Oct 4-10 New England- Inn Style -Foliage Brilliance (p.14-15) Oct 13 Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses /Bell Tower (p.9) Oct 17 Jewelry Show (p.13) Oct 24-27 Mystery Tour (p.22) Nov 15 Girls Day Out Mystery Trip Nov 23 Texas Tenors/UDHeritage Center (p.10) Dec 5 Mistletones/DBQ Golf & Country Club Dec 6 Christmas at the Heritage Center/UD Dec 30 Tournament of Roses Parade (p.16-17) Calendar 2020 March 3-25 New Zealand/Australia (p.18-19) April 24-28 Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Outer Banks (p.20-21)

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and a new one day Mystery Trip in November to name a few. Our extended travel opportunities are quite exciting as well, with included itineraries for New England Foliage Brilliance, The Tournament of Roses Parade, New Zealand and Australia and Virginia Beach, Norfolk and the Outer Banks. This is a great time to once again thank you for your support of our program. Without you we would be nothing. As I strive to continue to improve as your club director I enjoy your input on events and places that interest you. I have enjoyed meet- ing so many of you. We have a great time together. If you haven’t joined us yet please do so soon.

few seconds later I heard thunder and heavy rain hitting the windows. I was not confused any longer. Just an early season thunderstorm to remind us how ever changing our weather is in the spring. I know many of my members hit the golf course early this week only to be met by snow flurries days later, but that is common for this area. The swelled river and creek beds didn’t need any additional water, but as with everything, we adjust and wait for the next opportunity to show its face. With- out that beautiful rain we would not have the beautiful flowers that are poking through the earth, waking up to say hello with their brilliant colors. We will see new growth in the bank soon as well. Our merger with Midwest One Bank is complete. Our name will change to MidWest One Bank in July. We are very excited to announce that AmeriClub will continue to serve our amazing members and guests as we strive to keep offering popular local events, fun one-day ventures and excit- ing extended travel opportunities. We will be redesigning our Journal very soon so keep an eye open for it. Check out a couple of new opportu- nities we just added. We are going to see the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals play at Wrigley Field on June 9. We booked “That’s What I Call Rock N Roll” at Fireside Theatre on July 11. We also added the Palace Dinner Theater in the Wisconsin Dells in September,

Coming soon! Girls Day Out Mystery Trip November 15, 2019 Day

Contents Notes From Connie...................................3 Bulletin Board...........................................4 Dyersville/Farley ....................................5 Travel Shows..........................................6 Local Events........................................7-10 One-Day Ventures...........................11-13 New England....................................14-15 Tournament of Roses Parade...........16-17 New Zealand & Australia.................18-19 Virginia Beach..................................20-21 Mystery Trip...........................................22 Missing Word Contest..........................23

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Worth Thinking About “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” –John Wooden

Refer-A-Friend Program Refer family and friends to Ameri- Club who do not already bank with American Trust, and if they join, we will send you a check for $15. There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. ( Husband and wife joining count as one referral.) Bring a Guest! Members are encouraged to invite friends to experience the fun and benefits of AmeriClub. You may register one guest for each Club event. A couple may invite two individuals. As space becomes available, each AmeriClub member may invite more than one guest. (A joint account relationship held by husband and wife qualifies both. No membership fees are involved. Personal accounts only.) Three Great Ways to Join To become an AmeriClub member, you need to be age 40 or better and maintain qualifying account balances. Stop by any branch to request mem- bership information. To be eligible you can choose to: • Maintain at least $5,000 in one of the following American Trust accounts: checking, savings, or money market account. • Maintain at least $10,000 in any combination of the following American Trust accounts: checking, savings, certificates of deposit, money market account, IRA, 401(k), personal trust services, or brokerage services. • Qualify with an initial balance of $50,000 on either a consumer or mortgage loan. (Loans cannot be combined.)

Luke Bryan Friday, August 16, 2019 Iowa State Fair

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A meriClub has fantastic grand- stand seats in rows one through four to see Luke Bryan. Luke is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Associa- tion Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a NSAI Artist/Song- writer of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Join us for this fun-filled motor coach trip! Departure from Dubuque will be around 9:00 a.m., with passenger pickups in Farley and Dyersville. An hour-long stop will be made around 1:00 p.m. in Williams- burg, IA, at Tanger Outlets for lunch or shopping. We arrive at the Iowa State Fair at 3:00 p.m. and have time to enjoy “some- thing” on a stick, see the butter cow, and view the 4H booths. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with the opening act, and Luke Bryan performs at 9:15 p.m. The concert concludes at 11:00 p.m., and the expected arrival home is between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. For more information or to register contact Sheila or Tanya in Dyersville at 563.875.2491, Kristie or Gayle in Farley at 563.744.3380. Cost is $150 per person and includes fair admission, concert ticket, transportation, and driver’s gratuity. Meals are not included.

Reservations and Information Connie Francis at 563.589.0804 Sheila Tegeler at 563.875.2491 Kristie Heims at 563.744.3380 Jean Wanezek at 608.348.4300 Lori Marshall at 608.723.5678 Pam Kreul at 608.822.7300

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Cancellation Policy If a cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to provide either a partial or full refund. However, we cannot provide a guar- antee of a full refund. Please be advised that there will be circumstances when refunds will NOT be possible due to ticket purchases, meal number guarantees, etc. If a tour is cancelled due to insufficient reservation numbers, you will be issued a full refund. On tours where an outside agent is used, we will adhere to the written cancellation policy of the agent. Stand-By List We always appreciate your willingness to be on the stand-by list for trips that are filled. Please call and add your name to any that interest you. You may get a call to join us. AmeriClub Points for Travel Program Each time you travel with AmeriClub, earn valuable points to redeem as cash discounts for future travel! Every travel day you spend with AmeriClub earns you 75 points, as of January 1, 2016. For every 300 points you accumulate, you earn a $10 credit toward your next trip.

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Newsies Sunday, June 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Rising Star Theatre Company Five Flags Theater 405 Main Street, Dubuque, IA

Travel Shows

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T he best way to find out what a trip is all about is to attend a travel show! I have a number of new trips coming up in 2020, and have arranged a detailed preview for each. Travel shows are held at the Main office at 895 Main Street, Dubuque, IA . Seating is limited, so we ask that [you] call 589.0804 and register to attend. I hope to see you at one of these upcoming travel shows, or maybe all three!

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S et in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score includ- ing “Carrying The Banner,” “Seize The Day,” and “Santa Fe.” Your AmeriClub price is $13 for main-floor seating.

Tournament of Roses Parade Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Godspell Sunday, July 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Rising Star Theatre Company Five Flags Theater 405 Main Street, Dubuque, IA

New Zealand and Australia Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

A masterful retelling of the original injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Godspell was the first major musical theater created by three- time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using an eclectic blend of songs. Dissolving into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Your AmeriClub price is $13 for main-floor seating.

Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Outer Banks Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

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Mary Poppins Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Grand Opera House 135 West 8th Street, Dubuque, IA

Ain ’ t Retirement Grand Sunday, August 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Bell Tower Theater 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA T his hilarious musical confirms that retirement is grand! The vaudeville-esque show celebrates the joys and demands of being a senior citizen. From driving and early bird specials to HMOs and writing a will, nothing is off limits in this upbeat, catchy romp through retirement. This show is recommended for mature audiences. Your AmeriClub price is $17 for main-floor seating. Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Bell Tower Theater 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA T ake a trip to the Lovers’ Landing Beach Hotel, a cozy little place that is “The Home of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses.” Leg- end has it that no one can resist its romantic mystique. That legend is put to the test when the blue-blooded Beatrice Rutherford- Smythe and her daughter visit to plan the daughter’s wedding. Beatrice immediately begins a campaign to talk her daughter, not only out of the Lovers’ Landing, but also the marriage itself. A bit of illegal gambling, a little rum running and some mistaken iden- tities provide a comical beach adventure. Your AmeriClub price is $17 for main-floor seating.

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Celebration Belle Classic Oldies Cruise Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Port of Dubuque, Board 10:30 a.m. Cruise 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. C ruise down [the] Mississippi and reminisce with entertainers Ray and Jane to the 50s and 60s music of Elvis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and many others. Homemade sticky rolls and fresh fruit are available upon boarding. Later, a hot two entrée lunch buffet will be served. Pre-cruise check-in will take place for those registered at the Port of Dubuque prior to the cruise. Tickets will not be mailed and reminder calls will not be made. AmeriClub price is $58.95 per person, due at reservation. sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Jane and Michael aren‘t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Enjoy some favorite songs like “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifra- gilisticexpialidocious”. Your AmeriClub price is $16 for main-floor seating. T he jack-of-all trades, Bert, intro- duces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have

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Texas Tenors Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m. UD Heritage Center 2255 Bennett Street, Dubuque, IA T he Texas Tenors are America’s favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades, and excited fans. They have performed more than 1000 concerts around the world. From Bruno Mars to Puccini, Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, broadway, and current pop music. Your AmeriClub price is $38 for left-side main-floor seating.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 9, 2019 Wrigley Field

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W here is the Best place to be on a Sunday afternoon in June? Yes you guessed it…Wrigley Field. Come join us to see the Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals. The excitement and thrills of Major League Baseball game day action will be found for sure as we watch these two teams show us what they do best. Baseball is life, the rest is just details. Don’t make me sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Park” alone. Sign up now! We have secured 54 tickets to the game and a deluxe Tri-State Travel motor coach will do the driving for us. Departure will be at 7:00 a.m. from the Plaza 20 parking lot at 2600 Dodge St. in Dubuque. The cost is $144 per person and includes game ticket, motor-coach trans- portation from Plaza 20 and driver’s gratuity.

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Run For Your Wife Thursday, September 26, 2019 The Palace Theater In The Dells Wisconsin Dells, WI

That’s What I Call Rock ‘n Roll Featuring Steve Watts & Fireside Band Thursday, July 11, 2019 Fireside Theater Fort Atkinson, WI T hat’s What I Call Rock ‘N Roll Back by Popular Demand! The Fireside is thrilled to present a brand new, live musi- cal celebration featuring the wildly popular Fireside Band led by Fireside favorite Steve Watts! Also featuring a cast of super talented singers, this show is the ultimate rock and roll party! The Fireside will be rockin’ with the music of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s! We’ll be paying tribute to some of the biggest rock superstars of all time such as Elvis Presley; The Beatles; Jefferson Air- plane; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Janis Joplin; Prince; Led Zeppelin; Billy Joel; Van Halen; Queen; Earth, Wind and Fire; Whitney Houston; Journey; Heart, and many more! Cost is $115 per person and includes transportation from Dubuque, plated lunch, show, and driver’s gratuity. Full payment, refundable until June 7, 2019, is due with your registration.

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A fast-paced, outrageous comedy about a London cab driver who lives a very ordinary life, with the exception that he has two wives! John Smith, literally has two lives, complete with two different wives! Somehow, he manages to juggle them both without arousing suspicion. However, he gets caught up in a mugging, and wakes up in a hospital. He ends up with the wrong wife by his side. Complications arise as the cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding. Cost is $94 per person and includes round-trip motor coach transportation from Dubuque, plated meal, show and driver’s gratuity. Full payment, refundable until July 26, 2019, is due with registration. TransWorld Jewelry, Fash- ion & Accessories Show Thursday, October 17, 2019 Rosemont, IL I t’s starting to become a tradition! AmeriClub is heading back to the Trans- World Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show to experience over 600 vendors selling prized merchandise and the newest fashions at the Stephens Convention Center. We will also visit the nearby Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Save the date! Cost is $59 per person and includes transporation, entrance to show, and driver’s gratuity.

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O n day one we will fly into Boston’s Logan airport. Our tour guide and deluxe motorcoach will greet us upon arrival. We may do some touring in Boston, if time allows, before heading to our hotel for the next two nights. Day 2: Boston. Today we enjoy a city tour of Boston, the capital and largest city in Massachusetts and one of the nation’s oldest cities spanning a history of 350 years in a distance of less than three miles. We have free time for lunch on our own in the 150 year-old restored buildings of the famous Quincy Market, which faces Faneuil Hall and houses a cheerful and colorful confusion of chic shops, specialty pushcart vendors, cafes, restaurants, and street performers. We will see the famous Freedom Trail winding its [way] through the downtown area and many historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Commons and the Public Gardens. We stay in Boston for the night. (B, D) Day 3: Maine to NH. After break- fast we are off to Maine and to our next two nights in the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. We travel along the Massachu- setts and New Hampshire coastlines. Stop in the seaside village of York to enjoy a traditional Maine clam (lobster) bake; clam chowder, clams, mussels, lobster (or Hickory BBQ chicken), corn on the cob, and potatoes– a real New England tradition. Following lunch we head to Portland Maine and visit the Portland Head Lighthouse, and then to the White Mountains. We drive along the New England- Inn Style - Foliage Brilliance October 4-10, 2019

Kancamagus Highway, one of New England’s most spectacular scenic highways to witness the fall foliage season. We spend the night at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel with dinner on our own. (B, Lobster Lunch) Day 4: NH to Vermont. This morn- ing we will take the Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington where we can see four states–Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Then we head through the north country into Vermont and to Montpe- lier where we will see the gold-leafed dome of the Capitol Building, and the Morse Farm Sugar Shack. Our hotel for the next two nights is in Essex Junction, Vermont. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D) Day 5: Vermont. We travel to Bur- lington and the Stowe area to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, we dare you to visit the gift shop and not buy one. Lunch is on our own in downtown Burlington, then on to Waterbury for a couple of great afternoon culinary experiences. First the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, then to the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream plant. This evening we take a din- ner cruise on Lake Champlain. (B, D) Day 6: Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This morning our destination is Sturbridge Village a post revolutionary living history village. Along the way we will enjoy a visit to the Yankee Candle Shoppe. A trip to Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, is a journey through time to a rural New England town of the 1830s. Visitors are invited into more than 40 original buildings, each carefully

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researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. This evening for our farewell dinner we’ll enjoy an authentic New England dining experience. (B, D) Day 7: Today we drive back to Boston and fly home from our New England fall foli- age tour with many fine memories of a bygone era. Depending on our flight time, we may have time to enjoy touring enroute back to Boston. (B) Per person price is $3,349 for double occupancy, $4,179 for single. A deposit of $350 is required to hold your reservation with the final bal- ance due by June 28, 2019.

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S ee the Granddaddy of all Parades from your reserved seats along Colorado Bou- levard. Explore Los Angeles on a sightseeing tour and ring in the New Year in style with a private gala event. Enjoy dinner aboard the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner and gain a unique glimpse into a bygone era. Day 1: Transfer together by motor coach to the Moline airport to board our flight to Los Angeles, CA for the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade, featuring the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnifi- cent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands. We stay at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel for the next four evenings. This evening we will join our Tour Manager for a welcome orientation. Day 2: Today we do some touring in Los Angeles and Hollywood from the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral to the new Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the tour is a blend of old and new. See the Hollywood Bowl, Kodak Theater and the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater. This evening, ring in the New Year with your newfound friends at a private New Year’s Eve gala event. Put on your dancing shoes as a live orchestra fills the room with sounds from yes- terday and today. Enjoy a spectacular dinner and champagne toast to celebrate the dawn- ing of a new year. (B,D) Day 3: The event we came for is about to begin. You have reserved bleacher seats along Colorado Boulevard and after breakfast you depart for the Tournament Tournament of Roses Parade December 30, 2019-January 3, 2020

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of Roses Parade. View the animated floats, the precision of the marching bands and the equestrian teams as you become part of an event that is seen throughout the world by millions. In the afternoon, go behind the scenes in Pasadena for the fabulous post-parade “Showcase of the Floats” to see your favorite floats up close. Marvel at the thousands of various flowers from around the world that were used to create the world’s most imaginative floats. (B) Day 4: Today, visit the J. Paul Getty Museum, a testament to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts. The museum contains a collection of Western art from the middle ages to the present and is one of the most visited museums in the nation. The afternoon has been left free for you to relax and enjoy the California sun. An optional excursion to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is available. [Tonight], be transported back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary, once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and fine dining venue. Enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner and gain a unique glimpse into a bygone era when steamships were the most regal way to travel. (B,D) Day 5: We transfer from the hotel to the airport with for our flight home bringing great memories with us. (B) Per person price is $2,899, double occupancy, and $3,468, for single. A deposit of $350 is required to hold your reservation with the final balance due September 30.

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J oin us on this trip of a lifetime in New Zealand and Australia with tons of ex- cursions, call for the full itinerary. Day 1-2: Transfer to Chicago airport for our flight to Auckland. Day 3: Arrival in Auckland, check into our hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) Day 4: Auckland sightseeing includes Auckland Harbor Bridge, Viaduct Harbor, Auckland Domain, Auckland War Memo- rial Museum, Parnell Village, and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. (B,L) Day 5: Auckland–Rotorua. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and discover the uniqueness New Zealand’s Maori people. (B) Day 6: Visit Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, and natural hot springs. We stop at the Agrodome and ride eight-seater Gondola cabins to experi- ence scenic views of Lake Rotorua. This eve- ning enjoy Te Po Tour, a feast of storytelling, entertainment, and Maori cuisine while absorb- ing the unforgettable sights at nightfall. (B,D) Day 7: Flight to Christchurch. Travel to the hotel located in the heart of Christchurch and have time to explore on your own before dinner together. (B,D) Day 8: Explore Christchurch; Hagley Park, the Avon River, the International Antarctic Centre, Cardboard Cathedral, and the Botanical Gardens. (B) Day 9: Journey to Mt. Cook to view Geraldine, the spectacular landscape that saw the filming of Lord of the Rings, and where Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki reside. (B,D) New Zealand and Australia March 3-25, 2020

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a more leisurely day, relax on the beach or onboard Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks. (B,L) Day 19: Today we visit Tjapukai and enjoy an Aboriginal experience at the Tjapkai Cultural Center, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, visit Kuranda Village, and conclude with a scenic ride back to Cairns onboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. (B,L) Day 20: Today we travel to Sydney to view the Sydney Opera House, then to the Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney’s highest attraction. This afternoon is on your own. (B) Day 21: Discover Blue Mountains National Park with a guide, Scenic World for the Blue Mountain rides; Scenic Railway, Cableway, or Skyway. Tour Feat- herdale Wildlife Park to have a photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and penguins. We drive by the site of the 2000 Olympic Games before we return to the city. (B,L) Day 22-23: Experience Australia at your leisure. We gather together this evening for a farewell dinner cruise aboard the prestigious MV Sydney 2000 and enjoy quality dining, wine, live music and dancing, all set to the spectacular backdrop of Sydney by night. The next morning we fly home. (B,D,B)

Day 10: Depart for Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka to see remote farmland, brilliant turquoise canals, lakes, and alpine meadows. Along the way we visit Puzzling World. (B,D) Day 11: Enjoy a leisurely morning in Wanaka, before we depart for Queenstown. (B) Day 12: Travel to Milford Sound with scenic stops at Eglington Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and The Chasm. While at Milford Sound we enjoy a lunch cruise. (B,D) Day 13: Full day of sightseeing in Queenstown; Arrowtown, the Bungee Jump- ing site, Shotover Jetboat ride site, and Sky- line Queenstown. Dinner is at the Stratosfare Skyline Restaurant and Bar at the top of the Gondola. (B,D) Day 14: We fly to Melbourne to meet our guide and enjoy an overview as we transfer to our hotel. (B) Day 15: See the Shrine of Remem- brance, Fitzroy Gardens, drive past the Sports Precinct, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market, Flinders Street and Federation Square. This afternoon we go to Phillip Island’s Koala Conservation center, the Nobbies and later watch the Penguin Parade waddle from the sea to their burrows before we have dinner together. (B,L,D) Day 16-17: Experience beautiful Yarra Valley, and a farm-to-table lunch at Divino’s. This evening we have dinner in Docklands before proceeding to the Melbourne Star. In the morning we fly to Cairns. (B,L,D,B) Day 18: Enjoy a full day at the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling in the cay’s protected shallow waters, and cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view, both are included. If you prefer

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LOTS of details on this trip! Call for the full itinerary!

Cost is $11,539 per person for double occupancy, and $13,839 for single. A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to hold your reservation, the final balance is due October 15, 2019.

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T his trip is sure to please with its history and beauty. All four nights we stay at the same oceanfront hotel. Day 1: Today we will fly into Rich- mond, VA, and travel down to Virginia Beach. We spend time exploring Colonial Williamsburg. We will be amazed how com- pletely we are transported back to the years prior to America’s independence. A visit to Governor’s Mansion is a must. We will visit the first English permanent settlement in America–historic Jamestown. Then on to Yorktown, where the revolutionary war of- ficially ended. We will tour the Yorktown battlefield and visitors center getting a very clear picture of those days. Then we arrive at our hotel for the next four nights. Relax and unpack knowing you don‘t have to pack up again until we head home on Tuesday. Dinner is on your own this evening. Day 2: We have another full day today following a great breakfast at the hotel. Just a half an hour away from Virginia Beach is Norfolk, VA, home to the world’s biggest Naval base. Our day will begin with tours by land and sea as we visit the Nauticus and battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus is the science center and museum known as the National Maritime Center, which features one of the largest battleships in the US–the Wisconsin. Next we are treated to reserved seating for the Parade of Nations as the performers we will be seeing later at the Tattoo will be marching in the parade along the streets of Norfolk. Following the parade, we will enjoy a cruise around Norfolk and see magnificent Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Outer Banks April 24-28, 2020

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Naval ships with a narrated tour by sea. This afternoon, we visit The MacArthur Memorial. We have an early dinner in Norfolk. Then we experience “the largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America.” An astounding display of inspirational mili- tary music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more will be seen at the Virginia International Tattoo. Following the performance we will make the short drive back to our hotel for the night. (B,L,D) Day 3: Today we begin with a tour of Virginia Beach. This vibrant coastal city is home to a flourishing local culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts, entertainment and attractions. We will visit the Surf and Rescue Museum, which preserves history of the 1903 Life Saving Station, The Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the larg- est private collections of WWI and WWII era military aircraft in the world, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792 commis- sioned by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. We conclude with a visit to Town Center and a drive to Atlantic Avenue Oceanfront. Dinner is included before settling in for the night. (B,D) Day 4: (B,D) Following breakfast this morning we will drive south out of Vir- ginia Beach and even out of Virginia to the incredible Outer Banks of North Carolina just one hour away. This is America’s First Beach. In Manteo, we will stroll through the majestic Elizabethan Gardens, which were

designed in 1960 as a living memorial to Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh and the members of the Lost Colony. Then it is on to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site located on Roanoke Island. We will walk around downtown Historic Manteo and explore Roanoke Marshes Light and the George Washington Creef (working) Boat shop. We visit Bodie Island Lighthouse, completed in 1872. This Lighthouse sits on the north side of Oregon Inlet near the northern border of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a stop on the way where the tallest natural sand dunes on the East Coast are located. We will visit the Wright Brother National Memorial, where Orville and Wilbur Wright broke our bond with the earth in 1903. Dinner is included this evening. (B,D) Day 5: Depending on our flight schedule, we will visit the attractions in the area and then return back to Richmond for our flight home. What a week at the beach! (B) Per person price will be announced in the next Journal.

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Fall Mystery Trip October 24-27, 2019

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Missing Word

Our Missing Word Contest winner for March/April was Marian Klostermann, who received a check for $25. The missing word was “Sitting,” and the song title was “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World.” We have hidden another song title with a missing word in this issue. Read your AmeriClub newsletter carefully, looking for any words enclosed in [brackets] like this. Rearrange the words to form the title or extended title of a popular song. One word will be missing. Figure out the missing word, and write the missing word only on the Missing Word Contest form found below. All correct entries received prior to the deadline indicated on the form are entered into the $25 drawing. All entries received throughout the year are entered into a year-end drawing for a grand prize of $100! Good luck!

C alling all mystery lovers! Another exciting, multi-day mystery tour has been planned. You can expect interesting attrac- tions, comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and a great time. Beginning on Thurs- day, October 24, we will begin our four-day, three-night adventure together. I better not say any more because it might ruin the surprise! The per-person trip price is $789 (double occupancy), and $1,009 (single). A $100 deposit is required with your registration. Final payment is due August 21, 2019, and all payments are refundable prior to this date. Price includes deluxe motor-coach transportation from Dubuque, three-nights lodging, luggage handling, eight meals, admission to all included activities, and all gratuities.

Mystery Trip

Entry Form Name: Address:


The missing word is: (Entries must be received before May 31. Members only.)

Mail to: Connie Francis American Trust P.O. Box 938

Dubuque, Iowa 52004-0938

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