Financial Planning for IAM Convention Delegates

Delegates planning to attend the 2012 Grand Lodge Convention in Toronto, Ontario, are reminded that they will need a valid U.S passport to enter Canada. In addition to ensuring passports are up to date, delegates should also have sufficient funds or credit balances to pay for a week’s worth of hotel accommodations, food and other expenses. While some of these expenses are reimbursed after the convention by local and district lodges, the initial out-of-pocket amounts can be significant.

If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for, or update, your passport as soon as possible. Click here to go to the U.S. State Department website for the application form and further instructions.

Another concern is extra charges for international cell phone usage. Before leaving for the Convention, contact your cell phone carrier about making and receiving calls while in Canada. Most major phone companies have ongoing or temporary service plans that allow you to make international calls. Call your carrier for specific information about your phone plan. Also, international text messaging and data charges are expensive. IAM staff using IAM-issued cell phones should limit their use of text messaging.

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