As chairperson of this ministry several concerns needed to be addressed so that all would have a pleasant, enjoyable experience. I contacted Barbara Morris of Black CouTours in Chicago, a tour agency that i located on the Internet and a more professional, knowledgeable organization could not have been found to plan our AMTRAK adventure.
Ms. Morris exceeded our expectations. She ordered our AMTRAK tickets, updating information as needed, made reservations at The Seneca Hotel, restaurants, the theater, and purchased tickets for a cruise on Lake Michigan, a buggy ride along Lakeshore Drive, sightseeing and other cultural events.
Prior to our departure for Chicago, Ms. Morris mailed each of us a personalized brochure with important, interesting facts about Chicago and other cities along the route. We were assured of a wonderful experience aboard AMTRAK as well as a great time in Chicago.
Though the "City of New Orleans" was late arriving in Chicago, Ms, Morris was awaiting the group in the terminal with a large sign "SILVERSTONES" so she could easily be located to escort us to the motorcoach. (This being no small feat if one were to compare the size of Chicago's terminal with the one in New Orleans).
We each recieved a tote bag filled with memorabillia of Chicago as well as a personalized button indentifying us as visitors from New Orleans on a Black CouTours Excursion. Our AMTRAK adventure has been recommended to their groups in the city, one of which has already made plans to travel to Memphis, TN. Thanks to Black CouTours, the Silverstones are now making plans for their AMTRAK Adventure, 2005."
Lenora Gray, Chairperson
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