45th Professional Development Seminar: Branson, Missouri, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011

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Chateau on the Lake This year the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) will hold its Annual Professional Development Seminar in Branson, Missouri. The ASLCS seminar is the premier training opportunity that brings together participants from across the country and internationally to learn important skills and procedures, build relationships, and bring home new tools and ideas aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of America’s state legislatures.

e-BrochureLegislative clerks, secretaries and their staffs work in a unique environment for which little formal training is available. The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) responds to these training needs by offering a seminar emphasizing the development of professional skills. The purposes of the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar are to improve the administrative and parliamentary effectiveness of state legislatures, to develop procedures to enhance lawmaking, and to provide a forum where legislative staff can meet and learn from their counterparts in other states.



Registration fees are:

  • Legislative staff: $325
  • Spouse/guest: $195
  • All others: $500

Three ways to register:

       NCSL Registration/Accounting
       7700 East First Place
       Denver, CO 80230
  • Onsite Registration
If you are unable to meet the September 19, 2011 registration deadline,you can register onsite at the Chateau on the Lake Resort and Convention Center

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $195 fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by September 27 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303.364.7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Confirmations will be e-mailed if an address is provided. Letter confirmations will not be mailed.



A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the "NCSL ASLCS Professional Development Seminar" to receive the negotiated rate of $132 per night.  You can make your hotel reservation on the personalized ASLCS reservation site. The attendee login is 0911ASLCS.

Reservations must be held by one night’s room deposit (major credit card guarantee is acceptable). The cut-off date for the negotiated rate is Monday, September 5, 2011.  After that date, reservations will be accepted at the seminar rate based on room availability. Room reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to the arrival date.

Visit the Chateau on the Lake Resort and Convention Center for more information about the different accomodations offered and the hotel's amenities.



Branson is served by theBranson Airport and Frontier Airlines and Air Tran fly into Branson. ASLCS encourages attendees to book their flights to Branson well in advance to ensure the best rates and most flexible schedule.

Flight reservations must be made at least seven days in advance, but make arrangements early for the best rates.

For questions about flights or to make flight reservations, call Christopherson Business Travel at:

  • 800.685.0038
    (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT).
  • 303.694.3322

The Chateau on the Lake is located 20 minutes from the Branson airport. The Chateau will provide transportation for attendees to and from the Branson airport. Please contact the Chateau on the Lake Concierge department to make your Branson Airport transportation arrangements. Arrangements are to be made at least 14 days prior to your arrival and are available for hotel guests only. When making your reservation please provide the Concierge with your name, hotel confirmation number, arrival and departure dates and flight numbers. The Concierge may be contacted at 417-334-1161 extension 1776 or toll free at 1-888-333-5253 extension 1776. Shuttles are available on a pre-arranged basis only. Should arrangements not be made with the Concierge at least 14 days in advance please anticipate making personal arrangements through a local taxi company.

Taxis who serve the Branson Airport to the Chateau on the Lake are $12 one-way. Please mention the $12 rate to the taxi driver. The taxi company and the Chateau on the Lake have an agreement on the one-way fare of $12 to and from the airport.

Travelers can also fly into the Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield, Missouri, which is 50 miles from the Chateau on the Lake. Taxi service is available approx. $95 one-way.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Rise Jones at 303.364.7700, ext. 1653, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Branson, nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Southern Missouri, boasts a family friendly atmosphere. Known as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World," Branson has more than 50 live performance theaters. Musical entertainment is just the beginning of what Branson has to offer to attendees. Branson has three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, an Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, and a full range of dining options.

For more information about Branson, go to the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau website.