Welcome to Mrs. Banks Goes to Convention!

This blog is where I am going to help you turn your visit to the 2014 Zonta International Convention into a jolly Orlando holiday! By some freak of coincidence I know Orlando inside out, so let's explore together.
I'm Leanne (on the interwebs I go by the moniker Downunder Sugarglider - I'm in Australia and rather like sugar) and I am the writer of this blog - my first blog!

I am a member of the Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast, and have been in Zonta since 2001, first joining the Sydney Breakfast Club. I am also the Secretary of the District Board 2012 - 2014.

Through the years with Zonta,  I have met some the most interesting, generous, embracing women walking the planet.
I am also a Disney fan. I did my first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando in May 1993 - almost as an accident on a backpacking, couch-surfing, cheapy holiday.

I had my eyes opened to the wonder that is WDW - to the precision, attention to detail and story telling that is completely immersive. I know some hate Disney as fake and a construct, but I am very happy to jump in the deep end and give myself over to the magic. I've now been on a Disney holiday, somewhere in the world, every year since 2006.

In April 2011, I was fortunate enough to be having dinner with then Zonta International President Elect Lynn McKenzie and she revealed that her 2014 Convention would be held in Orlando. MY HEAD AND HEART IMPLODED! (the poor lady must have wondered who was this crazy person with whom she was currently stuck).

Finally, two loves of my life, Zonta and Disney, were coming together - at last!

So this blog is to encourage you to discover the joys I experience from both Zonta and Disney, and to encourage as many Zontians as I can to make the trip to Orlando in 2014. 

To get the most out of Orlando, you have to plan. Let me share my insider tips and personal experience and build with you an exciting trip filled with pixie dust.    

Stay in touch by emailing me at mrsbanksgoestoconvention@gmail.com.

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    1. Like your blog!! I am Area IV Director District 11 hosts for the 2014 Convention. Quite excited actually so far in advance.
      Pam Ridley

    2. Hi Pam!
      I am so pleased to meet you! are you Paulette's successor? Congratulations and Thank you for taking on a leadership position. You're excited!! I've been WAY excited too every since Lynn told me! Please email me - perhaps we can meet when I visit in December?

    3. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g34515-d254239-Reviews-Villas_at_Disney_s_Wilderness_Lodge-Orlando_Florida.html

      I am keen and starting to look at the website ....

      1. thanks! let me know what you want to read about and I'll post on it.