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The deadline to receive a full refund for your registration is two weeks before the conference. Cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the conference will be subject to $50 administrative cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for registrants who do not show up to the conference. Cancellation requests should be submitted via the SGI-USA Portal or directly to the FNCC coordinator at the office where your application was processed. A full refund for cancellation due to an emergency situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the office that processed your application.IF THE CONFERENCE IS CANCELLED:
Although it does not happen often, there is a chance for a conference to be cancelled due to weather or low participation. If a conference is cancelled for these or other reasons, you will receive a full refund of the conference fee. SGI-USA will not be responsible for the cost of the flight but will reimburse the airline change fee up to a maximum of $150. The official hurricane season in Florida is June 1–November 30. The peak of the season is from mid-August to late October. If you are attending a conference during this time, especially during the peak of the hurricane season, we recommend that you purchase flight travel insurance in the case that the conference is cancelled.ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
I understand that some optional activities that I may voluntarily choose to participate in during the conference contain inherent risks of physical injury, such as bicycle riding, swimming in the pool, using the exercise equipment, hot tubs, participating in sports or other games in the gymnasium, and so on. In consideration of my participation in the conference, I hereby voluntarily accept all such risk, and release SGI-USA, its affiliated organizations, employees, volunteers and representatives (“SGI-USA”) from all liability to the fullest extent permitted by law.
I further give consent and authority to SGI-USA to obtain medical treatment on my behalf if I am injured or require medical attention during the conference. I understand and agree that I am solely responsible for all costs related to such medical treatment, medical transportation and/or evacuation. SGI-USA does not assume any responsibility or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, inclu ding but not limited to medical, health or disability insurance of any nature in the event of my injury, illness or death, or damage to or loss of my property.PHOTO AND WRITTEN MATERIAL RELEASE
In further consideration of my attendance and participation in the conference, I hereby give SGI-USA permission to capture and/or record my name, image, likeness, photograph or voice, in any media and/or technology now known or later developed. Such use of my name, image, likeness, photograph or voice can be used throughout the world for educational, promotional or any other lawful purpose.
FNCC conferences are tailored specifically for the faith development of SGI-USA members. Non-members (Friends of SGI) must attend with an SGI-USA member. To apply, they need to contact their zone or territory office FNCC coordinator to go over the registration criteria. They must sign the Friend of SGI FNCC Conference Acknowledgement and FNCC Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risk forms. For further questions, please contact your local zone/territory office. Non-members living outside of the US are not able to attend FNCC conferences.
The FNCC package price includes complimentary shuttle from both FLL and MIA airports on Friday with the first service at 9:00 am and periodic shuttles between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The final shuttle departs promptly at 6:00 pm. If your travel arrangements are outside of these time frames, you will be responsible to coordinate and pay for your own transportation to the FNCC.
You can take a taxi, ride share service or use the FNCC’s transportation company. If you would like to reserve a shuttle through the FNCC’s transportation company, please contact them a few days prior to your arrival. Upon arrival at FLL/MIA airports, please call the FNCC Transportation Line to coordinate the exact pick up location. FNCC Transportation Line: (954) 349-5222.
Average cost (including gratuity):
Please bring cash or credit card to pay the driver upon your arrival to the FNCC. You can split the fare if any other participants ride with you.
If your flight is scheduled to arrive before 6pm, the last shuttle will wait for you. If your flight is delayed, the shuttle service will honor the flight delay and no additional fee will be required.
However, if your flight is scheduled to arrive after 6pm on Friday, you will be responsible to coordinate and pay for your own transportation to the FNCC. You can take a taxi, ride share service or use the FNCC’s transportation company. If you would like to reserve a shuttle through the FNCC’s transportation company, please contact them a few days prior to your arrival. Upon arrival at FLL/MIA airports, please call the FNCC Transportation Line to coordinate the exact pick up location. FNCC Transportation Line: (954) 349-5222.
For both airports, please meet the driver by 8:45 am, the shuttle will leave promptly at 9am. The next shuttle following the 9:00 am shuttle will depart at 12:00 pm.
For the 9am shuttle, at the FLL airport, please look for a shuttle driver holding an "SGI-USA" sign or a shuttle with an SGI-USA sign outside the baggage claim area between terminal 2 and 3. At the MIA airport, please look for a shuttle driver holding an "SGI-USA" sign at baggage claim carousel #24.
Your request must be indicated on your application. FNCC is able to accommodate vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free diets. Gluten-free is self-managed and options will be indicated.
Sample vegetarian/vegan menu is as follows:
These meals are prepared with an appropriate portion of protein, cooked with flavor, and accompanied with fresh vegetables using the highest quality olive oil. In addition, an unlimited salad and/or fruit bar is available for all meals. Items are subject to change based on market availability and pricing.
If you have severe food allergies, such as celiac disease or shellfish/nut allergies, please feel free to contact the FNCC Executive Chef Bill Bunn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No one wants to miss or postpone attending a FNCC Conference; however, there are times when staying home might be best for health reasons. First, evaluate your health or the health of those traveling with you by using the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guide below. Then, talk to your doctor. He or she will help you assess your situation and help you decide whether to postpone your trip.
In general, you should not travel by air if you:
Some airlines check for visibly sick passengers in the waiting area and during boarding. If you look like you may be sick, the airline may not let you get on the plane.
For more information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/health-status.
A printed conference booklet is provided to each participant upon arrival at FNCC. For those who signed up for an electronic booklet only, you will receive the booklet via email (the day before the conference). Please bring your own portable electronic device to access the booklet during the conference. FNCC does not provide these devices.
The electronic booklet is available for download to all conference participants through your online membership portal. See download instructions below.
As a religious entity, SGI-USA and FNCC is exempt from the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), which covers public accommodation requirements for people with disabilities, including service dogs. Nevertheless, we recognize the value and function that service dogs provide for their disabled handlers, and our policy is to allow service dogs where possible, but we must reserve the right to deny any request after reviewing all factors and the needs of the other conference participants.
Service dogs do not include emotional support animals that provide support, therapy, comfort, companionship, therapeutic benefits or the promotion of emotional well-being. Please contact your zone/territory office for more information.