Spouse/Guest Program

Welcome spouses and guests to the AREMA 2017 Annual Conference in conjunction with
Railway Interchange in Indianapolis, IN!

Kimberly BeckerMy name is Kimberly Becker, and I am the wife of AREMA President, David Becker. I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend this year’s Spouse/Guest Program from September 17–20, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center.

In Indianapolis, you will find vibrant neighborhoods, picturesque gathering places, and an authentic local food scene taking advantage of the area’s rich agriculture. An impressive collection of monuments and memorials honor those who have served. A stroll along the Cultural Trail and Central Canal uncovers a robust public art program and the city’s storied history. The spirit of competition is woven into the fabric of the racing capital of the world.

The AREMA registration desk will be located at the Indiana Convention Center, Saturday through Wednesday. Check the conference program for a full list of dates and times.

The Hospitality Suite will be available to all AREMA registered Spouses/Guests. Please join us for a Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 17 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. to meet old friends and to make new ones. This is a place for you to relax while the Conference & Exhibition is in progress. Your name badge will also give you access to the Railway Interchange Exhibition.

Please join us on Monday, September 18 at noon for a lunch featuring TV show host and syndicated food columnist Chef Wendell Fowler. He has been an on-air contributor at WISH TV Indianapolis for the past 14 years. He is also the author of three cookbooks titled Eat Right Now. During his presentation, he will discuss how the food you eat can be the safest, most powerful form of health-sustaining medicine. Mindful, informed food choices and acknowledging that your body is infinitely more powerful than you’ve been lead to believe, are the outcomes of feeding your body real, unaltered food. We will get to sample some of Chef Wendell’s most popular recipes for lunch. Yes, they are healthy but they are also delicious!

Indianapolis is consistently ranked as one of the most walkable cities and has a multitude of historical sites, public art and other surprises right in the heart of downtown! On Tuesday, September 19, get your walking shoes ready because we’ll be taking a guided half-mile walking tour of a few Indianapolis highlights. We will visit the 9/11 Memorial, Central Canal, Indiana Bicentennial Plaza, Indiana State House, Soldier’s & Sailor’s Monument on Monument Circle and finally the infamous Georgia Street.

At the conclusion of the historical must-see tour, a fabulous lunch has been planned at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro. Tastings is a one-of-a kind wine bar offering new levels of experience from the novice wine drinker to the sommelier. With over 200 wines in stock, Tastings boasts one of the largest wine selections in the Mid-West.

Are you like me and tracking your every step? If so, we have a fun competition planned for you. Additional information will be provided before the conference on how to register and win a prize if you are the person that clocks the most steps during the conference.

It is my pleasure to be your host this year and I look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis. Please register early to participate in the fun we have planned for you this year.

Kimberly Becker

Let's get moving in Indy!

Please join us in a walking challenge as you enjoy Indianapolis. Join the AREMA Spouse/Guest Group by connecting any leading fitness tracker or use your smartphone with the Stridekick App to track your steps. The two individuals with the most total steps will each be awarded a prize! Individuals who meet their daily goal of 8,000 steps will be entered into a raffle, one entry per day, to win a prize as well. Winners will be announced in the survey email following the conference.

Walking App Download Instructions

Sign up via mobile:

1. Text 'AREMA' to 27126.
2. Follow the link texted to you.
3. Download the Stridekick App from the iTunes or Google Play store.
4. Log in or create a Stridekick account and connect your tracking device.
5. Get Moving! You've been added to the challenge.

Sign up via the web:

1. Click this link in a computer browser.
2. Select 'Join challenge' in the top left hand corner.
3. Log in or create a Stridekick account and connect your device.
4. Get moving! You've been added to the challenge.
5. Download the Stridekick app from the iTunes or Google Play Store.

Spouse/Guest Schedule

Sunday | September 17

Noon - 4:00 pm Hospitality Suite open for all registered spouses/guests
Noon - 1:00 pm Welcome Reception

Monday | September 18

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Hospitality Suite open for all registered spouses/guests
Noon - 2:00 pm Lunch with Chef Wendell Fowler with WISH TV

Tuesday | September 19

7:00 am - 4:00 pm Hospitality Suite open for all registered spouses/guests
11:15 am Historical Walking Tour of Indianapolis
12:15 pm Lunch at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro

Wednesday | September 20

7:00 am - 10:00 am Hospitality Suite open for all registered spouses/guests
Spouse/Guest Program sponsored by N.E. Bridge Contractors, Inc.