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    • August 20, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier
    • 18
    Registration is closed
    Registration closed on August 1st. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the event – we hope you'll join us in 2023. Those registered with questions can contact us.


    It is getting warmer with summer approaching. It is time to start thinking about joining us this summer for our biennial reunion!

    This year we will host the reunion at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base from August 20th to 22nd. Festivities will include attending an evening campfire, picnic in the park, and banquet. This year the cost will be $115 for adults and $35 for youth under 18. Registration closes on August 1st.

    Reunion registration includes:

    • Lodging at Northern Tier on Friday and Saturday night (optional)
    • Meals Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast
    • Reunion t-shirt
    • Saturday picnic with activities in Ely
    • Banquet dinner and auction on Saturday

    There will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet. Limited space is available for those attending just the banquet (not the reunion) by registering here.

    When registering, you will need to enter the email address associated with your membership. Become a member here. If you need assistance registering, please contact us.

    Registering family

    Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

    Frequently asked questions

    Who can attend the reunion?
    The reunion is open to all members in good standing. Membership is open to almost anyone. You can learn how to become a member here.

    When should we arrive?
    Arrivals begin at 4:30pm on Friday. We ask that you do not come before this time.

    Can I bring my children?
    Absolutely! There will be plenty of activities at Northern Tier and in town for the family. Families are assigned their own cabin.

    What are the lodging options?
    Attendees of the reunion stay in a crew or staff cabin. You may also bring your own tent. One family/couple per cabin or 4 individuals of the same gender. There are two steps to enter the cabin. There are electrical lights and an outlet that can handle basic electronics. Based on feedback regarding the bed frames in the newer cabins, thicker mattresses have been installed since the last reunion.

    For those who want to stay in a hotel or full-service cabin, the Ely Chamber of Commerce lists options available at ely.org/lodging.

    Do we need to bring bedding or a towel?
    You need to bring your own bedding and towel. For bedding, you need to bring your own linen (sheets, blanket, pillow) for a twin bed or a sleeping bag.

    What are the bathroom facilities like?
    Shower and bathroom facilities are near the cabins. The shower and bathroom facilities are private suite style. There are several accessible units. Bring a swimsuit if you plan to use the sauna (subject to current regulations).

    I have a mobility impairment. How can I get around?
    Those with mobility issues can use their vehicle to get to and from locations. For others, we do not allow it because of the safety hazard of vehicle traffic.

    Where will we be eating?
    Meals at Northern Tier will be in or outside the “Sandy Bridges Program Center”. The center serves as the hub with a dining hall, conference rooms, and a trading post. The deck has a great view of Moose Lake. There is an elevator to the second floor. The reception and banquet on Saturday will be at the Grand Ely Lodge. 

    What will we be eating?
    For the banquet dinner on Saturday, during registration you will have the option of selecting Prime Rib, Walleye, Wild Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian), or specify a dietary restriction.

    If you have a dietary restriction, please note it so we can work with our caterer. 

    Can I bring my pet?
    No. Pets are not allowed. Only service animals are allowed. We recommend making lodging arrangements at a neighboring property. 

    How do I donate an item for the auction at the banquet?
    We ask that you bring the item with you to the reunion and provide it during check in. Please complete the auction item form in advance with a description and photo of the item.

    If you are unable to bring the item with you or are not attending the reunion, please complete the auction item form for the auction coordinator's shipping address (please do not send to our PO Box).

    When is the next reunion?
    After 2021, the next reunion will not be until 2023.

    Can I visit the Base or attend the picnic without registering for the reunion?
    We ask that you register for the reunion if you plan to visit or participate in reunion activities. Those registered for the reunion make the use of the facilities and activities possible through their support. During the reunion, the Base and other reunion activities are for those who are attending the reunion. 

    You are able to register for only the banquet dinner (subject to availability).

    What precautions are being taken for COVID-19?
    Things may be different than in the past, as we have to accommodate for COVID-19 health matters. Make sure you are ready to be outside for meals and other activities.

    Registration policies

    • Registration Policy: The primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, you must join before registering. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered for the reunion in advance. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests. This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
    • Registration of guests is for family members.
    • Payment Policy: Payment must be received at time of registration. Registrations not paid within 15 minutes are automatically cancelled. 
    • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 25th, 2021 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 26th, 2021 are not refundable.
    • This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
    • August 21, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Grand Ely Lodge, 400 N Pioneer Rd, Ely, MN 55731
    Registration is closed

    Register using this page if you are attending only the banquet (it does not include the reunion, such as picnic or activities at Base). Click here to register for both the reunion and banquet.

    Registration closed on August 1st. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the event – we hope you'll join us in 2023. Those registered with questions can contact us.


    Join us for the association's banquet on Saturday, August 21st at Grand Ely Lodge. The event will feature a dinner, keynote speaker, and auction. Registration for the banquet does not include other activities at the reunion, including participation in activities at the base and picnic in town.

    This year the cost will be $49 for adults and $35 for youth under 18. Registration closes August 1st.

    There will be no walk-in registration for the banquet. We are currently allocating 15 spots for those not attending the reunion, more space may be added later as permits.

    In order to register for this event you must enter the email address associated to your membership. Become a member here. If you need assistance registering, please contact us.

    Registering family

    Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

    Frequently asked questions

    Who can attend the banquet?
    The banquet is open to all members in good standing. Membership is open to almost anyone. You can learn how to become a member here.

    When should we arrive?
    Plan to arrive at 5pm. We ask that you do not come before this time. Should the planned arrival time change, we'll send an email.

    Can I bring my children?
    Yes. Children must be registered in advance as your guests.

    What will we be eating?
    During registration you will have the option of selecting Prime Rib, Walleye, Wild Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian), or specify a dietary restriction. If you have a dietary restriction, please note it so we can work with our caterer. 

    Will walk in registration be available?
    No. We are not able to accommodate those who do not register in advance for either the dinner or evening activities.

    How do I donate an item for the auction at the banquet?
    We ask that you bring the item with you to the reunion and provide it during check in. Please complete the auction item form in advance with a description and photo of the item.

    If you are unable to bring the item with you or are not attending the reunion, please complete the auction item form for the auction coordinator's shipping address (please do not send to our PO Box).

    When is the next reunion?
    After 2021, the next reunion will not be until 2023.

    Can I visit the Base or attend the picnic without registering for the reunion?
    Registration for the banquet dinner on this page does not include activities at the Base or picnic. We ask that you register for the reunion if you plan to visit or participate in reunion activities. Those registered for the reunion make the use of the facilities and activities possible through their support. During the reunion, the Base and other reunion activities are for those who are attending the reunion. 

    Can I attend keynote and ceremonies after dinner without registering? No. You must be registered in advance to attend the event.

    What precautions are being taken for COVID-19?
    Reunion venues are required to follow county and state health department guidelines. Things may be different than in the past, as we have to accommodate for COVID-19 health matters. 

    Registration policies

    • Registration Policy: The primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, you must join before registering. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered for the reunion in advance. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests. This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
    • Registration of guests is for family members.
    • Payment Policy: Payment must be received at time of registration. Registrations not paid within 15 minutes are automatically cancelled. 
    • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 25th, 2021 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 26th, 2021 are not refundable.
    • This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.

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