The historic Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix, Arizona, was the site for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey dinner, held on May 8, 2006, during the Clean Cities Conference. The dinner was held for Clean Cities Coordinators and past and potential National AFV Day Odyssey sponsors to gear up for the 2006 event being held on October 12.

NAFTC Executive Director and Odyssey 2006 Co-Coordinator Al Ebron welcomes guests to the event with an Odyssey PowerPoint presentation.

NAFTC Executive Director and Odyssey 2006 Co-Coordinator Al Ebron welcomes guests to the event with an Odyssey PowerPoint presentation. NAFTC Photo

Caricaturist Jason Cheeseman-Meyer was on hand to entertain guests.

Caricaturist Jason Cheeseman-Meyer was on hand to entertain guests. NAFTC Photo

With more than one hundred guests in attendance, the evening included a wonderful dinner and a presentation on becoming an Odyssey partner through site coordination or sponsorship. Coordinators and sponsors enjoyed the beautiful Phoenix skyline as the night was capped off with a rooftop poolside reception and tours of the claimed-to-be haunted Hotel San Carlos. Many Clean Cities Coordinators committed to hosting a site for National AFV Day Odyssey 2006 during this event, bringing the total number of sites to forty and climbing!

“Thanks to the enormous success of the Odyssey recruitment dinner, we received numerous Letters of Agreement from Clean Cities Coordinators who are excited about hosting a local site event,” said Julie Whiteman, Odyssey Event Manager. “Furthermore, I have received many e-mails inquiring about how to get involved and what it takes to become a participating site. I feel confident that together we will make Odyssey 2006 an event to be remembered!”

Annabel Cook of American Honda Motor Company Inc. models her new Odyssey 2006 polo.

Annabel Cook of American Honda Motor Company Inc. models her new Odyssey 2006 polo. NAFTC Photo

National AFV Day Odyssey is a one-day event developed by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to showcase AFVs and advanced technology vehicles as cleaner, more energy-efficient choices in transportation. A biennial event first held in 2002 and again in 2004, Odyssey provides education on how these vehicles are a positive choice to help improve air quality and reduce our energy dependence on foreign oil. The third National AFV Day Odyssey will be held on October 12, 2006, at many locations across the United States.

National AFV Day Odyssey’s inaugural year in 2002 drew crowds from California to Connecticut with sites in thirty-one states nationwide. In 2004, fifty-four sites in thirty-four states/provinces throughout North America participated by hosting activities such as educational fairs or conferences, networking breakfasts/luncheons, information on AFV training opportunities, and AFV ride-and-drive demonstrations for policymakers, students, fleet managers, and the general public. Acclaimed actor and conservationist Dennis Weaver served as Odyssey’s national representative. Attendance was nearly twenty-five thousand, and more than twenty-four million were reached through media outlets.

Attendees at the 2006 Odyssey recruitment dinner.

Attendees dine at the historic Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix, AZ.

Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner in the historic, and allegedly haunted, Hotel San Carlos. The hotel, known for its oldtime Hollywood glamour, has hosted Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Mae West, among others. NAFTC Photo

Given the recent focus of abnormally high gas prices, cutting-edge technological developments, and concern about foreign oil dependence, there is a growing interest in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. The third installment of National AFV Day Odyssey will continue its mission to promote important AFV and advanced technology vehicle innovations and awareness.

If you have an interest in becoming an Odyssey Partner or would like to attend an Odyssey event, please visit National AFV Day Odyssey’s official Web site (www.nationalafvdayodyssey.org) or contact Julie Whiteman, Odyssey Event Manager, at (304) 293-7882 or Julie.Whiteman@mail.wvu.edu.




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