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Celebrating BNI’s 31st Year with a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

By: Graham Weihmiller
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    Graham Weihmiller

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BNI connects people in ways no other organization can.  To celebrate the beginning of BNI’s 31st year, we’re reaffirming our goal of expanding BNI’s role on the global stage and to helping build new bridges of opportunity throughout the world.

To help celebrate our proud heritage and bright future, I’m pleased to announce an exclusive opportunity available for National Directors, Executive Directors, Director-Consultants, and the wonderful staff members that work directly with NDs and EDs globally.  BNI’s Global Support Team has arranged for a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Cuba aboard the Adonia as a part of Fathom Travel Group’s impact travel program.  Fathom is the newest brand under Carnival Corporation, which carries over 11 million passengers each year to ports of call around the world.  Click here for more information.

For over 50 years, Americans have been unable to visit Cuba.  Times are changing quickly and Cuba is on the very cusp of unprecedented business investment and growth.  As Cuba opens up for business, shouldn’t BNI lead the way?  This seven-day educational and experiential cruise qualifies under brand-new U.S. State Department regulations and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience Cuba’s rich history and traditions and peer into its exciting future.  Ports of call include Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba.

Cynthia Patterson, a proud BNI member and experienced travel consultant, has arranged a special trip with discounts for up to twenty-five (25) BNI NDs, EDs, D-Cs, and staff of NDs and D-Cs.  Each will be able to bring one guest.  Cynthia, whose contact information is below, will be serving as the point-person for questions you may have about the trip and can facilitate your travel plans wherever you may be coming from. The cruise will depart on September 18th of this year and promises to be an unforgettable experience.  In classic BNI style, we’ll have several informal BNI networking opportunities aboard the cruise.  When in port, we’re also planning to meet with a group of Cuban business owners to learn how BNI might help them find new opportunities.  As we continue to think bigger about BNI’s future, I will also lead a fun and interactive 90-minute strategic planning session together with other members of BNI’s Global Support Team who will be aboard.  Note: we know this falls within the typical training period for the very important Leadership training that happens in September. For those who will be attending, with some advanced planning, we are hoping that LT training can be completed by the time of sailing.

For more information, please contact Cynthia at:

Cynthia Patterson

Land and Cruise Travel Consultant