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WRA Open House The Whistler Resort Association is flinging open its doors to allow WRA members in to see the inner workings of its enterprises. The first annual Open House will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. WRA members will have the chance to meet WRA staff and learn how each department operates within the team. The WRA encompasses Resort Marketing, the Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Central Reservations, the Whistler Activity and Information Centre and the Rainbow Theatre. Staff from all departments will be in attendance with displays to showcase various projects and to discuss current and future plans. Presentations will be made to unveil the 1999 business plan for Marketing/Market Development, Conference Sales and Festivals and Events. "We’re looking forward to sharing our business plans for 1999 with all of our members," says WRA President, Suzanne Denbak. "The excellent partnerships we have with our members and with industry offer tremendous opportunities for the coming year. The annual Open House will allow all WRA members to be fully informed about these plans." International skiing Rotarians to visit Whistler Whistler’s Rotary Club is busy planning and preparing to host the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians from Jan. 22 to 29. One hundred and twenty Rotarians from all over the world, including Britain, Italy, Russia, Korea, Singapore, Surinam and the US have chosen Whistler as their 1999 destination. During their stay the visitors will be attending receptions, a charity auction, an awards night, Fresh Tracks and special guided mountain tours. Event organizers have arranged to challenge their guests with the Peak to Valley venture. Certificates will be awarded to skiers on completion of two top-to-bottom runs on each of Whistler and Blackcomb in one day. The total distance covered at the end of these runs is 23,000 vertical feet. Another tour will take in an overview of race courses, slalom, GS and the Dave Murray Downhill. Home-based business trade fair in Squamish Community Futures is extending a helping hand to the private business world. The organization is hosting its first ever Home-Based Business Fair at the Best Western Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish on Saturday, Jan. 23. All home-based businesses in the Sea to Sky Corridor are invited to attend this event. Booth space will cost $25 and includes preparation materials, an introduction session, one-on-one consultation during the trade fair and a post-mortem wrap up session with a small business expert. The trade fair will be open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For further information contact Megan Olesky, project co-ordinator for Community Futures (604) 892-5467.

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