Monday, April 2, 2012

Registration and Exciting News About TAFRU 2012.

Hello fellow TAFRU attendees!!!!

Registration for TAFRU 2012 - Washington D.C. is now open.  Here are the instructions for accessing the form.

1. Click this link: TAFRU Registration Form

2. Click "Download" on the right side of the screen to download the form to your computer to print out later or you can print and complete by clicking the print icon on the page.

The fees for the reunion include the Friday night Meet-n-Greet and dinner; fees for our Ethiopian Cultural event on Saturday; lunch on Saturday; and an Ethiopian dinner Saturday night. 

Once your registration form and fees have been received, you will be sent an email confirmation along with a copy of the agenda for TAFRU 2012 - Washington D.C.   A printed agenda will be provided to each family upon arrival at the Meet-n-Greet on Friday evening of TAFRU.
**Please note, registration forms and fees must be post-marked by May 25, 2012.  Registrations and fees will be accepted after Mary 25, 2012 with a $25 late fee.**

We are very, very, very excited about TAFRU this year and are thrilled to share the news that we will have a surprise guest from Toukoul in attendance.  It is someone that many of you have met and love.  We hope to have a big turn-out to welcome our surprise guest and thank them for flying in to attend.  A small portion of this year's fees are going to our surprise guest who will be speaking to us Friday evening during our Meet-n-Greet.

Our surprise guest is also going to bring some items from the Toukoul gift shop for purchase.  In addition, we are trying to make arrangements for families to place orders for Ethiopian clothing that our guest will bring from Ethiopia for purchase at the reunion.  Please stay tuned for more information.

We are also doing something a little different this year.  Over the past 2 years we have created a TAFRU directory which included participant's names, addresses, email addresses and/or phone numbers.  This year we would like to include a family photo with the information.  Instructions are included on the registration form. 

For those who are not able to attend TAFRU this year, but would like to have their information included in the directory, please feel free to complete that section of the registration form and we will e-mail you a copy of the directory. 

Another thing we would like to do is put together a Toukoul photo album/scrapbook for our surprise guest to take back to Toukoul and share with all of the nannies who so lovingly cared for our children during their stay.  Instructions for submitting photos for the photo album/scrapbook are included on the registration form as well. 

If your family is not able to attend TAFRU but would like to submit photos, please follow the instructions on the registration form.

We will continue to post more information between now and the reunion, so keep checking in for more information.

Monday, March 19, 2012

TAFRU 2012 Attendees!!!

We just found out that all the rooms we set aside have been booked!!!  This is wonderful and exciting news!  But don't fret, we are booking more!

Friday, March 9, 2012

TAFRU Addendum

Please note that if you are going to be staying at the hotel an extra day or two, you will have to call them to make reservations so that you can get the discount for those other days!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


You are now able to book your hotel room for this summer's reunion!  
Go to:

When you go to the hotel website, you'll see a reservations window.  Families can enter the dates where the calendar is and then this code under "Corporate/Group #."  If families are planning on staying longer, they will have to call to make their reservations as the group number online does not allow extended stay reservations.  

The code is: G-TOUK

Happy Booking and can't wait to see you/meet you there!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hotel Booked for Reunion!!!

I am thrilled to let you know that we have been successful in solidifying a contract with the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC for the reunion this year. As such, NOW IS THE TIME to reserve your rooms! 

The dates are June 22-24th, in Washington, DC. We will have a Meet-N-Greet dinner at the Hyatt on Friday, June 22nd. We’ll provide you with more details about that in the coming weeks. There will be a few events scheduled for Saturday and a farewell “soiree” on Sunday! The deal with the hotel this year is a bit different than in years past. We actually have a contract that holds us financially responsible if the minimum is not met. As a result we have blocked off fewer rooms. We can add to them if we need to, but there is an expiration date on that! So sign up and sign up soon! Here is the info:

The hotel we have selected is the Grand Hyatt Washington.

The guest room rates are as follows:
Single occupancy $129 per night
Double occupancy $129 per night
Triple occupancy $154 per night
Quadruple occupancy $179 per night (A GREAT deal for families who want to room together!)
Regency club is an additional $60 per room per night based on availability

Note: Occupancy is based on the number of adults in the room.

The rates are GREAT given the typical DC rates and the hotel itself! It is a great location that has a metro stop (The Blue Line) right in the hotel lobby! The Blue Line on the Metro provides transportation from Reagan Airport. He location of the hotel is also excellent as it is only a four blocks from the White House and just a few more to the National Mall!

Because of the special arrangements this year, we strongly encourage families to reserve their rooms sooner rather than later. You can do this beginning Wednesday, February 15th. I will send out an email reminder with specific instructions. There will be a way for you to take care of it online with a Group ID number. You can also call the hotel directly.

While this reunion began as a reunion for families whose children were adopted through Toukoul Orphanage, Adoption Avenues and Tree of Life has changed their policy and are not using Toukoul Orphanage for the moment to complete their adoptions. As such, we want to extend the invitation of participation to all families of Adoption Avenues, Tree of Life, and Dove adoption agencies. The more, the merrier!

We are really excited about this year’s reunion! It is sure to be rich with Ethiopian and American culture; and more importantly, a wonderful opportunity for our children to celebrate all that they are!

All the best~
TAFRU Planning Committee
Debbie, Lori, Char, Diana, & Jenna