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Especially for the Spouses


Experienced convention attendees tell us that their spouse is a valuable asset in helping them build essential industry relationships. In many cases, the socializing among spouses at BSA networking and social events leads to additional personal contacts among convention attendees. BSA has planned a number of convention activities to include spouses/companions. All of the social and leisure events on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday include spouses and companions. If you have any questions, please contact We strive to ensure all of our Convention attendees, including spouses and companions, have the best possible experience at the BSA Convention!

Convention Functions for Spouses and Companions

All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, attendees will be notified via email ahead of time.

Saturday, April 29, 2023 / 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Saturday Welcome Event

Please meet at Ca d'Zan Room.

Everyone is welcome to join this event to catch up with your BSA friends. Come to the Ca d'Zan Room, look for the BSA signs, and be ready to mix and mingle.

Attire: Resort casual or sport your favorite football team

Sunday, April 30, 2023 / 9:00AM - 9:45AM

Morning Meet and Greet for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in Bickle Room.

Please join the 2023 Convention Committee Spouses for a complimentary meet and greet at the Bay View Terrace. Enjoy a coffee, tea or a breakfast pastry and meet old and new friends to kick off the 2023 Convention! Complimentary.

Attire: Resort casual

Sunday, April 30, 2023 / 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Tom DeLuca - The Corporate Hypnotist

The Grand Ballroom

Open the windows to your imagination as Tom DeLuca uses the power of suggestion, and humor to highlight the wonderful imaginations and personalities within the audience. BSA SPOUSES AND COMPANIONS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

Attire: Resort casual

Sunday, April 30, 2023 / 6:30PM - 10:00PM

Under the Big Top Reception and Dinner

The Grand Ballroom

Sarasota, Florida is home to Ringling College of Art and Design. Join us Under the Big Top for a reception and plated dinner.

Attire: Semi Formal or Business Attire

Monday, May 1, 2023 / 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Yoga for Spouses and Companions

Please meet at the Healing Garden

$30 per person

A skilled instructor will lead a relaxing session, suitable for all skill levels. This event will include towels, yoga mats and water.

Please dress in comfortable clothing

Monday, May 1, 2023 / 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Spouse Brunch & Charcuterie Board Making Class for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in Ca d Zan Room

$150 per person

If you think appetizers are the best part of sharing a bite to eat, this is the class for you. In this class, you will learn how to put together the perfect charcuterie board, with meats, cheeses, and so much more. Enjoy a lite brunch and mimosas while making your boards!

Attire: Resort casual

Monday, May 1, 2023 / 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM

Yacht Rock Dinner and Reception

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL (Trolley Service from hotel to Marina Jack’s leaves from the hotel main entrance and begins at 6:35pm)

Join us for a night of Yacht Rock music and dinner on the harbor.

Attire: Resort Casual or Yacht Club (optional)

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 / 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Texas Todd's Texmex Reception and Dinner

Hotel Lawn and Healing Garden

Join us on the last night at the Hotel Lawn and Healing Garden for a casual texmex style event honoring BSA President Todd Hamlin. Reception and Buffet Dinner provided. Chat about memories of the Bearing Specialist Association and make new ones as you go!

Attire: Resort Casual or Western Wear (optional)

Tours and Optional Convention Activities

  • The 2023 Convention Planning Committee has planned several different activities and scheduled tours that will satisfy every member in your family. Click here to view our Tours & Activities options.
  • A username and password for spouses/companions has been made available via e-mail for access to the BSA Electronic Address Book. Please e-mail Alison Lockard at for your username and password.
  • You can log in and add tours to your registration until April 10, 2023.


The BSA Convention Committee has planned a casual convention. A resort casual policy with regard to daytime meeting dress includes the following:

  • Men - slacks, open neck, banded collar or polo shirts, sweaters, walking shorts, no ties/jackets.
  • Women - slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, walking shorts, open neck banded collar or polo shirts.


Temperatures in May are a high of 80ºF during the day, a low of 60ºF in the evenings. Keep in mind that meeting rooms tend to be cooler than the outside temperature. A jacket or sweater may be necessary. For more information on dress for specific evening events, please refer to those events.

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