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Re: [Killietalk] Lonely hearts/ convention costs/ etc.
In a message dated 4/19/05 1:10:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
killiman at iquest_net writes:
3 hours making noise we can hear from 20 moles away
Is that measured from nose to anus or side to side? Sorry, just couldn't
resist. There is actually nothing in the rules that says that the convention has
to be held on Memorial Day weekend. If another suitable 3 day weekend could
be found, Indy could hold a convention. Having chaired the '93 convention in
Redondo Beach and having heard all the complaints then also, I nominate the
EKK group to do the 2006 convention. In '93 we used a hotel at the beach, got
the rate down from $120/night to $69/night and there were numerous complaints
about the cost of the rooms. Our members personally shuttled people from the
airport to the hotel and back. We drove those who wanted to go to Death Valley
and back, around a 12 hour round trip, to see the pupfish habitats. We made
absolutely no money on the convention, brought in 3 international speakers,
provided the most amazing bunch of wild diapterons I've ever seen, had a
complementary tri-tip barbecue and beer fest on Sunday after the auction and yet we
only managed a 120 participants. Such are the inevitable costs of putting on
a convention, it's just not possible to do it for free! It is the main fund
raising function for the AKA annually and we should support the convention.
It's the intangibles that make the convention so special. You get to hang out
with a couple hundred kindred killi people in a setting the provides nearly
limitless possibilities for camaraderie, learning and cavorting one weekend a
year. Consider it your killie mecca, everyone should make the effort to go to a
national convention at least once, after that you'll be back.
The down side can be the toll it takes on the local club putting on one of
these events. The amount of time required of the volunteers is mind boggling
and all too frequently kills the spirit of the local club members. Ever wonder
why there hasn't been a convention in the LA area since '93 or the SF area
since '88 (or '89, I can't quite remember)? It's a year of dedicated work that
culminates in many sleepless nights as the convention actually approaches.
It's a thankless task for those dedicated few volunteers who take on this
monstrous responsibly for the love of the organization. Having been there and done
that, I feel like I can say please show some respect to those putting on this
years convention and lets support them however possible.
Russ Feilzer in sunny California
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