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Re: [Killietalk] Re: Lonely hears/conventions costs/etc.
**LeeH920226 at aol_com wrote:**
In a message dated 4/20/05 8:08:32 AM, KCombs at mergerx_net writes:
<< how did they know what I want? >>
Only if you get involved -- answer the annual questionnaire, speak up at the
BOT meeting at the Convention, write to this list, write to the BOT,
volunteer, host a show, etc., etc., will we/they know what you want.
I have done every one of the things you list. Somehow, I feel that it
doesn't satisfy my need to feel that the BOT and the Convention
organizers actually know about what I want -- now. [It does lead me to
think I have a right to answer you, here, tho.]
They do not "know what I want" without more direct feedback that can be
updated as things change in the outside world ($3 gas) or my internal
one (retirement on fixed income).
I want WCW moved back to the Bay area, or even better Southern CA or to
ARK. I had to miss it, again, this year. I simply wasn't up to a 1600
mile drive across multiple mountain ranges in snow and ice, to attend. [
Now my friends in SCKC, BAKA and NWK know more about *my* needs.] SC/ARK
is important if they try to do it so early, again. If after mid-April,
the Bay Areas is more possible, but iffy. As usual, the planners have to
work around a moving target -- Easter. I accept that, but I didn't even
try to send fish to Portland, because the winter weather and extra day
it takes from Bishop were not conducive to safe arrival.
I guess I am most dismayed by the thoughtless and rude comments of some
that we should shut up as the volunteers do the best they can and we
have no right to express any wish that might conflict with what they
have so generously done. Your comment, Lee, sneaks perilously close to
that borderline. It is the prime cause of the acrimony on this thread, IMHO.
How can we get the vast unwashed masses of AKA members to let us know
what improvements in next year's convention would increase participation
and success, if we don't allow them to speak up in this forum -- AND
GRACIOUSLY LISTEN TO THEIR COMMENTS? [No matter how silly. :-)]
Bottom line: Let's solicit input on what would improve convention, and
keep it as impersonal as possible (unlike my current diatribe :-)). Many
of us are way out of range of a local affiliate, but still do a lot of
volunteer work where we can. I do 2-4 trips a year to do desert springs
habitat maintenance, and I have been editing a conservation series for
JAKA. None of that lets the BOT or next year's Convention folks know
what I really want at convention, or what would get me off my dead
behind to actually attend.
Regards from the High, Cold Desert (it was 30F when I got up this AM)
Wright Huntley - Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514 - whuntley at verizon_net
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...." --James Madison
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