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Re: [Killietalk] BOT member response to Convention costs
As I said earlier, there is no doubt that all concerned did what
they could with what was available. I do believe that cost factors
should be given consideration by all; hence if you want the convention
in a more reasonable area than those areas need to put in a request
to host the convention. Seems to me this year the choice was a
convention in the DC area or no convention. However, we still all
have the right to moan and groan, and to verbalize that. I appreciate
the efforts put into this event.
----- Original Message -----
From: <lehmann at jlab_org>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1:04 PM
Subject: [Killietalk] BOT member response to Convention costs
> Hello Fellow Killinuts;
> After reading many of the comments about the costs
> of this years convention and questions about "did
> the BOT consider the costs?" I have decided to
> present my thoughts on the matter and how the BOT
> (including myself) responded last year when the
> bid to hold the Convention in DC was presented.
> After listening to Dave Korans and Mike Brems'
> proposal, various members of the BOT asked many
> questions. Yes, we were very concerned about the
> higher room cost in the DC area.
> From my own point of view, I am not rich. Expenses
> of attending a convention are my first concern. I work
> hard but I am the only employed person in my family.
> In the nearly 30 years of being an AKA member,
> there have been more than a few times that I could
> not scrape up the money to go.
> Other years I had to raise large amounts of killies,
> then put aside the money from the sales of those
> killies just so I could afford to go to a convention
> AND afford new fish.
> At no time did I blame the AKA for my not being able
> to go because of costs. The years when I really wanted
> bad to attend, I did extra work, saved what I could,
> arranged to share rooms to keeps the hotel costs
> at a minimum, ate fast food (except for the banquet)
> and still had a good time.
> So, as a BOT member I am always concerned about costs.
> I want to be able to spend as much of my money on
> fish and the least amount of money reasonably possible
> on the hotel rooms, and other non fish costs.
> But lets face the facts. Only one proposal was made
> to the BOT last year, the DC bid. The bottom line was:
> have the Convention in DC or not at all. Putting on
> a convention is a lot of work, and in recent years
> many times there has been only one bid (or as in the
> case a few years ago, NO BID. We really had to
> scramble to have any kind of convention that year)
> The costs for the DC convention were to be kept down
> as much as was possible, but given the area there
> were very few ways to do this at all.
> The BOT deliberated the facts at length. While it was
> not unanticipated that there would be complaints about
> the costs, in the end the BOT had very few other
> options that made any sense. So we voted for the DC
> I would ask all of the AKA membership to keep in
> mind that the BOT is made up of killie hobbyists
> trying to do the best for the AKA and its members.
> Most of the time we respond to concerns and we do
> listen to the members, but our decisions are based
> on what is best for the AKA and not what is best for
> any one member. In the course of events not everyone
> will be served equally, but it is not for lack of
> trying by the BOT or understanding what the concerns
> of the AKA members are.
> Monty Lehmann
> AKA BOT 2004-2006 (and other years)
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