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Symposium Attendance


Just a couple of clarifications.  First, the volunteers (including me) paid 
to attend the symposium.  So they did not get a free ticket.

We are still working through the costs for the symposium.  We should have 
these figures in about a week (I had to leave immediately after the 
AMSAT/ARISS events to support the Genesis mishap investigation in 
Denver).  When we get the statistics from this, we will share it with the 

I will mention that our registration fee for the symposium ($35) is 
extremely low.  We do that to encourage attendance but we also want to make 
sure that we don't incur AMSAT expenses.  Every year we should look at 
symposium income and expenses and decide whether we need to increase the 
registration fee.  We did this for the 2004 symposium and I will work with 
Nick Pugh to guide him on this for the 2005 event.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

Message: 1
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 21:58:54 -0400
From: "Luc Leblanc (VE2DWE)" <luclebla@sorel-tracy.qc.ca>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Symposium Attendance

On 13 Oct 2004 at 16:59, Greg Wycoff wrote:

 > 177 is not very many turning out for such a big event, why not have the
 > symposium every other year then AMSAT could save some money and it could go
 > towards the AMSAT satellite program.

I made a quick analysis based on what i can get extract from previous AMSAT 
financial statements and it
"seems" that it was an expenses for AMSAT. I reiterate it was an 
estimation. Any corrections here "help:)" is
accepted at par.

Is this expenses is valuable? and worthwhile?  We need to know how many 
AMSAT volumteers, officers, BOD
members gathered there. Aside of the individual satisfaction to be a 
volunteer in AMSAT (noboby  force anyone
to take a position in AMSAT) a fact remain if the only one free of charge 
recongnition is an annual get
together to all the AMSAT workers i vote for it.

If the sysposium is also a learning and a promoting tool i vote for it 
again, but as many ask to implement a
pay for what you get system we should logicaly look at the sysmposiums the 
same way.

Bottom line is the last symposium is an expense? a revenu? or it 
breakeven?  Then we should compares $$$ to
the fallouts for the membership? Thats the BOD job "equilazing budgets and 
launching satellites"

Is an expense for a symposium is worthy BOD can give us the answers in the 
regards of the above mentionned

Is the 177 is really important i cannot tell right now but two groups mixed 
this year ARISS and AMSAT.  From
my point of view its a small step for the outsiders but a giant one for the 

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
Coordonnateur AMSAT pour le Québec
Quebec AMSAT coordinator
Sites web sites: www.qsl.net/ve2dwe
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