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Re: Symposium Attendance

It was the same with the presenters, we all paid to attend and to receive a 
copy of the Proceedings.  And, it was well worth the expense.  The 
symposium was informative, lively, and fun.  It was great to put names and 
faces together.  The off-line face-to-face discussions were so 
valuable.  Even the weather was excellent.

The team did an outstanding job!!!


John  WA4WDL
member # 10211

At 10:24 AM 10/14/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>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 team.
>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 insiders.
>Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
>Coordonnateur AMSAT pour le Québec
>Quebec AMSAT coordinator
>Sites web sites: www.qsl.net/ve2dwe
>                           www.sorel-tracy.qc.ca/~luclebla
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