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Symposium Alternatives


We are actively evaluating options regarding the future of the 2005  
AMSAT Symposium.   This includes relocating to a different site or  
perhaps canceling the Symposium itself.  We expect to make a decision  
later this week.  While we have not formally cancelled the Symposium  
at Lafayette, we are working on the presumption that we will not be  
able to meet at Lafayette.

The BOD will likely look at this issue as a two-step process:

1.  Given that AMSAT will not be at Lafayette, do we relocate to  
another site or cancel the Symposium?
2.  If the Symposium is relocated to a different site, where should  
we go?

To assist in this decision process, it would be very helpful to gain  
input from our AMSAT members and others regarding their thinking on  
attending this year's AMSAT Symposium given recent events.  I am  
seeking input from those individuals who are not BOD members, Senior  
Officers (those selected by the BOD), nor key personnel on the Eagle  
Team since presumably these people will attend the Symposium no  
matter where it is held.

Our intent is to keep the same dates (7-9 OCT) and basic agenda as  
what has been scheduled for Lafayette.  Please consider the following  
scenarios and let me know your thoughts on the following alternatives:

1. If you are currently registered to attend the AMSAT Symposium at  
Lafayette and the Symposium was relocated to a different city, do you  
still plan to attend?  (If you are not currently registered, please  
skip this question).

  Please place an 'X' to the left of your response:

2.  If you are not currently registered to attend the AMSAT  
Symposium, would you now attend the AMSAT Symposium if it were held  
at one of the following locations the weekend of 7-9 OCT?  Please  
place an 'X' to the left of each city that you'd be willing to travel  
(Select as many locations as you'd be willing to attend).

   -Baltimore-Washington area
   -Cleveland, OH
   -Cincinnati, OH
   -Orlando, FL
   -Pittsburgh, PA
   -San Francisco, CA
   -Tampa, FL
   -Tulsa, OK

3.  If you answered 'Yes' to Question 1 or selected at least one city  
in Question 2,  and room rates were higher than the current $75.00/ 
night rate for Lafayette would you still be willing to attend the  
2005 AMSAT Symposium?  Please place an X next to highest room rate  
level that you'd be willing to pay to attend the Symposium:

   -$75 to $80/night
   -$80 to $89/night
   -$90 to $99/night

Please enter your response to the left of each question and send it  
to wd4asw@amsat.org no later than 1200 EDT on Tuesday, 6 SEP.  Please  
do not hit 'reply' as your response doesn't need to be sent to the  
entire amsat-bb and we need to ensure that I receive your input.  I  
will tabulate the results for distribution to the AMSAT BOD which  
will discuss this question on Tuesday evening.  If you wish to add  
comments to your reply, please feel free to do so, but please ensure  
that you complete the questionnaire as well so that I can easily  
complete the tabulation.  Please note that any comments made will be  
attributed to the individual who made them.  By completing this  
questionnaire, you are not obligating yourself to attending  
Symposium. Please recognize, however, that your input is very  
important and that the tabulation and received comments will be taken  
seriously by the BOD in its deliberations.


Barry A. Baines, WD4ASW
VP-Marketing & User Services/BOD Member
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