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Re: Symposium Alternatives



As a Canadian living in the central part of Canada, it doesn't make much 
difference for me if the Symposium is held on the East coast or West coast. 
With the outrages cost of gasoline and air tickets, should we not be looking 
at a central location in the USA.In doing so those members that live on the 
Westcoast would not have to fly across the country to attend .The same 
applies to the members on the Eastcoast if the Symposium was to be held on 
the Westcoast.So at today's costs of airline tickets, I believe the site 
selection will be a critical point in determining if one attends or not.

Anyway that's my two cents worth

Tnx

73

Gerry VE4GTB
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Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 1:10 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Symposium Alternatives


> Barry Baines wrote:
>
>> Folks:
>>
>> 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:
>>   -Yes
>>   -No
>>
>> 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
>>   ->$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.
>>
>>
>> 73
>>
>> Barry A. Baines, WD4ASW
>> VP-Marketing & User Services/BOD Member
>> AMSAT-NA
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> You know its been a while but you may want to consider Orlando, Florida as 
> on television they have been stating that have hotel and convention center 
> availabilities and have after those that were attempting to use New 
> Orleans or that area to consider Orlando as they have openings.
>
> Just a thought.
>
> Reid, W4UPD
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