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>there were 4600 total attendees and 2200 paid attendees.  This means that
more
>than half of the attendees didn't pay?  No wonder prices went up 50%,
somebody
>has to subsidize all the freebies.

    Remember that Attendance is made up of ;

        1 Staff - (Paid and Temporary)
        2 Vendors -  AV, Decorator, Book Store, Etc...
        3 Volunteers - Well use to be.
        4 Expo Exhibitors - For the price of a booth, you get X number of
Expo Only, and Y number of conference badges.
        5 Guest's - Do we still have these.
        6 Expo Only Pass - Did they continue this in San Fran.
        7 Attendees - Those who paid the Membership + Registration Fees.

        Add them up and you get "total attendees", the majority being 4 & 7
which are paid attendance.

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-----Original Message-----
From: John Earl <johnearl@toolnet.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 2:33 AM
Subject: Re: Recovered Yet ??


>Jerry, it was nice to meet you too.
>
>Jerome Draper wrote:
>
>> Tere was lots of talk about vols working side by side with paid COMMON
>> staff.  Some have thrown in the towel on COMMON after 15 COMMON's and
will
>> not attend again in disgust.  COMMON's position is that the fare went up
>> brom $500 to $1000 because of losing $100/person/COMMON and that has to
>> stop for a 501(C3).  Additionally, COMMON maintains that they were
>> essentially contracting out services for $4 mil and think they can do it
>> in-house for $3 mil.  COMMON has become a big time business.  It is no
>> longer the user's group of yesteryear.
>
>Common is losing $100 per person?   That's what they said.   They also said
that
>there were 4600 total attendees and 2200 paid attendees.  This means that
more
>than half of the attendees didn't pay?  No wonder prices went up 50%,
somebody
>has to subsidize all the freebies.
>
>I thought that it was a real bad move to bump prices that much without any
>advance warning to the members.  It's a Users Group, but the board never
made the
>effort to justify this huge jump to the membership.  It wasn't until Kris
Neely
>penned an opinion peice in News/400 that a couple of Board members thought
to
>explain themselves.
>
>Sheeesh!  They didn't even try to justify it in MOM.  They just let
speakers like
>myself have their say and then moved on to the next topic.   Pretty
>dissapointing.
>
>jte
>
>--
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>
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>PowerLock Network Security www.toolnet.com
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