Actually, I got all my info from the COMMONews magazine that I received 5
copies of during COMMON at my office.  It's on page 10 of the Editorial by
David H. and LG Nakashian.

Jerry

At 10:42 PM 3/18/99 -0800, you wrote:
>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
>
>--
>John Earl   johnearl@toolnet.com
>
>PowerTech Toolworks  206-575-0711
>PowerLock Network Security www.toolnet.com
>The 400 School   www.400school.com



Jerry Draper, Trilobyte Software Systems, since 1976
Specializing in connecting PC's, Windows, MAC's, and LAN's to the AS/400
Representing Synapse, Apple, IBM, UDS, Nlynx, MI, DCI, Netsoft, etc.
(415) 457-3431; (415) 258-1658fax; jdraper@wco.com
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