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TOPIC: AZ Conference?

Re:AZ Conference? 03 Dec 2008 17:16 #157

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I think this sort of regional/area meeting of FCA affiliates has much to commend it.

Here in North Carolina we did a one-day event in the spring of 2007 that drew some 20 persons from (then) four NC affiliates, as well as representatives of affiliates in South Carolina and Virginia.

We held it at a retreat/conference center and had very nice facilities. But it was subsidized through a grant from one individual who was a strong supporte of the idea. Depending on local circumstances, an event could be run at lower cost. And it probably should have been run for two, rather than one, days.

FCA Exec. Dir. Josh Slocum arranged his schedule so that he could attend and meet folks from all the affiliates. This was a plus. (He may never come again, having been snowed out of returning to Vermont by an April storm. NC was fine but Vermont and airports were out of operation for two days.)
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Re:AZ Conference? 24 Dec 2008 06:45 #176

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Sounds like a great idea. Wish you well,
Have thought about this for Texas, but more in regions of Texas.
Merry Christmas and Successful New Years!!
Lena Brooks
FCA/Houston
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Re:AZ Conference? 06 Jan 2009 02:13 #180

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With the dollar and physical cost of travel increasing, folks may want to consider the alternative of holding some gatherings as 'webinars' online. Several vendors offer telephone and video conferencing services.

These allow a moderator to make prepared or ad hoc presentations, to have voice exchanges and have online emails handled by an assistance as the discussion moves ahead. All of this with the various actors at their respective offices/homes.

Some cost, but also sometimes concessional rates for nonprofits. At least one can check them out and compare such costs with those of gasoline, plane fares, time in traffic, and the cost of a meal (in order to get a place to meet). Not to mention hotel rooms and facilities.

No, you don't get the same feel that encounters in person provide (although web cams may be possible), still you can get good phone dialog.
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