Simply answered, you can't accommodate all the members. The midwest has been decided simply because it's in the middle. It was unanimously agreed it should be very close to, if not in Tulsa due to that being Jeff's locale. As was pointed out last year, there is no way to not sound like, "Hey, my back yard is the best location...wink,wink" but it simply is. The more centrally located the gathering remains the more it affords the most members the best opportunity to attend. We aren't exactly the middle, but we were dang close and had members willing to organize that reside in this area.
BTW, that's Liberal, KS isn't it?
We did this last year and not a soul went to the contest. Too full and having too much fun at the gathering I reckon.
Truer words have never been spoken. This is an undertaking of epic proportion. The most helpful thing you could do is pay attention to PM's, follow threads about the gathering if you are coming, and the less "clutter" that is posted in these threads the easier they are to use for their intended purpose. The Events Committee will have to read and re-read these threads continually and the more unneccessary posts there are, the more time consuming that is. Thanks in advance for all your cooperation.
While I agree w/ Joe for the most part here I would like to add this. I think regional events are great, but don't see the need to try to have them the same weekend. Why harm the big annual gathering by drawing attendance away like that? There are many weekends for regional gatherings and you never where some of us may drive to. I went to Tulsa to eat dinner and visit with the Okie and two guys that live right here in MO with me. Go figure.
We did utilize chat somewhat last year. There aren't really alot of questions we need to ask (especially now that we've done it once), and PM's worked great for the most part. Waiting a day or two for a response was no problem, it was the week and month or longer response times that made the blood pressure rise.
And then over and over again just when you thought you were done.
Not sure what you're going for here. My thoughts on in conjunction with can be found above.
Theresa, don't let these MI guys that are afraid to go for a little ride sway you.
You and Walt would be sorely missed.