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    Bob,
    Due to concerns about weather, my wife and I departed Branson mid afternoon on Saturday and weren’t able to hear your Membership report and closing comments. If possible, could you repeat them here in the forum?

    And, can you say what the decision or determination process will be whether to have the Convention every year or every other year? I, as a first timer, thought the Convention was top notch, very professionally conducted, and would be more than happy to block out my schedule for next year!

    Thanks for all you and Bill have done!

    #105775

    While I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to attend next year due to some expected major life changes, count me as a vote for this being something that should happen every year. I do also hope that family-friendly locations will continue to be chosen. That will be important for me to be able to attend in future years.

    #105777

    Hmm… reading between the lines, I could vote for Dayton and the National Museum of the AF… if that would help!

    Great meeting Laurie and Robert! He is a HOOT!! 🙂 and a heck of an electrician!

    #105791
    bthomason
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      quote JBurnsIII1:

      Bob,…weren’t able to hear your Membership report and closing comments. If possible, could you repeat them here in the forum?

      And, can you say what the decision or determination process will be whether to have the Convention every year or every other year?

      Jim, it was great to see you at the Convention. My deep thanks to everyone who came and made the convention such a success!

      My closing comments were brief. I reminded everyone to send me magazine articles, participate in the Forum, recruit members, support our vendors, fly more and make a commitment to safety in the coming year. I went over our Seminar Schedule and reminded folks that Tony and I will be presenting at Oshkosh on Tuesday July 29 at 8:30 AM and that Continental would be hosting us at their tent at 3 PM on Wed.

      Bill Alberts and I will be discussing the possibility of a 2015 Convention in the next few weeks. I’ll let everyone know our decision in the next few weeks. I agree with the everyone’s assessment that this year’s convention was a big success. That said, I have a list of ideas for improvement. I’d welcome any other ideas from those of you who attended.

      #105798

      Thanks Bob!

      Question: Do you have a current or active membership map? Would something like this be useful for future Convention planning?

      Also, to the group: For those who chose not to attend the Convention, was your children’s school or summer activity schedule a major factor? and what could be done in the future to alleviate those issues?

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      bthomason
      Participant
        quote JBurnsIII1:

        Question: Do you have a current or active membership map?

        I did an analysis a couple of years back. Our membership map looks just like the registration map of all GA aircraft: http://www.aopa.org/About-AOPA/Statistical-Reference-Guide/Active-General-Aviation-Aircraft-by-State.aspx

        That is, large concentrations in California, Texas and Florida. I floated the idea of alternating east and west coast events but Bill Alberts has had better luck with central locations. I’m still open to the idea though.

        Currently, I’m torn between annual and biennial events.

        #105805

        As a first timer, I was very impressed with the Convention and would vote for an annual event.

        That being said, if a biennial route is chosen, what opportunities would The Twin Cessna Flyers have to expand the organization’s events at OSH? I know several Twin Cessna Members who use your (Bob’s) and Tony’s Forum as THE reason to attend OSH. If it’s possible to add additional Twin Cessna specific events or forums, OSH may be a venue that could become a “Conference” in the non-Convention years.

        Just a thought.

        #105807

        Bob,

        If you’re wishing to have the convention here in Las Vegas, I’m more than happy to help. The #2 person at Treasure Island Casino right behind billionaire owner Phil Ruffin is a client and good friend of mine. I also play golf with the President/COO of all of Caesars Entertainment and the GM for Paris/Planet Hollywood/Bally’s is my neighbor.

        I’m sure I can get a good deal for the Twin Cessna group if you’re wanting to come back to Las Vegas again.

        Marissa

        #105829

        If an annual event was done, alternating east and west coast would probably be logical. But west coast would have us out for a while. Not because I mind the trip length, but I don’t see it being practical with kiddo for a few years.

        Vegas would be fun, though…

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