Yep, got my registration in and used my confirmation # I received as the roommate and all went well - my delegate also got registered so all accounted for in our room - thank goodness somebody sent me the information about cancellation since my name didn't show up (even though, apparently, the hotel knew I was there) or match up to the person with the credit card hold.
Sent my special message to Kathy and Emily to get my dairy-free meal as the option wasn't on the registration like it was for Montreal. Always good to plan ahead as it helps the hotel banquet staff know about any special meals, gives me a special ticket so they can tell where I am, and saves me the worry of wondering what ingredients there are that might make me sick. I love the fruit dessert since I cannot have cheesecake or ice cream. For the past three years, I have not been sick at an EFAM with the help of that planning for the prepared meals.
And, I know why certain folks weren't 'invited' or sent the information to submit. . .a bit of miscommunication but it will work out for the best, I am sure.
For those who think I should walk a mile in the planners' shoes - not to worry, I have big feet and I have been in a lot of shoes. I am hoping we will remember that some of the things we changed need to be changed back or communicated much better. For example, still not section to add any ADA accommodations needs like we had before (along with the meal selection - vegetarian does not necessarily mean dairy-free and we have lots of folks with wheat/gluten issues who need consideration as well which were not included this time).
I like picking my Marketplace time so I don't have to be with hoards swarming around will get to see the exhibitors and vendors. There will be a bit of a challenge getting from session to session, but I have done with other organizations and I don't have an employer paying my way who expects certain classes from my PDP.
I don't need recertification points so I don't mind missing a seminar while I go to the business session - this is a lot of the point of the annual business of my association.
I no longer volunteer as we are not needed to help. This year, only 35 people will be chosen with the 5-person coordination team making up the 40; previously we had as many as 150 volunteers. That is a good thing - although you would get 1/2 your registration back if you served enough hours, you sometimes missed events or seminars because of your individual schedule - I like that improvement.
It is also great to continue to have full tables reserved so there is no scramble to get a seat and to give to a good cause each year. I am hoping if we get a memento this year it is not glass - they are difficult to pack for breakage - however pretty that is unless it is like the solid block with sailboat etching like Tampa (my Dad loved that).
Here is to another great adventure - hiccups and all!
Ann M. Piraino, CAP, CRC
Mount Rainier Chapter Parliamentary Adviser
Mount Rainier Chapter Rules & Bylaws Chair
Mount Rainier Chapter Newsletter Editor
Member of Excellence Since 2008
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