I had several folks ask me what the prospect of more meetings would be. I am open to doing the meeting as long as there is enough interest and we can get a decent time slot in the orange hall meeting room. I also very much appreciate all the comments and support.
Since the DCS group is off site and off hours they have more flexibility but I suspect a shortened meet will impact them as well.
As previously stated the days of an April meeting have passed. There will not be a April meeting. I hope to reach out to several people during the upcoming year to see about having a Fall meeting during the day Friday. Unfortunately we now face a new issue. With the meet going to 2 days the orange hall meeting room will be busier than ever with previously held Thursday's events will most likely be vying for space on Friday now and since we will do a fall meeting only I suspect we will get the crumbs when it comes to a time slot. Friday seems to be the logical day as it is the most attended.
My goal is to have a 30-45 minute meeting and hopefully have input from Lionel. While we haven't had much new, Ryan seems to think the next year or so could have some fun things coming down the pipeline. Stay tuned and we'll see what and if we can come up with a meeting. The shortened meet definitely throws a lot of wrenches into the planning. No promises.
How does the DCS user group pay for the offsite event? Does MTH pay? Maybe Lionel could sponsor, other corporate sponsors?
It is all paid for by the costs of the meals. I do believe MTH might help but the attendees are the primary cost impact. They have to meet a minimum. I've done the breakfast meetings and they are a bit of a pain especially when folks walk out on the bill and yes I've ended up paying for breakfasts. They also have to start earlier than when on site in the orange hall.
One advantage of doing it on-site is folks are there, don't have to alter their plans, and can take a break from shopping. There is a room to the right of the Lionel booth I may ask about. A vendor used to be in there but the past 2 meets no one has been there. We would just need some chairs and a table. Lionel could easily attend.
I have about 6 mos. to figure this out. I need to prod Lionel also to see if I can get any info as to the value of the meeting vs new information.