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[ft-l] FTA Annual Conference

Do you mean that people with children under age x shouldn't come to the
conference. I don't think this organization is large enough to be that
exclusive. We brought 3 children, I"m sure they were under the age x, and
the only reason we stayed through the raffle was because we had Nomad stay
at our house two nights the week before and the kids were excited to see
"Mr. Eb." If we put a VCR and a TV  with a couple of movies in the small
classroom this would all be a moot point.

As for the raffle, just count the number  of items and the amount of time
you want to take for it and that should tell how fast it will have to go. If
you have to combine items so be it. I thought Kent did a good job but he
works for the FTA and shouldn't have to be put in the position of having to
hurry through some chapters items. I thought it went well at Camp Ocala last
year, but I 'm a little prejudiced. My wife had Kent's job.
We did have a great time, except for the darn gnats, and look forward to
attending many conferences, if you will have us.

                                                        Doug McCoy
-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Patton <lpatton@mailer.fsu.edu>
To: ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: [ft-l] FTA Annual Conference

>Pam wrote:
>> To those who attended the FTA annual conference, I'd like to get your
>> on it - what you liked or did not like; things we could add, remove,
>> things we do well, things we could to better.  Stuff like that.
>1.  I was distressed about the change in the time of dinner Friday night.
> I almost didn't make it, and was sad for those that got there too
> late, thinking it was at 6:00.  5:00 is really too early for dinner
> anyway.
>2.  Yes, the people talking and the children whining were most annoying.
> I wish we could find a place where the programs could be in a room
> away from the food and drink, behind closed doors.  And a notice
> that children under age _x_ must not be brought to the programs &
> meetings.
>3.  Thanks for having coffee and other drinks available all day.  That was
> a definite plus.
>4.  A place with more space for registration, the store, the photo contest,
> etc. would be nice.
>5.  Darkening rooms for slides has been a problem at almost all trail
> gatherings I've attended...FTA, AT, the Gathering, etc.  Do we need
> to buy bolts of black felt and duct tape to cover windows??  ;-)
>6.  The programs were good, as usual.  Thanks, Jon.
>7.  I, too, wish there had been more time for socializing.  Some of us had
> planned to get together after the program Saturday night, but when
> everything ran overtime, we lost out on that.  I hope a solution
> to the raffle thing can be found.  It definitely was fun, but also
> definitely too-o-o long.
> Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on everything!!
> -- eArThworm
>Linda L. Patton, Reference Librarian, Strozier Library, Florida State Univ.
>      Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047 (850)644-5019 lpatton@mailer.fsu.edu
>          "A world without wilderness is a cage." -- David Brower
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