[Nfbmo] Why should I pay to register for state convention???

Randy Carmack randycarmack at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 21:24:47 UTC 2017

And might I add.  If you think our convention prices are too high, go to
nfb.org and look at their convention prices.  You will soon realize what a
great deal our convention prices are.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Gene Coulter on the
great job he does every year negotiating with the hotels and ensuring that
all of the ground work is done for our conventions.  Most of us don't
realize all of the pre-convention things that Gene does for us, we give the
host chapters all of the credit but if it weren't for all of Gene's work,
our conventions would more than likely be a disaster.  I truly appreciate
what Gene does every year.  I know that it must be very time consuming and
at times very frustrating.

A huge thank you from me to you Gene, you do an awesome job for us.

Randy Carmack

On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Gene Coulter via Nfbmo <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>

> This question is coming up with increasing frequency so our state
> president thought it would be a good idea if I answered it. First, of
> course, it is policy that to get the convention rates at the hotel you must
> be registered. For example, this year’s convention hotel rate  is$87.00 a
> night as compared to the normal rate of around $200.00.
> But what does my registration fee pay for?
> the Meeting rooms that have cost us up to $1,000.
> pay pal fees for on-line meal ticket sales.
> Dance floor that has cost up to $150.
> Additional microphones that have cost up to $150
> Site visits that have cost up to $325.
> Convention awards.
> Occasionally outside guest speakers.
> and many other lessfrequent  costs including paying for uneaten meals when
> we have not met the contract minimum  expenditures.
> In many years the registration fees do not fully cover affiliate expenses.
> I suspect as we go through our next rotation costs will only increase
> especially meeting room rental.
> Gene
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