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Re: AIS:convention (long)

From: John I Jones <jijones@ix.netcom.com>

I can't speak for the planners of the Dallas convention, but I think the
problem was that they had to work around Easter and their typical bloom season
which probably occur at the same time next year. In general I agree with you
on all your points, I just think there were big scheduling conflicts this year
which no one thought about X years ago when they first decided to offer to
host the convention.

JEM300@aol.com wrote:
> From: JEM300@aol.com
> Hi,
> Just wanted to add my two cents here to Walter's and Dorothy's observations
> which were very good by the way.
> I had previously planned to go to Dallas convention but now am rethinking it.
> I would like to see it scheduled so that you can get a decent airfare rate
> (meaning staying a Saturday night).  Currently, it begins on a Saturday April
> 15th.  However, I have absolutely no need or desire to attend AIS "bored"
> meetings and like MOST folks are only interested in the garden tours.
> Therefore, my plan was to arrive the day of the welcome banquet (Monday) and
> leave for home the day after the Awards banquet.  Since the airfare to do
> this is exorbitant I guess I either have to show up two days early (and
> twiddle my thumbs while paying for two additional nights hotel stay) or not
> go at all.  Not to mention that I will have to schedule an entire week off of
> work.  Do the folks who schedule these things feel everyone who attends is
> either rich, retired, or in the iris business and can use the trip as a write
> off on their taxes? This kind of scheduling (poor, in my opinion) can really
> be a disadvantage to the iris enthusiast such as myself.
> Maybe I'm the only one this affects but I doubt it.  I just wanted to express
> my opinion, Thanks!
> Linda Doffek
> West Bend, WI  Zone 5
> Member AIS, SSI, MIS, and Wisconsin Iris Society

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