|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 10/17/2011 : 1:08:49 PM
This is the final attendance list I have from forum, speaker, and hotel registrations. I have left off last names for privacy reasons. If you do not see your name here and you have registered, please contact me offlist via my forum ID to confirm your attendance so I can make sure we have a count to give Founders for meals, etc. Looking forward to seeing everyone again, see you all on Sunday.
Just a final reminder, if you even THINK you can come, you should reserve your hotel rooms with Founders by Saturday, March 31st to guarantee that you will have a room available to you. I believe you can cancel reservations up to 72 hours before the date, but please confirm with them.
Just a reminder, if you are PLANNING on coming, please reserve your rooms with Founders by 3/31 so we have a more accurate headcount (and also so you are sure you have a room). If you could also confirm attendance (you can pay the fee later) on Mark's website, that would be appreciated, so we have a good idea of the headcount.
I understand that last minute plans may change and some of you will not be able to make it, but we'll need as accurate a headcount as we can for meals etc.
Links to register for the 2012 conference has been added here:
The conference fee this year is as follows:
$450 without spouse
$525 with spouse (no jokes please)
Joe is working away at the speaker roster, I expect it will be finalized soon. This year we plan to go to Aldo's on Monday night - Mark has said that they have great Italian food.
OK, the dates and hotel have been confirmed:
Dates: Sunday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 2nd
Location:Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
We are returning to Founders again this year because they offer good meeting facilities (we've reserved the Jefferson room Amphitheater again), reasonable costs for hotel rooms and dining options onsite.
Costs and other details
This information is for budgeting purposes (except the hotel room rates, which are final). The final figures will be announced later.
The hotel rates negotiated are $110/night single occupancy $119/night double occupancy.
10/21/2011 Update: We've finalized the room arrangements with the hotel, if you want to contact them here this is the link they've setup for our group:
and make your room reservations now. Alternatively you can call them, just mention the Minasi 2012 Internet Forum to get the rates we've negotiated.
Please note: Founders has requested that all reservations be made by 3/31/2012 at the latest, so please plan accordingly. If you book after that date, room availability may not be guaranteed.
We have budgeted costs based on the assumption that at least 30 persons will attend. Costs for conference will include:
- per person attendee costs for the the conference room (includes beverages and lunch on the full days we meet) and
- a reception Sunday night and an offsite dinner night out (probably Monday).
The conference costs, agenda and speakers et cetera and link to pay will be setup at a later date. The costs of the hotel and travel are the responsibility of attendees. Assuming at least 30 people attend, the conference costs should be in the range of last time, but I would budget $400-$600 for the conference, to be finalized later.
Forum moderators, can we make this a sticky? I don't see an option to make this post sticky, and the codes to bold text etc. don't seem to work for me.
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||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 11:23:36 PM
Just landed.... Where is everybody?
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 7:28:56 PM
Heading to the Bar....just arrived.
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 5:08:11 PM
It did not get into the agenda, but lunch on Sunday is included in your conference package. It's from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Swan Terrace room at Founders, with the conference registration starting at noon as well. Lunch will be part of the conference package every day, BTW. So stop by the Jefferson Ampitheater around noon and then you can walk over to the Swan Terrace for a quick lunch before the sessions start. You paid for it, after all.
The weather report for Sunday is kind of iffy so the Sunday night dinner reception may have to be in doors rather than outside as we did two years ago. Two free drinks will be served, either way (indoors or out)
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 2:34:55 PM
At the bar!!!
The don't have any rooms yet so I am waiting.
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 2:29:45 PM
I don't get in till close to midnight... :(
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 2:21:20 PM
Just pulled up.
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 12:38:14 PM
A few people are here now. Cool.
I'm hanging out in the lobby reading and redoing my presentation.
||Posted - 04/28/2012 : 10:51:40 AM
||Posted - 04/27/2012 : 4:11:21 PM
RJ, please do, not sure who needs what.
||Posted - 04/27/2012 : 4:05:39 PM
Looking forward to Sunday. What is the power situation? I don't mind dragging a few power strips and cords.
||Posted - 04/26/2012 : 2:29:33 PM
Just signed up...it was touch and go for a while and I know i've been out of communication alot but I'm excited about seeing everyone again.
||Posted - 04/19/2012 : 1:57:14 PM
Jimi, 3 rooms? If you're doing any of your photography stuff and need an assistant... :-)
||Posted - 04/19/2012 : 1:26:47 PM
They mistakenly had 3 rooms held for me. Yesterday I called and corrected that. So maybe that freed up some for Sat night?
||Posted - 04/19/2012 : 12:52:12 PM
There have been some last minute cancellations
||Posted - 04/19/2012 : 10:19:45 AM
HHHhmmmmm.....I think I may check on my room, just to make sure.
||Posted - 04/18/2012 : 3:19:26 PM
Appreciate it and just got a call from Founders and they mysteriously had a room open up for Saturday night. Now if James doesn't have a room for Saturday, it wasn't me.. Honest....
||Posted - 04/18/2012 : 12:28:51 PM
We'll sort ya out, bring a sleeping bag and and we'll float you in the pool!
||Posted - 04/18/2012 : 11:05:02 AM
Just booked my room, travel, car and meeting fees. On a wait list for a room on Saturday but have Sun to Thur booked. Now, just to get a plan "B" arranged, any places close to book a single night?
||Posted - 04/18/2012 : 07:50:06 AM
James, with luck we'll have a drink waiting for you! Drive safely!
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 10:22:51 PM
I'll be leaving Saturday morning early - should be there around 1pm or so (6 hour drive).
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 10:19:21 PM
I'm all booked and ready. And speaking of books... I just shipped a box full of "vintage" books - mainly extra copies I've had around, including some of my foreign-language translations. Oh, and some newer titles. I figure if anybody would appreciate having a Russian-language book about the ".NET Enterprise Servers" (remember that brand?) it's y'all. Will be in Saturday - look me up.
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 9:57:19 PM
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 3:26:34 PM
OK, Hotel Booked. Registration Booked. Gotta get my flight now...
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 11:41:37 AM
If I were you, I'd go ahead and register on Mark's site without paying the registration fee. You can settle up with Mark later. That will help us with headcount planning.
As for Founders, I'd get you reservation in with them now if you THINK you are coming. You can cancel up to 3 days prior to the 29th (but confirm that with them).
||Posted - 04/17/2012 : 11:30:48 AM
I have not registered YET... But I'm hoping to.
||Posted - 04/16/2012 : 3:08:59 PM
Jim, DM me if you don't see my registration. I still haven't seen a confirmation. If you don't see it, DM me and I'll call the office and do it over the phone. Had issues registering in the past.
||Posted - 04/16/2012 : 2:53:04 PM
As a FYI, for those showing up early enough on Sunday, a lunch buffet is included from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Swan Terrace in the Founders Hotel since we are meeting Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure we included that on the meeting agenda, but Founders has included it for us on the conf room package.
I'll be confirming final attendance headcount hopefully this week.
||Posted - 04/09/2012 : 12:22:13 PM
To everyone who has either registered for the 2012 Forum Meeting on Mark's site, or booked a hotel at Founders, could you contact me off-list using my profile contact info (I didn't want to post names here). I have the list from Mark's site and the list from Founders and they don't match. If for some reason you did book your hotel with Founders and you didn't mention the Forum when you did, you may want to follow up on that, to make sure you get the rates we were promised. Also, if your registration fee was waived for whatever reason, I'd like to get your name, so we have a headcount of who will be coming (for meals and conference room planning).
||Posted - 02/16/2012 : 3:17:43 PM
I've booked my hotel and am all set!
||Posted - 01/30/2012 : 3:21:25 PM
Check with Joe McGlynn (AKA Wobble_Wobble his forum handle) on the list of speakers. I know we had a pretty good list worked up as the middle of the month when I spoke to him, but it was not final. I finally got the cost details nailed down late last week. I realize you probably want to know who will be speaking before you plunk down the conference fee, but that's been Joe's task to finalize, so I can't tell you if he's got everything nailed down, schedule-wise. I have asked him to post it out on the Minasiconference.com web site as well.