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LightsByGreg
08-25-2008, 11:18 PM
I'm open to criticisms, anything you thought could have been better, etc at the 2008 mini.

Please tell the community so we can make the next mini the best yet!

Thanks,
Greg

tonypgst
08-25-2008, 11:21 PM
How about much closer to Jacksonville, FL :)

lbro
08-26-2008, 07:20 AM
How about much closer to Jacksonville, FL :)

LOL, Greg call the realtor!

This is a good idea to start this thread, I know I have had a few concerns PM'd to me. I have already discussed this with you and on another thread, so I do hope people chime in. Let's make 2009 even better!

I'll start........

We need a little bit more structure, let people that want to pop in and out know a tenative time for what is going to de discussed. I know I missed a few things when I was there.

Name tags!

kostyun
08-26-2008, 03:02 PM
Cheaper airfare?

rlilly
08-26-2008, 03:12 PM
T1 bandwidth internet connection for Live Meeting....

Macrosill
08-26-2008, 05:32 PM
I actually have a solution for the broadband connection issue. We got some cellular broadband modems at work. I can borrow one provided there is Sprint reception in the area. 1.5mb uploads I think, we use them for remote ip camera installations.

Mufassa
08-26-2008, 05:38 PM
I actually have a solution for the broadband connection issue. We got some cellular broadband modems at work. I can borrow one provided there is Sprint reception in the area. 1.5mb uploads I think, we use them for remote ip camera installations.

I had one of these in my suitcase.. but didnt make it. Hopefully next year. I could bring one then as well.. use 1 for each camera etc..

--Greg

kostyun
08-26-2008, 07:42 PM
Who needs a broadband connection if were all there?

Jeff Millard
08-26-2008, 07:53 PM
I still believe we should move the gathering to a commercial location that has what we need for internet access, lighting and power, tables and chairs, a podium and stage, video and screen, catering... and nearby accomodations. Taking this step forward would give us the ability to court vendors. The price would go up a little bit....:rolleyes:

An actual agenda would give us the ability to lock in each person's demo or instruction. ...and the second day could be for the less formal "annual reunion of friends"

Some of our counterparts have been meeting this way for a while.

Does anyone else feel this is a good idea, or would you rather keep meeting at a private residence?

Jeff

Edit:

Who needs a broadband connection if we're all there?

All the wannabes who want to learn from the best... how to do all this stuff....

Wayne J
08-26-2008, 08:50 PM
I still believe we should move the gathering to a commercial location that has what we need for internet access, lighting and power, tables and chairs, a podium and stage, video and screen, catering... and nearby accomodations. Taking this step forward would give us the ability to court vendors. The price would go up a little bit....:rolleyes:

An actual agenda would give us the ability to lock in each person's demo or instruction. ...and the second day could be for the less formal "annual reunion of friends"

Some of our counterparts have been meeting this way for a while.

Does anyone else feel this is a good idea, or would you rather keep meeting at a private residence?

Jeff


I am on board with this idea! This way everything is in one room, weather is not an issue, and can be more organized with better accommodations.

lbro
08-26-2008, 09:06 PM
I have said this before, and I think Frank Agreed too. Just would need to commit to it and have a small non-refundable deposit. I can take this on with a little help from people.

kostyun
12-30-2008, 11:35 AM
Want to poke everyone on this!! As long as airfare is good - I may be present this year!

wbuehler
12-30-2008, 12:17 PM
Provided the company I work for now does not get bought or sold again I plan to attend.

Bill

lbro
01-02-2009, 09:39 AM
well, it is time to start planning, I will get in touch with Greg, and we will see what the plans are.

LightsByGreg
01-04-2009, 07:47 PM
OK guys I am back and ready to plan this thing! Happy New Year!

-Greg

TERBObob
01-04-2009, 09:16 PM
This is very nice and all , but , has anybody actually viewed WHERE the majority of our members are located ? Wouldn't it be fair to have this more centrally located as to the location of members ( not necessarily geographically centered ) , rather than the east coast ?
I know I would LOVE to attend , but , going to the east coast .... a bit too far for my wallet .
Just curious if this was ever thought about ? ( distance and where the majority of DIYC members live )

Wayne J
01-04-2009, 09:38 PM
This is very nice and all , but , has anybody actually viewed WHERE the majority of our members are located ? Wouldn't it be fair to have this more centrally located as to the location of members ( not necessarily geographically centered ) , rather than the east coast ?
I know I would LOVE to attend , but , going to the east coast .... a bit too far for my wallet .
Just curious if this was ever thought about ? ( distance and where the majority of DIYC members live )

Bob, that have been kicked around many times. It just seems that it just can't get organized, and quite a few of the members that do attend the Jersey Mini, are in the same delima as you, if it was held elsewhere, then they could not attend.

lbro
01-04-2009, 09:43 PM
Bob,

I tried this before, we had maybe three people say they would be willing to help the planning.

Volunteers are the key to making it work.

Jeff Millard
01-04-2009, 10:45 PM
Actually, this is an east coast event. It was originally planned by me and held at my home as a gathering of folks from the Philly area. I was really surprised at the amount of interest, and the distance people travelled to be here. Greg offered to host it last year, and it's a good thing he did or I wouldn't have been able to attend my own gathering. Here in this section we discussed creating something that was specifically for the DIY group, to be held at a commercial venue and there wasn't much of a response. So, what Greg and I have decided to do is hold two events. One at my house for a few hours on a Saturday in June, where the topic of discussion will be LOR. And one at Greg's where it will be everything Christmas.

Lou and I tried to promote an all DIY, but maybe we weren't public enough.

There will be more info about the gathering at Greg's. I will do my best to attend. I've actually saved a week of Vacation, in case work tries to prevent me from being there.

ron d
01-04-2009, 11:57 PM
I attended last year and it seemed the diy group held up camp in one area and the lor group in another.
I really thought kc having the stage and us all in like a clasroom setting for presentations would have been very cool.
Maybe plan a "dark room" for a presentation this year. I know we we all looking at some led wall washers and i hope to have something big and bright to show this year if i have time to make it out.
I would also be up for a "diy mini" within a state or two of pa.

cenote
01-16-2009, 10:05 AM
Hi guys, Happy new year too.

I am on board with Jeff's sugguestion of holding it at a conference hall. I know of plenty of hotels in the Phila suburb area that has conference centers set up, at a decent price. I owuld think that there would also be plenty of places in central NJ. I attend alot of small trade shows and training seminars for my buisness, and I know that these places dont cost to much just for a day event. Trust me, most landscape suppliers are very "tight" when spending there own money.

I also think it would be alot more benifical and fun if there was a structual format to the next Mini.

lbro
01-16-2009, 11:34 AM
The discussions are in progress right now about the Mini. There will be more structure this time. A date and location is being worked out. Once details are finialized, They will be posted. This has been a trying time for some us in the planning this year, but I have faith it will work out in the end.

Stayed Tuned...........