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Offline dth7  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:55:37 AM(UTC)
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Do we have any info about Expo East participation? Who’s taking lead?
Daren
Offline Bill Bouchard  
#2 Posted : Monday, February 11, 2019 5:56:10 AM(UTC)
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Hi Daren
It used to be Tony Bonanno would set everything up, but since he has stepped down as the ARD, nothing was done by anyone else. According to Brad Davy he said that the BOD felt that IMAC wasn't getting any real business from the event so that is why nothing was done. I have worked the IMAC booth before it was the EXPO and in my opinion it was worth it. I still see the need to get the word out about the organization and to attract new members and we should have a presence at the EXPO. Maybe next year.
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#3 Posted : Monday, February 11, 2019 9:02:54 PM(UTC)
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I will be happy to support it next year as long as someone steps up to take the lead, coordinates the volunteers, and starts planning for it not later than August/September. That will give us the opportunity to work any budget requirements into the budget for next year, which is typically approved in October. If nobody starts thinking about it until January, it won't happen.

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Offline dth7  
#4 Posted : Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:14:15 AM(UTC)
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Brad, to be fair to all and understanding your obvious frustration about the late query. I think there were assumptions that it was being handled status quo. Better transition communications about an impending need for an organizer would have possibly prevented the proverbial dropped ball this year. I don’t think it was an intentional neglect but simply communication and logistics. We have a couple new ARDs in NE now so I think next year would be a perfect opportunity to get at least one of them involved in this outreach.

I agree with Bill, in that, the true measure may not be membership’s signed but how many people were spoken to, educated and introduced in a welcoming manner.

To be effective, I agree with you Brad, that prior planning, a coverage plan and a marketing plan of action is required for an effective use of budget dollars to maximize the space, time and effort of volunteers.

My presence at Expo is with AMA but IMAC, a SIG of AMA is always in my conversations and when the booth is there I spend as much time as possible promoting IMAC.

I’ll put an “Action Item” topic up right now for NE Region to get names of those interested. I can promote this but I cannot organize it with my commitment to AMA during the Expo and I generally leave Sat pm for annual family vacation.

We hold a AMA District 1 and 2 officers meeting on Sat. IMAC initiatives will be presented.

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Offline Bill Bouchard  
#5 Posted : Saturday, March 2, 2019 1:21:44 PM(UTC)
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I don't know if it has been posted anywhere, but from what I have heard, there is not going to be an AMA Expo East anymore. I hope someone will tell me I'm wrong, but that is what I read. I did go on Saturday and I thought the Expo had a decent turnout but I didn't talk to any of the vendors so I didn't get their feedback. I think it will be a shame if this was the last year for it.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, March 2, 2019 3:06:16 PM(UTC)
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Bill,
Good seeing you Saturday. It was a nice break to sit and listen to Matt’s story. Great ambassador for the hobby and IMAC, even though, as he stated “I suck at it!” LOL.

From what I know, due to budgetary reasons, the talk is that no Expo, in this format! The discussions I’ve heard are considering other formats or venues. It is all tentative.

I agree that a gathering of some kind is very important. In District 1 we’ve been discussing trying to bring back regional flying events. Expo West attempted to combine both and was not a financial success. I think a better format can be worked out. The old “show deals from vendors” isn’t a viable program given all the online shops. We need to get our members together, promote the hobby and all its SIGs, while making it exciting and fun for all ages. Having vedors is a nice perk but one I don’t see being the driving force in the future.
Stay tuned. If I hear any developments I will certainly share.

In the mean time, IMAC members can keep an eye out at more regional gatherings to spread the new initiatives throughout the hobby. Getting out beyond the small club communities is what the hobby in general needs to garner greater support.

Wishing everyone a great season.
Daren
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