SPUG: Meeting Venues/SPUG Bifurcation
jshaffer at chronology.com
Wed Oct 13 17:46:29 CDT 1999
Sounds good to me. I'm an Eastside 'lurker' who would like
to attend something over here -- even every other month would be
better than not being able to attend.
Tim Maher/CONSULTIX wrote:
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> According to Dave Campbell:
> > Having seen all the messages on this subject go flashing past, I am
> > curious as to how the final decision will be reached. Is this in
> > essence a 'vote' for a site, or is there an organizing committee that
> > will ultimately decide?
> Tim Says>
> "Hello, This is the Organizing Committee speaking, may I help you?"
> During the 18 month life of SPUG, we've never had to worry about coming up
> with an egalitarian site-selection process before, for the simple reason
> that we've never simultaneously had more than one choice available to
> us! 8-}
> Things look a little different now! We currently have the following options:
> Fred's Cancer Center
> (for $100/night)
> SpeakEasy, Downtown Seattle
> (although some have doubts about basic suitability)
> Lucent, in Redmond (520 and Redmond Way)
> fancy conference room, reportedly
> Maxim Group, Bellevue (520 and ?; near Bellevue Way, I think)
> only basic conference room? still awaiting details . . .
> A Chicken-Coop in Woodinville
> deluxe; $50/night
> I think that's the entire list, apart from our friends who've offered
> unthinkable accommodations in Shelton, Cheybogan, and Mauritius, but
> if I've accidentally left out a location, let me know.
> TIME TO SPLIT, LIKE AN AMOEBA?
> It's true, as we've bounced back and forth between Eastside and Westside
> locations, we've lost and found new members every time. I would have
> thought it suicidal to split the group into East/West factions last
> year, but now that we've got considerable momentum and 278 people on
> our mailing list, it might be worth trying a bifurcation of the group!
> I propose the following: we come up with a short-list of possible venues,
> representing the best options on each side of the Lake, and take a vote,
> in which each potential attendee would indicate their single favorite
> choice. For each side of the lake, we declare the biggest vote-grabber
> the winner, and proceed henceforth with two separate meeting schedules.
> POSSIBLE OUTCOMES
> If the votes were to come out 80% one-side, 20% the-other, I would expect
> that the minority population might have trouble recruiting speakers
> for their meetings, if they follow the current model of recruiting from
> within the ranks, but what the hell, that 20% wouldn't be traveling to
> the other side anyway, so they might as well try to move out on their own
> (maybe meeting every other month, etc.). Personally, I think the more
> likely outcome would be in the 60/40 range, which would give better odds
> for the viability of the separate sub-groups.
> What do the rest of you think about this plan? Let us know . . .
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