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National Reunion Update - your input needed!

Wed Jan 18, 12 12:15 am


We're working to finalize arrangements for the host 2012 facility this year (location yet to be announced), and there's something we'd like your feedback on...

As you know, we go to great lengths to keep the cost of the event as low as possible, and one of the greatest expenses is the venue itself.

Summer weekends are prime-season for reserving retreat and conference centers, so one option that's surfaced this year is the option of having the event midweek; Tuesday thru Friday instead of the traditional Thursday thru Sunday.

Depending on the facility we choose, a midweek schedule could reduce registration costs by 25-30%.

Homeschooler's like to save money, so the midweek option is compelling, but on the other hand, it would require everyone to take a couple more days off of work, school, etc., so we wanted to reach out to you for your input.

What do you think?

Are you thinking about coming to the 2012 National Reunion?

If so, would a ~25% reduction in cost with a mid-week schedule increase or decrease your likelihood of attending?


Update: We've added a handy little poll option here - please vote, but also weigh in with your comments in reply - it's always good to hear what you're thinking!


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Location probably makes the biggest difference in regards to my husband and I being able to consider attending or not. If it is within several hours' drive, we would be far more likely to come, regardless of the time of week. Hopefully the location can be more centrally located again this year? We're in Des Moines.

Thanks for trying to keep costs down - I know that's a challenge these days!
Princess Abi, Wed Jan 18, 12 11:24 am Post


 
The weekend option would be better. The cost differential doesn't matter to me.

Whether I attend the 2012 Reunion depends mostly on where it's located and how easy it is for me to travel there. Very Happy
Raquelle 6GC, Wed Jan 18, 12 11:27 am Post


 
Date, location and cost are all equally important factors for me, and they have never all come together at the same time yet for me. Weekdays would be preferable to weekend for me, since I would come with my children and without my DH anyway. BUT I have never been to a reunion, and I don't drive more than about 5 hours without DH or another adult.
bertha OFC, Wed Jan 18, 12 11:45 am Post


 
It makes now difference to me. I actually kind of like the idea of it being mid-week, so I could spend the weekend time with my hosts. (I'm assuming it will not be too near CA).
T.J., Wed Jan 18, 12 11:51 am Post


 
Midweek would actually increase the likelihood of my being able to attend. Saturdays are rather inflexible at my job.
Saralicia J (WBE), Wed Jan 18, 12 1:46 pm Post


 
This is really cool! Thanks for trying to keep the price down & taking a vote.

As for me, I want to be at all the Reunions till the end of time, but still, any cost reduction will definitely increase my likelihood of attending. Thankfully too, my work allows me to travel whenever I want.
Hannah G., Wed Jan 18, 12 2:25 pm Post


 
This is a tough question. Razz Cheaper is always nicer and a mid-week reunion would allow time for traveling before and after if the location is a long drive, but taking off work for a whole week would also mean saving more money to allow for those skipped days. Hmmmm...I think I'll have to think about this one a little more. Very Happy I know I want to come though, can't miss reunion #6! Very Happy
Amber the twin, Wed Jan 18, 12 3:18 pm Post


 
The reduction in cost would make it more likely for me to go. Smile I have been wanting to go since I joined but have not be able to for different reasons. Smile Can't wait to hear when and where it is going to be this year. Very Happy
Lidia Maxine, Wed Jan 18, 12 3:46 pm Post


 
Weekend is better for me because of work/school situations.
David Petersen, Wed Jan 18, 12 3:49 pm Post


 
Our biggest issue is travel, not schedule. We have flexible work schedules, but the van is on its last leg and I don't think Dad wants us girlies driving it too far away from home this year. LOL Very Happy
Heather Belle 5GC, Wed Jan 18, 12 4:42 pm Post
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