2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 29, 2021 06:22AM
The Spring Mini-meet appears to be a "GO" -- at least as of this date. Our expected number of attendees will be below the current state guidelines for meetings and the governor has scheduled a meeting for April 19th at which it is expected that restrictions will be further eased. Given the average age of our membership, I would assume most would be innoculated, by then. Well, I will, anyways.

So far, I haven't had any solid confirmation from the other organizers as to how we want to arrange matters, but pending confirmation I am going to tentatively state that we will be shifting emphasis from technical talks to a less structured event where people are more free to mingle and talk.

The above should not be construed to mean that there will be no technical talks, however. We will be working to tighten these up in response to feedback from the previous meets, and to ensure attendees get "more bang for their buck". It is contemplated that this will be achieved in a few ways, the first being a requirement that the speaker submit an outline of their talk well before the event. This outline will be examined and then, if approved, a scheduled run time will be allocated. When the talk is given, the emcee will be more vigorous in keeping the discussions on track and on schedule.

Hopefully, this process will address prior feedback complaining of drawn-out presentations and/or presentations involving violations of physical law or practical application.

Looking forward to any feedback.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/29/2021 06:25AM by frustrated.
Re: 2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 29, 2021 12:10PM
Hi Ken,
Tony Grzyb, Nick Messmer and myself are looking forward to the Fall Meet. Sorry, we won't be attending the Spring Meet as it stands right now.

I sincerely wish all the best to the attendees.

I'm curious if our Canadian friends are able to cross the border...have you heard anything about that?

Kind regards,
Rick Heinig
Re: 2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 29, 2021 01:23PM
None of the Canadians plan to attend -- the odds aren't looking good for the border to be open in the next 6 weeks. Probably part of the problem is that the vaccine rollout in Canada is severely delayed, making the possibility of transmission worse in both directions. The rumor I'm hearing is July or August -- but things are changing on an almost weekly basis.


Re: 2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 29, 2021 03:57PM
Just have them come in through Mexico.
Re: 2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 31, 2021 11:39AM
Funny...made me laugh.

Seams like the Boarder is targeted to open April 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

US Customs and Boarder Protection
Re: 2021 Chicagoland Spring Mini-meet
March 31, 2021 04:47PM
Yeah, but if you read carefully, you will find a stinger in there which makes it unacceptable to most people..


..However, you will be asked to answer a questionnaire about your health when arriving in Canada and will need to acknowledge an obligation to self-isolate for 14 days..
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