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Re: [802SEC] 802 Plenary registration fees

Steve Carlson, Mike Takefman, Tony Jeffree, and I conducted a
survey at our interim meetings in New Orleans.  A copy
of the survey is attached.  I haven't had time to tabulate
all of the responses yet, but this thread stimulated me to
tabulate the responses to the question we asked about
F&B.  The results for this question are also attached.  
Please keep in mind that we explicitly stated that this survey
applied only to our interim meetings, and that it was non-binding,
but that we would use it to help us plan future interims.

 From the chart in meeting_survey.pdf, I conclude that:

A) Continental breakfast, morning coffee service, lunch,
and afternoon coffee service have overwhelming support.  Our
members really want these services to be provided.

B) Afternoon snacks have slightly positive but equivocal support.

C) Hot breakfasts, dinner, and a mid-week social reception have
much more opposition than support.  The first two seem obvious,
but the third surprised me.  I won't, not even for a femtosecond,
suggest that this result reflects what all of 802 would say about
the Wednesday social during a plenary week, but I would suggest
that maybe it's time we asked the question. Socials are certainly a
large expense, and maybe we'd be better off redirecting the money
towards lunch. I find that it makes us more productive if every one
can stay near the meeting rooms for lunch, and get back to
the meetings quickly. The members we surveyed seem to agree.

Overall, I think the survey went over well.  From scanning
the responses, it seems like people took it seriously, and
gave it some careful thought.  I know that it will help us plan our
next interim.