VSNA CONVENTION 2009 SOUVENIR
Proposed novel ideas for the question related to convention finances. Given that, we have been having conventions for 30 plus years, the cost of hosting a convention has not reduced. However, having a convention is a great need for the community to foster our philosophy, our beliefs and on opportunity for members to meet and greet family and friends once a year. With that mindset, please provide your agreements on the following statements - “Keep the conventions once in two Years. We need to plan to have early registration (year in advance) and run the convention solely on the registration fee only. VSNA should stop subsidizing the convention from local chapter members. We should give it a try.” - “We need to try for the first time with full price and not a subsidized one yet prepare for the worst. That will be the turning point.” - “Keep registration low but charge for many of the activities like matrimonial, business, health, and even some guest lectures. So, people have options to go or not to go. More people might come.” - “We need to conduct energetic campaign to bring corporate donors to share expenses of programs. Examples of big donors in the past are insurance companies who employ a large number of Indians. Telephone companies. Aggressive ad procurements for the souvenir. Donor air lines to provide free flight to India for a lottery to encourage pre convention registration.” The spiritual discourses by swamijis and keynote address on convention theme by invited guests were invigorating to most respondents. Our very own VSNA officers’ addresses also rated high. Overall morning session was scored at an all time high of 4.25 on a 5-point scale, where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent.
Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.