2016 GCA Convention Report
August 3, 2016
This year’s convention was held right here in Montgomery at the Embassy Suites. Marie and I are so thankful for all the help we had in planning and executing our plan for convention. We chose April 3, 4 and 5th as the dates for the convention. As always, we were trying to be good stewards of everyone’s money and these were the dates that were the least expensive for the participants. Everyone we asked for help was very generous with their time and talents. We could not have had a better committee.
There were 134 people that paid to come to convention. Of those, 6 were from out of state and they came to see our fantastic designer, Tony Todesco. We made them pay extra because they were not GCA members and they still said that it was a bargain. They all said we should have charged them more to see Tony. We were so fortunate that Trece was able to secure him for us. She took care of everything Tony. He was so generous that he allowed us to raffle off his designs (oops can’t use the word raffle, we had opportunity drawings). And that was one of the ways we made money at convention.
Thanks to June Cyrus and the Montgomery Federation, we had 3 tours to choose from Monday afternoon . They were the Backstage tour at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a tour of the historic Capitol Building and a tour of the Huyndai Manufacturing Plant. We did not charge for any of the tours. We had 75 people to go on the tours. Asked why one person did not go on any of the tours, I was told that it interfered with her nap time.
We kept hearing that we needed more workshops so we scheduled 6 workshops. 2 on Monday and 4 on Tuesday. These workshops were well attended. We posted 3 of the workshops on YouTube!
We scheduled all the board meetings on Sunday afternoon so there would not be much down time for the participants. Even so, it seems people found time to spend money. And we are so grateful that they did. Janet Lewis had a room full of silent auctions and we made over $1400 on that. Buddy Manning saw to it that we had lots of vendors and we made $440 on renting the tables. Then there was a donation, opportunity drawings, jewelry bazaar and a hotel refund. They all added up to a profit of $3813.98
I hope all of you will put next year’s convention in Huntsville on
your calendars now so you will not miss out.