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kwe1009
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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2017, 10:10:49 PM »

The fact that most conference registration are done through Eventbrite, and or PayPal should make attendance verification fairly easy.

No, it makes seeing who signed up easy.  It doesn't prove that anyone actually attended.  For LIII, you need to show proof of attendance somehow.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2017, 10:37:45 PM »

The fact that most conference registration are done through Eventbrite, and or PayPal should make attendance verification fairly easy.

"Most"? Where?
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« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2017, 12:28:54 AM »

The fact that most conference registration are done through Eventbrite, and or PayPal should make attendance verification fairly easy.

"Most"? Where?

California and Nevada Wings have been using Eventbrite for several years now.
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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2017, 12:53:56 AM »

California and Nevada Wings have been using Eventbrite for several years now.

Heh - despite the belief to the contrary, CAWG and NVWG do not constitute "most".

It's a hodge podge.
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2017, 03:38:37 AM »

Or how about dropping the conference requirement? If the conference has value, you wouldn't have to strong-arm people into attending.
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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2017, 05:01:43 AM »

IMHO, conferences do have value. They are an opportunity for the wing leadership pass on "the state of the wing", and keep members u to date on recent happenings. The breakout sessions provide knowledge in various mission associated areas. The event in general provides networking opportunities.

Note, your wing conference might not be this good. CAWG's is. YMMV.
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« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2017, 05:46:22 AM »

Or how about dropping the conference requirement? If the conference has value, you wouldn't have to strong-arm people into attending.

I have found great value in the conferences I have  attended.  That being said I have also been fortunate to have both the time and money to participate in those events and been able to get there.  I don't think its so much the need to strong arm as it is to make sure Wing conferences move so that people in various parts of the state have reasonable access
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« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2017, 10:33:03 AM »

They are an opportunity for the wing leadership pass on "the state of the wing", and keep members u to date on recent happenings.

So Emails, Twitter, Emails, Facebook, Emails, Instagram, Emails, the myriad websites, Emails, RSS, Emails, not to mention the Coconut Wireless of the backchannel,
and Emails, are less current then a Biennial conference focused on "having a conference"?

Many of them are so bereft of content that they are scrambling for presenters Day-Of, with a further issue being the
disparate perceived needs of at least two distinct sub groups of CAP - the "20+'ers" - older members who just want to kibitz
over a rubber chicken and talk about how great things were WIWAC, and the "under 10'ers" who have never been to a conference
and / or are generally new and think they will get some imense value for their $50-200+ investment.

Between those are the workhorse members who just roll their eyes and tolerate it because they need it for progression,
or are honestly trying to bring something new to the table when they know that the odds are that a less-then-current
member is going to lecture them about the expectations of the regs 2-revs back

Unless it literally occurred that day, there's no way anything at any conference is going to be more current then the Gnashosphere,
and if you're really getting "current news" from a conference, you are probably not active enough to actually need that information.

CAP Conferences, like their IRL counterpart the tradeshow and business meeting, are a dying, cast-off of an era when the Comm nets
were the most immediate way to get information, and I say this after having significant visible participation recently in the first conference I have
attended in a decade that was actually worth my time, and was pretty much universally lauded, because like just about everything else in CAP
the success was based on the efforts of the personalities involved, in some cases working against status quo, and these people
don't scale, and we all know that the next one will likely be another "So You've Decided To Have a Conference" exercise in
inventing another wheel.

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« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2017, 10:39:28 AM »

Conferences are a good time to do some actual PD/ES/CP/Communications training. Unfortunately, many of them are not doing any of that. Members are regularly looking for value added to their requirements. Give it to them. If conference attendance is a mandatory requirement, make it worthwhile.
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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2017, 10:40:22 AM »

This is another area which should be looked at in regards to retention instead of just trying to
mine the membership of other organizations to build the numbers of people who will never show up to a meeting.

The hard-cost of progression, and the detrimental effects of initiative on some of our most effective, and therefore
most important members.

I know of several high involvement, critical members who are essentially "stuck" at their current grade because
of the inability to complete some required and expensive PD, whether that's a conference, Staff College, etc.

Not everyone can afford to drop $1000 and their only week of vacation to sit and learn how to write a letter
requesting hangar space, yet they watch as those around them who may be much less involved, get promoted
because they have less to do in the summer (for example the myriad insane staffers that spend June-August
at encampments, NBB, NFA, NESA, etc., some with no break).

I know for a fact this has cost us memberships, because at some point people are people and even the most
altruistic like to be recognized for their years of dedication.

Find a way to make the conferences free, not require overnight stays, run a lot more staff colleges with more
realistic schedules (there is absolutely no reason RSC needs to be a week, none.), etc., etc..
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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2017, 10:43:50 AM »

Conferences are a good time to do some actual PD/ES/CP/Communications training.

People believe that, but they really aren't.

There is too much diversity in the need and too much competition for time.  It's the same 200 people doing all the
work in most wings, so the conference tracks compete and you either wind up with anemic attendance
across the board, or one jammed room and three empty because people have to choose.

Put something with a cart on the end of it and that usually takes those people out of the conference itself for the
duration, negating the idea other then the "we're all in the barn so let's dance" aspect of most conferences.

There are few PD sessions which only last a day, and if you're killing a day, or worse two, on SLS/CLS/TLC, then that's not a conference, it's just that "thing",
plus dinner and the expense of having to stay overnight (many times).  PD sessions should be offered locally often enough
and in proximity to the membership so overnight stays are not required.

Most Conference PD winds up being basic information and "training" which members are supposed to be getting
from their home squadrons, and it 's usually too generalized to provide anything "new".
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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2017, 11:16:20 AM »

Conferences are a good time to do some actual PD/ES/CP/Communications training.

People believe that, but they really aren't.

There is too much diversity in the need and too much competition for time.  It's the same 200 people doing all the
work in most wings, so the conference tracks compete and you either wind up with anemic attendance
across the board, or one jammed room and three empty because people have to choose.

Put something with a cart on the end of it and that usually takes those people out of the conference itself for the
duration, negating the idea other then the "we're all in the barn so let's dance" aspect of most conferences.

There are few PD sessions which only last a day, and if you're killing a day, or worse two, on SLS/CLS/TLC, then that's not a conference, it's just that "thing",
plus dinner and the expense of having to stay overnight (many times).  PD sessions should be offered locally often enough
and in proximity to the membership so overnight stays are not required.

Most Conference PD winds up being basic information and "training" which members are supposed to be getting
from their home squadrons, and it 's usually too generalized to provide anything "new".

We never had an issue with it. For about a decade and a half. BLUF: you're picking the seminars and training sessions that you want to attend anyway, make them worthwhile. The timing issue is not an issue at all. Check in late afternoon on Friday. From 1800-2000, first inbrief for your PD session; 2000-whenever social hour/meet and greet; Saturday general assembly and then off to class; Saturday evening banquet; Sunday class and leave. It's not rocket science.
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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2017, 11:22:39 AM »

We never had an issue with it. For about a decade and a half. BLUF: you're picking the seminars and training sessions that you want to attend anyway, make them worthwhile. The timing issue is not an issue at all. Check in late afternoon on Friday. From 1800-2000, first inbrief for your PD session; 2000-whenever social hour/meet and greet; Saturday general assembly and then off to class; Saturday evening banquet; Sunday class and leave. It's not rocket science.

This isn't a conference, this is a PD weekend.
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« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2017, 11:46:21 AM »

Ozzy,

The true meat and potatoes "for most standard members" of any conference is the Saturday PD sessions, you should be able to get credit for the conference by participating in them. Remember to sign in when you arrive.

Here are a few of the unfortunate draw backs to doing this.

1. How it this documented for your records?  "Back in the day wings used to send out to the members a memo for your records for attendance this is no longer accomplished depending on the wing.  Now a days the burden of proof is on you that you actually attended.  So ensure you have a photo of yourself in front of a sign that says something like "XXXXX Wing Conference" or sign in and take a photo of your name on the sign in sheet.

2.  If you are looking for this a stepping stone to promotion you will find it won't work depending on your personal situation and relation to others within CAP.  "it has been and always shall be the rule of the land to make "LtCol you should be working at that level and attending, hobnobbing, and generally being social to ensure you are making the proper contacts within your wing. Unless you are:       Mass Wing - Part of a family that has two LtCols, you will also become a LtCol.  (or) if you consistently cannot wear a uniform property but seem to get things done.

3. You will meet people at a conference who are wing level and above who, do not know basics about the military, a good example of this are Wing Commanders who believe that we wear GRADE on out epaulets or sleeves.  For those of you who read this GRADE is short for Pay-Grade a military term that determines the pay level for an individual.  Rank is what we wear.

In the end if you are a happy camper at Capt or Major and are being effective at your position and can successfully pass a SUI inspection at the unit level congratulations!! You are part of the 85% majority who know and understand that everything truly happens at the unit level.  If you truly wish to become a commander or above it is recommended to perform you proper corporate duties and attend full conferences, assist in running them, go to staff colleges and assist in running them and generally try to educate those around you about doing things properly and knowing the publications.

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« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2017, 12:35:14 PM »

We never had an issue with it. For about a decade and a half. BLUF: you're picking the seminars and training sessions that you want to attend anyway, make them worthwhile. The timing issue is not an issue at all. Check in late afternoon on Friday. From 1800-2000, first inbrief for your PD session; 2000-whenever social hour/meet and greet; Saturday general assembly and then off to class; Saturday evening banquet; Sunday class and leave. It's not rocket science.

This isn't a conference, this is a PD weekend.

Agreed.  If you are sitting in a CLC (or whatever) class the entire time of the conference then how is that different that just having a very expensive PD weekend with a banquet on Saturday night?

To me if you have going to have a good conference you need to provide value for the fee.  Give classes/seminars of interest that aren't normally given and keep them to less than a couple of hours.
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« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2017, 12:41:07 PM »

If anything, trying to cram PD like an SLS, etc., into a conference weekend is a detriment to the idea.

For starters, those kinds of classes should be at no charge, but past that, everyone in
those classes sessions is, by design, precluded from participating in the actual conference, yet (presumably)
had to pay the same fee(s) as everyone else.
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« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2017, 01:41:35 PM »

If anything, trying to cram PD like an SLS, etc., into a conference weekend is a detriment to the idea.

For starters, those kinds of classes should be at no charge, but past that, everyone in
those classes sessions is, by design, precluded from participating in the actual conference
, yet (presumably)
had to pay the same fee(s) as everyone else.

Could be, depending on how everything is scheduled. Like I said, I've seen it work.
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« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2017, 01:50:40 PM »


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« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2017, 01:52:14 PM »

So......Conferences do have value.

The face time with people from the Back 40.  A chance for wing personnel to meet staffers who are just faceless names on e-mails.   Attending various sessions.  Expanding your horizons, etc et al.

Ok....so far so good.

Requiring a member to attend two of them to be able to put on major...sounds good on paper.  Sure a Major should be outside the comfort zone of his squadron/group and expand his horizons and meet and greet with the rest of wing.  I accept that as a generally good thing.

Now here's the clincher.

Someone please show me in the regulations what is or is not a "conference".

For example.....all cadets must attend a "encampment" before they pin on 2d Lt. or attend any NCSAs.   We go to the regulations and see that an Encampment has minimum content requirements.  There are minimum time requirements.  We have a whole pamphlet saying "this is what an encampment looks like and this is how you run one."

We got nothing like that for "conferences".   NVWG holds Bi/annual Wing Staff meetings...that often have break out sessions, seminars, PD classes and some of the elements of what we do at our "annual conference".   But the wing staff meetings don't count.

My second issue with the requirement to "Attend" two conferences is.......define attend.  I mean you would go to Orlando...sign in, get your welcome packet and then take the boat to Disney World and never once attend an seminar, hob nob in the lobby, take some pictures of National Commander or any of those thing we usually associate with "attending".......but you got your name on a attendance certificate so you get credit.

Just like for cadets.....we need a better definition of what attendance is....at least for the PD credit.

My third issue is with E-service.   [darnit]!  If this is important why is there no place to enter said credit into E-service?   Why is there no way for the conference staff enter it en mass?   As is....we got a whole spectrum of "requirements" on how to document attendance.  Everything from "Did you attend two?.....Why Yes I did sir!.....Okay that's good enough from me."  To "You need to show the conference attendance PA signed by the wing PDO, two signed copies of the cert they gave you in the welcome package, a photo of you in the hotel lobby....preferably with someone we know was there too....and a signed and notarized affidavits from two other attendees attesting to them seeing you in both the opening on Friday night and the closing meeting on Sunday morning."

My final issue is that the requirements.....don't seem to go far enough.  If you got to go to two wing conference to get Level III....why don't you need to attend two regional conference to get Level IV and two national conference to get Level V?

So they are important at the lower level....but not so much later on.   
Make me wonder if it the requirement was put into place just to drive up attendance at the wing conference.


Okay....Rant off.




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« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2017, 02:17:44 PM »

Trying to knock out PD courses during a conference is a waste of time. You can either attend one of the other, but not both.

There was the time that someone got the bright idea of running an IG course prior to the Wing conference - two days of time off work and another night to pay for the hotel room.
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