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A PLEA FOR THE MARCH MEET  

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(@bruce-b-blackwood)
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16/07/2020 8:53 pm  

Hello fellow O scale 2 Railers, I'll get to the point with this plea. You may have seen the update from the gang trying to bring Chicago / March O Scale show back. Many of you know that they must reach a room night guarantee to proceed with the show. There are now at about 25% of where they need to be. 25 July is the cutoff date. Just to be clear, what I am asking of you is potentially costly. The first block of room nights we are talking about are quite different from standard hotel procedure of the past. A lot of this is due to the virus and is unpleasant to us, but understandable from the hotel's side of things. So, the deal is your reservation is probably not refundable.  I repeat probably NOT refundable. Certain things will trigger a refund such as the hotel being closed due to a virus. If the show does not go on, you will still have a PAID room reservation. It really boils down to this ... If they can't get the other 75% of needed room nights, the show will be canceled and probably will not recur in 2022 or beyond. So how do we fix this? I am asking each of you who have any thoughts attending the 2021 Chicago meet to please immediately, if not sooner, go to the hotel website ( https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1592933659158&key=GRP&app=resvlink ) or call the hotel At 888-627-9031 and make a reservation. I have been attending the Chicago show since the early 80's and can tell you for the small dollar amount that you will save at another hotel down the block is just not worth it. The ability to make a purchase and take it up to your room and get back down to the trading floor is one of the best incentives for staying at the host hotel. Besides we need room nights to make the show go! One of the things I enjoy about the Chicago show is bumping into people on my way from my room to the trading hall. There's a big open area where many of us older people like to sit and chat. There are clinics and contest rooms in the hotel. I digress, the show special at this Westin, which is now a Marriott property is $109.00 a night. With taxes it's $120.99. I am going to suggest to you that losing $120.99 for 1 or 2 nights probably will not break the bank for most O scale 2 Railers. You could also read into this that I think $120.99 a night for one or two nights is a wise investment in keeping the March meet going. Now, yours truly tries to arrive Friday so that I can be first in line Saturday morning. And then I usually leave Sunday to make the drive home. So that's two nights for us. My wife and I have made this our weekend get away from the last several years. I want to tell you that I am trying to lead by example in that I have made my 2 night reservation. So as of right now I'm on the hook for $241.98. If the show does not go on, my wife and I are still planning on going. I like to rail fan and there are several safe places to railfan around Lombard. And as current president of the O scale Kings, my plans are that the general membership meeting, which is typically held at the March meet, will be held with or without the show. If the show does not go on and we are still renting these rooms, I will now pledge the O scale Kings will do whatever they can to arrange some other activities. Thinking that we might be able to still have some layout tours and I'm sure, some hobby shops will need to be visited, and just time to meet up with old friends. Once again, my plea to help save the March me meet is for each of us to go and immediately make a room reservation for next March. Thanks for this consideration, Bruce


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(@bruce-b-blackwood)
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Joined: 4 months ago
Posts: 15
17/07/2020 1:05 am  
  • Hello fellow O scale 2 Railers,
     
    Gang, looks like I got part of the message wrong. Just received an update from the group sponsoring the meet.  “If we cancel the meet, all rooms ARE refundable.  However, I'm sure the hotel will allow anybody to keep their rooms if they wish.”      So there’s even less risk as I see it now and very little reason not to book a room.

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