SOTA 11 June 2017

Hi Everyone,

Lots of news again this issue. Having trouble knowing where to begin in fact….

Hotel WiFi

As mentioned last time, I DID visit the hotel and they appear to be ready for us. The wifi has been upgraded and my roommate had no problems whatsoever with it. I didn’t bring my laptop, so obviously I didn’t have complaints either, but since we were in the same room, I would say the problem is resolved.

Hotel Food

There was MUCH discussion of food, and I will begin working on the menu shortly. Meanwhile, I have noted that we are not the first group to complain about the salt issue. The chef has been put on  salt rationing and I hope this problem will be resolved too.

As for the roast beef, I am exploring options, but the easiest option might be not to HAVE roast beef. I’ll keep you posted.

As for you vegans, you need to contact me so I know how many of you there are. If there are enough, we will have a vegan buffet option and Dawn Silver has offered to help me with this, since I am a carnivore. If there aren’t enough vegans, they we will look for a nice vegetarian option for the buffet instead and you vegans will get special meals (though if there are things on the buffet that work for you, you can take those too.

Please remember, however, that not EVERYONE is vegetarian or vegan. We try to please everyone, but right now the carnivores outnumber the vegetarians. And we DO have a budget. So don’t expect a totally vegetarian meal. And you vegetarians could help me by letting me know if you’re vegetarian. Should there be a vegetarian majority, we will alter the menu accordingly. Otherwise, it will be one GOOD main, plus salad and rice or potatoes and other veggies.

Opening Ceremonies – Please RSVP

And still on the subject of food, if you are planning on attending the Opening Ceremonies and keynote, it will be necessary to preregister for it. We sometimes have tickets available at the door, but this is only in the event of cancellation so I wouldn’t be counting on that if I were you.

Once the day comes, all I can order for extra  food is things like chips and pretzels. And we want everyone to have decent food. So be forewarned on that one and reserve early. Note that if you have a deluxe package or are a vendor (one vendor per table) or staff you are already reserved for this.

If you have a full package, single day(s) or pre-conferences, you are not. And yes, you can come for just the opening if you want to, but again you have to reserve.

Featured Speaker: David Cochrane

…And what will you be missing if you don’t attend? Aside from the food, there will be a WONDERFUL keynote with David Cochrane. David was one of our more popular speakers last year. This lecture will be light (as befits an opening reception) but also thought-provoking. Just in case you missed it the first time, here it is again.

The Astrologer’s Journey: Roller Coasters and Merry-Go-Rounds

David will share with us how his passion for astrology has resulted in a life-long roller coaster ride. On the other hand, some astrologers are enjoying a pleasant ride on a merry-go-round. David illustrates his points with humorous stories that also have some serious implications for how we can best pursue astrology and best serve our clients.

Hotel – Reserve Your Room NOW

And speaking of the hotel, this would be a good time to reserve your room. As you know, we do not get a large block of rooms, and once they are gone they are gone. So call the hotel at 1-800-323-3331 NOW and tell them you’re with SOTA.

Divination Night

Meanwhile, somebody asked me what has happened to the mediums. Well, we have had mediums every year for the last 5 years or so. Maybe longer. And there are other forms of divination. So this year we thought we’d feature some of those — runes (Franco), dukkering (Emmajay Paterson), tarot (John Marani), gemstone oracle (Dawn Silver), crystal ball (Patty Mac),  Cassandra Butler (topic TBA), numerology (Judy Conkel) and more.

We would be happy to add a medium to this list if one would like to volunteer (you know who you are). And if any of you have other talents not listed here and would like to share them, let me know. Face reading? Tea leaf reading? Handwriting analysis?

I bet a LOT of you have interesting skills. And while you DO have to do approximately 8 10-minute readings at no charge, this gets your skills out there and in fact, we will save a space in the trade room for those who are asked to do readings during the rest of the conference.

Additionally, we’re working on a system so that people can get a second reading that night for a small fee. So don’t be shy. Volunteer. Let people know about your talents! And become a bigger part of the SOTA community. Drop me a note if you’re interested, huh? And no, you don’t have to be a speaker to do this; you just have to have a skill…

Volunteer – we can’t do this without you!

OK, I hope I’ve given you some things to think about — and I hope to hear from some of you about food, divination night, or anything else you might want to talk about — including topics and possible speakers for 2018.

We are a community, and in a community people work together to make things happen. For example, we now have 2 new monitors — Winston and Dina Knocton. This didn’t happen because I knew them. It happened because another monitor — Marina George — knew them and asked if they’d be interested.

People like Marina are worth their weight in gold. And people like Franco, who is game for everything. And people like Dawn Silver, who has been hugely helpful on many fronts. This, folks, is how things happen. And yes, it’s a bit of work for you, but the satisfaction of seeing things happen can be great.

I can’t do this single-handedly. Nor can Pam or Sara or Wendy. They all have their own work to do — and right now Wendy is standing with a baseball bat, ready to ward off hackers.

So give it some thought, huh? And get in touch if appropriate.

Meanwhile, have a good week!

Best,

Donna