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  Old  August 2nd, 2009, 10:53am     #16
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Question for Bob Mennell
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Bob, was wondering who your committee was planning to have as a guest speaker(s)?

Thought it might be a great idea to invite various representatives from the sweeps judging agencies in the Minneapolis area to have a panel discussion with Q&A about how they conduct a sweepstakes promotion, especially the drawings ... and their views of the sweeper community.

There are lots of J/A's in your neck of the woods who might be willing to make a day trip to the convention to share information with us.

Would love to hear first-hand what they would say.

The exposure to so many sweepers might also help to educate them ... that we are consumers of the products that get promoted in the sweeps they administer, and not just a bunch of "professional" sweepers who are prize junkies.

I can provide a list of J/A's in Minnesota if you need it.

Thanks for any consideration of this idea.

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  Old  August 3rd, 2009, 2:06pm     #17
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Question for Bob Mennell
Host, 2010 Convention

Bob, was wondering who your committee was planning to have as a guest speaker(s)?

Thought it might be a great idea to invite various representatives from the sweeps judging agencies in the Minneapolis area to have a panel discussion with Q&A about how they conduct a sweepstakes promotion, especially the drawings ... and their views of the sweeper community.

There are lots of J/A's in your neck of the woods who might be willing to make a day trip to the convention to share information with us.

Would love to hear first-hand what they would say.

The exposure to so many sweepers might also help to educate them ... that we are consumers of the products that get promoted in the sweeps they administer, and not just a bunch of "professional" sweepers who are prize junkies.

I can provide a list of J/A's in Minnesota if you need it.

Thanks for any consideration of this idea.


hey, Bob has a facebook page!
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  Old  August 3rd, 2009, 2:19pm     #18
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what exactly happens at these conventions?
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  Old  August 4th, 2009, 1:31am     #19
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  Old  August 15th, 2009, 2:56pm     #20
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OK ... I now see that the Convention web-site's schedule of events does identify the guest speakers. However there appears to be time set aside on the last day for a possible Q&A panel session by sweeps J/A's. Hope that can happen.

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  Old  August 15th, 2009, 3:09pm     #21
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  Old  August 17th, 2009, 11:28am     #22
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can someone please explain what the convention is all about
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  Old  August 17th, 2009, 3:23pm     #23
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can someone please explain what the convention is all about

it is total insanity!
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  Old  August 17th, 2009, 4:15pm     #24
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seems like noone really knows with the answers im getting.
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  Old  August 17th, 2009, 7:49pm     #25
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can someone please explain what the convention is all about
A national level sweepstakes convention is held annually, and hosted by one or more sweeps clubs located in a large city.

Attendees usually number in the 600-1200 range. They are held in large hotels that can provide the meeting facilities required of a large group. Rooms within the main hotel and other nearby hotels are usually offered at a discount price and reserved for convention go'ers.

Registration fees are typically in the $200 per person range for the 4-5 day period. This includes free breakfasts and a lunch/dinner. Dress attire is always casual. There are also side-trips organized to other events taking place in the city while the convention is underway that don't interfere with convention activities.

Among the advantages of going to a convention are the opportunities to meet and make friends who share a common interest, win prizes, see a new city and learn more about sweepstaking.

One of the best things about a convention, in addition to developing new sweeper friends and learning about the hobby, is the opportunity to win prizes. The convention hosts make sure that nearly everyone comes away with a nice prize, often more than can be carried back on a plane ... things like laptop computers, GPS units, cameras, etc, ... as well as lots and lots of stamps and pre-paid postcards.

You can learn some interesting things in the sessions. There are several guest speakers who provide unique insights on the sweepstaking hobby. There are fellow sweepers who share stories of their most fantastic wins, providing inspiration to attendees. You can get lots of inspiration and sweeping tips from hearing how people have won multiple cars...trips...large cash prizes.

You can meet some wonderful people who have the same interest and keep in touch with them throughout the year.
You can find some really cool products (and prizes) in the vendor rooms. Lots of sweeps vendors are present who sell items such as decorated envelopes and postcards, organizer supplies, decorating supplies, books on sweeping, etc.

You can see a part of the country you might never have gone to. Conventions are held in large metropolitan areas that have a lot of tourist attractions, and they are always held during good weather periods.

Even if you say "I won't know anyone there" ... that might be true, but after the mixer on Thursday night or the first session on Friday, you'll have lots of new friends!

Here are past and future convention sites:

1990 - Lansing, MI ... 1991 - Clemson, SC ... 1992 - Arlington, TX ... 1993 - Annapolis, MD ... 1994 - Indianapolis, IN ... 1995 - San Diego, CA ... 1996 - Nashville, TN ... 1997 - Naperville, IL ... 1998 - New Orleans, LA ... 1999 - Arlington, TX ... 2000 - Bahamas Cruise Convention ... 2001 - Orlando, FL ... 2002 - Louisville, KY ... 2003 - Baltimore, MD ... 2004 - San Diego, CA ... 2005 - Moline, IL ... 2006 - Scottsdale, AZ ... 2007 - Dearborn, MI ... 2008 - San Antonio, TX ... 2009 - Manchester, NH ... 2010 - Minneapolis, MN ... 2011 - Ft. Wayne, IN

So if you've never been to a national convention, sign up for the 2010 convention. You'll enjoy it.

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  Old  August 20th, 2009, 5:03pm     #26
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  Old  August 26th, 2009, 9:58pm     #27
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I always seem to be more motivated to enter sweeps after I've been the to convention!
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  Old  August 27th, 2009, 6:22pm     #28
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Yeah! Right in my backyard! LOL. Yippee!

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  Old  August 27th, 2009, 6:32pm     #29
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A national level sweepstakes convention is held annually, and hosted by one or more sweeps clubs located in a large city.

Attendees usually number in the 600-1200 range. They are held in large hotels that can provide the meeting facilities required of a large group. Rooms within the main hotel and other nearby hotels are usually offered at a discount price and reserved for convention go'ers.

Registration fees are typically in the $200 per person range for the 4-5 day period. This includes free breakfasts and a lunch/dinner. Dress attire is always casual. There are also side-trips organized to other events taking place in the city while the convention is underway that don't interfere with convention activities.

Among the advantages of going to a convention are the opportunities to meet and make friends who share a common interest, win prizes, see a new city and learn more about sweepstaking.

One of the best things about a convention, in addition to developing new sweeper friends and learning about the hobby, is the opportunity to win prizes. The convention hosts make sure that nearly everyone comes away with a nice prize, often more than can be carried back on a plane ... things like laptop computers, GPS units, cameras, etc, ... as well as lots and lots of stamps and pre-paid postcards.

You can learn some interesting things in the sessions. There are several guest speakers who provide unique insights on the sweepstaking hobby. There are fellow sweepers who share stories of their most fantastic wins, providing inspiration to attendees. You can get lots of inspiration and sweeping tips from hearing how people have won multiple cars...trips...large cash prizes.

You can meet some wonderful people who have the same interest and keep in touch with them throughout the year.
You can find some really cool products (and prizes) in the vendor rooms. Lots of sweeps vendors are present who sell items such as decorated envelopes and postcards, organizer supplies, decorating supplies, books on sweeping, etc.

You can see a part of the country you might never have gone to. Conventions are held in large metropolitan areas that have a lot of tourist attractions, and they are always held during good weather periods.

Even if you say "I won't know anyone there" ... that might be true, but after the mixer on Thursday night or the first session on Friday, you'll have lots of new friends!

Here are past and future convention sites:

1990 - Lansing, MI ... 1991 - Clemson, SC ... 1992 - Arlington, TX ... 1993 - Annapolis, MD ... 1994 - Indianapolis, IN ... 1995 - San Diego, CA ... 1996 - Nashville, TN ... 1997 - Naperville, IL ... 1998 - New Orleans, LA ... 1999 - Arlington, TX ... 2000 - Bahamas Cruise Convention ... 2001 - Orlando, FL ... 2002 - Louisville, KY ... 2003 - Baltimore, MD ... 2004 - San Diego, CA ... 2005 - Moline, IL ... 2006 - Scottsdale, AZ ... 2007 - Dearborn, MI ... 2008 - San Antonio, TX ... 2009 - Manchester, NH ... 2010 - Minneapolis, MN ... 2011 - Ft. Wayne, IN

So if you've never been to a national convention, sign up for the 2010 convention. You'll enjoy it.

Now Madamzuzu can relax!
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  Old  August 30th, 2009, 9:13am     #30
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WOW I SO need to meet some of you. I've never been to a sweeps convention but this one is 30 minutes away from home! Score!
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