Why am I writing a check?

Wait, Laura, why are you writing a check for registration for The Map Ahead: F.E.A.S.T. Symposium in Old Town Alexandria, November 3-4 2011?

Aren't you the Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T.? Why don't you get a discount, or free registration? Shouldn't you get in free?

Well, here's the thing. I am paying because that's what it costs to feed me and pay my share of the costs of the conference. We don't have sponsors, or advertisers, or exhibitors - because F.E.A.S.T. is committed to financial independence from service providers. We don't have an endowment. F.E.A.S.T. is entirely paid for by individual donations by our members and those funds pay for F.E.A.S.T., not for any of us to be part of this conference. Even our speakers are paying their own way. We've calculated the charges for this conference to be pretty much exactly what the event costs us to put on: food, supplies, insurance. No profit, no charging our members.

We have calculated in a discount for parents, though, and I'm taking that!

The Early Bird Rate for the conference ends June 1. If you've registered already, please send your check to F.E.A.S.T. or go to the DONATE page on the site to pay. (sorry, you can't log back in and pay there, but we'll make sure it's reconciled.


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