for us i think people have been used to for the last 2 decades attending a local DC (some were 2 hours away in PA and took daily busses) so i think they liked the idea of something different, but now they are figuring out how to do it. there are not any closer, i think indianapolis is the other one, and not sure of how far east the next one is , maybe philly or baltimore. but i know even we are having second thoughts of spending the money on a hotel, we may stay with friends in the area. i know at my hall 75 percent are living paycheck to paycheck or less, and no one is wealthy. so it is a burden, and a hassle compared to what we have done for years. heck i even come home for lunch to let the dog out.
the letter was just striking that they mentioned the "empty hotel rooms , plenty of rooms, waiting to book" a few times and how it was going to screw the org in the future.
i miss us having 4 weekends to pick and choose to go ... now we have 2 weeks in detroit..june and july..