Skip to comments.FR Southeastern Regional Convention, Orlando, 4/25/09
Posted on 03/29/2009 8:18:30 AM PDT by Roos_Girl
Make sure to check out our ongoing thread for updates about the Regional Convention being held in Orlando on April 25. The convention will be at the spectacular Gaylord Palms hotel and we've gotten a group rate of just $99/night on guest rooms. Updated information will be posted Monday on how to make your reservations.
RG, Convention Chair
Is there a website or main post that describes the timing and what is happening there, etc.?
Hi Woebama! I know Roos_girl is extra busy so will jump in to answer your question. More infor and details will be coming and Monday the room registration info.
We had another thread (link below) but this thread was started to be more up to date. As the other thread went on, we Freepers threw in some other subjects like we always do. Even I was the one who started some “chicken talk”!:)
Keep this thread bookmarked and spread the link to your friends as the up to date info will be posted here. Hope to meet you in Orlando! :)
Driving instructions will follow ASAP. The agenda and speaker for the event is still a work in progress and this data will be posted when it's ready.
There'll also be some dandy photos of the venue, the Gaylord Palms hotel. Wow, what a place to have a convention....and the group price per room Roos negotiated is a fantastic bargain.
Bookmark this thread so you can get to it easily and keep up on what's going on. Most questions can be answered by scrolling back.
Freepers who have committed to registering are listed on the Roos_Girl profile page.
Also listed are the screen names of the generous donors who are helping with the peripheral expenses associated with putting on an effective freeper convention. These folks are sensitive to the needs of this event and we are so grateful.
This thread is also listed at the bottom of the "latest posts" pages under "Activism/Chapters". It's titled "FR Southeastern Regional Convention, Orlando, 4/25/09". This is a link that will take you right to this thread as it moves along.
I hope to meet you up close and personal at this convention, Woebama. You'll have a rewarding experience, I guarantee you.
Plus, I want to tell you how much I love your screen name....good one!
Obommie's a commie
But Orlandy is dandy!
There seems to be a lot of interest in finding a conservative candidate to support in opposition to Charlie Crist’s run for the Florida Senate seat in 2010. Would y’all be interested in inviting some of the candidates that have expressed an interest in running against him in the primary? If so, who would you invite? I think we could fit in a couple of them with each getting 15 - 20 minutes to tell us about themselves and answer questions.
This could be interesting at least we wouldn’t hand pick the questions ahead of time...but I am not sure 15 minutes would be enough for them to be inspired to attend.
Also NO TELEPROMPTERS
Hmmm...meant 15 - 20 minutes for them to talk and then probably another 15 - 20 minutes for questions.
yeah that could work. they should bring their prepared earmarks for us to review so we can see how we will personally benefit..LOL...just kidding.
Thanks for the clarification.
Have no idea if he is interested in running for governor, but I would enjoy hearing Congressman Cliff Stearns speak
If this is decided, I would want ONLY candidates we invite to be checked out first for their “conservativeness”. If they have a record to check, that is. I personally do not want to listen to any RINO. I have supported enough of them and sorry I did. Will no more!
I do not know who has stated they are running for Governor. Who is? Guess I have been out of the loop on that. Do know that Marion Thorpe is running for the Martinez Senate seat. Now he would be a good one to invite. That is if everyone is for opening part of the meeting to somewhat of a candidate forum.
What about this previous Fla Sen prez Rubio? Even Dems that I know [if that isn't heresy] said they were impressed with the guy. I think scuttlebutt destines him for Governor, but we can invite him and see what he has to say... someone from Miami know how to contact the fellow?
My original post was only regarding Martinez’s senate seat that he’ll be leaving in 2010, not governor.
Agreed, anyone that is suggested should have:
1. a record that can be reviewed.
2. a conservative record.
My thinking about it more brought me back to the goal of getting organized throughout the state and southeast region. Once that is accomplished we should be able to have a candidate forum with VERY MANY folks there to hear the candidates speak and take questions. An event like that takes advanced planning too but I envision FR being the sponsor and opening the forum to other conservative groups.
Just my thoughts! :)
Sure looking forward to the 25th, and thank you again for all you are doing! Jean
My mistake! Wasn’t reading carefully! Thanks!:)
I think its too early to invite candidates for US Senate. A year from now will be different.
Great idea y’all!!
Anyone interested in protesting the GE annual shareholder meeting on April 22 in Orlando!!!
We need to stop them!
I am also looking forward to meeting you and I certainly ditto what MinuteGal said! I honor those who reach out to our wonderful military with their time and support!
I didn’t get the info from the hotel today regarding making reservations, but I expect it tomorrow or Wednesday. As soon as I get it I’m going to Freep mail everyone that has told me they’re interested in a room with the info.
I’m also going to post all the other info that everyone will need regarding the hotel; address, directions, etc. I’ll ping the entire Florida list when I’ve posted the info.
Do we have a couple of people that would be willing to be our official Orlando Historians and be in charge of keeping notes on what we discuss and any resolutions we come to?
Great question! I can tell you the list is pretty thin at the moment.
Charlie Bronson's planning to run for Guv...
As a reminder, this is the venue where our Regional Convention will be held:
The room rate for our Conventioneers is $99/night (this rate includes the resort fee), plus 14% tax for single or double occupancy. There will be an additional $12/day, plus tax, self parking fee or $20/day, plus tax, valet parking fee. The hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at 11am. The Gaylord Palms is a smoke-free hotel, so all guest rooms are non-smoking. Before you have a panic attack, I will be scheduling in breaks during the day so whoever needs to can get their nicotine, snack, exercise fix without missing any of the fun.
Here is a link to a map to help you get to the Gaylord Palms. Click on the blue locator balloon to input your starting address and get driving directions. If you have a GPS, the address is: 6000 W. Osceola Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34746 407-586-0000
If theres any information that you need that isnt above or in the mail I sent you (if youre staying overnight) let me know!
I also should mention that the hotel is extending that rate to us for the 3 days prior to and 3 days after the Convention.
Reservations must be made by April 17! If you didn’t get a Freep mail from me and want to make reservations let me know immediately.
Looks like a great hotel and a great rate!
I haven’t been to this hotel, but hear fantastic things about it. The pictures certainly are incredible.
And yes, the rate they’re extending us is phenomenal; normal rates for the night of the convention is $229.
You should scoot on over and join us!
Remember this convention is for Floridians, Georginians, Alabamibians, and Carolininians.
It's so fast and easy to drive to Orlando. Like ancient Rome, all roads lead there. The hotel is right off I-4. Even I will be able to find it immediately, and that's something!
Make a mini-vacation out of this trip. You can't beat the rate. You don't even have to leave the hotel for entertainment.
There's a great agenda in the works. You'll meet all the faces behind the intriguing freeper screen names!
If you're single, there's loads of single freepers coming. You'll feel at home immediately with all these folks It's like coming to a family reunion. Ask any freeper who's been on a freeper fund-raising cruise.
What a weekend you can have....you won't want to go home, I assure you!
He has formed an exploratory committee towards filing for the Senate seat of Martinez. A good biographical thumbnail is available on Wikipedia:
His campaign site is:
He says that if he drops the run for U.S. Senate he may put his eye on governor. He has been a budget hawk, and started his career with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
I haven't yet found a contact address / #, but I am a bit under the weather today... if you or anyone would like to pick up the torch. ;-) FRFeegards, IR
Mica my rep is a good man but I don’t know if he wants the job or not
Contact information on Marco Rubio:
There once was a Freeper named Leni
Of Obama, she'd had more than plenty..
She detests him, oh please..
After all, he was born overseas
As his real birth certificate will prove evidentiary..
So nice to hear from you, Ken5050
As a freeper you're really quite nifty
Your rhyming, though inspired
Should be promptly retired
Stick to freepin' if you get my drifty
Looking forward to meeting you at the convention where we can compare couplets (....oh, oh)
Not only does I resents the alligation, but I resents the alligator...(G) See you in Orlando
Love it! LOL! AND so true!
I reserved for Friday, the 24th and for Saturday, the 25. This hotel is so intriguing, so enticing that I want to be there two days.
The gal I spoke to, Julie, told me the place is fabulous and the rooms are great. The rooms have hair dryers, a safe, a mini fridge, a coffee maker and a lap top computer you can use....and it's free.
She told me the five restaurants range from gourmet to moderate in price/casual in dress. Hamburgers, wings, all the sides, etc. can be enjoyed al fresco on tables near the pool. A wonderful buffet is somewhere.....I'll find it and check it out because I'm arriving a day early to scope everything including the visual wonders we're going to enjoy.
The reservation-making process went as smooth as chocolate cream pie. Our group room rate is as right as President Reagan.
Freepers, for a couple years you've been wanting a meeting or a convention. You've moaned, whined, complained and begged on the state forum. Now it's in the works. Who knows when there'll be another. Don't miss out on this gathering of truly conservative eagles to get to know and to interact with.
Meet the witty, talented, brainy and good lookin' freepers whose posts you've enjoyed forever.
Pick up your phone right now, dial 1-407-586-000 for this fabulous freep. Tell her you're with the Free Republic convention.
You'll be SO happy you called, I guaran-damm-tee ya.
See ya in Orlandy, Mandy! We'll greet you in the lobby, Bobby! Please make that phone call now!
Take a look at the pictures of the hotel rooms I found! Wow! I'm kind of jealous that I won't be staying overnight myself.
Glad you had smooth sailing getting through reservations. Hopefully everyone else is getting theirs done just as easy.
The Key West Room
The Everglades Room
The St. Augustine Room
Were you able to tell them which room theme you wanted when you made reservations??
There are 1,408 rooms in the hotel, by the way.
With functioning free laptops in each of our rooms, some enterprising freepers can report in LIVE to our thread on FR with hour-to-hour commentary!
Except we'll probably be too busy for that....and photos and reports can come when we return home.
Bump for later. Thanks .............. FRegards
“Were you able to tell them which room theme you wanted when you made reservations??”
Hi! My reservation experience was great too! I was offered a room close to the FR Convention conference room for $139 per night, but chose the $99 room just a little bit further away from the conference room. Believe hubby and I will enjoy the little walk to the conference room! :)
I'm 99% sure I'll be there, however, I live close enough I will not need a room.
I checking in to say I won’t be able to make it. I know, it’s only about 3.5 hours from here, but I won’t be able to make it! :(
I will be in Orlando late evening on the 25th, flying home from Kansas for a few days before heading back to Iraq... I would like to meet as many FReepers as possible...