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Free Republic | August 18, 2002 | Auntie Mame

Posted on 08/18/2002 5:18:22 PM PDT by Auntie Mame

Dear Freepers:

I just returned from the First Annual Free Republic Network Convention in Las Vegas.

The Free Republic Network Cruise last October was the most fun I've ever had in my whole life. The Free Republic Network Conference I just attended was the most informative and inspiring two days I've ever had in my whole life.

The Free Republic Network is stretching its muscle, not by talk, but by action. The Free Republic forum is liberty's college. The Free Republic Network is liberty's workplace.

If you attended, please use this thread to post your observations, comments and highlights of the conference. I will give mine below. But before I do, I'd like to take this time to thank Bob Johnson and the FRN board for putting on this conference. It's hard for me to find the words to adequately describe how great this experience was--and how much I learned.


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To: Jeff Head
Every organization or movement needs heroes from which to draw inpiration and guidence. For FR, you are one of those persons. Thank you for the road map.
151 posted on 08/19/2002 6:18:54 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
...........out in the local press.

Not likely, the majors own the minors, we need alternative press.

152 posted on 08/19/2002 6:24:41 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill
I disagree. I believe the local press is one of the best opportunities we have to effect significant and lasting change.
153 posted on 08/19/2002 6:32:17 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: OneidaM; Auntie Mame
Thanks, Oneida! I just hate to see a beautiful thread go to the dogs. I shan't be a part of it.

We learned so much. My gosh, my head is still spinning. And Auntie Mame has said everything with such aplomb. She is a wonderful, albeit a character, person. I do believe this woman could move pyramids if called upon.

154 posted on 08/19/2002 6:41:48 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: Harrison Bergeron
I think the parts of this "message" equation that you may be missing is three fold: 1) The average American is no where near as informed as us activists and political junkies; 2) Many times you have but moments to get your particular message out; 3) The media leaning left as it does can and will misrepresent your message if overly long. That's why media releases are short and concise.

Lewis's point was that in today's soundbite society you have to frame your message of the moment in a positive manner that the lowest common denominator can understand and see tangible benefits. It's unfortunate and even sad, but that's the state of the 21st Century American mentality.

I've been saying for years that we should utilize some of the liberals playbook in getting our issues/messages out to the public. Being media, politica, and cultural savvy is not comprising out principles. We don't "repeat the lie", we "repeat the truth".

155 posted on 08/19/2002 6:41:58 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: Bob J
Take a look at the demographics in the Boston area, outside of the Irish and Italian areas, you can't a protest notice published, you can't even get the VFW and the Legion off of their asses until they check in with their political masters.
156 posted on 08/19/2002 6:42:34 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Bob J; dittomom
I totally agree with you on that issue, BobJ. We need to get the local press interested in what we are doing.

Maybe here in AZ we've relied upon Dittomom too much in that area. Dang, she knows everyone. I sure missed her at this event.

157 posted on 08/19/2002 6:45:07 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: A Navy Vet
"frame your message of the moment in a positive manner that the lowest common denominator can understand and see tangible benefits"

If you use more than 5 letters in a word, 7 words in a sentence, or 2 sentences in a paragraph you have exceded the inteligence of 98% of the population.
158 posted on 08/19/2002 6:48:58 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: A Navy Vet; Bob J; All
Oops, I should have read further in. All I did was repeat earlier posts.
159 posted on 08/19/2002 6:49:09 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: dalereed
"If you use more than 5 letters in a word, 7 words in a sentence, or 2 sentences in a paragraph you have exceded the inteligence of 98% of the population."

Great! That means I'm in the upper percentile because of the run-on sentences I write.

Good seeing ya again, Dale.

160 posted on 08/19/2002 6:51:53 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: Slip18
Keep up the good work Slip!! You are doing fine.
161 posted on 08/19/2002 6:52:56 PM PDT by Neets
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To: Little Bill
How do we fix it?
162 posted on 08/19/2002 7:10:53 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: A Navy Vet
Hmmm. I thought you were using repetition and simplicity...heheh.
163 posted on 08/19/2002 7:12:14 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: dalereed
...you have exceded the inteligence of 98% of the population.

I woulf rather believe it to be the "attention span".

I still have hope...

164 posted on 08/19/2002 7:14:05 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: Slip18
Dittomom is a jewel in the diadem of FR. She originally was registered, but a conflict arose. No matter where we are or what we do, she is always with us.
165 posted on 08/19/2002 7:16:34 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: Auntie Mame; Bob J; diotima; The Shrew; Skeet; Peacerose
My observations were:

CLASS ACT: This event was so spectacular! Everyone was in their place early, and they were organized. I also noticed the "leaders" or Board members of FRN, were very actively involved - instead of just sitting around shooting the breeze and expecting others to take care of things for them.

CHARACTER: Yes, character does count. The people I met at the conference were exactly what I hoped for. They were kind, thoughtful, respectful, etc. I was very impressed with the honor given to Jim Robinson ... and it was always spontaneous.

SINGLE LADIES: I am addressing this issue because, as a single woman, I am increasingly aware of the safety issue. I rarely go to events by myself. Now, I may be missing out on a lot, but that's the breaks. What I would say to all the single lady Freepers out there is this: don't stay away from these events because you are single. The men here are very special - they have CHARACTER. I was treated with the utmost respect at all times, and at no time was I hit upon; nor were there any off color jokes or remarks made. I actually only heard one comment about the FR ladies - someone said we were "lovely" - hey, that beats being called an old hag any day.

CHAPTER LEADERS: Where were YOU?? You all needed to be there to network with other Chapter leaders and members, and to hear this information so you could take it back to your Chapter and teach your team how to be more effective activists. Remember who our fight is really with - LIBERALS - these people will say or do ANYTHING - surely we can put aside our petty differences to pull together to get our country back on the right track. Ronald Reagan said, "There is nothing wrong with America that Americans cannot fix".

DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS: On my office wall is a picture of the Blue Angels. It's a picture I particularly enjoy because I have lived near Miramar (Marine Corp Air Station) for 18 years and have watched the Blue Angels perform many times. Underneath the picture is a statement which always encourages me. It says: "When a team of DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS makes a committment to ACT AS ONE ... the sky's the limit". This is what FR needs to realize - it needs to ACT AS ONE. I really think we can do this - we just have to focus on the goal - putting OUR government back the way it should be. We will not be able to do this if we spend all our energy on fighting with each other. We need to learn that ACTING AS ONE does not destroy our individuality.

EXCELLENCE: Everything about this conference was done with excellence. The rooms were very nice. The organization of the meeting was well planned and executed. The FOOD - oh my!! There was no such thing as rubber chicken at this event. My personal favorite was the banquet. I picked an entre of white fish wrapped around fresh spinach - which was then baked in some kind of wonderful sauce. Along with that was a rice dish with fresh peas. This was amazing food. And ... the deserts - well, let's just not even go there - I already gained back the 2 pounds I lost the week before.

My congratulations to the entire Board of Free Republic Network. You deserve a very long and loud round of applause for this event.

OOOOOPS!!: Almost forgot the problems - the first problem I had was with the alarm clock. You had to have a degree in alarmology in order to operate this equipment ... However, ripping the battery out of the back, did seem to solve the problem. Who says women aren't mechanical!! Then, I found myself at the airport with 3 hours to kill. Fortunately, I found a great bookstore. Guess what book I found prominently displayed?? Ann Counter's "Slander". Of course, I snatched up a copy. Needless to say, I kept most of the passengers entertained with my laughter.

Well FREEPERS, it was great meeting so many of you. And ... I am so looking forward to the next meeting - CPAC!!
168 posted on 08/19/2002 7:38:38 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: CyberAnt
It was a great pleasure for me to get to meet you as well. Speaking only for myself, I believe that most of the single gents such as myself were wearing our "company manners" for the simple reason that the ladies of FR deserve every ounce of respect that we can muster. If that is character, then so be it. In my case, I believe it was simply because I didn't know you that well, and I generally only talk smack and get rude with those I know well ;)

You were a big part of the reason I had so much fun. Hope we can do it again.

169 posted on 08/19/2002 7:54:42 PM PDT by strela
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To: CyberAnt
Wow! Outstanding report. Really really good. I don't think I got to meet you. So many freepers, so little time. We'll have to make it a point to introduce ourselves next year. And that's a promise!
171 posted on 08/19/2002 8:00:57 PM PDT by Auntie Mame
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To: one_particular_harbour
Oh puhleeze. I saw that Franklin you had pulled out, ready to sacrifice to the blackjack ghods on Sunday. I ended up sacrificing the few I brought mostly to the baccarat and roulette ghods myself ... ;)

I have to shamefacedly admit that my biggest single score of the entire weekend was at a slot machine at McCarran Airport, of all places. I was just burning up a few quarters waiting on my flight when I hit 4 aces. BANG - 250 bucks worth of quarters (that's a thousand if you're from Rio Linda). The place went nuts, and I paid for the hotel room with one pull of the handle. Go figure.

Dude, I would hang with you any time. You did good.

172 posted on 08/19/2002 8:05:27 PM PDT by strela
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To: Harrison Bergeron
My impression is you took Matt's statement out of context. Therefore, because you were not privey to ALLLLLL he had to say, the statement seemed out of line to you. I heard all the statementS about the subject, and I agree with MATT!!
173 posted on 08/19/2002 8:06:57 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: one_particular_harbour
It was a pleasure sharing dinner and speaking with you at the awards banquet. I hope you don't mind my telling tales out of school so to speak. You really gave the entire room a great laugh, and as you are obviously someone who loves to laugh, I didn't think you would mind.

Would you like to share what you and WIMom were talking about when you were so rudely interrupted by the speaker? I wanted to ask you but the evening ran away from me.

And one more thing, do you think we should tell the freepers what Chuck Muth actually said about the abortion issue? Do you think they want to know? I've noticed no one's actually asked.

174 posted on 08/19/2002 8:09:52 PM PDT by Auntie Mame
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To: Interesting Times
You are so right - it was a facinating spectacle. I especially enjoyed it when AnnaZ screamed out my screename as though I was her long lost friend. It was a memory I will treasure forever.
175 posted on 08/19/2002 8:11:01 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Auntie Mame; Bob J; diotima; dalereed; CyberAnt; Jeff Head; lowbridge; Syncro; LurkerNoMore!; ...
I made it home and I'm totally bushed. Thank you for the wonderful FRN event. I am very happy to have been able to make it and learn so much about organized activism. I'll definitely make it next year too!

Thanks again, and it was a pleasure meeting so many FReepers I hadn't met before.
176 posted on 08/19/2002 8:13:12 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: strela
I was just burning up a few quarters waiting on my flight when I hit 4 aces. BANG - 250 bucks worth of quarters (that's a thousand if you're from Rio Linda).

Congrats you lucky duck you!

177 posted on 08/19/2002 8:15:13 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
I wish somebody had taken a picture of my face - total shock. I didn't begrudge a single penny of what I spent (and it wasn't that much thanks to the sandwich shoppe across the street from TI and the fact that I'm a cheap b****** at heart), but that was the icing on the cake.

(I'll be going to the next event, even if I have to put my cats in hock).

178 posted on 08/19/2002 8:18:31 PM PDT by strela
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To: Auntie Mame
Suggestion? Can we have a conference in Florida? Maybe Orlando?? On land? No cruise??? :)
179 posted on 08/19/2002 8:27:52 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: CyberAnt
Sheeeesh - Counter = Coulter!!

It's the thought that counts!!
180 posted on 08/19/2002 8:41:50 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: strela
"You were a big part of the reason I had so much fun"

Thank you Strela! Ditto from me too!!
181 posted on 08/19/2002 8:44:43 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Fred Mertz
Great to see you again bro. Please tell SLB hi for me when you see him.

Until next time ... best FRegards!

182 posted on 08/19/2002 8:45:06 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: The Shrew
"It was great seeing you at the conference"

It was great seeing you too - after all our conversations about the interview.
183 posted on 08/19/2002 8:55:30 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Slip18; Bob J
So sorry I couldn't make this trip - I knew I was gonna miss somethin' great! Glad I finally caught up with this thread so I could hear the reactions of the attendees. So pleased to see that folks enjoyed it and are encouraging everyone not to miss the next one!

Slip, we'll have to get the Arizona troops together again soon and share more of what you learned at FRiva.

184 posted on 08/19/2002 9:40:01 PM PDT by dittomom
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To: Jeff Head
What an honor to be able to meet you and the rest of the Freepers in LV. Such inspirational stories of courage and fortitude! It is with gratitude that I bear a torch for this great Republic of ours. I am keeping all of the wonderful people I met this weekend in my prayers and my heart.
185 posted on 08/19/2002 9:40:28 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: Bob J
It was a pleasure to meet you this weekend! What are your thoughts about Human Events? Thank you in advance.
186 posted on 08/19/2002 9:42:59 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: CyberAnt
What incredible fun and so educational, too. So many dear people and lovely memories! The events of this weekend are still a whirl in my mind!

The training from the Leadership Institute was first rate. It's a wonder my head didn't explode! I especially enjoyed: "The Real Nature of Politics and Politicians" and "Developing a Message that Works". And Chuck Muth - what a character!

Everything at the awards dinner was so nice. The food was good and the room looked great. I think my favorite part was the video presentation - Bravo for Anymouse and lowbridge!

My next favorite part was the Eagle awards, if I do say so myself. Bravo, too, for CCRM and FRiends!

I hope we have ten times as many FReepers next year. Congratulations, diotima, BobJ, et al, for putting on a high quality event!
187 posted on 08/19/2002 9:43:34 PM PDT by Peacerose
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To: CyberAnt
I hope to see you again at the next event. There was not enough time to sit and talk with you. I would love to hear your stories. It was wonderful to meet so many FReeper women! Until next time...
188 posted on 08/19/2002 9:47:57 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: My Favorite Headache
Can we have a conference in Florida? Maybe Orlando??

Sounds good to me. But you better ask BobJ. I don't have any say so on matters like these.

You might want to go to the Leadership Institute's web site and sign up for their newsletter or write them and ask when they will have seminars in your area. I cannot emphasize how powerful their training sessions were at the conference. Apparently they give seminars and training sessions all over the country. I left my email address with the request that I be notified when they're in my area.

Hope to see you in Florida some time soon!

189 posted on 08/19/2002 9:49:03 PM PDT by Auntie Mame
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To: Rollee
The honor and privelege as all mine. Thank you for being there and for your own efforts on behalf of our Republic all of our liberties.

The more of us who become involved and engaged ... in whatefver capacity as long as it is a sincere and committed effort based on the foundational principles of our Republic (Constitution, Bill of Rights, liberty based on a strong moral foundation, etc.) ... the more ground we will gain and the safer we will vouchsafe our liberties.

190 posted on 08/19/2002 9:57:30 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Auntie Mame; strela; CyberAnt
Your conference reports are so filled with excitement and "after-glow"; it's been a pleasure to read them!
191 posted on 08/19/2002 9:59:33 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Libertina
That is kind of you to say. As for me, my writing skills are inadequate to convey how much fun I really had at this event. This is the second time in my life I have literally dropped everything and went on a trip like this pretty much on faith (I attended a CNN conference in Atlanta when I was working for them on their chat side), but it won't be the last time.
192 posted on 08/19/2002 10:05:44 PM PDT by strela
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To: Jeff Head
One thing that struck me is that even though we all hail from different locales the basic issues we face are all the same. We must keep our Constitution strong and free from erosion. We also need to reach out to others and get them to join us. I have definite plans for getting involved in my community. Living a good life by doing the right thing and reaching out is a good antidote for liberalism. I am so inspired after this weekend. The time went much too fast! I look forward to meeting you again. Until that time, take care, and God bless you.
193 posted on 08/19/2002 10:09:21 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: Auntie Mame
Yes, we did - at the registration table when the Friday night event started - but you were so busy with the registration table that we never really got a chance to talk much. I'm sorry about that. Next time!!
194 posted on 08/19/2002 10:13:40 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Rollee
I agree Rollee - everyone of us has an interesting story to tell about how we got to FR. I look forward to see you again at another event!!
195 posted on 08/19/2002 10:20:45 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Peacerose
Sorry, Peacerose, I forgot to mention your award for CCRM. Very well deserved too! I hope to see you again at another event.
196 posted on 08/19/2002 10:22:06 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: strela; Bob J; diotima
Well you picked a good event to drop everything for, Strela. BUMP to Diotima and Bob J who just get better and better at this. :)
197 posted on 08/19/2002 10:22:18 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Jeff Head
It was fantastic to finally meet you. God bless.
198 posted on 08/19/2002 10:24:28 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: Fred Mertz
that is so cool that so many of you all got to go.. Fred, I would love to meet you and so many others. :)

199 posted on 08/19/2002 10:27:20 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8
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To: CyberAnt
Why are there no pictures? We all keep asking, were you all camera shy?
200 posted on 08/19/2002 10:29:05 PM PDT by ladyinred
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