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Old October 11th, 2017, 16:04   #136
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Another

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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ca...98.43436?hl=en
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Old October 11th, 2017, 21:38   #137
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Lightflyer1: Now that's a nice location.

As tomo366 said, the Dorr County location was about as perfect a setting and place to have a group meeting of a bunch of gearheads that you could find.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 09:09   #138
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Here is another closer to Austin and in the San Antonio/Austin corridor.

https://www.tbarmcamps.org/retreats

Many different kinds of rooms available (bunkhouse, hotel, cabins) starting around $115 a night. Only drawback I see is all food/drinks onsite must be provided by them.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 12:50   #139
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...Only drawback I see is all food/drinks onsite must be provided by them.
That's how it has been at the Fests I've attended. The venue's catering service provides the three group meals - Meet & Greet, Guest Speaker Breakfast, and Awards Banquet. You're on your own for all other meals.
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Old October 14th, 2017, 08:18   #140
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That's how it has been at the Fests I've attended. The venue's catering service provides the three group meals - Meet & Greet, Guest Speaker Breakfast, and Awards Banquet. You're on your own for all other meals.
Most venues will offer you complimentary meeting rooms if you book catering with them. If you don't book catering, expect to pay for your meeting rooms. Also, most hotels do not allow off-site food to be brought in and served to guests. Andrew was sneaky last year and did it anyway ... fortunately the hotel owner didn't notice or at least didn't mind.

Having non-hotel food is always nice, but it's a balancing act to offer that sort of thing while maintaining a location that is conducive to the activities and accommodations that organizers want to offer.

Some other ideas that have been discussed over the years include hosting TDIFest at a vacant car dealership. It has been suggested that we could rent one of these out but insurance options start to get limited (and expensive) if you look into it further.

I think most people are open to new ideas, but they all have to be vetted and the budget calculated to see what is viable and what isn't.

Another thing to consider is alternative lodging arrangements. AirBnBs and VRBOs are very attractive, but all hotel contracts have a negotiated number of room-nights that must be met. If the negotiated number isn't met, the group is responsible for attrition charges (fees for falling short of your targets). These types of vacation rentals can quickly erode the room totals, making it difficult to meet targets. If a lot of attendees want to explore these types of alternative lodging arrangements, the event organizers must negotiate their numbers accordingly. For example, a large vacation rental can easily eat up 15 room-nights that would otherwise go to the hotel. If your contract is for 150 room-nights (50 hotel rooms multiplied by 3 nights), that one house can result in a shortfall of 10%.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 12:45   #141
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AUSTIN CREW REPORTING IN
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3 words: Lime Creek Road

Do any of yall from here know anything about renting the berger activity center? Massive parking lot, relatively near a lot of hotels and motels(dont stay at the texas inn or the sands motel, extended stay is 5 min down the road and has a lot of grass available for parking)

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Old October 21st, 2017, 20:52   #142
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I'm in PA, I was part of the 2006 fest, I'm willing to volunteer. My wife and I have family friends in Leander.
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PLEASE! Do not be put off or dissuaded by the negativity of those of us old farts from the peanut gallery that have been there, done that, got the T shirt.
It is necessary for new ideas and opinions of what a larger gathering of diesel fans might want to use as an excuse to get out of town for a few days. Those that HAVEN'T attended a prior event don't have any pre-conceived notions of what has to be done just because it's been done that way before.
If you think you have a good idea, or even a just so-so idea, let it out. There is a ersatz support group of prior event organizers and volunteers that can be used as sounding boards to help explain why what worked for that event worked, why what didn't work that time failed, and to share thoughts on what they'd do differently under the same circumstance. Understand that each circumstance / event is different and what didn't work once doesn't automatically mean it wouldn't work in a different place and a different time.
Keep an open mind. Filter the opinions of the curmudgeons, but don't totally ignore them. And above all, offer suggestions, don't merely express wishes.
I agree 100%. I am sitting here thinking no wonder why there isn't much activity here anymore.
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Been to every one but 2......3 times I showed up in Non TDI vehicles....2 times in my Chevy HHR SS and once in a Jetta Hybrid.....and will soon be TDI less for the 1st time since 1999
Yes I will attend depending on location
Did you or are you getting rid of your 2015?
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Did you or are you getting rid of your 2015?
My 2015 Jetta TDI is Paid off....My Wife is driving her everyday. I have no plans at this time to get rid of her. I drive the 328D daily and just got a 2004 Jepp Grand Cherokee.
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I agree 100%. I am sitting here thinking no wonder why there isn't much activity here anymore.
Are you talking about the whole Forum or just this thread? Hard to tell.

But, in about two weeks, give or take a few days, we may be presenting a proposal to have the 2018 Fest in Texas. Location is picked, now working the details.
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That is great to hear! Thanks to all involved.
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Ok, thanks for the info, time for a locals to meet up!
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[QUOTE=aja8888;5344272]Are you talking about the whole Forum or just this thread? Hard to tell.


The whole forum. Just not much activity here anymore. Used to be I couldn't get enough of it, now I can go a week or 2 and not miss much, home page has same old articles/links that have been there most of the year. Not much in my subscribed threads either. I posted the in the Passat forum and nothing has posted in that. I have friends that concur too.
I am not knocking anyone personally, I like many of the people here quite a bit and always enjoy the get togethers.
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The whole forum. Just not much activity here anymore. Used to be I couldn't get enough of it, now I can go a week or 2 and not miss much, home page has same old articles/links that have been there most of the year. Not much in my subscribed threads either. I posted the in the Passat forum and nothing has posted in that. I have friends that concur too.
I am not knocking anyone personally, I like many of the people here quite a bit and always enjoy the get togethers.

There isn't that much to talk about. There has been nothing technologically new to talk about in several years except for the Dieselgate scandal and the handful of people who bought 2015s (which are a newer variant of a foundation that was laid several years ago).

There is some performance enhancement discussion still happening, as usual, but other than that, the TDI population is dwindling due to much of the growth in recent years reversing course.

While it's unfortunate for the club, it's simply a result of *insert ad-lib here* decisions and the resulting evolution of transportation.
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