What is the impact of this lottery system going to be on club night?
For example, take my club - we're a small club in central WI with about 40 members. We have about 8 of us interested in attending NHC this year and would like to do both the hospitality suite and club night.
We've determined that we need at least 4 people to participate in these activities.
So 8 of us put in for the lottery. What if only 3 of us get tickets? Sounds like I can't take another member because I would not be able to list that members as my guest when initially registering (since that person would already be putting their name in)
Honestly, I don't want to go if we can't ALL go.
So now we're considering just pulling out all together.
I wish something for groups willing to participate would have been figured into all of this. 10 guaranteed tickets or something like that per club offering to bring beer for club night and/or hospitality suite.
I think that you should hold off on any decision like that. we don't know that the lottery for attendance at NHC will even be implemented yet. and if it's implemented what the actual overrun is. If the conference is going to sell out and leave folks in the cold anyway does it matter if it happens in a lottery vs. a mad dash to the website?
How do you propose we hold off on making such a decision? I assume if we put in for the lottery that any of us that get chosen will be billed immediately. I don't want tickets if the other guys can't go. Granted, I can probably sell them easily but why bother with the headache?
Again, I wish the AHA had considered the impact to activities that require several in a club to pull off. I'd like to see some kind of group/club volunteer option in the future guaranteeing tickets. It's in the best interest of AHA to be sure they have clubs show up with beer.