Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 IPMS/USA Convention Update

Guys & Gals,

Info about the upcoming 2012 IPMS/USA Convention.
Please note the trophy & special award sponsorship information, which is brand-new.

At this time there is no space for displays, including SIGs, however they are working the configuration to see what they can do.
If your SIG has a strong interest in a display, send me what you might want in table space and I'll see what they can do for you.

John Ratzenberger
IPMS/USA SIG Coordinator

Hello fellow modelers from sunny Florida. All of us here at the 2012 IPMS/USA National Convention Committee hope that everyone is having a good new year so far. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this August for a great convention. There are many updates that we would like to pass along to everyone, so here they are.

Convention Hotels : We have almost 3000 room nights booked at this time. The main convention hotel is sold out, but we do have an overflow hotel that is just a short monorail ride away. You can still access the hotel registration by clicking here http://mydisneymeetings.com/internationalplasticmodelers/27e86b08af424210vgnvcm100000d864a8c0rcrd . If there is an issue booking on line you may have to call the Disney with the number provided within the online registration page.

Also if you have already made a reservation and are planning on flying in, please do not forget to register with Disney's Magical Express for your transportation from the airport to the hotel. This would be done once you book your flight. You can click here to go straight to the page http://mydisneymeetings.com/internationalplasticmodelers/27e86b08af424210vgnvcm100000d864a8c0rcrd

For attendees that will be staying off property, we will be releasing information in regards to parking in the very near future. Please stay tuned.

Vendor Room : At this time the vendor room is almost sold out. We do have a few tables remaining. If you have an interest in being a vendor, please click here http://ipms2012.org/Vendors/vendors.html . We also have a list of vendors on our website if you are interested. Guys and gals, time to start saving your money.

You will also be able to ship all your vendor room purchases from the convenient shipping store located right in the convention center.

Convention Registration : Is up and running at this time. Just click here to go directly to the site http://ipms2012.org/Registration/registration.html . You can either register online or by mail.

We encourage everyone to pre-register for the show as this will speed up the process of getting your name badges and convention packets to you.

Also please remember that to enter models in the contest you have to be an up to date IPMS member through the convention. IPMS will be on site to do this or to take new memberships, but if you can have all this taken care of prior to arriving at the convention it will expedite your convention experience.

The tours, t-shirts, extra convention pins and the banquet all also available.

Let me take a minute to discuss the banquet. Hopefully everyone will take the opportunity to attend the banquet. We understand that it is a little more than any other banquets in IPMS history, but the food is phenomenal. We had an opportunity to sit down and sample each menu item for the banquet and I truly believe that the quality and quantity of the food is superb. Chef's created the menu and they also prepare it. Not your typical rubber chicken type banquet meal. Wait a minute. You have a special dietary need. When you register, please make a note of it and your dietary need will be passed on to Disney and they will accommodate it for you.

Trophy Sponsorship : We have opened up trophy sponsorship at this time. If you or the club that you belong to would like to sponsor an award, here is the link that will take you to the page http://ipms2012.org/Contest/Trophies/trophies.html . We would like to thank you for your support with this.

Special Awards : If you have an interest in sponsoring a special award at the 2012 IPMS/USA National Convention, please click on this link http://ipms2012.org/Contest/Trophies/trophies.html . The deadline for this is June 1,2012.

Thank You for your time. We look forward to seeing you August 8 -11, 2012.

Mike Van Schoonhoven
Convention Chairman

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