253rd MARS meeting at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva WI.
Thanks to all that participated in our surveys asking for preferences on a possible change in meeting format. We had the highest number of responses and the most feedback of any survey we ever tried. The numerical choices were very close and the comments were insightful and considerate. The overriding concern expressed was that the proposed new format would cause members to have to choose between not participating in our scholarship outing or incurring the cost to stay another night. We have decided to stay with the traditional format, but it was good to hear from everyone.
We will have our Scholarship Outing, reception and networking buffet dinner on our first day, July 15th, with our business meeting scheduled for a full day on July 16th. Plan to adjourn at 2:30. We will be using the meeting layout that we used last year, with the speaker presentations in the Grand Ballroom and lunch in the Maple Lawn Room.
Refund/cancellation policy: No refunds after June 14, 2019.
Grand Geneva has allocated a block of rooms from July 14th – 17th at a preferred rate of $160 for guest rooms or one-bedroom suites (or $252 for two-bedroom suites) at the Timber Ridge Lodge, on site. The cut-off date for the preferred rate is June 14th. Our group rates are also available for three days prior and three days after our meeting, on a space available basis. If there is any problem with registrations, please call Ricardo Hernandez at 800-558-3417, ext. 5179.
MARS has awarded $23,000 worth of scholarships for our 2019 scholarship year, thanks to your support. We always welcome sponsors for our programs and events. Contact Bill Schauer at 630-513-6700 for more details or fill out our online application.