SOCIETY COUNCIL CONFERENCE CALL
call was initiated at 3:00 PM EDT. On the line were Jose Cordero,
Phil Mirkes, Tony Scialli, Elaine Francis, Barbara Hales, Bill Slikker,
Jan Friedman, Carol Lemire (ex officio) and George Daston. Dr. Cordero
Cordero stated that the purpose of the call was to update Council
on negotiations with Keystone Resort and to make a decision as to
whether to accept their offer for a 1999 meeting.
Scialli informed Council that our attorney, Lynn Fleischer, had
reviewed the contract and found it to be reasonable. Dr. Scialli
informed Council of his negotiations, including a 10% decrease in
the room guarantee for each type of room. The ceiling for the room
rate will be a percentage of the rack room rate for 1999. The exact
percentage will depend on how much we agree to spend on the banquet.
The amount of free meeting space that we will be granted is still
under negotation. The cost for poster boards has changed from $10
per day to $75 for the entire meeting. The cost of the banquet will
increase, but there will be a specified ceiling. Finally, the last
night of proposed room occupancy has been removed.
Francis requested that a clause be added to the contract to allow
us to decrease our room night obligation one year prior to the meeting.
Also, in 1996 we were granted one free room night for every 50 occupied.
This was not included in the 1999 contract. Dr. Scialli will ask
that these be included.
gave Dr. Scialli its approval to negotiate the most favorable contract
he could with Keystone.
Scialli reported that he was drafting a communication that would
be sent out to the membership describing the resolution of this
issue. It will either be included in the next issue of the newsletter,
or mailed concurrently.
meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM.
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