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Old Nov 8, 09, 11:26 am
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Atlanta
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Delta 2010 DO Update

I have recently gotten several e-mails asking me about the next Delta DO event. The purpose of this post is to address some of those questions as well as provide a current status. Yes, there will absolutely be a next event. Canarsie and I are working on the preliminary planning now, and we will formally kick-off the planning effort in the next few weeks (after the Thanksgiving Holiday).

We don’t have a formal date at this point, but we will pick a date shortly. We will be certain to let everyone know as soon as we get a date finalized so you can plan in advance – this year's event will be in the fall when the Atlanta weather is a little on the cooler side.

Event Format
We are evaluating the format this year. Our goal is to really keep this event to a reasonable size. We felt one of the major benefits of the event last year was having a group size that allowed good interaction among the participants and the Delta employees. Many of these venues are capacity controlled, so if there is enough interest, we may extend the event longer with repeat options/venues to be able to accommodate everyone that wants to attend.

As far as what we are planning for the event – we are working on those details now. We are working on some new and pretty exciting venues/options, and we are even planning on a new Advanced Road Warrior Training (RWT II) with Delta. For those of you who attended RWT I, if there is something you would really like to see added to the new training, let us know, as we are still in the early planning stages. As far as other options, let’s just say, if we get even half of the new ideas implemented, you will be simply blown away with some of the choices.

For those of you who will be new this year, you will get the opportunity to visit for the first time all of the venues from last year – including the Delta/Northwest Heritage Museum, Delta’s - Operations Control Center, Technical Operations Center, Atlanta Airport Fire Station, and RWT I training.

We will be utilizing some new web-based technology for the registration of the venues, volunteers, and the payment process – which will include – PayPal, Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover. This technology will also have the ability to waitlist individuals once we have reached capacity for a specific venue/event. We will also have the ability to have a dedicated web-site to provide the latest details and information on the event, as well as send e-mail updates to those that are registered.

Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. We are actively encouraging Delta employees to also participate in this program, and hope to have many of them along side FT members.

As with last year, most of the venues are provided at no cost to the participants. We will be working on soliciting some select sponsors for the evening events to help keep costs to a minimum. If you know of a corporate sponsor that would like to participate, please let us know. There is a cost for RWT, and possibly some of the new options. We will be asking everyone to register on-line and there will be a non-refundable deposit fee for signing up for this event. (A portion of this fee will also cover transportation, printing, signs, badges, etc.) We will be getting a group rate at the host hotel.

We are looking to also provide some “give-aways” as a part of this year’s program. We are considering a random drawing for a few free RWT slots, and other items. More details coming on that soon.

Most of the volunteers from last year are returning to help out again, and it is greatly appreciated. The volunteers helped to make the last event run so smoothly. We will also need new volunteers to help with everything from on-site registration, group leaders, transportation logistics, etc. If you are interested in volunteering to help, you will be able to sign up for that during the registration process.

One of our volunteers from the last event, WesNSpace, came up with the great idea of having a fund raiser for the Delta Heritage Museum. This is a non-profit organization that hosts much of the rich history or Delta and now Northwest Airlines. I hope you will support his efforts for this worthwhile cause.

In the meantime, please feel free to post your comments, suggestions or questions, or you can send e-mail to [email protected]

Stay tuned for more details to follow soon….

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to attend the event last year, and want some more information, you can visit thanks to MikeMpls. This site has links to posts, pictures and videos from the last event.

Canarsie recently created a video slide show here from the June 2009 event, for those who would like to view it, as well as pictures from the Delta Employee Thank You Luncheon here .

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