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Old 07-30-2018, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Midwest Penturners Gathering - 2019 Chicago - Save The Date

2019 Midwest Penturners Gathering - Chicago - April 26 and 27


Starting The First Year Of A Rotating Schedule

Location:
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Schaumburg

Over the next few months we will be communicating all the exciting details:
• Registration Details
• The Vendors
• The Demonstrators
• The Prizes
• New Social Activities

The Venue:
Traveling with family? The hotel is situated near many popular attractions such as Woodfield Mall (largest in Illinois and one of the largest in the country) and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago - so bring the whole crew. Look at the pictures below of the main meeting facility and break out room. We have two meeting rooms reserved and plan to follow the symposium strategy of those in Ohio. One main room with vendors and demonstrations and a second room for hands-on activities . This is going to be a lot of fun. And we have some new social events planned.

The History:
Those who have "been around" long enough will remember Cozee (Greg Cozad) starting the Midwest Penturners Gathering (MPG) about a decade ago in Urbana, Illinois. After four years, Low48 (Rich Coers) continued the tradition in a super-human single-handed presentation for another four years. Then, the Ohio IAP contingent volunteered and the event was moved to Wadsworth, Ohio for the last four years. The event has seen tremendous growth over all these years. From a few hours at a union hall to a three day event in a fantastic hotel. Great demonstrations, vendors, and new activities. Most importantly great friendships, conversations, and sharing of ideas.
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Great job Mark.
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Bob

We appreciate it, but the Chicago team is Ed Brown, John Underhill and myself. And as you know we have been in contact with the Ohio team and will be looking for help from them also.

The rotation city concept will work out nicely.

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I'm in. Had a great time at this years gathering. Doe anyone know if there will be a discount on hotel rooms?

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Yes and we will post the details soon. The room rate is $109 (plus tax) per night and it includes a continental breakfast. We have asked for a block of 30 rooms but can add more if we need.

It is a great rate for Chicago.
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Being involved in this venture, I have learned that there is a commitment for a block of rooms. So, if you plan to attend, PLEASE let the hotel know you are coming for the MPG. The rooms are king or two queen, so two guys can easily share a room. With tax, the actual rate will be about $125, so each guy can get a room for $65 per night, including breakfast!!!!


Mark and Donna did a GREAT job---John and I applauded!!
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Mark is too humble. As Ed said, Mark and Donna have done a GREAT job with this. They have been a driving force behind making this MGP happen. I have learned a lot from the talks with Ed and Mark and feel very honored to be a part of the planning for the next MPG. There are big plans in the works and I can’t wait to see everyone there. So again, Great Job Mark and Donna! It’s off and moving forward!!!!

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Well done Folks (Guys and Gals!!!). Need to clear out the calendar.
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Well done Folks (Guys and Gals!!!). Need to clear out the calendar.
There was even a discussion about pizza! Which I believe you mentioned. Lol
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Well done Folks (Guys and Gals!!!). Need to clear out the calendar.
There was even a discussion about pizza! Which I believe you mentioned. Lol

Giordano's would be worth the trip for me!! I'm flying up in September to catch the Sox v Cubs. And i will be having pizza everyday!!
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