Glenside Club Meeting: Thursday August 18, 2022 @ 7:30PM Central

I hope everyone continues to enjoy their Summer. It’s coming to a close, as I am sitting here away from our home helping my daughter (whom some of you know as the “The Cookie Lady” from recent fests) move into her college dorm to start Fall classes. I hope you wring as much as you can from these last few weeks, but save a bit of time to enjoy your CoCo and drop by our monthly meeting to catch up on club efforts.

This month, Grant Leighty will provide an update on planning for the 2023 CoCoFEST!. As shared previously, we’ve switched to a new venue, and the 2023 contract has been signed with confirmed dates. The room block should be open soon, for those who like to get things done early!

At our recent Board of Directors, we discussed moving our monthly meeting date to the first Thursday of the month. A number of folks have conflicts with the third Thursday, and this may alleviate the issue. I’m aware there’s no perfect date, and we’re interested in comments from those who might have issues with the first Thursday of every month.

Finally, I wanted to note that September is the time we open the floor for nominations for club officers (President/Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer). We will then vote after nominations and announce the 2022-23 officer slate in October 2022.

We will open the call early at 6:30PM as in previous months, for some time to catch up and say hello to new faces. John Mark Mobley will open the time with information on nanoscale vacuum-channel transistors for those who are interested.

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The 31st Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! Dates and Location

With many thanks to all who provided feedback on our recent CoCoFEST! and Grant Leighty for working tirelessly on initial 2023 CoCoFEST! planning; Grant and I, on behalf of the GCCC board of directors, are pleased to confirm the location and date for the 2023 31st Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! The event will be held, as previously noted, on April 22nd and 23rd, 2023 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Carol Stream. Grant and I apologize for the delay in confirming the dates, though it was necessary since we will be hosting at a new venue.

Though many event logistics details will continue unchanged (Friday evening vendor/exhibit setup, event start/end times, etc.), we’ll share more details as we continue to plan out the event over the next 4 months. For those wondering, the venue has an on-site restaurant and we are planning to continue our on-site Saturday evening catered meal. As with previous shows, there will be a block of King and DOuble Queen rooms for $119/night available for purchase withing the 140 total hotel rooms available.

The recent global situation as well as inflationary pressures have increased venue pricing in general, and our 2023 event costs as well. As such, we’d appreciate hearing from past attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and vendors on creative ways to fund the 2023 event.

Outsiders may sniff that spending time in a group such as ours is a waste of time, but beyond the community and technical aspects of belonging to this organization, I am so thankful for the opportunity to plan events like this. It has given me a new appreciation for both the costs needed to successfully hold such an event, how venue operators financially view such functions, and the sheer amount of planning necessary prior to the event date.

Of course, the event does not thrive without vendors, exhibitors, presenters, and attendees. We have 8 months until the 2023 show, so I will make the initial call for new and revised exhibits, interesting presentations, and interesting and economical products.