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Conference Operations Report

Welcome to Hollywood!

Linda Dimitropoulos, Conference Operations Chair
Dave Desroches, Associate Chair

The AAPOR Conference Operations team has been working closely with the Program Chair Michael Link and the staff at AMP to ensure that our conference in Hollywood, Fla., is another lively, exciting, and memorable one. Although the thought-provoking program and series of short courses are reason enough to join us in Hollywood, the range of social activities and opportunities to meet with colleagues and friends are sure to add to your enjoyment. As you peruse the conference program and plan your schedule, be sure to build in time to take enjoy the more casual and social side of the conference.

The Operations Committee has provided a list of local area activities for sightseeing, dining, and shopping. Throughout the conference there will be plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy time with colleagues and new friends. One of the strongest traditions at the annual meeting is coming together for meals, and despite our growing numbers, 900 or so attendees will assemble for lunch on Friday and Saturday and for dinner on Thursday and Saturday.

AAPOR Golf Coordinator Craig Hill has organized our annual golf outing to be held at Emerald Hills, a short drive from the conference hotel. Please note that this year's outing is on THURSDAY MORNING - tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Greens fees, which include cart and range balls, will be $65 per person. You need to sign up in advance to participate, so don't delay if you're interested.

The social receptions provide an opportunity to catch up with your AAPOR friends and make new ones. The conference officially kicks off Thursday with our annual pre-dinner reception to welcome new members and showcase our regional chapters. That will be followed by dinner, the plenary and a tasty post-plenary dessert reception to cap off the evening. The annual pre-dinner President's Reception will be on Saturday night before the Awards Banquet. The music we added to this event last year was well received and we have added music once again. We all will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeurves accompanied by a local jazz trio that also will provide music during the dinner.

You can catch your breath between conference sessions, chat about the presentations you've attended, and grab a drink and a snack while you visit the Exhibit Hall during our morning and afternoon refreshment breaks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. As in 2008, we will be offering continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibit Hall. During the hour-long afternoon breaks between Concurrent Sessions on Friday and after lunch on Saturday, you'll be able to sit in on demonstration sessions, explore the poster presentations, visit with authors at the “Meet the Author†sessions, and do a little browsing at the book exhibit. The afternoon refreshment break on Saturday is sure to bring a crowd into the Exhibit Hall as all books on the display will be available for purchase at a discounted rate during the AAPOR Book Sale. Our Book Exhibit Coordinator, Mandy Sha, is bringing in some great publishers, so you won't want to miss this.

Friday night we have two social events. First, there is an optional outing to Dolphin Stadium to see the Marlins play the Dodgers. There's nothing that gets pollsters and other survey research professionals more fired up than the crack of a batted ball or a crisply turned double play! There'll be hot dogs, beer, singing, and general merriment, so plan to join us. Also on Friday night, a group of intrepid AAPOR volunteers will lead all interested imbibers on a pub crawl. This annual event is well-attended and should be a blast in downtown Hollywood.

On Saturday morning, please join us for the annual early morning Fun Run/Walk. This 5 km activity is a great way to get your blood moving and shake out the Friday night cobwebs before settling in for the day's meetings. There is always some friendly competition among our fastest runners and walkers to see who crosses the finish line first.

After the brief hiatus last year, we will be bringing back the Saturday night post-banquet party, where you can join is for dancing and drinks. This year we will have a Wii station set up for folks to play and at the end of the party, we will be raffling the system off to one lucky attendee. Of course, for those of you more interested in testing your skills at a hand of poker, Texas hold ‘em or blackjack, head over to Saturday night's Applied Probability session.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Hollywood this year at what is shaping up to be another memorable conference!

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