08 July 2008

Jamboree: Wrap-up

Paula Hinkel of the Southern California Genealogy Association, and Jamboree honcho, sent out a nice roundup of this year's experience for some 1,200 attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Some 300 attendees have responded to the online evaluation survey of last week and they expect to receive more responses.

"I've held off putting this post together to give the list a little time to quiet down. Thank you all for your patience while the Jamboree kudos flew.

And thank all of you for the cheers, applause and pats on the back. All of us on the Jamboree Committee were thrilled with the response and the success of the weekend."
Paula and the committee are already planning 2009's event, which will be held June 12-14, again at the Burbank Airport Marriott. Comments, suggestions and feedback are invaluable to that group. A more complete survey tabulation will be announced in the future. If you attended and have not yet responded, please do so.

Also, Paula is looking for photos to share and add to the Jamboree scrapbook. Send them to her (please identify individuals pictured) at phinkelATpacbellDOTnet.

An event high point was the attendance of so many blogger colleagues.  of the conference  Here's Paula's roundup of comments:

Dick Eastman

"I loved it. I think all the other attendees enjoyed themselves as well. "
"The format of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is a winner"
"I hope to go back next year and "do it again."
"The 2009 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has already been scheduled for June 12 through 14 at the same location. After all, the construction should be completed long before then! I hope to be there. Will you?"

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

"...an extremely well-run conference"
"Everyone has a smile on his or her face and each was genuinely concerned with making the event an excellent experience for attendees, speakers and vendors."
Craig Manson

"Jamboree: Was It Worth It?...In my calculus, I think the benefits outweighed the costs. It was worth it! "
"And here is one of the nits I have to pick about the conference. The lunch lines were unreasonably long and there were far too few tables at which to sit."
"SCGS Jamboree: Why Live Blogging Didn't Work for Me - And the Implications of That!" (the Marriott took some hits on the technology here)
Genlighten (Jamboree exhibitor)

Generation Maps The Chart Chick (Jamboree exhibitor)

Little Bytes of Live

Elizabeth created a little blogging history when she posted a photo of the blogger summit while the blogger summit was going on!
Even one for our French-speaking friends

George G. Morgan, in an article written for Dick Eastman's newsletter

"Last weekend I attended one of the best conferences in the United States.

It was the Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Jamboree in Burbank, California. The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well there, and the society members made every one of the attendees feel welcome and appreciated. There was literally something for everyone in every lecture time period. The vendor exhibit hall had all manner of software, books, maps, magazines, Internet databases and social networks, and so much more.

The work on the part of the SCGS members made everything seem to flow very well indeed. I heartily recommend this conference to anyone who can get there next year..."

Speaking about the organization at Jamboree:"That society could teach FEMA a thing or two, or one thousand. Put them together with a cadre of Eagle Scouts and they could revolutionize the world." (Huge kudos to Alice Avila who was on top of John Humphrey's exploding projector bulb incident. I heard that story from several members of the audience, all of whom were frankly amazed and VERY impressed by Alice's quick response).
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

I predict that three events at Jamboree will become legend: (1) the blogger summit photo posted online during the blogger summit;(2) the John Humphrey exploding projector bulb; and (3) Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's "my microphone just fell down my pants." Read the inside story from Megan herself.

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