For those of you who haven't attended the last two attempts at a formal meeting or the Dim Sun Sunday there is a proposal floating around for us to hold a two (or 2.5) day convention here in Victoria next spring (end-April). Guest of Honour would be Michael Sheard aka Admiral Ozzle (confirmed in principle) and one of the SW authors. The venue proposed are two of the three Messes at CFB Esquimalt. They have sufficient meeting space plus a superb vista across the straits. Additionally, there are two cafeterias on site that offer a reasonable menu. However, if we are to go through with this we need a few things: 1. Immediately lock in two messes. A check 30 Jun 05 confirmed there is only one available spring weekend (29 Apr 06) for the Senior Non-Commissioned Members' Mess. The Junior Ranks facility is still free. The cost of the venue is free but requires nominal funding for insurance ($200 up front), plus for the use of tables, table cloths, and electronic equipment (DVD player/TV/VCR). 2. We need members who are seriously committed to meeting at least once a month (twice would be better) to generate the format for the convention, plus extra bodies to assist with security, gophering, etc. 3. We have to start NOW. I am already in contact with the Base and have secured a sponsor for the Fleet Club. I urgently request the Executive please respond to me ASAP so that I know whether or not to go ahead with acquiring sponsors (they have to belong to the messes --- I don't, mine's at the airport) so we can lock down the facilities. To all other members, lurkers included, your response to this message is extremely important. Recruit (press-gang) your friends into helping out. Membership rates for the convention will probably run between $18 to $25 for the weekend (to cover airfare, meals and accommodations for the guests).