These events are always completely informal with no presentations or speeches, except for a few welcoming remarks by myself. I also award doorprizes to several attendees.
Saturday evening's EOGN Readers' Dinner was held at the conference hotel as that seemed to be the most convenient location. This time, the menu was Southern Cooking in honor of our location: ribs, fried catfish, and barbecued chicken.
The noise level in the room was a constant buzz as genealogists compared notes and swapped stories. I judge the success of these dinners by the noise level. This year, I was pleased.
The last event of the evening was the awarding of door prizes, including two memberships to JustaJoy.com Family Heirloom Exchange (courtesy of Lila Davis), a Flip-Pal battery-powered scanner (donated by Couragent) and an Apple iPod Touch, donated by myself.
I took a number of pictures during the dinner that you can see below. Click on any image to see a larger picture.
All in all, I enjoyed the evening immensely. I think about 35 others did as well.
If you would like to attend a future EOGN Newsletter Readers' Dinner, just keep an eye on this newsletter two to four weeks in advance. I do hold similar dinners after the close of most national genealogy conferences. The dinners are never sponsored by the conference organizers. Instead, they are a private effort by myself to say "thank you" to those who read this newsletter and are always scheduled after the close of the conference. All newsletter readers are invited and please do bring a friend or two along.
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