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John Apa <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 Jun 2000 12:25:12 -0600
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I did work the booth for a day last year. And I did volunteer to work the
booth this year at the STC, but I was told that it wouldn't be necessary
this year.

As far as the linux show, the original poster did say he'd help with the
linux event.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Feldman [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 11:40 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Cc:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: Lamenting Ada
> John,
> >
> > At the STC here in Utah last month my coworkers commented that there
> wasn't
> > anyone at the SIGAda booth.
> [snip]
> As one who has staffed the SIGAda booth at SIGCSE for 10 years, I'm
> acutely aware of the difficulty in finding enough people to staff
> a booth constantly. All of us are volunteers; perhaps one
> of your co-workers  (who seem to go to STC anyway) would be
> willing to volunteer some time in the booth next time?
> >
> > I think it would be worthwhile to increase Ada's visibility in the Linux
> > world, and I think it has to be done by more than just ACT. ARA and
> SIGAda
> > has everything to pull it all together.
> >
> Did I hear you volunteering to go to LinuxWorld to spend some time
> staffing the booth?
> Remember, John - SIGAda is nothing but volunteers. We all have day jobs;
> nobody "works" for SIGAda. Booth staffing happens in a combination of
> several ways:
> - The individual lives in the conference area and can get over to the
>   conference for a day or so to staff the booth
> - The individual does not live in the area but is able to go to the
>   conference anyway (or would go the conference anyway!) and spends
>   some time there staffing the booth
> As far as I know, ARA has no exhibit of its own. I do know that much
> of the funding for the SIGAda exhibit comes from ARA.
> As we've discussed here before many times, the Ada community is
> filled with creative people who have LOTS of ideas for what SIGAda,
> or ARA, or... can do to promote Ada. Where things get sticky is
> when all the creative people expect someone else to actually
> implement the ideas.  Nothing much happens when people say "we"
> but mean "anyone but me".
> In my experience, the SIGAda booth travels to those shows for which
> (1) it is judged that it's important for Ada to have a presence there
> (2) people step forward and say "I'll staff the booth"
> (1) and (2) must both happen!
> Mike Feldman