Actually, they aren't really new policies. It's just that we never sat down and formally said "This is what we want the convention to be like, and this is how we want it run." So now we have everyone working on written procedures, aware that everybody (on staff) pays (their convention membership) and everybody fights, which is to say we're not going to allow the kind of separation between the parent company's officers & directors on the one hand and the concom on the other that got certain other local conventions and their sponsoring organizations in so damn much trouble. The last policy point is that this year we want to grow our concom and volunteer staff more than we grow the membership. CONvergence is frankly amazed that we managed to take care of our 1200 members with only 16 staffers, but we sure don't plan on doing that again next year. While I don't think we need the 13:1 staff ratio CONvergence has (they have much more stuff going on than we do) I think we better get it down under 50:1, and better yet under 25:1. There's really no reason we can't do that, either.
So we're making progress. By the time we take our show on the road to CONvergence, we should have a hotel and dates nailed down and be moving toward a larger and better-trained staff. Whatever happens at AD 2005, I'm confident that we'll be able to whip it, and whip it good.