All: It turns out that lunch is not an option for us. The convention hall only allows catering from one source, and that source is expensive. Costs to feed you animals would range from $20 - $30 per person, and our registration fee just doesn't cover that. There were a few people who registered at a time when we were promising lunch (before I had changed the page to specify that the registration fee may not include lunch). They know who they are, since I wrote them about a month ago. I'll follow up again with those individuals to see what we can do, since their expectations can't be met. Next step is to finalize the agenda. I'll be working with Erich, Melissa and the presenters on this. In any case, looks like we'll need to bake in an hour for a lunch break, for us to go out and fend for oursevles. Perhaps we could take to the Bay and spear-hunt for fish. While the hour for lunch will hurt, the good news is that we have the convention hall from 7am to 6pm. I'm suggesting we should get started at 8am, giving a few of us that hour to set up. So plan to get up early and stuff your face with food to hold you over until lunch. To that end, we are considered a "non-profit", and therefore there is a "self-cater" option, which will allow us to bring things like finger foods and snacks (cookies, punch, that kind of thing). Under this option, ice is not provided, so any stuff we bring must be pre-chilled. Self-catering is NOT meant to be an option to provide full meals to people. If you have any ideas or can volunteer re: providing snacks for the masses, please contact me. Also, non-profit groups have to do their own clean-up. So, as you guys are getting ready to go out to dinner and some bar, I'll be swathing the convention hall rug with a vacuum provided by our hosts. Please think of me before you throw confetti after Dr. O'Shea's presentation. I will be getting the insurance and making the payment to the convention hall this week. If you haven't registered yet but know you will be going, please go ahead and register if you can, thanks!