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In the January 13, 2010 issue
Countdown to RCMA 2010 Has Begun
Year in Review: Top 10 MeetingsNet Stories of 2009
Audience-Response Systems Can Improve Your Religious Meetings
Commentary: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Meetings Travel
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Countdown to RCMA 2010 Has Begun

The 38th annual Religious Conference Management Association World Conference and Exposition will be held January 26-29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

RCMA, which will draw both U.S. and international attendees, is the longest-running educational event for religious planners. RCMA offers tutorials, speakers, networking time, and the largest trade show in the world for the religious market.

Meeting planners, you still can register for the conference. Click here to register for RCMA 2010.

As the conference approaches, handouts for the tutorials will be available here.

New Convention Package in Columbus
Columbus just keeps getting better. Thanks to our latest convention package enhancements, Columbus now offers more than 3,700 hotel rooms and 410,000 square feet of exhibition space. For all the reasons Columbus is perfect for your meeting, call 800-354-2657 or visit

Year in Review: Top 10 MeetingsNet Stories of 2009

A troubled economy, H1N1, strategic meetings management—even murder: Here's a last look at the top meetings stories of 2009, as determined by the number of page views each of them logged on the MeetingNet Web site. Click here to read.

Staying In The Heart Of Louisville Can Be A Spiritual Experience!
It is 1,290 guest rooms, including 600 suites, 50 meeting rooms and 124,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space, connected to a 300,000 sq. ft. convention center. It is outstanding restaurants and rooftop fitness center. It is the heart of Louisville and chances are it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for. Click here for more information.

Audience-Response Systems Can Improve Your Religious Meetings

Audience response systems, often called clickers or keypads, allow each person at a gathering to have a voice in the meeting. Essentially, ARS devices transform audiences from observers into participants.

In a few years, attendees will expect meeting professionals to be not just familiar with the technology, but also able to deploy it skillfully. Click here to find out what you need to know about this technology.

Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport is located 2 minutes from the airport and the Kentucky International Convention Center. The hotel offers 600 rooms, 28 meeting rooms and 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. It’s perfect for religious conventions and meetings. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, business center and Blue Horse restaurant. Click here for more information.

Commentary: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Meetings Travel

By Mitchell Beer

A huge number of organizations are slashing travel costs without thinking through the benefits, limitations, or results of virtual meetings. With strong arguments to be made in both directions, I wonder if 2010 will be the year in which planners begin influencing the choice between live and virtual formats, with the purpose and objectives of each meeting as their starting point. Read more.

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