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Pampered Chef: NC Agenda...

  1. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    NC Agenda...
    National Conference 2009
    Day 1 - July 9, 13, 16
    6:30 a.m. .............................. Registration Opens
    6:30 – 8:45 a.m. .................. Director Registration, Top Performance Cluster Jewelers (Director Level and Above)
    7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. .............. Home Office Tours (Consultants, Senior Consultants and Team Leaders)
    7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ........ First Timer Orientation Sessions
    (7:30 – 8:00 a.m.,10 - 10:30 a.m., & noon - 12:30 p.m. )
    8:30 - 10:30 a.m. ................. Director Training Event (Doors Open 8:00a.m.)
    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ............ Director Luncheon
    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ............ Upper Level Luncheon
    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.............. Top Performance Cluster Jewelers (Consultants, Senior Consultants and Team Leaders)
    1 – 2 p.m. .............................Workshop
    2:30 - 5 p.m. ........................ Opening General Session
    5 – 7:30 p.m......................... Product Showcase
    Room Opens
    7 – 8:30 p.m. ....................... Chief Executive’s Celebration of Excellence (invitation only)


    Day 2 - July 10, 14, 17
    7 – 8:30 a.m. ........................ General Breakfast with Charitable Achievers Reserved Seating
    9 - 11:30 a.m. ...................... General Session
    11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. .............. General Lunch
    11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. .............. Career Club Luncheon
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ...................Workshop
    3 - 4 p.m...............................Workshop
    4:15 - 5:30 p.m. ................... New Director Reception
    7:30 – 10:30 p.m. ................ Executive Director Banquets


    Day 3 - July 11, 15, 18
    7 – 8:30 a.m. ........................ General Breakfast
    9 – 10 a.m. ...........................Workshop
    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. .............. Closing General Session



    Registration, Merrill Store, & Booth Hours


    Day 1
    6:30 am - 12 :45 p.m.
    5 - 7:30 p.m. Product Showcase opens
    Day 2
    7 - 8:30 a.m.
    11:30 am - 1:15 p.m.
    4 - 6:30 p.m.
    Day 3
    7 - 8:30 a.m.
    1 - 2 p.m.

    Surprise Pack Hours
    Day 1
    5 - 7:30 p.m
    Day 2
    4 - 6:30 p.m.
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  2. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks, Kristi!
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  3. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    No problem Rae! Looking forward to seeing you again!!
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  4. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    HEY!!! What am I wood?????? ;)
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  5. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I'm looking forward to seeing you too, Kristi.

    Ginger, I don't know you well, but I'm fairly certain you're not wood. LOL!
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  6. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Of course not!! I can't wait to see you too!!! (I'll never forget Ginger!!)
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  7. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Ummmmm....more like Bamboo.....Earth Friendly!! :cool:
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  8. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Very cute--just like you.
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  9. Weren't the surprise box hours during previous conferences (2007) around lunchtime? Seems they are shorter.....
     
  10. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Awwwwwwwwww Shucks!!! :eek:
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  11. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

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    What are these "surprise box hours?"

    Newbie here and still learning!
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  12. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Surprise boxes are boxes of random discontinued products. In the past the boxes have been available at differing price levels. (I want to say $20 and $40, but that could be wrong.) You never knew what you'd get, but it was a good deal. The real fun was the trading that took place among those who had purchased boxes. There has been a place nearby to ship the boxes home so you don't have to worry about carrying them on the plane.
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  13. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Yes, I think they were whenever we were not in workshops....like on Day1 when the Directors have something special, I went there & got some....
     
    Mar 17, 2009
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  14. pampcheflisa

    pampcheflisa Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Last year they started the Surprise box area in the morning of Day 1 before the first workshop. We got back from the HO tour around 11:00am, and it had already been opened for a while.

    I'm kind of surprised it won't be open until the evening this year.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  15. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I think it's to prevent people from lugging boxes around to workshops and general sessions. Most people ship things home, but there are always some who insist on carrying things around, taking up too much space, and bumping into people.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  16. kaseydee

    kaseydee Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I fell UP the escalator last year b/c I had a box I was trying to carry b/c I didn't have time to ship it before the workshop.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  17. raebates

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    They especially like to sit beside me on the shuttle bus or right behind me with the box balanced on the seat so it's hanging over my head the whole way. :rolleyes:
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  18. frozenchef

    frozenchef Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I also noticed there's no HO tour on the last day :(
    Now I have to give up time visiting Merrill on the first morning if I want to go to HO ;)
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  19. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    If you've never gone, it's worth it.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  20. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    No awards ceremony for TPC? Or do you think it will be at the general sessions?
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  21. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    It's always during one of the general sessions, but never announced which one.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  22. StacieB

    StacieB Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Thanks, so looking forward to conference again.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  23. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    Newbie here, too. I want to go to both the HO Tour and the First-Timer Orientation. How would you experienced NCers suggest scheduling this? Which tour is the most crowded, do you think?
     
  24. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    You'll need to work it around your first-timer orientation session.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  25. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    How long do the HO tours usually last? I'm thinking there is no time which wouldn't be crowded, so knowing the length of time would probably be more helpful.
     
  26. raebates

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    It's been a while since I took the tour. Plus, they didn't have the first-timers orientations when I first went. These would be good questions for the HO.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  27. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    They would be, but not worth a 10 hour wait time, haha! However, I do have to call about my adjustment for my DCB (of course, I FINALLY get around to having that broken and mailing a piece, and the Cranberry DCB is on back-order!!).
     
  28. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

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    I called today & didn't have even a minute wait. I couldn't believe it!
     
  29. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I think the tour was no more than an hour. We went the last day after conference was over and it wasn't bad at all. Thats the one we'll do again.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  30. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Do the first timer orientation in the beginning and leave HO tour til the end of conference if you can.
     
    Mar 30, 2009
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  31. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

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    I talked to quite a few newbies last year and they loved the first-timer orientation. They said it was well worth the time. The HO tours take about an hour but - the trip there and back takes about 1 and 1/2 hours. You spend about 45 minutes on a bus there and the 45 back depending on traffic. After living down there for several years and doing the HO tours several times, I never recall a time when there was clear sailing on any freeway down there! I think they are always in rush hour mode!
     
    Mar 31, 2009
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  32. pampcheflisa

    pampcheflisa Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Someone please, please, please tell me that the Merrill people learned from past years and will be better this year.......PLEASE!!!!!

    (wishful thinking.....I know)
     
    Mar 31, 2009
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  33. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Of course they've learned, Lisa. They'll be much better this year.

    Then again, I believe weather forecasters, too. [sigh]
     
    Mar 31, 2009
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  34. babywings76

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    Question...on Day 1, I'm thinking I'll do the Home Office Tour #1 from 7-11:30 am, then go to First Timer Orientation from noon-12:30. If Workshops start at 1pm, what should I plan on doing for lunch? I'm just trying to figure out logistics. Do they have things there for us to buy or are there quickie places near the building that I can grab a bite fast? Or do I just pack some snacks and such ahead of time? I know directors and above get a luncheon, but nothing is scheduled for regular consultants, right?

    Also, Day 2 it says "Executive Director Banquets", so are the banquets only for directors, or does everyone attend, but go to specific ones depending on who their director is?
     
    Apr 14, 2009
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  35. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    there is a McD's and a small italian place 3 min walk from the first timer's session (if its the same place as last year). Also, we packed small snacks in case we got hungry (nuts, trail mix, etc.)

    If its what I'm thinking of- The Ex. Banquets are for everyone. :) You will attend your director's dinner. So for example my NED is Nancy Jo Ryan so I will attend her dinner. we had a good time last year. :)
     
    Apr 14, 2009
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  36. is the executive director banquet for everyone?
     
  37. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Yes. You'll be assigned to a banquet based on who your Executive (or higher) Director is.
     
    Apr 16, 2009
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  38. esavvymom

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    First-timer here and of course have a few questions:
    (1) "Registration Opens" - do I have to go to a registration area first? How much time would you allow for that? We're traveling into the city by the Metra from one of the suburbs (my in-laws home). It's about an 1 1/2 ride not counting a cab to my hotel to get my luggage dropped off and my DH and boys checked in (they are site-seeing while I "work") and then a shuttle or cab to McCormick. My First-time orientation is at 12.

    (2) "General Breakfast" and "General Lunch" - are for all consultants?

    (3) Looking at the schedule on the original post....is it safe to assume that ALL day the 2nd day is booked solid- with maybe 4-7:30pm as "Free time"...assuming I went to the ED Banquet?

    (4) I know I saw this somewhere, and will try to find it again- but how much are the Surprise packs usually?

    (5) And what takes place at these Exec Director Banquets that takes 3 hrs?? is it worth it? I know PC doesn't do anything half-way, but I also know my body- after being all day on my feet/moving/thinking, etc, I'll be desperately needing a pillow. :D I just spent this past weekend at a conference- i was so messed up by the end of the day (just workshops- much like this will be), I didn't even bother with dinner. I ate bagels in my room!


    Thanks! I'm just trying to figure it out a bit ahead of time- my DH was hoping I'd be able to join him and the boys at least one night for dinner at Navy Pier or something. I can already see I may be a bit more rushed on Thursday morning arriving into town then I had originally hoped, and I know I'll be leaving on my own on Saturday (DH leaving with boys for the train station after we check out of the hotel because of a family function later that afternoon at his mom's).
     
    May 26, 2009
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  39. raebates

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    1) Yes, you'll need to go to the registration area first. You'll get all of your tickets to enter each event and workshop there.

    2) Yes, those are for everyone.

    3) You're reading it right. That's a packed day. You won't need to worry about any meals on your own. There is a bit of free time before your banquet, but most of us use that time to visit vendor booths.

    4) They've had $20 and $40 ones in the past. There may be other options. I haven't purchased one for a few years.

    5) It depends on your ED, but you don't want to miss it. Prizes and awards are given out. There's a good meal. It's worth it.

    You'll have Thursday evening when you can do whatever you want with your guys.
     
    May 26, 2009
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  40. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks Rae! :D
     
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