TruthVoice 2010 Highly Unlikely
Folks it has been our yearly tradition for 8 years now to host the TruthVoice conference here in the Dayton area, which has proven to be a blessing and comfort to many people attending year after year. Unfortunately, it looks like 2010 will be a year to skip doing a conference for several reasons, some which are personal in nature, others financial...
As I already mentioned here before, I chose to participate in the Ohio Republican primaries for Greene County Commissioner here in Greene County. This means that between now and May 4 I will have to spend a substantial amount of time and even money in my effort to make it past the primaries and hopefully face a Democrat candidate on November 2, 2010.
To make things worse and to present the financial situation frankly, the donations at TruthVoice 2009 were only about $380 (as opposed to the $5,000+ donations in 2008), causing us to exhaust the entire amount of $2,800 leftover from 2008 on the 2009 conference expenses, making it impossible to put on a conference this year since I am planning on diverting personal funds in other directions. This is also very likely due to the economic situation we are all in; everyone finds it more difficult to come up with money for discretionary spending, such as traveling to and donating money to a conference.
The travel and hotel expenses for speakers are the largest chunk of conference costs, so depending on what speakers attend and where they come from, the expenses usually run anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500 which is actually very cheap for a two day conference -- more commendable, none of the speakers have ever asked for a speaking fee...they only asked their expenses be paid for. I often personally cover whatever amount is leftover and not covered by donations, however I will not be able to do so this year.
I am certain that once the elections are over, I will be able to dedicate more time to the 2011 conference and perhaps be able to put aside some money for it, but unless something major happens and some miracle donations show up from the shadows, it is highly unlikely that there will be a 2010 TruthVoice conference.