Beginning in 2008, RevGalBlogPals has offered a Big Event (BE) every year. Big Events are intentionally designed to offer a combination of continuing education, collegiality, and respite. The planning process for Big Event 2021 is already under way! To help guide our work, we invite your input on what is important to you regarding continuing education decisions, as well as specific suggestions for upcoming RevGals events.

This survey will be open until Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Even if you have not attended a Big Event in the past, please share your opinions to help us create events that are valuable for you and our community.

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* 1. How many of the past Big Events have you attended?

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* 2. Recent Big Events have had costs ranging from $600 to $900 (double occupancy), varying with the type of location (ship/hotel/retreat center) and the duration of the event. Your travel to the conferencee site or cruise port is in addition to the registration fee.

Of the 13 completed and upcoming events, 9 have been on cruise ships and 4 at hotels or retreat centers. What is your preferred location?

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* 3. Cruise ship settings are likely to be considerably more expensive in the future. How likely would you be to pay an additional premium for a cruise ship setting?

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* 4. The following have been included in some or all past Big Events. For each item, please indicate how important it is to you in selecting a continuing education event.

  Very important Somewhat important Neither important nor unimportant Somewhat unimportant Very Unimportant
Class sessions - led by a presenter, related to the theme of the event
Worship as a community
Common mealtimes
Scheduled "collegiality time" (sometimes called "galship" in RGBP slang): introductions, ice-breaker events, time for informal mingling and sharing, gatherings of denominational subgroups, etc.
Unscheduled time: port stops, open blocks of time in the daily schedule, etc.

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* 5. Past Big Events have generally been clustered into four major areas of instruction. Understanding that all of them are beneficial, please rank these areas in terms of your own continuing education goals (1 = most valuable, 4 = least valuable):

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* 6. What suggestions do you have for specific topics that might meet your continuing education needs? 

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* 7. What presenters do you know, or have you heard of, who would appeal to you? 

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* 8. What additional thoughts would you like to share?

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* 9. Would you be interested in helping to plan and organize a future Big Event?

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* 10. Please let us know how we can contact you, in case we have questions about your responses.

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