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patti6919

April 24 FLPC Spring Mini held in Tampa

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I would just like to thank Patti, Richard, Michael, and Bill for a great mini. And thank you to all the presenters for some very good info. Chuck, the ABT's we fantastic! To everyone we met, it was great meeting and seeing all of you again.

Bill

PS. I'm sorry we couldn't stay for the soldering presentation. I put it into a pdf format, but the file is too large to attach it here, so if you are interested, PM me with your email address and I will send it to you.

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Hello,

Just would like to said thanks to Patti and Richard for letting us use thier home for the mini and to Bill, Michael and all the rest for putting on the mini. This was my first one and first year for doing LOR. I got a lot of great info and I'm sure that I will be using it.

Again thanks,

Mike

Port Charlotte FL

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I would as well like to thank Patti and Richard. They did a FANTASTIC job of hosting. The entire Florida Planet Christmas team went out of there way to make eveyone welcome. I had not only a great time but learned a lot. Again thanks to all.

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I would just like to thank Patti, Richard, Michael, and Bill for a great mini. And thank you to all the presenters for some very good info. Chuck, the ABT's we fantastic! To everyone we met, it was great meeting and seeing all of you again.

Bill

PS. I'm sorry we couldn't stay for the soldering presentation. I put it into a pdf format, but the file is too large to attach it here, so if you are interested, PM me with your email address and I will send it to you.

Anybody who is interested in learning something about soldering should order this pdf file as it has some excellent points on soldering. I'm sorry Bill had to leave before he made this presentation as it would have been a good one. Maybe next mini!!

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thanks to patti & richard for letting us all in, and to everyone else that put on the mini. it was great to finally meet so many of you, and say hi to those i knew already. it was definately a good shot of christmas to get me back into it. look foward to the next one.

chip

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Next year's mini will likely be in South Florida. (Somewhere near my house.) Details will be posted as they become available.

Too bad you're such a Nancy about driving out off your block.

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A Great Big Thank You to Patti and Richard for being such "Fantastic" hosts for the Mini.

It was my first "mini" and I did not know what to expect and was a little concerned since my sister and I are such "Newbies". But I can say that the entire group was more and wonderful making us feel quite comfortable and welcome. Thanks to Bill, and Michael for all of the wonderful things and ideas. Thanks to Chuck for the ABT's, which were so fantastic there are no words to praise them adequately. The entire group made us feel right at home. I brought home a lot of answers to many questions that I went with, some great ideas and solutions. As well as a back seat full of Christmas items to add to our 2010 display. We had a wonderful time and hope to be able to do it again. Danielle, thanks so much for the pictures. Thank you all !

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I would also like to add my thanks to Patti and Richard for opening up their house and to the rest of the FPC group for putting on such a great mini. The LOR presentation (or lack of) was one of the most informative I think I have attended, great plan.

Thanks again for letting me pe a part of your group.

Jerry

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I would also like to add my thanks to Patti and Richard for opening up their house and to the rest of the FPC group for putting on such a great mini. The LOR presentation (or lack of) was one of the most informative I think I have attended, great plan.

Thanks again for letting me pe a part of your group.

Jerry

Patti, Bill, Lee, and I wanted a Mini that was more interactive then just sitting and listening to one presentation after another. We wanted each decorator to help each other and all contribute when applicable. I felt like this Florida Mini came the closest to this concept. I thought the LOR session was perfect. Many different people were sharing how they sequence and offering tips. I think we all learned something from the LOR session.

I want to thank everyone for attending and making this Mini a success.

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Richard and I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful comments about us hosting the mini. It was our pleasure to have everyone here and we hope you all enjoyed the time spent with your fellow decorators. We gave the neighbors a chuckle over the mega tree going up in April but all in all I think that the participation of everyone that attended is what made this a very memorable mini.

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