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11/14/2021 09:12:32 pm
I thought the venue was very nice. I thought the dinner was very good and I appreciated having a vegetarian option. But I was very disappointed in the speaker. First of all, I thought the title was misleading. I expected to hear about “ peace in the Middle East” not the dynamics of Israel. I found it unexciting to hear in such detail, the speakers involvement 40 years ago. Or even ten years ago for that matter.
11/15/2021 12:18:40 pm
I completely agree with Ann’s assessment of the speaker. I would have appreciated his insight as to possible solutions to the peace process not a long hard to follow history lesson of the region.
11/15/2021 07:25:10 am
The dinner was very good. The chairs were uncomfortable. The room temperature was way too cool. I was excited to hear the speaker talk on a subject I found very interesting. My disappointment was profound. The poor guy just was no good at communicating excitement about the subject. I found him very hard to follow. But we learned and will vet the next speaker more throughly.
11/15/2021 07:49:40 am
Well stated assessment, Biff. We are always striving to improve, and this is a clear opportunity to do so.
11/15/2021 08:25:29 am
It was great to meet in person again! The reception was nice and the dinner was delicious. I could not hear the speaker. I sent additional comments by email to World Affairs Council.
11/15/2021 08:31:47 am
As other members have stated, the reception, dinner and service were good., However the speaker was a disappointment:poor communication skills; topic really not addressed; sound system quality marginal, as well.
11/15/2021 09:17:13 am
Speaker shared very informative material, but I wish it had been more personalized.
11/15/2021 10:29:11 am
Great speaker content AND a professional speaker is the ideal combination and hard to find. Maybe the Program committee can acquire videos from potential speakers to vet them.
11/15/2021 05:22:04 pm
The speaker was very narrow in his subject matter and did not address Peace in the Middle East , just the Israeli and Palestinian conflict .
11/16/2021 08:06:18 am
11/15/2021 06:30:21 pm
We enjoyed seeing everyone at the new venue. The TV screens were a good improvement - easier to see. The dinner was very average. There was no coffee service although the cream and sugar were on the table. The room was extremely cold and the chair backs were very uncomfortable. The servers were very nice and did a great job.. The speaker was hard to follow and didn't seem to talk about the subject we came to hear.
11/16/2021 07:58:08 am
A special thanks to everyone that has taken the time to comment on the first dinner event of the season.
11/16/2021 08:16:40 am
Let me address some of the issues other than the speaker.
11/17/2021 09:25:33 am
I am a member of IW CC and would liked to have seen the reception area handled VERY differently. There were dining areas that could have accommodated everyone prior to the opening of the ballroom. Dinner was average and too late. I do believe the staff did all they could but there is a serious shortage of help everywhere. If you go to IWCC again I would be happy to help in any way.
11/17/2021 07:31:24 pm
Allen & Marilyn Shapiro
11/17/2021 03:39:54 pm
We concur with the majority of comments submitted to date and are most appreciative of the responses provided by Jim McFarlin and Ken Bouldin. Our comments, hopefully not too repetitious, are as follows.
11/17/2021 07:37:24 pm
Allen and Marilyn,
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