Originally Posted by MotorCityDuetto
Correct. Everyone has used lanyards since Nashville. Seattle then made better use of the ID tags with additional information on the back. I kept a set of all AROC convention lanyards/ID tags since Nashville for reference. Detroit expanded on the concept and placed the entire list of event information and passes onto the ID card with lanyard.
The only drawback is that the ID packet is now 8.5 inches long so that servers could read your banquet order, etc. Even so, it is still better than lost tickets and people who could not remember where or when is the next event is, where the room with the art display, and so on.
I agree that having everything on the lanyard tag is much more convenient. However, FTR, I feel obligated to mention that the server asked me what I ordered for dinner. Apparently, he did not bring his x-ray vision to work with him that evening. I am one of those non-conformists, as was Pat, who does not like to wear name tags, period; so mine was tucked in under my silk, brocaded, Japanese top, heavy and not easily seen through, that I managed not to spill anything on all evening, although, I was ill and coughing through most of the evening. And as a bonus, I spared Dave Yeager's suit who sat next to me. I was prepared to be like the airline and issue a dry cleaning voucher if anything happened.
The Potlatch ID tag had each registrant's registration number as well. That was in response to a suggestion I received in New Hampshire that we not issue separate tickets for the numerous door prizes. The Potlatch committee did not want to do a long, drawn-out door prize drawing at any of the venues, especially the banquet, so we drew numbers throughout the convention and posted the winners in the lobby so they could claim their gifts at their leisure.
Looking back, we should have posted the winners' names in the vendor room and people could have gotten their prize and thanked (most of) the donator at the same time.
I much prefer the way Seattle did it as opposed to sitting through various events where people end up losing their prizes because they are not present at the event for whatever reason and another ticket is drawn. Unless it is specifically stated that you have to be present to win, I think the way Seattle did it is both fairer and much less hassle for everyone involved. The suggestion that the prizes be claimed in the "Goody Room" is an excellent one and at most conventions it is open the majority of the time. I would still post the winner's name both at the registration area and in the Goody Room. Once the prize is claimed it could be checked off or marked in some way on the list in the Goody Room and/or registration area.
Another positive thing about the way Seattle did it is that it may create a new friendships based on someone seeing that someone has won a prize, doesn't know them, but recognizes their name on their name tag, and mentions it to them. A win/win situation since we know that not everyone knows everyone else at National conventions; especially, with the mix of "us" older ones and the new younger entrants, some trying it out for the first time. We certainly want to make them feel at home and welcome so that they will want to attend again.