Friday, January 23, 2015


  The hosting city for 2015 TFMU is PHILADELPHIA!  This city was in the lead the entire time and won by a large margin.  Remember this is the city that has a city-wide convention going on while we are there so talk to your friends and start getting your roommates together.  I also suggest purchasing your airplane tickets as soon as you can because with over 7000 coming to town, the prices will surely only go higher. 
Watch the blog, twitter and facebook for more information regarding registration and hotel information.  Don't forget you can follow the blog via email.  Just subscribe and you will receive an email anytime we have a new post.

Hope to see you all in Philly!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Hello my friends!  I know you have been patiently waiting for the survey and I just want you to know that Lisa has been a HUGE help and working diligently while at her real job. However, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of ALL the things you need to consider when choosing a city.
This year’s search has been a little rougher than before. I am sad to say that New Orleans is NOT an option.  There are some big shenanigans going on the weekend of June 26th - 28th and all the hotels are booked. So our cities are Denver, St. Louis, and Philadelphia and a new southern city.  Philadelphia is having a city wide convention and it is driving up the prices on all the hotels.  However, Lisa was amazing enough to get us a couple of hotel options even with all the hoopla going on.  Try to keep this in mind when voting because it may mean restaurants and bars will be extra busy.  (I mean, EVERY freaking hotel is waiting for this convention.)
Keep airfare prices in mind when voting as well.  I tried to pick cities that are considered hubs to help keep prices down and so that our foreign buddies will have an easier time getting to us.  
I want to give you time to think about it before I give you the survey.  Here are the cities and APPROXIMATE hotel cost with the understanding we will have the same registration fees of $150.
First is Denver.  The hotel room would run around $200 a night and I am working on an all suite hotel right in downtown.
Second is St. Louis.  A night there would be about $150 a night.
Third is Philadelphia.  I am really excited about this but am concerned about the city-wide convention.  Hotel rooms would run $200 a night.
Fourth is North Dallas/ Richardson.  Now before you get your panties in a twist, here is why it is an option. The hotel reached out to me to hold our meet up. (Whoop!)  To get anywhere from the Dallas airport is a 30 minute car ride so why not ride up to a luxury hotel for a non luxury price.  It is in a business center area, however, there are bars and restaurants by the hotel plus, the DART is right there and will take you to Dallas or Fort Worth or where ever.  (Dallas Area Rapid Transit website)  You can fly into DFW or Dallas Love.  The hotel rooms will be close to 125.  

Give it some thought while I create the survey!  Hugs and kisses to you all.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


     Hi all! Just wanted to give you a brief update of where in the research process I am.  For those of you who attended last year, you know I have thrown out a few cities to look into.  Right now they are New Orleans, Denver, St. Louis, and Philly.  This year we have decided to not only provide a survey of cities for you to choose from but with those cities, give you an estimate of how much it will cost excluding travel.  I feel like this will enable more people who vote to be able to actually attend. Also, MsKathy and I are planning on TFMU 2015 to be June 25th - 28th.  
      An attendee from last year is helping find an inexpensive location that meets all our needs.  Her name is Lisa Mikita and I can not rave enough about her.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional and is trying to get us all the goodies with the hotel!  Yay!
      We are still waiting on quite a few proposals but as soon as I get them and can come up with the numbers I will post a survey.  I'm thinking by the end of next week.
    Hope all of you are well and enjoying the holidays. 
          Mindy Gibson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Hi there!  Here is a satisfaction survey to let us know how much you enjoyed TFMU 2014.  Thank you for taking the time to fill this out.  


Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Banner Making 101


Here's the information you will need to enjoy the workshop while you learn to create a simple banner.

Here is the link to the download for GIMP. 
Mac Users will need to know which version of OS X they are running. GIMP on OS X
Just select the package according to your version of OS X.
Preview by Yahoo

Windows users need to use this link. GIMP - Downloads - they will need to scroll about half way down and click on "show other downloads" then scroll down until they see GIMP for Windows and click on the link that says "Download GIMP 2.8.10"
GIMP - Downloads
GIMP for Unix-like systems It's very likely your Unix-like system such as a GNU/Linux distribution already comes with a GIMP package.
Preview by Yahoo

Attendees need to come with GIMP downloaded and the application already opened on their laptop. Also, attendees need to have the banner pic saved to their desktop where it is easily accessible. This will save time as we are on a schedule. 


If you have trouble getting the picture, it can be located in the TFMU-Connections FB group as well.    

If you have questions, check out the FB group.

See everyone in a few days! 


Thursday, July 3, 2014


July??  How the hell did that sneak up on us?  Believe it or not, we’ll all be in Nashville in less than a week.  SQUEEE!!!!

We’re excited to see that you’ve been using TFMU Connections on FaceBook to make plans to enjoy your free time.  So many great things going on July 11-13!  Twilight Trivia games, tattoos, swap table, sightseeing, and some interesting recipes for Gummi Bears.

So before you get on that plane or drive that car to Nashville, click the Schedule tab on the blog or the link below for the pdf.

The schedule will stay posted on the blog for quick reference.  You can also download a PDF copy to your device.  

We can’t wait to see you there!

Mindy, Michelle, and Kathy