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    Friday, May 2nd, 2014
    1:08 am
    [koakako]
    We will have to Cancel RCFM 2014
    We know that people have been waiting to hear news about RCFM 2014. My apologies for not saying something sooner, but we've been discussing alternatives for this year and trying to make the convention happen - despite some really bad news. Unfortunately, it looks as though RCFM is going to be cancelled once again.

    The hotel in Decatur that we were going to be at had a pipe freeze and break back in January. The flooding practically destroyed a large part of the hotel building, and they won't re-open until sometime this summer. WE just learned about this 4 weeks ago, because they did not tell us about this problem when it happened. They DID, however, shut off their room reservations system. Which we were also not informed of, though it's apparently caused some confusion for quite a few people. Naturally we asked for our (hefty) deposit back and cancelled the contract... and we've spent the past month discussing possibilities, such as campgrounds or renting an unconventional arena space, but we've been unable to come up with some way to host RCFM this year.

    We've also spent the past two weeks discussing the idea that maybe we should end RCFM for good, closing the corporate entity, cancelling our 501(c)7 filing, and just fade into the night never to be seen again. I don't like the idea of never bringing the whole Family back together again, but two years of constant struggle simply to find a hotel we can afford has been very tiring on all of the Staff involved.

    This issue is not actually settled yet. The poll results (regarding an end to the convention) have been conflicting and those who have passion to continue RCFM are finding their voice, whereas those of us who are worn out from dealing with the hotel issue aren't saying much at all. The campground idea is still on the table, as is the idea of completely starting over with a new name. We've even considered merging with the Birmingham Furs and moving about 100 miles South, but so far we still lack a truly good idea that would allow us to believe that RCFM will continue.

    My biggest regret in all this is that we had to tell Rick Griffin for the second time that we would be unable to host the convention at which he was to be Guest of Honor. He is a genuinely nice guy, a popular and talented artist, and he deserves much better than to have been let down yet again.

    Actually, we've all been let down. Yet again. And this time it wasn't some unexpected hotel politics, it was simply an act of Nature. Though it WOULD have been nice if we'd known about it sooner, so we could have posted this information two months ago instead of now. I speak for all of the hard-working Staff when I say that we sincerely regret causing any problems or confusion for anyone who was making plans to be here with us this year. If there's any way we could make RCFM happen this year... we haven't found that way yet. And we've certainly been trying to find a way.

    We have our memories of years past and new friends made, those people who you now talk to almost every day that you met when you went to that fun and informal little convention in Huntsville. We are still the RCFM Family, no matter where you are in the world or what you're doing today. We still would like to come together for yet another Family Reunion (hopeful name for RCFM 11?), but if we do come together for another RCFM... we do not yet know how or when we will be able to make that happen.

    Thank you to everyone who has ever been here with us, everyone who has ever made such good memories at the convention possible, and everyone who has ever done their part - however large or small - to make RCFM the wonderfully good Family that we have become. Thank you so much for making all of our lives that little bit better. I sincerely hope we get together again some day, to make new friends, new memories, new Family.
    Thursday, November 21st, 2013
    12:19 am
    [jugularjaguar]
    Hey Gang
      After a delay of launch we are working forward to our next shot of having our next RCFM.  This time it will be in Decatur, just outside of Huntsville, AL

    Our GoH is Rick Griffin.  He is a fantastic artist and we look forward to seeing him again.  We are moving forward.  Share the word that we are getting ready for another year!

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Thursday, July 25th, 2013
    9:53 am
    [jugularjaguar]
    Fangcon Newsletter for 2013

    Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, Furries of all ages, you are invited to the Greatest convention in the Furry Fandom. We would entice you join us and our Circus family for the second year of Fangcon http://www.furaffinity.net/user/fangcon/ Fangcon. This year in Knoxville, TN. Our convention Circus circuit has us at a new location, Holiday Inn in beautiful Knoxville, TN! You may start your planning now and making those reservations for our Oct. 31st to the Nov. 4th long weekend. You need to get those front row seats now for the best viewing. You should consider up grading those memberships to our Sponsor and Super Sponsor Levels. We will be adding perks as they come in and likely some secret ones too, to be give out at the con.

    Under the Big Top

    Part of the entertainment planned will be the popular Furry Drama Show. The show will be offering videos and staged acts of comedy, entertainment as well as musicians too. You may submit your acts to them through their FA account.

    The Freak Show

    We are gathering up the most amazing and wondrous creatures that the world has to offer. You will gaze in astonishment at the truly bizarre we have found. Some of the people have lives that are beyond amazement. You may believe it or you may not!!! Note the extra exclamation points! We could not add those if this were not true.

    Carnie Games of Skills

    Test your wits, test your agility and see what you can do. We will be offering up a variety of games that you can win prizes at. Our games will have a low cost to you with proceeds to Tiger Haven with all sorts of prizes you can win!!!

    For your Amazement

    Our Schedule of events is posted now!! Not a week before the con, not days or even hours but months in advance. We dare to tread where no other con, furry or otherwise can dare to try, doing work in advance! Go ahead and take a look. If you wish to add your act to the fun and games, contact Draconis and Nightwolf (or whoever) and we will add your panel or event also well in advance of the con.

    Simply Amazing!!!

    Be a part of the excitement, be a part of the fun Benji and Nightwolf will be looking for volunteers of course. When you register you can sign up and be one of our cast. Rub shoulders with some of the most talented Fursonalities in the fandom. One of this our Guest of Honor Artist Kyoht!! Watch her at Fangcon as she works the elements totally unprotected!!! You can watch her here:http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kyoht/ or here:http://kyoht.com

    Sell your wares!

    Our Dealer Den is full at this time. But if you really want to be in the Den Please register and we can place you on the waiting list as some may have to cancel. Tables are full but contacting Shelby Allen and sign up now this will get you on our back up list.

    While the "official" dates are November 1st - 3rd, we will also be doing some fun stuff before the con on October 31st and after on November 4th. We'd love to have you join us. You'll be able to hang out with members of the Board of Directors and staff for some activities away from the hotel. Knoxville, TN has tons of things to see and do so we're taking advantage of as much as we can.

    Fangcon, the Greatest Furry Con in the Fandom! The greatest Furry Con in the World! As always please share this newsletter on your FA, LJ, your FB or local mailing list or newsletter. We hope to see you there!!!!

    Friday, February 15th, 2013
    7:52 pm
    [bunnyhalberd]
    Rocket City FurMeet 11 Posponed until 2014
    It is with a very heavy heart that I write this.

    Due to the loss of our contract with the Huntsville Airport Sheraton and the RCFM Board being unable to locate another hotel at a price point we can afford, the RCFM Board of Directors has voted to postpone Rocket City FurMeet 11: All Systems Go! until 2014.

    This means there will not be a RCFM in 2013.


    What happened?

    Late in 2012 the RCFM Board entered into an agreement with the Huntsville Airport Sheraton to host the convention for 2013. Sadly there were a number of misunderstandings on both sides of the table; the hotel did not fully understand what type of a convention RCFM is, and the Board did not realize that the entire hotel is under TSA control. Hosting a furry convention in TSA controlled space would have been an unusual one to say the least - for example, the TSA does not allow full face masks anywhere in space it controls. This would have included fursuit heads.

    Upon realizing there was a mutual misunderstanding the hotel allowed RCFM to cancel our contract with no penalty and a full refund of the deposit paid, an option which the Board voted to take.

    Immediately following this a search for a new hotel began at a furious pace.

    Only one hotel was found that was available and willing to host RCFM in 2013. This would have required changing dates yet again, which the Board was willing to do, but they required a full payment of the entire expense up front, rather than at the end of the convention. We simply could not afford it -- normally hotels require payment at the end of the convention, after we've collected the registration fees from both pre and door registrations -- but in this case they wanted everything well in advance.


    What comes next?

    The RCFM Board is already looking for a new venue in 2014 that'll let us return to our traditional Memorial Day Weekend date.


    On behalf of the Rocket City FurMeet Board of Directors, I deeply apologize for any inconvenience this will cause you. We felt that it was best to not put our attendees in a situation where they might be in conflict with the TSA.

    If you have any questions you may contact me directly at bunny@rcfm.net. I might not be able to answer your question, but I'll do my best to get it forwarded over to someone who can.

    Current Mood: crushed
    Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
    11:28 pm
    [jugularjaguar]
    RCFM newsletter 1
    Mission Postponed!
    RCFM flight normally scheduled for Memorial day weekend has been post phone to a launch date window of June 14-16th, 2013.  
    In addition the launch pad where RCFM can be found has also been relocated to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
    1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW Huntsville, AL 35824  This location is at the Huntsville Airport so no need of a shuttle!
    All attendees will be entitled to "Free Parking" for this event.
    Flight Information
    The Guest of Honor for this flight is test subject Rick Griffon known for his online comic House Pets.  He will be there for panels and other
    artist related events. Please check out his works at http://www.housepetscomic.com/
    To be a part of this historic launch you will need to join ranks with us some time soon at http://www.rcfm.net/registration stay
    tuned for when this opens.
     There will be other entertainment also. The Furry Drama Show returns with new music and videos.  As always they (Wilfred Brimley, err
    Keefur) will be looking forward to your acts.  We are looking for skits of comedy, Dancing, singing and stand up comedy.  You can also
    submit videos too. No performance should exceed 3 minutes.  (Furries have short attention spans you know).
    Space Souvenirs
     Are you looking for an extra space rock or perhaps left over Space Shuttle parts?  You won't find them here but we will might fill out
    your collection with other unusal items brought from all over the US of A. and put together in one space for your convenience. There is
    also those who might have space rocks to sell, not likely, but if wish to be a dealer you may contact Mission Control Officer Yoken here:
    Opportunities abound in the Space, Market!
      There are hundreds of skilled jobs being offered in the Space exploration market here at RCFM. Well, maybe not hundreds but a lot. We need
    leadership and staff in registering hundreds (really) of tourists to our complex, Artist Alley, Con Book, Marketing, and Newsletter also. If you are
    interested contact Snap E Tiger  or better email your interest to  snapEtiger@rcfm.net  Today!  Let him know what you are interested in as well as any experience
    you may have.
    Please share this vital newsletter on any mailing list or newsgroup you believe will find interest in this valuable information
    More news to come as updates come in.
    Mission Control Out. 
    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
    11:51 am
    [maricorgi]
    Need to find commissioner from RCFM
    Hey all, I have a couple of badges left from RCFM that I couldnt deliver. I cant find these characters on FA or DA so I'm not sure who to send them to. I was supposed to deliver them at the con but the person in question never showed back up.

    Do you know who these characters belong to?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/05ga31yf54ju65l/badges.jpg

    Thanks!

    Current Mood: lazy
    Monday, May 28th, 2012
    10:40 pm
    [koakako]
    The First Decade of RCFM
    RCFM is here and gone away again. Was a really good year, a bit chaotic and a lot of last-minute efforts - but that's often how we end up pulling together as a family and making a good time for everyone.

    Between the Charity Auction, Duckie's Poker Tournament, donations, the annual threat of shaving The Cat, that big donation at Closing (thank you, person who's name I don't remember), and the help of so many good people, we raised $2000 for PCDS. Woo!

    We also welcomed Kiran and Alex back on Staff, as well as having Kurse, Keefur, and several others join us for planning next year. We will miss Brim dearly, and said so at Opening and Closing - which were both slapdash affairs that everyone seemed to get a kick out of. And Alex is Staff member X for the next year. (All your fault, hate to say it but...)

    We had 242 people here this year, which is just fabulous and exciting. We had very little in the way of advertising and announcements, being a bit understaffing and less organized than we should have been... we made it happen, and it was good. Everybody post Pictures, please!

    Next year will be even better. Planning for RCFM 2013, "The Eleventh Hour", will have a surge of optimism and drive, with the passion of an excellent Staff who will be looking forward to it for the next 361 days and be working to make it the best place to be!

    That closes out the first RCFM decade. Please send comments to "feedback@rcfm.net" and help us make it all even better. ;)

    Current Mood: exhausted
    11:43 am
    [violentdragking]
    Fun con! Things were a little all over the place, but I'm so glad you guys got the con going this year, and thank you to all the wonderful staff! Thanks too to Fossil for the tattoo work and for being all around awesome, down to earth, and having great stories. I can't wait for next year! The Eleventh Hour is perfect, because Lobo is going to be...Doctor Roo, cosplaying (in suit) as the 11th doctor. Can't wait. :3

    Anyone who took pictures of the red kangaroo fullsuit (Lobo Roo) I'd be eternally grateful if you sent me the pictures/linked me to them! I'm Lobo_Roo on FA, obviously this is me here, and my e-mail is kumochan@gmail.com .
    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
    3:20 pm
    [samiitiger]
    Rest In Peace, Brimstone
    This morning, I heard through the Twitter grapevine that one of RCFM's beloved members and former staff, brimstone4172 passed away from heart failure. Brim was on staff when I was welcomed aboard, and he was known both for being a friendly face and being a wicked awesome baker (does "Chocolate Hell" cake sound familiar?). I speak for myself when I say that he will be missed, but I'm certain the sentiment rings true for many of us.

    My condolences go out to both Brim's immediate family and our larger RCFM family.

    Samii

    Current Mood: disappointed
    Saturday, May 19th, 2012
    5:35 am
    [shane_lafleur]
    Looking For A Room
    Hello All, Shane here.

    With less than a week to go, I'm so looking forward to going to RCFM. :) I have my airfare, my registration (Booster again, yay!) but I currently don't have a room to sleep in.

    The wonderful friends I stayed with the last two years aren't able to come this year due to money issues and I can't afford to book a room myself. :(

    I'm generally quiet, I keep to myself and most likely will be out and about for most of the day for each day of the con. I will accept any sleeping arrangement (even sleeping on the floor) and am not too picky about the type of people I room with. I will gladly adhere to any room rules set forth and will be respectful of others in the room. :) Money is a little bit tight this year, so I can't afford to pay too much for my share. I am willing to work something out in terms of payment :)

    I will be at RCFM starting late Friday morning and will be staying until Monday afternoon.

    Thanks in advance and I look forward to seeing everyone at RCFM! :)

    ~Shane LaFleur~

    AIM: SashaFan9278

    Yahoo: sashalafleurfan9278

    E-mail: sashalafleurfan9278@yahoo.com

    Twitter: @DJShaneLaFleur

    Current Mood: hopeful
    Sunday, May 13th, 2012
    7:17 pm
    [koakako]
    How to find the new Hotel
    Hey Y'all,

    A question came up about the new hotel, so I thought I'd mention something here about it.

    To get there you go to the old Radisson Suite hotel, at 6000 Mem. Parkway South, then drive up the road behind it about 2 blocks. The new Hilton Garden Inn is on the right, up that road behind the Radisson.

    It's just that easy. ;)
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    9:27 am
    [koakako]
    Schedule is almost complete!
    Hiya!

    Meant to post something sooner, but 3D life is just kicking... parts of me around, lately.

    This year will be the "relaxicon" that people have been asking to have for years. Not as much on the schedule as last year, and that's a good thing! I even scheduled an hour where I plan to sit and watch the TV in the lobby, because by then I know I'll need to just sit and not do anything for a while. :P

    A lot of what the Schedule of Events will be is already up on the site! Check the "Events" tab to see what I mean. (www.rcfm.net)

    Of course - some of it needs to be modified and some things need to be added, which I've been doing this morning, but we're also running out of time for any new additions! If there's something you want to do at RCFM, be sure to add your submission by clicking the submissions link on the Events Schedule page of the website.

    More changes coming very soon, but keep in mind that the deadline to submit events is rapidly closing in on us. Probably in about 5-6 days will be the last we'll be able to add new events.

    See you all in 22 days! :D
    Sunday, April 29th, 2012
    9:35 pm
    [squeakybunny]
    Is there a room share-ride share area somewhere?
    Maybe I'm missing something but is there a place for room or ride shares?

    I need some floor space to crash in.

    Jimmy
    Monday, March 12th, 2012
    11:07 pm
    [bushycat]
    Peep? Dealer table information?
    A peep from a longtime dealer....
    Hello >^;;^<

    I am hoping for a staff member to contact me with further information about obtaining dealer tables for 2012. I went through the registration process and indicated interest in tablespace. No response so far, but I suspect you've been pretty busy getting the convention organized and perhaps haven't had time to contact prospective dealers yet.

    I did send a couple of emails, but I might have been trying to contact the wrong staff member. (or their replies were possibly eaten by my over-zealous spam filter) If someone in the know can please email me regarding table availability and reservations, I would greatly appreciate it. I need to finalize my travel plans soon.

    Thanks very much!
    I know you guys have been very busy with the move to a new hotel and all the delightful details that go with a big move!

    I'm looking forwards to another great RCFM.... the theme sounds great.

    Stay well, and stay Furry

    BushyCat
    YoroidenGi@aol.com
    Monday, February 13th, 2012
    2:38 pm
    [twistedspectrum]
    RCFM Revolution! Also, pre-reg is open!
    Hey, fellow furs and convention enthusiasts! Long time no chat! =3

    We've heard some nasty rumors going on about us, and we feel that it's time for us to lay some of those to rest. First and foremost, yes, there will be an RCFM this year! Though we've had a lot of changes in the RCFM landscape since we closed our doors for 'To The Nines' (not least of which was Brody stepping down as head cat), and a lot of complications thrown our way (malfunctioning computers are not our friends!) we're back on track and prepared to have a convention that's going to blow your socks off! It's our tenth year in existence, after all - how could it be anything but amazing? So let me wet your palettes with a few tidbits of information, so you can start to get prepared for all of the awesome that's coming your way for Memorial Day Weekend.

    Hotel: In an effort to meet our convention needs, we're moving away from the Embassy this year (which, while beautiful, is just too much hotel for us. Phew!) have secured a very nice, much more affordable location near downtown Huntsville, one that's got easier access to food places and the like. The Hilton Garden Inn of South Huntsville is a pleasant hotel right around the corner from the Radisson we started at, and they're just as excited about us being there as we are! Check out some pictures here.

    Website: Our website got an amazing overhaul, thanks to the most wonderful Fossil. He's done a great job helping us this year, and is super-awesome! (can we keep him?)

    Staff Changes: At the end of last year, we said goodbye to Brody, and welcomed Shiro as our Head Cat. Having been with RCFM for more than half of our existence, he seems excited to be in charge! Of course, he hasn't yet witnessed the amount of joy we get from teasing our Chairman...good thing he's blonde, since that'll hide the gray we're bound to put on his head fairly well! (Are you prepared, Shiro? We are. Muahahaha...)
    Also, we're excited to welcome back CORSI as our Fursuit Track Lead! Corsi is full of surprises and excitement, and this titmouse is sure to keep our suiters on their toes!

    We're also planning on having a swingin' 70s Disco this year, so break out your zoot suits and the like and get ready to boogie down! Fossil has promised to teach us how to waltz, too, so maybe we'll get to show out in style. =3 Also in the works is a BRONY panel - we know that'll appeal to a lot of you out there. ^.~ *brohoof*

    Pre-registration is now open! So get ready, get set - and we'll see you this Memorial Day Weekend!

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us or just reply here, and we'll get to you quickly. =3

    - Spectrum
    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    10:50 pm
    [koakako]
    Pictures of the New Hotel!
    So I took a whole bunch of photos of the new hotel when Setsu and I were visiting there. The Staff have been seeing the photos for planning stuff, but there's no reason not to share them here.

    Photobucket is weird, though. If you want to see the pics in order, you have to go to the last one and hit "previous" to see the walk-through of the building.

    http://s376.photobucket.com/albums/oo207/koakako_bucket/Hilton%20Garden%20Inn%20Hotel%20-%201-23-12/
    Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    11:55 am
    [twistedspectrum]
    RCFM Update!
    We're getting things done. Promise!
    This is copy/pasted from our FA page:

    Hey, fellow furs and convention enthusiasts! Long time no chat! =3

    We've heard some nasty rumors going on about us, and we feel that it's time for us to lay some of those to rest. First and foremost, yes, there will be an RCFM this year! Though we've had a lot of changes in the RCFM landscape since we closed our doors for 'To The Nines' (not least of which was Brody stepping down as head cat), and a lot of complications thrown our way (malfunctioning computers are not our friends!) we're back on track and prepared to have a convention that's going to blow your socks off! It's our tenth year in existence, after all - how could it be anything but amazing? So let me wet your palettes with a few tidbits of information, so you can start to get prepared for all of the awesome that's coming your way for Memorial Day Weekend.

    Hotel: In an effort to meet our convention needs, we're moving away from the Embassy this year (which, while beautiful, is just too much hotel for us. Phew!) and are securing a very nice, much more affordable location near downtown Huntsville, one that's got easier access to food places and the like. There will be an announcement about that just as soon as pre-registration opens up, so while you're registering for con, you can also get your roomspaces lined up!

    Pre-registration: Should be open within the next two weeks. The announcement about pre-reg will be in conjunction with the announcement concerning our hotel (oh man, I can't wait to show you guys these pictures!), so keep your eyes and ears open!

    Website: Our website is going to get an overhaul, with the help of the most amazing Fossil, who has been more helpful in the past six months than anyone can ever know. (Can we keep him?)

    So prepare yourselves, furries! We're gearing up for some fun stuff, and we're excited to have you along for the ride!
    Friday, October 14th, 2011
    8:46 am
    [koakako]
    Work continues on RCFM 10!
    I realize we haven't managed to communicate here on the Public list recently the things that we've been discussing and getting done on the Board and Staff lists, so... sorry about that. We should've posted more here to let you know some of the things that have been going on.

    Although, to be honest, it's mostly been boring stuff like budgetary reorganization. And how right now our Guest of Honor, Fossil, is already cranking out RCFM artwork. Sometimes there's just not much to report about until we get closer to May...

    One thing I would like to let everyone know about, though, is that we unanimously voted to ask Illya to join us as one of the Board of Directors. He joined the list a couple of days ago and he already dove straight into the discussions of organizational things the Board is currently considering.

    So everyone please congratulate our newest Director, Illya. ;) *insert flashing applause sign here*

    (We'll come up with a title for him soon enough. Maybe he'll think of one he likes, though? Directors get to make decisions like that...)

    KO
    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
    8:49 am
    [brodycatsmouth]
    Thank you!
    There's a ton of things to write about, but for now, I'm busy with lots of follow up. For now, let me say thank you for coming to RCFM. You guys are the reason we host! Love ya all! More entries to come.
    8:24 am
    [twistedspectrum]
    RCFM Con Report!
    The 'as official as you can get' con report is up on the RCFM FA page (and if you're not watching RCFM on FurAffinity, why not? Get to it!) You can find it here: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2396033/ . Feel free to comment on the journal discussing your favorite highlights, your worst moments, what could have been done differently, what you loved, what you hated. How else do we know what you want if you don't help us out and tell us? =3

    If you have any pictures you'd like posted on the RCFM FA page, please e-mail me at twisted[dot]spectrum[at]gmail.com. Please make sure you include how you want us to credit the image (either with an FA name or a real name).

    Just a real quick note - my volunteers were awarded over 500 hours, and almost 10% of the attendees this year were volunteers! That's awesome. Good job, guys!

    Thanks so much for coming, and I can't wait to see you next year!
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