Why is there so little mention of the hotel on the mail-in conference registration form … and none at all in on-line registration?
Reserving a room at the hotel is separate from Conference registration. You must make your own reservation, but do not use the chain’s (800) number. Instead, please call the Clarion Inn directly at its local number, (937) 832-1234. Mention HD&F when making your reservation to obtain the special discount rate, unchanged since 2016, of $89 per night plus tax. Unfortunately, the tax rose by .25% in 2019. One improvement in 2019 was that the Clarion Inn began to guarantee our rates for three nights (in 2020, that would be from 27 through 29 March). This was in response to several requests from attendees who wanted to stay over the Sunday after HD&F for sightseeing or to visit friends in the region.
I went to the hotel's Web site and noticed that rooms are sometimes available at a lower price than HD&F's guaranteed rates. Why?
At times because of special promotions, you may indeed reserve rooms at lower rates. However, in view of 2019’s sellout, the hotel will probably not run a promotion during our weekend. Even if it did, such promotional reservations usually are nonrefundable. (Always read the ﬁne print!) If you reserve a room at the HD&F rate and later ﬁnd you cannot attend, you may cancel your reservation until noon of the day you would have arrived. Of course, notify the hotel of cancellations as quickly as possible so the room can be assigned to another attendee.
Exactly what does my registration fee include?
Why is there an “early bird” discount?
People who register early help us better to plan for HD&F. We return the favor with an “early bird” discount. The price of the Banquet, however, remains the same even after the expiration of the discount.
I have never purchased anything on line. Will you guide me through the process?
Do members of THE AGRA TREASURERS of Dayton and the nearby TANKERVILLE CLUB of Cincinnati receive discounts? Do HD&F staff get in free?
“Our professional charges are upon a fixed scale. We do not vary them, save when we remit them altogether.”
We shamelessly borrow much of the following wording from our collegues at A Scintillation of Scions: HOLMES, DOYLE, & FRIENDS is a fan-run event. All involved with managing HD&F are volunteers, and pay their own undiscounted registration fees, unless they are also speakers. Proceeds from registration are used to cover conference expenses, including maintenance of our Web site. THE TANKERVILLE CLUB of Cincinnati does indeed raﬄe oﬀ admissions to two lucky Tankervillains (sorry, we couldn’t resist that!), but the Club purchases those admissions. The only discount oﬀered is the one for early registration.
2020 Registration will open in the Fall.
2020 dates (27 & 28 March) are now definite!
Save the Date!
In view of 2019’s sellout, we urge potential attendees to register early. This is especially true for vendors! Vendor space sold out in 2017 and ’18. In 2019, it did so with exceptional rapidity. There may be less space available in 2020.