A white sheet of paper that says: Survey on Meeting Dates.
The Eastern Division Executive Committee plans to conduct a survey on whether to change the dates of the meeting from the traditional December 27-30 slot. It is well known that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the traditional dates; less obvious is whether there are any other specific dates that would be widely favored, although this question has recently been discussed on several blogs. The survey will offer various possible alternative dates... The goal will therefore be to assess not only whether other specific dates are more popular than the traditional dates, but also whether the Eastern division meetings should continue to have in-person job interviews as one of their central functions.
The survey is expected in the second half of 2011, and the letter notes that it will affect future meetings "several years into the future," beyond the ones which have already been booked. It takes a long time to turn around the Titanic.
What say you, Smokers?