How CVLR Registration Works

The link to the map of the floor layout originally was only in a lower paragraph, but, due to comments that it was too hard to find, we are adding a link to it at the top of the page, too.  Click here for the Menomonie map and click here for the Eau Claire map.

In order to make registration easier and less confusing, we are continuing the changes that we implemented last February . We have refined a few of them, too. Notice the time changes listed in this e-mail. Over the next four weeks we will send you these changes in steps . Please read them all and follow them. We will send all of them together again the Monday before registration.

Your booklet will arrive about August 4. As usual, it is bright pink. After you receive your Fall 2017 booklet, select your classes in order of the priority to you.

Since everyone needs to renew their memberships this fall, either send in your membership renewal at least a week before registration to Elizabeth whose address is on the membership renewal form or come early to registration. You may print out extra copies of the membership form from cvlr.org. Membership renewal opens at 9:15 a.m. at both locations.

Registration is Thursday, August 24. We will be letting members into the room to stand in line at the table for their top priority class/trip at 9:45. If you think the line for your number one selection is too long and you don’t think you can get into the class/trip, go to the second one on your list. As soon as everyone has lined up in an orderly fashion, we will start sign up, anywhere between 9:45 and 10:00. Registration ends at 11:00.

Here is the second step in preparing for registration. Split the classes/trips with limits with one buddy who also wants to attend them. You get in one line, and your buddy gets in the other. Then you sign up for each other.

Remember classes with limits are split half to Menomonie and half to Eau Claire. For example, if a class has a limit of 30, 15 sign-ups will be available at in-person registration in Menomonie and 15 will be available in Eau Claire. Plan your sign up accordingly.

Have your checks for any classes or trips with fees ready when you walk into registration. Put the class/trip number and your member number on the check. If you get on the wait list for the offering, hold onto the check to use if there is an opening later or on the other city’s sign-up.

If you have a friend who is interested in joining CVLR, recommend that person looks at cvlr.org. The site has the complete listing of classes and trips for fall after August 4. You and your friend may access and print out the entire pink registration booklet, additional copies of the membership form, the calendar for Fall 2017, and maps of registration layouts for both Menomonie and Eau Claire. Rather than getting another booklet, you have all the information at your fingertips.

If your friend does want a booklet, check the libraries in Menomonie, Eau Claire, Altoona, and Chippewa Falls, the senior centers in Menomonie and Eau Claire, or the museum in Menomonie after August 7 in the afternoon.

Although we saw some improvement in the Spring/Summer term, we still have a problem with members signing up for classes and not showing up. On average, the percentage of members who sign up and don’t show up for a class runs between 25% to as much as 60% later in the term We suspect this is because members find many of the offerings interesting. They sign up for those that interest them, but, when the time comes to attend the class, something else may have arisen that is more important, and they do not attend. We request that you only sign up for classes you know you will attend. If others interest you and you find later that you have the time to attend, watch for “These classes next week have openings” e-mail. Inflated class sizes prompt us to seek out larger venues, run off more handouts, give the presenters unrealistic attendance numbers, and in general unnecessarily make preparations to accommodate more. If the class has a limit and you do not show up, you have taken the spot of someone else who really wanted to take the class.

Please help us get the attendance numbers in line. Sign up for the classes you know you will attend and then add more later during the term if you find you have the time.

Wait lists are set up for hands-on classes, tours, and trips with limits. A wait list tells the coordinator that you want to attend the class or trip if an opening or cancellation occurs. Signing up on the wait list does not mean you are signed up for the class or trip. Only sign up on a wait list if you intend to keep the date open. Most wait list people do not get contacted until a day or two prior to the class/trip to replace a member who for some unexpected reason cannot attend. If you sign up on the wait list, keep the date open on your calendar until after the class/trip is past. Wait list sign-up sheets are printed on colored, not white, paper.

We have planned where the sign up sheets for each offering will be placed at registration and created a map showing the location of each. Click here to access the Menomonie map, and click here to access the Eau Claire map. Use it to know where your priority classes/trips are located and plan your sign-up at registration. If you do not have a computer, ask a friend or grandchild to print one out for you. We will also have them available at the door at registration.

When you arrive at registration, we will give you a sheet to record the classes/trips you sign up. You will also have an option to record if you signed up on a wait list.

Please pick up a sheet and record each class on it as you sign up. This will help you remember what you have signed up for and give you a record to use throughout the term. We suggest you bring a clipboard so that you may easily record your sign-ups. Put the classes that you signed up for on your calendar immediately when you get home.

Register at either Menomonie or Eau Claire location for the entire line up of classes and trips.

 

Mail-in Registration Instructions

If at all possible, please send in your mail-in registration by August 24.  If you cannot attend in-person registration or send your mail-in registration by August 24, we will accept your registration after that date.  Please note that in-person registrations take priority over mail-in registrations.  If you are interested in a class or trip that has limits, we recommend that you sign up in person or ask another member to sign up in person for you for that class or trip so that you can get into it.

Current members need to renew their memberships because they all expired.  Both current and new members must complete the membership form and send it along with your $30 membership fee for the Fall 2017 and the Spring/Summer 2018 terms. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive your membership card.

Click here to access the mail-in registration forms. Print your name and membership number at the top of each part of the form. Place a check mark before the courses or trips in which you are interested. Use a separate form for each member.

Copy the form or print out additional forms for additional members.

As a mail-in registrant, you are not signed up for classes with limits or fees until you are contacted. Do not send a check until then.

Please send your registration and/or membership form to the address on the form.  Elizabeth will reply to you via e-mail that your registration has been received.  She will let you know the classes and trips for which your are registered.  If you have questions, contact Elizabeth using the contact form on this site.