Ed- you have raised some very valid points. I am sorry for your loss and wish you and your family solace and peace. I agree that there is some "baggage" with the "old" PPFA but I am happy to say that the current group of framers/leaders are open, welcoming, super friendly (and talented) and WANT your participation. The success of frameFest is a testament to their hard work - and I would say that there was a huge social element/aspect as well. I too hope to be there next year. I would have been there this year but had a conflicting family event. Last year I taught for the Capitol PPFA chapter and I think your would enjoy knowing them too. They have great meetings and they are much closer than Atlanta or Florida (we met in Alexandria). I also appreciate your acknowledgement of having never flown or having attended the WCAF. I hope you will consider making 2015 YOUR year. Should you need some personal mentoring re: getting enough miles/points for a "free" flight, I am happy to do so - though time is of the essence as January will be here before you know it. Or, if you start now, you certainly would have enough to get to Atlanta. My wife, Barbara was a white knuckle flyer and I have the arm scars to prove it. If you really are fearful, there are classes taught by the airlines, and there is also hypnosis which was hugely effective for Barbara and she now flies everywhere. I am curious as to why so many do not attend trade shows- but I am really tired of the "I can't afford it" or "I can't close my business" mantra so many chant. There are many who had the same feelings and have come to learn that all your problems will be waiting for you when you return, however, the knowledge and friendships gained could more than offset the expense.