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upping the ante on the ChemAlliance User Survey

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I never thought I'd find myself in a bidding war with Jean Waters, but life is full of surprises…and those P2Rx people are just plain ruthless!  <grin> 

Two weeks ago, I sent a note to this list requesting the assistance of the P2TECH community in providing feedback to ChemAlliance.  We are currently in the midst of our annual user survey, an online survey we use to better understand the needs of our users and evaluate our efforts.  The survey is available online now at
http://www.chemalliance.org/2004ChemSurvey.html.  We've streamlined the survey a bit compared to previous years, and you'll find that filling it out takes just a few minutes of your time.  

For those of you who have already responded, thanks.

As in the past, we are providing an incentive to entice you to fill out the survey:  Anyone filling out the survey between now, and October 10, 2004 has the option of providing their name and contact information, to be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate redeemable through Amazon.com.  Use the prize to renew your subscription to "Lint Collector's Digest," replace your worn out Frank Zappa albums, or buy the collected works of Homer Shakespeare (William's rarely-discussed, and not-so-bright, half-brother)!

I certainly thought that this was a good incentive.  But then, I saw Jean's email (9/13/04) to this list regarding the P2Rx user survey, and have decided to up the ante for our survey as well. 

Well, we don't have shopping bags or tatoos at ChemAlliance.  At least, none we're willing to admit to. But we do have a director who is a fanatical fly fisherman.

So, in addition to the Amazon certificate, we will also be selecting one lucky participant who will win a deluxe, all-day, fly fishing (or sightseeing, if you're so inclined) trip for two down Washington State's scenic Yakima Canyon!  You'll see the river from the comfort of a 17 foot drift boat, rowed by none other than yours truly.  Since the Yakima River is open for fishing year-around, the trip can be scheduled at your convenience (airfare and local lodging are not provided, but if you ask nicely, I will let you borrow my tent and sleeping bags).  A hot lunch, appropriate beverages, and all fishing gear will be provided, for this trip-of-a-lifetime. Spend the day drifting down Washington State's only Blue Ribbon trout river, beneath basalt walls that tower up to 1,500 feet above the river.  Depending on the time of year, you will also have a good chance of seeing Big Horn sheep, mule deer, mink, otter, beaver, and a variety of birds including Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Osprey and Golden and Bald Eagles. 

Those of you who have already taken the survey, will be automatically entered into the drawing.  If the winner of the drawing for the trip is not able to accept the prize, we will keep selecting until we find one who is.

OK, so this isn't costing ChemAlliance anything.  I admit it.  But such trips would cost you at least $350/day with a professional guide, many of whom have less experience on the river than I do. 

And, as my friend Jean so concisely points out, if you don't do this for the prizes, do it to help ChemAlliance serve you better.  

Yeah, I'm paraphrasing a bit, but if SHE was director of ChemAlliance, that's what she'd say!

That survey URL again, is
Scott Butner
Director, ChemAlliance
c/o Pacific NW National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA  99352
Voice: (509)-372-4946/Fax: (509) 375-2443
E-mail: scott.butner@pnl.gov