IMHO, if a group or club brings a layout for the benefit of the convention, they should not be required to register. Example: when the TVRM hosted its 'Railfest' last year, the Coosa Valley Model Railroad Club was asked if they would bring the N Scale layout for display. ALL club members were given free passes for ALL activities. We were also given the museums members discount rate for a very nice local motel close by. The clubs are the ones giving of their time and expenses to come for the convention to make it a better show, and they should not be required to pay additional expenses for reason they are not going there for. (I will use the auctions as an example.) It takes alot of work to move, set-up, operate, and tear down a layout. Not to mention the moneys spent to bring it there. There should be no 'penalties' for coming. Now there does need to be a understanding of who or what is coming so 10 clubs dont just show up and no space to set up all of them. But that shouldnt be too hard to cordinate if the right people were doing it.