Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Disbursement of ARDI Support Funding

Friday, March 25, 2016
To all ARDI Team Managers with teams advancing to Global Finals 2016
Copy to ARDI BOD and Coordinators
Each ARDI 1st Place team advancing to Global Finals 2016 will receive a $1000 credit to their online registration account.
Wildcard teams do not receive ARDI funding.
These funds are provided by Arkansas Destination Imagination, Inc. and are applied conditionally.
This may sound like an easy exercise in transferring funds but it is not.
We have to operate under the bookkeeping rules of DIHQ.
The funds cannot be applied to individual teams at different times.
The funds must be applied to the 16 receiving teams all at once.
The funds cannot be applied as down payment or as an over payment. Therefore, the funds must be applied after all teams have started their online registration and made their $1500 down payment AND before their total payment is made.
It has been my plan to make all of this come together on Friday, April 1, 2016. I am depending on each of you to be exactly in place at that time. If even one of the receiving teams is not ready, the entire operation is halted.
If you are a receiving team and have moved past the group and made your Total Payment, this will cause a disbursement problem for the ARDI funding. I will have to make special arrangements with DIHQ to resolve. Therefore, if you are a receiving team, please allow time for the process to work before you determine your final bill.
Here is the list of teams receiving ARDI funding:
103-69412 EL A Carver Magnet
103-71169 EL B Springhill Elem
103-74311 ML B Dunbar Magnet
103-03701 SL B Arkansas High School
103-35447 EL C Salem Elem
103-64271 ML C Bethel Middle
103-92991 SL C Greenbrier
103-40529 EL D Pine Forest
103-69120 ML D Pulaski Heights
103-75189 SL D Arkansas High School
103-42581 EL E Maumelle Charter
103-12787 ML E Greenbrier Jr. High
103-12722 SL E Greenbrier High School
103-96274 EL PO Bryant Elem
103-69642 ML PO Mann Magnet
103-89313 SL PO Genoa High School
Regards,
Mike Mitchell, Director
Arkansas Destination Imagination
105 Midland St.
Bismarck, AR 71929
501-520-7337
Mironhorse@gmail.com

ARDI Global Finals Team Manager Deadlines and Warnings

Thursday, March 24, 2016
To all ARDI Team Managers with teams advancing to Global Finals 2016
Copy to ARDI BOD and Coordinators

Spring Break and Easter will be over soon. Please prepare and be diligent in meeting deadlines.
Some of you have moved ahead and are virtually finished with your online registration and your total payment. Some of you will hopefully get started this Monday.
DEADLINES:
By Thursday, March 31, 2016 you must have started your online team registration and sent in your $1500 down payment.
The ARDI shirts order for you, your team members and your supporters is due by 6 PM, Friday, April 29, 2016. Everyone in Arkansas DI is to wear the black shirt on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (Opening Ceremony) and wear the white shirt on Saturday, May 28, 2016 (Closing Ceremony). Get your order forms on the ARDI website under ARDI Forms. Orders will be delivered and payment received at the Winners Workshop on May 14, 2016. Checks and cash are acceptable. Make checks out to ARDI.
The ARDI pins order for you, your team members and your supporters is due by 6 PM, Friday, May 6, 2016. Get your order forms on the ARDI website under ARDI Forms. Orders will be delivered and payment received at the Winners Workshop on May 14, 2016. Checks and cash are acceptable. Make checks out to ARDI. Pin trading at Global Finals is a BIG deal. The ARDI 2016 pin set meets all licensing and manufacturing agreements for IP, Copyright and Trademarks. It is our recommendation that you do not manufacture or bring illegal pins to Global Finals. You will be required to confirm by signature during physical registration that you have been warned against this practice. This is your warning: Don't do it.

You can make online changes and payments to your team registration until the end of day on Friday, May 6, 2016. So, the goal is to have ALL ARDI Global Team Registrations and ALL Payments in by this date. After that, you will lose online access to your team registration and your team will be subject to additional fees.
Winners Workshop is a required meeting for all ARDI Team Managers with teams going to Global Finals.
The meeting specifics are:
Location - Carver Magnet Elementary School
Address - 2100 E 6th ST, Little Rock, AR 72202
Time / Date - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Saturday, May 14, 2016
PLEASE READ YOUR 2016 GLOBAL FINALS GUIDE AND SHARE THE HANDOUT VERSION WITH YOUR PARENTS AND SUPPORTERS. You can also access the Global Finals Guide at: http://www.globalfinals.org/globals-guide-and-forms/
WARNING: DO NOT LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR DI TEAM. There are many distractions in east Tennessee. You will find that you can better manage your team and they will have a better experience if everyone understands up front that you are the Boss.
WARNING: DO NOT FORGET HOUSING FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION DRIVERS.
The pace will quicken.
Regards,
Mike Mitchell, Director
Arkansas Destination Imagination
105 Midland St.
Bismarck, AR 71929
501-520-7337
Mironhorse@gmail.com