February President's Report

Convention Registration Fees:

More information on this is provided in the upcoming bulletin but the Board has voted to make the following changes in the convention registration fees.

Part of the explanation for the increase was the need for additional revenue to help cover the cost of claims from the previous convention.  I am getting the word out now so you have plenty of advance notice on making the deadline of June 1st.

Current Fees

Primary  by June 1          $195

Primary  after   June 1     $210

Spouse    by June 1            $50

Spouse   after June 1          60

 

New Fees

Primary by June 1        $215

Primary after June      $250

Spouse by June 1          $50

Spouse after June 1      $60

 

Things continue to come together for the 2020 Convention. This year we will have three nights of public displays Sunday, Wed and Friday. The full display lineup will be out later in the Spring, but I am pleased with how this lineup is coming together.

 

I was able to attend the APA Winter Education conference on behalf of the PGI in Las Vegas on February 11-13.  John Steinberg also attended as we participated in committees' meetings as well as the Board meeting for the APSEF.   He and I both sit on the Board of the American Pyrotechnics Safety and Education Foundation APSEF and took part in that Board meeting.  The hot topics this year were the delays in shipping and the effect of the coronavirus on fireworks manufacturing in China. Articles Pyrotechnic UN0431 and UN0432 were the focus of a vigorous discussion during the Manufacturing committee meeting.  One of the main topics is how you define a professional versus a consumer and then what does certification include for someone that is viewed as a professional in fireworks displays.

Western Pyrotechnics Association's Western Winter Blast came right after the APA meetings, so John and I drove over to Lake Havasu from the APA conference in Las Vegas.  Several of the PGI Board of Directors were also able to attend at our own expense. Tom Handel made the trip as well to WWB, so he was able to take minutes for the Board. Bruce Blom was able to participate in our meeting via speakerphone. The Board also was able to meet with Aaron Enzer our Chairman of the DHS and discuss how the committee would be organized.  Tom's notes on this will be in a future bulletin.

While at Winter Blast I was able to get an update from Kurt Medlin who is spearheading our website update and upgrade and now focusing on the online system.  This is being developed so we can renew memberships and register for the convention online.  The target is for having this ready and making it available for the upcoming convention in Fargo.

While the Board enjoys the warmer weather in AZ, going to WWB is another way for us to encourage region clubs that have been supportive and involved in the PGI. 

https://riverscenemagazine.com/31st-annual-western-pyrotechnics-winter-blast-ends-with-a-bang/

 

On behalf of the PGI Board,

Paul