February President's Report

Presidents February 2021 

 

PGI Changes and Updates 2021

Please make note of these upcoming changes and updates as we get back into our routine leading up to our annual convention

The online membership system is now being tested

Notice will be sent when we are ready to go live but are very close.

Here is some information with more to come about the system.

  • Your membership anniversary is a year from the date you renew/join
  • Membership cards will no longer routinely be provided. For proof of PGI membership, you can download and print the email receipt you will get for your due payment. If you want a membership card printed, we are considering offering them upon request for a fee of $10.00.
  • Those not seeing this post we get similar information in the bulletin now at the printer

This upcoming bulletin will also have an insert page that has answers to some of the questions that you might have on these changes.

Convention registration available online with a target of April 1st

  • Registration forms available at www.pgi.org on or about April 1st and included in the May bulletin.
  • More information to follow on our website, pyropage & Facebook.

 

One wrinkle we have due to COVID-19 is that over 300 members registered for the convention last year and paid. They took the option to roll this over to this year. We want their convention registration and paid status all in the new system so those members can go in and see they are all set for Fargo 2021.  Updates on this will be sent out should we roll out online registration just a bit after April 1st.

 

Remember June 1st deadline for both membership and convention fees if you have a reserved campsite.

 

Things continue to come together for the 2021 Convention. This year we will have three nights of public displays Saturday, Sunday, and Friday. The full display lineup will be out later in the Spring. We are also considering other options for PGI only displays, more on this later.

 

I was able to attend the Virtual APA Winter Education Conference February 2 – 4 on behalf of the PGI.  They did a great job of making this an educational and productive time.   Committee meetings and all sessions were done Virtually.  The information shared was helpful and getting to visit with good friends online was better than no conference at all.

Western Pyrotechnics Association’s Western Winter Blast was done Virtually this year and presented some great seminars.  An all-volunteer crew put a huge amount of time into making

it happen. One great benefit is all the sessions are now recorded and create a great archive

of pyrotechnic videos now saved for future use.

 

Finally, if you are just joining us as a new member or been a member for decades please note that the PGI has been around for 50 years because of how much our members volunteer. If you have been volunteering already, thank you, and please continue. If not please consider helping this year in Fargo.  If you have questions about volunteering and or want to volunteer this year in Fargo let me know at president@pgi.org  Here is the link to the form on our website: https://www.pgi.org/sites/default/files/2021-PGI-Volunteer%5B1%5D.pdf

 

 

On behalf of the PGI Board,

 

Paul