October President Update

A bit about the 2022 PGI Convention:

Quick reminder: July 30th to August 5th are the dates for the PGI 2022 convention - this is earlier than previous years since Iowa starts school in early August.

Here is some information about Newton, IA hotels and off-site camping.


Camping is still available on-site and here is the info needed to reserve your camping site.


Please start planning now to attend our PGI Convention in July 2022.

The PGI Board and several of our key chairs visited the Iowa Speedway the first weekend in October.  This site holds great potential for hosting our convention as the facilities are well maintained and the venue is used to being the host to groups much larger than the PGI.  For example, they have seating for 25,000 race fans, much larger than any of our previous convention sites have.

Please realize that this is a NASCAR facility and they have rules and guidelines that are, in some cases, more restrictive and varied from a fairground site.  We are making sure we know their rules and will communicate these to our PGI members. You will be reading about them in future PGI Bulletin articles.  A key concept to remember - we are guests - at any of the sites we use for a convention.  How this convention goes will set the stage for us in using other NASCAR facilities.  The Iowa Speedway's good experience with hosting a PGI Convention works to our benefit as other NASCAR sites consider hosting future PGI conventions.

A bit about the recent APA Convention:

John Steinberg and I attended the annual APA convention in San Antonio.  We have both served 3-year terms on the American Pyrotechnic Safety and Education Foundation Board.  This Board nominated us for another 3-year term and the APA Board of Directors endorsed this nomination.

We continue to dialog with the APA on how we can partner to promote safety and educate people about the use of fireworks. They have a great website https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.celebratesafely.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C9e8b54cf40d24316f9de08d99559f153%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637705035803884257%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=I7lSobNxZzz8bPfuNGMVGsiPwoXeknL%2BKCujDaCy3iQ%3D&reserved=0 with informative and useful resources.  Look at the animated Professor Sparks video series which catches a young child's attention and conveys fireworks information for all ages (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.celebratesafely.org%2Fdr-sparkz-videos&data=04%7C01%7C%7C9e8b54cf40d24316f9de08d99559f153%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637705035803884257%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=YErtAeFTSHZiuldLsaR8z8X8GWLp%2FFCYwRJ%2BK%2BfVXs8%3D&reserved=0).  They have a great video on using Sparklers safely right on their home page https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.celebratesafely.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C9e8b54cf40d24316f9de08d99559f153%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637705035803884257%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=I7lSobNxZzz8bPfuNGMVGsiPwoXeknL%2BKCujDaCy3iQ%3D&reserved=0 titled "Learn Sparkler Safety from Dr. Sparkz" and hosted on YouTube (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FNYPAdwITFWU&data=04%7C01%7C%7C9e8b54cf40d24316f9de08d99559f153%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637705035803884257%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=gmw8Iugp9TbBwz2GsW5Uk6SBiqgsDW7dhTwKWvyZ1p4%3D&reserved=0).

I mentioned last month the discussions John Steinberg and I had with the incoming President of the APA, Stephen Pelkey, the CEO of Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group.  The PGI and the APA have worked together on other fireworks issues, and we see the opportunity to combine our efforts to make training available to both the display industry and to the state fire marshals.  The APA already has online training called APA University.  We are discussing how the PGI may include training there so that our members could have access to the content as a benefit for their PGI membership.  Much work will be needed to pull this all together, but there is strong agreement that we need to work together on making this a reality.  As progress is made, I will update and alert you on when PGI members will have access to this program.

On behalf of the PGI Board,