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RE: Yet Another WCW 2002 Speaker
The short answer to your question is that only 50% of the projected
attendees to the National would show up in Haywood, CA, home of the 2002
WCW. Good or bad, black or white, that is the long and the short of it.
But what I really like about your question Jim, is that is lends itself to
simplicity, which is a compliment to you, and I mean that sincerely.
The National Convention is a completely different event than WCW which is a
regional show. I think I can say that since I have been to the last three
WCWs and the last five Nationals. I am a big fan of WCW. I feel very
honored to be asked to speak there this coming year. And, Lord willin' and
the creek don't rise, I plan on bringing fish and progeny from the recent
trip to Venezuela.
However, I think nothing of getting on a plane and flying anywhere, and most
killi folks I know are just not like that due to a variety of reasons that
they are better able to explain.
I think that it is very fair to say that personality/philosophical
differences and distance of travel were two important reasons why WCW was
started or at least that is what some "in-the-know" folks on the West Coast
have said to me privately.
Because the AKA has traditionally had regional clubs bid on hosting the
National Convention, I believe that had the inadvertent effect of leaving
the West Coast out of the loop. Why? Well, because most of the active clubs
are in the East and Midwest and regionals clubs rely on their own local
talent to conduct the weekend. My experience is that if you don't
participate, you will in some way feel left out. WCW is a way for the folks
in the West to more directly participate in conducting a Show. Plus the WCW
is scheduled and produced using California standards for when things should
begin and end and in general there is a much greater degree of flexibility
of how things should happen. And let's not forget the interesting judging
standards used at last year's at WCW :). (I just had to get that in).
Also, WCW has about 1/3 the attendance of a National Convention and has many
less fish show entries and fish sale items. However, the items are of great
quality and I picked up some incredible bargains last year. Fish not seen
at the National were at WCW. And hey, how about the side trips to Justin's
and other shops and chance to run with our California and western states
I have only one sentence for the National Convention in St. Louis - if you
don't make it, you will probably always regret that you missed it - there
will be people and things there that won't be seen again; Verdad.
Since I have an active role in both WCW and the National Convention in St.
Louis, my views are biased in favor of both events, and besides, can any of
us really get enough of the killifish experience? I am grateful that we
have enough killi events that we get to choose. Do we realize how fortunate
we are? - many countries don't have the critical mass to produce more than
one, if that, show a year.
File your taxes early, get your refund and come to both, and if you can't
come to both, either one you pick is a winner.
Joe Bulterman, CPA
P.S. Allan is doing a great job at promoting WCW!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-killietalk at AKA_Org [mailto:owner-killietalk at AKA_Org]On
> Behalf Of Jim Eller
> Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 8:24 AM
> To: KillieTalk at AKA_Org
> Subject: Re: Yet Another WCW 2002 Speaker
> With the WCW going on just 5/6 weeks prior to the AKA
> national convention in St. Louis, why should anyone
> bother with going to St. Louis??? I know there will be
> all kinds of reasons. But has anyone given this any
> real thought lately?? When the AKA has to run the
> national convention it self why not just call the WCW
> the national and be done with it?? At this point with
> the WCW speakers and the great auction that the WCW
> has I am tempted to make plane reservations for WCW
> instead of St. Louis. I can only go to one. Tell me
> why it should be St. Louis.
> I know this will stir up the flames but so be it.
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