Boring is correct. There are a few reasons why it is that way. As far as memberships sold, it varies. Back in the day when we could raffle off a bow to new members who joined at the Classic there were of course more than now. I'd say in the past two to three years maybe 12-15 new members for the weekend and a whole lot more renewals. We also see a spike in new members for a couple of weeks after the classic.
Now a suggestion/question for the site, would there be any interest in an IBA forum? I can see both good and not so good in doing so. It would be a good place to ask questions of the IBA and for the IBA to get information and suggestions from our members in a more timely manner. But it could also denigrate into an IBA bash fest. Perhaps the Legislative Forum is close enough but that forum, rightfully so, is pretty dead after the session.
I could see it appearing like a bash fest. It's easy to be critical of the IBA but I think that comes more of a place of frustration. I think the leadership of the IBA has been pretty slow to adapt and hasn't been very effective at promoting the IBA to new members.
I go to the banquet every year and it seems like the crowd, like myself, just keeps on getting older. With some exceptions there are not many younger members there. It really doesn't look good for the future of the IBA if they can't get the next generations of Bowhunters involved.
That said I do always try to offer a few suggestions because I'm point is not to criticize but to try and make things better.
So, here are a few. As far as the Classic booth, a drawing would be great as long as a prize is available. I have also said many times that selling tickets to the banquet at the Classic would be a good idea. Obviously the banquet weekend would have to be moved back to the same weekend or a weekend after the classic to do this. But promoting the banquet at the classic, and the speakers at the banquets should boost ticket sales and hopefully memberships.
Another thought, why in a state that is home to the Lakoskys, Drurys, Kiskys, Bill Winke and a host of other tv celebrities are none of those people involved with the IBA? Do they just not care because they have their 10k managed acres and are insulated from the regulations and their effects on hunting?
I'm trying to remember if any of them have even been a speaker at the banquet. I think Winke once. Instead we have Outdoors Dan??? I honestly will have to decide whether to skip the banquet this year for the first time in many years or just leave before that part of the program.
I don't know, there are a lot of ideas that can be brainstormed.