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Postby Wyoming1 » Fri May 26, 2023 4:12 am

Are conventions ever held in the western states? I'd be interested in attending, but distance is a 'thing' for me. Time mostly.

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Re: Convention

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Fri May 26, 2023 12:29 pm

Here is the secret of how convention locations are picked. A member steps up and announces they'd like to host a convention at a location. That's it. Conventions have been held everywhere throughout the US. Usually, but not always the convention is held at or very near where the host lives but this is not always the case. Quite a few conventions have been hosted by members at a location clear across the country from where they live.

Of course there is a little more that goes into it. Hosting a convention is not a light task. Planning by the host can be a multi year preparation proposition. Besides 100 or more "friends" showing up for a week of activities the host must schedule and manage, it is the place the business and membership meetings of the Association are carried out. It is an important gathering towards the well being of the Association.

In years past we have been fortunate to have more than one host wanting to put on a convention in the same year. After presenting their idea to the membership at convention, at the membership meeting, the members present vote on which proposal to accept and usually try to accept all proposals hoping to push a host to another year which has been done but is not always feasible. Ideally the location of the convention would alternate between the east and west coast, north and south boarder and in the middle of the country.

Past convention sites:

1969 Wichita, KS
1970 Colorado Springs, CO
1971 Dayton, OH
1972 Ft. Worth, TX
1973 Rockton, IL
1974 Seattle, WA
1975 West Memphis, TN
1976 Ithaca, NY
1977 Edmonton, ALB
1978 Lakeland, FL
1979 Fresno, CA
1980 Milwaukee, WI
1981 Portland, OR
1982 San Antonio, TX
1983 Yellowknife, NWT
1984 Kansas City, MO
1985 Blakesburg, IA
1986 Manassas, VA
1987 San Diego, CA
1988 Fairbanks, AK
1989 New Haven, CT
1990 Ottawa, ONT
1991 Jennings, LA
1992 Marion, IA
1993 Lancaster, PA
1994 Roswell, NM
1995 Kalispell, MT
1996 Lake Guntersville, AL
1997 Seattle, WA
1998 Lakeland, FL
1999 Durango, CO
2000 Anchorage, AK
2001 Shelbyville, IN
2002 Las Vegas, NV
2003 Wilmington, NC
2004 Tehachapi, CA
2005 Dearborn, MI
2006 Kelowna, BC
2007 Galveston, TX
2008 Branson, MO
2009 Duluth, MN
2010 St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI
2011 San Diego, CA
2012 Longmont, CO
2013 Bardstown, KY
2014 Creve Coeur, MO
2015 Gulf Shores, AL
2016 Columbus, IN 2017 Deming, NM
2018 Cody, WY
2019 Newton, KS
2020 No Convention
2021 Penn Yan, NY
2022 Burlington, VT
2023 Sault Ste. Marie, MI (to be held)
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Re: Convention

Postby Wyoming1 » Fri May 26, 2023 6:08 pm

Thank you for the info
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Re: Convention

Postby cessna170bdriver » Sat May 27, 2023 10:46 pm

170 Convention site map from the Association’s convention page: ... 0-2022.png

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Re: Convention

Postby sfarringer » Sun May 28, 2023 10:16 am

#3 on the map list says Dayton, Colorado.
But the dot on the map sure looks like it is more likely to have been Dayton, Ohio! :?:
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