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Five years ago the Federation pot was boiling. We were headed down a road that eventually led to a split and, at that moment, a vast amount of uncertainty and concern. Only a year into my first term my feet were still getting wet. I relied on my Executive Board, my Board of President’s and above all my fellow members to guide our Federation into its’ decision to stay aligned with BASS. Both BASS and FLW have had there ups and downs in the following years but there is no doubt in my mind that collectively we made the right decision.
Fast forward to 2011 and we have another new era before us, new ownership. There had been grumblings for some time that the Disney/ESPN corporation never really knew what they had or what to do with the Federation. As a volunteer organization we were difficult to plug into a purely business plan. I believe the make up of the new owners will overcome this problem. I have to believe that we were a large part of their discussion even before the offer was on the table.
Buyers Jerry McKinnis, Don Logan and Jim Copeland are sportsman as well as businessman. Their feet are in the same soil that we, as the grassroots organization of bass fishing, stand in. I’m not going to kid myself for a moment that dollars are just going to be poured into the Federation. It’s a business and businesses are bought to make money. There may even be a little more “tightening of the belt” before all is said and done. But I believe that this group will be inclined to make their decisions down the road with the best interest of the Federation always in the mix.
Because the sale had not been completed prior to the Federation Championship information that I normally bring back to the Board was not even discussed. Attending Presidents kicked around ideas and offered suggestions to Jon Stewart to take back once the deal was completed. There is a good possibility that Presidents will be reconvening on a weekend in January to pick up were we left off in October. I plan to be there.
Speaking of changes for 2011 we will enter the new year as
Lastly I would like to thank the Tournament Committee members for stirring the pot a little and, through the voices of there fellow region members, developing some changes that, although not official at the time of this writing, I believe and hope will increase angler participation in our tournament venues. A buddy trail has been an idea that has long been discussed and being kept “in house” (only Federation members can participate) will maintain a level of integrity and honesty.
The “mini trail” format for the SQT is probably long overdue. I think the cut down on some travel and the opportunity to factor in familiar water will eventually be appreciated. Having attended both meetings I can tell you that no representative had a particular agenda or group in mind as these changes were developed. There was never anything but a desire to try and reach out to as many potential anglers as the Federation wishes to provide.