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The 40th annual National Impala Association Convention- July 17-23, 2022 in Spearfish, South Dakota

 

Well, it Happened…Again… By now, you have already read the press release that we put out on Saturday, April 10th and reproduced on the opposite page. It’s official, we have been forced to once again postpone our National Impala Association Convention in Spearfish, South Dakota. It’s fairly safe to say that many of the same problems that we faced last year are still present. The pandemic is still screwing up most things on a global level but bit by bit, little by little, it is improving—just not as quickly as we would like. Still, there were two lingering problems that have not improved enough to resume normal activities: The first issue is that overall rates of immunization in Canada and the Unites States. While the U.S. has really made huge strides in the last two months to get vaccines to the population, the situation north of the border is moving at a much slower rate, due to availability and distribution issues. Even more significantly affecting the situation, is the second problem, the continued closure of the U.S.-Canada border. The border has been closed for well over a year now and there is as of the time we went to press, no indication from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that this policy is going to change in the forseeable future. The range of unconfirmed predictions for the re-opening run from October to the beginning of 2022 to no end in sight. We cannot run a successful convention without our Canadian members and convention committee members and I have no absolutely no burning desire to test that theory. I am happy to report that most of the response to our decision has been positive and the membership has been supportive of what most people know was our only real option. Most people are reasonable and understand that there are a lot of contributing factors to making such a decision. Moreover, it was not taken lightly and was actually a completely unanimous decision made by a committee of ten people on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Of course, there were a few keyboard warriors out there who loudly criticized our decision on social media. One such brave soul, who obviously didn’t read the full release, called us “sheep” for not moving forward. I told him that he could turn it around with a title sponsorship and asked if he had his checkbook handy. Still waiting to hear back… One other critic chastised us for “cancelling ourselves” and said he was, “…pretty hesitant to ever give them (NIA) any of my money again attending a convention.” Well considering this person let his membership lapse in 2005, I am pretty sure that ship has long since sailed anyway. Still, it sure sounded good and probably generated a few fist pumps among his buddies. We will keep you posted on our progress with the 2022 Convention. We expect that we will be able to closely follow the schedule that we have released for the 2021 Convention and will keep the best interests of the club and our members in mind in any of our decision-making processes.