Now, I have a few things that I we need to consider for next year and would like to have the members input.
If you have not read below and gave me you input please do so. I really want everyone to let me know how they feel and all suggestions are welcome. If you don't tell me then I will not be able to take it into consideration when it comes time to make a decision. You may call, email, text or message me.
As of 10/19/16 I have only had a handful of responses and suggestions. The end of the year is drawing near and we will need to make decisions for next year so please let me know your input
1. Barrel setters in the arena. This has been an issue for several years now and since district 08 produces our own show so that we can have more money in the payout we are responsible for providing our own barrel setters. Unless we have a double header and if we continue to have these double header shows, I will address and confirm ahead of time is that they will provide barrel setters just as 08 district does. This is so that our members are not the only ones setting barrels in the arena. Now the only other option for our own 08 shows next year if this continues is to pay for 2 barrel setters and have people sign up working at these shows.
I have had 2 suggestions on this matter: 1-Increasing fees to cover paying barrel setters. 2- members will be required to work a certain amount of time instead of paying your awards nomination fees. We could have a log book at every show where the member signs in to work and out to work to keep track of the work hours and members that have worked. We would still need to increase fees or exhibitions by $1 to cover not paying a nomination fee to the awards fund.
2. I would like to know what people think about having our shows scheduled in May, June and possibly September in the evening and at night. These shows would most likely need to start with exhibitions around 4 pm and the open at 6:30. I know it would make for a late night say around midnight finishing up but we would have less time out in the sun and heat since say 7 pm it is really starting to cool off. We will need to consider our afternoon thunderstorms and the chance of rain.
I have had 2 members express that they feel it would be best to schedule June and the beginning of September in the evenings due to the heat. The only issue with this could be a conflict with some members that also attend the local club rides. I need to know how more people feel on this issue.
3. Arenas have been increasing the arena rent or amount we pay to have a show at the
facility. This is cutting into our added money and we just can not afford to pay some of the
amounts these arenas are wanting to charge. In addition to the rent of the arenas I have had 3 arenas this year that are now requiring insurance order to continue scheduling shows at these arenas. This insurance is an additional insured for the arena since we are leasing the facility. the only other option would be that we do not put on our own barrel races and most likely the added money and payouts will drop. I will need to increase our exhibitions by $1 or find alternatives to cover the rising rent of the arena, tractor, added money and insurance that some arenas are requiring in addition to the rent.
I received a response to this which was included with the barrel setters and that was to increase the entry fees by $1. I did have someone mention that several districts Open entry fee is still higher than our district with the same or less added money. Now there also is districts that have less added money with lower payouts. I feel we have some room to work with however I need to know how the members feel and any other suggestions.
These are some situations that we are dealing with and possible ideas that I would like to know how the members feel about them. Please feel free to email me, text, call or just come talk to me with you ideas and thoughts. I will listen and take all of this into consideration as maybe some of you have some great ideas that may work even better.