Dear IMPBA members,
While this is not a formal IMPBA communications channel, I thought I would take this opportunity to reach those IMPBA members who are most interested in this topic. I stand 100% by my BOD and their time and consideration discussing this matter and many others. They are a hard working group and are all dedicated to advancing the hobby in all forms.
As far as the membership being "notified" of board actions, that's what minutes of meetings and the Roostertails are for. They are available to read online anytime, but it is your responsibility to go look at them. It's frustrating to see misrepresentations of what goes on, when the information is there. Minutes will state the discussion topic and outcome. This information was available BEFORE the Internats from a MARCH meeting.
As far as the EOP trophy goes, I'm sorry if members do not agree with the decision, but it was not made to diminish the award in any way, shape, or form, nor was it derived from a negative attitude toward Nitro boating. It was made to address some realities of the size, condition and logistics of storage and getting it from event to event in a time when US-1 format has not been held annually.
The Procedure Section E of the rule book only addressed the award being given and it's scoring. It did not discuss the traveling trophy and that it why it was not sent to membership as we changed nothing in the rule book. The award is still given and it's recipients recognized in the History Section. The only change was that the "trophy" is a plaque just like the US-1 "trophy".
The BOD accepted Huntsville's bid for the trophy. Since they have held more Internats than any other clubs in IMPBA history, we thought it was a good home, and even if others had bid, Huntsville would have been our first choice because of that history. It is ultimately up to Huntsville what they agree to do going forward as far as refurbishing, keeping up with the engraved plates, and loaning it out for future events. I wish we had ways to keep and display historical items, but we do not. It's great that members who are passionate about this historical piece are stepping up with ideas.
On the matter of inclusion of all power sources, I will urge all members to read the September Roostertail when it comes out. We have been working on a proposal for an update of the Procedures section of the rule book. The intent is to include all power sources and formats being currently used for National Champion and US-1 International Champion and to make official that the same support is available to other divisions that the organization already gives to Nitro. (NOTE: the Rule Book calls this US-1 National Champion but we are proposing this name change to be made official. It was a discussion item at a 2008 meeting that was tabled, but the more recent US-1 plaques have used the International Champion wording on file with the trophy provider anyway. No minutes address the issue again and I could find nothing voted on by membership which is required for Procedures section changes.)
THIS PROPOSAL WILL GO TO MEMBERSHIP VOTE in December after being published in September to review. Please take the time to read your Roostertail newsletters and please take the time to vote.