President's Message by Steve Burson 10/30
Well it is the end of October and for most of the river outfitters the boats are cleaned and rolled up. For the land based guys their mules are up to their bellies in either snow or mud. And everyone is anxious for the annual IOGA meeting in Boise in early December. I am writing this message from our base camp at Paradise in the Selway. This is a historic camp and has been here for about 60 years. Oh by the way that is how long IOGA has existed. We will be celebrating the 60th anniversary at this year’s meeting. The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association was the first outfitters association to be formed in the United States. The outfitting industry in Idaho has a long and proud history and IOGA has been there since the early days. Those early outfitters were smart enough to figure out that their collective efforts were required if they were going to have any impact at the state and federal levels as significant changes were occurring in the outfitting industry. Our issues today may be different than what they faced back in the 50’s but having a strong organization that represents our collective interests is perhaps even more important now than then. So please show support for your organization by attending this year’s meeting December 11th & 12th. We have a little different format this year. On Thursday evening the 11th we are having a members and suppliers party separate from the fund raiser to celebrate our 60th anniversary. It will be a lot of fun and we will recognize some of the people that were instrumental in creating the industry in Idaho. On Friday night we will be holding the Thaw fundraiser for the public. In addition to all the fun there will be valuable sessions covering specific topics to the industry and your section. Thanks and see you in Boise.