President’s Message February 2022
It is amazing how time flies. Honestly, I am still in awe of the fall conference in Aiken. If you attended, you know what a great conference Jim Mize put together for us. A special thank you to Jim for all the work he and his team put into the conference.
Which leads to the 2022 conference. As reported at the 2021 members meeting, we were scheduled to have the 2022 conference at Lake Murray Country. Due to a lot of issues that we do not need to bore you with, Lake Murray rescinded their offer to host us for 2022. They assured us that they do want us back, but 2022 was just not going to work for them. At first it was a bit of a shock, until we were reminded of the offer from Kevin Davis at Blacks Camp. Kevin has offered to host us anytime we needed or wanted to return.
After some discussions among the board, I contacted Kevin and he graciously offered to host SCOPe once again. Mark your calendars for October 5-9, 2022, for the fall conference to be held once again at Blacks Camp at Santee Country. (we scheduled it for just before the full moon and Kevin assures us that is excellent fishing)
Kevin Davis and I have been in discussion for the conference, and I am confident he will once again ensure that we have a great gathering at Blacks Camp. Stay tuned for more details to follow.
Speaking of the conference, as you know we depend heavily on the donations from manufacturers for our auction. It is never too early to approach your contacts for these donations. In fact, many of my contacts request that I solicit earlier in the year before their budgets for donations are almost depleted. Remind all companies that a donation of $200 or more gets them an invitation to the conference and corporate membership through June 30.
Lastly, allow me to suggest more opportunities for SCOPe members. We have a lot of members in specific locations across the state. Here in Greenville, we have 10-12 members that live within 15 miles of one another. Don’t wait for the conference to get together. We can all learn and share with one another throughout the year. I will be hosting a gathering at my home this spring for the upstate members. Let me suggest that you do the same where you live. We are a small group, but the friendships are strong, and the opportunities are there for us to gather more often. Take advantage of that when you can.
If you have not paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible.