I had/have an idea (most of you are going..."Ohh God....here we go again"
Seriously, Nick and myself last Saturday had a very long conversation about whether or not the MFF should organise a second edition of the National Big Game Tournament. Emotions aside, we both feel uncomfortable with the idea of having to dedicate most of our free time to something which although provides a lot of self satisfaction, drains one's mind as much as it drains away one's energy and quality time with the family/fishing/friends.
My next vision was/is to help a very needy and noble organisation, an organisation that helps over 1000 children and adults with learning and physical disabilities, providing therapy to enable complete inclusion of people with disabilities living in the community, in schools, the workplace and in recreation. I won't mention the organisation for now , as it's still premature to do so.
Our main event sponsor from previous years has this year informed us that due to a change in policy, they will no longer sponsor the event. However, a good number of this year's sponsors have already confirmed their pledge to sponsor the event next year, i.e. if it goes ahead. We will of course, onboard a new main event sponsor, and Nick and myself already have made inroads in this respect.
Our (Nick & Myself) answer to holding a National event for next year is more of a no than a yes, given the lack of interest and commitment from members here in organising such a huge event. A no does not mean a definite NO. If in the next week or 2 we can be convinced that the tide has changed, and there are people really willing to dedicate some free time to this, then we can all meet up at Caldaland's bar (Sorry caldaland, I know it's presumptous of me, but I remember you had offered) and discuss a way forward.
We need to act fast though, as we need to advise other potential sponsors to put some money in their budget for next year.
For now, lets talk about participation and commitment at an organisation level. We can discuss the ins and outs of the tournament later on.
So this time round, it's you who decide whether or not the MFF should organise this event or not for 2012.