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I'll chime in since my name was brought up by skersfan and in support of mysolst's comments.
Way back in the beginning of this group, we had a governing body that selected the NASSAM site. However, NASSOA eventually fell apart, and selection of a NASSAM location sort of fell to whoever was willing to take on the event. Rarely do we see competing proposed locations, and in the rare instances where we have, it has always resolved quickly and amicably. This method worked just fine though 2016 and again in 2018. However, in 2017, we faced the real possibility that there wouldn't be a NASSAM, but fortunately JohnWR stepped up and kept us on track. For 2019, we again faced the possibility that there wouldn't be a NASSAM, but someone reached out to several past NASSAM hosts and committee members and asked us to all work together to make the 2019 event happen. In the meantime, mysolst was already working on 2020 and he asked some (but not all) of the same people to help out with that event.
There is no group that is going to do all NASSAMs going forward. The partial overlap of staff between 2019 and 2020 is partly coincidence and partly because the people doing the work to make NASSAM happen, tend to wind up doing it over and over again. NASSAM requires hundreds of hours of organizational effort, fronting start up money, taking on financial risk, and recruiting other folks to come in and do all the necessary chores. The number of folks willing to do that is pretty limited, as is the number of people willing to do the various jobs (stuffing attendee bags, registration, run captain, sweep, fundraising, assisting vendors, and on and on). Most people want to come to NASSAM to have a good time without responsibility, and there is no problem with that. But that's why you see the same people over and over again running the events, because they are the ones willing to do the work. [As an example, 2019 and 2020 will be the 8th and 9th NASSAMs that I have worked on in one capacity or another, and I do it because I love this event and the people that show up].
In short, NASSAM doesn't happen so much because of where the majority of people want to go or where they "vote" to go, but because of where someone is willing to step up and do the work.
Planning and pulling off NASSAM is usually a two year endeavor. JohnWR worked on a short timeframe in 2017 and the 2019 committee is working under similar constraints. Mysolst is ahead of the game for 2020 and that bodes very well for the event. I think offering up a competing location at this time would be counterproductive given how far along mysolst is. However, whoever wants to step up for 2021 and subsequent years, get after it! I've heard rumblings about both Florida and California and I can't wait to see where we go next!
And just to clarify...I am not the host for 2019, I am just a committee member, but I happened to be the spokesman in Colorado. This is truly going to be a group effort. As for 2020, I am whatever mysolst wants me to be, just as he did for me in 2016.
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