| Topics Covered at the
General Membership Meetings
San Angelo/ Kissimmee/Okeechobee
I. How your association looks
- Financials for 2011 are very good. The association
continues to earn a profit and be able to put away funds
for investments in WPRA programs and membership.
- Membership numbers are consistent, which is a good
story in a rough economy.
- The number of sanctioned rodeos stays consistent,
which again is a good story in a rough economy. In addition,
Doreen Wintermute has brought back several rodeos to
the PRCA. Her efforts are appreciated.
- The WPRA is in a great position for 2012.
II. Goals for 2012
A. Ensuring "fair competition" at rodeos.
- Judges Continued Education: For the last 3 years,
the WPRA has designated one person, Laura Lambert, to
be a consistent liaison for the PRCA judges. Laura is
available to answer their calls and attends their seminars.
The PRCA has told us they are very pleased with the
approach and the knowledge being shared.
- Eye Program: We have 3 sets of stackable eyes for
larger added $ events which was donated by an anonymous
donor. We also have a member who is actively working
on getting a sponsor/donation for a formal eye program
with stock contractors and committees.
- Ground Education: The WPRA implemented a success Ground
Education seminar at the PRCA convention in Las Vegas.
Over 125 committee representatives listened to our experts
who discussed ground preparation, soil analysis, tools
to use and ground preparation timing.
B. Providing opportunities for members to earn money
- All American Finals Bonus $25,000 (Sponsorship secured)
- Wrangler Tour Bonus Program: We are actively in dialog
- RNCFR: The WPRA delivers over $48,000 between added
$, jackets, stall, back #, etc.
- Circuit Finals: The WPRA delivers over $68,000 ($3,000
in added $ and $2,700 in awards per circuit).
- Omaha Finale: The WPRA delivers $14,740 and we are
working on more
- WPRA World Finals: The WPRA delivers $80,000 added
$, though it is important to understand that thru Entry
fees, sponsorship and other, the event earns a profit
which can eventually be channeled in to funding other
items for the WPRA
C. Providing Member Support
- Looking at a Rodeo Pay like solution
- Mobile application for schedule/results/standings
- Expanding web site and Facebook activities
Combined comments from the meetings:
- A mobile application will help those members whose
iPhones cannot access the most current schedules, results,
etc. They commented the magazine cannot keep up with
the latest information nor is it with them all the time.
Jimmie asked them to please check out the WPRA Facebook
page, as we are posting Entry Open information.
- Some members are concerned about the # of turn outs/releases
at a rodeo, particularly in a performance. One member,
at San Angelo gave Jimmie a rule proposal regarding
creating a 30-hour release policy for non-limited entry
rodeos. We will discuss it with Procom for viability.
- During the discussion regarding limited entry rodeos,
the question came up about trying to increase limits,
whether at Houston, Austin, etc.
- Some one asked if we could allow members who are renewing
their membership to pay on the phone by credit card
and allow a grace period for the paper work to follow.
This member thinks this is how the PRCA handles renewals,
especially if they can't get their paperwork in before
the member dues date. We will explore with our office
- In Kissimmee, there was a discussion about the ground
situation in Alexandria, LA and the decision to call
off the barrel race. Members expressed appreciation
that the barrel race was called off due to safety concerns.
But they also felt there needed to be a policy regarding
future approval of the rodeo (and others with a history
of bad ground) and some sort of recognition that they
got there (many hauling a long distance) and could not
compete. Jimmie said Doreen had already requested to
have a discussion about the situation at the next Board
- In Kissimmee, there was a request that Directors try
to move slack to the weekend if possible at certain
rodeos. Several rodeos that have performances on the
weekend have slack on Thursday and Friday. This makes
it very hard for those who don't get into a performance,
as they have to take several days off from work to get