The PITA Executive Committee has decided that we will not have a Grand Pacific in 2020. As I have stated many times, the health and safety of our membership is our No. 1 priority and that was one of the factors that led us to this decision:
· A significant percentage of our membership is in the “at-risk” age group for COVID-19
· As shoots have been canceled, postponed and rescheduled, we see that our clubs are doing everything they can to recoup some of the losses they have experienced this year. The Grand Pacific takes one whole week out of the shoot calendar and we don’t want to take up days that could be used, by clubs, for weekend shoots, and Multiplex.
· The further we get into late summer and early fall, we have hunting seasons and (hopefully) the start of a new school year to contend with. This affects our junior shooters’ ability to attend and the club’s ability to obtain trap help.
· Throwing a Grand Pacific this year, even an abbreviated version, would cost more than we are likely to bring in. Any money we spend holding an event of this caliber, would have to be deducted from what we are able to spend to produce a Grand Pacific in 2021.
This is the first time, since 1945, that the PITA has not held a Grand Pacific and I want to assure you that your PITA Executive Committee did not make this historic decision without careful consideration.
Thank you for your understanding. We all hope to see you out shooting again soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-931-4211.
Jennifer Carter, PITA President