Shouldn't you also get DEMA's management to join in?
Great idea Drew,
Info from the DEMA website; http://www.dema.org/displayboard.cfm
DEMA's Board of Directors;Stephena@tusa.com
Neal Watson is the head of the DEMA show committee.
From the DEMA By-laws found here; http://dema.org/asso...rentVersion.pdf
,ARTICLE III. PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES.
The purposes and objectives of the Association shall be:
a) To promote the advancement of the diving industry, to promote and encourage the growth of diving activities, and
to enhance the growth and public enjoyment of the sport of diving.
b) To establish continuing business education programs to aid industry members, their officers and employees.
c) To facilitate the exchange of information among industry members, through experts, manuals and conferences,
on such subjects as quality control, general industry statistics, governmental regulations, product standards
and/or certification, standardized methods of keeping books and records, and related topics of industry interest.
d) To support the diving industry with communication services, media relations and resources.
e) To support the diving industry in monitoring and communicating on legislation that impacts diving and to represent
the industry before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government throughout the United States
and in foreign jurisdictions.f) To support the diving industry in the monitoring and protection of the environment through education andactivities.
How about something like this;Gentlemen,I know you share with me an abiding love for the ocean so I was appalled to learn that the DEMA organization choose to hold it's annual show at a hotel that is contributing to the destruction of our ocean by serving Shark fin soup at it's restaurant. It is sadly ironic that in the same complex where DEMA held it's awards ceremony, the Hilton was charging $55 a bowl for the very creature the worlds dive organizations spend so much to promote.I would hope and encourage you to do a much better job in the future of selecting your show locations. I would also encourage you to use DEMA's clout to help the hotels and resorts you work with to choose a different path. I would appreciate a response to this email and earnestly hope you can understand my point of view. Please gentlemen, this cannot continue.Very sincerely,
I hope that all the Wetpixel sponsors who are members and pay dues to the DEMA organization let their voices be heard.
Edited by Steve Williams, 20 November 2010 - 10:22 AM.