Mar 12, 2018
This week I’ve got the CBA Spring Conference organizers, the
crew that has dedicated countless volunteer hours of their time
planning and scheduling the CBA 40th Anniversary Spring Conference
coming up April 12 – 14 in Placerville, CA. The crew consists
of Dennis Dusek, the conference chair, aka the big cheese, Dan
Perkins, who is the CBA Education director, Victoria Ritter who is
in charge of the volunteers and vendors, and Paul Boulay, the Vice
President of the CBA. We talk about what it takes to host an
event of this size and what to expect during the conference.
And they happen to be the sponsor for today’s episode. There is
still time to get the early bird discount of $165 for all 3 days if
you register before March 22nd. The demonstrator line-up
Zeevik Gottlieb, Lynda Metcalfe, Ellen Durkan, Haley Woodword,
Colby Brinkman, David Lisch, Mark Aspery, Darryl Nelson and Paul
To register, head over to www.calsmith.org and click on the
events tab for the online registration button.
What We Talked About
- Dennis tells us about his past conferences that he has
organized, the last one was in 2013 with an attendance of around
- The core group of 4, Dennis, Paul, Dan and Victoria, meet
weekly to go through a list of things that need attention. This
happens for eight months ahead of the conference.
- Each person has a role; Paul Boulay works with the budget and
the big picture ideas with Dennis, Victoria Ritter works with
organizing the groups of vendors, volunteers and registration
people, and Dan Perkins is the education site manager, helping with
the layout of the venue and gathering/installing all of the
equipment for the demonstrators and teaching tents.
- CBA will be purchasing 10 anvils, so they can have 10 forging
stations at the conference for the attendees to use.
- We talk about the forging contests that will be held each night
of the conference; forging a cube, forge anything from a railroad
spike and a wearable art forged piece.