A Message from the Chair, October 2012

Greetings to all our juggling, unicycling, spinning, burning, and otherwise entertaining friends. We’ve continued to be busy behind the scenes trying to fulfill our charter of rendering service, so I’m back to pass on some of the highlights.

At the festival in Winston-Salem, we announced the return of our Vendor Discount Program. This allows IJA members to get discounts when purchasing from a variety of vendors, and is yet another benefit to joining the IJA. We had hoped to get this launched sooner, but technical difficulties and coordinating with the vendors got in the way. But we’re finally ready to go, so I’m happy to announce that the Vendor Discount Program is now live for our members! As we launch, the following vendors are participating:

  • Brontosaurus Balls
  • Dube’ Juggling
  • Gballz
  • Juggling Fashion
  • Neon Husky
  • Pass the Props

The following vendors have expressed interest in participating, but details aren’t complete yet, so keep an eye out for them in the future:

  • Bodyhoops.com
  • Malabares
  • Sport Juggling Company
  • Sweets Kendamas

Several of these vendors are new since the program was announced in Winston-Salem, and we hope to add more over time. In Winston-Salem we had also announced the participation of The Juggling School; unfortunately, we were recently informed that they are shutting down operations. But hopefully the vendors already on board provide a nice variety of goods and services, and we’ll continue to improve it over time. Members can visit this page to get a summary of all active vendors at any time, details of what they offer IJA members, and instructions on how to claim member benefits from them.

Lots of work is already underway in preparation for the 2013 IJA Festival at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The board has approved the introduction of a new earlier, cheaper registration phase. You’ll be able to start registering for the festival on November 15, with lower pricing than has been available for recent festivals. If you know you are going to attend, registering early is a great way to save some money. If you know someone who would enjoy attending, and you do, festival registration might make a great holiday gift. We’re also drawing closer to a site for the 2014 festival; nothing is official yet, but the frontrunner appears to be another college campus setting.

Regular visitors to eJuggle know this already, but if you missed our members exclusive video of IJA champion Etoh Satoshi, make sure you give it a watch. Great stuff. The IRC competitions in Chile and Brasil are moving forward full speed ahead, and IJA members can expect more mind-blowing members-only video to come out of those competitions.

With so much going on, there is always more cool stuff to do than people to do it. If you like what you see, and you are interested in getting involved to help the IJA improve even more, drop us an e-mail. We’d love to help find ways for you to get involved.

And finally, my heartfelt condolences go out to all that are struggling with the loss of Luke Wilson. This is the second major blow to the juggling community in recent times. I was lucky enough to see Luke perform at the Cascade of Stars in 2011, to see him perform at the 2012 Boulder Juggling Festival, and to meet him and learn from him while in Boulder. Even that brief exposure made it clear to me what a loss this is to our community and art. To do what we can to make sure no one misses out on Luke’s art and knowledge in this difficult time, Luke’s articles here on eJuggle have been removed from Members Only status, and are now available to the entire juggling community. Take advantage of them, and let them be some solace in a difficult time.

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Dave returned to the world of juggling in 2010 after a 20 year hiatus. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of the IJA, teaches juggling to middle school kids, and is a spectacularly average juggler. In his real life, he lives in the Bay Area, CA and is a software engineer, working on Yahoo! Fantasy Sports.

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