To All, I received this e-mail a few weeks ago . . . ( Sender ID redacted ) Dave Fitch -----Original Message----- From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX To: ez2cdave <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:03 pm Subject: 2017 Great lakes World Cup Dave: As you have probably notice, NARAM 59 has yet to be announced. The reason is simple--the NARAM has been merged with the 2017 Great Lakes World Cup. That Cup has to be approved at the next meeting of the FAI-CIam meeting in Switzerland set for this month or November. Approval is all but certain at this point. Logistics are already underway to fly the FAI officials to Chicago, drive them to the event, house them, and feed them. The fees associated with this effort are similar to those of hosting an internats in the USA. One estimate made a few years back put it at 1.3 million dollars. If you add inflation, the cost is 1.5 million dollars. Who is paying this sum is unclear--I do not think NAR has this on hand. CD will be John Langford There was a complaint from CROC that they were not party to the rules making this year. I now know why. With the Cup being made a part of NARAM, it would seem that the nationals are a sideshow and may cease to exist in current form. NAARAM would have to be shortened to 3-4 days just to accommodate the Cup if it is not assimilated entirely. The one reason to retain the NARAM is to allow non-FAI flyers some competition of non FAI events. Please pass this on to the rest of the rocketry community. Thanks, XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX.