2016 Convention - Membership Preview
We receive requests from our members to allow them to bring a
visitor to Convention for a day. These visitors might include
co-workers, family members, or just a local resident that is
known to one of our members. The cost to have a non-member guest
join us for a single day visit is ~ $270 (membership, convention
registration, late fees). Last year, the Board approved a
reasonably priced one-day alternative designed to generate
additional long term interest in the PGI and provide a unique
benefit to PGI members with family or friends living near the
A limited number of Preview Memberships will be available in La
Porte. The Preview Membership Program will continue to allow PGI
to accommodate member requests for a visitors and will eliminate
the pinch point our registration volunteers feel when they
receive those I have a dear friend special requests. This
policy also addresses VIP requests from industry dignitaries that
may occur during Convention.
Single day, adult Preview Membership to Convention, valid on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The memberships are not
available on opening weekend Saturday or Sunday, or Friday. The
program will not offer Preview Memberships for minors. The
program also is not designed to accommodate prior PGI members.
The cost of an adult Preview Membership will be fixed at $75.
Last year, a member was allowed to bring only one Preview Member
per Convention. This year, the program will allow one Preview
Member per PGI member, per day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or
Thursday) of Convention. Although a PGI member may host multiple
Preview Members during the week, no Preview Member may attend
more than one day unless they join PGI and pay Convention fees.
If a Preview Member decides to join and attend the balance of the
convention, the $75 Preview Membership fee will be applied to
Convention fees (See FAQ below).
The PGI member sponsor will accompany their visitor to
Registration on the day of the visit. The visitor will be
responsible for completing a Preview Membership application and
signing all necessary waivers, and will receive a special badge.
The PGI sponsor member will be responsible for accompanying the
Preview Member at all times while on site. The Preview Member
will be permitted to sit with the member (in the member section)
during the display and/or competition on the day the Preview
Membership is issued. The Preview Member may attend the
After-Glow but will be required to leave the PGI site by the time
the PGI fireworks permit expires for the evening (no overnight
The Preview Member will not be able to take any Class C product
from the PGI Convention site (unless allowed by state/county
law). The Preview Member will not be permitted to enter
restricted areas such as display company set-up, infield, or
Large Shell/All Stars Manufacturing (and/or other areas
determined to be restricted access).
Preview Membership is valid for a single day only, and badges
will be color coded for each day to readily detect abuse and/or
circumvention of the program policy. Both the Preview Member and
PGI member will be subject to removal from the PGI Convention for
circumvention of the Preview Membership policy.
Each Preview Member will receive a personalized letter within
30 days following the convention to thank them for visiting and
offer a special discount if they become a member (for the
following calendar year) before the end of December. The special
discount will be a one-time offer to join PGI at the membership
renewal rate rather than the new member rate. Included in the
envelope with the letter will be a membership form, pre-populated
with the individual's name and pertinent data (based on visitor
application data). The visitor will also receive a follow-up
email and/or postcard in November, as a reminder of the special
Ultimately, we have the opportunity to increase membership
through the Preview Program. The visitor, who likely
has some interest in fireworks through the relationship with the
member sponsor, will be given the opportunity to see the benefits
of membership and the fun and excitement of a week-long
Frequently Asked Questions
Why only a one-day program and why only one visitor per
member per day?
We must cap the number of visitors at one per member per
convention day to minimize workload on our volunteer staff, and
to avoid potential abuse of the program.
My married friend would like to bring their spouse,
how will this program accommodate them?
The simple solution is to ask another PGI member to sponsor
your friend's husband, or conversely, if your own spouse is a PGI
member and registered for convention, he or she can sponsor your
friend's husband as a Preview Member, provided all the program
conditions are met.
I realize it was
$270 before, but $75 is more than I can afford. Can't
you offer us a better deal?
There are some administrative costs that PGI incurs to
administer this program. This new approach to visitors allows a
PGI member to bring a visitor for a day, and helps raise money
for the PGI. The $75 fee is a real value as compared to full cost
of membership and registration.
Can a Preview Member stay at my campsite during
No, this is only a single day program. No overnight privileges
Can a Preview Member stay overnight with me and my
This is a one day program. If you wish to have your guest stay
at your campground, and/or attend convention they must join and
register for the full convention like other members.
Can a Preview Member attend classes/seminars with me?
Preview Members may attend classes or seminars if (walk-in)
space is available and applicable fees are paid when accompanied
by the sponsor member. Sponsor members may not pre-register
Preview members for any classes or seminars.
Does the PGI offer VIP passes to former members that
intend to rejoin in the future?
The PGI does not offer VIP passes. If you wish to sponsor a
former PGI member that has not renewed their membership for four
or more years, you can sponsor them through the Preview Member
program, understanding that they will be subject to all of the
restrictions of the program.
Can the Preview Member apply the $75 towards next year's
The fee covers just the one time visitor pass however, we
intend to invite all our visitors to join the PGI. If the visitor
joins during their Preview Membership day and wants to join and
register so they can attend the rest of the 2016 Convention, the
$75 will be credited toward Convention fees for the remainder of
the 2016 Convention.
I'd like to bring someone on Sat, Sun or Fri? That's
the only time they are off.
At the start and close of Convention, the registration system
is often overwhelmed and unable to accommodate the additional
workload. You can however purchase a ticket to the display and
sit with your friend in the public seating area. That happens
I'm a current member, can I register myself as a Preview Member?
The pilot program is designed to accommodate only non-members
as Preview Members.
Where can I get a Preview Membership registration form?