WCHA once again is leading the country with technology and innovation. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that beginning in 2007 there will be no physical Assembly - to be replaced by "virtual Assembly" "Instead of just a few hundred people gathering at one location, WCHA members and visitors from around the world will be able to get together via the magic of the internet." announced WCHA President Bill Conrad. "Just think of the possibilities, canoe experts who don't have the time to travel can participate. This is just a natural extension of our highly successful website and forum - I'm looking forward to it - no weather problems, no bugs and we won't have to endure the smell of beer or those twangy acoustic instruments you encounter every night." "E-ssembly", as it is being dubbed, will require a broadband internet connection, a webcam and a special password, obtainable when you register for the event. Since participants will save on food, lodging and transportation costs, registration has been increased to $300. Once registered, participants can log in, open their own beers and join in the fun from the comfort of home or office. Noted slackers and frequent absentees Dave Osborn and Bill Whalen praised the decision to move the Assembly to the electronic world. "I never would have found my way to Keuka, anyway" said Osborn. Whalen, noted for his previous organization of the sailing canoe races, could not be reached for comment, though sources close to him said he was a bit intimidated by the thought of having to sail on a lake that actually gets wind. Watch for further information as plans develop.