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As of Jan. 1, 2013 the founder, Bud DeFOE, will take over the Vice President position of Chris Covington. B.A.I.T. will also have a new Secretary, Jennifer DeFOE (Sunny's Wife). After a few years with B.A.I.T. Chris's work has overwhelmed his time and he simply could not do both and delegate the time needed for B.A.I.T. To see Bud's buyout letter and Chris's resignation letter please click the links below.
In 2001, memberships grew to 512 members with five divisions in five states. In 2002, B.A.I.T. hit a new high with 658 memberships within eight divisions across six states. Memberships surpassed 1024 in 2003, coming from 10 divisions in seven states. In 2004 and 2005, B.A.I.T. memberships continued their upward spiral. B.A.I.T. memberships peaked in 2006 from its expansion to 17 divisions in eight states. Membership has leveled off in the past few years. In 2010, B.A.I.T. had 983 members and is expecting more growth next year. 2012 was a rough year for membership as it dipped to only 700 members. However, with the 2013 classic scheduled to be on Douglas Lake in Oct. 2013, membership is expected to recover greatly with 18 divisions covering 9 states.
B.A.I.T. divisions are currently in nine southeastern states, e.g., Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia. B.A.I.T. is poised to expand its bass fishing team competition trail concept to more states. Expansion will progress to new areas with substantial angler activity/populations, tourism, and local trail inquiries.
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