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President of AWG Host Society: Bagley’s personal look at the Games

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006


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  Host Society President Dale Bagley attending a media briefing Thursday. Photo By Robert Bell

Host Society President Dale Bagley attending a media briefing Thursday.

Photo By Robert Bell

Dale Bagley, President of the Host Society for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, shared his personal thoughts with the Ulu News on this year’s Games and the preparation that led to this circumpolar event on the Kenai Peninsula.

“I think the thing that has impressed me and everyone else is how well the volunteers have stepped up,” said Bagley, former Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor. “The volunteers have done a really great job putting on the games which is a testament to these communities.”

During the interview with this reporter, Bagley shared his insights on the Games.

Ulu News: Why did you become the President of the Host Society for 2006?


Host Society President Dale Bagley attending a media briefing Thursday.

Photo By Robert Bell

Bagley: “The board of directors selected me as president. There is a 23-member board We’ve actually been working this issue for about six years and first we had to decide [if] this was something we actually wanted to do and get community support with the assembly and cities. Then, we put together a bid committee and had a site visit. After the visit, the committee went to Fairbanks, us (Kenai Peninsula) and Juneau. After visiting all three places, they decided to select the Kenai Peninsula to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.”

Ulu News: How many hours have you have spent on this year Arctic Winter Games?

Bagley: “You know, I don’t think I can even calculate how many hours. I’m a real estate agent and I haven’t even done anything real estate-wise in about a month, it’s just been solely Arctic Winter Games.”

Ulu News: What is the biggest success so far during the games this year?

Bagley: “There have been severalprobably the accrediting and check in of all the folks that were arriving. We handled that very smoothly compared to other host societies.”

Ulu News: biggest failure?

Bagley: “I think the biggest thing we’ve failed on compared to other games is probably the signage and flagging. Most games have a lot better signage and flagging; however, it’s really only an issue the first day and after that everyone usually knows where the venues are.”

Ulu News: biggest disappointment?

Bagley: “I don’t have a disappointment, things are going well.” Ulu News: If you could do it all over again, would you?

Bagley: “Yes, I would do it over again, but I probably wouldn’t do it again, there is a difference. I think a lot of the folks that have been involved with doing it once wouldn’t be too quick to sign to do to it again.”

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