It's not the pancakes, it's the dough. $$$
Hi Gayle, Hi Joe! It's Carol your Bozeman neighbor.
I think the volunteerism in WBCCI is great but it does come with a cost to the club. You know that it's less expensive to buy off the rack than to assemble garments yourself or to buy linens on sale than to buy yard goods, the same might be true of a DIY International Rally. We may have to sacrifice our giving "free" for the purposes of saving the club money and being shrewd and finding less expensive, more cost effective alternatives. Some of the rally fairgrounds and convention sites actually had full hookups. Utilizing appropriate facilities could eliminate such large scale and very early parking and save more dough than just pancake flour.
The fee schedule past was:
$125.00 each person 2= $250.00
$45.00 Airstream $45.00
$60.00 children 2 $120.00
Then $255.00 for elec $255.00
For early workers add $2.00 option if they elect to have brats at th picnic.
And here is the schedule:
June 11th temporary parking for early workers
June 14th special prerally day, flag day
pump out June 15/16/17
June 15th is another 1st parking day band arrives
June 16 pancakes oficially start Tues-Sat with other foods and beverages no doubt
June 17th the PIPs arrive-to do what?
both tank pump out 18/19/20(Thurs/Fri/Sat)
June 18th ham radio and teen queens arrive-need more pancakes, region officers prerally final banquet
June 19th region officers caravan arrives-it appears they arrive a day late for the banquet???
June 20th sat caravan leaders arrive-need more pancakes
June 21st early workers pay $2.00
for brat picnic tickets to be purchased while eating the pancakes
June 22nd International Presidents Reception/Dinner for key dignataries by invitation only--good thing they arrived far in advance to rest up for dinner
June 23rd unit presidents and caravans arrive, region past presidents luncheon and tram service begins
June 24th IBT seminar open to all members held-but before the start of member rally days
June 25th begins rally parking and registration next day
June 26th 1st day of registration but IBT meeting is held from 8:30-4:00 so when does one register?
June 27th unit presidents appreciation dinner
OK and about now the general population starts to show up
For what they pay listed in the fee schedule, the same as, the many many special parking members (a multitude of several hundreds??) and have stayed up to 16 additional days.
I believe charging everyone for electricity in the future at the Internationals is a way to recoop some costs and add revenue. The early workers do have electricity and pumpouts before the general membership arrives. I have gone to three Internationals and never chosen to pay for more than the 3amp service and not because I would not have liked to have had 30 amp but to keep the costs down. I could not even consider the price they elect to charge now.
If you would like to see just how much WBCCI has gone into the red you can read it on Save Wally. Note that the amount in this heading is only the beginning,
FAILURE TO LEAD: -$44,202.00 in the RED (Part I)
For another early worker's account of the activities before general parking, click here: