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Old 11-14-2014, 08:06 PM   #477
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Wow! I haven't been on AirForums for awhile and when I started reading this thread, I thought of the line "Look out Ma, I don't know how big this thing is gonna get" (Canopener, that is). It is truly amazing how many units have RSVP'd for this one.....I remember when we didn't even fill up loop 103. Obviously, Russ and Tom, et al, have done a great job of growing Canopener into what it is today. I recognized so many familiar names on the signup list that it made Jenn and I start talking about renting one of the cabins. It might be time that someone stepped up and dethroned DH as the Cornhole Champion. So pack an extra bottle of Tekilla Greg, and maybe an extra bit of potatoe squeezing from Annette, cause we might be haunting your neighborhood in January.

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Look forward to seeing you and Jen, Chief. You have been missed.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:05 AM   #478
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Bug in your ear

Fellow Canopenians, lend me your ears:

Canopener 2015 is quickly approaching.
As we are preparing for another great rally, I wanted to put a bug in your ear about next year.

As you know, Canopener is run by an all-volunteer staff which allows us to operate without any rally fees. This year we have over 100 Airstreams attending. I wonder if there is any other Forum rally with a larger attendance? Credit to the folks who established the rally and the event locale.

The rally has been staffed by the same volunteers for a number of years. These folks have enjoyed the opportunity to put on the event, but have all indicated they are ready to hand over the reins to some new leadership for 2016.

Seems to me we have two choices if we wish for the event to carry on:
New leaders step up and volunteer or
We transition to a free-form rally and just show up with no real schedule and let whatever happens happen.
Neither seems to be a bad choice, but I think having some structure for the event is desirable.

The current positions and responsibilities include:
(You will note in recognition of our current administration, I have given the title of “czar” to these positions so they will not require any kind of authorization or approval from anyone)

Event Host Czar: Luckyducks handled 2013 and 2014, yours truly 2015. The host coordinates the event with park management, opens the event on the Forum, establishes the RSVP thread, coordinates the event with attendees and sponsors and coordinates the assembly of the welcome packets. Also recruits volunteers to head up the potlucks, cleanup and other such details and coordinates the distribution of door prizes as the host of the Saturday night potluck festivities.

Map Coordinator/Event Documentation Czar: Florida 55 has handled the last two years. Chuck has followed the RSVP’s and entered attendees information on the Topsail map which is included in your welcome packet. Chuck has also functioned as our “videographer” by putting together a video highlighting the event and posting. This is a great position for those of you who are computer savvy…..and completely eliminates me from consideration.

Name Tag Czar: Roadtoaster has created name tags for each attendee and provided the list of names for the door prize drawing for the past several years. You door prize winners will really appreciate Pat and Greg’s efforts, losers not so much. I understand we have a volunteer to cover this position for 2016.

Cornhole Competition Czar: one of the highlights of the rally, this event has almost 100% participation of attendees. The coordinator sets up the event ensuring we have sufficient cornhole sets and assistants, collects entry fees, keeps up with parings and scores, and announces the winners. StanandLynn have handled for the past few years and done a outstanding job. Luckyducks is handling this year as StanandLynn recently had to cancel (thanks, Luckyducks!).

Potluck Coordinating Czars: these are the wonderful folks who help ensure the Thursday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday morning feeds go smoothly. They help set up the venues and ensure all is cleaned up afterward. Requires very little prodding of attendees, usually you have more folks volunteering than you could possibly use, and Canopeanians kinda clean up after themselves anyway.

These are the basic positions which would need to be filled with new volunteers for next year. If you would be interested let us know and we will be glad to answer any questions and mentor you along. Ideally we could have prospective leaders for next year’s rally “shadow” this year’s leaders to get an idea of how we approached things.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:52 PM   #479
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I'm gonna hurl!!!!!!!

Brother Tom,

Life this year has taught me that the plans we make for the future are sketchy at best. I intend to reconnect with my Canopener family every year for the foreseeable future until I stop breathing. I feel that regardless of the organizational hierarchy, Canopener will live on through the efforts of all of us that plan to attend in the coming years. But I gotta say this, if you use the word "Czar" one more time moving forward, I'm gonna hurl!!!!

I commit to filling in along with anyone else out there that wants to continue to attend Canopener and help in any way possible. From pushing a broom, to editing video, or whatever needs to be done. But if I'm ever referred to as a Czar, I will be forced to shove my Safari off the nearest cliff and go back to tent camping. You know where I stand.

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Old 11-16-2014, 05:46 AM   #480
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How about "Tsar"?...

If Florida55 needs a break, I believe Mrs Red and I would be willing to be the Site Map and Awesome Movie Czar... I have to get this by Mrs Red, naturally, but she does an awesome job of video production, and is my resident computer wiz. So, tentatively put us down for that spot... I'll let you know shortly for definite.

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Old 11-16-2014, 06:27 AM   #481
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But I gotta say this, if you use the word "Czar" one more time moving forward, I'm gonna hurl!!!!
It is a much-overused title, I'll agree, and misused in this case. A Czar isn't somebody who steps up and does all the thankless work; he's the guy who steps up and makes other people do all the thankless work, and then takes credit for it all. Just like in pre-Soviet Russia, where the title originated.

The guy who actually steps up and does all the thankless work has
other titles here in English-speaking countries. Gofer. Stooge. Grunt. Navvy. Minion. Serf. Lackey. Peon (actually, that's Spanish, but still…). Flunky. Drudge. There are so many to choose from, take your pick!
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:37 AM   #482
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I think Guru fits :-)
I suppose so, but it lacks a certain insouciant iconoclastic irreverence…

But of course, since I've never been to Canopener before, I'm not about to volunteer for any of the positions (yet). The last time I volunteered for something I didn't know enough about, I ended up with a career in Federal civil service! So as far as I'm concerned, the people who actually volunteer can use any title they like and I have no right to complain. Even "Czar," if that's what blows the wind up their skirt, floats their boat, or whatever.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:52 AM   #484
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Brother Tom,

Life this year has taught me that the plans we make for the future are sketchy at best. I intend to reconnect with my Canopener family every year for the foreseeable future until I stop breathing. I feel that regardless of the organizational hierarchy, Canopener will live on through the efforts of all of us that plan to attend in the coming years. But I gotta say this, if you use the word "Czar" one more time moving forward, I'm gonna hurl!!!!

I commit to filling in along with anyone else out there that wants to continue to attend Canopener and help in any way possible. From pushing a broom, to editing video, or whatever needs to be done. But if I'm ever referred to as a Czar, I will be forced to shove my Safari off the nearest cliff and go back to tent camping. You know where I stand.

Jeff
To my good Brother Jeff: Please stop fooling around and tell me how you really feel! You would do a fantastic job in any position you felt led to assume...and I would gladly call you whatever title you designate. You have the depth of experience with Canopener to fill any position. I personally think you would make a great host if timing is right for you.

And Panama Red and Mrs. Red: maybe you would like to tag base with Florida 55 to get an idea of what this position entails and see if you are still interested. If so, wonderful!

Thanks for stepping up, folks!

And please, if you are interested in assuming some responsibility during the upcoming rally or for next year, let us know. We still need some potluck coordinators for this year..
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:28 PM   #485
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Ok guys,

The best "title" for these worker bee positions is one that I became familiar with back during the days of working in my Dad's gas station in Louisiana. Unfortunately I/we can't use the term on this public forum. I like the sound of guru, it's cute. Regardless of what the Oxford Dictionary defines it as, most of us working class, blended whiskey drinkers understand what it implies.

Regarding nametag responsibility, if Greg has had enough of it, I wouldn't mind taking care of it in the future, but he and Pat are still responsible for the Margarita Extravaganza. They do it too well, and I will be busy dragging around the booze wagon. I still offer my broom pushing and easy-up assembly talents as needed. And when it comes to "Host", I think we just need to gather the usual suspects once we are all together and do a few rounds of paper-rock-scissors.

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Boy did I speak out of turn. I read Alumitater's post at approximately 1:00am on Sunday morning after getting a little rowdy at a Corvette Club party. The Czar thing blinded my reading comprehension and only now do I see that "a volunteer for the nametags for 2016" is already in place. So forget what I said about nametags, and I guess I'll just see you at the rock-paper-scissors throw down.
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Boy did I speak out of turn. I read Alumitater's post at approximately 1:00am on Sunday morning after getting a little rowdy at a Corvette Club party. The Czar thing blinded my reading comprehension and only now do I see that "a volunteer for the nametags for 2016" is already in place. So forget what I said about nametags, and I guess I'll just see you at the rock-paper-scissors throw down.
Never out of turn, my good man, and always welcome. Bring your best "rock-sissors-paper" game to the throw down.
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Boy did I speak out of turn. I read Alumitater's post at approximately 1:00am on Sunday morning after getting a little rowdy at a Corvette Club party. The Czar thing blinded my reading comprehension and only now do I see that "a volunteer for the nametags for 2016" is already in place. So forget what I said about nametags, and I guess I'll just see you at the rock-paper-scissors throw down.
Hi Jeff,

I think Greg was referring to me as the future name tag volunteer. I'd be happy to do it if we are going to Canopener 2016 - not sure about that yet but will know for sure this coming summer. I'll keep your name in my hip pocket in case we aren't going to be able to attend.

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Hi Karen,

Sounds good to me. If you can't make it, I'll be sure to bring a few Sharpies and just tell everyone to write their names on their foreheads.
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Sounds good to me. If you can't make it, I'll be sure to bring a few Sharpies and just tell everyone to write their names on their foreheads.
That works for me! I've got LOTS of forehead!
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