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Old 11-17-2014, 09:22 AM   #491
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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.

You may need to assign someone to write your name on your forehead. Writing your name on your own forehead is difficult. I know. I've tried it.

Along this line, can we register to attend parts of the rally? We live two miles from the Topsail campground. We will not need a campsite as Lucy (our Airstream) will be over in Jacksonville.

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Old 11-17-2014, 09:49 AM   #492
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If memory serves me, wasn't one reason we started forum rallyies was that the WBCCI rallies were too structured and complicated. Are we getting away from simplicity and closer to what we were trying to avoid? Jim
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This is our first rally also. But will pitch in with forehead name tags and any other needed tasks.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:57 AM   #494
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If memory serves me, wasn't one reason we started forum rallyies was that the WBCCI rallies were too structured and complicated. Are we getting away from simplicity and closer to what we were trying to avoid? Jim
At least Canopener doesn't have committees* for everything!

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:50 AM   #497
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If memory serves me, wasn't one reason we started forum rallyies was that the WBCCI rallies were too structured and complicated. Are we getting away from simplicity and closer to what we were trying to avoid? Jim
There is NO STRUCTURE at the Can Opener. There are no events planned other than the timing of community meals and the notices posted for the convenience of those who wish to attend. Attendance at meals is not mandatory and fines will not be issued to those who do not attend. The closest thing to a structure is the arrangement of the tables necessary to facilitate the Pot Luck dinner.

There are no parking police, you make your own arrangements. No badge police and badges are not required to be worn, badges are available just to facilitate conversations lest you forget who you are talking to.

The Can Opener has grown and long since past the size where one individual could manage it. Steve did originally conceive of the idea and proposed a weekend schedule. That schedule has survived as a foundation with many extending it before and after the weekend. Our first year the Pot Luck was in an empty campsite with 2 6 ft. tables and a 60 watt construction light hung in a tree. We have progressed through several meals held in the Campground rec hall only to outgrow it. The last 2 years the size of the Can Opener required us to again move outside with last year growing to a point of needing 2 serving lines working both sides of each line. With things growing to that size some coordination/planning is required. Since only about 20 people get involved with this coordination/planning I don't think those that are offended by structure will even notice.

Please don't let your stay be threatened by the posts discussing what might appear to be setting up a structure. Those effected have to use this tread also.

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You may need to assign someone to write your name on your forehead. Writing your name on your own forehead is difficult. I know. I've tried it.

Along this line, can we register to attend parts of the rally? We live two miles from the Topsail campground. We will not need a campsite as Lucy (our Airstream) will be over in Jacksonville.

Brian
Hi Brian,
You would be most welcome to stop in anytime you want to. I am sure Roadtoaster will see this and make you and Suellen name tags so no forehead ink needed. Look forward to seeing you,
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #499
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There is NO STRUCTURE at the Can Opener. There are no events planned other than the timing of community meals and the notices posted for the convenience of those who wish to attend. Attendance at meals is not mandatory and fines will not be issued to those who do not attend. The closest thing to a structure is the arrangement of the tables necessary to facilitate the Pot Luck dinner.

There are no parking police, you make your own arrangements. No badge police and badges are not required to be worn, badges are available just to facilitate conversations lest you forget who you are talking to.

The Can Opener has grown and long since past the size where one individual could manage it. Steve did originally conceive of the idea and proposed a weekend schedule. That schedule has survived as a foundation with many extending it before and after the weekend. Our first year the Pot Luck was in an empty campsite with 2 6 ft. tables and a 60 watt construction light hung in a tree. We have progressed through several meals held in the Campground rec hall only to outgrow it. The last 2 years the size of the Can Opener required us to again move outside with last year growing to a point of needing 2 serving lines working both sides of each line. With things growing to that size some coordination/planning is required. Since only about 20 people get involved with this coordination/planning I don't think those that are offended by structure will even notice.

Please don't let your stay be threatened by the posts discussing what might appear to be setting up a structure. Those effected have to use this tread also.

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Well said Howie.

No one is compelled to attend Canopener, pay a rally fee, participate in the events, or volunteer for anything. What appears to be "structure" is really a gift of time and money by a group of dedicated volunteers who enjoy the rally and continue to make it something special.

I do wonder why a person who doesn't own an Airstream, and isn't signed up for Canopener, is reading the thread and concerned about how the rally is being executed by the people who spend their time making it happen.
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I have owned several AS and I know structure when I see it. The fact that I riled some feathers proves there is structure and order. I'm not saying that is bad, I'm saying that it seems as things get larger and better organized, we are approaching too much of a club identity. As far as WBCCI rallies go, no one in the club is forced to attend. If the fact that I no longer own an AS but have been welcome here is I problem, I can go away. Interesting that the biggest complainer to my comment was the biggest complainer about Falluminum. Me thinks I no longer need to deal with the few on this forum who think they can intimidate. Jim
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Never mind complaints about structure, or rebuttals of complaints. I'm still geting behind this "name tags on the forehead" idea. Since we all want people to talk to our faces and not our chests (unless our chests are very impressive, which mine isn't) putting the name tags right above our eyes will help to make sure people look at us when they talk to us!
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:11 PM   #502
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Must be working if people keep attending and it keeps growing!
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:24 PM   #503
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If memory serves me, wasn't one reason we started forum rallyies was that the WBCCI rallies were too structured and complicated. Are we getting away from simplicity and closer to what we were trying to avoid? Jim
Jim,

The Canopener is not too structured or complicated. In fact, there are no rules nor are there any rally fees! Attendance at any of the events is totally voluntary and of the events, the potlucks and open house are the mainstay events of most rallies. The other events at the Canopener are fun things like entertainment, hiking in the woods with a ranger, playing in a cornhole board tournament, etc. Everything is optional! Very simple.

Maybe you're talking about the fact that we plan the rally and that we have volunteers helping to run it. With 103 trailers/mohos currently RSVP'd and approximately 206 people coming, you need to have some organization. One of the things that makes this rally fun is that are always many volunteers who help in different ways. An example is the generosity Chuck displays by maintaining the map. As someone who has been to 8 Canopeners in a row, I appreciate having a map with the names printed on it. That way, when wandering around meeting new people, I don't have to write down names and sites. I could give other examples also but the volunteers are the ones who put in their personal time and resources to make this rally fun.

The bottomline is we must be doing something right because more and more people come to the Canopener each year. I think this is the largest AirForums rally in the United States.

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