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Old 07-08-2007, 01:23 PM   #29
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Having lived in BoZeman, there are a miriad of things to do and see. And remember, BoZeman is spelled with a "ZEE". The Museum of the Rockies is an excellent facility, chroniclizing how this area was settled. A 30 minute drive is the Three Forks, Mt area where the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers come together to form the Missouri River, fishing!!. Just south of 3 Forks is the Lewis and Clark Caverns. To the west is the Norris Hot Springs. Closer to town at Bozeman Hot Springs is another spot to hit.
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Thanks for the heads-up on Bozeman, I can't wait to visit!

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Old 07-08-2007, 03:42 PM   #30
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Your are welcome. Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley is one of our favourite areas since it is close to the Yellowstone area. Living and working in Yellowstone for 15 years, Bozeman is the close "metro" area to the park.At the time, I was a member of the Montana Unit.
You will find some outstanding sunsets while we are there. The Gallatin Valley is also a good launching board to head to Glacier National Park, or go to historic Helena, the capital, and nearby on Missouri River is where you will see the GateWay to the Rockies on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. 90 miles west of Bozemen is Butte/Anaconda area with the Pintler Loop road that runs between Anaconda and Drummond. Spectacular scenery!!
It can also be quite hot, but the humidity is much, much lower than Perry.
There are some pretty neat eateries in downtown, especially the Baxter Hotel.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:53 PM   #31
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Thanks and Keep the Ideas Coming!

Thanks for providing lots of good comments. Keep them coming. I know Renee worked tirelessly on communications for a year and did a great job. My goal is to come at this from a slightly different approach.

My reason for posting this thread is to capture the information immediately following the event in order to begin planning for next year. We do this where I am employed - at the completion of a project we get everyone in a room and capture lessons learned in an effort to make the next project better. Sounds good in theory and sometimes it works.

A year is a long time but the days and months will pass quickly and I know WBCCI prefers to start early. My suggestion for collecting ideas for only a week or so is because this is not a 1 year assignment for me - my goal is to quickly come up with ideas that can be implemented at the rally next year. If some ideas cannot be implemented then so be it - we tried... maybe the following year.

At this point I think there are no bad ideas - that's what brainstorming is all about.

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Old 07-08-2007, 07:35 PM   #32
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Kudo's to Renee E. for a super "DJ" evening at Perry. We all had a great time!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:59 PM   #33
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I believe that a Monday thru Friday rally is a good idea. It leaves the weekends for travel. A good thing for the working family. I am thinking about attending Bozeman, will surely do Madison. When I attend an event that requires a fair piece of travel, it is because I want to see all the good things the rally area has to offer and possibly some sites along the way. If I was required to attend meetings every day I would be upset. Maybe more of the required meetings should be done pre or post rally. The evening social events are good if you address them to all demographics. I am sure there are many impromptu sessions as well.

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Old 07-08-2007, 09:26 PM   #34
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Thanks to you both for openning the can. Beth and I enjoyed Perry as 1st Timers. Our 15 year old also attended. All 3 of us are interested in Bozeman.

Improvements:

1) Open the Teen Center before 9PM. How about some early or mid-day hours. Perhaps some disorganized game / rec time in the daytime. The teens are present all day and don't fit the Youth activity. They also are not likely to attend seminars which interest their grandparents or parents. The heat in Perry made this more difficult.

2) De-emphasize formal entertainment, in favor of at least 1 night of Party...like the DJ event this year. Could increase the $ available for other nights and vary the routine a little.

3) Get WI-FI right next year. It would be nice if we could access it from the campsite, but at least keep it operating all week (and weekend). Some of us really consider it essential when gone for a week.

4) How about a "slide show" of various rallies, caravans, and historical events. We should celebrate and advertise. It would help sell the activities and provide an opportunity for more sharing.

I could list a lot of things which were done VERY WELL, but hope most of those will be kept next year. There are a few to list, both so others know about them (we didn't in many cases) and so they won't be missed:

1) Kid Program - yes there was a program for both Youths and Teens. Our son was too old for many of the program activities but really enjoyed the night time recreation at the Teen Center.

2) Teen Queen Pageant - I'm not an advocate for the pageant. Those kids (girls and escorts) who did participate, made friends and helped each other deal with an otherwise adult week. The escorts, ages 14 - 19, wouldn't have gotten together / involved otherwise.

3) Airstream Service - I didn't know (until I saw them working on a neighbor's trailer) that the Service Center sends techs from Jackson Center to perform work on trailers...more than just minor adjustments. in addition, Fantastic Fan and Dometic were doing campsite work at the rally.

4) Snack Bars - Most of the major buildings had snack bars where those working or attending could grab a bite or a cup of coffee at a reasonable price.

5) DJ Night (Streamers) - It was great.


Again - thanks for volunteering (or being volunteered). Enjoyed meeting you both and hope to see you again soon.

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Old 08-01-2007, 08:15 AM   #35
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My 2 Cents; International 2007

We went to international with another couple. As we all WORK we could not get there until the 28th. Well, the gal at the gate said, sorry all the gift packages are gone. We were shown where to park & he insisted that we split up because he had to 'fill' another spot, NO we could not park together, PERIOD, that is law. As we were the last ones in for several days, No one was parked next to us. No reason our friends could not have been next to us. We could not find the registration until we looked through several buildings. When we finally found it, the only sign was inside the building, good grief. The schedule was basic, no information. There were a few seminars I thought might be of interest, but it turned out that most were geared toward 5th grade. Very unprofessional, basic, poor speakers, sleepers. Renee was the only one that did a good job with her seminars. She also did a great job on the DJ Night. Very poor attendance of venders. I ws told WBCCI charged exorbitant booth prices, much higher than other clubs charged the vendors. No wonder. No coffee, morning round table gatherings, nothing. Poor daily programs. No bbq gatherings, nothing, no food Paid a lot for a few days. If it had not been for our friends we would have left. We made our own entertainment, but we could have done that at a nice campground with a pool! We all were bored & HOT & did leave early. What is the point of being in GA in JULY?? in a field. With a 1000 rigs & 2000 people attending, we should have more than brainless games & entertainment geared for nursing homes. Local talent, historians, mayor, or rep from gov, reps from shops, farms, health clubs, artists & professors from the local universities, travel, financial, realestate & medical professionals, all RV magazines & all trades should all be included to do seminars, set up vendor booths, a farmers market, repair shops, a gym, lots of interesting diversified activities, entertainment. We did get our fridg. warranty issue taken care of, but almost missed it, because of the very poor communication. All vendors, repair co's, with locations. should be listed in the schedule. Several people that were there days or weeks earlier said "oh, you should have been here" blah, blah..Working folks have no choice, things should be scheduled in a compact time frame so we don't miss out. Especially since they pay the SAME price we paid and stay a lot longer. Some people were there a month. We were there 5 nights. I did my own survey, yes most are retired. Everyone wonders why this club is going down hill. Well, this is a club for retirees, PERIOD.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:42 PM   #36
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The past two years have seen major issues presented by the IBT. The name and the buses. Frankly, this stuff is killing the club. Want a good rally, avoid having any new initiative poisioning the atmoshpere. The New England Unit had a very unpleasant experience at Perry. The dishonesty of those in "leadership" positions will have an effect on most of us for a long time.
If you tell members they can do something, ie day passes, don't change your mind when they arrive. When you do don't lie about it to cover your a...
Be Honest
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Doesn't exactly make you thing of how the club works on a national or regional level, does it.
A WIFI LAN with Internet connectivity and event information server would be great. I can hear them now, What's that, We never had that before, Who would controll it, we already have our CB's why do we need that, ect There's a difference between an honesty committment to change and throwing us some crumbs until we go away or develop political ambitions and become another smiling red jacket.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:58 PM   #37
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This will be my first International. I will be traveling 2131 miles each way to do it. I will be attending with my wife and two daughters. Maybe I should wait and see what it is all about, but someone earlier said to step up and make something happen and not just talk about it. So, I will be willing to arrainge for anyone that wants to go whitewater rafting. We have family in Big Sky and they own a white water rafting company. I can set up a rally special if there is any intrest. Who do I contact about offering this service. If there are enough intrested we might get them to bring their bus up to BoZeman and pick people up. The Gallitine is a beatiful river and can be run by almost any age. My wife's grandmother went and said it was the most thrilling thing she had done in 84 years. If anyone know who I should talk to, let me know. If just a few want to go that is cool too... Eric will show all of us awicked good time.
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This will be my first International. I will be traveling 2131 miles each way to do it. I will be attending with my wife and two daughters. Maybe I should wait and see what it is all about, but someone earlier said to step up and make something happen and not just talk about it. So, I will be willing to arrainge for anyone that wants to go whitewater rafting. We have family in Big Sky and they own a white water rafting company. I can set up a rally special if there is any intrest. Who do I contact about offering this service. If there are enough intrested we might get them to bring their bus up to BoZeman and pick people up. The Gallitine is a beatiful river and can be run by almost any age. My wife's grandmother went and said it was the most thrilling thing she had done in 84 years. If anyone know who I should talk to, let me know. If just a few want to go that is cool too... Eric will show all of us awicked good time.
Early next year there should be infomation posted, here or on the VAC site, about the parade and VAC parking. You should plan on both, make sure to mark "VAC Parking" on your registration form. If you make these two things, lets meet and say "Hi".

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Old 09-13-2007, 09:28 PM   #39
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62Overlander,
Great offer and thankyou!
Count me in!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 09-14-2007, 10:04 PM   #40
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i called Big Sky today... if enough people show intrest they will run their bus up and take folks out. Eric (cousin) said they can arrainge trail rides up into some wilderness areas too, horse or 4 x 4... Maybe I should step up and be the high adventure sport liason. I am not afraid to step up.

I will register in the vintage area, but as a WDCU member, I will go where my unit goes. If they say go right I will, if they say left I will. I believe the WDCU is mostly vintage so we will see.
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You would be correct, the WDCU is about 80% Vintage and most do park Vintage. At this time, not sure on the number of WDCU members going to International. I'm still currently on the fence, long way, little time.
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Old 09-15-2007, 05:25 AM   #42
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Hey its the Prez... right on! I have heard that you are one fun guy... Paul it is only 2231 from my door to BoZeman. It is a long way to go, but that is why I got into this. I have looked at a map and figure it to be four days, allowing time to stop at some roadside oddities, natural wonders, and the free tour of the Mother Ship of course. Paul, we will need your leadership there. I have been reading that our club has been getting somewhat stiff, that many have forgotten that it is all about having fun. The reason we come together is so we can all have fun together. This is what the WDCU is known for and we need to help loosen the rest club up. We need you Paul...
Sorry if this thread was hijacked... It started as a suggestion box type thing, so here is mine. A newbie orientation packet. I found a PDF on the WBCCI site about arriving at the rally and how to proceed to being parked, but not much else. Maybe there is something like this at the rally, I don't know but I will find out. I seem to be learning a lot as we go...
Someone also suggested free space for vendors, I think cheap space for vendors would be more appropriate. My bother- in - law puts on rib festivals all around the country. He told me that the venues are always trying to put it to the vendors. The venue wants to squeeze every drop out of them that they can. The vendors have been getting fewer and fewer over the years so he instituted a change. The venue gets a flat fee that is reasonable and the vendors can come and actually make a few dollars. This has been one of the most profitable years ever for everyone. I would love to go to the Inland RV tent and the Vintage Trailer Supply tent and drool over all the goodies. Maybe some vendors might even give stuff away if they can make a little bit.
Another rally idea I have is like a barn raising. Some folks out there remember when there use to be farms. Some even remember when they had barns, and they were made of wood. Back in the old days all the neighbors would help each-other out. When someone needed a new barn everyone would come together and put it up in a day. Why couldn't this concept work with polishing? Get 100 people to each give 1 hour of their time. If 10 people worked together and then switched to 10 new people, it would only take 10 hours, not 100 hours to polish a trailer. In 5 days we could polish at least 5 trailers. If everyone gave 2 hours, we might be able to get a lot of trailers done. What's 1 hour? Most people reading this will spend that much time and more in traffic this coming week. So everyone come on over to the 1962 Overlander with the sexy patina and lets test out how strong our commitment to each-other really is.





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