I attended a rally evaluation meeting on Sunday morning before leaving the rally for home. I'd had so much fun I really hated to leave. At the meeting, Pat McDowell, the Region 9 representative to the VAC agreed to spearhead the rally for next year. To this point, the Texas State Vintage Rally has been a joint effort of the Texas Highland Lakes and North Texas Units. For this rally to be truly a State Rally, Pat is hopeful of gaining at least cursory participation from a few more of the other Texas units and is wanting greater participation from the vintage exhibitors, whether WBCCI members or not, at next year's rally both in the planning and execution of the rally. I am certain that he will be looking to this year's attendees for both ideas and help in making next year's rally even bigger and better, if that is possible. He will need our input.
Pat wants to set up a small group of rally directors with whom he can bounce off ideas and he will need help in chairing such things as setting up next year's seminars, tracking registrations and special needs of attendees, getting rooms ready for seminars, selection of next year's rally site, someone to handle media and publicity, someone to select judges and all the other things that go into holding a successful Vintage Rally. He is hoping to get more input before making those decisions. His most pressing need is that he wants to nail down a rally site and date by March 1st, if I remember correctly.
This rally has so many positive things going for it. It is one of the only times each year that established WBCCI units and non-members, those with newer trailers and those with vintage trailers come together harmoniously to hold and enjoy an event such as this. The sponsoring units have done a great job and will continue to support this rally in every way possible, but now that it is on its feet and running well, it is probably time to offer leadership opportunities to others outside of those two units in order to make this rally truly all that it can become. At least that was the general feeling that permeated the evaluation meeting I attended.
I've told Pat that I'll serve in most any capacity that he deems necessary. If anyone else reading this would like to help out in whatever capacity, either post to this thread or send a private message to me and I will forward your information, ideas or interest to Pat.