Messages from the President, October 27, 2018

We recently completed our Club’s fifteenth Annual Rally and Business meetings.  It was held at the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vega, Nevada.  Despite the “dry” heat in Las Vegas it turned out to be one of our best rallies.  The success of this rally was due in large part to the efforts of our 2018 Rally Committee, led by Director Mike Henley.  The Committee members were Bobbi Levine, Julia Laney, Krista Leach, Patti Larsen, Sue and Rich Peters, Kathy and Marlen Olsen, Tom Johnson, Jeff Creed and Norm Rector.  Also helping out this year was Mike and Mona Greenlee who received and tracked all the Rally applications.  Thank you to everyone who helped put this event together and pitched in at the Rally.

Our fourteen “First Timers” had a great time and have indicated that they plan to join us in Alberta, Canada at the Diamond Grove RV Campground September 8th to the 13th 2019 for our 16th Annual Rally and Business meeting.  Over the years we have heard from members that they wished they could know where we are going not just next year but two years from now.  So for those who like to plan way in advance we are starting a new tradition; we are announcing some general information about where we will be in two years.  The week after Labor Day in 2020 we plan to be in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  More information will be made available as we get it.

At the Business Meeting the membership elected 3 Directors, Mike Henley, Art Dunn and Sue Peters.  They approved the minutes from the 2017 Business Meeting, accepted the 2017 financial reports and approved all the proposed amendments to the Club’s Bylaws.  The Bylaw amendments were to clarify certain membership definitions, add a new membership category (Alumni Membership) and clarify the start and stop dates of the Directors terms in office.

First Timers John and Suzzi Combs won the 2019 Rally Gift Certificate, the fantastic quilt was won by Julia and Mike Laney and the special cooler raffle was won by Jim and Gail Thurman. I wish to thank all the vendors who generously supported or Club with raffle prize donations and all those members who brought raffle gifts.  The vendors are listed on the website, please mention the Club when you patronize them and thank them for their support of the Club.

The rig tours proved, once again, to be very popular with everyone.  I am always impressed by things that folks do to improve their Bigfoot.  They take a great product and make it better, and then they share their improvements with others.

Steve Grittman of Lafayette Auto Body and RV Repair once again presented his RV101 seminar and answered questions from members.  We visited to the local Bass Pro Shop and learned more about the merger of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.  The presentation by the National Atomic Testing Museum not only explained the history of atomic testing at multiple locations nearby but, how those tests impacted the development of Las Vegas.  We also had a presentation by two experienced casino dealers who explained and demonstrated several ways to improve your odds of winning at the casino card tables.  But, by far the biggest hit if the rally was the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s DJ and dance on Wednesday night.  That event may well become a regular event at our rallies.

The Rally Surveys have been collected, read and are being analyzed.  The Board and Committee Chairs will review them shortly.  Thank you for your inputs, they are appreciated and acted on.

Speaking of rallies, we have a mini-rally being planned once again for the Tulip Festival at Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, WA from April 26th to April 29th.  This was announced in an EBlast to all members on October 8th.  Keep checking the website for more information.

I wish to thank Sue Peters for running for the Board, her husband had decided not to run this year and she decided to run in his place, thank you Sue.  Additionally, I want to thank Kathy and Marlen Olsen for stepping up and volunteering to handle the BOCI Store.  This Club is a volunteer organization; no one gets paid or compensated for their time or efforts.  Please think about volunteering for the Club, don’t wait to be asked.

I hope that you all had a great summer and got to enjoy your time in your Bigfoot.  See you on the road.  Drive safe.

Art Dunn – President - BOCI