Messages from the President, March 27,2018

Well Spring has arrived, at least on the calendar, but not outside my window. The Northeast is getting another Nor’easter with more snow and high winds. The robins on my lawn yesterday are today huddled in the trees wondering what is going on. I must apologize for the delay in updating my Presidents Message; I have been busy with other Club business and some personal items.

A quick recap is in order. Our 2017 Annual Rally and Business Meeting was held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from September 10th to the 15th and the report is available to read on the website. Julia Laney our Membership Chairman put together an excellent document that recaps the Rally. This year we recognized Jack and Louise Throne’s dedicated service to the Club with the awarding of Life Membership. Jack and Louise have been members of the Club since the early years and have always worked tirelessly in support of the Club. Unfortunately, Louise passed away shortly before the Rally. She was a special lady who will be missed by all who knew her.

We also elected a new member to the Board of Directors; Jay Rutherford was elected and has assumed the role of Club Treasurer. Bonnie Caruthers decided not to run for re-election after serving for six years as our Treasurer. Norm Rector was re-elected and continues to serve as our Club’s Vice President. Thank you to Bonnie and her husband Curt for your service to the Club.

More recently we experienced some problems with the website and it was down for a while. Fortunately, Andrew Matheson our website Co-Chair was able to work with our provider and get us back up in a very timely manner. Thank you for your quick response, it was greatly appreciated.

We have two Mini-Rallies in the works at this time: Bigfoot Tulip Festival Mini-Rally, Anacortes, Washington, April 22-25, 2018 and McMinnville, Oregon, July 3-5, 2018. Contact Laurie Howe at s.l.howe@juno.com for information on the Anacortes event and Dennis and Maureen Rogoza at DRogoza@Rogoza.com for the McMinnville event.

This year’s Annual Rally and Business meeting will be held at the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 9th to the 14th 2018. The registration for our 2018 Annual Rally and Business Meeting is now open. An Eblast was sent to all members on March 20th announcing the Annual Rally and Business Meeting. The Eblast contained two attachments, the Rally and Business Meeting application form and a separate form for NASCAR tickets for optional activities after the Rally.

Both the Rally application and the NASCAR ticket request have time constraints, as noted on each document. Also please note that the Rally application should be mailed to a new address this year and the NASCAR ticket request and payment go to Steve Grittman who is graciously handling the ticket arrangements for the optional NASCAR event for the Club. I want to thank all the volunteers who have once again stepped forward to assist Mike Henley in putting together our 2018 Rally. I know that they have been hard at work planning for another great Rally. The Rally schedule is still being put together, but from everything that I am aware of it is going to be a blast.

I also wish to thank our members who have made our websites Forum a library of useful information for all our Club members. I am constantly impressed with the sharing of knowledge, tips and tricks that are posted to the Forum.

I want to share some news from Grant Bilodeau at BIGFOOT Industries. Grant writes that he and his staff enjoyed joining us at our Rally in Coeur d’Alene and despite all the assistance they provided to our members, they did find the time to relax and share time with us. Grant has been very busy this year attending dealer shows and expanding the BIGFOOT dealer network. The Club is truly appreciative of the support of Grant and his BIGFOOT team for our Rallies and for their responses to questions on the Forum.

Now that Spring has arrived, (at least on the calendar), many of us will be de-winterizing our Bigfoot’s and hitting the road once again to enjoy the open road, remember to drive safe and enjoy your Bigfoot. I hope to see you on the road or in Las Vegas in September.

Art Dunn President - BOCI