Messages from the President, October 29, 2017

Well another great BOCI Rally and Business Meeting can be entered into the history books. We had a fantastic time in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; the weather was good with a bit of smoke for a day or two. We had a great cruise on the lake and saw some pretty nice homes along the lake front. Our presentations by Bigfoot Industries, Torklift, the Couer d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Steve Grittman and the Couer d’Alene tribe were all well attended and received. We had sixty-four Bigfoot’s with fourteen first timers, all of whom have told us they will be back for next year from September 9th to 14th at the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. We even had a couple of non Club members who own a Bigfoot join us at the Rally.

The Rally Committee out did themselves again this year; the schedule and events they planned worked very well. Our raffle prizes also were fantastic and a very special thank you to Jeff Creed and Norm Rector who solicited the raffle donations on behalf of the Club; and to Steve Grittman who acted as our warehouse and then delivered the gifts to the Rally. Our sincere thanks also go out to Grant Bilodeau, Rob Ferroux and Garry Grochowich from Bigfoot Industries who, along with Steve Grittman helped many of our members with adjustments and repairs to their rigs. The toughest job they faced was figuring out why a slide would not fully retract. That was solved when a book titled “RV’s for Dummies” was removed from its unintended storage place beneath the slide. We also thank Bigfoot Industries for their sponsoring one of our social hours.

We held our Annual Business meeting and elected two members to the Board of Directors. Norm Rector was re-elected and will continue to serve as Vice President, and Jay Rutherford was elected and will serve as the Club’s Treasurer starting in 2018. Bonnie Carruthers will step down as the Club Treasurer after six years of dedicated service to the Club. Bonnie has done a fantastic job and has kept meticulous records for the Club. Bonnie, on behalf of all our members, thank you for everything you have done for the Club. We welcome Jay to the Board and look forward to working with him. Jay you have some big shoes to fill.

We had two special raffles: one for the beautiful quilt, (made by Club members and organized by Carol Arndt) and one for a five night package for two at our 2018 Rally. Roxann Henley had the winning ticket for the quilt and Margaret Meyer held the winning ticket for next years Rally in Las Vegas.

Speaking of next year’s Rally, several people expressed concerns about the heat in Las Vegas in September. Some were saying it gets to 115 degrees (F) at that time of year. The average high in Las Vegas in September is 95 degrees (F) or 35 (C) and the average low is 66 degrees (F) or 19 (C). These are temperatures that are not unexpected in that part of the world; nearly six hundred and thirty-three thousand people live in Las Vegas year round, in addition we will be in an air conditioned environment most of the time. When selecting a site for our Annual Rally and Business Meeting we take many things into consideration, the environmental conditions is just one of them. The concern about high temperatures should not be a concern.

We have many members in the west coast and in Canada who have been dealing with wildfires and in some cases forced to leave their homes due to the fires. However, at this time I am not aware of any BOCI member who has suffered property damage as a result of the fires and we hope it stays that way. Please keep those impacted by the fires in your thoughts.

Art Dunn - President - BOCI