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    Instead of looking at this as if it belongs only to the Rally, consider it as the closing ceremony of the ANNUAL meeting of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

    "Recognition" goes beyond the rally itself. This is where we give out Life-Time awards, Exemplary Service Awards, and the like. Take time to look around you, and listen carefully - - some of these people on the stage are the ones who built the club and made it what it is today.

    Another facet that involves a large portion of time are the door prizes themselves. Frequently the donors of those LARGE door prizes - - those vendors, who so generously support our rally, our club, and our members - - want their 3 minutes of stage and microphone time. Now, multiply that times the 8 (or so) major awards, and that can take nearly a half-hour right there.

    So come to the awards ceremony. Bring a beverage and sit with your buddies. LISTEN and applaud for those who deserve our thanks and our recognition. We are a class-act. When it's time to say thank you, let's do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sue View Post
    instead of looking at this as if it belongs only to the rally, consider it as the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the bmw motorcycle owners of america.

    "recognition" goes beyond the rally itself. This is where we give out life-time awards, exemplary service awards, and the like. Take time to look around you, and listen carefully - - some of these people on the stage are the ones who built the club and made it what it is today.

    Another facet that involves a large portion of time are the door prizes themselves. Frequently the donors of those large door prizes - - those vendors, who so generously support our rally, our club, and our members - - want their 3 minutes of stage and microphone time. Now, multiply that times the 8 (or so) major awards, and that can take nearly a half-hour right there.

    So come to the awards ceremony. Bring a beverage and sit with your buddies. Listen and applaud for those who deserve our thanks and our recognition. We are a class-act. When it's time to say thank you, let's do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiles View Post
    Perhaps for some of us it's sour grapes. I cannot ever see myself being in the running for any of the awards. It seems that at my age and place in life that I will never qualify to be awarded for attending the rally regardless of which combination of distance, passengers, member of the animal kingdom or age of machine that I manage to bring along.
    I don't know - since you included "member of the animal kingdom" you might be the first winner of a new award - if you use your imagination.

    I receive my great enjoyment from the anticipation, planning, riding and just being around my fellow enthusiasts at this great homecoming that I don't need to be bribed by a plaque or coffee cup to attend.
    We may not all be friends but in a large sense we are family at our big reunion.
    Well said.


    I actually attended the closing ceremonies at the second Vermont Rally (first time since I swore off them at the first Vermont Rally) I was astonished/horrified to hear the story of an awardee who had spent months if not most of the prior year riding around the country apparently tallying up mileage for his total to the rally. As i remember it seemed as though he was never home but for very brief periods. Frankly I wondered if his wife had thrown him out or some other problem was evident. I still wonder if I should have enjoyed watching him be awarded for this accomplishment or feel sorry for him for the same reason. Share pride & joy in this? hardly.
    Maybe you should consider that for this rider, this was a life long dream. I like to put on a lot of miles myself, but always focus on the quality over the quantity. But, that threshold is different for each of us. A lot of riders have a great time day after day just riding. It's a byproduct that they rack up impressive mileage totals.


    Regardless, to me the closing ceremonies rank up there in torture with the Friday end of the day assemblies that I was forced to attend at good old Monticello Junior High school in ancient times. I suppose that some of my fellow inmates enjoyed sharing pride & joy in those extravaganzas that I never did.
    I've found it's not too difficult to share in the joy of someone else's accomplishments. I look at it that if one of us wins - we all win.


    Compared to the monotone reading of many many names of those being honored to a restless crowd,
    a really nice write up in the ON with pictures narrating the names of those pictured makes a wonderful permanent record of those who's volunteer efforts make the rally the wonderful reunion that it is.
    There are often stories like that in the October "rally issue" of the Owners News. And, over the last several years, we've kept the Closing Ceremonies to about an hour, and in that time recognize the volunteers who make the rally happen, present special awards - some for lifetime achievements, announce the following year's rally Chairs, give attendance statistics, and give away a door prizes, including the bikes. Not bad for an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Veg View Post
    With all points in mind, I wonder if there isn't some way to tighten up the ceremony so that stuff like recognition still gets covered but also so that we don't put people to sleep with endless droning on. There's gotta be a way to do this.
    Everything that needs to be said and accomplished can be done in 75 minutes.

    The problem is people are invited to speak that have little experience in front of a large crowd and they really haven't spent any time planning on what to say. Vendors are a perfect example of this, rather than pick a number and shake hands they want to delivery an unrehearsed infomercial.

    The awards can be done quickly with an advance call of the winners to come down front. This has been done a few times with good success.

    It really comes down to preparation and a desire for the folks in charge to deliver a ceremony that honors those who need to be honored, handles annual club business and gives out some great prizes in a efficient and entertaining way. I've heard active BOD memers say that "it doesn't matter how long the closing ceremony takes" so I'd be ready for the long haul in Johnson City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnye View Post
    I've heard active BOD memers say that "it doesn't matter how long the closing ceremony takes" so I'd be ready for the long haul in Johnson City.
    You must have better ears than I do, Rob - 'cause I've only heard EVERYONE push for a short ceremony - including all the Board members.
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    Thumbs up Short is Sweet...

    As of now the Closing Ceremonies Co-Chairs have the time at 1 hour 15 minutes (75 min) based on an 1800 hours start time. They have co-chaired this committee for West Bend (75 min) and Gillette (82 min). Actually, West Bend came in 74 min/40 secs, and Gillette 7 min longer than the scheduled 75 mins. Believe me, the volunteers on this committee want this task completed ASAP...the Beer Garden will be calling after all!

    Riding Like the Wind (toward the twisties next Friday)...

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