This rally was a first for both my wife and I. We both enjoyed ourselves in spite of the heat, met some old friends and caught up, and made some new friends as well. A big thanks to Sam Booth for organizing the Gettysburg ride and for his time spent helping those interested to understand some of the history, as well as for recognizing the problem of the oppressive heat and modifying his well plannned agenda to try to moderate some of the worst effects of the heat.(The visitor's center had A/C). Next rally, we will have to allow for more time at the rally site in order to take it all in. There really was a lot there.
One thing we felt could have been done better was communicating changes in times and venues for lectures and presentations. A sheet of these changes(as up to date as possible) could be handed out at registration. We registered, then walked to where the first presentation we wanted to see was to be held, and found about twenty people waiting for the same presentation. No notice of the schedule change was given at registration, and none was posted at the original scheduled presentation site. After about 15 minutes waiting for the presenter to show up, we, along with several others gave up. It was only by chance that we walked by the education building and found the change posted on the front of the now closed building. We were able to catch the last half of the presentation. On
Saturday, we saw a presentation listed for about an hour later in the afternoon that we also thought we would like to see, so we went around the grounds and came back in time for it to start, only to see a venue change and a schedule time change now posted showing that the new time for the presentation was actually earlier than when we had first looked at the schedule on the original building and it was now being held somewhere else. Needless to say we missed that one. I'm not sure if the problem arose from the heat, a shortage of volunteers required to do everything, or inadequate communication. That part was frustrating.
Thanks to the organizers and all who did volunteer.