Good to see such an interest in our little motorcycle gathering. not so long ago a few of us hope for 30 or 40 bikes to show up at Gettysburg.
I have put together some of my thoughts regarding our little gathering. They are not the end all... just my thoughts. The Admins will get together to hammer some of these details out to make it all a bit more concrete.
Feel free to continue the discussion. I will post the same post as an FYI under the National Road Rally Folder
THOUGHTS ON FUTURE SHARK WEEKS
A schedule that moves the rally to different regions is a good idea but ultimately it comes down to who is willing to put in the legwork to make it happen. If that means two years in a row that we will be in the same region... that's life.
2011 - Gettysburg
2012 - LeClaire Iowa
2012 - Utah
2013 - Great Lakes.... Dmize??? New England... The Back Doctor? North Carolina... Richard? Texas... Triple J? Florida...BMW Tim
? Kentucky... Franky and Tracey. Just a few ideas!
East Coast in the Carolinas would be AWESOME
WHEN TO HAVE THE RALLY
Timing... it seems that summer is the time to do this. The Road King Riders have been doing their Road King Riders Ride In for ten years and they do it in the summer every year because it maximizes turnout.
It has been said before and I will say it again. There is nothing stopping anyone from having a smaller meet in another region. Go for it!
WHO CAN HOLD THE RALLY?
Anyone who has great roads to share, sights to see and a hotel that is willing to put up with lots of motorcycle folks spending money at their establishment. I do not believe at this point that being at a past Shark Week is a deal killer. You will need to sell us on your ability on making this happen. If it wouldn't we will show up at your door!
We have enough experience to walk anyone who is willing to do this through the process. It isn't that hard. If you are willing and have some organizational skills. You can do it. Granted... the more well known you are on the forum the better your shot will be.
START UP FUNDS
Last year we made certain to put some extra start up money on the side for this year's host. After Gettysburg we had some money but not too much. This year we will be in good shape. Stray Mutt said there is enough to purchase HD LED headlights for all of the attendees.
Seriously... there will be some money for you to work with.
HOW DO YOU APPLY TO HOST THE RALLY?
If I was thinking of doing this I would get my ideas together and and submit a proposal to the membership through the forum. Start your own discussion for your 2013 Shark Week Proposal in the National Rally folder.
Where? When? Why? Tell us why your idea should be considered! You are selling your idea. Maybe you could make a downloadable proposal. Maps, ride ideas, eateries, sights to see ect ect ect. Take a proactive approach if you are interested.
HOW AND WHEN DO WE VOTE?
Simple... we vote at Shark Week. If you are there your chances will be much better. If you cannot make it I suggest you put together a very nice packet (WITH MULTIPLE COPIES so many can see the proposal) and send them to the current host so they will have them at the meeting when we vote.
ADMINS... PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD TO THIS DOCUMENT if I forgot something.