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  5. Great news everyone: summer is in full swing and August is right around the corner, and with that we are just a few weeks away from the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally in Johnson City, Tennessee!!! We have been working hard on our rides, our events, our swag & t-shirts AND our plans to ensure each and every one of you have an enjoyable time while you visit with us in East Tennessee!!! If you would like to see more information pertaining to our event or to register and make reservations, just follow the link below: https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/ First, on behalf of our organizing committee, let me start by saying "thank you" for your continued interest in attending the upcoming Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally being held August 27-30, 2020. Secondly, we can appreciate any concerns you may have pertaining to the safety of the attendees based on the Covid-19 numbers in the state of Tennessee. That being said, let me assure you that the safety, health and well-being of all of our attendees, organizers, hotel staff and all associated vendors, sponsors and hosts are definitely a top priority for us concerning Covid-19. We keep a constant eye on the Covid-19 numbers provided by various national, state and local organizations, especially those numbers pertaining to Johnson City & Washington County, Tennessee where our event will be held and most of our events will take place. We are also keeping tabs on the numbers in the surrounding counties and outer lying areas where many of our riders will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and other nearby states. Though the numbers in Tennessee seem to be spiking in some of our larger municipalities, this is not necessarily the case in every county or city statewide. We are doing everything we can to ensure everyone's enjoyment of this event while also providing a safe, healthy, fun & entertaining time for all who attend the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally. Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Drive, is also diligently working with us to maintain a safe environment for their guests and our attendees. They recently had a meeting pertaining to the rally and issued the following statement: "IHG and Holiday Inn Johnson City TN, have always prided ourselves on a Culture of Clean and wants to reinforce that commitment to you and your travelers during this heightened period of vigilance. On a day to day basis, IHG branded hotels are required to adhere to comprehensive health and safety procedures. These include IHG procedures, all applicable local laws, and now COVID-19 specific requirements that governments put in place. IHG has provided us with additional COVID-19 cleanliness guidance, training, and information to accompany the health and safety procedures we have always followed in this area. As you would expect, IHG continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely, keeping in line with the latest global health recommendations and adhering to all applicable local laws. Our Team and I are committed and are embracing social distancing and wear PPP masks and gloves. Temperature screening daily for all team members - Promoting safe hygiene and etiquette Key sanitation program Installed acrylic shields at team member workstations Cleaning with hospital grade disinfectant Increased on going Covid-19 training Hand sanitizer is located throughout the commercial areas of the hotel Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you and your travelers in the future. Kindest regards, Patricia Kilgore General Manager & Team Holiday Inn" The Holiday Inn has also confidently ensured us that they can host our event and still maintain a safe environment using current social-distancing guidelines. They are currently working with us to develop a plan to utilize a larger meeting room and to use the hallways and common areas around that room to accommodate as many of our guests as possible and still adhere to the suggested safe practices. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the commercial areas of the hotel as well as personal hand sanitizer provided to each attendee in their gift bag. We encourage you to use your best judgement and still hope you will choose to attend and enjoy our beautiful scenery, rich history and hospitality. In the event that the state of Tennessee suggests or mandates stricter guidelines, the hotel may have to alter the structure of events. We will do our best to keep everyone informed about any changes to the status and schedule of events as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation. Should you still decide to attend, we urge everyone to wear a mask, maintain the safe-distance guidelines, wash your hands, use the provided hand sanitizer and adhere to other recommended safety measures. Now to some of the exciting news!!! As we mentioned previously, we have a very unique host for one of our evening festivities. We would like to thank TENNESSEE HILLS DISTILLERY of Jonesborough, TN for welcoming the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally on Friday evening to their facility! They have agreed to host a bike show; provide plenty of parking for our event; provide a space for some of the area's BEST food trucks to be on-hand; provide a stage with a live band; AND provide tents for us to be able to gather, dine and enjoy the music under! You can sample some of East Tennessee's finest rum, whiskey, bourbon, and other fine liquors that Tennessee Hills has to offer while browsing their retail & gift shop; you can mingle and make new friends while enjoying the bike show and live music; or you can take a short walk from the distillery and enjoy Jonesborough's welcoming downtown shops! The Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally is also proud to announce Witchdoctors has signed-on as a sponsor of our event and will join a growing list of sponsors and vendors including: East Tennessee ATV & Powersports, Conquest Customs, Pork Chops Vic Pucks, Taylor Specialties, Spike Unlimited Metal Art & Jewelry and Big D Custom Racks! Be sure and visit the link below for more information on our sponsors, vendors & donors...AND, if you haven't registered yet for the rally, you better CLICK NOW and sign up while you still can! The early registration deadline may have passed, but you can STILL make it to the event if you CLICK NOW! DON'T WAIT! https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/ Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn, is also filling up fast! With approximately 25 rooms remaining, you still have an opportunity to stay where the party is going to be! Just call 423-282-4611 and take advantage of the great rates being offered to our rally attendees...AND, if you would like to show up a day or two early, be sure and ask about the discounted rates for early week arrivals! Again, call 423-282-4611, but do it now before the hotel is totally booked! We feel we have put together a fantastic event for our Victory family of riders and enthusiasts. We have an abundance of scenic roads to take advantage of whether you choose to self-guide or enjoy one of several guided rides we have planned. Maps will be available, and we are happy to announce representatives from the Southern Dozen will be on-hand assisting with information on area rides and handing out some goodies! There's gonna be plenty to see, plenty to eat, plenty to do and enjoy and plenty of opportunities to make plenty of new friends. So, what are you waiting for? Come join us August 27-30 for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally in Johnson City, Tennessee! We look forward to seeing you! Craig Stapleton Communications Coordinator for 2020 VMC National Rally Dragon Riders Chapter
  6. Thanks again to Gene Hunt and Bob Golden for helping with this. We are just missing four designs from the 20 years we have run the V2V. Please see the previous post where I made up two collages of the photos of the 16 designs which Gene and Bob sent me. Can anyone help with a photo of the missing four?
  7. Thank you so much for your positive support and encouragement. If we DO have to postpone until next year, we look forward to seeing you. If everything moves forward this year as we have originally planned, then maybe our paths will cross at another event somewhere in the future. Wishing you the very best, my friend, and again, thank you! TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF! Craig
  8. It seems that you are taking all sensible precautions, responsibility and care. Being the other side of the world I make no more comment than that. After all the hard work you have put in I hope the event can safely go ahead, but conversely if the terrible decision has to be made I hope you will use all your great planning to host the 20th Anniversary event next year, and I hope to be there for that. Good luck. Stay safe.
  9. ...and we hope to see you there!
  10. .Thank you all so much for the positive responses and the well-wishers for our event. Also, thank you, XC Bubba, for the quote from Ballad Health. We are keeping a close watch on the numbers and will make adjustments/change plans accordingly if things continue to develop in a drastic, negative fashion. The closest "hot spot" currently is Hamblen County, which is about 1.5 hours from Johnson City. A few of the counties in the region have seen an increase, but the numbers are not overwhelming. At least six of the counties around Washington County, where much of the riding will take place, are in a "low risk" category. We will be making more frequent posts concerning numbers and updates on the Covid-19 to keep those who are attending, or, like yourselves, those who hope to attend. We remain diligent, cautious, hopeful and optimistic, and we hope to see you there. Regards, Craig Stapleton
  11. This from Ballad health Johnson City Friday, July 10, 2020 Health officials issue concern, urge precautions as regional COVID-19 cases rapidly increase
  12. Thank you for such an informative and forthcoming report Craig! It certainly is helpful to know "from the source" what the planning and precautions that are being taken . I feel very badly for all the hard work you all have done that probably will be somewhat negatively affected by this damn virus. As of now, we are in a hold pattern and will wait until the deadline of August 5 to make our final decision as probably are some others who were looking forward to this meet. Whatever we decide personally I certainly wish you all the best with safety and good health for all.
  13. That sounds good, you have done everything that is your responsibility. Now it depends on the participants. It's a little weird when you can't hug friends. The meetings are a bit different and feel different, but they are still nice. I wish you a lot of fun and take care of yourself.
  14. Wishing you all the best with the rest of the planning Craig - although we won't end up being able to cross the border after all I'm hoping you all will have lots of pics to share with us. Hope to meet you and Christy at the next one. We were also watching the numbers from here and Washington County appears to be fairly low risk and you'll be "gone riding" most of the time anyway 🙂. Looks like you're going above and beyond with the safety precautions - I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated by all attending. Well done to all involved with the planning given all the challenges and I hope you all have a really great time!
  15. First, let me say "thank you" for your interest in attending the upcoming Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally. Secondly, we can appreciate your concerns pertaining to the safety of the attendees based on what you have seen concerning the Covid-19 numbers in the state of Tennessee. That being said, let me assure you that the safety, health and well-being of all of our attendees, organizers, hotel staff and all associated vendors, sponsors and hosts are definitely a top priority for us concerning Covid-19. We have kept a constant eye on the Covid-19 numbers provided by various national, state and local organizations, especially those numbers pertaining to Johnson City & Washington County, Tennessee where our event will be held and most of our events will take place. We are also keeping tabs on the numbers in the surrounding counties and outer lying areas where many of our riders will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and other nearby states. Though the numbers in Tennessee seem to be spiking in some of our larger municipalities, this is not necessarily the case in every county or city statewide. Washington County, for example, has only 52 ACTIVE cases of Covid-19 as of this writing, July 11, 2020 and has only had a TOTAL of 235 cases since they started tracking the numbers in February with ZERO deaths. Most of the surrounding counties in East Tennessee boast even fewer numbers of Covid-19 illness. We are doing everything we can to ensure everyone's enjoyment of this event while also providing a fun, entertaining time for all who attend. Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Drive, is also diligently working with us to maintain a safe environment for their guests and our attendees. They recently had a meeting pertaining to the rally and issued this statement: "IHG and Holiday Inn Johnson City TN, have always prided ourselves on a Culture of Clean and wants to reinforce that commitment to you and your travelers during this heightened period of vigilance.   On a day to day basis, IHG branded hotels are required to adhere to comprehensive health and safety procedures. These include IHG procedures, all applicable local laws, and now COVID-19 specific requirements that governments put in place.    IHG has provided us with additional COVID-19 cleanliness guidance, training, and information to accompany the health and safety procedures we have always followed.  this area. As you would expect, IHG continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely, keeping in line with the latest global health recommendations and adhering to all applicable local laws. Our Team and I are committed and are embracing social distancing and wear PPP masks and gloves. Temperature screening daily for all team members – Promoting safe hygiene and etiquette Key sanitation program Installed acrylic shields at team member workstations Cleaning with hospital grade disinfectant Increased on going Covid-19 training Hand sanitizer is located throughout the commercial areas of the hotel Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you and your travelers in the future." The Holiday Inn has also ensured us that even though the latest statement from the governor of Tennessee discourages meeting in groups of 50 or more, they are confident that they can host our event and still maintain a safe environment using current social-distancing guidelines. They are currently working with us to develop a plan to utilize a larger meeting room and to use the hallways and common areas around that room to accommodate as many of our guests as possible and still adhere to the suggested safe practices. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the commercial areas of the hotel as well as personal hand sanitizer provided to each attendee in their gift bag. In short, we encourage you to use your best judgement. However, at this time, we are moving forward with this event and hope you will choose to attend and enjoy our beautiful scenery, rich history and hospitality. In the event that the state of Tennessee suggests or mandates stricter guidelines, the hotel may have to alter the structure of events. We will do our best to keep everyone informed about any changes to the status and schedule of events as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation. Should you still decide to attend, we urge everyone to wear a mask, maintain the safe-distance guidelines, wash your hands, use the provided hand sanitizer and adhere to other recommended safety measures. We look forward to seeing you in August! Sincerely, Craig Stapleton Communications Coordinator for 2020 VMC National Rally Dragon Riders Chapter
  16. In Germany we have our meetings. We stick to the distance rule. We stay outdoors as much as possible. In the hotel, we must also observe the rules. You have to see it from the point of view that the infections are on a very low level. On July 10th we had 395 newly infected people. Our meetings are therefore without high risk and are all a little smaller. 10 to 35 people When you meet, everyone should be intelligent enough to follow the corona rules The international meetings were all cancelled. The group would have been too big and many should not have come because of the travel restrictions. I had planned my vacation in Florida for September, we buried the plan on Friday. The risk is too big for us and we do not want to go into quarantine for 2 weeks after our return. Think about how to protect yourself and stay healthy. If you protect yourself, you protect many others from infection.
  17. My understanding is that the organizers of this rally have opted to move forward. I do hope and pray that those who attend are kept and remain safe and healthy and I wish for the organizers a successful rally.
  18. I am in the camp that would probably err on the side of caution and reschedule this for a later date. I know there has been a ton of work but to proceed in spite of a state recommendation seems unwise to me. Just my .02 and for the record we are not registered to go and our decision to not attend was directly related to what’s going on with this virus..
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    Join us on August 1st for a charity ride benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. The ride will begin in Angola, IN, traveling down the beautiful Maumee River and back. Pre-registration available (see attached flyer for details), on-site registration begins at 8am, KSU at 9am. Questions can be directed to David Conway at 260-667-3404 or Amber Titus at 260-585-3168.
  20. Hi there! Well - hubby and I signed on early for this one and the plan was to ride the BRP along with in and around Maggie Valley before heading over to Johnson City. Up to now, it appears that the organizers are full steam ahead with planning and preparation for our 2020 National Rally. However - this morning I hear that the Covid cases in Tennessee are rising dramatically and that the Governor has extended a State of Emergency Order through to August 29, part of which discourages gatherings of more than 50 people. I know that you folks have put in a lot of hard work and time in this event, and if I were in your shoes I certainly would not want to postpone or cancel. But safety should be paramount don't you think? What are the thoughts/leanings on this?
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  22. Alright Vic Nation, the early registration deadline is FAST approaching for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally being held August 27-30 in historic & picturesque Johnson City, Tennessee! Yes, things are still moving forward; the final preparations are being made; and yes, at this time we are STILL looking forward to sharing a wonderful time with our fellow Victory riders from all over! However, as I mentioned before, if you want to take advantage of early registration discounts for the event, you need to click on the link below and register by July 2, 2020! After July 2, the registration fees will go up, sooooo CLICK NOW! https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/ Also, be sure to take advantage of the great rates being offered by our host hotel, the Holiday Inn in Johnson City located on Springbrook Dr. Again, you better hurry, though, as for the event before it will be fully booked! Call (423)-282-4611 to reserve your room, and don't forget to ask about discounted rates for rally-goers who want to arrive early and stay a few days before the actual rally kicks off on Thursday! The Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally is shaping up to be one of the best VMC events and one of the highlights of the summer of 2020! Maps will be made available at the beginning of the event so you can plan out your riding enjoyment for the weekend: whether you go alone on a self-guided cruise; tackle a fun ride with a small group; or take advantage of one of our guided rides we have planned for our visitors where we take you through the beautiful mountains and valleys of East Tennessee and the surrounding areas. The longer, guided rides will include scenic stops and lunch planned along the route as well as a bit of history in some cases. Along with our Thursday night "Vittles & Talks" at the Holiday Inn, we are planning a fun-filled weekend of spectacular, scenic riding; delicious dining options; live entertainment; bike games; and so much more. There is plenty of shopping nearby for those who so choose, and there will be a variety of vendors set up in the hotel parking lot offering Victory-related merchandise and services (Be sure and visit the "vendors" page on the website to see who IS signed up and be assured others will be there as we are still contacting more vendors). Each attendee will receive a Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally "Schwag" Bag, filled with keepsakes including a commemorative rally t-shirt, a rally pin, a rally patch and other items. Friday, after everyone returns from a great day of riding, we will be the guests of a very unique, local, business located just a few miles from the hotel in Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough. They have offered to provide live entertainment; plenty of outdoor seating; and host a bike show! Jonesborough's beautiful, historic, downtown shops and scenery are within walking distance and food trucks will be on-site offering a variety of popular, local dishes for dinner...giving us all a great opportunity to visit and get to know more of our extended Victory family. Saturday will offer more riding adventures through the East Tennessee mountains & surrounding areas throughout the day. The bike games will get underway around 4 pm in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn after our riders return. The evening will culminate with a banquet at the hotel followed by more opportunities to socialize and visit into the night before everyone checks out and heads for home on Sunday. As you can see, East Tennessee has a lot to offer...and we are making plans to offer you a truly memorable time at the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally August 27-30, 2020 in picturesque Johnson City, Tennessee. Again, the early registration deadline to take advantage of reduced registration fees is THIS THURSDAY, JULY 2! So, what are you waiting for? Click on the link below before it's too late and get registered: https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/ ...and while you're at it, call the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Dr. at (423)-282-4611 and book your room while there are still some rooms available! But hurry, the hotel is filling up fast! Discount rates are also available for early arrivals who may want to stay a day or two before the rally starts...just ask!! This is where the party is gonna be, and we want you to be here, but we can't do it without your help! Click the link...call the number...get registered and reserve your room...and we will see you at the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally! Sincerely, Dragon Riders Chapter
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