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Fire n Ice

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  1. I'm not sure where "several years" came from but since 2007, only in 2008 was it on Labor Day. I was also told Billings was the fifth official National Meet. I'm not sure if that is true but the club is only nine years old so we do not have a lot of historical Meet dates to base this on. If the LC (or group) who is hosting the National Meet wants it on Labor Day they should go for it. I would invite any and all of you to take the time to put your proposal together. You want to complain about what weekend the meet is on? If we had groups lined up vying for the meet then maybe, just maybe you would get the meet on the weekend you want or the weekend you want or maybe even the weekend you want. Fact is three years ago there wasn't even a National Meet until Lobs took it on because no one else would. Then the next year ONE LC from the NW Region put in for it. How many others? NONE Last year ONE LC from the NE Region put in for it. How many others? NONE For next year ONE LC from the SW Region stepped up. How many others? NONE I'm just glad we have had someone step up and take on what to all those who attend is a great three day get together. For those who are spending countless hours working, coordinating, organizing and planning, it is a huge undertaking. Now you want to tell them what weekend they should have their meet on? You have to do your research on available hotels/motels/pricing/availability. Then check what other events are going on across the country as well as locally. Then check with your local people and see what their schedules are so you have people available to help. Then take into consideration that not all areas of the country have 365 days of riding weather. This is not simply a pick a certain weekend and screw everything else kind of a decision. It is a decision that has to be made by the people who are hosting the event.
  2. Last year about this time we were finally able to relax after all the work for the National Meet. This year I am sure Chuck and his group felt the same pressures. It is a big undertaking but the satisfaction of watching friends old and new enjoy themselves at an event you helped put on is something you have to take part in to truly understand. It is a very rewarding experience and I would encourage everyone to do it. To date this year we have had inquiries about the 2011 National Meet from only one group. The Prescott Victory Riders began working on their proposal early this year and continue to work on it. Last month I received an e-mail from Frank “Jetsn” Gary stating the resort they had planned on using in the proposal for next year’s meet was in jeopardy because another group was also seeking to reserve the resort for that same weekend. If they wanted to keep the resort, he was going to have to sign a contract. If they lost the resort, there was no other viable option and they would not be able to continue working on nor submit a proposal. After consideration of the fact that there have been no other inquiries, the South West Region has not previously hosted a National Meet and the possibility that there may not be another proposal submitted for next year I approached the BOD. We have guidelines for the submission of National Meet proposals, I know, I wrote them last year and my request was going to be well outside those guidelines. The response from the board was unanimous and the Events Committee agrees, the National Meet for 2011 should be awarded to the Prescott Victory Riders. I know it’s early but they have an excellent venue with a lot of good riding and many interesting attractions. They have a great group working on this already and it is over a year in advance. If anyone was thinking of or working on a submittal for 2011 please contact me and we can discuss what can be done for 2012 (10th anniversary of the VMC) or beyond. We will provide more details later but here is a brief description from Frank…… “We will be hosting the meet at the Prescott Resort which has a convention area, casino, two restaurants, and all 161 rooms are reserved for the VMC. Rooms will be around $70 a night (normally around $110). The resort sets atop a hill with great views overlooking the valley. The Prescott Victory Riders will be hosting the event August 4th thru the 7th, 2011. Prescott is 90 miles northeast of Phoenix and 100 miles southwest of Flagstaff. The weather is fairly moderate year round with tolerable heat (90 daytime / 70 night and low humidity) and moderate snowfall. It is one of the premier retirement areas in the US. It is also the home of Prescott Valley Motorcycles which is a large fully equipped dealership and a co-sponsor of the 2011 VMC meet. Many feel it is the top dealership in Arizona. Prescott has a rich history of the old west and was the first capitol of Arizona. Virgil Earp was the Prescott Town Marshall when Doc Holliday persuaded him to join him to meet the rest of the Earp brothers in Tombstone. Whiskey Row and its 1800 era bars and shops is a popular tourist stop and a favorite motorcycle run in the summer months. Popular summer rides from Prescott are the mining town of Jerome, with over 100 twisties through wooded scenery, Sedona, which is one of the most beautiful scenic areas in the nation, Flagstaff, with 70 degree summer temps and beautiful woods and its close proximity to the Grand Canyon. Northern Arizona is a biker’s paradise.” Hope to see you all there next summer. :y: :y:
  3. Date is up to the host region so they can work around other local events and what have you. Please stay tuned and check this forum next Wednesday 8/18.
  4. The fact that one LC (whose name I didn't quite catch from Chuck) stepped up with an additional $400 to make the even $8K was just the icing on the cake. Well done folks.
  5. That is incredible. I thought we did well last year but you all smoked that amount!!! Way to go VMCers!!!!
  6. Good to see VB is back home and back to his old ways!!
  7. I just want to know who did what to get their bike papered?!?!? There has to be a story there!!
  8. Great pics and it looks like a really nice turn out again this year. Enjoy the last day and everyone ride safe on the way home.
  9. At least you could have let Chuck get out of that hole he's standing in before you took that pic!! 8)
  10. And thanks to you Patti for all of your work and coordination. :y: :y:
  11. The VMC Events Committee is pleased to announce the available funds for Regional Meets/Events has been increased to $1000 per Region for 2010. This amount is the MAXIMUM amount that will be paid to any Region. If unforseen circumstances come up, your event will need to compensate for any additional funding required. Please re-read the first sentence in this paragraph. The following is some definition of and procedures for regional funding requests. Regional Meets normally occur one time each year. Location and dates are determined by the host local chapter (or other group of VMC member) and shall be coordinated through the Regional Representatives. Regional Meets shall be a region wide event open to all members of the VMC. In the event there is not a Regional Meet within a region, smaller more local events will be considered for funding by the Events Committee. Funding for these Regional Events will be on a first come first served basis. These events will receive funding only if it is determined and agreed upon by the Regional Representatives and Events Committee Chairman that there will not be a Regional Meet for that Region. Should a Regional Meet subsequently be planned, funding will only be available to the extent of unused funds remaining in that regions original budget. Regional meet budgets shall be coordinated through and presented to the Events Committee Chairman by the Regional Representatives for that region. Individual members making requests for funds shall be directed to contact their Regional Representatives. After initial requests have been made and approved, the meet chairman may communicate directly with the Events Committee Chairman. This will ensure Regional Representative involvement in all Meet/Event planning and coordination. Thanks and we look forward to a great year of events.
  12. Thought it was about time to introduce the chairman for the National Meet for 2010. His name is Chuck Miller and rides as a charter member of the Massachusetts Bay Victory Riders. They are a 3 year old local chapter with over 20 members. Chuck has been going to Laconia for over 40 years so he has a lot of rally experience. He retired young (dirty rotten....I want to do that!!) so has a lot of time to ride except for this year....he will be busy planning the 2010 Meet. 8) If you have questions you can reach Chuck at 2010Meet@thevmc.com or catch him out on the road on his black '04 Kingpin.
  13. The Events Committee would like to announce the 2010 National Meet will be held in the North East Region. The following is the preliminary schedule. Additional information will be added as the details are worked out. Hope to see you all there next August. The Massachusetts Bay Victory Riders with the support of other Northeast Local Chapters respectfully submits this proposal to host the 2010 VMC National Meet in North Conway, New Hampshire. Proposal Outline: Dates: August 5, 2010 to August 8, 2010 Host: Massachusetts Bay Victory Rider, with Local Chapters in the Northeast. Accommodations: Town and Country Inn Approx $84-$96 per night (Includes coffee and donuts in the morning) www.townandcountryinn.com Route 2 Shelburne/Gorham, New Hampshire‎ - (800) 325-4386 Use "Victory Meet" for special rates There is an extensive list of B&B’s and other accommodations, which will be provided upon approval of our proposal. Camping Options: White Birch Camping Park 218 State Route 2 Shelburne, New Hampshire www.whitebirchcampingpark.com - (603) 466-2022 Use "Victory Meet" for special rates Tentative Schedule of Events: Thursday August 5, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Meet and Greet/Registration* Friday August 6 - 7:00 am to 9:30 am Breakfast and Registration 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Ride(s) from Town and Country Inn Parking lot (TBD)** 6:00 pm Dinner and silent Auction Town and Country Inn Dinner/Auction and some creative opportunities to mix and mingle. Saturday August 7 - 6:30 am to 8:30 am Breakfast 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Ride(s) from Town and Country Inn Parking lot (TBD)** 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Chicken BBQ and entertainment at Town and Country Inn Sunday August 8 - 6:30 am to 9:30 Depart for home *( Location depends on Weather at that time) **(Ride routes depend on condition of roads after Winter season) Additional activities/attractions: AVR and Sturgis the following week White Mt National Forest Mt Washington Auto road Cog Railway Moose tours Lost River The Flume Profile Lake Lake Winnipesauke Lake Cruise Weirs beach (Laconia) Outlet Shopping Canoe Rentals Rock Climbing Sunrise Ride to top of Mountain available with 20 people ATV Park Guided Rides To Be Determined. Unguided Rides Northern route to Balsam Hotel back over the Kanc 182 mi – about 4 hours 32 mins Portland Maine Lobster Lunch and Portland Light/Fort Williams Park 143 mi – about 3 hours 56 mins More to be added
  14. They are under review by the Events Committee. They will be voted on starting next Sunday and the results posted on November 15th.
  15. This is the last call for proposals for the 2010 National Meet. All proposals must be sent to 2009meet@thevmc.com or jkelso@unifield.com by 12:00am November 1st, 2009. All proposals will be presented to the Events Committe for review when I get up on Sunday (usually around 6am MST). Thanks to all who have worked on their proposals. I am confident next year's meet will be a great succss and hopefully Stoggy's bearing will make it all the way next year. 8)
  16. Proposals are due by Oct 31st. At that time the Events Committee will review the proposals and select one. The winning region proposal information will be released on November 15th. Hold on a little bit longer. Next year the process will be moved to one month earlier, proposals in by the end of September.
  17. Thought maybe those of you who came to the meet this year would like to know they closed the Beartooth Pass yesterday due to heavy snows. So if you want to ride it again you will have to wait until at least Memorial Day weekend 2010 to do so.
  18. Currently there is one proposal in from the NE Region.
  19. The time to get proposals in for next year's meet is approaching fast. I apologies for being late but my shoulder surgery has put me about a month behind. This year we will accept proposals until the 15th of October. Next year we will move it back to September where it belongs. Our hope is that we will start getting proposals in for more than just next year. National Meet Proposal Procedure 1. All National Meet proposals shall be submitted by September 31th (October 31st for this year - 2009) of the year preceding the year for which the proposal is written. Late proposals will not be accepted unless there are no other proposals for the following year. 2. All National Meet proposals shall be submitted through the Regional Representatives for the region making the proposal. 3. All National Meet proposals shall be submitted via e-mail to the National Events Chairman. 4. The Events Chairman shall post all proposals in the Events Committee Forum under a thread titled " 'Year' National Meet Proposals" (ie "2010 National Meet Proposals") on October 1st (November 1st for this year - 2009). 5. The Events Chairman shall notify all Events Committee members that the proposals are posted and require their review. 6. Each proposal shall be presented in it's entirety for review without any editing. The Events Committee Chairman may work with the regions and provide input on their proposals prior to final submission only. 7. The Events Committee shall review the posted proposals for a period of one week. 8. The Events Chairman shall create a polling thread for Events Committee voting on October 7th (November 7th for this year - 2009). 9. The Events Committee Chairman shall notify all Events Committee members of the polling thread. 10. The Events Committee shall have a period of one week to cast their vote for the proposal of their choice. 11. The Events Committee Chairman shall close the poll on October 14th (November 14th for this year - 2009) and notify the winning Regional Representatives of their proposals acceptance. 12. The Events Chairman shall then post a thread to announce the results to the general membership on October 15th (November 15th for this year - 2009). 12. The Events Committee Chairman shall establish the primary contact for the following year's National Meet and appoint that person The " 'Year' National Meet Chairman" (ie "2010 National Meet Chairman"). 13. The Events Chairman shall provide the name and screen name of the National Meet Chairman to the Webmaster who shall contact the named person to set up the National Meet Chairman e-mail account. The e-mail account shall be " 'year'meet@thevmc.com " (ie 2010meet@thevmc.com). 14. The National Meet Chairman shall be a member of the National Events Committee for the year of the meet the Chairman is hosting. 14. The Webmaster shall provide full access for the National Meet Chairman to the Events Committee forum. Thanks for all your work
  20. Just hope you look as good in yours as I do in mine Randy!! ;)
  21. Just for future meet reference for anyone mailing t-shirts. You can mail a single t-shirt through first class mail as it is under a pound for approximately $2.75. You can mail a single shirt to Canada for just over $4. If you mail more than one shirt, depending on the envelope used and the size of the shirts, they probably will be over one pound and will have to go parcel post and will cost approx $7.75. If you use one of their free priority mail envelopes and stuff the two shirts in that, you can mail them for $5. The post office has nice heavy duty envelopes for 99 cents which is about as cheap as you will find a large envelope that will make it through the mail. For what it's worth. 8)
  22. Shirts will be finished tomorrow and into the mail right after that.
  23. The extra shirts are ordered and should be done in about a week. As soon as they are done I will get them into the mail. Thanks for being patient. 8)
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