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NWILSON
11-11-2017, 07:52 AM
I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to start a thread discussing the various aspects of attending rallies!

As chapter leaders we strive to make our rallies enjoyable for those that participate. In that effort, many options are available to us but everyone is different and our efforts can sometimes be in vain. Some of these points have to do with personal likes and dislikes while others have to do with using the funds available as efficiently as possible. The kinds of things I'd like input on include:

1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest?

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally?

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly?

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally?

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you?

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential?

This discussion isn't meant to point fingers or trash any particular rally. Many of you have attended more rallies than you can count and I'm sure you've had discussions on these topics on the drive home (or to the next campground). Leslie and I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the rally and look at the list of attendees before looking at the agenda when we're heading to a rally.

Please remember that Region and National rallies operate under different constraints and budgets so what they are able to do and what we can do as a chapter are different.



Thank you for your comments!

travelin2
11-11-2017, 08:28 AM
Neale, Well put. Items we and others discussed last weekend I see. IMO I think a voting poll where the voter is anonymous would garner higher participation. Anyone who believes additional comments are necessary to justify a position will likely add those to the thread.


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KARRON
11-11-2017, 09:08 AM
I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to start a thread discussing the various aspects of attending rallies!

As chapter leaders we strive to make our rallies enjoyable for those that participate. In that effort, many options are available to us but everyone is different and our efforts can sometimes be in vain. Some of these points have to do with personal likes and dislikes while others have to do with using the funds available as efficiently as possible. The kinds of things I'd like input on include:

1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest?

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally?

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly?

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally?

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you?

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential?

This discussion isn't meant to point fingers or trash any particular rally. Many of you have attended more rallies than you can count and I'm sure you've had discussions on these topics on the drive home (or to the next campground). Leslie and I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the rally and look at the list of attendees before looking at the agenda when we're heading to a rally.

Please remember that Region and National rallies operate under different constraints and budgets so what they are able to do and what we can do as a chapter are different.



Thank you for your comments!

Those are all great questions, voting would be great.


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szewczyk_john
11-11-2017, 09:24 AM
Offering my 2 cents, I believe that State and Regional rallies should devote as much monies as a possible to lowering the rates charged for the campgrounds where the event is being held. By doing this each attendee will be getting the same exact benefit, from the club, regardless of what each attendee does during the event.There should be a planed list of agenda items or events where attendees can decide which of those events to participate in. I am in favor of potlucks over catered events as you normally get a wider selection from a potluck. I also believe that State and Regional rallies should be held not only at different venues within the jurisdiction but they should also be held at different times during the year.

The National Rally is done right, in my opinion. The same venue, same time of year with activities to promote the area and for furtherance of the club's interest.

I have enjoyed every rally that I have attended and no disrespect is meant to any one that runs, plans or schedules these events. You guys do not get enough thanks for what you do. The membership is growing and I believe that the group is also getting younger. We all have our own likes and dislikes and you will never get everyone to agree on everything but everyone likes saving money.

Rottiesmom
11-11-2017, 09:39 AM
I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to start a thread discussing the various aspects of attending rallies!

As chapter leaders we strive to make our rallies enjoyable for those that participate. In that effort, many options are available to us but everyone is different and our efforts can sometimes be in vain. Some of these points have to do with personal likes and dislikes while others have to do with using the funds available as efficiently as possible. The kinds of things I'd like input on include:

1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest?

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally?

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly?

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally?

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you?

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential?

This discussion isn't meant to point fingers or trash any particular rally. Many of you have attended more rallies than you can count and I'm sure you've had discussions on these topics on the drive home (or to the next campground). Leslie and I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the rally and look at the list of attendees before looking at the agenda when we're heading to a rally.

Please remember that Region and National rallies operate under different constraints and budgets so what they are able to do and what we can do as a chapter are different.



Thank you for your comments!


These are all great questions, all the rallies I have attended have been different. You have some that are busy with activities some that are very laid back the some that are in between and I have to say I love them all. Most have been spread out for us so we never felt we were always on the go. I agree to use a confidential poll as you'll probably receive more responses.

jbeletti
11-11-2017, 09:45 AM
I agree with Colleen - I have been to over a hundred rallies and they truly are all different. From very simple and very laid back with little planned and little going on, to a lot planned, a very busy agenda of opportunities.

Honestly, I like them all. I LOVE the diversity of the rallies. Now for owners who can only make 1 or 2 rallies per year, and if they only go to the same chapters each time time and the rallies don't vary much from year to year and IF those rally-styles don't resonate much with you, I see where that can old for some.

In terms of a poll hosted by the Club, this is something I'd love to do with our new system, once that's up and running. Maybe do it in the first quarter of 2018.

Until then, I love reading all the comments to this thread. Thanks Neale for starting it. So hey Heartland Owners, what do you LOVE about rallies? What do you NOT CARE FOR so much at rallies? What DO YOU WANT at rallies that you've seen little of?

rdufek
11-11-2017, 11:14 AM
First and foremost Thank You!!! to all our leaders for what you do!!! We love attending rallies and meeting new people, we have made a lot of great new friends. Please don't give up the Heartland Give-Back program, it is a staple of our club. I have never felt pressured to give and everyone gives what they can afford. I would say I agree we should bring our own dinnerware as it would save money for our club leaders, it would save a lot on our leaders, and it would be money well spent elsewhere. As a suggestion for things to do, and it doesn't have to be organized by club leaders and we don't usually see, corn hole game, ladder ball, washer game or horseshoes. Again, Thank You to all our leaders, we appreciate everything you do.

MTPockets
11-11-2017, 11:38 AM
Huge thanks to Rally Leaders! All have done a great job at each of the rallies we attended. We’ve enjoyed all the rallies, but the more enjoyable for us were the smaller venues and those with the most flexible schedules. We particularly enjoyed the longer rallies, I.e. four or five days opposed to two. I suppose the short schedules can be extended on an individual basis, as we did do that a few times. We cherish those new friends we’ve made and all the new experiences.

porthole
11-11-2017, 12:23 PM
Pot lucks

After 50+ rallies I like Pot Lucks as the number one reason after the basic rally concept in general

Grampafish
11-11-2017, 01:22 PM
After attending more than a score of rallies and campouts, we have yet to see anything we didn't like. Our number one and two reasons for attending are to reconnect with our RV friends and to make new ones. We really like potlucks and the variety of dishes that we get to choose from. We get involved in most of the activities and have attended many seminars. We like the energy that gets generated from auctions and raffles. Since we've only attended rallies and campouts out west, we have come to expect lots of options/activities at rallies and pretty much just hanging out, or spur of the moment activities at campouts. In both cases we tend to get together for happy hours, most meals and campfires.

We have hosted two chapter rallies and are planning a third. We would be interested in survey results but would want them to be tallied by region as it appears that we may have very different cultures around our views of rallies. We agree that the survey should be answered anonymously, however the first question could ask to which state chapter the responder belongs.

clubmgr
11-11-2017, 02:03 PM
We would be interested in survey results but would want them to be tallied by region as it appears that we may have very different cultures around our views of rallies. We agree that the survey should be answered anonymously, however the first question could ask to which state chapter the responder belongs.

An excellent point. This is indeed how the poll would be handled.

hoefler
11-12-2017, 07:45 AM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.

TGLBWH
11-12-2017, 08:55 AM
The poll Is a great idea. As a CL we are always asking for what people like. In our area it seems that just getting together is the most important.

porthole
11-12-2017, 09:47 AM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.


Come to a Northeast rally.

Rottiesmom
11-12-2017, 10:15 AM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.

Sorry to hear you have had a few bad experiences all I can say is try another one. My husband and I have yet to go to a rally where we haven't been welcomed, and we have gone to many and two nationals and never felt like an outsider in fact just the opposite. I don't know what the circumstances were at the two rallies you attended but I can assure you most are not that way. Just to give you an example a member of our chapter one year had a major issue with his rig and all he had to say to one person what the problem was and there were 10 plus guys around his rig spending all day to fix his problem and they did it with smiles. There are more stories of this type of members and rallies in the club than not and I hope you don't give up on us because we have meet some life long friends from the rallies. I know we are a distance away but if you happen to be in the northeast area we would love for you to come to one of the northeast rallies and meet some wonderful people who will definitely give you a different opinion of this club. I hope you'll give the club another chance and you'll see a different side to it. Hope to meet you down the road

Rottiesmom
11-12-2017, 10:31 AM
As a suggestion for things to do, and it doesn't have to be organized by club leaders and we don't usually see, corn hole game, ladder ball, washer game or horseshoes.

Great ideas for next year rally

szewczyk_john
11-12-2017, 11:47 AM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.


My first rally was a National Rally and I walked away from that feeling the same way you did. I believe that I was the only one there with kids and we really did feel out of place. But then I made comments on this forum about it. Maybe because of my speaking up, at the National Rally they now have a first timers meeting and I have gotten to know many other members. I do not attend a lot of rallies do to my limited number of vacation days but I am a member of this club because of the forum. I have learned so much from others that I will be a life time member just for that reason. Maybe you should give the rallies another chance. In my opinion, you should not have had any bad feeling for the one that you did not register for. If you did not register for the rally how can you complain that you were not included in the rally?

jbeletti
11-12-2017, 12:03 PM
My first rally was a National Rally and I walked away from that feeling the same way you did. I believe that I was the only one there with kids and we really did feel out of place. But then I made comments on this forum about it. Maybe because of my speaking up, at the National Rally they now have a first timers meeting and I have gotten to know many other members. I do not attend a lot of rallies do to my limited number of vacation days but I am a member of this club because of the forum. I have learned so much from others that I will be a life time member just for that reason. Maybe you should give the rallies another chance. In my opinion, you should not have had any bad feeling for the one that you did not register for. If you did not register for the rally how can you complain that you were not included in the rally?

Thanks for sharing John and also for encouraging others to try again. At the end of the day, people are people and we are all different. We did add the First-timers meeting for the National rally based on feedback. We also added a greeter team (in 2017) whose goal was to get around to all first-timers (and others) to greet them personally.

Were you on the corner in NW? I recall someone there in a TH with children. I stopped by to say hello in 2017 :)

It's normal for attendees at rallies to seek out and hang out with their pals. Just human nature. It's understandable how it can seem put-offish to the new person. One who makes a concerted effort to come to a rally also needs to reach out. It makes me sad to read here that some have gotten what they feel is the cold shoulder at their first and even second rally.

In 2017, we did make a push for and will continue to do so going forward, to have someone or some couple at each rally be part of a greeting team.

Thanks John and everyone for their feedback. Please keep sharing here.

porthole
11-12-2017, 01:09 PM
My first rally was a National Rally and I walked away from that feeling the same way you did. I believe that I was the only one there with kids and we really did feel out of place. But then I made comments on this forum about it. Maybe because of my speaking up, at the National Rally they now have a first timers meeting and I have gotten to know many other members. I do not attend a lot of rallies do to my limited number of vacation days but I am a member of this club because of the forum. I have learned so much from others that I will be a life time member just for that reason. Maybe you should give the rallies another chance. In my opinion, you should not have had any bad feeling for the one that you did not register for. If you did not register for the rally how can you complain that you were not included in the rally?



Well John you did park your toy hauler in the farthest space from anything :cool:


When do you plan on that quiet State Park in PA again we'd like to do that with you guys. Might even get enough of the PA folks to give "roughing it" a try !

RoadJunkie
11-12-2017, 01:11 PM
There should probably be some sort of identifier that attaches temporarily to your rig when you are a participant of a rally. I have walked around RV parks wondering if this or that Heartland rig is participating in the rally. If you are feeling left out, just seek out the Ford truck owners, they are very, very, friendly. Also, to quote Forest Gump, "Friendly is as friendly does". Ok, maybe it wasn't Forest Gump who said that, but if you are an outgoing/friendly person then you can usually crack the "cliquish" barrier. I know, nobody considers themselves unfriendly (read, don't flame me), but sometimes it takes a few attempts to engage a group of people that know each other.

travelin2
11-12-2017, 02:49 PM
When do you plan on that quiet State Park in PA again we'd like to do that with you guys. Might even get enough of the PA folks to give "roughing it" a try !

We’re in!


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'Lil Guy'
11-12-2017, 04:34 PM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.


Good chapter leaders should make it a point to seek out new attendees and help make them welcome. At the meet and greet new attendees are introduced and should be made to feel part of the group. And yes, there are clicks where some people seem to hang together, but that can be normal. They're still approachable. I believe that in all of the rallies I've attended, the new chapter leaders of the New Mexico group (Howard and Shelly) put on one of the best rallies I've ever attended. Be nice to have more like them. Their rally was fun with activities and everyone was met and greeted several times by them. Sorry you didn't enjoy your rallies but I wouldn't give up on them. Maybe try being a little more outgoing. Some of the people who shined you may not be comfortable outside their on little group. Don't be afraid to approach any of the attendees and introduce yourself and let them know your new at this. If they don't try to make you feel comfortable after that, they're not worth knowing anyway. find another group.
BTW Howard and Shelly were fantastic, but the other rallies I've attended all the way up to New York had great chapter leaders also.

szewczyk_john
11-13-2017, 03:53 AM
That first Rally was way back in 2011 and we were parked along the practice horse riding ring. It was not only our first club event but also our first ever RV rally. So we were totally green to the idea. It was also our first trip in the brand new Road Warrior so we were still learning our own unit, we had just got it in April and the boys were still in school. We were, I believe, the only Road Warrior in attendance. We thought the seminars were great and we both learned a lot. We are both glad that we tried it again and we now have made some really great friendships and gotten to know others. Maybe it was us that had unfair expectations but we are glad that we stuck with it.

Jim's comment about people are people and everyone has their own likes and dislikes really comes into play at the rallies. We rough it and use our unit the way it best works for us, that is why we bought it. I have only had my unit plugged in on one trip of our planning. The other trips where it was plugged in happen to be all Heartland events. I was amazed to find out how many club members do not have a generator in their unit.

I admit that I am not a social butterfly by any means. So after that first rally, I made more of an effort to be more engaging with others and that paid off. Our decision to get a spot on Ring Road was more about the dogs than anything else.

Elk County PA might just become a yearly trip for us. I'd suggest the first 3 weeks of October but that is always a busy time of the year with my Union position. As far as "roughing it" goes, there are plenty of private campgrounds in the area with full hook ups. Maybe we can plan something in May at Massey's Landing.

porthole
11-13-2017, 10:06 AM
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Elk County PA might just become a yearly trip for us. I'd suggest the first 3 weeks of October but that is always a busy time of the year with my Union position. As far as "roughing it" goes, there are plenty of private campgrounds in the area with full hook ups. Maybe we can plan something in May at Massey's Landing.


Another good thing about rallies - planning for future rallies - or in this case a campout.

3 rigs so far with interest John.

Bones
11-13-2017, 10:07 AM
I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to start a thread discussing the various aspects of attending rallies!

As chapter leaders we strive to make our rallies enjoyable for those that participate. In that effort, many options are available to us but everyone is different and our efforts can sometimes be in vain. Some of these points have to do with personal likes and dislikes while others have to do with using the funds available as efficiently as possible. The kinds of things I'd like input on include:

1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest?

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally?

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly?

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally?

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you?

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential?

This discussion isn't meant to point fingers or trash any particular rally. Many of you have attended more rallies than you can count and I'm sure you've had discussions on these topics on the drive home (or to the next campground). Leslie and I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the rally and look at the list of attendees before looking at the agenda when we're heading to a rally.

Please remember that Region and National rallies operate under different constraints and budgets so what they are able to do and what we can do as a chapter are different.



Thank you for your comments!

I find it difficult to attend rallies sometimes with Kids and full schedules. I tend to miss some of the first meetings with the groups because I can't get out early enough. I may put some more comments in later. I have not experienced a rally where I did not feel welcome. We have been welcomed by everyone who we have attended rallies with and I have made friends with many people I have meet. Our very first rally I thought the camper was going to float away. :) :)

travelin2
11-13-2017, 10:18 AM
Another good thing about rallies - planning for future rallies - or in this case a campout.

3 rigs so far with interest John.

Definitely interested but unfortunately unavailable after Labor Day. Other plans interfere ☹️


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Shortest Straw
11-13-2017, 12:11 PM
1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest? We like a mix of both. It is convenient when the chapter leader posts what there is to do in the area of the rally.

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally? Door prizes are fun and if you have what you won already, why not put it back in the mix or be able to accept what was going to be next?

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly? My understanding is the 50/50 drawing is partially to raise some funds to help the chapter with costs. We always participate and do not have an issue with this.

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally? No.

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you? We were at a rally where an event was planned and all were aware of it. Another member planned something at the same time. It split the group. It should not have happened.

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs? We would consider it but with so many different taste buds out there the potlucks serve a larger group better.

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked? Not a problem.

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential? If people are afraid to comment I guess it would be fair. No one is going to be kicked out of the club for expressing an opinion right? Step up and say what you have to say.

Our first experience with the HOC was an amazing one. The chapter leaders and the group welcomed us like family and it was a wonderful experience. We have also experienced people at other rallies where we have said hello and have been completely ignored. We like to meet new people and wonder if there are those that do not, why go to a rally? Free food? I read a previous comment about keeping the rates down for the attendees. I agree with that. We have not attended rallies in our travels due to the costs. A lower site cost would open up to a larger attendance IMO. I want to give a nod to all the chapter leaders out there. I know your job is time consuming but we appreciate your efforts.

Silverado23
11-13-2017, 01:32 PM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.

You are always welcome to join us in Iowa for a rally!

Herbiesrig
11-14-2017, 06:02 AM
I glad to see everyone has enjoyed going to different rallies, our experience has been quite different. We were very excited to attend our first rally about 2 hours from us. When we arrived and setting up, we had another couple with us with a brand new North Trail and this was their first outing, no one, I mean no one acknowledged us, said hi, by, or boo to use. We had gone down to where everyone was gathering and felt like we were outsiders and un-welcome. Eventually some of the attendees did start to talk with us, but it was uncomfortable. Very clickish.

Or second experience at a rally, was just as bad if not worse. Here again, this rally was about an hour and a half from use, we went to this park where they had scheduled a rally but did not sign up for it. When we drove in, we past by a group of people standing in the road where all of th Heartland trailers were set up, not one person waved back to us as we went by. When we set up, I notice I had a broken shock mount, and had removed the tire to remove the shock, not one person came by to greet, offer assistance, or anything. One day we were walking our dogs, we walked right in front of all of the Heartland rigs with several people sitting outside their rigs, very few would say Hi or wave, some actually went inside. Only one would actually talk to me, he was out by his new Ram dually and I asked him about the truck. His wife walked away and went inside their trailer and left my wife holding the dog. Very snobish group indeed.

My wife refuses to entertain going to any rally, she might consider a national one, but unlikely, since our schedule dictates when we can go. Long summer trips are out since she works at a seasonal business.


Come to The North Central Rally, Everyone is very friendly.

CPDDet
11-14-2017, 09:27 AM
We have also found rallies to be very clickish. Seems like if you don't have some kind of seniority your shunned. In my experience strangers at camping trips are more friendly than people at rallies.

Dave

wdk450
11-14-2017, 10:29 AM
Pot lucks

After 50+ rallies I like Pot Lucks as the number one reason after the basic rally concept in general

Homer Simpson would say: " Potlucks - OOOH! Free unlimited buffet!!!" (Great chefs, too!).

wdk450
11-14-2017, 10:43 AM
Maybe to address the isolated feelings of some rally attendees, the rally leaders might organize some sort of random seating assignments (draw a ticket?) for one of the meals to put different people together. Maybe there could be a homework assignment before the meal to write down 4 activities you are interested in, 4 of the most terrific places you have visited, 4 of the best RV parks you have stayed in, as conversation starters. Then share your lists at the table to promote conversation, list your current space number to extend those conversations later.

Maybe we should all make it a point to do at least a handshake greeting at the 4 nearest RV's to us at a rally.

Happy RVing, and I wish you all many happy Heartland rallies in the future.

Rottiesmom
11-14-2017, 11:26 AM
In reading some of these comments it really surprises me as to how many people do feel shunned at a rally. I know I as a chapter leader try to make everyone feel welcomed especially with the newbies. I guess we are very lucky here in the northeast every rally I have gone to everyone is made to feel welcomed and chapter leaders do make sure everyone is included in everything. I know I was a bit shy when we first joined but our chapter leader at the time made sure we were introduced to members and it just took off from there.

TravelTiger
11-14-2017, 11:39 AM
I think what I have seen over the past 8 years, Rallies are like family reunions. If you come often, you're welcomed and integrate more easily. If you've never been, you feel awkward and unsure, and other relatives may not recognize or truly engage with you until you spend time with them. We all are "Heartland-family" related, but all lead very different lives all over the country, like a huge family with multiple branches. You can't expect to instantly connect and love all your distant relatives, but you know you have a common bond. It just takes us all to get out of our comfort zone (immediate family) and get to know all our "long-lost cousins".

I purposely try to sit with folks I don't know at rallies to get to know them and encourage them. I also learned (by example) from the best, now South Central Regional Director, Jay Coffman -- it really means a lot to rally attendees to be greeted upon arrival. So I try to make a point to go and greet our rally arrivals as soon as I can, (but not to disrupt their set-up), and even when attending other's rallies, I try to go by and say "welcome!" or "good to see you!" and "glad you came!" It does make a difference.

Herbiesrig
11-14-2017, 11:55 AM
We have also found rallies to be very clickish. Seems like if you don't have some kind of seniority your shunned. In my experience strangers at camping trips are more friendly than people at rallies.

Dave


I understand how you feel, It is sad to experience that feeling, what is also sad is that if someone wasn't in that position, they don't know how you feel. With all said, not all Heartlander's are that way. The biggest majority are friendly and welcoming. Come to the North Central Region Rally and you will warmly welcomed.

hoefler
11-14-2017, 01:08 PM
I appreciate all of the words of encouragement, I even had one chapter leader PM me, which was surprising. Even more surprising, it was one of his rallies we attended.

I replied to him explaining it was one of his rallies and to which one. I bet he didn't expect that, I have had no response from him . That was 2 days ago, I would of thought I would had recieved some sort of comment or an appology.

I guess some people don't want to hear any criticism, let alone try to rectify an issue.

I am a very talkative person. I can strike up a converstaion with about anybody about anything. I offer help when I see someone struggling with a issue with thier rigs and more time than not, I get them fixed or at least able to travel to get repairs.

I know when I am not wanted or welcome. When one tries to engage with other people and are looked at as an outsider, as a bother, or someone not even worth acknowledging, its not worth the effort or the disappointment.

We were in Decatur Alabama to see my dad and was staying at Point Mallard, we met Byrd Nabo. She had came over to us and introduced herself and was very talkative and energetic, invited use to attend the rally that was going on a week later, but our plans would not allow it. That gal is a hoot!! I really liked her attitude and enthusiasm, we thought we might haved enjoyed attending.

With the experience we had with Byrd, we thought we would give another try. We had planned a weekend at Downstream Casino and a park in Carthage Mo. I saw there was a rally not far from where we had plans to stay. So 2 weeks before, I changed to the same park, but did not sign up for the rally. Well, that is where we had second bad experience.

We will not make a rally as our destination, just not worth it. If there happens to be a rally going on in a park I have made other plans for, well, we'll see how that goes.

JWalker
11-14-2017, 02:04 PM
I guess some people don't want to hear any criticism, let alone try to rectify an issue.


Got me thinking of our upcoming Region Rally. We always have a Meet N Greet the first night of the rally. But maybe that isn’t enough. Now I’m thinking a “first timers” gathering might be good. Give everyone an idea what to expect and what to do.

Thanks

RichnPeg
11-14-2017, 02:14 PM
We have signed up for our first Rally in Michigan in June 2018. The whole purpose was for us to meet other people with similar interests (Travel, etc.) Is there not a Meet 'n Greet so people can get to know each other? I'm not too worried about my husband who will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, but I'm sure hoping I don't feel like the new girl in school. I'm going to keep a positive attitude and look forward to having a great time.
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ziggysun
11-14-2017, 02:16 PM
We were just at our first ever RV Rally last month. We had a great time and some Chapter Leaders swung by our site to welcome us and introduce themselves once we were set up. My husband is much more friendly and outgoing then I am, I can be a little reserved when meeting new people. We felt very welcomed into the group, and talked with quite a few people at the rally events, while walking around the campground and while at our site and never encountered anyone rude, but I can see where some people may feel like there are cliques among the attendees, but I don't think they're intentionally being cliquey though. I think it's just that they already know each other and that they have most likely been looking forward to catching up with and seeing each other at the Rally. For some people that may seem like you're being ignored or not welcomed by "everyone", for me there's a big difference though between not being welcomed by "anyone" vs "everyone" and if we weren't welcomed by anyone I could see us feeling differently.

Since I've only been to one Rally, I really don't know what I do or don't like about them yet, but we had such a good time at our first Rally that before we left the campground I made the booking for our second.

ziggysun
11-14-2017, 02:42 PM
Got me thinking of our upcoming Region Rally. We always have a Meet N Greet the first night of the rally. But maybe that isn’t enough. Now I’m thinking a “first timers” gathering might be good. Give everyone an idea what to expect and what to do.

Thanks

Jamie,
That might be a good idea, either a first timers gathering or even a little cheat sheet sent via email or handed out for first timers could be helpful. I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect at our first Rally. I did see the Agenda and time for the Meet N Greet at 6pm, but had no idea we should be punctual since we would be introduced! If I'd have known, we would have been there prior to 6pm. I thought it was going to be different then what it actually was. Nothing like being late for your new introduction into the group :rolleyes: I also didn't know that we should bring our own drinks to the Meet N Greet. We caught on, but a little cheat sheet probably would have helped to eliminate our awkward moments.

JWalker
11-14-2017, 02:46 PM
Jamie,
That might be a good idea, either a first timers gathering or even a little cheat sheet sent via email or handed out for first timers could be helpful. I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect at our first Rally. I did see the Agenda and time for the Meet N Greet at 6pm, but had no idea we should be punctual since we would be introduced! If I'd have known, we would have been there prior to 6pm. I thought it was going to be different then what it actually was. Nothing like being late for your new introduction into the group :rolleyes: I also didn't know that we should bring our own drinks to the Meet N Greet. We caught on, but a little cheat sheet probably would have helped to eliminate our awkward moments.

Great idea. I like it.

RichnPeg
11-14-2017, 02:46 PM
I guess I would assume there would be information sent to everyone beforehand as to agenda, what to bring, etc. I suppose it all depends on the organizers.

JWalker
11-14-2017, 02:57 PM
I guess I would assume there would be information sent to everyone beforehand as to agenda, what to bring, etc. I suppose it all depends on the organizers.


One bit of information I would recommend to everyone attending a rally. Whether your first or your 50th. As time gets closer to the rally date, check the forum frequently. A lot of information, including agendas, activities, food, events, schedule changes, pre-and post rally activities etc. are all being added. Generally the forum is the first place this information is displayed. In my case, I am not a Facebooker. The forum is my main way to communicate everything.

Herbiesrig
11-14-2017, 03:47 PM
We have signed up for our first Rally in Michigan in June 2018. The whole purpose was for us to meet other people with similar interests (Travel, etc.) Is there not a Meet 'n Greet so people can get to know each other? I'm not too worried about my husband who will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, but I'm sure hoping I don't feel like the new girl in school. I'm going to keep a positive attitude and look forward to having a great time.
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Peggy, you will have a good time, I am looking forward to meeting you.

clubmgr
11-14-2017, 03:49 PM
We were just at our first ever RV Rally last month. We had a great time and some Chapter Leaders swung by our site to welcome us and introduce themselves once we were set up. My husband is much more friendly and outgoing then I am, I can be a little reserved when meeting new people. We felt very welcomed into the group, and talked with quite a few people at the rally events, while walking around the campground and while at our site and never encountered anyone rude, but I can see where some people may feel like there are cliques among the attendees, but I don't think they're intentionally being cliquey though. I think it's just that they already know each other and that they have most likely been looking forward to catching up with and seeing each other at the Rally. For some people that may seem like you're being ignored or not welcomed by "everyone", for me there's a big difference though between not being welcomed by "anyone" vs "everyone" and if we weren't welcomed by anyone I could see us feeling differently.

Since I've only been to one Rally, I really don't know what I do or don't like about them yet, but we had such a good time at our first Rally that before we left the campground I made the booking for our second.

Very well put.

clubmgr
11-14-2017, 03:57 PM
We have signed up for our first Rally in Michigan in June 2018. The whole purpose was for us to meet other people with similar interests (Travel, etc.) Is there not a Meet 'n Greet so people can get to know each other? I'm not too worried about my husband who will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, but I'm sure hoping I don't feel like the new girl in school. I'm going to keep a positive attitude and look forward to having a great time.
Peggyhttps://heartlandowners.org/images/icons/icon7.png

Don't forget that you will not be the only one there who is attending their first rally. Even if they have been to rallies before, they may not have been to this particular Chapter's rallies before. There are so many rallies all over the country and Heartland owners are free to attend any Chapter rally, any where. No one can go to all of them so there is always the opportunity to meet new people.

MTPockets
11-14-2017, 04:21 PM
We attended rallies in a few different States and Regions. There were similarities at each, but some differences as well. Some meet n greets were a pot luck, some the club provided snacks, at one rally you brought your own meat and shared some grills for cooking. Some clubs provide paper plates & forks, others not... these details at times had us going back to the rig to get our setups right. Suggestions for the leaders to provide a cheat sheet in advance sounds good, it’s a bit of a conundrum as we must remember the chapter leaders are volunteering time, they are not Heartland employees and free to organize as they are able. It’s a lot of work.. As attendees we need to jump in and ask questions and assist the leaders. They have already spent a lot of effort just setting up the location and roughing out an agenda. No one is purposely left out or ignored. Ask questions. Others will fill you in...

clubmgr
11-14-2017, 04:47 PM
This just my 2 cents. I am NOT a social animal. I will usually not speak first to someone I don't know. Now if they are the same kind of person. . . uncomfortable!

At rallies I have "forced" myself to get out there. First, I ditch my husband. Love him to bits, but I socialize better as a single act. What can I say! Then I walk around the campground and if I see 2 or more people having a conversation that doesn't look too serious, I walk over and say, Hi!. Most times it works. Sometimes it does not, but I have to keep in mind that there are regional differences and personal differences in what constitutes friendliness and roll with whatever I run into.

I have met people over the years who after meeting them a few times at different rallies, I look forward to seeing again and I never would have guessed we would have anything to talk about. But, we have just warmed to each other over the years. If I had crossed them off the list as being "unfriendly" when I first met them, I would have surely missed out on knowing a beautiful person.

MCTalley
11-14-2017, 05:50 PM
...I changed to the same park, but did not sign up for the rally.

Note that not signing up for the rally, but just happening to be in the same park at the same time doesn't afford you the benefit of attending various activities that were planned for the rally - especially those that the chapter is paying for.

That said, it doesn't excuse folks for totally ignoring you, but realize that chapter leaders are reimbursed costs associated with the rally based on the number of people officially signed up for the rally. Just hanging around as a visitor puts them in an awkward position.

I would encourage you, or anyone else in the same situation, to give it another try. Sign up for the rally officially, so everything is properly accounted for and costed out ahead of time. Make it a point to try to meet some new folks. Most all rallies I've been to start out with a get-together with a pitch-in of light snacks where everyone is invited. Take your chairs and just sit down next to some people and strike up a conversation.

As to the original topic - my only suggestion (and this is just me) is please, no more 500-packs of "latex examination gloves" as door prizes. Maybe I'm the only person in the world that uses something else when dumping my tanks, but there has to be something else of value you can find to give out. :) (Note purposeful use of smiley).

MCTalley
11-14-2017, 06:11 PM
Here's my take:

1) Do you enjoy planned activities like plant tours, local sightseeing trips, attending events like concerts or racetracks etc. or do you feel compelled to participate in something that is of little or no interest?

I like having a list of tours, trips and events that I can choose from. If something is happening that really should be paid for in advance (maybe a play, concert or similar) to get reservations, I like knowing about it and, optionally, paying ahead to be able to attend.

2) Do you enjoy door prize giveaways or are you annoyed with winning "the same old stuff" at every rally?

I like door prize giveaways. See my last post, however, regarding this subject. :)

3) Do you like the 50/50 type drawings or raffle ticket sales for higher end drawings? Do you feel like you're being compelled to "donate" constantly?

Yes. 50/50 or raffle drawings never seem forced to me. I like having the choice of either saving my money and watching others have fun, or joining in and taking a chance on winning something of value. Another option is an auction of a couple donated high-end items. I won a very nice Yeti cooler at auction at the Montana rally for a very reasonable price (1/2 of retail). It was nice knowing that not only did I win something nice (that I didn't have to bid on if I didn't want to), but that all of the funds were going to the club (it was the Montana chapter's first rally).

4) Have you experienced something at a rally (Heartland or otherwise) that you would like to see more often or at every rally?

I like having an official pitch-in (finger foods, preferably) on the first official evening of the rally. Having each party introduce themselves to the group is a nice way to learn new faces and names.

5) Is there something you see at rallies that really annoys you?

Being over-planned. I can't think of any particular rallies I've attended where that was an issue, but in reading some rally agendas for rallies and seeing that every minute looks like it is planned is somewhat of a turn-off.

6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

Only for a larger rally (regional or national). For smaller rallies, I'd rather join others in a cookout and/or pitch-in where everything is less formal.

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?

Not at all.

8) Would you like to see these questions (or others) in a poll where you could keep your opinion confidential?

Doesn't matter to me.

hoefler
11-14-2017, 06:20 PM
Note that not signing up for the rally, but just happening to be in the same park at the same time doesn't afford you the benefit of attending various activities that were planned for the rally - especially those that the chapter is paying for.

That said, it doesn't excuse folks for totally ignoring you, but realize that chapter leaders are reimbursed costs associated with the rally based on the number of people officially signed up for the rally. Just hanging around as a visitor puts them in an awkward position.

I would encourage you, or anyone else in the same situation, to give it another try. Sign up for the rally officially, so everything is properly accounted for and costed out ahead of time. Make it a point to try to meet some new folks. Most all rallies I've been to start out with a get-together with a pitch-in of light snacks where everyone is invited. Take your chairs and just sit down next to some people and strike up a conversation.

As to the original topic - my only suggestion (and this is just me) is please, no more 500-packs of "latex examination gloves" as door prizes. Maybe I'm the only person in the world that uses something else when dumping my tanks, but there has to be something else of value you can find to give out. :) (Note purposeful use of smiley).


Wasn't going to try and horn in on any activities they had planned for the number of attendees or anything else, just trying to get a feel of the attitude and the genuine nature of the people involved. I was not impressed, even when we walked right down the row of all the attendees and attempting to say hi to everyone we saw, which was quite a few as they were sitting outside their rigs, with very little interaction from the group as a whole.

MCTalley
11-14-2017, 06:49 PM
Wasn't going to try and horn in on any activities they had planned for the number of attendees or anything else, just trying to get a feel of the attitude and the genuine nature of the people involved. I was not impressed, even when we walked right down the row of all the attendees and attempting to say hi to everyone we saw, which was quite a few as they were sitting outside their rigs, with very little interaction from the group as a whole.

Fair enough. Not implying you were trying to be a party crasher or anything. I've seen previous posts from other (generally newer) members asking if they have to sign up or can they just show up because they live, or were going to be camping, in the area.

Sorry about your experience. I'd be pretty wary of attending future events if I experienced the same.

porthole
11-14-2017, 11:29 PM
One bit of information I would recommend to everyone attending a rally. Whether your first or your 50th. As time gets closer to the rally date, check the forum frequently. A lot of information, including agendas, activities, food, events, schedule changes, pre-and post rally activities etc. are all being added. Generally the forum is the first place this information is displayed.

In my case, I am not a Facebooker. The forum is my main way to communicate everything.

Ditto on the facebook and forum use.

To add to this, some of the rally organizers will try and grab the first couple of posts in a new rally thread and use them a placeholders for future info. So checking back to the first couple of posts occasially is always a good idea.

rahewett
11-15-2017, 08:52 AM
My wife and I have just been to our 3rd rally. At our 1st, our chapter leader came by and introduced himself and brought a small welcome basket. We talked a little and he introduced us to a few of the other attendees. This was very appreciated as I see where one could feel out of place. We met others through out the weekend but not everyone there. At our 2nd rally we met a few more people and caught up with folks who we met at the first. At the 3rd we met more ( new to us ) folks. I found I could interact easier than I could at our first rally. I don't normally go out at home and don't consider myself social. That is why I like going to the rallies. I have now met people that I hope to call friends for a long time to come. I hope to attend more rallies next year and for years to come. Please don't let your first rally be your last. We are a working couple and that limits when are where we can travel. Every chapter leader we have met has been great.

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Rottiesmom
11-15-2017, 09:06 AM
Jamie,
That might be a good idea, either a first timers gathering or even a little cheat sheet sent via email or handed out for first timers could be helpful. I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect at our first Rally. I did see the Agenda and time for the Meet N Greet at 6pm, but had no idea we should be punctual since we would be introduced! If I'd have known, we would have been there prior to 6pm. I thought it was going to be different then what it actually was. Nothing like being late for your new introduction into the group :rolleyes: I also didn't know that we should bring our own drinks to the Meet N Greet. We caught on, but a little cheat sheet probably would have helped to eliminate our awkward moments.


That's a great point I will keep it in the back of my mind for next year.

Silverado23
11-15-2017, 10:08 AM
There should probably be some sort of identifier that attaches temporarily to your rig when you are a participant of a rally. I have walked around RV parks wondering if this or that Heartland rig is participating in the rally. If you are feeling left out, just seek out the Ford truck owners, they are very, very, friendly. Also, to quote Forest Gump, "Friendly is as friendly does". Ok, maybe it wasn't Forest Gump who said that, but if you are an outgoing/friendly person then you can usually crack the "cliquish" barrier. I know, nobody considers themselves unfriendly (read, don't flame me), but sometimes it takes a few attempts to engage a group of people that know each other.

Although new members may not have them at a rally, I usually look for the Heartland owners club plaque. Unfortunately, Many have them placed on the ladders in the rear making them harder to spot. Mine is placed next to my door and is relatively easy to spot walking along.

jbeletti
11-15-2017, 10:12 AM
Although new members may not have them at a rally, I usually look for the Heartland owners club plaque. Unfortunately, Many have them placed on the ladders in the rear making them harder to spot. Mine is placed next to my door and is relatively easy to spot walking along.

In the first years of the Club, we included plaques with ladder frames ($60 club fee). That's why most plaques will appear on the back ladders (except toyhaulers).

In the last couple of years, in place of plaques, we included large-format decals ($35 club fee). This gave members a bit more flexibility to put them on their coach. We included 2 decals. Some used one on the coach (back, slide end wall etc.) and some put one on the back window of the tow vehicle. Some made yard signs with them.

TGLBWH
11-15-2017, 10:47 AM
I look forward to meeting you in June Peg at the Regional Rally and hope you will stick around for the state rally in August.

as a CL I have had attendees come to me and tell me it seems clickish which is why I always try to greet new arrivals and have meet'n'greets and single the new members out. A lot of times I believe that feeling comes from the fact that a lot of us have known each other for quite a few years. That being said, I have also seen members who come to rallies and barely talk to others or only spend there time with the same group. I don't think there is an answer to the problem other than for our members to go out of there way a little to welcome newbies. Since not everybody is a social animal like some:o it is important to especially welcome newbies.
As for rally attendees it is also important to keep an eye on the Rally info on the forum to keep abreast of any rally plans when you arrive. Hopefully the rally leader will also have a printed agenda and list of attendees for you.

travelin2
02-21-2018, 01:05 PM
I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to start a thread discussing the various aspects of attending rallies!

As chapter leaders we strive to make our rallies enjoyable for those that participate. In that effort, many options are available to us but everyone is different and our efforts can sometimes be in vain. Some of these points have to do with personal likes and dislikes while others have to do with using the funds available as efficiently as possible. The kinds of things I'd like input on include:



6) Would you consider buying tickets to a catered dinner in lieu of the pot luck with club provided chicken strips or hamburgers and hot dogs?

7) Would you mind bringing your own plates cups and silverware to group meals when asked?



Please remember that Region and National rallies operate under different constraints and budgets so what they are able to do and what we can do as a chapter are different.



Thank you for your comments!

We’re at our second park for a month as Winter Texans and I’d like to offer a couple comments on the two questions from the above post...

#6...
At the first park, in addition to a weekly pot luck, we attended several catered meal events that were more than filling, flavorful and relaxing. Each required a signup and a small fee. One was $5, another was $7. Of course because the facility could handle it, entertainment too for an additional fee.
We have signed up for one here at the second park also, $5 meal AND a couple hours of entertainment.

#7...
At our second park here, ALL food events now require you to provide your own tureen, from a bowl for the ice cream social to any catered event. The explanation is twofold, 1) the kitchen crew said to provide all of the paper goods, plastic ware, etc for events was becoming cost prohibitive and driving up costs of their catered events. 2) The Park is in Rockport where Harvey came ashore last year. Household waste disposal here has become critical. The local landfills are full with thousands of tons of debris yet to be collected. Therefore we must bring our own non-disposable tableware for any meal at the clubhouse.
This requirement now affords them the ability to offer a catered spaghetti dinner plus entertainment on Friday for the aforementioned $5!
I bring this up for the obvious reason but additionally think these are novel approaches for future consideration as not all chapters have a large cash carryover from rally to rally


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