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    Rob L
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    Golfcarts

    I am really reluctant to bring this up, but I do think that this issue should be addressed in the future. I have attended all rallys beginning in 99 at Rhinebeck. I have never found the number of golfcarts to be a problem until this year. I counted 24 at the closing ceremony and it seemed that every time I walked through the pedestrian areas I would need to move over along with everyone else to allow the carts to pass, sometimes 2 or 3 at a time. I can understand if they are being used to transport equipment or handicapped people, but most of the time they seemed to be used for joy riding around the grounds by a select group of people. I wonder if there use should not be limited within the pedestrian areas?
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    Poor man's k-bike owner kreinke's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlitavecz View Post
    I am really reluctant to bring this up, but I do think that this issue should be addressed in the future. I have attended all rallys beginning in 99 at Rhinebeck. I have never found the number of golfcarts to be a problem until this year. I counted 24 at the closing ceremony and it seemed that every time I walked through the pedestrian areas I would need to move over along with everyone else to allow the carts to pass, sometimes 2 or 3 at a time. I can understand if they are being used to transport equipment or handicapped people, but most of the time they seemed to be used for joy riding around the grounds by a select group of people. I wonder if there use should not be limited within the pedestrian areas?
    You're just lucky I wasn't there with my Yamaha golf cart from our campground. I've got the speed governor disabled. Blurs the line between golf cart and go-cart.

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    Rob, I hope the following will give you an idea why we use the golf carts...

    This year there were 40 golf carts on site. Some were 4 seated, several were 6 seated, some had flat beds on the back, but most were 2 seated.

    The Gofers had 5 carts. They worked from 7:00am - 7:00pm Monday through Saturday delivering everything you can think of to the rally Committee Co-Chairs...tables, chairs, supplies, water, electrical items, registration supplies, seminar stuff, signs and banners, decorations, etc. They operated out of the back of the pavillion which was in the middle of the pedestrian walking area.

    Security and Gate committees had a number of carts that were used to shuttle volunteers to and from gate duty. Security constantly patroled the grounds including the pedestrian area.

    The 2 rally chairs and their 2 assistants each had carts and continually patroled the entire grounds attending to all sorts of details that helped make the rally run smoothly. We were on call from about 5:30am until midnight daily beginning Monday. Always checking things like garbage collection, restroom and shower conditions, and answering countless questions from our Committee chairs.

    The media team used carts for VIP tours, press tours, and rally reporting. BMW MOA Headquarters staff used carts to shuttle supplies to and from the Country Store area and for VIP tours.

    Being able to drive a cart to the Closing Ceremonies is a perk one gets for volunteering their entire rally week to chair or help with specific committees. Also, many of our elderly members were given rides to various rally events and activities including the Closing Ceremonies. I hope this sheds some light on our continued us of golf carts at the rally.

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    HODAG
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    The gofers were great.
    I used them a few times, they were friendly, fast and extremely nice people.

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    Single Malt Imbiber Sanders's Avatar
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    This was our first...

    rally of any kind, and I commented to the D.A. as we strolled around all day Saturday that there was no smelly overflowing garbage ANYWHERE...
    Great Job! Kudos to all who worked and volunteered

    Jeff and Sandy Sanders

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    hpschaaf
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    As an Entertainment chairman I used a golf cart as well. The cart was used to bring the Entertainers as well as all their equipment on the grounds. This way we limited the Car/Van traffic on the grounds to a bare minimum.
    The response from the Entertainers from all days of the rally was that they were pleasantly surprised how well organized the rally was and that transport for them and their equipment was handled without interfering with the bikes, or pedestrians.
    I work Germanfest in Milwaukee for now 16 years and I know it can be annoying for visitors walking around a golf cart. But for a smooth running festival/rally they are almost absolutly necessary since many last minute things can happen and a grounds like this years rally is hard to handle on foot if it needs minutes to take care of things.
    As visitor you do not see all the hard work all volunteers and chair person have put it to make this rally the rally it was.

    I am sorry for any inconvenience any golf cart has caused, but we had a fantastic rally also thanks to all the golf carts especially the goofers who did an outstanding job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanders View Post
    rally of any kind, and I commented to the D.A. as we strolled around all day Saturday that there was no smelly overflowing garbage ANYWHERE...
    Thanks for noticing that. The exceptional job of removing garbage before anything overflowed was thanks to the Madison BMW Club, and the fairgrounds staff.

    Sue Rihn #43753
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