I posted what I thought was a brief, but concise explanation of why we currently select dates in July for our rally. The "BOARD" does not make this decision - - - the decision is made by the general membership through the Membership Survey which is conducted every 4 or 5 years.
The last unbiased survey we conducted in 2009 of the membership
indicated that overall, most members still prefer the rally in July,
and on a weekend.
The 2009 survey I am talking about had several facets: One facet
included telephone calls to members who were asked if they had 20
minutes for this survey. Another facet happened at the rally in
Johnson City (July 2009), where we conducted three Focus Group sessions
comprised of randomly selected rally-goers, with some of the questions
specifically centered on the National Rally. These telephones calls &
focus groups were managed by a research company who is not affiliated
with the BMW MOA. It was our goal to gather unbiased information where
people could speak freely.
The results indicated that our members still prefer July weekends. You
might be interested to know that the board recently decided that rally
sites would be considered "earlier in the summer" if the dates were the
only variable stopping us from considering a site.
As an alternative, we have started hosting Regional Events in the
spring and fall, in attempt to accommodate those members who would
prefer different months for their yearly gatherings. Maybe one of
these would work better for you? This year we have a gathering in
Cedar City, Utah in late September, and one in Tomah, Wisconsin on the
last weekend of September.
Other considerations that we must take into account would be that we do
not want to conflict with our Chartered Club rallies, and that our
volunteer workforce may not be available during alternative dates.
Thank you again. I hope this helps to explain how and why we remain in July.
Just because the answer is not what you want it to be, does not mean that the board isn't listening.