OK. So there wasn't a form to fill out! Feedback can be provided in lots of other ways.
Just by posting here is a perfect example. You can bet that every board member is reading these posts and will act on any good suggestion brought out.
Often the posts are of the same complaining nature on the same subjects that have been beaten to death for years. That stuff may or may not be responded to, but on the whole, everything printed here gets noticed .
Another way to provide feedback is through your local Ambassador. They're all listed in the Anon. book. Fielding complaints and suggestions goes with the territory of being an Ambassador. I know. I am one!
As far as the food goes, I tried out most of the food vendors and can say that it wasn't all that bad. When we have an event like this we don't always have a say about who will be feeding us on site. On the other hand, the gates were never locked down and there were a good variety of restaurants in town that were worthy. Can't say much about that hamburger with peanut butter on top, but that was only one place. No. I chickened out and didn't try it.
The trams worked fine for me but they did tend to bunch up at times. This was noted and most likely be addressed for next year.
We're always trying to improve the National Rally experience and make changes from year to year based on what we all write about and hear from the membership. So don't stop suggesting and volunteering. Your thoughts do NOT fall on deaf ears.
Yes, it was hot, marginal food is available worldwide, and the shuttles didn't run like the trains in the Fatherland. Did you meet new and old friends, did you learn anything new about BMW's or the club, did you test ride a new model, did you get to ride in a new part of the country, do you have any stories to tell your friends that didn't attend? I thought it was a great rally, the facility was one of the best, the locals were friendly, and the MOA put on a fantastic 40th celebration (even though I didn't win swat!) Look on the bright side, you survived........
Just one small nit ...
I agree WRT the restaurants. I particularly appreciated a decent bowl of oatmeal at Perkins but it became too long a walk once the north gates were locked.
K1200RS, R100R/Velorex 700
Beautiful Sunny Winfield, IL
My wife and I thought the rally this year was great. Not the best roads to ride around the area but the venue was good. Can't wait until next year in Oregon. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work!
The Committee Chairs were advised that only 2 gates would be open until the rally started.
In Gillette we advised folks that arrived early that they were welcome, but prior the rallygrounds being ready to go......things can change. Tents may have to be moved if set-up in areas that are designated for some activity, but not yet marked. We had folks set up in areas that we knew they were going to be sprinkling, and advised early arrivals this would be happening....unfortunately, one early arrival broke the grounds' sprinkler because they didn't like the "shower"....BMW MOA paid for that.
Things can change when the rally opens to the public...Early arrivals are welcome, and may be "put to work"....
Ride Hard, go far, and keep smilin...
Karol Patzer, Ambassador, 2014 BMW MOA Rally Chair
Visit St. Paul July 24-27, 2014