Richard November 2016 President's Corner

We have just returned home after attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Special Event Rally which is hosted by my home Region 11. We have attended all 10 of these events and have been on the working crew for most of them as well. What makes this event so special is that of the 150 RVs attending, on average over 100 of them have never been to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta before. Watching the rst timers as they view hundreds of balloons oating over their head is very special. There is something magical about this place that keeps us coming back year after year. This is an event that should be on everyone’s “bucket list”, so keep the first full week in October open and join the fun!

Escanaba still has plenty of sites for people who wish to attend without electric service. Two areas have been created for solar and generator users with water delivered and RV pump outs on a four-day schedule. Another option would be to camp at an offsite campground near the facility and travel to the fairgrounds for the events. If you elect to do this, you will need to make your own arrangements with the local campground and then signup for the rally as staying offsite. The cost for offsite members is only $95 per person and it includes admission to every event during the rally. Please check with the staff in Jackson Center for more information.

The next issue of the Blue Beret will be in February and a lot of things are going to happen between now and then. Jan and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving (belated for our Canadian members), Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season Greetings and Happy New Year. Also, if you happen to be in the Southwest this January, the Winter IBT will be held in Casa Grande, AZ and hosted by Region 11. Please attend if you can!

Travel safe,