Messages from the President, June 21, 2020

What a difference a couple of months makes --- The thing I keep telling myself is that pandemics have been happening since the beginning of mankind – this is just the first time I have ever lived through one. And the main thing IS to live through it.

While I've been alive for many amazing chapters in our country's history, the last event that affected the entire globe was World War II. Today we are faced with similar impacts, so many lives have been lost and even more jobs and businesses will have gone away as a result of this pandemic.

While the substantial majority of the responses from our April membership survey about going ahead with or canceling the Annual Rally and Business Meeting were in favor of canceling, some were not. However, the Board decided to cancel the 2020 event and roll it over into 2021. At that time some of our members had planned to hold three mini-rallies. The April mini-rally in Napa was cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions. While the number of attendees has changed and the planned activities have also changed, the mini-rallies scheduled for July in McMinville, Oregon and Cripple Creek, Colorado are still on. The mini-rally organizers are maintaining a constant dialog with the campgrounds and folks are using the forum to stay up to date with conditions. If you are planning to attend one of these mini-rallies, check with the organizer and the forum. Please take all precautions to avoid exposure prior to and during the event. If you feel ill or have been exposed to the virus, please stay home.

As the states and provinces across North America start to reopen with different time tables, rules and restrictions many BOCI members are trying to figure out what the summer and fall camping seasons will hold for them. Every member will be faced with a different situation, dependent upon their health and the local rules and requirements. There are no assurances that this virus will not resurge in the fall nor that a vaccine will be developed to combat it. We can only deal with the information available and decide what is best for each of us.

Having said that, conditions permitting, I plan to use my Bigfoot and explore parts of the northeast that I have not been to in years. I hope that you can do the same in your home area. In the meantime, I hope you and your families stay healthy and safe!

Art Dunn – President BOCI