Messages from the President, March 20, 2020

Now that Spring has officially arrived; we usually start to think about de-winterizing our Bigfoot’s and getting them ready for a new camping season topped off by our Annual Business Meeting and Rally.  However, in this time of great uncertainty, our first priority is the welfare of our members and their families.

This unprecedented situation has no guidebook or manual; we are all in it together, figuring it out and making decisions on a day-by-day basis in our daily lives.  The information we all see and hear in the media seems to change almost hour by hour.  No one has any idea as to how long this virus will disrupt our lives.  Will it peak by June and then reappear in the fall?  Will it stay active through the summer?  Some are predicting that the impacts of this pandemic will continue for the next eighteen months or more.  The only correct answer is that no one knows.

We have asked ourselves what if we have to cancel or postpone the Rally.  How would we handle that?  Our Rally Committee has been hard at work planning the rally, designing this year’s logo and researching the Rally gift.  I want to say thank you to them for all the work they have done in planning this year’s rally.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

They are nearing the point of posting the Rally application on the website and distributing it to the membership.  However, your Board has decided to delay this step for thirty days from March 22, 2020.  This delay will allow us to have a better understanding as to how this pandemic will evolve and still give us the time needed to order the rally T-shirts and gifts.

If after we post the rally application and start signing members up for the rally and then decide that we need to cancel or postpone the rally we will provide a full refund to those who had signed up.  If you signed up and want to receive your rally T-shirt and gift we would reduce your refund by the cost of those items.

Our goal is to keep you informed as time passes and events occur.  We will do this through E-blasts and the website.

There is no doubt that we are in uncharted territory, but of this we are certain: we will get through this, stronger and more resilient than ever.  On behalf of your BOCI Board of Directors, we thank you for your support and hope you stay well, stay safe and take care of one another.

Art Dunn President - BOCI