Mar 052012

If you heard a lot of noise coming out of Yuma, Arizona last night, it wasn’t the sound of jet fighters roaring out of the Marine Air Station, it was the sound of our hard working volunteers snoring. As hard as they all worked, I know they were really sawing logs!

The parking crew was out in the front parking lot by 8 a.m., ready to greet RVs as they arrived and get them staged. I can’t say enough good about all of our hard working volunteers. They come here to have fun, and then work long hours help make the rally a success for everybody. Here is Dave Cross welcoming a new arrival and checking them off the list.


Tom Whittaker (left) was another of the many parking crew members, along with Tom Westerfield (right). The parking crew is the first impression rally attendees get of the event when they arrive, and they help set the tone for the entire rally. When folks arrive and a tired, sunburned parking crew member greets them with a smile, they usually can’t help smiling too.


By 10:30 or 11, we had a bunch of rigs lined up, patiently waiting to get moved onto the fairgrounds proper.


A lot of time was spent telling lies as people hooked up with old friends and got to know new ones.


The last of the Good Sam rally members were gone by noon, and the fairgrounds staff needed some time to check the grounds out, but by 12:30 they gave us the go ahead to start parking people. As I said the other day, it may look like organized chaos, but we really do know what we are doing. The parking crew did an excellent job, and with them getting everybody lined up by category (handicapped, vendors, general parking, etc.) and Greg White and myself leading RVs in, at 4:18 p.m. I parked the last two rigs. I don’t have an exact count yet, but we had well over 100 RVs parked and hooked up by the end of the day. Thanks to Mike Loscher, Bob and Sandi Swanson, Bob Parker, Dan Chance, Wil Olsen, Don Del Rosario, Dick Reed, and everybody else who worked long hours in the hot sun to get everyone parked.

Meanwhile, Miss Terry, Barbara Westerfield, Elaine Loscher, Phyllis Schell, Pat Whittaker, Sharon Del Rosario, Lynn Cross, Jan White, Cyncy Olsen, Donna Huffer, and I’m sure I missed a few others, were inside the main building getting people registered and checked in. There is an awful lot involved in putting on an RV rally, and we couldn’t do it without all of our volunteers. I know I didn’t name everybody who helped out, but only because it is late and my mind has turned to Jello. Please know that we do appreciate each and every one of you more than we can ever say.

And today we get to do it all over again! Won’t that be fun?

Thought For The Day – Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.

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  2 Responses to “Early Bird Parking Day”

  1. So happy to be here again and as you said the friendliness and caring of all the volunteers really made me feel privileged to be here looking forward to the rest of the week. Thanks to you and Terry and all of the volunteers!!!!!!

  2. Oh that looks like so much fun, I just wan’t wait to become part of it. We listed the house this morning – cross your fingers for us and hope it sells fast!

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