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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #125 on: June 23, 2017, 02:41:26 pm »
Jim, I'm staying out of the discussion, and letting it run it's course.
I broke the newbie discussion from the 2017 Rally discussion as it was getting nasty...
I do like the discussion though.

Everyone is missing my Group Ride "intent".
I sed;  (Reply #114} I'm for group rides. {As First Timers, "and" many others would like to do this}

I did not say First Timer only rides.

At the National {and when Rev returned my trailer}, he (and Fred) have said, there "may" be Group Rides next year.
I think that means, there will probably be 'GROUP" rides next year..

I think the First timers should be made aware of those group rides and participate. {to meet others that are there.}
Not, have a ride and let Old Timers come to meet the new guys.

I'm like you. It is up to them to meet folks.
All the club can do is lay the groundwork.

By the way; I have no say so in any of this. Not sure who is on the rally team.
    I'm hoping/waiting to learn more..

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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #126 on: June 23, 2017, 07:19:38 pm »
Ted, you can always VOLUNTEER to assist the rally team. You'd make the perfect First Rally Attendee Coordinator.😆
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #127 on: June 23, 2017, 07:21:13 pm »
I second that. Ted for FTRAC (First Time Rally Attendee Coordinator)  we can call him  "Head of FTRAC!
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #128 on: June 23, 2017, 07:23:09 pm »
I second that. Ted for FTRAC (First Time Rally Attendee Coordinator)  we can call him  "Head of FTRAC!

How would you say that? "Foot Rack"??   :)) :)) :)) :rotflmao:
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #129 on: June 23, 2017, 07:25:43 pm »
Mr. Foot Rack?   :D
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #130 on: June 23, 2017, 09:52:10 pm »
I second that. Ted for FTRAC (First Time Rally Attendee Coordinator)  we can call him  "Head of FTRAC!

He has been called worse  :rotflmao:
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #131 on: July 05, 2017, 07:32:37 pm »
Just a thought while breathing in Canadian mountain air as to the actual ride itself. It would seem that a large impediment to forming rides with people that you don't know whether first timers or not, is whether skills match up. I've also experienced the group growing before departure. How about trying to have a riding break about ten minutes in and then split the group by pace desired.

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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #132 on: July 06, 2017, 05:25:44 pm »
Passionate thread without a doubt!

I think the diversity of ideas here is a key indicator of why this horse has been so difficult to corral.
While we're all "Like-Minded" when it comes to the Bike the Group revolves around, as individuals we couldn't be more different which makes this such a challenge.

 My personal take on this is that most events I've been, the coordinated group rides were planned prior to the event by folks who knew each other or have ridden together in the past.  If I didn't make arrangements prior with them I was either on my own or reached out to folks to see what their plans were. Sometimes I joined, sometimes I didn't if the agenda wasn't what I was interested in.

I agree it should not be the responsibility for others to play the Dating Game to get Newbies hooked up with other riders. There simply isn't time for it at the Rally with everything else going on. It happened to me and I felt like I was being forced upon the other group that had already laid out their plans and knew the style of the riders already in their group and appeared deflated that an unknown entity was being injected into their plans. So I bowed out and did my own thing BUT through my own networking, I hooked up with other riders and it seemed to spider web out from there. New friends, new opportunities to join up on rides.

Hindsight, if there was a venue PRIOR to the Rally to discuss the rides, who was going, what other's riding styles were, I think we could've avoided that uncomfortable moment of being the unknown entity.

Having a thread with signups for rides prior to the Rally would be great. It allows everyone to make plans for the week rather than playing it so much "seat of the pants" as it would if the signup was only at the time of the Rally.

Don't remember who suggested this but I really like the idea of having a 1st timers social. This should be the time for the AD and AADs to meet their respective members.

Aside what I just posted above, this really should be the length of effort the group puts into ensuring the 1st Timers have an opportunity to hook up for rides. The rest needs to be of their own efforts.
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #133 on: July 06, 2017, 07:17:35 pm »
Most of the idea's are pretty good..
  err; Not so much the Foot Rack and my Buddies that developed it.... (I will get even for that)  :sign0151:

   Other than those troublemakers (above) ; Great discussion!!

Ride safe, Ted

PS: I tend to run my mouth and not listen, so (for once) I'm being quiet and letting ya discuss First Timer idea's.  :-X
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Re: Ways to help First Timers {and others} enjoy the National more
« Reply #134 on: July 06, 2017, 08:11:12 pm »
I have an idea.  When someone registers for a rally, give them the option of having paper chits to give out.  First timers should get a different color.  Encourage people to find people they don't know, and once they are introduced they can exchange chits.  Make a rule like, "No chit exchange unless conversation happens for at least xx seconds/minutes/whatever time limit".  Give prizes for most chits turned in on banquet night, and a special prize for the most first timer chits.
  I'm sure this idea can be made better with more thought.
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