2013 Annual Reports

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President’s Year End Report and Open Letter To Members December 2013

Marie and I hope that all have had a wonderful Holiday season. We want to give thanks to all that have participated in and made the NWTFC the wonderful organization that it is. We want to give special thanks to our officers, our webmaster and our wagon masters for helping us to have a successful year. We want to give special recognition to Judy Keeler, who has served as NWTFC’s National Director, and Colleen Wright, who has served as our Treasurer since they took office in 2008. Unfortunately for us, Judy has decided that it is time to take a break from office.

In 2012 the Executive Board, supported by a vote of the entire membership , was able to complete a number of revisions to the Bylaw and the Job Descriptions for the officers. I realized early in 2013 that the changes to the Bylaws resulted in a number of conflicts with the Standing Rules for the club so they needed to be revised as well. The revised Standing Rules can be found on the NWTFC website.

Marie and I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of the club members at the two NWTFC rallies that we attended in 2013. I want to recognize and thank the wagon masters for each of the Rallies. In May Al and Virginia Zimmerman hosted a wonderful rally in Sutherlin, Oregon that included a trip to Wildlife Safari and a wonderful night out at an outstanding restaurant. In August we were off to Port Townsend, Washington to a great rally hosted by Ron Mahugh and Mary Burchett. The campground at the port was enjoyed by all.  Marie and I also attended the FMCA rally in Gillette, Wyoming and the NW Area of FMCA rally in Albany, Oregon where we were able to visit with additional Trekkers.

Rallies are the only times when many of us see each other because of the wide area that our club encompasses. Rallies are a place for fun and fellowship. I want each of our members to think of where they could host a rally. It is critical that we have at least two or three rallies a year to keep our membership interested in belonging to the club. As a wagon master you decide where to host a rally and what type of rally to host. Please contact our Rally Coordinator, Roger Wright, with any ideas you might have even if you do not feel up to being a wagon master by yourself. Others will help.

Step up and support your new officers. I know Al has some great ideas and I expect to see him and Virginia to provide us with great leadership thru the next 2 years. In 2014 the NWTFC, as part of the NW Area of FMCA, will be hosting the FMCA international rally in Redmond. Plan to attend the rally and contact Al to volunteer your time in whatever capacity you feel comfortable with. There are many jobs to be done and every bit helps.

Again, Thank You to all of you for your support during these last two years.

Respectfully submitted, John Turner, President NWTFC 2012 & 2013


Vice President’s 2013 Year-End Report

Nancy Harris and Penny Braden served along with me on this year’s Nominating Committee.

The following slate of potential officers and committee members was provided for elections:

  • President: Al Zimmerman
  • Secretary: Dave and Sue Pierce
  • FMCA Director: Steve Webber-Plank

2013 Nominating committee members: Bob (Sue) Pinney and Dean Bjornson

Elections were held and the vote was unanimous in favor of the slated names.

Many thanks to Penny & Nancy for serving on the 2013 Nominating Committee and for those people who volunteered their time to be officers and committee members to further the success of the NW Trek Fun Club.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Anderson
Vice President (2012-2013)


SECRETARY’S REPORT

As 2013 closes so does my tenure as NWTFC Secretary. I have enjoyed the past two years due to the help and constructive advice of the Board, and the cooperation and participation of our members.

Our membership fell to 57 this year, largely due to members retiring from the RV life. We did gain seven new members in the process however; and hopefully the older members we lose will be replaced by younger ones.

I am confident that our club will continue to be healthy for three reasons: The fact that our members purchased a slightly different sort of RV indicates they have an adventurous outlook toward RVing that encourages them to be outgoing and willing to try new approaches to problems. Our members are willing to participate, make suggestions, and give opinions without antagonizing or offending others. Our members feel a comradeship with other Trek owners, promoting cohesion rather than dissention. You will note that all three reasons begin with our members.

It is a great comfort to see the high caliber of the new Board members, who are already listening to suggestions from the membership and preparing to bring new approaches and innovations. It looks to be a great new year.

Ken Schindler, Secretary


TREASURER’S REPORT

2013 INCOME STATEMENT


Rally Coordinator’s 2013 Year-End Report

NWTFC RALLY QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS

There were 30 responses to this questionnaire from our 61 members. Not everyone marked all available choices. In summary, the members like getting to know one another, potluck dinners, organized events/tours, Trek workshops/seminars, small towns & local area history, and hiking & biking. It appears members don’t need/want laundry facilities, on-site stores, showers/flush toilets, cable TV, golf nearby or swimming pools.

Campground Venue (Mark all options acceptable to you)

  • 30 Boondocking /dry camping
  • 22 Camping resort
  • 20 Casino
  • 30 Private Campground
  • 29 State Park
  • 21 County/City Park
  • 30 USFS campground
  • 10 Other NPS, TT, PP, BLM

Rally cost (Mark choices 1, 2, 3)

Cost is not a concern: 7 marked as 1st choice; 2 marked as 2nd choice; 7 marked as 3rd choice

Keep it reasonable: 30 marked as 1st choice; 1 marked as 2nd choice; 0 marked as 3rd choice

Less expensive options: 5 marked as 1st choice; 7 marked as 2nd choice; 3 marked as 3rd choice

Campground Amenities (Mark as 1 – Very important, 2 – Nice to have, 3 – Take it or leave it)

Meeting room: 11 marked very important; 10 marked nice; 6 marked take it or leave it

Covered outside meeting area: 3 marked very important; 23 marked nice; 2 marked take it or leave it

Full hook-ups: 3 marked very important; 15 marked nice; 8 marked take it or leave it

Water & electricity only: 9 marked very important; 15 marked nice; 3 marked take it or leave it

Boondocking – dry camping: 1 marked very important; 8 marked nice; 17 marked take it or leave it

Laundry: 1 marked very important; 4 marked nice; 25 marked take it or leave it

Cable TV: 1 marked very important; 9 marked nice; 17 marked take it or leave it

Golf nearby: 1 marked very important; 4 marked nice; 22 marked take it or leave it

Showers: 1 marked very important; 9 marked nice; 16 marked take it or leave it

Campground Amenities (Mark as 1 – Very important, 2 – Nice to have, 3 – Take it or leave it)

Onsite Store: 1 marked very important; 3 marked nice; 20 marked take it or leave it

Restroom (flush toilets): 1 marked very important; 9 marked nice; 15 marked take it or leave it

Swimming pool: 1 marked very important; 3 marked nice; 22 marked take it or leave it

Campfire area: 4 marked very important; 13 marked nice; 8 marked take it or leave it

Dump station: 10 marked very important; 13 marked nice; 4 marked take it or leave it

Pull-through sites: 0 marked very important; 12 marked nice; 14 marked take it or leave it

Rally Activities (Mark as 1 – Like activity, 2 – OK activity, 3 – No interest, don’t like it)

Organized/scheduled events/tours: 16 marked as like; 10 marked OK; 3 marked no interest

Lots of free time: 7 marked as like; 18 marked OK; 2 marked no interest

Shopping: 2 marked as like; 12 marked OK; 13 marked no interest

Art galleries, fancy shops: 0 marked as like; 10 marked OK; 15 marked no interest

Craft / hobby time: 2 marked as like; 10 marked OK; 14 marked no interest

Workshops – seminars: 11 marked as like; 13 marked OK; 3 marked no interest

Speaker on local area history: 11 marked as like; 15 marked OK; 1 marked no interest

Small town to explore: 10 marked as like; 17 marked OK; 1 marked no interest

Nearby attractions, museums, etc.: 14 marked as like; 7 marked OK; 4 marked no interest

Rally Activities­ (Mark as 1 – Like activity, 2 – OK activity, 3 – No interest, don’t like it)

Active opportunities: hiking, bike trails, etc.: 11 marked as like; 12 marked OK; 3 marked no interest

Trek Tech workshops: 14 marked as like; 9 marked OK; 4 marked no interest

Getting to know members: 22 marked as like; 5 marked OK; 1 marked no interest

Group sharing and discussions: 19 marked as like; 12 marked OK; 2 marked no interest

Meeting in tourist areas: 3 marked as like; 17 marked OK; 3 marked no interest

Potluck dinners: 18 marked as like; 10 marked OK; 0 marked no interest

Catered / prepared meals: 5 marked as like; 15 marked OK; 7 marked no interest

Traditional breakfasts prepared: 5 marked as like; 15 marked OK; 6 marked no interest

Continental breakfast: 8 marked as like; 15 marked OK; 3 marked no interest

Submitted by:

Rodger Wright
Rally Coordinator