Another International Rally is in the books and it was a great, successful rally. There were a total of 470 units in attendance at the New York State Fairgrounds and parking went smoothly. A big thank you to our parking and registration team!! It did get a little wet during rally week; but we did give out umbrellas as the rally gift so that was fitting.
The attendees enjoyed fantastic entertainment from our kick-off Saturday night with the Irish Band, Scythian, as well as Rhonda Vincent and the Rage midweek. They both had our members tapping their toes, clapping with the music and even dancing in the aisles! Can’t forget our story teller Bil Lepp and comedian/singer, Jimmy Travis, (brought in by Spartan for your enjoyment) they both had us continually laughing at their stories. Other evenings we had card bingo and regional social get-togethers that were all widely attended.
The days were full with five days of informative seminars from our vendors, Newmar Suppliers, Newmar Executives and Service Department, the Fulltimer’s Chapter and several of our Klub members. Freightliner offered their two-day Camp Freightliner classes. There was a lot of activity at the Vendor and Supplier Booths. Many of you visited the Klub Store to check out and purchase our quality Newmar Kountry Klub merchandise. We also held our annual golf tournament, a Ladies Tea Social, offered several craft and exercise classes and optional tours to area attractions.
Once again, many thanks and much appreciation to the Newmar Corporation for the continued support given to the Klub and the International Rally. The Newmar Executive team was in attendance and readily available to talk to our members. The service and parts departments were well represented. We had over 50 service techs as well as service writers to work through over 350 service orders. The Parts Department had a store set up offering a wide array of parts.
RV One Superstores Albany RV brought 2020 units for us to check out and boy were they beautiful! Speaking of 2020 units…Newmar showcased the all new Class C Super Star and Supreme Aire for the first time to the public during our event.
THANK YOU to our Region Directors, their team leaders and the army of volunteers that made this all happen – as well as YOU the members for attending. Thanks to our Fulltimers chapter for all the popcorn and lemonade they served. Thanks to Penn’s Friends, a newly formed chapter in Region Seven, for their strong support of our Caring and Sharing program. Our Newmar members donated over $6,000 and many items to the local children’s hospital.
Special thanks to Bob & Bonnie Krieger, International Directors, for all their hard work in setting up this event. This was their fifth International Rally. After each one we all said – What a fantastic rally; how will that top that one? And each year they took on that challenge. They will be stepping down at the end of this year. Best wishes and safe travels for them and hope to see them at many rallies in the coming years.