Opening of 2015 to American Coach Brands
- Created: Monday, 26 January 2015 15:37
- Last Updated: Monday, 26 January 2015 15:41
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Fellow Ramblin' Pushers and "Sister Ships" to include American Coach Brands,
As many of you know we have raised the standard of the yearly Maintenance Session (MS) where it's known as a premier event and actually a one of a kind event throughout the Diesel Motor Coach community. The Ramblin' Pushers Board of Directors has again evaluated current business conditions and costs to keep these standards during our just completed 2015 Mid Year Board meeting. We've concluded that further specific actions beyond that which we had taken last year in including Monaco Brands ("Sister Ships") to the MS must be taken to ensure our future success.
As a direct result of our parent club's further loss of members we too have now had our (Ramblin' Pushers) membership drop below 600 members from last year's 700 members. Our MS registration numbers for the 2015 MS are projected to drop to 230 registrations. The board continues to be very concerned about these declines in member numbers and attendees at the annual MS.
As our numbers decrease, cost will escalate and our ability will diminish to provide a quality MS (i.e. fewer Vendors, less Corporate support, less Dealer support, fewer Seminars, etc.)
To guide us through these difficult times the board has established the following Vision Statement:
We see our chapter/club as the premier resource for the safe operation, maintenance, and enjoyment of diesel motor coaches. We will accomplish this through maintenance sessions, newsletters, electronic forums, websites, social media, and other new technology as it becomes available.
One goal that we must achieve to fulfill this vision is to deliver the highest quality Maintenance Session possible. With fewer than 300 coaches attending, we find it increasingly difficult to attract top-notch seminar presenters, vendors, dealers, and service providers. To increase attendance we have opened participation to coaches from other brands within the Monaco and ARG family. To complete this goal and assure the survivability of the chapter, membership restrictions imposed by HRRVC must end no later than the General Membership Meeting at the 2016 Maintenance Session.
Based on the above, the Ramblin' Pushers Board of Directors has decided to initiate further action to address this new Vision and Goals and the continued decline in membership and attendees to the MS. Specifically we have decided to open up the 2015 MS to additional "Sister Ship" brands i.e. American Coaches, which is part of the parent company for Holiday Rambler and Monaco brands i.e. Allied Recreational Group (ARG). This invitation to the MS will be extended as we have for the Monaco brands at the non-member rate as defined on the registration form. Additionally, registrations will be handled as we already do for our members as it relates to parking, and they will be parked based on the registration date.
As many of you know, Holiday Rambler has "Sister Ship" diesel motor coaches in ARG. They can benefit from the information we've all learned to be so valuable in the operation and maintenance of our diesel motor coaches during our MS. This will allow this other ARG Brand to be seamlessly integrated into MS activities.
I encourage our members, to extend an invitation to all friends and acquaintances that may have one of these Sister Ship ARG brands listed above for the 2015 MS. Please ask them to submit their registration on the same form we've been using and to clearly identify what type of ARG brand they own. Remember this invitation is only being extended to ARG Brand "Sister Ship" diesel motor coach owners i.e. American Coach, Beaver, Monaco and Safari owners.
Sister Ship coaches please use the 2015 MS Registration Form on our Website for these Registrations and be sure to include your model name of coach and register as a Non Member.
Ramblin' Pushers Board of Directors