Message text written by "Joe Curry"
I don't even have a Triumph club in my area! Here's a couple of
suggestions that might help.
1. Make it a requirement that each VTR associated club host a convention
on a rotating basis. This is how the northwest clubs (Annual All
Triumph Drive-In) and the Southwestern clubs (Triumphest) do it.
2. Make allowances for the things to be combined with existing events so
that the clubs are not overly burdened with having to do two major
events within a few years.
First off, who held a gun to your head and made you move to an area devoid
of Triumph clubs? Second, Phoenix isn't that far off, you can link up with
1) Do you want to see a mass desertion of VTR related clubs? I've been
involved in volunteer organizations for quite a few years and a few things
are consistent in them. One is that everyone wants to spectate and nobody
wants to do. Anybody who shows the least little bit of ambition will
instantly catapult to the top. The other is that it pays poorly. (Zero,
actually) Since there is no monetary incentive to do any work little of it
I'm sure that VTR would love to rotate the convention through each club in
turn if it could, but few clubs possess the rare combination of enough
people with the enthusiasm and the organizational skills to pull it off.
Nor is there any money to hire it done. We could set up a for pay
committee to organize the VTR in a different city each year but the
convention would cost significantly more than it does now and we some
complain about the current price.
As it is, VTR is at the mercy of those clubs who do step forward and host
an event. Considering the amount of work, the potential downside potential
and the meager upside potential, I often wonder why they do. But I am most
appreciative that they do do.
2) I have for quite some time advocated that the VTR be held in conjunction
with Triumphfest, just as you suggested. Perhaps someday they will. But
mixing formats can be problematic. Those who attended the VTR/Summer Party
saw the mixed metaphors, redundancy and appearent confusion (although it
really wasn't confusion, it was just trying to mix two traditions into a
Here's what you can do: talk to the Triumphfest folks and convince them
that a combo Triumphfets/VTR is a good idea.