I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you who made BMWNEF’s 2019 Winter Rally a wonderful and enjoyable event. First to all our attendees. Without your patronage, friendship, support, and talent to entertain, our event would not have been a success. Second to the world’s toughest campers. I was amazed to see so many of you who stuck it out Saturday night. We thank you for your courage and fortitude in overcoming those torrential downpours and guesting winds. I am looking forward to hearing some of your stories from that night in the weeks and months to come. Hint, we do have a newsletter if you would like to share your experience.

To all the vendors for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend our Winter Rally. Each and every one of you provided our attendees and members with some great information regarding your products and services. Personally, I gained a wealth of information speaking with many of you. Some of you had the chance to show case your services through your exciting and educational seminars. Thank you for doing these seminars. Sorry I could not attend all of them, but I did notice the First Lady (Deborah) popping in on some while I was working registrations. A special thanks goes out to Sky-Med and Allstate for their generous donations in sponsoring our evening meals. We hope to see many, if not all, of you again next year.

To the Commanding Officer, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, for allowing us to use your wonderful facilities and providing us with some exceptional support personnel. We are very grateful for the privilege of being able to hold our annual event at Camp Blanding. I did enjoy seeing our updated lodging accommodations and my wife’s reaction to her first experience with Reveille. 

With sincere and profound acknowledgement of all their dedication and hard work, I would like to thank all the wonderful and exceptional volunteers who supported our 2019 Winter Rally. It is these amazing women and men who make our event a success year after year. I cannot express my thanks enough for all that they do. The countless days and hours they pour into getting this event off the ground. Working to get our equipment and supplies from one location to another. Cleaning, organizing, assembling, adapting to last minute changes. Each and every one of them are truly the backbone of our events. They arrive before us, leave after us and spend many of their hours behind the scenes working. Esprit de Corps, Semper Fidelis, Semper Paratus are just some of the words you could use to describe these fine ladies and gentlemen. My hats off to each and every one of you.