Ramapo Rally Wrap-Up
It was truly an amazing day! I do not think the weather could have been any better. For me, the Rally was the culmination of 8 months of work. I could not have asked for a better ending.Eight months ago, I hardly knew what I would be in for.
It really started to hit home Saturday at around 4 pm that the 40th Ramapo Rally was here. I was sitting outside the Campgaw Lodge looking out onto the Marketplace setup.
For the last 2 days,many people turned that site into a fully functioning stage for the Ramapo Rally. The sun was getting low in the sky, and everything looked really great. The balloons that Chuck Solomon and Cynthia MacVicker put up added a festive feel to the site. Five o’clock Sunday morning, even before the sun came out, Campgaw was alive with all sorts of activities. Everyone was hard at work getting ready for the riders who would be arriving in a few hours. The entire day, the Ramapo Rally was going strong. Surprisingly, my big job for that day was taking out the garbage. Ha! Ha! Sunday evening, when I finally sat down and relaxed, I looked out over the Rally site. All I could think of was Wow! We really had a great Ramapo Rally!
The credit really goes to all the volunteers. Over these past months, I have worked with so many great people. Some of whom I’m sure I drove crazy. Thanks to Bill Telgheder and Alain Chahine for being there. Without their knowledge, I would have been totally lost. To Barbara Augenblick and Ethan Brook, whose Rally insights were invaluable. For Leslie Felsen’s road arrow painting—I must have really driven her crazy! To Jack Carren, for organizing the great lunch venue. For David
Pawlyk’s and Brian Hanson-Harding’s invaluable help with planning the routes. Not to mention all the last-minute pop-up route changes we had to deal with. Then there is Karen Rose, who took care of all the publicity and communications. These are just a few of the volunteers whom I have worked closely with over these last 8 months. ALL of the volunteers contributed a lot of time and energy to making this year’s Ramapo Rally a great success. So let me just say Thanks – to All the Volunteers!
Ellen Rader Smith
Laura B. Lefelar