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Old 08-14-2012, 12:04 AM   #271
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Bob and Cindy Byrne at FROG RALLY Goshen, IN. 2012
Well.....that did not work.....more in the morning.
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Monday marked the official start of the FROG International Rally! I was up, dressed, and snapping on the leash to walk the dog. Looking out the windshield, I just KNEW that wasn’t really a unit cruising the camping area looking for a parking space. Rubbing my eyes just confirmed both that I was really awake and that we really had our first arrival of the day. Managed to get over and welcome the newest folks and escort them to a site, and it was “game on.”

During the morning the amazing parking volunteers kept traffic moving with friendly greetings, efficient parking, and an overall welcoming environment. The registration team continued the welcome when attendees got settled in.
SkyMed sponsored coffee and donuts, and their rep told me that he didn’t know why he’d bought so many donuts. Well, it turns out that FROGs can eat LOTS of donuts. He didn’t have to worry about leftovers.

An array of seminars filled much of the morning and early afternoon, with many of them filled nearly to overflowing. Vendors reported lots of traffic and good sales of a wide array of products. The display of beautiful new Forest River products drew a tremendous amount of interest.

Then came the rain. FROGs are amphibians, and didn’t let a little rain slow them down. Seminars continued to generate interest, and business remained good for vendors.

One of the most appreciated offerings on Monday, though was the technical service. Attendees were invited to request service on a variety of issues. Leo Akins, head of Forest River’s Pre-Delivery Inspection division, coordinated the efforts along with Pat Stratton, who manages the Goshen Service Center. A small army of techs, both from the factories and from component manufacturers, fanned out across the fairground to address service issues. Attendees were thrilled with minor adjustments and more significant repairs, accomplished on site at no charge. In some cases, owners were referred to the service center, and returned later in the day with the service adjustments done. I eventually lost count of the members who told me, one even in tears, how happy they were and how much the appreciated the work of the entire Forest River tech team.

And then, it was time for a party.

Forest River President Pete Liegl had said that he wanted to sponsor a dinner that would be a “WOW” event, and “WOW” didn’t seem to cover it. Over 500 FROGs and Forest River staff entered a dining room set with tablecloths, china, stemware, salads, and rolls. Before starting dinner, though, it was time for a stroll over to the cheese mountain with crackers, and to the specialty coffee center. After about a half hour of light snacking it was time to get serious – grilled steaks, wild rice, green beans almondine, and an amazing lemon chiffon dessert.

Introduced by a brief corporate video, Pete then took the stage for a short time. He said I’d told him he could say “a few words,” and that he looked up what “few” means. Looking for guidance on what to say, he turned to his wife for advice, and was told that he should croak. Returning to the dictionary, he checked out the meaning of “croak,” and decided that he hoped his wife of 45 years wanted him to make a frog noise, which he did to the delight of the crowd.

Then turning serious, Pete briefly described how Forest River exists to serve the company by providing great products and helping owners to enjoy them. He emphasized that, while problems can occur, it’s the company’s policy and intent to make sure that every customer is a satisfied customer who can enjoy his or her RV, boat, or other Forest River product fully.

Rounding out the evening, FROGs enjoyed a magic and comedy performance by B. J. Mallen, bringing a delightful evening to an enjoyable close.

And then, after scurrying back to their units, the FROGs settled in to the sound of rain on the roof.

More to come……
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:11 AM   #273
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Marsha and I are having a great time The seminars were good I learned a few things, spent some money at the vendor booths and saw a fifth wheel I would like to have. Monday's night dinner was great & met some very nice FROGS.
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BTW, Oakman and Petunia (Bob and Joyce) are in site 308 at the back of the fairgrounds by the creek and the train tracks.

After returning from Elkhart with our end table, we looked at the new RVs on display here at the rally. Those Trilogy’s are absolutely beautiful. After drooling over the new models, Joyce and I visited the vendors and bought a few items.

The dinner, which was on CEO Peter Liegl’s dime, really had that “WOW” factor. The specialty coffee bar and the available gourmet cheeses were a class act and the lines for them were long.

The menu.



The steak dinner was delicious and the ribeye steaks were large.



As Bob Byrne mentioned in his post, Peter Liegl was gracious enough to address the FROGs. Here’s a photo of him right before he “croaked.”



The magician, B. J. Mallen was good with magic and a hilarious comedian. Here’s a photo of him doing a very “dangerous” trick with his assistant from our audience. He made sure his assistant wore protective gear.



After the show was over many of the FROGs signed up for the factory tours today. We signed up to tour the Cedar Creek facility.

It was a great day despite a little bit of rain.
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The DW and I would like to thank Bob and Cindy for having us at the dinner last night. What an awesome meal and show. It was also great to meet others from the forum- have a great time this week!!
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:35 AM   #276
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Yes Virginia.....There is a BOB BYRNE.....and a CINDY BYRNE.....and the President of Forest River PETE LIEGL.
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Attending my second FROG Rally (First was Branson for a day or two). Anyone having questions about their entertainment systems can either meet me in the Vendor area (and check out the Bluetooth enabled systems we have) or I am also happy to visit your unit for any questions you may have.
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Our new travel companion, Forest Jump, decided to check out the quality control of a RV under construction when he toured the Cedar Creek factory today with the other FROGs. He told me he was very impressed.

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Monday marked the official start of the FROG International Rally! I was up, dressed, and snapping on the leash to walk the dog. Looking out the windshield, I just KNEW that wasn’t really a unit cruising the camping area looking for a parking space. Rubbing my eyes just confirmed both that I was really awake and that we really had our first arrival of the day. Managed to get over and welcome the newest folks and escort them to a site, and it was “game on.”

During the morning the amazing parking volunteers kept traffic moving with friendly greetings, efficient parking, and an overall welcoming environment. The registration team continued the welcome when attendees got settled in.
SkyMed sponsored coffee and donuts, and their rep told me that he didn’t know why he’d bought so many donuts. Well, it turns out that FROGs can eat LOTS of donuts. He didn’t have to worry about leftovers.

An array of seminars filled much of the morning and early afternoon, with many of them filled nearly to overflowing. Vendors reported lots of traffic and good sales of a wide array of products. The display of beautiful new Forest River products drew a tremendous amount of interest.

Then came the rain. FROGs are amphibians, and didn’t let a little rain slow them down. Seminars continued to generate interest, and business remained good for vendors.

One of the most appreciated offerings on Monday, though was the technical service. Attendees were invited to request service on a variety of issues. Leo Akins, head of Forest River’s Pre-Delivery Inspection division, coordinated the efforts along with Pat Stratton, who manages the Goshen Service Center. A small army of techs, both from the factories and from component manufacturers, fanned out across the fairground to address service issues. Attendees were thrilled with minor adjustments and more significant repairs, accomplished on site at no charge. In some cases, owners were referred to the service center, and returned later in the day with the service adjustments done. I eventually lost count of the members who told me, one even in tears, how happy they were and how much the appreciated the work of the entire Forest River tech team.

And then, it was time for a party.

Forest River President Pete Liegl had said that he wanted to sponsor a dinner that would be a “WOW” event, and “WOW” didn’t seem to cover it. Over 500 FROGs and Forest River staff entered a dining room set with tablecloths, china, stemware, salads, and rolls. Before starting dinner, though, it was time for a stroll over to the cheese mountain with crackers, and to the specialty coffee center. After about a half hour of light snacking it was time to get serious – grilled steaks, wild rice, green beans almondine, and an amazing lemon chiffon dessert.

Introduced by a brief corporate video, Pete then took the stage for a short time. He said I’d told him he could say “a few words,” and that he looked up what “few” means. Looking for guidance on what to say, he turned to his wife for advice, and was told that he should croak. Returning to the dictionary, he checked out the meaning of “croak,” and decided that he hoped his wife of 45 years wanted him to make a frog noise, which he did to the delight of the crowd.

Then turning serious, Pete briefly described how Forest River exists to serve the company by providing great products and helping owners to enjoy them. He emphasized that, while problems can occur, it’s the company’s policy and intent to make sure that every customer is a satisfied customer who can enjoy his or her RV, boat, or other Forest River product fully.

Rounding out the evening, FROGs enjoyed a magic and comedy performance by B. J. Mallen, bringing a delightful evening to an enjoyable close.

And then, after scurrying back to their units, the FROGs settled in to the sound of rain on the roof.

More to come……
Great write up Bob! Now I want to attend one of these rallies even more than before!! Just got to get the scheduling and location to work out for me and I'll be there.

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Our new travel companion, Forest Jump, decided to check out the quality control of a RV under construction when he toured the Cedar Creek factory today with the other FROGs. He told me he was very impressed.

Maybe he can Hook-up with (Linda Leep). Youroo!!
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