To make the Gun Blogger Rendezvous be a success, there are a number of tasks that must be completed. the hotel must be contacted, contract negotiated, publicity sent out, bloggers contacted, basic schedule of events determined, sponsors contacted, and a whole lot more.
To individually contact each one of the sponsors takes several days, and sometimes several emails and/or phone calls. new sponsors need to be filled in on all the details about the rendezvous, and how their donations contribute to the fund-raising for soldiers Angels and Project Valour-IT.
so far, I have contacted everyone of the sponsors listed below, and they are all going to sponsor the Gun Blogger Rendezvous again this year. there is a second list of the sponsors from last year whom I have contacted, but have not yet received confirmation. Most, if not all, of those sponsors will also be sponsoring again this year.
We have several new sponsors this year, including Burris optics, Allchin Gun Parts, and Tactical Solutions. another new sponsor this year is GunAuction.com. they will be bringing their bowling ball mortar, black powder, and a bunch of bowling balls. Sunday morning at the rendezvous we will be launching bowling balls out into the desert with great enthusiasm, not to mention a lot of smoke and noise! Although nothing is definite so far, we are looking into the possibility of Joe Huffman bringing a number of his Boomershoot targets, so we can experience a mini-Boomershoot at the range in Reno. Obviously, we need to clear that with the Western Nevada pistol league club. GunAuction.com will also be bringing a film crew and they will be doing a video about the Rendezvous. I guess I better bring plenty of clean shirts!
Gun Blogger Rendezvous 2013 (GBR-VIII)
Allchin Gun Parts
Front Sight Academy
Hi-Point / MKS Supply
Second Amendment foundation
Gun Auction . Com
Most of the schedule for this year's Rendezvous will follow fairly closely to last year's schedule. There will be some small changes and some new things added, but for the most part the majority of the event will remain the same. Friday will be fixed targets out to 977 yards on the public range. Saturday will be steel shooting on the adjoining range run by the Western Nevada pistol league. Sunday morning will again be at the Western Nevada pistol league range, but this time with the bowling ball mortar and may be Joe Huffman's chemistry set. Breakfast Friday and Saturday morning will be provided by sponsors, and Saturday night the NSSF will be buying us all the pizza that we can eat! So far, we do not have a sponsor for Friday night dinner, but that may still happen.
I got an email from Molly Smith, and she and her family are planning on attending the Rendezvous. It is always fun when Molly and her family come to the Rendezvous.There may also be some other "celebrities" showing up this year, one never knows!
It looks like this year's rendezvous is going to be significantly bigger than any previous year. A lot of the credit for this goes to Ray from the second amendment foundation, Kevin, of the smallest minority, and true blue Sam. These three have been a tremendous amount of help in publicizing the event. Thanks, guys!
If you do not have your registration sent in yet for the Rendezvous, you should do that right away. Otherwise, we have no idea how many we need to plan for, in terms of breakfasts, dinners and space needed in the hospitality room. The sponsors need to have a fairly accurate idea of how many will be attending, so they can accurately predict just how much money they are going to spend on a meal for example.
You should be sure to make your room reservations at the Silver Legacy, and do it ASAP. To get the discounted group rate at the Silver Legacy, you must make your reservations by telephone, and use the group code GBLOG13. Part of the negotiations with the Silver Legacy is for all attendees to have free Internet access in their hotel rooms, and the use of the hospitality room at no charge for the Rendezvous.
Another good reason for staying in the Silver Legacy, other than convenience to the rendezvous, is that if you should choose to partake of adult beverages in the evening, you can walk to your room without leaving the building. Since the breakfasts for attendees are served in the hospitality room, it is also very convenient for those of us staying in the Silver Legacy.
See You In Reno in September!!