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Friday, January 17, 2014

Welcome to the Regional Rally at Otaki

It was early to rise, up and away on the morning of our Regional  Rally at Peter Chanel School, Otaki.  This is a two yearly event, and it was our own club, Heretaunga Caravan Club, who was running things this time, and members from the other clubs in the Wellington Regional had registered their attendance.  Our club members had been asked to arrive at the school at 9.00am, to help get things set up and running before the attendees arrived later in the morning. We put our caravans on site around the grounds, and double checked to make sure that everything had been done.  Most people would not have been to this venue before so the signs for water, toilets, waste water needed to be put in place.  The allocated parking wardens donned their high visibility jackets, and Robin and I settled down at the gate, with “Welcome Packs” full of local info to hand out.

P1170014 Welcome to the Rally

Caravans rolled in all day long, and the parking wardens were kept busy slotting caravans into their site.  Space on the school grounds was a bit snug, but we managed to get 24 vans and motor-homes parked up.   This weekend is a non-power rally, and we noticed that several people had set up portable solar panels to keep their batteries topped up.  After the last van finally arrived, we finally had a chance to rest our weary feet.  Mix and Mingle with a cuppa morphed into Happy Hour, as everyone relaxed and looked forward to a good weekend rally.

P1180002 We are tucked right away in the corner

We all gathered in the large Staff Room in the evening and Peter was the MC for the evening.  As usual, he started the proceedings off with a couple of jokes.  Our club President Derek then officially opened the Rally.

P1170016 Peter keeping us entertained.

Raffle tickets were on sale, and these proved very popular, with people queuing up to give their loose change to the raffle sellers, Elaine and myself.  The evening finished with a cuppa and a selection of freshly baked muffins to chose from.  After a day spent out in the fresh air, Robin and I could hardly keep our eyes open any longer, it was well past our bed time.  There will be another busy day tomorrow, no doubt. 

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