COGer from the Americas to Europe GTR - rally

This is the third time that I (Hans-Ove Görtz in Sweden) and my slave laborers (Ted Adcock and Spencer Farrow in USA) organize the "over the pond" thing. This is not a COG/GCE sponsored activity - just a spontanious thing! Basically we organize a selection and raise money to cover travelexpenses for a fellow member - that will have the possibility to travel to Europe (or US). We aim at someone that have played (or still plays) an important role in COG and "never" have been or have the means to accumulate this kind of money to make this happen. We have succeded so far to accumulate approx 1300 USD (2002 and 2003) by pledgers offering USD 5-10-25-50/ea. Please remember that this thing to have someone to travel over the pond is a spontaniuos activity. This is not any COG or GCE preplanned activity - just us who want to participate - with pledges, travel, and support in other ways.

COG ers and GCE ers can make things happen!

RULES (sort of)

You who like to make a pledge and support this idea, can inform me.
Up till now members have pledged for USD 25 and USD 50 but that is not any decided or
minimum sum. Unintentionally it could be interpreted as such so to be very clear - all support is welcome - for practical reasons all pledges should be not less than USD 1 (one) or equivalent.

Selection period will be until end of February - all activities, dates and nominees will be announced on the COG/GCE-lists - nominations is welcome from December 15th. Contact Hans-Ove Görtz.

Pledge period will be until end of June.

1. The selected traveller will receive the economic (as much as we collect) support for travel to Europe. The selected traveller have to state that he or she willingly will put up his/her own money to cover rest of the travelexpenses that may occur. The selected traveller have to make a report of the travel in the Concourier. The namelist of all pledges will be published, by Hans-Ove in Councurier, at a later stage.

2. All collected money will go to the traveller.

3. Travel period approx 7-10 (seven) days - preferable arrival in Europe (approx july 3rd) departure (approx july 14th). Final decision is made together with the traveller to suit his/hers needs.

4. Participation in GTR-rally, time and place TBD, is the purpose of the travel.

5. Decided time span that we (me and the GCE) will be thinking to help (~june 30th - ~july 16th) - time outside that will be personal planning

6. At this moment we need a bike for the traveller and some practical arrangements like insurance have to be solved.

7. The traveller will need a place to stay (several places), incl some entertaining and food...(pending GCE volunteer).

8. Travel to GTR-rally (this is personal travelcost)

9. Participating in GTR-rally (this is personal cost)

10. Optional participating in FIM-rally 2004 in Arnhem, The Netherlands, july 8-10th (this is personal cost)

11. Travel from GTR-rally (FIM-rally) (this is personal travelcost)

12. Place to stay, incl some entertaining and food...(pending GCE volunteer). I have calculated that the traveller ought to have no cost of lodging due to volunteers from the GCE - w´ll see ´bout that. if You have any additional thoughts and ideas that You want to convey - please step forward and make your voice heard!

GCE members! Please step forward from today and give your support to make this happen.