Sorry to hear this. Even though Sammie & I would not have gone this year we still hold out hope that CCR will not go away. My thought is to forget about the charities and all the other non motorcycle related things from the past & focus only on the place and the riding it may offer. As stated by Ken there are already smaller spin off groups of friends who originally connected at CCR that get together a few times a year in different parts of the USA.
John Z & David Taylor both have done a great jobs putting together smaller get togethers on each coast that only focus on the people & the riding around the place it is held. In fact this year there were as many new people from the K1600forum show up at Spring Training Camp as there were BMWLT members. The two groups mixed together great & all had a grand time.
For CCR to go forward it will need to change drastically. Forget about raising money, forget about the fancy hotel and just concentrate on the people and a great place to ride. When Sammie & I first started going to CCR in 2007 it was for the people & the ride but over the years like a lot of CCR attendees we got away from that and migrated to all the other things like the silent auction and who can pay the most for a piece of half eaten cake. I too was caught up it all the other things. This is one of the main reasons we stopped going to CCR. We don't need 20 seminars to go to or 15 vendors selling cook wear or greeting cards. We don't need any big expensive banquets, everyone can pay as we go. We need a place that makes us excited to go because the riding is great and the other people are like minded as we are.
If need be then close the 501C charity part of CCR.
Close the bank account.
Turn off the lights at CCR headquarters.
Forget about everything else but Keep the name.
The Curve Cowboy Reunion like The Spring Training Camp & Cambria Ride 20?? are all part of the BMWLT community born & grown out of the love of the bikes we ride & the friends we've made over the last 16 plus years. (Damn!! has it been that long?)
If the location can only hold 75 people then so be it. If you wait to sign up & rooms sell out then sorry for you, try again next year.
Here are the steps that the CCR BOD should focus on.
1) Find us a great place to ride.
2) find us a place to sleep and gather to tell lies.
3) if no restaurant is at the hotel find a few places to eat.
4) put together some routes for people to use to get around.
5) invite everyone from BMWLT & K1600Forum.
6) set back and enjoy the rest of the time before you leave for the
"New Improved Curve Cowboy Reunion"
For those of you who went to or remember the very first CCR in Broken Box Ok. What made it great? What made you want to do it again the next year? This is what needs to happen to keep CCR alive.
This is only my opinion from going to 8 CCR's in a row, seeing how it had changed (not for the good to my) over the years.