Grand Tour Committee
2017 State of Grand Tour Committee Report
Happy New Years to all from all of us at the Grand Tour Committee.
In 2017 the Grand Tour Committee has a couple new members, Perry Lewin (Ab3) as Chairman, Tom Hoedjes (Switzerland 1) as European assistant, and Roger van Kollenburg (Aus5) as Australia/New Zealand assistant.
We would like to take a moment and thank Henry Heidmen for his 18 years of dedication to the Grand Tour Program!
Please have patience with us as we learn our new roles, we also ask for any recommendations for making the Grand Tour Program better. I would like to find ways to increase participation, completion of Tours, and Tour Masters.
Many safe and happy miles ahead,
Grand Tour Committee Chairman
(Neville McKenzie at one of his many station visits in 2016)
2016 Grand Tour Year End Report
Thank you to everyone who participated in Grand Tour this year. It was a good year
In 2016 we had another decline in numbers of members participating (8%) although the total number of Tours completed was up slightly. This year 322 members and guests completed 541 Tours. Of those, 298 were Chapter Members, 5 were MALs and 19 were Guests.
|Completed Year End Grand Tour Report 2016|
|Red Knights Tour||97|
|Fire Station Tour||100|
|12 Station Tour||163|
(11 members of PA 39 on their marathon 5 Tour weekend in June)
We have 46 new Gran Tour Masters (up 5 from 2015). We now have a total of 212 Grand Tour Masters, 9 of whom have completed all 5 Tours twice, 2 who have completed them 3 times, 2 (James & Amy Gilliland of PA Chapter 24) who have completed them 4 times and 1 (Neville McKenzie of Australia Chapter 6) who has completed the Grand Tour master requirements 5 times.
On the weekend of June 10, 11 and 12, eleven members of PA chapter 39 completed all five Tours by riding 1270 miles in 62 hours with 54 hours of seat time. In 2016 I spent a total of 148 hours & 30 minutes on Grand Tour administration which works out to 12 hours and 23 minutes per month.
This will be the last report I will write for Grand Tour. As of January 1, 2017 Perry Lewin of Alberta chapter 3 will be the new Chairman of the Grand Tour Committee. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you for the last 18 years but feel that it is time for Grand Tour to move on with new blood, new ideas and perhaps some new Tours.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Grand Tour Committee