2021 BANQUET UPDATE
Greetings to all of you. It is very exciting to know that the time has come to resume our long tradition of what we will still call our annual banquet. Since we announced that the 76th “annual” has been scheduled for August 28th, the Trailblazers Board of Directors has been busy getting back to work on the many details that need to be finalized.
The Covid-19 situation that caused our one-year delay dictates a lot of new thinking and procedures for events our size, but we are doing everything in our power to produce an event that will be as fun as ever, while also being responsible and as safe as we can make it for all of the attendees.
Here is an update on how this year’s event is coming together:
The Phoenix Club is located just off the 57 Highway near Anaheim Stadium at 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806. It is a full-time event and entertainment facility with a large outdoor area that will allow us to spread out much more during the bike show hours. The courtyard at The Phoenix Club includes many picnic tables with umbrellas and bench seats for people to sit and visit during the afternoon hours. We will also have the motorcycles displayed there for our annual Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show presented by Hagerty.
There is a large, covered area alongside called the “Festhalle” and that is where we will have dinner and our awards program. The dinner this year will be served buffet style as we had done often in past years. The Phoenix Club has its own kitchen, and a very tasty meal has been ordered that many of us had a chance to sample recently.
When it became necessary to postpone the banquet back in March of 2020, we were 100% sold out, with a waiting list of members still hoping to purchase tickets. We froze all of the files at that point, so everyone who had tables and tickets still has them, and everyone who was on the waiting list is still on it. Also, we have recently had some requests to be added to that list.
Before we can address the waiting list, however, we need to confirm with all of the existing ticket holders the status for themselves and their guests. We have reached out to most of those them and once we know where that stands, we can then determine how many, or even if any, tickets we will have available. Stay tuned.
I have written in previous editions of this newsletter that we need everyone’s cooperation with Covid-19 restrictions and also to please understand we are not making up the Covid-19 rules. The Phoenix Club operates until guidelines from the CDC and the Orange County Health Department and we must follow their instructions.
It has been reported on television and in the newspapers that on June 15th, some new Covid-19 guidelines will be put into effect relating to public events. We are not sure yet what will be required but are expecting that masks will be required by all attendees except when eating or drinking. We will also be taking people’s temperatures at arrival and require signatures on a liability waiver accepting your personal responsibility and have some hand washing stations and have some cleaning products available. That’s all we know right now.
I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, not only to improve your chances of not catching the coronavirus, but also it is looking like there will be less restrictive requirements for those who have been vaccinated. Based on guidelines the CDC released in April, it certainly looks like proof of vaccinations could be a possibility for events our size. We hope to know more about that on June 15th.
Being in the situation of having to reserve areas of The Phoenix Club, plus staff, food and more, we do not have the luxury of allowing ticket holders to wait until the last minute to decide if they are attending. We have deadlines that impact our plans, and also those on the waiting list need to know if they will be able to attend.
We know many people want to know what Covid-19 requirements will be in place before deciding if they will want to attend. As noted above, since June 15th has been reported as the date that announcements will be made about them, we will hold until then, but will then need to receive any cancellations by June 30th to obtain a refund. Cancellation refund requests need to be in writing to Don Emde via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Trailblazers M/C Inc., PO Box 6118, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607.
For those of you coming in from out of town, maybe don’t want a long drive home after the banquet, or if you want to stay in Orange County the rest of the weekend, we have arranged a special discounted price at the nearby Ayers Hotel. The hotel is just off the 57 across the street from the Honda Center at 2550 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806.
You can book your room for one or two nights (Friday, August 27th and/or Saturday, August 28th). If you want to stay longer, the hotel has agreed to extend your discounted rate.
Here are the details to book a room with the discount:
Here’s a tip: to avoid getting patched over to an overseas phone center (common with hotels), as soon as the call connects and you hear the welcome recording begin, just hit “0” and it will transfer you to the operator at the hotel. Then tell them you want to book your room.
(*Contact Norm Bigelow at: email@example.com for details or questions if you are bringing a motorcycle to display.)
This year’s illustrious group of honorees includes our new Hall of Fame inductees: Johnny Campbell, Scot Harden, Steve Johnson, Brad Lackey, Bruce Penhall and Bubba Shobert. We will also honor Larry Langley with the Earl & Lucile Flanders Lifetime Achievement Award and Eddie Mulder will be the recipient of the Trailblazers highest honor, the Dick Hammer Award.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
Ticket holders: It would be appreciated if we heard if you and your guest list need any changes, or even just to confirm you are all set. Also, if anyone in your group needs any special meals, we need to know that in advance. Please let you guests know that they won’t just have dietetic or other special meals available upon request that night. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wait List: Please be patient and keep the date open. We probably won’t know about available seats until July 1st.
Please watch for more banquet updates on the Trailblazers website (www.trailblazersmc.org), Facebook page and here on the member e-newsletter.
Hope to see you there!