Beefing Up Your Rendezvous
The summer RMEF Rendezvous is a fun, family-oriented event but sometimes a state may struggle with attendance or, if it is a long-standing event, trying to attract new folks, change or shake the things up. Below a short compilation of ideas and suggestions that some states have used with great success to change up their events to attract new attendees and share some great information while having fun doing it.
Informational seminars geared toward the things many of us like to do like hunting, spending time outdoors and cooking are just some of the topics that can be covered by guest or celebrity presenters. I have seen great demonstrations put on by folks who are expert Dutch oven cooks and had the opportunity to sample some of their masterpieces. Champion elk callers gave many presentations at summer rendezvous events; always a lively and fun seminar to attend plus you always learn something. Seminars on how to use a GPS or compass and map are invaluable to anyone who spends time outdoors or in the backcountry. While attending another seminar I learned all about backcountry medicine and how to handle emergency situations when you or someone else is injured. I had no idea how many great uses a handkerchief had until I listened to that seminar (thanks Dr. Bob).
Some states involved donors and partners in providing informational seminars. One great example is Warn which provided great information on winches, their use and how to get unstuck and out of that jam that most of us have been in at one time or another. So think about the donors and partners in your state that are supporters of RMEF. I’m sure some would be willing and very capable to host a seminar for you.
State game agencies are another source of great information and presentations. I attended rendezvous events where local game wardens gave some great presentations to the kids on a variety of subjects. They had all kinds of antlers, horns and hides to see and touch. The adults actually enjoyed it as much as the kids. They could just as easily be Forest Service or BLM biologists making a presentation on a project in the area that was funded by RMEF.
Think about things you would like to learn more about. Chances are other folks will too and you may have a great idea for a rendezvous seminar. Topics that get attendees involved are great, like hands-on GPS instruction or maybe teaching folks to shoot a traditional bow. A variety of seminars or presentations with some hands-on action are likely to increase attendance or attract new attendees to your event. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Be creative and have fun with your summer rendezvous planning, after all, just spending quality time with family and good RMEF friends is what these events are all about.
RMEF Vice President of Operations-Region Two