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Award of Merit to Gary Bryers

Gary,
I hereby nominate you for the smart car Award of Merit for your selfless promotion of smart car events and specifically Outsmarting The Dragon for the past three years.

Very few owners have any idea of the time, effort and dollars required to organize and promote a multi-day event much less to maintain such an event for a three year period making improvements each year.

Very few also understand or think about the fact there is no return to you for this effort other than the enjoyment and thanks of the owners who attend the event.

You stepped up early on, assumed personal risk, invested time and money in an event in a very rural area far from your home and you made it work and always kept your focus simply on the happiness of your guests at the event.

You are to be commended and you have my sincere appreciation and thanks for all you have done on behalf of the smart car community for more than 3 years.

Thank you!!!
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Hear, here! Plus one. And to the also as illustrious and tireless Getsmart!
Thanks for such a great time, and bringing together so many nice folks.
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Yes indeed, Gary, Arrita, should be inducted into the hall of smart promotors, along with Ken and many others, Dells, KC and other event promotors that I failed to mention..

Without you folks we have nothing..
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I wish I went, but fully understanding how much time and effort it takes to pull something this big off, especially for no money in return but pure enjoyment, I would nominate Gary and Arrita for co-awards of merit.
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Yes, thank you again, for such an outstanding ralley. This was my third
year in attendance and even though there were fewer cars, it was by
far the most fun. It was my wifes first and she can't wait to attend
next years event.
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Once again, great job Gary & Rita. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! (cough cough). It'll be hard to top your prior work.



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Once again, great job Gary & Rita. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! (cough cough). It'll be hard to top your prior work.
Appears this thread was started for recognizing Gary and I will humbly bow out of his way and his credits; he has done a great job over the past three years and has set some new standards and expectations for smart owner events.

Remember: The Dragon event has new leadership for next year of which I am not part of.

I, too, appreciate and enjoy the support and camaraderie of the smart owners at all the events, large or small.

My thanks goes to all the owners for supporting the brand, whether they attend the events or not.
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Ah, GetSmrt28277 - don't be so quick to yield the floor - you have been there every year, helping out as much as possible, and behind the scenes, maintaining a relationship with the mother ship. Your investment of time, energy and even money is not to be ignored or downplayed, and though I have passed the baton to others that would like to keep things going (and improve upon my meager efforts), I doubt that your efforts have come to an end, one way or another.

And while I will accept the homage, especially from someone like Ken, I gotta say, in all truthfullness - you can throw all the parties you like, but if no one shows up, you just have a lot of expensive leftovers to deal with. And considering that it isn't just western NC and eastern TN (and northern Ga) folks coming to the event, it makes it even more special.

I can only hope that we can get MBUSA to give us the help we need to get the word out, to make more and larger events possible. While you can (apparently) put a price on customer relations, you can't put a price on the friendship found and given at these events.
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It was a terrific event, and you guys did a great job.

Even though it will be "under new management" next year, I hope you come and just play.

Jill
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Both Gary AND Aritta deserve awards of merit. Not only did they orchestrate a great event, they put up with all of us crazies!!!
Great job, well done..........
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