April Newsletter

ON THE LEVEL
MIDWEST COACHMEN
NEWSLETTER
April, 2014

President’s Message

“After the first rally and important updates”
It’s hard to believe that our first rally of the 2014 season is history and we move forward to our second rally planned for May 15-18, 2014 at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Talmadge, Ohio.

It was great to see Jack Spearman at the potluck on Friday night. We had 25 coaches in attendance along with guests, Neil and Tammy Hanger and their son J.R. from Newark, Ohio and Paul and Arlene Richardson, who recently sold their coach joined us for dinner on Saturday evening.

A special guest, Jane Roush, President of GLAMA and her husband Roger, joined us for dinner and held an impromptu session on Glamarama 2014 and other FMCA issues back at the campground. It is important for MWC members to register for the Rally with 30 amp service and general parking, if you want to camp with the MWC group. If you desire 50 amp and full hookups or handicapped parking, you will not be parked with the group.

I NEED TO GIVE A NUMBER OF MWC COACHES ATTENDING TO THE PARKING PEOPLE WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, CALL ME AT 419-332-5420 OR E-MAIL AT KMKERIK@GMAIL.COM. I have started a list
to provide to Rick Hahn so he can plan for our arrivals and area to be reserved for the MWC.

Since our site will be reserved, we will not caravan into the fairgrounds. You will only need to identify yourself as a MWC member and be on the list and you will be parked in our reserved sites.

Volunteers are also needed for the rally. I have a list with individuals who have selected a particular area where they would volunteer. You can be a volunteer for the following areas: Parking; Security; Seminars; Registration Tables; Book Exchange; Cooking/Baking; Crafts; Food; Golf Carts; FMCA Store; and selling 50/50 tickets. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know so I can get your names to the person in charge of a specific duty.

We will receive credit for our hours worked and any excess $ at the end of the rally will be divided among the chapters in this manner.

HOW ABOUT UPDATES TO OUR 2014 RALLY SCHEDULE

The July Rally will be held at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio on July 24- 27, 2014.

The August Rally at Tall Timbers Campground in Port Clinton, Ohio on August 20. This rally is a “first come/first camped” policy due to an air show being held in Pt. Clinton that same weekend. Only the first 30 to register will be accommodated. (Sorry) You need to contact Ray Taylor at 419-355-3673 or 419-332-8668 to reserve a site. Ray has reservations for nineteen coaches as of this date.

The September 11-13, 2014 rally location has been changed from East Harbor State Park to the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin, Ohio. Larry and Brenda Baker are hosting this rally. An updated rally schedule can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

All officers of MWC are open for election at our annual meeting in September this year. If you are interested in running for an office, please contact our Nomination Committee members Ray Taylor, Pat Bisson, and Dave Gottfried to express your desire to serve. All terms will start January 1, 2015

Please check out our new website at MIDWESTCOACHMEN.COM. Lynda Kiliany has worked hard to address the issues of accessibility and passwords etc. expressed by our membership. It’s a great looking site with current information, rally schedules and other info for our members.
You do not need a password to log on. Try it and you will be surprised! Thanks Lynda for all those sleepless nights and frustrating issues.

We are also on FACEBOOK and Ty Kolbe has created a site for FMCA members only. This is an interactive site where you can post news, pictures and info for members only. You need to be invited to utilize this site. Contact Ty for more info. There are currently about a dozen MWC members using it.

A summary of the Membership survey was provided to members and is also included in this newsletter for your info. We have been working on solving many of the concerns of members expressed in the survey.

And lastly, we had a moment of silence for deceased members, Roberta Taylor, Lynn McHenry and Tim Fowler. We miss them all, but still welcome the participation of their spouses Ray, Don and Mary, who are expected to visit at our May Rally.
There’s more that I could expand upon, but this enough for now. Be safe and healthy!
President Ken

RECYCLE PLACARDS

For those members who have given up their coaches – Ray Taylor will refurbish the name/coach placard for use by another member. If you are interested, give him a call.

THINKING ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSAY

If you have contact with some of our former members, please let Ken know. We would like the celebration in 2015 to be a great fun party with many memories.

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The best place to check out everything that is going on at the rally in June is at our webpage: http://glamaramarally.blogspot.com/ The tours to Dometic Refrigeration and Jayco are not handicap accessible. School buses will transport attendees to and from these tours scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Registration for the rally must be completed before your name can be added to the list for the tour.

Jane Roush, President
Great Lakes Area Motor Coach Association JaneRoush50@gmail.com or 614 561-9938

ON THE GO IN 2014

May 15 – 18 Summit County Fairgrounds, Talmadge, OH
Hosted by Bob & Carol Ray (330 620-9239) (NO WED.
RESERVATIONS)
June 11 – 15 Glamarama Rally, Goshen, IN Jr. 4H Fairgrounds
Hosted by Bud & Wanda Trash (419 544-7755)
(LET KEN KERIK KNOW IF YOU WANT TO PARK WITH US)
July Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, OH
Hosted by Steve & Gerry Juliano (614 889-2760) August 20 – 23 Tall Timbers Campground, Port Clinton, OH
Hosted by Ray Taylor (419 335-3673)
(LET RAY TAYLOR KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING…RESERVATIONS
ARE LIMITED June 15 absolute deadline)
September 11 – 13 Annual business meeting, Seneca County Fairgrounds, Tiffin, OH
Hosted by Larry & Brenda Baker
October 9 – 12 Indian Creek Campground and Resort, Geneva on the Lake, OH
Hosted by Ty & Terrye Kolbe (419 332-1235)

Check FAMILY MOTOR COACH magazine for International Conventions and Area Rallys.

ON THE LEVEL
Published By Midwest Coachmen, Inc
Chapter Officers

President Ken Kerik
Vice President Terrye Kolbe
Secretary Martha Boice
Treasurer Doug Erman
Nat’l Director Wanda Trash
Alt. Nat’l Director Ken Kerik
Webmaster Lynda Kiliany
News Editor Pat Gottfried
Rally Coordinator Steve Juliano
Directory Editor Allen Jackson

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