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Rally updates

Due to the special and added rallies/trips planned for this year, you need to be aware of different requirements for registration at both the July and August rallies, if you are planning to attend.

 The July rally will be jointly held with the Michigan Knights on July 15, 16, 17, 2016 at the Midland, Valley Plaza Campground, 5217 Bay City Rd., Midland, Michigan 48642.

The July rally campground is owned by and just behind the Best Western Hotel in Midland, Michigan. It is on the Bay City Rd., just west of US-10. (From the South, you can take I-75 N to exit 162B to US 10. Take US 10 to exit 129. You will exit and turn west to the Hotel and Campground. The campground is about 3 hours North of Detroit. The weekend of this rally, the Tall Sailing Ships will be in nearby Bay City.

Reservations are already coming into the campground. If you plan on attending the July added rally, you must call 1-989-496-2159 for the contact person, Mr. John (Jack) Roberts, (6:30AM – 2:30PM) in order to make a reservation. You must indicate that you are with the Michigan Knights group to get the special rate. The Michigan Knights are also receiving this same information and urged to make early reservations. The camping fee per night is $35.00. The same for early arrivals. Check in time is 3:00PM. 30 and 50 amp service is available.

A $15.00 rally fee and registration form will be provided by the Knights and will need to be returned to Kathy DuCharme. Hopefully, I will have them at our first rally. You may cancel up to two days prior to the event. We will have pool access, exercise equipment etc. A block of King Bed rooms has been reserved for those unable to camp. A rate of 89.99/ night has been negotiated. You must reserve prior to July 5.

The August rally which will run from August 19-28, 2016 and will be based out of the Black Bear Campground located in Salisbury, Massachusetts, located at 54 Main St. Salisbury, Mass.

Reservations for this rally must also be made by each individual with the campground prior to May 1, 2016 to ensure the availability of sites. You must call 1-978-462-3183 to reserve a site or you can register online at Reservations can be cancelled

up to 14 days prior to the rally. You can make a deposit via credit card and pay the remainder upon arrival.

Additional information on this trip will be provided at the Evergreen rally at the end of April. There are over 200 sites at this level campground and 30 and 50 amp service is available. You may view their website for more information, attractions etc.

The September rally will be a joint rally with the Tri State Traveliers (TST) from September 7-10, 2016 at the Lively Lady Campground in Aberdeen, Ohio. More information on registration and activities will be available soon. Mike and Judy Overbeck are our TST hosts and are planning a great weekend rally.

MIDWEST COAchmen Rallies sp. ed.(1)

On The Level Newsletter

October, 2015


October 8 – 11 Great Burton Apple Butter Festival – Geauga Co. Fairgrounds
Any concerns or questions
Richard Christenson 440 376-4321
Pat Christenson 440 251-3902

December 5 Christmas Luncheon – Sugarcreek – Dutch Valley Restaurant
For those who might be interested after the luncheon,
some are planning to stay over night at the Carlisle Inn and see the play “Christmas with the Talleys.”
For more information – Allen Jackson – 740 739-0019
Sharon Jackson – 740 927-1392

February 13 , 2016 Valentine Luncheon – Shreve – at the Pine Tree Barn
Clem and Sally Westbrook More details later

February 15, 2016 Valentine Luncheon – Sebring, Florida – Elks Club #1529
Reservations and payment should be sent AFTER January 1. Bob and Carol Ray
C/O Good Life RV Resort 6815 SR 60 East, Site #270
Bartow, FL 33830

March 17 – 29 FMCA’s 93rd Family Reunion – Perry, Georgia June 8, 2016 Glamarama – Goshen, Indiana
Check FAMILY MOTOR COACHING for more details.
* * * * * * * * * Things my mother taught me:
My mother taught me GENETICS. “You’re just like you father.”
My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You’re going to get it when you get home!”


It was nice to meet Wayne and Peggy Flowers and Gary and Cindy Trash at the Dayton rally. They are prospective members and since Wayne won a 50th anniversary shirt as a door prize, and Gary is the son of Bud and Wanda, and won the 50/50 drawing, they are now obligated to join MWC. Welcome!

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DUES ARE DUE – Dues are $15.00 per year running from January 1 to December 31 of the year. Check should be made to Midwest Coachmen and mailed to Doug Erman, P.O. Box 401, Delphos, Ohio 45833.

New members joining after October 1, dues payment with membership application covers the balance of the current year and the following year as well.

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A NOTE TO SHARE – We sold our coach the first of May. We decided it was time to try something else. We are renting a park model this winter at Mesa, AZ, the same RV Resort we have stayed at before east of Phoenix. Not sure if we will buy anything till we try this. We enjoyed the rallies with the Midwest Coachmen. The RV was getting to be to much to take care of. Take care. Harley and Sandy Bowser.

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Lynn Gilmore’s coach is for sale at General RV in Canton, Ohio. It is a 2005 Tiffin Phaeton. Details can be see on the General RV website.

Published By Midwest Coachmen, Inc
Chapter Officers

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

Midwest – October, 2015

On The Level August 2015

NewsletterLate August – 2015

Abbreviated report of FMCA Board in Madison, WI – Wanda Trash, Delegate

Total attendance at Madison, WI was 1,595 coaches of which 1,434 were family coaches and 161 commercial coaches. Out of 404 possible delegates, 281 were present at the Governing Board meeting, Wed., July 29th for the morning session. 278 were present for the afternoon session.

As of August 1, members will be able to get discounts at Staples stores.

FMCA Assist program is going well and will be continued, being paid for by our investments account.

Mail Forwarding Service by FMCA in Cincinnati officially ended Jan. 31, 2015. The system has been picked up by Dakota Post and is working well.

Chapter presidents can appoint a temporary delegate to the next Governing Board Meeting only in a case of emergency. If neither national delegate or alternate cannot go or if emergnecy arrises, the president can appoint and give National Office a 7 day notice.

If an area cannot find a candidate for their area, a person from an adjacent area can be nominated as long as that person has shown interest in that area.

Future conventions will be as follows:
Perry, GA March, 2016 West Springfield, MA Summer, 2016 Chandler, AZ Winter, 2017

Election results: Charlie Adcock – President, Jon Walker-Vice President, Gaye Young-Secretary, and Percy Bell – Treasurer


September 24-27 Montgomery County Fairgrounds Fred & Kay Dudding Dayton, OH 937-294-6611

October 8-11 Geauga County Fairgrounds Burton, OH Dick & Pat Christenson 440-376-4321
December 5 Christmas Luncheon & Theater Sugarcreek, OH Al & Sharon Jackson 740-739-0019


February 15 Valentine Luncheon Bob & Carol Ray Sebring, FL 330-620-9239

There are several Rally dates still open for 2016. If you are interested in being a Rally Master, contact Steve Juliano, 614 889-2760.

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New Members:

Welcome to Midwest Coachmen – Jim & Pat Ward from Stow, OH

They are the fifth new coach for the year. They joined us at Huggy Bear Rally.

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YOU MUST ASK FOR THE DISCOUNT – (perhaps you have already seen this) Applebee’s – 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s – 10% off (55+)
Boston Market – 10% off (65+)
Dunkin’ Donuts – 10% off or free coffee (55+) Golden Corral – 10% off (60+)

To Our Midwest Coachmen Family

For those who might be interested in staying after our Christmas Luncheon, December 5th, we have reserved a block of 8 rooms at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek. The Inn is located at 1357 Old Route 39/PO Box 525, Sugarcreek, OH 44681. Phone – 855-411-2275. The Inn is next to the Dutch Valley Restaurant where we will have our luncheon at 1343 Old Route 39, Sugarcreek. The phone is 330-852-4629.

If you would like to reserve one of these rooms, please call the Carlisle Inn and state that you would like one of the Midwest Coachmen rooms. The cost of the room is $139 + tax.

Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek introduces the Ohio Star Theater. Since 2012 Carlisle Inn has been entertaining guests with Amish-themed, live musicals from June- December. On the 5th at 7:00 PM, the theater presents “Christmas with the Talleys.” The cost of the tickets are as follows:
$39 without a stay at the Inn
$34 with a stay at the Inn
$50 Dinner and show
Sharon and I will be seated in Section B Row l. If you are interested in sitting with us, mention my name, section and row.
Allen & Sharon Jackson


Carol and I have arranged to have the 2016 Valentine Luncheon at the Sebring Elks Club #1529. The luncheon will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, between the hours of 12 PM and 3 PM with lunch served at 12:30 PM. The cost will be $15 per person with reservations and payment due to us by Jan. 31, 2016. The menu is as follows: Super Salad Bar with Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Piccata and Salisbury Steak, Roasted Red Potatoes and Wild Rice Pilaf, California Blend Vegetables and Green Beans with Bacon and Onion, Crescent Rolls and Corn Bread, and Assorted Desserts.

Reservations and payment should be sent to us at: Bob and Carol Ray
6815 SR 60 East, Site #270
Bartow, FL 33830

On The Level September-October Newsletter


September – October 2014

Please note:  Dues are due!

– Doug Erman is collecting 2015 dues.  You may mail your dues to his home address (in your directory).

Members with health issues:
“Just received the Oct. Rally Registration. WOW does that sound like fun. Sure do wish we could come. I’m just 1 week post surgery (yesterday – total right knee replacement.) We are in Frostproof, FL at our winter residence. Tell the group we miss them and hope to see some of our members at the February Homers gathering in Sebring.” Bud and Rosie D.

Jack S. hopes to be headed home on September 21. He had a bone marrow implant. He is to be on low dose chemotherapy. This was done in Nashville, TN
Martha B. broke her wrist and will be in a cast for the time being with therapy later.

Last Rally of the Season……………………………….
October 9 – 12 Indian Creek Campground and Resort, Geneva on the Lake, OH
Hosted by Ty & Terry Kolbe 419 332-1235

On the Level August 2014


AUGUST, 2014

President’s Message:
I am reminded that some of the core values expressed by our club include meeting interesting people, forming lasting friendships, visiting interesting places, and creating lasting memories.

If you have been unable to attend one of the four MWC rallies so far this year, you are truly missing out on the benefits of membership. Chapter membership is considered one of the most rewarding benefits of membership in FMCA. As Charlie Adcock, FMCA President promotes, “It’s all about having fun.”

This is to remind you that there are three more rallies planned for the year. And you still have an opportunity to join with us at the last two. The August rally, hosted by Ray Taylor at Tall Timbers in Port Clinton is at capacity, but you can still join us at the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin on September 11 – 14 or at Geneva on the Lake, Indian Creeek Camping Resort on October 9 – 12, hosted by the Kolbes.

Come on out and meet new friends, visit new places and create lasting memories that you won’t forget.

Some of the highlights of our July rally at Richland County Fairgrounds included:

. The welcoming of Larry and Donny Gordon, guests of the Bogarts, from Texas.  They are members of the South Renegades Chapter of FMCA.

. The receiving of a donation, from Mary Fowler, of a wireless audio system for use by the Club for its meetings.

. The completion of the installation of a brick in Tim Fowler’s memory at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkart, Indiana.

. A discussion on MWC identification tags to be available to the club membership for placement on coaches.

. The election of Penny Rowley as a temporary delegate to represent MWC at the Remond, Oregon, FMCA rally in August.

. The establishment of a Midwest/Knights 59th anniversary fund to track the revenues and expenses for our 50th year celebration in May, 2015.

. Heard a report on Glamarama 2014 and plans for the 2015 rally, on June 3 – 7, back in Goshen, Indiana, and in Lima, Ohio.

. Learned that rally masters are still needed to host rallies in 2015. Please contact Steve Juliano if you have ideas on a special campground or activity taking place in 2015.

. Those attending enjoyed a special treat with a luncheon at the Gottfried’s cottage at Holiday Lakes in Willard, Ohio. The groups went for a pontoon boat ride around the lake with the help of neighbors Harry and Charlies and their pontoon boats.
Fun was had by all at the leisure activity.

. We also visited the Shiloh Fireman’s Ox Roast for lunch and toured the Amish countryside.

Please plan on joining us at one of next rallies. You won’t be disappointed. Pres. Ken


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.

The September 11-13, 2014 rally location is the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin, Ohio. Larry and Brenda Baker are hosting this rally. A tenative 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.


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.


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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