Category Archives: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGES

June 2017


From the President
WOW!!! Where is the spring and summer going??? Here we are almost mid-June already and the season is half over!! Such a super busy time and haven’t seen some of the Midwest folks as yet!! April Rally at Indian Lake was wind and rain, and a relatively small group .. May at Sauder Village brought twice as many of us together and of course…..Rain (which seems to find us at some point almost every time) LOL and Wind….(oh my….so windy some of us couldn’t even put out our slides for fear of ripping awnings off…and then there was the “COLD”, we all thought we were camping in late November rather than late spring..but we still managed to have an awesome time together as we always do.. and absolutely no lack of places to EAT.. which we all seem to do well. We even got a fantastic campfire in on Saturday night and even the weather seemed to start co-operating so that we could fellowship together. That brings us to June and an opportunity to go to Michigan..haven’t heard any news on it, but I am sure a great time was had by all that had the chance to attend. Ray and I were not able to go but did have a wonderful time celebrating with his friends at his 50th High School Class Reunion. They are a great bunch and some of them even remind me of a few of our Midwest friends..maybe we can talk them into getting an RV and joining us!!!

As we get to the business side of things, we did discuss some things of importance to our Midwest Members… At the upcoming International Convention at Indianapolis, Indiana, there will be a major item on the voting table…..that is…whether we, the members of FMCA, would consider allowing towables to join us in membership. Please read the entire letter about how this would help our organization from FMCA National President Charlie Adcock that has run in the last two issues of the FMCA. Be sure to let us (your board), know your yeas or nays so we can inform our National Director (Sallie Hosack) before the meeting in Indianapolis. Another item brought forth was that Allen and Sharon Jackson, who have published our membership directories for several years, are no longer able to continue because of other obligations, so we immediately went on the search of new folks to take over that task….AND!! around the campfire we lured some NEW FRIENDS (who were actually attending their very first rally with us)…to takeover……WELCOME Jim and Charlotte Godsey who graciously accepted this job. Charlotte has a lot of experience that coincides with this type of job. Allen has agreed to help in any way he can to make a smooth transition. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Allen and Sharon for all they did to keep the directories up to date. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,!!!!! and…..get back to Midwest camping soon!! WE MISS YOU. We also, passed a vote to make Don and Lois Shook lifetime members of Midwest Coachmen. They have been with members of Midwest Coachmen since 1986. Even though they will not be traveling anymore, we feel they are a permanent part of our group and should be honored as such. That is all I have to share with you all for now…but will catch up after the National with any exciting happenings. Again, if any of you have anything you’d like me to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me either by email at Bowenraycher@frontier.com or best of all stop in for some coffee and a chat!!!

Ray and I both agree (which is a feat in itself) that our ultimate goal is JUST HAVE FUN !!! Till our paths cross down the road……
SAFE TRAVELS AND GODS BLESSINGS
Cheryl

President’s Message

October, 2016

MWC

President’s Message

We just returned from a weekend at the Shelby KOA Resort working on the details for our September, 2017 rally. Gary and Vicki Cole, the owners, were great hosts and paid attention to our Chapter’s needs. It is a beautiful campground and we are sure you will enjoy the level, pull­ thru sites, 50 amp service, water, sewer, cable and the other amenities offered by this KOA.

If you already read part of my message on Facebook, please ignore at least the first part of my message.

Congratulation to Cheryl Bowen our President-Elect and Jerry Gulley, our new Vice-President­ Elect for 2017. The Nominations Committee presented the two candidates for election at our October 2, Business meeting held at the Mercer Co. Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio. They will officially be inducted at our December 2, Christmas Luncheon.

Your Leadership Team for 2017 includes the following members:
President – Cheryl Bowen
Past President – Ken Kerik
Vice-President – Jerry Gulley
National Director – Sallie Hosack
Treasurer – Doug Erman
Secretary – Martha Boice
Newsletter Editor – Pat Gottfried
Webmaster – Lynda Kiliany
Directory Editor – Carol Barr

These are the MWC members who will continue the work that makes MWC one of the greatest Chapters in GLAMA and FMCA.

In one of her first unofficial actions, Cheryl has appointed Ken and Marilyn Kerik as the new Rally Coordinators replacing Steve and Gerry Juliano who have stepped down after almost 10 years of service to our Chapter. Without their work, we would not have had the terrific rallies planned each year. Thanks again, Steve and Gerry for the adventures and the memories.

Ken and Marilyn are working now on putting the 2017 Rally Schedule together and will share it in this newsletter for you.

Also a huge thank you to Alan and Sharon Jackson for their work on our Membership Directory over the past years. Especially unique was the 2015 issue with the celebration of our 50th anniversary and including the history of MWC and its founders.

Carol and Roy Barr have agreed to continue their work and Carol is asking that any member who needs to update their information to contact her by January 1, 2017. She can be reached at: (330) 323-7719 cell or (330) 492-5089 home or e-mail at carolnroy@gmail.com.

The New England trip in August was completed by 11 of the most adventuresome members of the Chapter. The Black Bear Campground, located in Salisbury, Mass. was an excellent home base for the travels of the group. The trip to Massachusetts was a two day trip with most staying overnight on the way and upon return. Martha’s Vineyard, Salem Mass.,Rockport, Maine, Boston,Mass. were just some of the points of interest that were visited. Unfortunately, we had to cut our visit short when notified of the failing health of our mother and almost made a non-stop trip back to Ohio to be with her. She passed just after we got back. There were several mechanical problems and issues that plagued the trip, but most things were fixable and didn’t distract from the fun of the trip. We learned more about TOAD transmissions, brakes, and tires than we ever thought.

With an impending funeral service, we were unable to make the joint rally with the TST’s the first week in September. Never-the- less, 14 MWC members enjoyed the joint rally and Fuzzy Overbeck, President of TST, expressed in their October Newsletter, that the rally was one of the best he had ever experienced, from breakfast on the river to the great craft project. Our thanks also to the TST’s for a fun filled rally and sharing Lively Lady with us. We have had many positive comments about this joint endeavor from our members.

Our final rally of the season,planned for Lake Loramie State Park, proved to be a nightmare. Most of the sites there were reserved and we found that only nine walk up sites were available that weekend. There was no guarantee that we would have a site there, sooooooo, other campgrounds were explored and we were welcomed by the Mercer Co. Fairground in Celina. We were approximately 20 miles from the Octoberfest in Minster, Ohio. Jerry and Margene Dwenger were our hosts and welcomed us with a fish fry at their home. It rained every day and night except for the Sunday that we left for home. That Sunday AM, a large, dead branch fell on our roof and Tom and Sue Well’s roof causing some minor damage.

This rally included the election of new officers for the Chapter. Having served 4 years as President, both Terrye Kolbe and I were term limited and a new President and Vice-President needed to be selected. Terryre Kolbe was not interested in moving up to the President’s position and has been consumed with new grandkids and the marriage of their son this year. A big thank you to Terrye for volunteering to serve as our Chapter’s VP over the last 4 years.

Carol and Roy Barr are planning this year’s Christmas Luncheon. It will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, Ohio at 12:00 PM. This will be our last get together for 2016 until April or May, 2017 when our new season begins. We will soon turn 52 years old as an FMCA Chapter and we are looking forward to the next 48.

It is getting very close to the end of my term as your President. I hope you will join us at our Christmas Luncheon and our soon to be planned Valentine Dinners in FL and Ohio too!

Pres. Ken

Special notice

by-lawsProposed Changes to the Midwest Coachmen
Bylaws
Revision No. 3
This revision is proposed to update the current bylaws, by adding an Article V, Membership Categories, clarifying the reimbursement of the National Director, clarifying the appointment of a temporary delegate, expanding on the duties of the Treasurer and renumbering of the various Articles due to the changes made.

1. A new Article V would be created entitled Membership Categories. It follows Article IV, Membership and clarifies the categories of membership and adds four new categories: Social, Life, Commercial, and Surviving Spouse or Partner to be added to the Active and Associate memberships.
Article V would read:
Midwest Coachmen shall be comprised of the following membership categories:

a) Active Membership – is any family unit or individual(s), each holding, at least a one third ownership of a qualifying motor coach, and has been issued a specific FMCA number. Active members shall have the right to vote, hold office in FMCA, a chapter or an Area Association (GLAMA), and display the FMCA emblem. Dues for the FMCA membership and Midwest Coachmen membership shall be currently paid, as determined by the FMCA and Midwest Coachmen.

b) Associate Member – is an FMCA member who no longer owns a qualifying motor coach, but continues to pay full dues to the FMCA and Midwest Coachmen chapter. Associate members, shall not be eligible to vote or hold elective office.

c) Life Member – is a member who has rendered significant service to F.M.C.A., the Midwest Coachmen chapter, or the Great Lakes Area Motor Coach Association over an extended period of time. Life membership can bestowed upon an individual(s) by the Executive Board with the approval of the membership. Life members shall enjoy all the benefits of membership but are not required to pay FMCA or MWC dues. An example of a Life member, could be a past officer of the chapter or FMCA, or an individual who has served the chapter in such a capacity to enhance its mission.

d) Social Member – is a member who no longer owns a qualifying motor coach and does not desire to pay dues to FMCA. A retired member shall be required to pay Midwest Coachmen dues in the amount of one half the annual dues of active members. Retired members are not eligible to vote or hold elective office in the chapter.

e) Commercial Member – is a member who owns or engages in a business or activity that supports the motor coach lifestyle. Examples would include RV dealers, suppliers, campground owners, service providers, or organizations that provide services to the RV industry or its members. Dues for commercial membership shall be set at $50.00 per year.

f) Surviving Spouse or Partner – A surviving spouse or partner retains the same category of membership and rights previously enjoyed, as long as the qualifications for Active membership are met. Dues shall remain the same as an active member.

2. With the addition of new Article V, the following Articles shall be renumbered as follows:
Article V to VI
Article VI to VII
Article VII to VIII
Article VIII to IX
Article IX to X
Article X to XI
Article XI to XII
Article XII to XIII
Article XIII to XIV
Article XIV to XV
Article XV to XVI
Article XVI to XVII

3. Change Article IX, now X, OFFICERS Section E, National Director.
Change the third sentence to read – “Because of the extensive costs associated with representing the MWC chapter at National meetings of the FMCA Governing Board, the National Director shall be reimbursed a stipend of $150.00 dollars for representing the MWC chapter in business meetings held at the FMCA National meetings. This reimbursement may vary, as determined by the Executive Board, based on the current budget.

4. In Article IX (now X), Add the following sentences to the duties of the Treasurer. “The Treasurer shall also file each year, form 990 and any other forms required by the IRS. The Audit Committee shall consist of three active members, appointed by the President, to review the financial status of the chapter and report to the membership at the annual meeting.”

5. Under Article IX Officers: Section F. Alternate National Director
In the last sentence, to read. “If neither the National Director nor the Alternate National Director is able to attend, a Temporary Delegate may be appointed by the President to represent the Midwest Coachmen chapter at the meetings of the FMCA Governing Board.”

Spring 2016 President’s message

President's message

With our 2016 opening rally under our belts, it’s time to look forward to a very busy rally year with several special events planned.

Even moving our initial rally to a later date, we were plagued with colder weather and rain dominating our activities. Our hosts Roger and Martha Boice preplanned the rally and due to a family emergency had to fly to California to be with Roger’s mother. The last communication we had from them indicated that she was not doing well and they may be there until the end of May. It has been a very difficult experience for them and we wish them God’s love and guidance during this time.

They passed the baton to their neighbors, Wayne and Peggy Flower, who were unable to attend the rally due to the illness of Peggy. Our rally coordinator, Steve and Gerry Juliano, arranged for Ray and Cheryl Bowen to meet them and pick up the supplies and materials needed for the rally. The Julianos were unable to attend due to their coach not being de-winterized and necessary repairs made. The Bowens jumped right in and passed out rally packets, and got special instructions for the rally to Marilyn and me.

With the help of our members, we had a successful rally with 18 coaches in attendance and over 42 members attending the Saturday dinner at the Amish Door in Wilmot. Guests included Paul Fish and Shirley, Clem and Sally, Lynn and Mary Gilmore, and Ray and Lynda Kiliany. The rally concluded with our first business meeting of 2016 and the sun decided to make an appearance as we were leaving. We did talk to interested folks in MWC, who were camping at Evergreen, and supplied information to them on our chapter and rally schedule.

Those of you who have registered for our next Rally (GLAMARAMA 16) June 8-12, please be sure that I know that you will be there. I have to provide a list of MWC members, by name, to the parking folks so that we can be parked together. I must do this by May 25. So send me an e- mail or call me at 419-332-5420. So far, I have seventeen coaches with (34) names of MWC members attending.

I just received word from the Michigan Knights, that sites at the Midland campground are still available. You must use a different new number (989) 496-3151 to register. Information on the Tall Ships Festival at Bay City can be gotten by calling (989) 895-5193 or online at tallshipcelebration.com. The camping fee is $35. per night and a $15. Rally fee will need to be sent to me. I will submit the registration forms with the fees to Kathy DuCharme for our group.

This rally runs from July 15-17 and is a joint rally with the Michigan Knights of the Highway.

The Mosquito Lake Rally, June 23-26, hosted by Bruce Horsfall, will be held at Jan’s Campground in Cortland, Ohio. More information on this rally and a registration form and directions will be made available on our website and this newsletter.

Our August rally/trip will run from August 19-28 and will be based out of the Black Bear Campground in Salisbury, Massachusetts. You must call 1-978-462-3183 to reserve a site or you can register online at reservations@blackbearcamping.com. Reservation 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. The latest information on sites was that there were only 20 pull-thru sites left. To date nine coaches have registered with the campground.

Another joint rally will be held from September 7-10 with the Tri state Traveliers (TST) at the Lively Lady Campground in Aberdeen, Ohio. More information on this rally will also be posted in our website. Our host for this rally will be Fuzzy Overbeck, President of TST with some help from Fred Dudding, MWC and TST member.

At the end of September29-Oct. 2, we will end our year at Fort Loramie State Park in Minster, Ohio. Jerry and Margene Dwenger will be our hosts. We will be electing new officers for 2017 and taking care of last minute business.

As I indicated in my opening remarks, we have an unusual rally schedule with two joint rallies, two rallies in June, a ten day rally trip to the Boston area, and our final rally in a state park at the end of September.

We have finally found a member to serve as our National Director. Sally Hosack, from Findlay, will be nominated for election at one of our next business meetings. Her husband, Bill, will also be nominated for the alternate National Director position. To that end, the membership approved a change to our bylaws to allow a stipend to be paid to the National Director of a nominal amount of $150.00 to be reimbursed for attending the Governing Board meeting at the FMCA National conference each year. There has been no reimbursement for the National Director until this change.

The nominating committee has begun its task of nominating individuals to serve in leadership positions in our Chapter. Cheryl Bowen, Dave Gottfried, and Pat Bisson are looking for members to serve as President and Vice-President. These are the only positions with term limits. The National Director position will be filled as will the alternate National Director. Al Jackson is looking for someone to take over the Membership Directory duties. Interested individuals can contact Al to see what all is involved.

The membership approved several changes to the Bylaws. I will report on these separately in the newsletter, as there are many details to report on.

See you all at GLAMARAMA 16, in Goshen, Indiana. We will have an abbreviated meeting on Thursday afternoon. Marilyn and I will provide pizza and soft drinks at the pavilion designated for MWC. Watch for the signs to determine which pavilion is ours.

Special Notice: Proposed By-Laws

by-laws

In accordance with Article XIII of the Midwest Coachmen Bylaws (October 9, 2011 revision); The attached proposed Bylaws changes will be considered by the membership at the first MWC business meeting to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Evergreen Campground, Mt. Eaton, Ohio. This will serve as the required thirty (30) day notice as required by these Bylaws.

A 65% affirmative vote of members present is required to amend these Bylaws.

Those members unable to attend this business meeting may express opinions to any member of the Executive Committee prior to the business meeting. My e-mail is kmkerik@gmail.com or you may call at 419- 332-5420.

Pre-Spring President’ Message

March 18, 2016

As the grasses here up North are starting to turn green and the Robins begin to look for worms, there are many recognizable signs of Spring and thoughts now turn to getting the Motor coach out of storage and ready for the MWC rally season.

Roger and Martha Boice, our hosts for our first rally, have been in Florida and should be on their way back to begin the planning for our first rally at Evergreen Campground in Mt. Eaton, Ohio. on April 28 to May 1, 2016. Registration forms will be coming out soon and we anticipate a large attendance at this familiar campground. We shouldn’t have to worry about rain, mud and lower temperatures and that is the reason for moving our first rally date back a couple of weeks. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Our first business meeting will be held on Sunday with updates on finances, rallies and other normal business items for the group to learn about. We received a note from Jane Roush, who has continued to be very active with the GLAMARAMA planning and hopes to be able to visit with us soon. Carol Barr has continued her recuperation in Florida and Clem Westbrook has managed to have another stent replaced. Others have managed to fair well and keep healthy.

Our Valentines Dinners in Bartow, FL. and Shreve, Ohio were well attended this Winter by members and it appeared that everyone enjoyed the Valentine get-to-gethers.

On another rally note, we have been in contact with the Michigan Knights re: a joint rally this year. We have been invited to rally with them on July-15-17, 2016 at Bay City, Michigan. This weekend is the Tall Ships Festival, where you can watch those large vessels enter the harbor and participate in the festival activities that weekend. Bay City is about 3 hrs. North of Detroit off of I75.

The sites have been reserved at a campground about 10 minutes from the festival.

Since this rally was not on our schedule, it would be added  as a July rally between the Mosquito Lake rally and the August rally trip to the Northeast(Boston area).

I need to know how many would be interested in this special rally, as I will need to give a number to the Knights at our first rally. We will need to make our own reservations with the campground. I will get more info on costs and the location shortly from Don and Kathy Duschene who are hosting for the Knights.

The Gilberts have informed us that the FMCA Perry rally had over 2,300 coaches in attendance with over three hundred new members in attendance.

Everyone stay healthy and hope to see you all again in April/May in Mt. Eaton.

Pres. Ken

Click on the link below for a copy of the proposed changes

Proposed Changes to the Midwest Coachmen Bylaws