December, 2015- January, 2016
It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to a close and it is in the 60’s as I prepare this message. Several records have been set for high temperatures and we have yet to see any evidence of a snowfall. I have heard that it is not much warmer down south. So all you snowbirds, we are at least getting a reprieve from the grips of winter.
We enjoyed a lovely Christmas Dinner on December 5, at the Dutch Valley Restaurant near Sugar Creek. About 46 members braved the frozen fog that day and enjoyed a delicious home-style dinner. Several stayed over to enjoy the theater that night and enjoyed an overnight in the hotel.
We were able to enjoy some Christmas shopping in the various stores located in this complex, and purchase some unique Christmas gifts.
Because of the generosity of MWC members, we were able to fill the trunk of Bill and Carol Henestofel’s car with donated foods destined to a food bank near Gahanna, Ohio.
We introduced ourselves to the newest members of MWC, Rich and Janet Devine from North Canton. I think they are the eleventh new member joining in 2015.
Our “Golden Year”, in which we celebrated 50 years as a Chapter of FMCA, is closing quickly. We must remember our 50th anniversary celebration with the Michigan Knights, getting to meet our Chapter’s first President, Mr. Charlie Owens and his wife Jeanne, discovering much about the history of our Chapter and that we are actually 53 years old, the memories of our 2015 rallies beginning with the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Bucyrus and ending on a warmer note in October at the Burton Apple Butter festival.
Planning for the 2016 Rally Season and schedule was released at our Christmas Dinner on December 5th.
Date Place Host(s)
April 28 – May 1 Evergreen Campground – Mt. Eaton Roger and Martha Boice
June 8 – 12 Glamarama 2016 – Goshen, Indiana Roger and Jane Roush
and Ken and Marilyn Kerik
June 23 – 26 Mosquito Lake Area – Cortland, Ohio Bruce Horsfall and friends
August 19 -28 New England Rally, Salisbury, Boston Steve and Gerry Juliano
September 7- 10 Joint Rally with Tri-State Traveliers
Lively Lady Campground, Aberdeen, Ohio Joint Planning
September 29 – Oct. 2 Fort Loramie State Park, Minster, Ohio Jerry and Margene Dwenger
Since some of our rallies will overlap months and our kickoff rally runs into early May to avoid colder weather and mud, it will be considered our May rally. Likewise the scheduling of two rallies in June, the Mosquito Lake rally will be considered our July rally. There will be a large gap between Mosquito Lake and the New England trip which is scheduled for 8 days or longer in August.
We will be holding a joint rally with the Tri-State Traveliers, in September, shortly after our return from New England.
We will end our season at the Fort Loramie State Park in Minster in NW Ohio, which will be our annual meeting with election of new officers etc.
We will be working on a revision to our By-Laws in 2016. Anyone who has a suggestion for needed changes, please contact any of our officers with your thoughts.
We still need someone to serve as our National Director. This is an important position representing our Chapter at FMCA National meetings each year. There are generally two meetings a year. One in early spring and another generally in August each year. The National Director may attend both meetings, but is generally required to represent the Chapter at the annual meeting in the fall and vote on issues at that meeting. I will be proposing a change to the Bylaws that would provide some reimbursement to the National Director. You all will be able to vote on it as a change sometime in 2016. Without some incentive, we have been unable to find a volunteer to take on these responsibilities.