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December President’s Message

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President’s Message
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.

Pres. Ken

MWC Pres. Mess. DEC-Jan. 2016

A Golden Year

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A Golden Year
President’s Message
“We’re only as good as our history!”

April 10, 1965 to April 10, 2015

As we reflect on MWC’s year, we find a year packed with celebration and history taking us back to the founding of our Chapter in 1963 and becoming a charter FMCA chapter in 1965. Many have stated that “you’re only as good as your history”, and that “this history is a prediction of the future.”

In that case, MWC is rich in its past and epic leadership over the past 53 years. Let’s take a moment and reflect on the past year and recollect the activities and events that will forge our future years. Many thanks to all the members who have contributed to our success and those waiting to lead us into the next 50 years.

We began the year in the chilly April weather at the Crawford County Fairgrounds with Bud and Wanda Trash, in Bucyrus, Ohio. This rally was our initial, 2015 start which would prepare us for the next celebration rally in May in Wauseon at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Planning went on for nearly two years, along with the Michigan Knights of the Highway for this event. A record number of coaches attended from both chapters as well as FMCA and GLAMA officers who were also in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration. Doug Erman and Donna, Ty and Terrye Kolbe and Marilyn and I served as hosts along with Glen and Karen Perkin and Sally and Bob Sutton, from the Knights.

We reminisced about the past with our first President, Mr. Charlie Owens and his wife Jean. Charlie and his son produced a CD of pictures of the early years of MWC and FMCA, which was shared with those members attending. Also attending was MWC’s first Treasurer, Don Marsh and his wife Molly. FMCA and Jane Roush, GLAMA President and now a MWC member, presented certificates recognizing the 50 year milestone for the MWC, Michigan Knights and the Northeastern Chapters. Marilyn and I were personally very proud of our chapter and the leadership that had preceded us, by our past Presidents, to make this celebration a very special event. Special 50th anniversary polo shirts were made available for members to commemorate the celebration. What a great event for all three FMCA chapters and it will be recorded in our history with great significance.

At our June rally, at Glamarama 2015, in Goshen, Ind., we enjoyed a super rally with our celebration continuing. Chapter officers served cake and ice cream to all attendees and our 50th anniversary banners hung high in recognition of the 50 year feat. Again a proud moment for MWC and also success at recruiting new members at the Chapter Fair held that weekend. Bud and Wanda Trash and Marilyn and I served as rally hosts.

July took us to Kandel’s Resort in Walnut Creek Ohio with Jerry and Phyllis Griesen serving as our hosts. It was a newer campground located in the heart of Amish country. Great company, new guests, who decided to join Midwest Coachmen, and lots of places to visit and eat in the Amish communities. Nice facilities and food too, but the friends always are the real deal. The Griesens know how to plan a rally.

August’s rally in Middle Point, Ohio at the Huggy Bear campground with Doug and Donna Erman as our hosts, saw garage salers relish over the annual HWY 127 Garage Sales running from Michigan to Alabama, over 650 miles. Several members traveled part of the route over the weekend picking through the multitude of items for sale looking for bargains. We enjoyed meals in Delphos, Ohio and the sense of community by its residents.

In September, we experienced “urban camping” in the city of Dayton at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds with Fred and Kay Dudding. We were introduced to a new “closeness” in camping with units, often-times inches apart. Our own firestarter, Ray Bowen, had us continuing that closeness with well attended fire ring sessions at night. Urban camping included the close proximity to helicopters, ambulances, police vehicles and others seeking business at the Miami Valley Hospital across the street. The activities and meals were great and those who visited the Wright-Patterson Air Force base and museum were treated to a world of flight. MWC donated money to the Wright Brothers Family Foundation for the lecture provided by Steven Wright, the great grandnephew of Wilbur and Orville Wright. A great time was had at the Engineers Club in downtown Dayton.

October’s year-end rally takes us to Burton, Ohio and the Geauga County Fairgrounds hosted by Dick and Pat Christenson. The annual Apple Butter Festival will highlight this rally, along with some home-cooked meals provided by our hosts. This will end another year of rallies, until the Christmas Dinner on Dec. 5 at the Dutch Valley Restaurant near Walnut Creek.

Of significance this “Golden” year, was the addition of seven new members with another two expected by year-end. Unfortunately, several members sold coaches or moved to warmer climates, as we would expect with our membership demographics. We will miss Lynn and Mary Gilmore and Harley and Sandy Bowser as they move forward with their future plans. We hope that they will continue as Associate members and come visit when they can.

This year, we published a 50th Anniversary Edition of our membership directory, thanks to Alan and Sharon Jackson. This special edition highlighted the history of MWC going back to its birth on October 19, 1963 at Whitewater State Park near Liberty, Indiana. So we are really 53 years young this October! A great job and salute to the Jacksons for taking on this major endeavor each year.

At the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., we memorialized Past President, Tim Fowler, and the 50 year celebration of MWC, with engraved bricks placed in the walk of fame outside the building entrance. When you are in Elkhart, please stop and visit these memorials.

Pat Gottfried, our Newsletter editor and Lynda Kiliany, our webmaster, continue to do an excellent job getting information out to our membership. Continue to check our website at midwestcoachmen.com for the latest info. on our club’s activities. Pat Bisson has kept us abreast of sick or injured members throughout this year. John Bisson makes an effort to make a personal contact to all new FMCA members to inform them about our chapter with much success.

Our Treasurer, Doug Erman, has done yeoman work with his involvement in the 50th celebration and serving as the financial point person, and keeping our chapter’s finances in balance as our treasurer. Vice-President, Terrye Kolbe and Ty handled the food and games at the 50th celebration and did an excellent job, enjoyed by all. Martha and Roger Boice, our Secretary work to keep our minutes and record our history for the future.

Wanda and Bud Trash, our National Director, stepped down this year after many years as our representative to the FMCA national organization. They traveled many miles without reimbursement to national rallies to represent us. The position is currently vacant. Steve and Gerry Juliano, our rally coordinators and 50/50 ticket seller, ensure that our rallies are planned, that we never run out of supplies and that there are winners at every rally.

You can see that it takes many members to make our chapter work and continue to be one of the best in FMCA. Our appreciation to everyone that volunteers their time to make this happen.
We are also on Facebook and 23 members use this social media to communicate. I attempt to duplicate things in our newsletter and website on our Facebook page for those folks. If you haven’t joined, it is a member’s only site and you must be approved to access the site.

Don’t forget the Christmas dinner on Dec. 5, 2015 at the Dutch Valley Restaurant near Sugar Creek hosted by the Jacksons. More on this dinner will be posted on the website and newsletters.
Thanks to all for making our Golden Year a great one! See you all at our Christmas Dinner Celebration in December.

Pres. Ken

A Golden Year -Pres. Message

President’s Message

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MIDWEST COACHMEN
AUGUST, 2015
PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

Wow! The year is flying past and we just finished with both our July and August Rallies at Kandels RV Park in Walnut Creek and the Highway 127 Garage sale at the Huggy Bear campground in Middle Point, Ohio near Van Wert. Both rallies were well attended with 33 coaches at Walnut Creek and 22 at Huggy Bear.

Our membership continues to grow as we have added 5 new members since the July rally in Goshen, Indiana. Be sure to meet the following newbies who we hope can make it to one of our remaining rallies:
1. Roger and Jane Roush- Grove City, Ohio
2. Tom and Sue Wells- Radnor, Ohio
3. Bill and Sallie Hosack- Findlay, Ohio
4. Gail Joselyn- Hudson, Ohio
5. And our newest members – Jim and Pat Ward- Stow, Ohio
We also have 3-4 potential members considering membership this year.

We celebrated a special milestone this year with 50 years under or belts. We are often asked, “How do you do it?” “Our membership is declining and we’re just hanging on.”
I generally reply with:
• Our members care about each other. Number ONE.
• We personally recruit new members.
• We have one of the best chapter websites in FMCA. Thanks to our webmaster, Lynda Kiliany.
• We make every effort to get information out and communicate. Our Newsletter reaches everyone with internet service or not.
• We are on Facebook. Currently 23 members receive info and postings on our Facebook page and that number is growing.
• We work together to make our rallies a success and plan a year in advance.
At last look, we should have around 94 member families this year.

Our upcoming September 24-27 “Aviation” rally will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton. Fred and Kay Dudding have planned a super rally including a visit to Carillon Park and a tour of Hawthorne Hill, the home of Orville Wright. You may visit the Air Force Museum, Dayton Art Institute and many other attractions during the rally. Get your reservations in soon as we only have 40 sites available for this exciting rally.

October’s rally takes us to Burton, Ohio and the Geauga County fairground for our final rally of the season. Dick and Pat Christiansen have planned another special rally with lots of surprises.
Mark October 8-11, 2015 on your calendars as we meet again to greet the fall season in beautiful Geauga County.

Also mark, December 5, 2015 for our Christmas Dinner to be held at the Dutch Valley Restaurant near Sugar Creek, Ohio. Our hosts will be Al and Sharon Jackson.

Continue to mark February Valentines dinners on the calendar in Florida and in Ohio for 2016.
Bob and Carol Ray will be hosting the FL dinner this year on Feb. 15, 2016 at the Elks in Sebring, FL and Clem and Sally Westbrook will be hosting the Ohio dinner on Feb. 15, 2016 at the Pine Tree Barn near Shreve, Ohio. Check the newsletter or the website for more info on the dates, times and locations.

A big THANK YOU to Bud and Wanda Trash for representing MWC at the national FMCA meeting in Madison, Wisconsin as our temporary, alternate National Director delegate. They continue to go above and beyond to represent us and cast votes for our chapter at these meetings. Wanda reported at our meeting at Huggy Bear and a synopsis of her report is attached to this newsletter.

We are still taking orders for 50th anniversary polo shirts and MWC ID plates. If you would like a shirt, please contact me soon as I will be placing an order. Contact Ray Taylor for one of the plates. The cost of the plates is $10.50 each and shirts are $25.00 incl. shipping.

Hope to see you at one of the two last rallies, Christmas or Valentines dinners. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Pres. Ken

President’s Message June 2015

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MWC May- June 2015 Pres. Message

President’s Message June, 2015
–by Ken Kerik, Pres.

It is with deep regret, that I report to you the passing of Paul Fish’s son Bill, while he was attending Glamarama. His son was involved in a canoeing accident and drowned in the Maumee River. He was 54. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A special prayer for Paul and his family is appropriate after you read this newsletter. A special thanks to Ray Taylor, Jo Shisler, Dave and Pat Gottfried who accompanied Paul back home. You too are very special, and caring people.

We just returned from Goshen, Indiana where 24 MWC members attended Glamarama 2015. It was a most improved rally with several provided meals by Das Essenhaus and excellent entertainment with the Marlins and Sarah Ghetto performing on Friday and Saturday nights respectively.

We were honored by Glama and FMCA with the receipt of a 50th Anniversary Certificate. In part, FMCA’s President Charlie Adcock, wrote “On behalf of FMCA, I would like to congratulate the members of the Midwest Coachmen Chapter on your 50th anniversary. Please accept my sincere congratulations as you celebrate your fiftieth anniversary. We extend our best wishes for many more years of fun and camaraderie.”

Additionally, we were presented a check for $350.00 from Jane Roush and Glama. A banner celebrating MWC’s 50th was hung at our 50th celebration in Wauseon and also in Goshen at Glamarama. We will continue to display the banner at our future rallies and events.

At the ice cream social on Thursday noon, we served cake and ice cream to all the Glama chapter members attending. Again, Glama provided 8 sheet cakes for the celebration.

We enjoyed the left-over cake at our potluck held on Thursday evening in our reserved shelter. We had a short business meeting after the potluck. Wanda Trash was elected as a temporary delegate to represent MWC at the Madison, Wisc. National rally at the end of July. Doug Erman reported that approximately $600.00 would be coming back to MWC from the 50th anniversary rally and unreimbursed refunds to our members who paid, but were unable to attend, were approved from those funds.

While at Glamarama, Marilyn and I visited the RV/MH Hall of Fame near Elkhart, to take pictures of the Tim Fowler Memorial Brick and the MWC 50th Celebration brick. Only the Fowler brick was finished and installed in the FMCA walkway. The MWC brick is completed but not installed yet. We took a picture of the Fowler brick to send to Mary. I will ask Lynda to post it on the website also.

I hope you all have received the 50th Anniversary Edition of the membership directory. They were passed out by Alan Jackson at the 50th rally and others will be mailed out. In this issue is a summary of the early history of MWC going back to the initial meeting on October, 19, 1963 near Liberty, Indiana. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t seen it on the website.

Our Chapter Fair at Glamarama was a success. We recruited Roger and Jane Roush, Grove City, Ohio and Bill and Sallie Hosack, from Findlay, Ohio as new members. Also, we added Gail Joselyn, friend of Bruce Horsfall as a new member. There are also 3 others who are hot prospects from our gathering in Goshen.

While at the Chapter Fair, I was able to talk with many Chapter officers. We are exploring holding joint rallies with the Ohio Nomads, Northern Lights (Mich.), Tri-State Traveliers and the Michigan Knights. We will be exploring some of these options for our 2016 rally schedule. (How about a Bay City, Mich. Rally to view the Tall Ships?)

Our July 16-19 rally is hosted by Jerry and Phyllis Griesen at Kandel RV park in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Registration forms have gone out with the details. Please return forms by the June 20 deadline. The August 6-9 rally is hosted by Doug and Donna Erman at the Huggy Bear campground in Middle Point, Ohio. Watch for a registration form and details soon.

50th Anniversary shirts are still available! You can order them directly from the MVP Sports Store by calling 517-764-5165. They are running big, so you will need a size smaller than normal. Just indicate MWC chapter and size. They will bill your credit card.

Marilyn has put together an album of pictures from the 50th anniversary rally. We will bring them to future rallies so all can view.

In closing, so much is happening that involves our chapter that I am forgetting a lot. As it come to me, I will get it on the website or in our next newsletter.

See you all in Amish country in July. We are leaving this week with family for the Smokies to celebrate our “50”!

Pres. Ken

President’s Message

MWC May- June 2015 Pres. Message

April RallyWow, our first rally of the 2015 season is now history, with a big thank you to Bud and Wanda Trash and Dave and Pat Gottfried serving as our hosts. The Crawford County Fairgrounds was an ideal site for a “not so spring-like” opening rally.  While we had a great time viewing and walking the Lowe-Volk Nature Center near Leesville, we had a really enjoyable time at the Crazy Fox Speakeasy, meeting Al Capone and his personal body guards. We were entertained by singing flappers and other “Roaring Twenties” persons. Our own “Ma Barker (Wanda) was greeted by Big “Scarface” Al.  The first rally of the year was a hoot and enjoyable as long as your propane tank was near full. (As one of our members found out with a 2AM departure. You must check the gauge periodically! – Roger and Martha.)  We welcomed Gail Josalyn as a guest of Bruce Horsfall and Gail is interested in membership in MWC. She was provided the necessary applications before she departed on Sunday.

50th Anniversary Celebration Update

I hope you all have had an opportunity to view the article in the April issue of the FMCA magazine on our 50th anniversary celebration and also read the history of MWC from our club’s birth on October 19-20, 1963 at Whitewater State Park near Liberty, Indiana on our website.
A CD with pictures of that rally and subsequent FMCA and MWC rallies will be shown on big screen at the anniversary celebration in May at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.  You still have time to register for the celebration and forms and info can be found on our website at midwestcoachmen.com. Over 60 coaches from MWC, Michigan Knights and FMCA will be there. Charlie Owens, our first President and his wife, Jean, will be present to share those early memories with us. The Northeastern chapter will also be represented by a member couple stopping by on a vacation trip. FMCA’s President Charlie Adcock and Gloria will also be our guests as well as other FMCA officers.  If you ordered commemorative shirts, they will be available upon registration check in.  Display coaches, courtesy of Shafer’s RV,  Delta, Ohio, will be available for viewing and purchase.  If you volunteered to bake cookies for the celebration, please make three dozen and bring with you. We will inform you where and when to drop them off at the fairgrounds.

GLAMARAMA 2015

Registration for this area rally can be accessed through the FMCA.com website. Just click on Area Rallies and look for the GLAMA rally and click on the registration form or register online.
The rally is scheduled for June 3-7, 2015 at the Elkhart County 4H Fairground in Goshen, Indiana.  If you are planning to attend, please let me know as quickly as possible, so that I can provide an attendance number to the parking crew in order for all MWC members to be located in the same area. If you request handicapped parking or 50 amp/full hookup, you will not be parked with the group. 30 amp service and water will be made available for our chapter. Don’t forget to volunteer to help. The hours spent by our members count toward a division of excess funds made by Glama after the rally. Volunteers are needed to drive golf carts, registration, crafts, parking, security and others. Volunteers not only receive the vendor coupons available to all registrants, but receive an extra $10 worth of coupons. Also, volunteers will receive an invite to a catered dinner on Saturday night.  Please contact Jane Roush at janeroush50@gmail.com for questions and volunteering. Those of you planning to arrive early and not volunteering, a $25.00, cash only fee, will be collected and you will be directed to a holding area.

New National Director Needed

Penny Rowley, elected last year to the position, has resigned. I have asked the Nominations Committee, consisting of Cheryl Bowen, Dave Gottfried and Pat Bisson to determine candidates for the position and present a nomination at one of our next meetings for election. If no election is held prior to the July, Madison, Wisconsin National meeting, we will need to elect a temporary delegate to represent MWC.

MWC Directory

Al Jackson has assured the delivery of the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of the Membership Directory at the May, 50th anniversary celebration. Copies will be distributed to those attending. Copies for non-attendees will be mailed.
Hope to see you at our biggest celebration to date!
Pres. Ken