Wow, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!