President’s Message

President's message

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

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