President’s Message

October, 2016


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

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

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