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”!