Tag Archives: president’s message

June 2017

From the President
WOW!!! Where is the spring and summer going??? Here we are almost mid-June already and the season is half over!! Such a super busy time and haven’t seen some of the Midwest folks as yet!! April Rally at Indian Lake was wind and rain, and a relatively small group .. May at Sauder Village brought twice as many of us together and of course…..Rain (which seems to find us at some point almost every time) LOL and Wind….(oh my….so windy some of us couldn’t even put out our slides for fear of ripping awnings off…and then there was the “COLD”, we all thought we were camping in late November rather than late spring..but we still managed to have an awesome time together as we always do.. and absolutely no lack of places to EAT.. which we all seem to do well. We even got a fantastic campfire in on Saturday night and even the weather seemed to start co-operating so that we could fellowship together. That brings us to June and an opportunity to go to Michigan..haven’t heard any news on it, but I am sure a great time was had by all that had the chance to attend. Ray and I were not able to go but did have a wonderful time celebrating with his friends at his 50th High School Class Reunion. They are a great bunch and some of them even remind me of a few of our Midwest friends..maybe we can talk them into getting an RV and joining us!!!

As we get to the business side of things, we did discuss some things of importance to our Midwest Members… At the upcoming International Convention at Indianapolis, Indiana, there will be a major item on the voting table…..that is…whether we, the members of FMCA, would consider allowing towables to join us in membership. Please read the entire letter about how this would help our organization from FMCA National President Charlie Adcock that has run in the last two issues of the FMCA. Be sure to let us (your board), know your yeas or nays so we can inform our National Director (Sallie Hosack) before the meeting in Indianapolis. Another item brought forth was that Allen and Sharon Jackson, who have published our membership directories for several years, are no longer able to continue because of other obligations, so we immediately went on the search of new folks to take over that task….AND!! around the campfire we lured some NEW FRIENDS (who were actually attending their very first rally with us)…to takeover……WELCOME Jim and Charlotte Godsey who graciously accepted this job. Charlotte has a lot of experience that coincides with this type of job. Allen has agreed to help in any way he can to make a smooth transition. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Allen and Sharon for all they did to keep the directories up to date. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,!!!!! and…..get back to Midwest camping soon!! WE MISS YOU. We also, passed a vote to make Don and Lois Shook lifetime members of Midwest Coachmen. They have been with members of Midwest Coachmen since 1986. Even though they will not be traveling anymore, we feel they are a permanent part of our group and should be honored as such. That is all I have to share with you all for now…but will catch up after the National with any exciting happenings. Again, if any of you have anything you’d like me to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me either by email at Bowenraycher@frontier.com or best of all stop in for some coffee and a chat!!!

Ray and I both agree (which is a feat in itself) that our ultimate goal is JUST HAVE FUN !!! Till our paths cross down the road……

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 carolnroy@gmail.com.

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

Special Notice: Proposed By-Laws


In accordance with Article XIII of the Midwest Coachmen Bylaws (October 9, 2011 revision); The attached proposed Bylaws changes will be considered by the membership at the first MWC business meeting to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Evergreen Campground, Mt. Eaton, Ohio. This will serve as the required thirty (30) day notice as required by these Bylaws.

A 65% affirmative vote of members present is required to amend these Bylaws.

Those members unable to attend this business meeting may express opinions to any member of the Executive Committee prior to the business meeting. My e-mail is kmkerik@gmail.com or you may call at 419- 332-5420.

Pre-Spring President’ Message

March 18, 2016

As the grasses here up North are starting to turn green and the Robins begin to look for worms, there are many recognizable signs of Spring and thoughts now turn to getting the Motor coach out of storage and ready for the MWC rally season.

Roger and Martha Boice, our hosts for our first rally, have been in Florida and should be on their way back to begin the planning for our first rally at Evergreen Campground in Mt. Eaton, Ohio. on April 28 to May 1, 2016. Registration forms will be coming out soon and we anticipate a large attendance at this familiar campground. We shouldn’t have to worry about rain, mud and lower temperatures and that is the reason for moving our first rally date back a couple of weeks. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Our first business meeting will be held on Sunday with updates on finances, rallies and other normal business items for the group to learn about. We received a note from Jane Roush, who has continued to be very active with the GLAMARAMA planning and hopes to be able to visit with us soon. Carol Barr has continued her recuperation in Florida and Clem Westbrook has managed to have another stent replaced. Others have managed to fair well and keep healthy.

Our Valentines Dinners in Bartow, FL. and Shreve, Ohio were well attended this Winter by members and it appeared that everyone enjoyed the Valentine get-to-gethers.

On another rally note, we have been in contact with the Michigan Knights re: a joint rally this year. We have been invited to rally with them on July-15-17, 2016 at Bay City, Michigan. This weekend is the Tall Ships Festival, where you can watch those large vessels enter the harbor and participate in the festival activities that weekend. Bay City is about 3 hrs. North of Detroit off of I75.

The sites have been reserved at a campground about 10 minutes from the festival.

Since this rally was not on our schedule, it would be added  as a July rally between the Mosquito Lake rally and the August rally trip to the Northeast(Boston area).

I need to know how many would be interested in this special rally, as I will need to give a number to the Knights at our first rally. We will need to make our own reservations with the campground. I will get more info on costs and the location shortly from Don and Kathy Duschene who are hosting for the Knights.

The Gilberts have informed us that the FMCA Perry rally had over 2,300 coaches in attendance with over three hundred new members in attendance.

Everyone stay healthy and hope to see you all again in April/May in Mt. Eaton.

Pres. Ken

Click on the link below for a copy of the proposed changes

Proposed Changes to the Midwest Coachmen Bylaws

December President’s Message

President's message

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

President's message

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