FROM NOW ON ALL CHAPTER NEWSLETTERS WILL BE IN THE ADOBE PDF FORMAT, WHICH PERMITS THE NEWSLETTER TO BE PRINTED AND VIEWED IN THE AUTHOR'S ORIGINAL FORMAT.

March 2012 - Newsletter

Februry 2012 - Newsletter

January 2012 - Newsletter

Here is the December 2011 newsletter for our Chapter 309. (Download Newaletter)

Three other important items.
Please remember to submit your dues for 2012. Information and mailing address is in the newsletter.
I had asked for interest in a March outing by joining the Good Sam's Rally at Phoenix Raceway Park in late March 2012. There will be lots of programs, vendors and entertainment. To date 4 have indicated interest. I shall call the rally office on Monday to learn if they offer group parking, or if it is just "first in" parking. If you might have interest, please let me know..
Tiffany James just Emailed me and indicated that the John Wayne RV Park will not work for our proposed outing in late February. She and Steve are looking for alternative locations.

Warm personal regards,
Thom

 

Dec. 6-9
Jan 25-30
Feb TBD
March TBD
CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2010/2011
Christmas Party/Camp Verde
Distant Drums RV Park
Rice Ranch
Quartzsite, AZ

Chap. Officers

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN 
    SUMMER, 2010

PRINTABLE VERSION IN PDF FORMAT

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OFFICERS  President:      Larry Laursen         1-989-859-8446
        Vice President: Ed Melone                 602-315-3956
        Secretary:       Kay Honn                1-520-825-0043
        Treasurer:       Lee Borden                602-615-2289
        Directors:      Elvin Shaw                 480-380-7718
                     Jack Foster                480-917-9506
                                                           
COMMITTEES: Charity:        Marcia Foster             480-917-9506
            Historian:        Sharry Jarrell           1-928-468-0698
           Membership:   Barbara Feit              480-626-0826
            Sunshine:        Margaret Larsen         480-373-8689
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                     CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2010/2011
 
Oct. 25-29               Arizona State Rally/Mesa Del Oro RV Park   State Mgr. Carlson
Dec. 7-10                Christmas Party/Camp Verde            Chap. Officers
2011
January 25-28             Quartzsite/Rice Ranch                   Wagonmasters Needed
February                 To Be Determined
March 14-16             Roosevelt Lake,                         Joy/Westerhausen
April 4-8                Western Sunshine Rally                     Nat’l Directors
                      Golden Village Palms RV Resort Hemet, Ca
                                                     
Please contact the wagonmasters if you plan to attend any of the above rallies in order for them to make reservations for you. This applies to rallies at both private and public parks.
 
Sorry I can’t include the campouts for the balance of 2011, but I’m sitting in our daughter’s living room in Marysville, WA (N. of Seattle), and all the rest of the schedule is at our home in Oregon.  We’re here to help her with some chores to be done around the house; I’ve been handed the job of cleaning out the flower beds, and Morry has been doing some painting in addition to cleaning the deck surface and removing and replacing a few boards that have dry rot.
 
After a Spring and Summer of below normal temperatures up until a week or so ago, wouldn’t you know that we are experiencing really hot weather for this part of the Pacific Northwest?  I realize that the rest of the country has had above normal temperatures for months, so it really is our turn at it.  However, it does make it tough to work

I’ve been out of touch with most of you during this summer, so I don’t have much news to share.  I have heard that DEWEY AND PAULETTE DAVID spent quite a bit of time in Twin Falls, Idaho to be with Dewey’s ill mother.  She is now in rehab and gaining strength every day.  That’s good news.
 
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Region VII/Arizona State rally October 25-29.  Be sure to send your registration to Russ Carlson.  Can’t wait to hear what has gone on with you these past few months.  In the meantime, take good care of yourselves, have safe travels back to Arizona, and always remember that you are very special to the members of Chapter 309.
 
Ye olde editor,
 
Virginia 
 
I thought I would add a few things so the editor will have a longer newsletter! 
Barbara and I were among the three couples from AZ to attend the HRRVC International Rally. The other two were Ray and Hilda Nichols and Russ and Mary Alice Carlson.  It was HOT about 98-100 with 98 % humidity.  NOT AZ hot and you had to wear a sweater in the buildings.  The National Fairgrounds in Perry has great facilities and the building was very impressive.  There were only 272 rigs in attendance, which made it the smallest International in HRRVC history.  We toured the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA.  They had a very impressive array of WW II aircraft and some dioramas of the war battles.  We also visited a peach farm where they were processing fresh Georgia peaches, quite a process.  We of course had several minutes to be proud grandparents when our granddaughter Jamie Laursen, received her scholarship award.  Barbara and I expect to see you all in October at the State Rally.  Larry
 

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
NOVEMBER, 2009

PRINTABLE VERSION (PDF Reader required)

OFFICERS
President
Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice President Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary Kay Honn 520-825-0043
Treasurer Lee Borden 602-615-2289
Directors Elvin Shaw 480-361-7718
Jerry Loomis  605-370-3778

COMMITTEES
Charity
Marcia Foster

480-917-9506

Historian
Donna Dagenet

480-951-2004

Membership
Tiffany James           

480-812-0818

Sunshine
Margaret Larsen

480-373-8689


CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009
December 8-11 Camp Verde (Xmas Party)
Distant Drums RV Park
Chapter Officers


CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009
April  TBA Page/Lake Powell  Firlein / Roberts
Oct 25-29 AZ State Rally, Mesa AZ
Valle Del Oro RV Park
State Manager Carlson

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU NOTIFY THE WAGONMASTERS FOR CAMPOUTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. THEY HAVE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES WHETHER THEY ARE IN A RV PARK OR DRY CAMPING IN A PUBLIC PARK

LEE BORDEN sent this article about their campout at Dead Horse State Park the first part of October. It sounds as though there was a great deal to see and do there. Hopefully a good time was had by all at our Dead Horse Ranch State Park Camp-out! There were 8 couples from the 309 and 3 SOBs!Chapter 309 Members were the Zeeks, Westerhausens, Kollocks, Jarrells, James, Fosters, Melone/Borden, and the Burbridges.
Unfortunately, our co-hosts (LeVeques and Scheweppes) both canceled out as their RVs were in the shop! So Ed and I went "solo"!!
Welcome dinner was prepared by us (Ed Melone and Lee Borden). It was true Italian fare highlighted by Ed's own sauce cooked over several days. Pasta was accompanied by salad, Italian bread sticks, fresh bread, and for dessert we had fresh grape clusters with biscotti and Italian chocolates.

Wednesday, after early morning breakfast in the camp ground, a small group walked Cottonwood's River Walk, The Jail Trail. Others visited Clemenceau Museum to see the fabulous Verde Valley railroad diorama. Many chose to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Tuesday evening, we all went into Old Cottonwood to The Tavern Grille for dinner. Evenings were so brisk; we forfeited fires the first two evenings.
Thursday morning, we served another breakfast. Later that morning, 8 of us headed to the vineyards in Cornville. Our destination was the Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery. Sipped some new wines, then we had a glorious picnic in the fields adjacent to the vineyard. Others explored the wonderful antique shops in Old Cottonwood and went to Tuzigoot. Pot-luck dinner took place Thursday night. We had farewell coffee and scones Friday morning Weather over all was gorgeous. Cool mornings and evenings - warm middays.
Good times - good people! Safe travels and see you in Benson.
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS: Lee is happy to report that Chapter 309 collected $30.00 at the October campout at Dead Horse Ranch campout for the HRRVC Scholarship fund, and the money has already been sent to National headquarters.


IN REGARD TO SOBs at our events, Region VII Director RAY NICHOLS explains the present-day procedures as follows:
You can invite a non HR friend to go on a Caravan or Adventure. Specifically, these are the trips to Alaska, Puerto Penasco, Calgary Stampede and those that are registration controlled by HR office. It does NOT include any rally event nor does it mean that campouts are open at this time. Future, we'll see but no promises and nothing on the radar screen right now.
This information should answer any questions we might have about this subject. I’m sure we will be notified if there are changes in the future.


AZ. STATE RALLY, NOVEMBER 2-6: If you missed this rally, you missed a really good time. State Managers Russ and Betty Carlson with help from Mike and Mairiene Miranda, as well as from many other volunteers put on a great rally. Beginning on October 29, attendees began to arrive at Cochise Terrace RV Park in Benson, and by November 1st, the official arrival day, sixty-two RVs were parked and ready for the Official Opening Ceremony.. The rally was declared open at 8:30 the morning of Nov.2nd, and shortly after that sixteen first timers attended a meeting conducted by Region VII Director Nichols. It was good to see new people at the rally.
Later, we listened to a lecture given by Gary Dillard, a native of Cochise County, AZ, where Benson is located. Mr. Dillard is a journalist and history buff, especially of Cochise County, which is named for an Indian chief. From his lecture, we learned that this is a diverse county with a pre-history that began 11,000 years ago when the Clovis Man hunted mammoths and other ancient animals. It is felt that the early Cochise Man descended from these early inhabitants.

The attractions in Southeastern Arizona consisting of historic towns, national monuments, museums, army forts both early and present, bird sanctuaries, and so forth, are too many to list here, but you are encouraged to explore them yourselves.
This same morning, Larry Laursen moderated a round table discussion among owners about maintenance or problems that they had arise.
Continuing on this first day—a very busy day for all—Director Nichols held a question and answer period regarding the status of HRRVC. Subjects included the whys and wherefores of the increase in national dues, Monaco’s status in production of new models, warrantees on previously purchased models, and their monetary support of HRRVC. The system for reimbursing volunteers was explained also. These subjects, and others, will be discussed further at the Western Sunshine Rally in February at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

Later in the day, Chapter 309 met for a business meeting. Minutes of this meeting will appear in the December newsletter.
After a baked potato dinner served by the RV park, we were entertained by the Southwest Volksband, of which our own, very busy Ray Nichols was a part. Songs from different countries were played and sung, as were popular songs from earlier eras and patriotic songs, most in which the audience participated. Yours truly was serenaded, too, with “Happy Birthday” for which I am most appreciative. The very busy day was concluded with a rousing version “God Bless America.”

Tuesday, Nov. third, started the day with morning hospitality by Chapter 71, as it did each day. After that a carpool was formed to go to the Desert Mountain Alpaca Ranch in Hereford, AZ., which was both interesting and informational.
In the afternoon, State Manager Russ and Mary Alice Carlson introduced us to the first of three “It” games. Participants formed two lines facing each other and tossed water balloons back and forth with the person across from them. With each toss, the people in the designated line had to take one step backward. If the balloon was not caught, but fell and popped instead, that pair was eliminated. Needless to say, there was a great deal of frivolity and laughter with winners, Gale Casteel and Don Lange, receiving a bottle of wine each.
A dinner of hot dogs and beans was served by Chapter 309, followed by birthday cake to celebrate our own Steve James’s birthday, we had a rousing game of card bingo.

Wednesday we had a free day: Some of us took in sight seeing, visited historic sites and
towns, did laundry, or just plain loafed. Eight persons played a round of golf, but no scores were kept, hence no winners.

Thursday, the fifth, we had a bazaar, with jewelry, books, doggy coats, and all sorts of
items set up on tables. There even was a table for signing up for the Western Sunshine Rally in February and the Puerto Penasco, Mexico Getaway in March manned by Erwin Peake, and Ray Nichols, past and present Region VII directors.
In the early afternoon, we had Root Beer floats served by the Arizona State Officers, followed by “It-#2” involving competing teams of six tossing softballs into buckets of differing point values. Again the winning team members took home a bottle of wine. After that your hard-working, ever-faithful #309 chapter officers decided to forego happy hour to plan for the Christmas party at Camp Verde December 8-11.
Dinner that evening was very good spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread followed by ice cream with chocolate sauce prepared by the Cochise Terrace staff. Following that magician Rod and wife Kim Hawley gave us a delightfully entertaining magic show.

Friday morning the Cactus Wrens, Chapter 407 Yuma, served a good breakfast of pancakes, sausages and Juice. They did a nice job and the food was very good, according to the foodie that lives at our house.
After announcements the council meeting was held, and later the final game of “It” was played. We had to identify a celebrity by looking at drawings on a sheet of paper: Think of a well, a boy and an oar, or a wiener, the letter “n”, and a container of beer. In these two examples, the first celebrity was Orson Welles, and the second was Frankenstein.
There were craft sessions almost every day. Participants came away with decorated hurricane lamps, jewelry containers that looked like roses, and lovely jewelry (pendants) made with silver and dicroic (sp?) glass.
Closing Ceremony followed Happy Hour, during which State Manager Russ Carlson introduced the new Assistant State Manager---our very own Tiffany James. Congratulations, Tiffany; we look forward to having you in your new office
Later a tasty ham and turkey dinner was served by the RV Park and enjoyed by everyone. Dinner was followed by a duo named the Green Velvet, who with their songs and patter had their audience up and dancing. There were quite a few who did line dancing, in addition to those who danced both to slow songs and to fast songs. Those of us who didn’t get up to dance enjoyed watching those who did.
It was a great finale to a really great rally. We were all saying goodbye to one another when the evening was over, and on Saturday morning the rumble of diesel engines preceded the parade of RVs leaving the park. Cochise Terrace RV Park knocked themselves out making sure we had a good time, as did the rally planners and the volunteers who helped in so many ways.


IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that I must inform you of Joan Tisot’s very sudden death the Fourth of November. Joan and her husband John were long time, and very active, members of Chapter 309. Their service to the chapter included the presidency, as well as their willingness to help in any way they could. Health issues for both Joan and John prompted their reluctant withdrawal from the chapter two years ago and they truly were missed. Joan will be remembered, too, for the beautiful cross stitch and needlework art she created. She is to be cremated with a memorial planned for a later date.


JUDY PARKER had a mild heart attack on Sunday, Nov. 1, and required two stents put into her heart. She will, however, be able to travel to Arizona the week on November 9. It is a relief to know that her recovery has gone so well.


LIFESPAN OF RV APPLIANCES (excerpted from Escapees magazine, November/ December 2008... “RV refrigerators, if operated conscientiously, can last 10 to 12 years without problems. [editor’s note: that is, if there hasn’t been a recall-V.Phipps] Most refrigerators die from clogged cooling systems or from corrosion eating holes in the cooling system. While there’s not a lot you can do to prevent the corrosion from happening, you make a huge difference in the life span of your refrigerator by never operating it significantly off level. Even for a half hour. When a refrigerator is allowed to run when it is way off level, the bottom of the boiler can be left dry and the heat from the flame will cause crystals and scale to form. These deposits can break loose and float around in the cooling system, eventually clogging it. When that happens, it’s a goner!
Water Pumps should last 10 to 15 years, no sweat, and you can buy a pump head rebuild kit for them if they wear out. Converters usually last the life of the rig barring electrical surges or other external problems. Both furnaces and water heaters should last 6 to 10 years. You can extend the life of your water heater by flushing it out annually and replacing the anode rod (if so equipped) when it becomes significantly eroded. In some cases, you may have to replace a circuit board if one fails, but the basic appliance should remain serviceable at least that long.” [editor’s note: this information may not apply to some models, but it is still good to have for others.


LEE BORDEN submitted the closure for this month. Thanks, Lee. It’s a good one.

-WOMEN

> > > > > > > > > happy to maintain the old custom.. Ms.Walters approached one of the Afghani women and
WHO KNOW THEIR PLACE
Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are
> asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so > desperately to change?' > > The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, 'Land Mines.'
> Moral of the story is: > BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE'S A SMART WOMAN


I know this is a very long, and perhaps tedious, newsletter, but there were just so many things to tell you about. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we are looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas party in December at Distant Drums. That is always a great rally. After that it is New Year’s Eve. WOO HOO!
Best to all, Virginia
LATE NEWS: RAY AND GIDGET ZEEK had a tire blow out on their way home to Prescott just as they entered Black Canyon. They were lucky in that there were no injuries to them, nor was their motorhome damaged. They certainly had an angel looking over them. VRP



HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
OCTOBER, 2009

OFFICERS
President
Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice President Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary Kay Honn 520-825-0043
Treasurer Lee Borden 602-615-2289
Directors Elvin Shaw 480-361-7718
Jerry Loomis  605-370-3778

COMMITTEES
Charity
Marcia Foster

480-917-9506

Historian
Donna Dagenet

480-951-2004

Membership
Tiffany James           

480-812-0818

Sunshine
Margaret Larsen

480-373-8689


CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009
October 6-9

Dead Horse State Park
Raven Loop

Borden/Melone
Le Veque/Scheppe
November l-5 AZ State Rally, Benson AZ Cochise Terrace RV Park State Mgr. Carlson
December 8-11 Camp Verde (Xmas Party)
Distant Drums RV Park
Chapter Officers


CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009
January 18-21            
Quartzsite Lenthall/Laursen Wyman
February 2-5 Western Sunshine Rally
Pima County Fairgrounds
Reg. VII/VII Directors
February    TBA            Tonopah Dagenet / Tracey

March TBA

TBA TBA
April  TBA Page/Lake Powell  Firlein / Roberts

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU NOTIFY THE WAGONMASTERS FOR CAMPOUTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.  THEY HAVE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES WHETHER THEY ARE IN A RV PARK OR DRY CAMPING IN A PUBLIC PARK

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MORE NEWS FROM THE FOSTERS:  This is an edited copy of an email received from Marcia.  There is a national program for adult swimmers who wish to continue competition as they grow older.  It is called Masters Swimming and has age groups up into the nineties.  Any parent who has spent years chauffeuring children to and from
practice of whatever sport can relate to the pride Marcia has.  Way to Go!


After a 25 year layoff, their daughter is back swimming.  She just turned 44 and is thrilled to see some of her old friends from when she was a teen.  She was  in Indianapolis at the nationals and their mixed relay team set a national record.  She is really a distance freestyle swimmer (boring to watch) but must have turned on some steam,  according to Marcia.

 

 

 


MUSINGS:  An editor of a newspaper writes editorials with personal opinions in them.  And, I suppose, the editor of a newsletter can do much the same.  I have written some thoughts about a pressing issue with HRRVC:

 There is much talk about, and reasons for, raising National dues, and I suppose that will be the case for chapter dues, also.  This brings to mind a 309 chapter meeting at a state rally in Tucson during which the subject of a dues increase was brought up.  Many opinions were stated, both pro and con, when one of our new members spoke up asking why it was even an issue when all a person had to do was look out at the parking lot at the millions of dollars worth of rolling stock there.  That was the end of the discussion and the motion to increase the dues passed unanimously. 

The need for an increase in dues arises at any club level, be it national, regional or chapter, I am sure, not only from fewer folks signing up for caravans and adventures because of the cost of fuel, but also HRRVC has seen a dramatic drop in memberships.  As the membership ages, more and more drop out, and are not replaced.  This is one reason for the drop in income.  As a result, the slack must be taken up in order to continue to provide the services we enjoy so very much.  Other than an influx of new members, raising dues would seem to be the only solution, and I am sure members of HRRVC will rise to the occasion. 
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Your newsletter was almost late:  We are having some landscaping done here at our home in Oregon including removal of some overgrown shrubs.  Our contractor asked that we have the “Call before you dig” people locate the utilities before he did any excavation.  
We did so, and out they came with their spray cans and flags.  The only problem was that in checking the connection for the phone lines, they loosened a wire, resulting in dead phones and no computer connection.  Rather than call the people who caused the problem, as I was wont to do because I was more than upset, I called the phone company service department.  They came by yesterday and found that it was merely a loose wire, much to the relief of all of us.  So, unless I really mess up, you should receiver the newsletter today, Oct. l.

The following was sent to me by an old friend (or should I say “a friend of many years”) who lives in Maine in the summer and Surprise in the winter.  Some of our younger members may not relate, but some of us surely do.  It will seem unbelievable to some, but to others “we’ve been there, done that.”  The pictures didn’t print, but the text will amaze a few of you.

1955 - Can you believe this? Comments made in the year 1955!
(That's only 54 years ago!)


'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible
 To buy a week's groceries for $20.00.

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?

It won't be long before $2,000..00 will only buy a used one.

'If cigarettes keep going up in price,
 
I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.


'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter
?

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00,
 
Nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
'

'When I first started driving,
   Who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon..  
Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.


'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more..
 
Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND,
 
It seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it..


'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century.
 
They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .


'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball?
 
It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.


'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.
 
They are even making electric typewriters now.


'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays..
 
I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.


'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone
 
To watch their kids so they can both work.


'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.


'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.
 
I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.


'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather,
 
But I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.


'There is no sense going to Lincoln or
 Omaha anymore for a weekend,  
It costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.


'No one can afford to be sick anymore,
 
At $35..00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'


'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'


Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on!

Be sure and send it to your kids and grandkids too!

     
 

Enjoy your campout at Dead Horse State Park, and we’ll see you at the State Rally.  We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.  I will be late with the November edition of the Newsletter, because I want to include happenings at the state rally.  Take good care of yourselves in the meantime.  Virginia

 


 

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
SEPTEMBER, 2009
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OFFICERS                           President:            Jack Foster                  480-917-9506
                                    Vice President: Ray Zeek                        602-470-4320
                                    Secretary:            Kay Honn                        520-825-0043
                                    Treasurer:            Lee Borden                        602-615-2289
                                    Directors:            Elvin Shaw                        480-361-7718
                                                            Jerry Loomis                        605-370-3778
COMMITTEES:            Charity:            Marcia Foster                        480-917-9506
                                                        Historian:            Donna Dagenet            480-951-2004
                                                Membership:            Tiffany James                        480-812-0818
                                                Sunshine:            Margaret Larsen            480-373-8689
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CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009/2010
2009:

October 6-9                        Dead Horse State Park                        Borden/Melone
                                           Raven Loop

November l-5                        AZ State Rally, Benson AZ                        State Mgr. Carlson
                                                  Cochise Terrace RV Park

December 8-11            Camp Verde (Christmas Party)            Chapter Officers
                                     Distant Drums RV Park

2010:

January 18-21                         Quartzsite                                                Lenthall/Laursen
                                                                                                            Wyman

February 2-5                        Western Sunshine Rally                        Reg. VII/VII
                                                  Tucson/ Pima County                         Directors
                                                       Fairgrounds
                             
                           TBA                        Tonopah                                                Dagenet
                                                                                                            Tracey

March     TBA

April                TBA                        Page                                                Firlein/Roberts

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU NOTIFY THE WAGONMASTERS FOR CAMPOUTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.  THEY HAVE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES WHETHER THEY ARE IN A RV PARK OR DRY CAMPING IN A PUBLIC PARK
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The WESTERN SUNSHINE RALLY, as noted above, begins on Feb. 2, 2010.  Departure date is February 6th.  Early parking on Feb. l is free for those who register on or before Dec. 1, 2009.  Further information and directions to Pima County Fairgrounds will be forthcoming.
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ELVIN SHAW says that the Holiday Rambler breakfasts in Mesa will continue this season.  That’s good news.  The breakfasts are for Holiday people from all over the country who winter in Arizona, not just for Chapter 309 members, and are a great place to meet and greet.  Following are the 2010 dates for the breakfasts

HOLIDAY RAMBLER BREAKFAST
MESA, AZ
2010
Coffee Ready..................................................8:00AM
Remarks & Introductions.................................8:30AM
Breakfast Served............................................8:45AM

DATES:  Wed 6 Jan                  Thur 18 Feb
               Thur 21 Jan                Thur 4 Mar
               Wed 3 Feb                   
LOCATION:              Old Country Buffet
                         6625 E Southern Ave Mesa, AZ
                        N Side Superstition Spgs Mall

RESERVATIONS REQUESTED    

Call or E-Mail any of the following:

        Elvin & Audrey Shaw  [44453]                        AZ
           Sunland Village East, Mesa        480-380-7718
                                                  Aesha2000@aol.com                                              

        Chaplain-Chuck & Alice Bretz  [60541]         IL
              Valle Del Oro, Mesa               
   alicechuck@wmconnect.com

MUSINGS:
When September comes around, there is often a change in our attitudes.  It is a time for transitions:  The summer is almost over; the days are shorter with daylight seeming suddenly to arrive so much later in the morning than it did just a few days ago, and the darkness of early evening robs us of the views outside our windows so much sooner each day.  The landscape goes away before we realize it is happening.

As children we were just starting to get the hang of our beginners’ swimming lessons when we had to start school again.  Summer vacation was over, and we had to face a new teacher or, worse yet, be in that mean Miss So-and-so’s class.  On the other hand, we were to see our classmates and learn what they did during the summer.

Now we are much older (but still children at heart), and we are beginning to think about the end of August and the start of September.   Now we can plan our winter without worrying about teachers, books, and “dirty looks.”  We are members of Chapter 309 of   Holiday Ramblers Recreation Vehicle Club, and we look upon summer’s end as a time to gather up and think about our rallies and campouts.  We are no longer children, but like them, we are anxious to see our friends and learn what they, too, did during the summer.  

Some of the members of #309 stay in Arizona all year, so they cannot share in the long evening twilight that those in the Northern climes enjoy in summer.  On the other hand, neither do they have the sun rising long before the time for waking. (And, if you are not awakened, the household pets are, and they let you know that 4:00 a.m. is a great time to rise and shine!) But September, with its shorter days, is the signal for the “Northerners” to think about heading south.  There are the State Rally, the chapter campouts, and the Western Sunshine Rally to attend.  It’s time to pack up the old RV and get on the highway. After all, the family at home hasn’t any idea that their parents are merely “seasoned” children who are ready to have the time of their lives.
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Thanks to Carol and Ron Robinson for the following bit of humor.  I though I’d share it with you.  You’ll find it on the next page.

 Incidentally, if any of you have something you feel should be included in the newsletter, please call me  (AZ)  at 623-977-7971 or e-mail me at mvphipps39@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS:

Some people have trouble with all those “shall’s’   and “shall not’s” in the Ten Commandments. 

Folks just aren’t used to  talking in those terms.  So, in middle Tennessee they translated the “King James” into ‘Jackson County’ language—no joke. 
(posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro, TN)

  1. Just one God
  2. Put nothin’ before God
  3. Watch yer mouth
  4. Git yourself to Sunday meeting
  5. Honor yer Ma & Pa
  6. No killin’
  7. No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal
  8.  Don’t take what ain’t yers
  9. No tellin’ tales or gossipin’

(10)Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff
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For those of you driving to Arizona, have a safe and comfortable trip.  For those of you living year-round in Arizona, think about the cooler weather coming in late September and in October.  Like the snowbirds we are named for, we can all flock up at the State Rally.  Just be thankful that we don’t have to hang on to the utility wires until we are all together.  See ya soon, Virginia and Morry

 

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SU  N
MAY, 2009
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OFFICERS:                            President:                Jack Foster        480-917-9506
                                                Vice President:       Ray Zeek           602-470-4320
                                               Secretary:               Kay Honn         520-825-0043
                                                Treasurer:               Lee Borden       602-615-2289
                                                Directors:                Elvin Shaw      *480-380-7718
                                                                            Jerry Loomis      602-361-4899

COMMITTEES:                        Charity:                Marcia Foster      480-917-9506
                                                Historian:               Donna Dagenet   489-951-2004
                                                Membership:         Tiffany James      480-812-0818
                                                Sunshine:               Margaret Larson   480-373-8689

*Please note the change of phone number.
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CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009/2010
2009:
October                          To be determined             Melone and Feit

November 1-6*              AZ State Rally                  State Manager
                                      Cochise Terrace                 Asst. Manager
                                       Benson, AZ

December 8-11            Camp Verde                           Chapter Officers

2010:
January 18-21**            Quartzsite                            Lenthall/Laursen

February                        Open

March                          Western Sunshine Rally?

April                             Page                                           Firlein/Roberts

*November 7 is the Departure Date from the State Rally

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU NOTIFY THE WAGONMASTERS FOR CAMPOUTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.  THEY HAVE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES WHETHER THEY ARE IN A RV PARK OR DRY CAMPING IN A PUBLIC PARK.

**SEE LETTER BELOW FROM ERNIE LENTHAL REGARDING THE QUARTZSITE CAMPOUT IN JANUARY, 2010.
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 The 2010 Breakfast schedule was included with NANCY JOY’s report of the Roosevelt Lake campout.

HOLIDAY RAMBLER BREAKFAST
MESA, AZ
2010
                        Coffee ready………………………………8:00AM
                        Remarks & Introductions……...………….8:30 AM
                          Breakfast Served…………………………8:45 AM
                       
                        DATES:   Wed 6  Jan.                        Thurs 18 Feb.
                                          Thurs 21 Jan                        Thrus 4 Mar
                                          Wed  3  Feb
                       LOCATION:      Old Country Buffet
                                                   6625 E. Southern Ave.  Mesa, AZ
                                                    N. Side of Superstition Springs Mall

Call or email Elvin & Audrey Shaw for reservations: 480-380-7718

                                                                        Aesha2000@aol.com

The Rambler breakfasts provide a gathering place for all Holiday Ramblers from all over the US.  Ads for the breakfasts appear in the RAMBLINGS, also.  We encourage you to attend this fun activity.
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CHAPTER 309, VALLEY OF THE SUN
ROOSEVELT LAKE RECREATION AREA CAMPGROUND
MINUTES OF APRIL 8, 2009

 The meeting was call ed to order by Pres. Jack Foster at 9 A.M.

We welcomed new members, Ron and Bonnie Fields to our club. An introduction  was made by Jack Foster. Bonnie told us a little about them.

The reading of the minutes was dispensed and accepted with a motion made by Alvin Shaw and seconded by Grant Joy.

Our treasurers report was g iven by Treasurer, Lee Borden. The ending balance of April 6, 2009 stands at $1841.45. A motion was made to accept the report by Larry Laursen and seconded by Janet Kolleck. None of the campout expenses were figured in at this point.

Tiffany James gave a membership coordinators report. Tiffany asked how to handle the members who are late in paying their membership. They have sent out notices recently so it was decided that if they have not had a response by the 20th of May, they will be dropped from membership.  One new member has been recruited. A roster was sent around for any corrections.

Our charity report was given by Marcia Foster. Our charity is “DOVES . DOVES stands for domestic violence for adults over 55. We give them toiletries, etc. that they can use as they leave their house with out a thing. A monetary donation is taken for them at our Christmas outing.

Margaret Larsen, our Sunshine Lady reported that our club is healthier than they have been for a long time. She had only sent out four cards this season

We revised the campout schedule.
October – Ed Malone and Lee Borden - destination to be decided
November 1 – 6   State Rally in Benson
December 8 – 11  Camp Verde  - Officers
January Quartzsite – Laursen, Lenthal,  and Wyman
February Tonopah – Tracey and Dagenet
March Western Sunshine
April Page (Lake Powell) -  Firlein and Roberts

Old Business:  Alvin Shaw told us how they have been running the Holiday Rambler Breakfast for a long time but it seems people have lost interest. It was started in 1987 by a group of Holiday Ramblers from Minnesota, with a chapter of 20 or so who wanted to get together for breakfast every so often. Then they invited friends and the breakfast group grew, peaking at 200. Now they need the support of 20 to even keep it going. The decision will be made this year if he will continue his breakfast.

New business:  Pres. Foster reminded us of the State Rally on Nov. 1 – 6 in Benson, AZ. The new region manager, Russ Carlson, will be sending more information as it comes available.

Announcements:  Jo Westerhausen  gave each rig a number as they arrived and put the number in a jar. She had Bonnie Fields draw a number from the jar and she drew their number. With it they received a light that detects scorpions, and  counterfeit money, among other things. 

Motion to adjourn was made by Ernie Lenthal and seconded by Ed Malone.

Submitted by Nancy Joy
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Roosevelt and Apache Lake Recreation Area
April 6th – 9th, 2009
Wagonmasters: J and Jo Westerhausen and Grant and Nancy Joy

The campground at Roosevelt Lake has the best scenery around! It is awesome and the best part of it is, most everyone had a great view. For those that haven’t been there, the campground sits on a high peninsula overlooking the lake, with the mountains in the background. To top it all, the 9th was a full moon so it was almost full all of the time. The weather was fantastic until early Wednesday afternoon when the wind came up. The campground itself is perfect as most campsites have their own ramada. The park has a big center ramada which provides electricity for a coffee pot or roaster and there are three covers for six tables with a huge campfire pit.

The club members started to arrive before noon and were so excited to get the party going. Most of us hadn’t been together for some time so the reunion was due. People wandered in until just before happy hour … and that’s when the fun began. We had a “cheese tasting” which proved to be fun. J and Jo Westerhausen had put a lot of time and research into the cheeses that we sampled. Their daughter is a cheese fromager out east and helped them with ideas. We sampled six cheddar cheeses from Ireland, England and Vermont plus a Manchego cheese from Spain. I got to be the fromager this time and had such a fun time leading the tasting. We learned that some cheese came from the milk of cows, while others came from sheep and goats. And then the really fun part came with feeling the texture, the smell, the taste and the after taste. We even had little crackers to taste between the samples for a palate cleanser. I had my hands full as some tasted their cheese when they were supposed to be smelling, etc. and some even ate their crackers before they were supposed to. Some of them behaved like little children! We also learned it was all up to that particular person as to which cheese was the best. The price didn’t make a difference in the taste at all.

Everyone had brought fire wood so we had plenty. We had big fires in the early morning and again in the evenings. However, the wind came up the last evening so “Sparky Joy” decided not to light a fire then. That sure brought a fast end to the evening. It was amazing how much wood we went through in those three days.

On Tuesday morning we had a speaker who was a ranger from the National Park Service. She talked to us about the lives of the local Indians during the last thousand years. One interest was of their diet and how the corn was not as healthful as most of us used to believe. Many artifacts were found in the Tonto National Monument where they lived in one of the two nearby caves and with the artifacts, they can tell much of their lifestyle. Oh yes, we also learned that “Tonto” means “stupid” in Apache so there was also a discussion of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto”. She sure made the talk interesting.

On Tuesday afternoon people went their own way to explore so we talked about those trips later around the campfire. Some went to the old cemetery near the visitors’ center where Laursens saw a rattle snake. One of our members even found a cowboy! Some explored the dam. Some stayed home and walked. D. and M. Larsen went with us up to Payson. We found an area called “Airpark Homes” near the airport. There must have been twenty or thirty homes with hangers attached for their airplanes. The streets were shared by both cars and airplanes with the street signs low to the ground for the pilots view. Interesting

Several requests were made for the white chili recipe so it is enclosed.

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Med. Onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2   4 oz. cans chopped green chilies
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3        16 oz. cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
6 cups chicken broth (46 oz. can)
3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream for topping

Heat oil and add onions. Add next 6 ingredients and sauté for two minutes. Add beans and broth. Bring to a boil.
Then simmer for two hours. Add one cup grated cheese. Sprinkle servings with remaining cheese. Add a dollop or so

of sour cream.
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Following is a letter from Ernie Lenthall regarding the January 2010 campout. 

LARRY LAURSEN AND ERNIE LENTHALL had a meeting to plan the January 2010 campout at Quartzsite.  At this meeting it was determined that the dates for the campout will be January 18,2010 for the arrival date and January 21, 2010 for the departure date.  The Big Tent and RV show dates are January 16-24, 2010.  The only thing that members of chapter #309 will have to decide soon is if they wish to extend the stay at the campground.  Anyone interested in extending the stay will have to make arrangements with the campground by November, 2009. More information will be distributed after our visit to the campground in October.

Thanks

Ernie Lenthall
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THE HAWK AND THE MIRROR (cont.): The parts for the broken mirror arrived from the manufacturer along with five pages of detailed instructions on how to fix it.  We are waiting for one little plastic clip that holds the middle section of the mirror. (The clip snapped during its removal.)   As soon as that arrives, we’ll be set to go.
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LEE BORDEN, Chapter Treasurer, sends a big thank-you to those who renewed their memberships, and wishes to remind everyone that the membership year runs from December through November. She feels that many of us are unaware of the timing for paying our dues.  In early October, new members, TOM AND BARBARA FEIT, will join ED MELONE and LEE as wagonmasters at a campout.  They are working on a location, and “are open to suggestions.”  If you have any ideas, pass them along to Ed and Lee or Tom and Barbara. 
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HAPPY

MOTHERS

DAY

Best to all Mothers on the very special day from Morry and I. Fathers will have their day in June.  Enjoy your spring weather.

Virginia

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
MARCH/APRIL, 2009
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OFFICERS: President: Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice President: Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary: Kay Honn *520-825-0043
Treasurer: Lee Borden 602-615-2289
Directors: Elvin Shaw 480-361-7718
Jerry Loomis 602-361-4899

COMMITTEES: Charity: Marcia Foster 480-917-9506
Historian: Donna Dagenet 489-951-2004
Membership: Tiffany James 480-812-0818
Sunshine: Margaret Larson 480-373-8689
*Please note the change of phone number.
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CAMPOUT SCHEDULE 2009/2010
2009:

April 6-9 Roosevelt Lake Joy/Westerhausen

October/November AZ State Rally

December 8-11 Camp Verde Chapter Officers

2010:

January Quartzsite Dagenet/Tracey

February Open

March Western Sunshine Rally?

April Page Firlein/Roberts

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU NOTIFY THE WAGONMASTERS FOR CAMPOUTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. THEY HAVE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES WHETHER THEY ARE IN A RV PARK OR DRY CAMPING IN A PUBLIC PARK.
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Please note that this newsletter has a March/April date in the header. I’ve been having computer problems with the modem and connections to the internet so I’m late again with the monthly newsletter. (You’d think that a Qwest modem that works in Arizona would also work in an Oregon connection, too, but it’s not so). In addition, it is usually late when information comes in about campouts and some of the other items, so it is the last of the month when I am able to get out the newsletter. To solve this problem I’ll send out the April information in the May First newsletter, the May information on June First, and so forth. It’s like the The Arizona Republic printing Friday’s news on Saturday.

 

WESTERN SUNSHINE RALLY: The Las Vegas Speedway was a great place to have a rally. The facilities were very good, and Paul and Claire Lankes are to be congratulated on the great job they did in coordinating this rally. One hundred twelve rigs and ten vendors were waiting for the festivities to start.

Opening ceremonies, along with Presentation of the Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance,
were held Tuesday morning followed by Rally Orientation for the First Timers. The Rally office opened and the Vendors opened their displays at their sites. We were set to go.

The tours were well attended, and although I didn’t get a report from Tour #1, I’m sure
those who went shopping and toured the Liberace Museum enjoyed it a great deal. Tour #2 was to the Nuclear Test Site located north of Las Vegas. This tour was eight hours long and very interesting as well as educational. They learned a lot about the tests conducted in the past and about the current and ongoing tests which monitor the radiation levels, if any, at different blast sites that they visited. Tour #3 was also a “learning experience” not only touring the winery in Pahrump, but also in visiting Sherrie’s brothel, which is open for business other than tours. Their tour guide was wearing the “uniform” appropriate for her line of work. You can contact Ron and Carol Robinson for further information about this tour.

NATIONAL DIRECTORS attending this meeting were President Phil Cline, Region II; Erwin Peake, Treasurer, Region VII; Larry Witt, Region VI; and Wanda Smith, Region VIII. They held a meeting Thursday morning during which President Cline read a letter concerning Monaco and is the same letter that was forwarded by e-mail to you from Jack Foster. President Cline discussed the present status of the Club, stating that we are in a good position financially although we need to recruit new members. He remarked that Holiday Rambler is the biggest seller--over half-- of Monaco’s RV lines (others are Monaco, Beaver, and Safari). Director Erwin Peake discussed finances, noting that each year the general membership receives a copy of the annual audit when it is published in the Ramblings.

On TUESDAY EVENING we had Bingo, and on THURSDAY EVENING Closing Ceremonies were held with retiring of the colors. Prior to Closing Ceremonies, . Director Larry Witt was responsible for Make-A-Wish donations and collected $2000.00, while Director Wanda Smith handled the Scholarship Funds, and she collected $1300.00. I can’t recall our ever having such successful fund drives.

In between those two evenings on WEDNESDAY EVENING we had a vocal trio made up of two women and one man who entertained us with oldies, patriotic songs and songs of faith. We were invited to sing along with them if and when we knew the words. It was a most enjoyable evening.

Just to add to the good times, NASCAR race cars were available for people to drive or to ride around the track. The fees were on the steep side, but those participating had a thrill going around the track for several laps at 165 mph. Bleachers were set up for watching the cars, and that in itself was pretty darned exciting.

We really enjoyed the rally, and it was wonderful to see again the friends we have made at rallies and on caravans over the years. I encourage all of you to attend these functions. Not only are they educational (seminars, craft sessions, et.al.) but a good time is had by all.
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UPDATE; Word is out that Navistar is in the process of buying Monaco Coach’s assets for $50 million. I’m sure you will get more specifics on this transaction in the future.
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IT IS GOOD TO KNOW that some of our chapter members who have been under the weather are now feeling better. The hand surgeon released GIDGET ZEEK, but she still must exercise her fingers until they are back to normal. MARGARET LARSEN is feeling much better and recovery is good after her fall several weeks ago. Margaret has had some coronary tests of late and everything was found to be okay.

ON THE OTHER HAND, GEORGE ROBINSON is having a pacemaker installed on April 2. We wish him good luck during the procedure. GRANT JOY has had some coronary problems, too, that necessitated going to the emergency room and an overnight in the hospital, but they changed his medications somewhat, and the last news is that he is doing better.
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ON OUR TRIP BACK NORTH we had a hawk hit the driver’s side of the windshield. We were congratulating ourselves on the fact that it had hit the curved part and caromed off it without breaking it. Then we noticed the mirror was dangling upside down and was being held only by the electrical cord. The post holding the mirror was broken. Good old duct tape! We had several re-taping sessions, but made it back to Oregon with the mirror still connected. Morry called the factory where it was made, and they are sending out the material needed to repair it. They were very nice, and they told him he could do it and would save several hundred dollars.
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DO HAVE a wonderful summer. For those of you leaving for the summer, have a safe trip, and those of you staying in the Valley of the Sun, keep cool. In any event, we’ll see you at the Arizona State Rally at Benson.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: You may have to read the following more than once to make sense of it. Read each sentence and then pause a moment before going on to the next one.

It’s not so much how
Far you go
As what you see.

It’s not so much how
Much you see
As what you learn
From what you see.

It’s not so much how
Much you learn
As what you do
With what you
Learn
From what you see
As you go wherever
You plan to go.

This was framed and given to me by my mother when we first started RVing. For you poetry readers it is written in Free Verse. For the rest of us, the stress put on the second, fourth, sixth, and so forth, words.


 

 

COME PLAY WITH US!
Roosevelt and Apache Lake Recreation Area
Grapevine Group, Goose Loop
April 6 – 9, 2009

·        CANNOT GET INTO GATE UNTIL NOON!

Campground:  Grapevine Group, Goose Loop:  This is a dry camp but not to worry, we all are equipped with self contained units. Come with water tank full but empty gray and black tanks! The site is located on a high bank, overlooking Lake Roosevelt. It’s a beautiful site, a lot to see and a lot to do.
Directions:  From the west:  Follow Hwy. 60 to Globe. Turn north on Hwy. 188. Go approximately 27 miles. Watch for the sign for Grapevine Group Camping, on east side of road. The entire route is paved. Watch for Forest Service Sign: “Grapevine Rd.”
From the north: Take State Hwy. 87 (Beeline Highway) north for about 60 miles to the junction of State Hwy 188. Turn right and follow Hwy. 188 for 26 miles to the lake. Again, the entire route is paved.  Watch for Forest Service Sign: “Grapevine Rd.”

Meals:                        BRING OWN TABLE SERVICE FOR ALL MEALS!
Apr. 6th, Mon            .            Lunch on your own
4:30 PM   Cheese tasting  (bring your wine of choice)
                                    Dinner on your own
Apr. 7th, Tue.
8 AM … Biscuits and gravy   
               Followed by a Ranger tal
4:30 Happy Hour
        Followed by dinner out - TBA … Dutch Treat

Apr. 8th, Wed
8 AM coffee
          Breakfast on your own
9 AM Business Meeting
          Caravan for lunch at Apache Lake … Dutch Treat
           (bring your camera)
4:30 PM Happy Hour
Dinner … White chili and corn bread

Feb. 9th, Thurs
8 AM Coffee and rolls … Farewells

Things to bring:            Firewood, Binoculars, Cameras, lawn chairs, Fishing Pole and license, maybe your Golden Age Passport and more firewood
                                            

  • DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: March 23rd

Wagonmasters:      
J Westerhausen:   wyousna@aol.com    480.969.0265

Grant Joy:   Gnjoy97530@aol.com 480.984.2648


 

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
JANUARY, 2009

OFFICERS:                    President:       Jack Foster         480-917-9506
                                       Vice Pres:       Ray Zeek                 602-470-4320
                                     Secretary:       Kay Honn           520-463-2614
                                       Treasurer:       Lee Borden         602-615-2289
                                       Directors:       Elvin Shaw          480-380-7718
                                                             Jerry Loomis        602-361-4899

COMMITTEES:            Charity:         Marcia Foster       480-917-9506
                                       Historian:      Donna Dagenet     480-951-2004
                                       Membership: Tiffany James       480-812-0818


                                       Sunshine:      Margaret Larson    480-373-8689

CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTER

February 9-11, 2009                         Usery Park                      Loomis and Honn

March 17-20, 2009                           Las Vegas                       Western Sunshine Rally

April 6-9                                             Roosevelt & Apache       Westerhausen and Joy
                                                         Lakes Rec. Area
See the President’s Corner (below) for further information about 2009 campouts
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President’s Corner

The word is out.  Quartzsite was a huge success so kudos to Wagonmasters Tracey and Dagenet.  Marcia and I hated to miss it but family matters in California kept us away.  Anyway, we have Usery Pass to look forward to in a couple of weeks and it will be good to see you all again. 

Speaking of Wagonmasters, it is time to put some names along side the campout listings for next fall and into 2010.  We will be having campouts as follows:

            October – AZ State Rally
           
            November – skip for Thanksgiving

            December – Distant Drums       Chapter officers

            January –

            February –

            March – Western Sunshine Rally?

            April –

As you can see, there are only three opportunities for you to sign up as wagonmasters.  No prior experience necessary – we’ll pair you up with a seasoned pro couple.  Attention all seasoned pro couples – we are looking to try some new and exciting locales for campouts so please give it some thought and we’ll work it out together.  I’ll wait by my computer next to the phone and I hope to hear from you soon.  Join in Obama’s new spirit of volunteerism and jump at this opportunity.  These openings won’t last long, so don’t dilly-dally!!

Regards - Jack
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NANCY JOY came to my rescue again, and sent a report on the campout at Quartzsite which follows.  She did her usual great job, and I thank her for so graciously helping out.

“The January, 2009, campout was held in Quartzsite from January 19th through the 22nd.

“Nineteen couples came to explore  the area. This year we camped right downtown, instead of out in the desert. Talk about convenient! It’s right across the road from the “Big Tent”. On the 18th, Dagenets, Traceys and Joys arrived just in time for lunch and then “the playoffs”. (As you all know, Arizona won!) Later in the evening, Grant and I drove out to the desert and sat around the campfire with Frank and Carol Menor (from the Yuma club). You’ve never seen so many stars! I’m sure you could have reached up and touched them as they were so big. On Monday the club started to arrive. It’s always exciting to see old friends again and meeting new ones. Grant was on gate duty, with Dick and Phil parking. It was one of those campgrounds that you wound around in; turn left through some vendors, then turn right, and then another left. Grant wanted me to bring him some lunch and would you believe, I couldn’t find the stupid gate? I got so frustrated that I finally turned around and went back home. Then I got Phil to deliver it for me. (The only time I had been up there was when we came in … twice!)

Phil had double duty this campout. We are so blessed to have a professional cook in our club. Donna didn’t have any room in her refrigerator for anything but club food. Phil (with just maybe, a little help from Donna) had done most of the preparation for all our meals, some completely done, and they were “stuffed” in the freezer and refrigerator. They just refused to have help from anybody and I guess I can understand all that as they had their way of doing things. Everything was perfect and no body went hungry. There was so much food … and it was oh so good. A great big thanks to the Dagenets!

 I don’t know why some of you are afraid to go to Quartzsite. It’s a happening! There is something going on all over the place but if you want to just kick back, you can do that too. If you can’t find it here, you don’t need it!  Quartzsite started out as a fort in 1856, for protection against Native Americans. Because of a good water supply, it soon became a stage coach stop. As the stage coach lines disappeared, the fort was abandoned. Then there was a small mining boom in 1897 which revitalized this desert town. Now it is known for the gem shows in the area. The winter population swells to over a million during January and February but that is way down this year. We couldn’t believe how empty some campgrounds are, even in the desert areas that we always raced to, to get there before anyone else got our space. I was reminiscing about a trip we took some time ago, bringing my parents on a trip west, for their 50th anniversary. We drove through Quartzsite on our way to California and went on and on about the crazy people that camped just anywhere out in the desert. Gosh, who would have ever believed that we would soon be joining those crazy people?

Grant brought me a little paper with some information on how the gem show started at  Quartzsite and  I thought you might find  it interesting. It actually started in 1967 in an old school house, when residents wanted to build a community center. There were 22 gem and mineral exhibits inside the building and 52 rock hound vendors selling pretty stones, trinkets and treasure from their pickup trucks. About 1000 people attended that year but plans immediately started for the following year. This all-volunteer organization has since started Quartzsite’s first library, donated money to the fire department, donated land for the medical center, money for scholarships, etc. Today there are more than 300 Quartzsite Improvement Association volunteers and they aren’t afraid to do grunt work either.

During our time in Quartzsite we had visitors to our campsite, we got new members, had our own little jewelry sale when some of our talented members sold some of their wares, played the “Almost Newlywed” game,  and besides watching the historical ballgame, we had history made when Barack Obama was inaugurated. It was quite a week. The evening of the inauguration Dick had all those who had served in the armed forces come forward and they led the rest of us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. It was so appropriate. Thanks Dick for honoring the day.

It was a great week with something for everyone. We thank you Dagenets and Traceys. You will be a hard act to follow.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF RESERVATIONS:  We need reservations made for these campouts as we also make reservations for activities and for planning our meals. Please let us know as early as possible if you plan to attend any of our campouts. Please also be considerate of our wagon masters if you have made reservations and have to cancel. Do let them know!”
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OLD DOGS-NEW TRICKS:  It seems that at my advanced age I can still learn about new stuff.  Only, I guess, it really isn’t all that new.  Anyhow, I received an e-mail telling, while you are still in the car, how you can know from what side of your car the gas your gas tank can be filled.  This can be a problem for some of us if we own more than one automobile from more than one manufacturer. Then you’ll know what lane to get into at the service station.  Here’s the trick:  If you look at your gas gauge you will see a small image of a gas pump.  Beside it will be a black dart pointing to the side of your car where the gas cap is located.   Last evening, Morry was looking at the outline I had made for this newsletter, and he, too, had to go out and look at our gas gauge. (Ain’t science grand?)
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WESTERN SUNSHINE RALLY:  The schedule of tours for this rally looks really interesting.  The trip to the nuclear test site, tour #2, sounds really interesting.  It’s at Mercury, North of Las Vegas, and where the underground tests were held.  Tour #1 to the Liberace Museum should be a great experience for his fans, and Ethel M chocolates are,
as the teens say, to die for.  Botanical gardens are always interesting.  Certainly, Tour #3 should be a “learning experience” for both ladies and gentlemen as they visit Sherries brothel and resort, and the Pahrump Valley winery is a beautiful building up on the side of a hill.  Beside that, Region 8 Director Wanda Smith and husband Jerry live in Pahrump.
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ELVIN SHAW reports that he is moving around after his knee surgery “like it had never been done.”  Both GIDGET AND RAY ZEEK have had recent hand surgery.  GIDGET’s surgery was for arthritis in her hand, and she recently had a full cast removed to be replaced with a half-cast and is now doing rehab on the hand.  RAY had the ring finger of his left hand amputated, but the stitches have been removed, and the site is in the process of healing.  MARTY LENTHALL reports that she is feeling much and wants to thank everyone for their cards and prayers.
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Sometimes, when we see the flyers for campouts and they say “Heavy hors d’ouvres,”
we’re not exactly sure what the wagonmasters want.  Actually, it is a request for rather substantial items, such as chicken wings, veggies and dip, little sausages in sauce, and cheese and crackers, et cetera,  at happy hour because it is meant to be in lieu of dinner for that evening.  Perhaps you have a specialty dish you would like to bring and share.
Anyhow, it is like having not quite, but similar to, a potluck but more casual.
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Morry and I wish you all well.  We hope you have not had the killer cold that is going around, but if you did, here’s to a speedy recovery.  We are looking forward to seeing you all at Usery Mountain Park, so see you there.

Virginia



 


HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER 309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
DECEMBER, 2008


OFFICERS: President: Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice Pres: Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary: Kay Honn 520-463-2614
Treasurer: Lee Borden 602-615-2289
Directors: Elvin Shaw 480-380-7718
Jerry Loomis 602-361-4899

COMMITTEES: Charity: Marcia Foster 480-917-9506
Historian: Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
Membership: Tiffany James 480-812-0818
Sunshine: Margaret Larson 480-373-8689

CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTER

January 19-23, 2009 Quartzsite Tracey and Dagenet

February 9-11, 2009 Usery Park Loomis and Honn

March 17-20, 2009 Las Vegas Western Sunshine Rally

April 6-9, 2009 Roosevelt Lake Joy and Westerhausen



Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the newsletter for December is much later than I had hoped to get it to you. It seems life is much more complicated at this Christmas time than I figured it would be. Nevertheless, our wishes for you and yours (at the end of this newsletter) for a good Christmas and a Happy and prosperous 2009 still are in effect. Thanks for your understanding. Virginia
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CAMPOUT REPORT: DISTANT DRUMS: Our annual Christmas campout was a smashing hit. Those chapter officers really know how to put on a party, and all who were there had a grand time. Fosters, Loomis’s, Joys, and Melone/Borden arrived a day or two early, so Marcia, Kay, Maggie, Nancy, and Lee worked on the table decorations for our Thursday night dinner, which was put on by the officers. They were yummy to look at, and, later, yummy to eat because they were made from chocolate kisses. Zeeks, Traceys, Laursens, Westerhausens, LeVeques, Dagenets, Kollocks, Burbridges, Redman, and Phipps’s came in on the 9th. Shaws and State Mgr. Nichols arrived on the 10th.

The evening of the 9th we had a potluck dinner, and, let me tell you, those ladies know how to cook! Prior to dinner, President Foster introduced new members, the LeVeques and the Kollocks. After dinner, Morry Phipps was surprised to be called up to the table and presented with a birthday cake with a big 85 in number candles sitting on top. This was a pre-celebration for his birthday on Dec. 18th. We all sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

The 10th, after a breakfast in the club house, the day was free for us to make side trips around the lovely area, or to do as we wished. Some of us even had a nap! That evening we were taken by shuttle to the Casino to have dinner, after which some of us stay trying to bankrupt the casino. Others were shuttled back to the RV Park for visiting in the club house for a while.

Thursday morning we were treated to tasty eggs in a bag breakfast, followed by our Business meeting at 10:00 a.m. Minutes of the meeting are elsewhere in the newsletter.
During the meeting, State Mgr Ray Nichols installed the incoming officers, which are the same except that Lee Borden is our new Treasurer. Minutes of the meeting are elsewhere in the newsletter. Marcia Foster talked about our chapter charity , DOVES, a program for elderly victims of abuse. She asked for cash donations or donations of personal items, such as lotions, soaps, etc. Margaret Larson reported on the cards she sent to members in her capacity as Sunshine chairman.

That evening our chapter officers did themselves proud preparing our Christmas dinner. There was a lovely ham, accompanied by sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus pies for desert. The decorations that the ladies made earlier for our dinner party added a great deal to the spirit of the evening. The RV Park had a Christmas tree up, which was very nicely decorated, and tables with cloths and center pieces appropriate to the season. It was very festive and contributed to the great time we all had.

After dinner a drawing was held for a gift certificate from East Mesa RV Specialists with the proceeds going to DOVES. BUD BURBRIDGE was the lucky winner. The total money donated, plus the raffle sales, at the end of the meeting amounted to over $407. 00 Marcia will keep the raffle open until January l, 3009 in case anyone who was not at the campout wishes to give to the charity. Marcia can be contacted at 480-917-9506 or at 480-334-0927. Items can be mailed to her at 991 E. Gail Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85296


After that, judges for the RV decorating contest braved the cold weather, and went forth into the night. They reported that there were many beautifully decorated rigs. After much deliberation, they made the following difficult decisions: Most animated lighting—LARRY AND BARBARA LAURSEN; Most artistic—GRANT AND NANCY JOY; and Best overall traditional Dickens display—HILDA AND RAY NICHOLS. Prizes were awarded to the three winners.

Prizes were awarded, too, to those who could figure out the titles of Christmas songs from clues such as “Tranquility upon the terrestrial sphere.” They were real brain teasers.
Following was a rousing game of bingo with Jack Foster as caller.

ELVIN SHAW reminded us of the Holiday Rambler breakfasts held in Mesa at the Old Country Buffet located at 6625 E. Southern Ave. on the North side of Superstition Springs Mall. Remaining dates are: Jan. 7 and 22, February 4 and 19, and Wed. March 9.
Elvin can be reached at 480-3807718, e-mail at Aesha2000@aol.com for further details and to make reservations. Elvin is scheduled for knee surgery on December 29th, so Happy New Year, Elvin. All kidding aside, I know you all join me him wishing him well with a speedy recovery.

The next morning we had a continental breakfast after which we all headed back to our respective homes. All in all, it was a wonderful campout. We’re going back to Distant Drums for our 2009 Christmas campout, so if you couldn’t make it this year, plan on going next year. We can pretty much assure that you will have a great time
Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, Arizona
Business Meeting – December 11, 2008

The meeting was called to order by President, Jack Foster, at 10:05 a.m.

Welcome and introductions: Pres. Jack introduced new members Janet and Ken Kollock and Bob and Fran LeVeque. They were presented temporary badges and 309 hang pins.

Minutes: A motion was made by Phil Dagenet and seconded by Dick Tracey to accept the October, 2008 minutes as published. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s report: Ernie Lenthall reported for the months of October 21 to December 8, 2008. The beginning balance was $1,569.52. Deposits were $60.00 and expenses were $87.33 leaving an ending balance of $1,542.19. Jerry Loomis moved to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Bev Burbridge. Motion carried.

Membership Coordinator: Ernie Lenthall reported for Marty Lenthall. He reported the club has two new members. He stated that the listing from National has not come out for Oct or Nov. but Marty sends letters to those names she gets from Ray.

Charity Report: Marcia Foster shared that the newspaper in Phoenix matches donations to DOVES. She went to DOVES in November to deliver donations and learned there had been a fire in the building two days earlier, but they were still operating. She stated that if you donate to DOVES, you will receive a receipt and a thank you letter. Toiletries, personal care items, and checks are accepted. Jack stated the club also needs to decide if this will be the charity for next year. Maggie Loomis moved and Audrey Shaw seconded the motion to support DOVES for the coming year. Motion carried.

Jack shared the Audit Report done by Larry Laursen showing all expenses accounted for. He distributed copies of the audit along with examples of standing rules from Larry Laursen’s club in Michigan. Jack explained that the standing rules would be club rules that are not a part of HRRVC or the By-laws. He requested that members consider these examples to be discussed at the next meeting.

Sunshine: Margaret Larsen reported that she sent out 16 cards this year. She will send a card to Marty Lenthall and Elvin Shaw next week. She also reported that when a death occurs in the club, $25 is sent to DOVES.

Campout Schedule:
Jan 19-23, 2009 Quartzsite Tracey & Dagenet
Feb 9-11, 2009 Usery Park Loomis & Honn
Mar 17-19, 2009 Las Vegas Western Sunshine
Apr 6-9, 2009 Roosevelt Lake Joy & Westerhausen

Old Business:
Jack introduced the Arizona State Managers, Ray and Hilda Nichols. Ray reported the Western Sunshine rally is Mar 17-19, 2009. Early parking is the 16th and stays cannot be extended. Continuance of this rally will depend on attendance, so he urged as many as possible to attend.

Region VII Rallies:
July 7-11, 2009 Colorado Trifecta, caravan after to Branson and on to Sedalia to the international rally.
Oct 13, 2009 Chapter 500, Las Cruces, NM at Hacienda. RV
Oct 19-23, 2009 Mineola, Texas region VII
Oct 25-28, 2009 Deming, New Mexico
Nov 2-7, 2009 Arizona State, Benson, AZ, Cochise Terrace RV. (Rally will be Mon. thru Fri. with Wed. as a day off.) The Theme is “Holiday Magic.”

Ray also reported that the Club headquarters is closed in Wakarusa. The diesel manufacturing has been consolidated in Oregon. The club office is now in Elkhart, but still going through the transition and moving the website to new servers. The new website is: www.HRRVC.org. The 800 phone number does not always work yet, but they can be reached at the local number. The election for two Directors is coming up. Ray said that Arizona residents are encouraged to exercise their voting right.

Phil Dagenet noted that Clayton Nelson is the Chapter 500 President and Phil and Donna are wagonmasters for the rally in Las Cruces. He asked for suggestions for rally activities in the area. Elvin Shaw suggested that he talk to Rusty Mason, who lives there.

Jack announced that a $50 gift certificate from East Valley RV Specialists will be raffled tonight for the benefit of DOVES, donated by Ray and Hilda Nichols.

Nominating Committee: Gidget Zeek presented the following slate of officers:
Jack Foster, President
Ray Zeek, Vice President
Kay Honn, Secretary
Lee Borden, Treasurer

Larry Laursen moved to accept slate of officers as presented, Virginia Phipps seconded the motion. The slate of officers was unanimously approved.

Installation of officers: Ray Nichols carried out the installation of officers.

Announcements:
Elvin Shaw- shared that they went to Wakarusa service center just after staff learned they were losing their jobs. They still gave them great service as if there was nothing wrong. He also said he has sponsored the HR breakfast in Mesa for many years. He had to cancel the last one, but is asking for support of the club in attending. The schedule is in the Ramblings. Also, he got everything from Marquardt and Tissot’s rigs and he sold most at a bazaar. He still has misc. items at his unit, if anyone interested, make a donation.

Jerry Loomis- announced that he and Maggie now have a home in SD. If anyone wants to come to SD, you are welcome to come stay a couple days with them. Also, Ramblings publications, HR was thinking of going online with Ramblings, but continue to provide the hard copy. There was much criticism to limiting it to internet access only. Ray stated that he believes in increased communication during these times, and has encouraged the hard copy publications.

Larry Laursen - the facility in Elkhart is open, being run by Monaco and Turning Wheel. Monaco has closed their rally office for FMCA.
Maggie Loomis - 1:00 crafts, bring scissors, iron, ironing boards, napkins.

Marlyss Tracey - has someone’s spoon from the potluck. She traded spoons with Nancy Joy.

Jack Foster - Games this afternoon; Jack destroyed them while hooking up, so there will be no games.

Ernie Lenthall - is figuring the rally fee. It is approximately $7 per person. Dues are $15 to HRRVC #309. Marty has recruited Tiffany James as membership coordinator.

Maggie Loomis moved to adjourn, Grant Joy seconded. Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kay Honn, Secretary
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The following has been going around the e-mail circuit. I’ve edited the information somewhat to save space, and I’ll pass it along to you as it could be of some help some rainy day: “If you have the cruise control on when driving in the rain and you start to hydroplane, the tires can lose their grip on the road. When that happens the cruise control will take over and your car will accelerate to a faster and faster rate of Speed. There are some cars on the market will not allow the driver to set the cruise control if the windshield wipers are on.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Claire Lankes needs volunteers for the Western Sunshine Rally in Las Vegas. She is looking for chairmen for arts and crafts, craft contest, and quilts and covers. She is also asking for donation for “Make a Wish” baskets and other donations or gifts large enough to be auctioned off. If you can help, contact Claire at her e-mail address: lankescm@aol.com.
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RAY ZEEK is to have surgery on his hand on January 9th, and we wish him well. GIDGET ZEEK has had surgery on her wrist and finding that getting things done with just one hand can be a problem. MARTY LENTHALL has been quite ill recently, be she reports that she is feeling much better now.

This comment came from the Chap. 102 Rainiers newsletter, and I thought I’d pass it
on to you. Shary Friedrich is the editor.

Don’t complain about the storm.
Learn to dance in the rain.
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Morry and I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons with hopes for a wonderful year in 2009. May all of your wishes for health, wealth, and happiness come true.

See you next year, Virginia

BRING A ‘BUDDY’ AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
VALLEY OF THE SUN #309 BUDDY RALLY


Location: USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
Dates: February 9 – 11, 2009 (Early parking after 1:00 p.m. on the 8th)

Activities: The location is the beautiful Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, just North of Mesa, AZ. Activities include horseback riding, golfing, hiking, biking, star gazing, and a one mile “Nature Hike” with the local park ranger at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 11th.

Accommodations: Dry camping. We have 25 sites in campground “A” with two covered ramadas, tables, and electric for cooking, new restrooms and showers. Cost is $12.00 per night, including park entrance fee. *NOTE: Bring lots of Firewood!!!! And sticks for roasting marshmallows!!!!!

Directions: From US 60, exit Ellsworth Road north to Usery Mountain Regional Park entrance. Wagonmasters: Jerry and Maggie Loomis loomij@aol.com, 602-361-4899 or mloomis56@aol.com, 605-370-3778
Neil and Kay Honn knhonn@yahoo.com, 520-463-2614

Reservations: Please contact one of the Wagonmasters by January 20th, 2009 to reserve a space for you and your buddy and indicate if you will be participating in the golf outing.

Sunday Early arrival day for Wagonmasters; prep. No planned chapter activities

Monday (arrival after 1:00 PM) Coffee and cookies
5:00 p.m. Social Hour/Dinner – Bring Hearty Snacks

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Oatmeal & milk provided – Bring favorite toppings;
Cinnamon, sugar, raisins, yogurt, granola, etc.
10:00 a.m. Meeting (Bring 2 cans of vegetables for HoboStew)
Lunch on your own; Golf, Craft Show and Sew
4:00 p.m. Social Hour – Bring snacks.
6:00 p.m. Dinner – Hobo Stew, rolls, and dessert provided

Wednesday 9:00 a.mBRING A ‘BUDDY’ AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
VALLEY OF THE SUN #309 BUDDY RALLY

Location: USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
Dates: February 9 – 11, 2009 (Early parking after 1:00 p.m. on the 8th)

Activities: The location is the beautiful Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, just North of Mesa, AZ. Activities include horseback riding, golfing, hiking, biking, star gazing, and a one mile “Nature Hike” with the local park ranger at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 11th.

Accommodations: Dry camping. We have 25 sites in campground “A” with two covered ramadas, tables, and electric for cooking, new restrooms and showers. Cost is $12.00 per night, including park entrance fee. *NOTE: Bring lots of Firewood!!!! And sticks for roasting marshmallows!!!!!

Directions: From US 60, exit Ellsworth Road north to Usery Mountain Regional Park entrance. Wagonmasters: Jerry and Maggie Loomis loomij@aol.com, 602-361-4899 or mloomis56@aol.com, 605-370-3778
Neil and Kay Honn knhonn@yahoo.com, 520-463-2614

Reservations: Please contact one of the Wagonmasters by January 20th, 2009 to reserve a space for you and your buddy and indicate if you will be participating in the golf outing.

Sunday Early arrival day for Wagonmasters; prep. No planned chapter activities

Monday (arrival after 1:00 PM) Coffee and cookies
5:00 p.m. Social Hour/Dinner – Bring Hearty Snacks

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Oatmeal & milk provided – Bring favorite toppings;
Cinnamon, sugar, raisins, yogurt, granola, etc.
10:00 a.m. Meeting (Bring 2 cans of vegetables for HoboStew)
Lunch on your own; Golf, Craft Show and Sew
4:00 p.m. Social Hour – Bring snacks.
6:00 p.m. Dinner – Hobo Stew, rolls, and dessert provided

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Breakfast – Pancakes, sausage, and juice provided.
Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m. Nature Hike with Park Ranger
4:00 p.m. Social Hour – Bring snacks.
6:00 p.m. Dinner – Tacos provided – bring toppings.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided – Ham, egg, cheese sandwiches
12:00 p.m. Departure





HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER #309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
OCT.-NOV, 2008

OFFICERS: President: Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice Pres: Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary: Kay Honn 520-463-2614
Treasurer: Ernie Lenthall 623-266-6845
Directors: Elvin Shaw 480-380-7718
Jerry Loomis 602-361-4899

COMMITEES: Charity: Marcia Foster 480-917-9506
Historian: Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
Membership: Marty Lenthall 623-266-6845
Sunshine: Margaret Larson 480-373-8689

CAMPOUTS

YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS

December 9-12, 2008* Camp Verde Chapter Officers

January 19-23, 2009 Quartzsite Tracey and Dagenet

February 9-11, 2009 Usery Park Loomis and Honn

March 17-20, 2009 Las Vegas Western Sunshine Rally

April 6-9, 2009 Roosevelt Lake Joy and Westerhausen

*You may sign up for the December campout by calling 480-917-9506 or
by emailing to Jacknmarc@gmail.com.

ARIZONA STATE RALLY: Chapter 309 was well represented at the Arizona State Rally at Gold Canyon RV Park. A chapter business meeting was held during the rally (the minutes will be found on another page of this newsletter.) The next evening there was a chapter dinner at the Mammoth Mine Steak House and Saloon. State Managers Ray and Hilda Nichols really know how to show their friends a good time, and we’re sorry that some of you couldn’t make it. Nancy Joy was the reporter for the rally, and you can find a copy of her article in an upcoming issue of the Ramblings.

As most of you already have heard, but in case you missed it, the Holiday Rambler Club offices have moved from Wakarusa, Indiana to Elkhart, Indiana. As a result we have a new address and new phone numbers for them. The new office address is 21888 Beck Drive, Elkhart, IN 46516. The new phone numbers are as follows:

Main line: 574-807-8151
Linda: 574-968-2570
Stacy: 574-807-8172
Christi: 574-807-8195

TOLL FREE NUMBER: 877-702-5415

Monaco has closed down most of its operations in Indiana, but arrangements have been made to have facilities available for repair work in Elkhart. The Monaco/
Turning Wheel Service Center, is located at: 1901 W. Hively Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517. Phone is: 877-666-2262. All current employees are ex-Monaco Service people: Mike Miller, Service Mgr.; Dan Sporner, Shop Foreman; Ron Summers, Parts Manager; and Don May, Dir. Of Warranty. In addition, Turning Wheel has other service centers located in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia. They are a fully authorized Monaco Warranty shop, and it’s good to know that our chapter members from the Midwest , and further East, will have repair facilities nearby.

MINUTES OF OCTOBER BUSINESS MEETING
Valley of the Sun, Chapter #309
Apache Junction, Arizona
Business Meeting - October 27, 2008

The meeting was called to order by President, Jack Foster, at 11:05 a.m.

New members Jere and Sharry Jarrell were introduced.

Reading of Minutes: Phil Dagenet made a motion to accept the minutes as distributed. It was seconded by Neil Honn and carried to accept the minutes.

Treasurer report: Ernie Lenthall reported for the period of February 14, 2008 to October 20, 2008. The beginning balance was $1,291.24. Total deposits were $552.65. Total expenses were $274.37 for a balance of $1,569.52. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Grant Joy, seconded by Brigitte Robinson, and carried.

Membership Coordinator report: Marty Lenthall reported that she has new rosters to hand out. Jack will also send them to members. Marty also reported that 97 brochures and letters have been sent out since March and we recruited three new members.

Charity Coordinator report: Marcia Foster reported on Dove, the organization for abused elders, located at 13th and Thomas Road in Phoenix. She is collecting small toiletry items; soap, shampoo, toothpaste, or check donations. Dove will send a “Thank you” for your taxes. Please give any donations to Marcia.

Campout and rally schedule:

December 9-12, 2008 Camp Verde Chapter Officers

January 19-23, 2009 Quartzsite Tracey & Dagenet

February 9-11, 2009 Usery Park Loomis & Honn

March 15-17, 2009 Las Vegas Western Sunshine

March 30-April 2, 2009 Roosevelt Lake Joy & Westerhausen

Old Business: None

New Business: Nomination committee for 2009 officers: Gidget and Ray Zeek volunteered to chair the Nomination Committee and J.W. and Jo Westerhausen volunteered to assist.

Announcements: Jack announced that our club dinner tomorrow night will be at Goldfield Ghost Town at the Mammoth Saloon and Steakhouse. Be at the gate at 5:00 p.m. for the caravan. Maps are available from Jack.

Jack asked for volunteers to help him and Bud Burbridge with the golf ball toss on Wednesday. Those who volunteered were Jere Jarrell, Ernie Lenthall, Neil Honn, and Larry Laursen.

Jack also asked for volunteers to prepare and serve dinner on Thursday night. Nancy and Grant Joy agreed to organize it, and other members volunteered to help.

A motion to adjourn was made by Neil Honn, seconded by Bev Burbridge, and carried.

JERRY AND MAGGIE LOOMIS, former Arizona State Manager; former Chapter 309 President (in that order), and all around nice folks, sent us the following: “Not sure if you have heard the news yet but Maggie and I have signed on as the new South Dakota State Manager! Not sure how we get talked into these jobs but it should be a lot of fun. State has only one chapter. Responsibility also includes North Dakota (no chapters), See you this winter.”

ELVIN SHAW had surgery on one of his hands on Nov. 6th with surgery for his other hand scheduled for a later date. Also in the planning is arthroscopic surgery for a knee. We wish him a speedy recovery

It was somewhat of a rough summer for some of us: DICK TRACEY had a stroke from which he seems fully recovered; MORRY PHIPPS had arthroscopic surgery on his knee; ERNIE LENTHALL had a stent put in his heart; and so did I. That’s all of the news about health problems that occurred during the summer that I’ve heard about, and I sincerely hope that those are the extent of them. As far as I know, all of us “sickies” are now doing well.

FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE DECEMBER AND JANUARY CAMPOUTS
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DECEMBER CAMPOUT, 2008:

HRRVC Chapter 309 invites to you join us for our annual December Campout in Camp Verde.12/9 – 12/12.

This outing marks the beginning of our campout season and the Christmas spirit and the beauty of the Verde Valley help to make it one of our most enjoyable events. For a second year we will be at Distant Drums RV Resort.***

Plan to arrive Tuesday, 12/9 in time to get settled and get to the happy hour preceding a potluck dinner in the clubhouse. You will have the option of reserving space for earlier arrival if you wish to see more of the area on your own or ride the Verde Valley Railroad. NOTE: Plan to decorate your rig with a Christmas theme. There will be judging Thursday evening in several categories and awards of wonderful prizes..

Wednesday, 12/10 will begin with a buffet breakfast in the clubhouse with juice, cereals, sweet rolls, bagels, and plenty of coffee. From there you will have your choice of groups visiting Montezuma’s Castle, Jerome, Sedona (great shopping), etc. Back in time for happy hour and caravan to the casino for dinner in one of their restaurants.

Thursday, 12/11 will kick off with our famous eggs-in-a-bag breakfast, followed by a chapter meeting and installation of officers by our State Manager, Ray Nichols. Games and crafts will use up the afternoon preceding happy hour and the gala dinner hosted by the chapter officers. After dinner we will announce the winners of rig decorations and games, play some additional games with wonderful prizes and maybe have a raffle or two.

Friday, 12/12 will be get-away day so we will provide early sweet rolls, bagels, cereal, and coffee in the clubhouse to say our goodbyes.

This year we have negotiated rates of $30.00 per night, unchanged from last year. Payment should be made at check-in by each individual rig. If you wish to arrive early or stay beyond 12/12, please let me know when you sign up and I will take care of arranging it for you in advance.

All you have to do is either give me a call at 480-917-9506, or email me at jacknmarc@gmail.com, and give me your arrival and departure dates and I’ll do the rest. Please give me as much advanced notice as possible because I have to give the park a final tally about a week before the event.

A lot more detail will follow as we get closer and we get an idea of attendance.

See you there!!

Jack Foster

*** To get to Distant Drums RV Park take I-17 to exit 289. From the South, turn LEFT and go to the first left, which is the entrance to the park. From the North, turn RIGHT at exit 289, then left to the park entrance



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HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER #309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
SEPTEMBER, 2008

OFFICERS: President: Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice Pres: Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary: Kay Honn 520-463-2641
Treasurer: Ernie Lenthall 620-266-0296
Directors: Elvin Shaw 480-380-7718
Jerry Loomis 602-361-4899

COMMITEES: Charity: Marcia Foster 480-917-9506
Historian: Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
Membership: Marty Lenthall 623-266-0296
Sunshine: Margaret Larson 480-373-8689

CAMPOUTS

YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS

September 19-21 Region VII Rally Region Director
Creed, Colorado

October 26-31 AZ State Rally State Mgr. Ray Nichols

November Cancelled

December Distant Drums Chapter Officers
Camp Verde

January, 2009 TBA Tracey
Dajenet

February, 2009 TBA Loomis
Honn

March Western Sunshine Rally

April TBA

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Greetings from the Valley of the Sun to all who left for the summer. Rest assured that we are keeping it warm for you. The Monsoons have provided us with plenty of rain, things have cooled a bit and everything is nice and green for your return. We are looking forward to your safe return and a fun bunch of campouts.

Ray Nichols reminds us that the first function of the season is the 2008 Arizona State rally in Apache Junction, October 27-31. For those who are not already signed up for this great event Virginia Phipps has included a sign-up sheet with this newsletter. We are planning a Chapter 309 meeting at the Rally at which I hope to be able to present a complete schedule of campouts for 2008-2009. For those of you who have not attended a State Rally, it is a crackerjack event. Ray and Hilda Nichols go all out to make it a fun packed and informative event. Highly recommended!!!!

Here in the Pacific Northwest there is a bit of a nip in the morning air. It seems that when September 1 came along so did the beginnings of autumn, accompanied by our thoughts of returning to Arizona. Already, the vine maple trees are beginning to show their brilliant colors, and the geese are beginning to flock up for their trip south. A flock of them flew over in the wee hours of this morning. Could they have been snow geese?

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines snow-birds as “any of several small birds…seen chiefly in winter.” And so, too, the RVs soon will flock up to head to Mesa or Surprise so that we snowbirds can clog up Apache Trail in the east and Bell Road in the west. The merchants love us, as do the owners of RV parks. That’s nice to remember.

It’s time to start getting the RVs ready for the roads back to warm winters. Did you know that you can determine the age of the tires on your rig? Tires over six years old are too old to be safe and should be replaced. There is a code on your tire indicating its age. First, look on the side of your tire for the tire code. Goodyear, for instance, starts their codes with “DOT” (Dept. of Transportation?). At the end of the code you will find a three or four digit number. For example, “249” means your tire was manufactured the 24th week of 1999. “1202” indicates that the tire was produced the 12th week of 2002.

Sometimes tires are sold as “new” when in reality they are “old” because they were in storage or on shelves for an extended period. So, when buying new tires, be sure to check their codes. Bad, or old, tires can cause blowouts which, in turn, can cause untold amounts of damage to the fiberglass, etc. on your rig.

Did you read the article written by Ray Nichols on page 65 of the Sept./Oct. issue of the Ramblings? It’s obvious that he has been planning for good times and great fun for the 2008-2009 season beginning with the State Rally in October. To echo President Jack Foster’s remarks above: “ Ray and Hilda go all out” to be sure we have a good time. Our chapter has always had a good presence at the state rallies, and I’m sure this year will be no different. We encourage our new members to plan on going to this rally and to attend as many of its functions as possible. You are sure to meet other chapter 309 Valley of the Sun members, too, which will give you a head start for our regular chapter campouts.

A little old lady was sitting on a park bench in an RV park in Tucson when a man walked over and sat down on the other end of the bench. After a few moments the woman asked, “Are you a stranger here?” He replied, “I lived here a long time ago.” “So where were you all those years?” she asked. “In prison,” he says. “Why did they put you in prison?” she asked. He looked at her and very quietly said, “I killed my wife.” “Oh!” said the woman. “So you’re single…
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HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER #309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
APRIL, 2008


OFFICERS: President: Jack Foster 480-917-9506
Vice Pres: Ray Zeek 602-470-4320
Secretary: Kay Honn 520-463-2641
Treasurer: Ernie Lenthall 620-266-0296
Directors: Elvin Shaw 480-380-7718
Jerry Loomis 602-361-4899

COMMITEES: Charity: Marcia Foster 480-917-9506
Historian: Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
Membership: Marty Lenthall 623-266-0296
Sunshine: Margaret Larson 480-373-8689

CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS

September 19-21 Region VII Rally Region Director
Creed, Colorado

October 26-31 AZ State Rally State Mgr. Ray Nichols

November Cancelled

December Distant Drums Chapter Officers
Camp Verde

January, 2009 TBA Tracey
Dajenet

February, 2009 TBA Loomis
Honn

March Western Sunshine Rally

April TBA

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Greetings from the Valley of the Sun to all who left for the summer. Rest assured that we are keeping it warm for you. The Monsoons have provided us with plenty of rain, things have cooled a bit and everything is nice and green for your return. We are looking forward to your safe return and a fun bunch of campouts.

Ray Nichols reminds us that the first function of the season is the 2008 Arizona State rally in Apache Junction, October 27-31. For those who are not already signed up for this great event Virginia Phipps has included a sign-up sheet with this newsletter. We are planning a Chapter 309 meeting at the Rally at which I hope to be able to present a complete schedule of campouts for 2008-2009. For those of you who have not attended a State Rally, it is a crackerjack event. Ray and Hilda Nichols go all out to make it a fun packed and informative event. Highly recommended!!!!

Here in the Pacific Northwest there is a bit of a nip in the morning air. It seems that when September 1 came along so did the beginnings of autumn, accompanied by our thoughts of returning to Arizona. Already, the vine maple trees are beginning to show their brilliant colors, and the geese are beginning to flock up for their trip south. A flock of them flew over in the wee hours of this morning. Could they have been snow geese?

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines snow-birds as “any of several small birds…seen chiefly in winter.” And so, too, the RVs soon will flock up to head to Mesa or Surprise so that we snowbirds can clog up Apache Trail in the east and Bell Road in the west. The merchants love us, as do the owners of RV parks. That’s nice to remember.

It’s time to start getting the RVs ready for the roads back to warm winters. Did you know that you can determine the age of the tires on your rig? Tires over six years old are too old to be safe and should be replaced. There is a code on your tire indicating its age. First, look on the side of your tire for the tire code. Goodyear, for instance, starts their codes with “DOT” (Dept. of Transportation?). At the end of the code you will find a three or four digit number. For example, “249” means your tire was manufactured the 24th week of 1999. “1202” indicates that the tire was produced the 12th week of 2002.

Sometimes tires are sold as “new” when in reality they are “old” because they were in storage or on shelves for an extended period. So, when buying new tires, be sure to check their codes. Bad, or old, tires can cause blowouts which, in turn, can cause untold amounts of damage to the fiberglass, etc. on your rig.

Did you read the article written by Ray Nichols on page 65 of the Sept./Oct. issue of the Ramblings? It’s obvious that he has been planning for good times and great fun for the 2008-2009 season beginning with the State Rally in October. To echo President Jack Foster’s remarks above: “ Ray and Hilda go all out” to be sure we have a good time. Our chapter has always had a good presence at the state rallies, and I’m sure this year will be no different. We encourage our new members to plan on going to this rally and to attend as many of its functions as possible. You are sure to meet other chapter 309 Valley of the Sun members, too, which will give you a head start for our regular chapter campouts.

A little old lady was sitting on a park bench in an RV park in Tucson when a man walked over and sat down on the other end of the bench. After a few moments the woman asked, “Are you a stranger here?” He replied, “I lived here a long time ago.” “So where were you all those years?” she asked. “In prison,” he says. “Why did they put you in prison?” she asked. He looked at her and very quietly said, “I killed my wife.” “Oh!” said the woman. “So you’re single….”


YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS
 
September 19-21           Region VII Rally                     Region Director
                                      Creed, Colorado
 
October 26-31               AZ State Rally                        State Mgr. Ray Nichols
 
November                      Cancelled 
 
December                      Distant Drums             Chapter Officers
                                      Camp Verde
 
January, 2009                 TBA                                       Tracey
                                                                                     Dajenet
 
February, 2009              TBA                                       Loomis
                                                                                    Honn
 
March                            WOW or Western Sunshine Rally
 
April                               TBA
 
First of all, I want to thank Nancy Joy for writing the February newsletter.   The day of the February campout I was having some work done on a hip.   As always, she did a fantastic job.  Nancy sent me the following report about the WOW Again rally held in Los Cruces, NM from March 18 through 22, and, again, I owe her big time.  There have been no changes, additions, or subtractions to her text, which follows:
 
“I told you before and I’m telling you again, Rusty Mason and her crew do one bang up job with their rallies.  She thinks of everything and things fall into place …or we never know it if they don’t.  If you weren’t at his one, don’t miss the next one!
 
“We had planned to get to Las Cruces a day early, but the winds came into Mesa already on the 15th so we decided we were going to leave early the next morning, getting ahead of the winds that were expected again that day.  We did good as the winds didn’t catch up with us until the last hundred miles and even at that, they were mostly tail winds.  Zeeks weren’t as lucky.  They called us during the afternoon of the 16th.  They ended up in Deming most of the afternoon as the roads were closed, both directions out of town, because of the blowing dust.  It was terrible!  We were in Las Cruces already, but watched the highway traffic slow to a crawl and then there wasn’t any… and we couldn’t even see the beautiful Organ Mountain range that is near by.  Zeeks called us again as they got here around 9 P.M. and Grant helped them get parked.
 
“Our campground at Hacienda RV and Rally Resort is rally great.  They served breakfast every morning.  There is also a huge tent facility available for all of our rally functions, including many meals.  Las Cruces sits in Mesilla Valley, an ideal location, the hub of southern New Mexico.  It came complete with history, culture, and renaissance.  The historical districts hold a special fascination to us and we love to explore them.  There is the usual Natural History Museum in the area but there is also the White Sands Missile Range Museum, a Farm and Ranch Museum, and War Eagles Air Museum, covering the aviation and automobile history.  There is even a Farmers Market downtown with fresh produce and the local arts and crafts.
 
 “Scheduled tours for our rally were the Stahmann Pecan Farm, the White Sands National Monument and the Sunland Race Track and Casino.  Our first evening we had a Margarita party, complete with a live Mariachi Band.  The decorating was beautiful with all their hats and blankets.  Sunland RV Sales, along with sales manager, Al Camacho, displayed nine models of RV’s along with providing our meals and a tech for a seminar.  There was a possibility of selling a couple rigs.  I took two bead classes from Donna Roberts and made two beautiful bracelets.  On Thursday we picked up our lunches and headed for White Sands National Monument where we surfed the drifts of sand on our saucers.  I can just hear the near by kids, telling their family and friends about those senior citizens.  Then we came back to the campground for our very own pony races.  Ask me about them and I’ll tell you later as it’s too complicated to write about it!   We had a country western dance band and you should have seen Lloyd and Donna Roberts do their western dances.  I’d give anything!  The following night we had a disk jockey playing mostly fifties for our street dance.  The rest of the park were invited to our dances too so that gave us the opportunity to meet even more people.  We had such fun this week!”
Nancy’s report on WOW made it sound like a lot of fun, and I, for one, am sorry to have been unable to be there. 
 
THE PRESIDENTS CORNER:  First of all, I hope everyone had a trouble-free migration back to your home base.  Second for those of you who are unaware, Duane and Hayden Gray have purchased another brand of coach, and as a result are no longer members of our club.  Since Duane was our Secretary, I have asked Kay Honn to fill out Duane’s term, and she has accepted the responsibility.  According to Virginia Phipps, Kay has had a lot of experience in that role in another chapter, so we are in good hands.
 
As previously announced, the first gathering this fall will be the State Rally, to be held October 26-31, 2008, with arrival on the 26th.  In connection with this, Ray Nichols has asked Chapter 309 to handle two activities.  First will be the outdoor games (bocce ball and bola golf) to be held Wednesday, October 27, and hosting the Sloppy Joe dinner on Thursday, October 28.  I have accepted this assignment on behalf of the chapter and will be soliciting your help as we draw nearer to the dates of the rally.  For those of you itching to volunteer in the meantime, you know how to reach me, and thanks in advance!
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STATE MANAGER’S COMMENTS:  Arizona Chapter members:  We finally have our wonderful Arizona weather that seems like it will stay around awhile.  Those of you staying in Arizona for the summer, have a great time in the sun.  For those who leave, have a safe journey to your destination, and we look forward to seeing you back here next fall.  Be sure to put the ARIZONA STATE RALLY on your calendar for October 26th through the 31st at Gold Canyon RV Resort.
 
We have just about finished our rally schedule and can now announce some of what we have planned.  To start, we have booked HARRY MATHEWS for our entertainment this year.  Many of you may have seen him at the Western Sunshine Rally last year and know that he is a great singer, musician and just has so much energy.  I know you will enjoy his show.  He will perform a cabaret-type show with dancing and just plain fun.
 
We have several seminars scheduled, including one on the new U of A CPR technique that does not require mouth to mouth; a local historian telling us about the Superstition Mountains, and several technical presentations.  We are working on having at least three craft opportunities.  We think we will have a great time. 
 
This year, we have held the fee at the same rate as last year PLUS added one day of parking.  So, we are trying to give you a good value for your money.  We know travel costs are high.
 
Have a great time this summer.  Hilda and I are going on a six-week trip to Holland to see her relatives and tour around Europe.  But, we will be back for the Arizona Heat!! Safe travels and we will see you soon, Ray.                                                                                      
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Jack Foster received the following from BONNIE KENNY in response to one he had sent to her:   “We will not be joining any more because Tom passed away very suddenly January 28.  He was doing water therapy and got out of the pool and went to the dressing room and crashed.  There were Drs., nurses and EMT’s but no one could help him.  It has been tough on us all but we will make it.  We are going to try to sell the coach.  Tom loved it so much….Would you let the rest of the RV folks know?”
 
Our hearts go out to Bonnie and her family in this very, very difficult time.  Marty Lenthall, Chapter Secretary, sent a $25.00 donation to D.O.V.E.S from Chapter 309 in Tom’s memory.  
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JOAN TISOT had a fall on April 2nd, and John could not get her up, so he called the paramedics.  In the hospital she was diagnosed with a stroke, but a few days later she was up and able to walk about 200 feet.  Her speech was affected a bit, but further tests were planned. 
 
Also, AUDREY SHAW was in the hospital overnight after some surgery to clear the sinus areas behind her eyes.  The procedure was minimally invasive, and Elvin reports that she is already telling him what to do, so he is sure that “we are back on track.”
 
It’s good to know that both Joan and Audrey are being well cared for.   We are very pleased that Audrey has done so well, and that the doctors are being so careful with Joan to make sure that she fully recovers from her stroke. 
GRANT JOY entered Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for tests.  Nancy reports that he has had problems off and on with his breathing since he had his stent put in .  He’s had stress and breathing test in the past, but continues to have problems.  It’s hoped they can get to the bottom of his problems soon, as do we all.
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JOHN WYMAN is now recovering from a recent surgery, and we wish him well.
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SHOCK AND AWE:  Morry and I had our own version of “shock and awe” as we filled up the diesel tank at the Flying J located just at the Arizona/California border.  They had suspended our Flying J credit card, but after an hour on the phone, and me driving that hulking motorhome of ours with a car on behind so I could get it out of the way of the trucks, the immediate problem was solved with a check transfer to pay off the outstanding debt and activate our credit card.  So—how did all this come about? When we are in Surprise for the winter, we have our mail forwarded to us, and I was beginning to wonder why we had not received a bill for our January fill-up in Eloy after the Picacho Peak campout.  Well, it seems that Flying J has printed Return Service Requested in very small type beneath the return address on their envelopes.  This tells the Post Office that they should not forward that envelope but, instead, mail it back to the sender.  (Not a good thing in our case.)  Morry spent a goodly amount of time on the phone after we were settled here in West Linn, Oregon, where we spend our summers.  He talked to an individual with some responsibility, and explained the problem.  Flying J has agreed to inform the credit bureau that we are really not deadbeats, to refund our late charges, and just plain set things right again.  I tell you this to give you a heads up if you have your mail forwarded.  Believe me, I’m going to send in a change-of-address each time we head to Arizona and head back to Oregon.  Hope this information will be of help to you because I don’t want you to go through the same thing.  It’s a real mess.
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HELEN MARQUARDT has her 1996 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite M-32WFS up for sale for $14,000.00.  Elvin Shaw tells me he has been spiffing it up, and that it really looks nice with all new graphics.  If you know someone looking for such a nice rig, tell them to call Elvin at 480-993-5818 or Helen at 480-832-7505.
 
JOHN TISOT
has not yet sold his coach, but he has sold the Malibu that he towed.  As you know, this is a very nice motorhome.  John can be contacted at 623-977-9101 or at 623-606-5603.
I have asked some of our long-time members to send in a brief history of their years with Holiday Rambler Recreation Vehicle Club (HRRVC).

  In this issue, ELVIN AND AUDREY SHAW are highlighted. Their account follows:
“Audrey and I started trailering in Ogden, Utah in 1977 and bought our first 32 ft. Holiday Rambler trailer in 1983.  We joined HRRVC even before we took delivery of the unit.  Not too gung ho!  We towed that unit with two different Suburbans 125,000 miles before trading it for a 35ft Endeavor Oct. 1998 as Secretary in 1985.  We were wagon masters for a number of caravans to Holiday Manager for six years—the maximum allowed at that time.  During that time we held the first Utah State Rally and chartered the Utah Dixie Ramblers No. 408.
 
We started snow birding to Arizona when I retired in l987.  Shortly after moving to AZ on 1997—about 30 minutes after—we were christened as AZ State Manager and served until 2001.  We led several caravans from AZ to New Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon with planned activities along the way.
 
We have been active over the years in HRRVC working at numerous functions around the country.  We have participated in twelve International Rallies, seventeen Regional Rallies, twenty-eight State Rallies, and twelve Sunshine Rallies.  We have been on three HRRVC caravans and six Adventures. 
 
In 1988, we received the Region VII Sway Ball award for service to the Region, and in 2000, we received the Hitch Ball award for service at the International Rallies.
 
In conclusion:  Get involved; new members get involve and you will really enjoy the RV experience.
Sincerely, Elvin and Audrey Shaw
 
 
Thanks, Elvin for sharing your HRRVC experiences with us.  You’re right—get involved and you’ll have a lot more fun.
 
THE HOT MAMA:  Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor at the Trailer Park Estates Medical Clinic to get a physical.  A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.  A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”  “Just doing what you said, Doc: Get a hot mama and be cheerful,” Morris replied.  “I didn’t say that, Morris.  I said, you got a heart murmur, be careful.”
I wish to thank everyone who sent cards or phoned me during my recuperation from hip surgery and subsequent rehab.  It was very kind of you, and fully appreciated.   I’ll be in touch through the newsletter during the summer and look forward to seeing you at the State Rally at Gold Canyon.  Virginia

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER #309
VALLEY OF THE SUN
FEBRUARY 2008

OFFICERS:                President:         Jack Foster                  480-917-9506
                                    Vice Pres:          Ray Zeek                     602-470-4320
                                    Secretary:          Duane Gray                 480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:         Ernie Lenthall              623-266-6845
                                    Directors:          Elvin Shaw                  480-380-7718
                                                            Jerry Loomis                602-361-4899
 
COMMITTEES:       Charity:            Marcia Foster               480-917-9506
                                    Historian:          Donna Dagenet             480-951-2004
                                    Membership:     Marty Lenthall             623-266-6845
                                    Sunshine:          Margaret Larsen           480-373-4959

CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS

March 18 – 22, 08         WOW Again                             Mason:  505-298-2585
                                    Hacienda RV                            Miranda:928-342-8367
                                    Las Cruces, NM                       Lange
                                                                                    Koch
 
August 3 – 7                 International Rally                 See Ramblings
                                    Goshen, IN
 
October 27-30             AZ State Rally                          State Mgr. Ray Nichols
                                     Gold Canyon, AZ
 
 
December                   Distant Drums                           Chapter Officers
                                    Camp Verde, AZ
 
WOW stands for Way Out West and this year they added “again”! That Rusty Mason puts on one heck of a rally! This gal takes hold and makes things happen. I know it’s a bit east but for some of us, it is sort of on the way back to Minnesota. It’s too early though so we plan to play around in New Mexico or Texas for awhile before heading north. There are full hook ups and breakfast every morning. Besides the usual rally things to do, we will be having a talent show (yes, it’s amazing the talent we have with our ramblers), a genuine 50s street dance (you must remember them; dress up for it for even more fun), and an auction (bring some items along to sell). This rally will be heavily sponsored by Michael Paey, now the newest dealer in New Mexico so maybe you’ll get the deal you are looking for! And then there are the things to do in the area: One of the favorites last time was the trip to White Sands National Monument where many sat down and slid  to the bottom.  Old Mesilla is another favorite in the area. And, you can even take a trolley to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico this year. Come join us!
 
Did ‘ja Know?
So many of us make our own calling cards. I have just read about having the back of your card printed with an emergency locater card. If you carry them, you usually have them in your wallet or at least on you so it’s a logical place to have the information. Of course they are printed with blank areas to fill in as you travel. This one had: Effective date___, We are staying at: Location___ Address___Campsite___Phone___Emergency contacts___
 
 CORRECTION:   Virgina asked me to put a correction in this newsletter, stating that Kay and Neil Honn had also been at the Picacho Peak campout and had been a great help in organizing it.
 
 FOLLOW YOUR HEART
The nephew came to his uncle with a problem. “I have my choice of two women,” he said, “a beautiful, penniless young girl whom I love dearly, and a rich old widow whom I can’t stand.”
“Follow your heart. Marry the girl you love,” the uncle counseled.
“Very well Uncle,” said the nephew, “that’s sound advice.”
“By the way,” asked the uncle, “where does the widow live?”
 
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• CHANGE IN ROSTER:   DELETE: Kirch, Krygier, Luckey, Murray and Shackelford from your roster.
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Holiday Rambler club from Yuma invited us to their buddy campout in Tucson once again. On February 5th we loaded up and headed to Beaudry RV Resort .  We got off to a bit of a late start though as we had to wait long enough for the sun to start warming and melt some of the ice on the slide awnings so we could bring them in. My gosh, it’s February! Frank and Carol Menor were our wagon masters and set this campout as “open”. The first day we all met with our maps of the local area and were told what was available to see and do. There weren’t many planned activities which made it nice as there is so much to do in the general area. They did have some nice door prizes at a get happy hour though. We won a meal at the local restaurant but we gave it to friends as we were leaving the following morning. You just can’t win some days!
One of our favorite places to visit in this area, which few of our people go to, is the De Grazio Gallery In the Sun. Know who I mean? He was the artist that painted all the little black eyed, long black haired Mexican children. The gallery is filled with Ted De Grazio paintings, bronzes and ceramics. Before he died he knew there would be a gallery built so he designed it himself. It’s so appropriate for him.
Sabino Canyon and Tram was closed because of flooding and a road washout but is also in the general area. It is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Tours are offered, with a tram ride to the top of the road. There are stops offs located on the way up, where you can get off and walk  for a while and get back on when the next tram comes along. It’s a beautiful ride. We try to make this trip each time we are in the area. Or, you can walk. We used to walk more than we do these days! Of course, the Joy Boy would be doing more walking now too if he didn’t have me tagging along. There are also hiking trails located on the mountain sides surrounding the road. It’s just a beautiful place to visit.
            In this area is Biosphere 2 too. Do you remember reading about this project in the paper? It was built in the late 1980s with $150 million in private funding from Texas oil magnate, Edward Bass. It was designed as an airtight replica of Earth’s environment. The 7,200,000 cubic foot sealed glass and space frame structure contains 5 biomes; a 900,000 gallon ocean, a rain forest, a desert, agricultural areas and a human habitat. The theory was that the people could be self sustained, with everything provided to fill their daily needs. They remained inside for the two years despite various problems with limited agricultural productivity. (Of all things I remember most is some ants came in with some of the plants that were brought in for their gardens. The ants multiplied and now you can see ant colonies all along the windows facing the sun.)  It has now become a major tourist attraction which is really very interesting.
            Oh yes, there is also San Xavier Mission to see. Several years ago we were there when it was being renovated and that was a sight to see. It has been named the “Sistine chapel of North America”, for the intricate paintings on the walls and ceiling. In fact, the same team of Italian artists who worked on the Sistine Chapel came to San Xavier, to help restore it. This, as well as the interior carvings, were repainted and colors became bright once again. The structure itself is one of the finest examples of mission architecture in the country and is truly a must see while in Tucson. The adobe brick walls are six feet thick in many places and coated with limestone plaster and whitewash, giving it the nickname of “The White Dove of the Desert”. During the renovation the workers discovered that the original 200 year old formula for whitewash was still the most effective. So, a call went out to Tusconans asking for donations of the crucial ingredient, prickly pear cactus pads. The juice from the pads provides a remarkably durable breathing coating. If you didn’t make it this time, do try to make it there the next time you are in the area. This is the only Kino mission in the nation still active in preaching to the Tohono O’odham Indian.
            I always thought Kitt Peak would be one big observatory but it is actually 24 major research instruments, including the world’s largest solar telescope and the Mayall 4 meter telescope. If you make arrangements, you can even go there in the evening and they will tell you all about the sites that you are seeing. The grounds are nice to just walk around in. Some night we are going to have to do that.
            And our favorite place to go is the Sonoran Desert Museum. It actually exhibits more than 300 animal species, living in their natural habitat. There are basically 2 miles of pathway, taking visitors through the landscape containing 1,300 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region. Early mornings are the best time to visit it as that’s when most animals are moving around.
            Then on February 18th our club went to Roosevelt Lake for a great campout. The campsite sat on a peninsula over looking the lake with the mountains on the other side. One evening the mountain was a brilliant red. We had our own ramada but never even used it as there was a group site with three ramadas with the picnic tables, plus two big grills and a table (with an electrical hook up for the coffee pot) for serving. Then there was a huge fire pit with cement stools all around it. What more could we want! Zeeks were cold most of the time but they just need to get out more or dress warmer! J We were all concerned the first evening as Lenthall’s were planning on coming but weren’t showing up. Then came the phone call! They were broken down, about a mile from the entrance to our park. The guys went out to offer their advice but it was too big a problem, even for them. A call had been put in for a tow truck (which was sent out from the western side of Phoenix.) They didn’t want to leave their rig so some of the gang went out to stay with them and offer support. (Oh ya, not only that problem, but they had a blow out with their rig earlier in the day.) Okay, so they were towed in to our camp site, spent the night, the tow truck went back to Phoenix and then two mornings later the same guy came out and towed them five miles to a garage. Fortunately, the problem “just” turned out to be a broken hose clamp. Let’s see, one day J took us on a ride through the mountains to Young, a town of 560 people, for lunch. What a beautiful ride that was, overlooking the lake in places and we even drove through snow and pine trees. The afternoons were free to do as one wanted with the dam, antiquing, and even a cliff dwelling to explore. Then too, after our meeting by the campfire (where Kay Honn took the minutes with her computer … we were impressed!), a ranger, who was a retired history professor, spoke to us about the dam and what it took to build it. Very interesting! By the way, THANKS TO WESTERHAUSENS  for the seed puzzles. The weather was perfect until about 8 P.M. the last evening when the wind and rain came up and we all scurried to our rigs. The campout  was such fun, we may just do it again!
 
HOT SAUSAGE DIP (from Carol Vincent)
1 # Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage
2 – 8 oz. cream cheese
2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chilis
(drain one can only)
Brown sausage and drain. Add other two ingredients. Heat in crock pot. Serve hot with chips.
It makes a lot but this is an easy recipe to halve.
 
GET WELL WISHES:
  Virginia Phipps had a hip replacement on the 14th … again! This is the third time that hip has been worked on. Poor gal, it would get some one else down don’t you think but you never hear her complain! I call her a tough old bird! She is home and doing well. She cannot bend or she would be on her computer, thanking everyone for the emails and cards received. She asked me to do that for her so … “A big thank you from Virginia!” Margaret Larsen finally ended up getting a  cortisone shot in her back, just to get some relief from the pain. She too has been suffering for a long time.
 

HOLIDAY RAMBLER RV CLUB
CHAPTER #309
 VALLEY OF THE SUN
JANUARY, 2008

OFFICERS:                  President:  Jack Foster               480-917-9506
                                      Vice Pres:  Ray Zeek                             602-470-4320
                                      Secretary:  Duane Gray              480-839-0296
                                      Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall           623-266-6845
                                      Directors:  Elvin Shaw              480-380-7718
                                                        Jerry Loomis            602-361-4899                                
 
 
COMMITEES:             Charity:          Marcia Foster     480-917-98506
                                      Historian:        Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
                                      Membership:   Marty Lenthall   623-266-6845                                        Sunshine          Margaret Larson 480-373-4959
 
CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE WITH THE WAGONMASTERS
 
February 6-9                       Beaudry’s Western BBQ             Frank Menor
                                                                                                      928-342-9248
 
February 18-20, 200        Roosevelt Land and Dam               Joy: 480-984-2648
                                                                                                        Westerhausen:
                                                                                                        480-969-0265
March 18-22, 2008:        WOW Again                                        Mason: 505-298-2585
                                           Hacienda RV                                       Miranda: 928-342-8367
                                           Las Cruces, NM                                  Lange
                                                                                                        Koch
April:                                  CANCELLED
         
October 27-30:                   AZ State Rally                                   State Mgr. Ray Nichols
                                           Gold Canyon
 
November:                          CANCELLED
 
December:                           Distant Drums                                Chap. Officers
                                            Camp Verde
 
January, 2009                      TBA                                                  Tracey
                                                                                                         Dajenet
 
February:                             TBA                                                   Loomis
                                                                                                         Honn
 
March:                                 WOW or Western Sunshine Rally
 
April:                                    TBA
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REGARDING THE FEBRUARY CAMPOUT:  The Joys and the Westerhausens have arranged for a delightful campout at Roosevelt Dam and Lake.  I have called this campout a “learning experience.”  There is much to do and see there including not only the lake and dam, but, also, there are the ruins of an Indian village that was occupied until the 1400s.   In addition, there is the opportunity for you to test those expensive generators and water pumps, etc., that you paid big bucks for when you bought a self-contained RV.  Just remember to empty your holding tanks and fill your water tank before you leave home.
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THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER:  First of all, unanimous kudos to Ray and Gidget Zeek and Dick and Marlyss Tracey for wagonmastering a great campout at Picacho Peak.  I admit to being a tad apprehensive about the location being remote from “stuff,” but it worked out very well.  Good facilities, good food, good fellowship, ostriches(!) and well organized.  Good work, y’all.
 
Ernie Lenthall informs me that nearly half of the chapter membership is delinquent in payment of 2008 dues ($15.00).  I’m sure the holidays contributed to this.  Now is the time to focus on this little chore.   I will be e-mailing a reminder to each of you, but please take the time to mail your dues to Ernie so we can get the books squared away and have an accurate count of active membership.
 
Wagonmasters for next year (2008-2009) have been signed up, except for the April 2009 slot.  Give some thought to this and let me know if you would like to volunteer for the fun experience and service to the club.
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As Jack said in his remarks, the Picacho Peak campout was a dandy.  There were ostriches, lorikeets, and skydivers to keep us busy during the day, and happy hours and dinners together in the evening   We had three new rigs for their very first campout with us:  Ed Melone and Lee Borden, Ed and Elizabeth Nelson, and Carol and Bill Vincent.  Others there were the Joys, Grays, Westerhausens, Firleins, Lenthalls, Larsons, Fosters, Kellys, Dajenets, and Phippses, as well as guests Janet Hofmeister and Ken Smith.  Emeritus members Don and Mickey DeMuth joined us Friday evening for pizza. 
 
CHARITY coordinator Marcia Foster asks that members bring personal and grooming items for DOVES to each chapter meeting rather than wait to bring them just to our Christmas meeting.  For new members, and others as well, the chapter chose a few years ago to make DOVES our charity.  DOVES is a service for elderly persons who are victims of domestic violence, providing support groups, counseling, food, clothing, and toiletries as needed.
John Tisot tells me that he and Joan are getting along pretty well.  They have their motorhome for sale, so here are the specs:
                 1999 37’ Endeavor with kitchen/sofa slideout; 
                  Phone:  623-977-9101
If you or any of your friends are looking for clean, well-cared-for Holiday Rambler MH, give John a call about financial arrangements.   This should be a really good deal for you or your friends.
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WOW Again Rally: I would encourage all chapter members to consider attending this Way Out West Again rally being held in Las Cruces.  You’ll meet and enjoy Rambler Club members from all over the West and beyond.  Those New Mexico folks really know how to put on a party, and you will have a really good time.
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It is with great sadness that I report the recent deaths of two of our chapter members.
 
Aldean Redman (106100) passed away on January 3, 2008.  Aldean and Gene have been members of Chapter 309 since 2003.  During her life Aldean was involved in activities ranging from services for children with learning disabilities to target shooting with a .357 Magnum, earning several trophies; from being a member of Mountain Rescue to owning her own firm; as well as traveling in their RV.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Gene and their family.
 
Jean Marquardt
(44952) passed away January 14, 2008.   Jean and Helen joined the Holiday Ramblers Chapter #8 December, 1982.  They subsequently joined Chapter 309 in September 1991, when they moved to Sunland Village in Mesa.  Jean had been vice president and president of Chapter 309.   He retired from the water company in Rock Island in 1989.  While still working Jean was a volunteer on the HRRVC International Rally parking team in 1966-89.  From 1990 to 1998, Jean was part of the pre-rally Engineering Team, arriving a week early and putting in many long days of work.  Jean and Helen were married 61 years.  
 Our heartfelt sympathies go out, also, to Helen and their family.

(I wish to thank Elvin and Audrey Shaw for providing the information about Jean’s life.)
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Remember—to reach the Arizona website, go to azhrrvc.org.  You can see what’s going on in the state, get rally information, and other newsy items.  You can log on to the chapter’s website to get updates.   Al Coir does a great job keeping up our website, so log on and see what he has done for us.
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A PERSONAL NOTE:   It seems that I have lived long enough to wear out the cup that is put into the socket when you have hip surgery, so on Valentine’s Day I’m having another operation on my right hip.  I’ve been walking around for the past few months listening to the prosthesis go clunk, and the doctors are concerned that it will pop out of its own accord.  That can be a real pain in the derriere.  As a result, I’ll be unable to attend the February campouts and there is some question about March.  The newsletter will be in capable hands as Nancy Joy has agreed to take over for me in February.  Thank you so very much, Nancy.  I’m not sure about March’s newsletter, but I really think that if I get enough feedback from all of you, I can get it done.  So I’m asking you to send me anything you think is news, especially the WOW meeting.  I’d really like to hear what went on.  You all will be my eyes and ears.  My e-mail address is: mvphipps39@aol.com and my phone is 623-977-7971, and I’ll appreciate anything you send me.  Do have a wonderful time, and if I can’t make March’s meeting, I’ll keep in touch throughout the summer.  Virginia
 
 


CHAPTER #309
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN
DECEMBER, 2007

OFFICERS:                  President:  Jack Foster               480-917-9506
                                      Vice Pres:  Ray Zeek                   602-470-4320
                                      Secretary:  Duane Gray                480-839-0296
                                      Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall             623-266-6845
                                      Directors:  Elvin Shaw              480-380-7718
                                                        Jerry Loomis             602-361-4899                               
 
COMMITEES:             Charity:           Marcia Foster    480-917-98506
                                      Historian:        Donna Dagenet 480-951-2004
                                      Membership:   Marty Lenthall   623-266-6845 
                                      Sunshine:        Margaret Larson 480-373-4959
 
CAMPOUTS
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE

January 9-12, 2008:           Picacho Peak RV Park**                      Zeek:    602-470-4320
                                                                                                          Tracey:
February 6-9, 20                Beaudry’s Western Bar –B-Q              Frank Menor
                                                     Tucson                                              928-342-9248
 
February 18-20, 200           SEE BELOW                                      Joy:       480-984-2648
                                                                                                              Westerhausen 480-969-0265
March 18-22, 2008:            WOW Again                                       Mason: 505-298-2585
                                            Hacienda RV                                      Miranda: 928-342-8367
                                            Las Cruces, NM                                  Lange:
                                                                                                       Koch:
April:                                  SEE BELOW
           **Please note that we cannot arrive at this RV Park until 12:00 noon
REGARDING THE FEBRUARY CAMPOUT:  Following is an e-mail I received from Nancy Joy:  “Change of campout location:  Today, Dec. 13th, the Westerhausens and we went to Globe to confirm our plans from last spring.  As it turns out, the copper mine is becoming much more active now since the price of copper has gone up.  Many of the miners are staying at the campground now.  We could have what we could find when we got there, a first come, first served basis.  We just weren’t comfortable with this set up at all, so we drove around and found a wonderful little group campground in the Roosevelt and Apache Lake Recreation Areas.  We will be staying in the goose loop at the Grapevine Group campground.  We will have something to hand out on it at the Picacho Peak campout.  This will be a dry camp but what fun this will be at that time of the year.  (Remember the McDowell Campout?)  We worked long and hard today to reorganize the campout and think you will be pleasantly pleased.”
 
In addition, Nancy sends her thanks to the chapter for the certificate of appreciation she received for writing the newsletter, saying that she loved every minute of it.  The framed certificate, she writes, “will hold a special place in our home now.  Thank you, one and all.”
 
REGARDING THE APRIL CAMPOUT:  I talked with George Robinson, wagonmaster, and he said that the original site was no longer available, but that he is working with Valle Del Oro, and will have a definite date and place prior to our January campout at Picacho Peak.  We will announce the information at that time.
 
THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER:  For those of you whom we have not met, my name is Jack Foster.  My sweetheart of 52+ years is Marcia.  It will be my honor to serve as president of Chapter #309 for the coming year.  As a first order of business, I would like to extend my own thanks along with those of the entire membership to Jerry Loomis, outgoing president, and Maggie, his wife, for their wonderful and most appreciated participation and contributions to the ongoing success of our club for many years.  I especially appreciate the fact that Jerry leaves the chapter in excellent shape, with a revised set of bylaws, a good financial horizon, and increasing membership.  This makes my job a lot easier.  So, Jerry and Maggie, we wish you continued good health and success in your home remodeling project among the snowdrifts of South Dakota, and we look forward to seeing you again next year when you resume your participation in the activities of our chapter.
 
Marcia and I are year-rounders here in Gilbert and have been living in the Valley for the major part of 49 years, with a couple years in the Chicago area and 17 years in San Jose, CA.  We are in our second HR unit, having pulled an Alumascape trailer from 1997 to 2004, after which we moved up to an Alumascape 5th wheel.
 
Have a wonderful Christmas and a rollicking New Year and we look forward to seeing you in Picacho, Jack
 
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We had twenty rigs for our Christmas campout at Distant Drums RV Resort by Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday Elvin Shaw drove in.  New members Neil and Kaye Honn who joined the chapter after our business meeting at the State Rally were there, as were Bob and Sue Kelly, who received their national number just prior to the business meeting, thanks to AZ State Manager Ray Nichols.  The Kelly’s rig number is 115214, so, when you see them, give them a wave and a hello.  Others at the campout were:  Loomis, Foster, Gray, Lenthall, Joy, Tracey, Burbridge, Zeek, Dagenet, Westerhausen, Larson, Nash, Stephens,  Laursen, Peaslee, and Phipps.
 
Mother Nature did her part by providing warm, sunny days and cool evenings.  Mornings had frost on the vehicles and on the ground—a rather nice sight after such a warm October and November.   On Tuesday afternoon, several ladies gathered on the sunny deck outside the Community Room to visit and to work on various needlework projects, and that evening after our social hour they made table favors with a Christmas theme for our Thursday dinner table favors,.  The men had a rousing game of “string golf” with Bud Burbridge and Morry Phipps barely nosing out Jerry Loomis and Ernie Lenthall for the championship. If you have never seen this golf game before, it consists of a foot-long cord with a golf ball attached at each end which is tossed toward a three-foot target made of pvc pipe.  This target has three crossbars, each with a different value, and whoever can get the most “ringers” with the highest combined score is the winner. 
 
 Wednesday morning saw us having eggs in a bag for breakfast followed by the business meeting during which the new officers were installed.  (You can read their names above.) Nancy Joy was presented with a much-deserved, framed certificate of appreciation for the five years she was the editor of our newsletter. That afternoon some of us went sightseeing, some went shopping, some decorated their rigs, and some even did a bit of napping.  We gathered again for a social hour and to have our dinner of dump stew (m-m-m good) and a rousing game of Bingo with prizes that caller Jack Foster described as “coveted.” Bingo professionals Greta and Earl Peaslee won three games between them; Margaret Larsen, two; Nancy Joy, Bud Burbridge, Ray Zeek, and new member Bob Kelly won one each.  Bob and Diane Stephens, showing true togetherness, tied for a win in one of the games, but donated one of their prizes back.  Very generous of them.
 
Charity coordinator, Marcia Foster sent me a message that the proceeds from the Bingo game were $41.00, and the $311.00 in donations made by members present during the rally totaled $352.00, which went to Dove, our charity.  Way to go, Chapter 309.  This adds another star to our crown.
 
The next morning quite a few of us went to the Casino for breakfast.  Later in the day, we honed our shopping, sightseeing, decorating, and napping skills, which with all this practice are becoming second nature.  The outgoing officers prepared a scrumptious ham dinner for us including apple pies for dessert.  It is doubtful that it happened, but if anyone went home hungry it was his or her own fault.  As we finished our pies, Grant Joy and Don Larsen presented outgoing president, and soon-to-be South Dakota residents, Maggie and Jerry Loomis, with a beat-up shovel to use as a snow shovel upon arrival at their new home.  It seems they couldn’t find a real snow shovel in this part of Arizona.
 
 Duane Gray, Elvin Shaw, and Ye Olde newsletter editor had their work cut out for them when they tried to determine who had the best decorated rig in each of four categories.  We went back and forth several times before making our final decisions.  The results were:  Most likely to blow a circuit breaker:  Larry and Barbara Laursen; Most animatedPhil and Donna Dagenet, new members who had two electric trains running on their patio next to their rig; Most traditional:  Grant and Nancy Joy; and Most elegant:  Pete and Arlis Nash.  Declaring the winners was not an easy task as there were many lovely decorations.
 
 After the judges returned from their judicious decisions, Jack and Marcia Foster gave us a page of word puzzles and a page of picture puzzles that represented Christmas Carols, followed by much groaning as the solutions were given. Ray Nichols figured out the most word puzzles, and Maggie Loomis came up with the most names for Christmas carols.  They, too, were awarded a “coveted” prize.  Then we all sang Christmas Carols led by Maggie Loomis.   It was a nice finish to a really great rally.  Early Friday morning we met for a continental breakfast before wishing each other safe journeys and a wonderful holiday season.  To make a final closure, just as we were getting hooked up and ready to leave the first sprinkles of rain started.   
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One of the biggest advantages to being a member of HRRVC (Holiday Rambler Recreation Vehicle Club) is the Caravan/Adventure program, and now Ray Nichols, Arizona State Manager, informed us at our Christmas meeting that the program is being expanded to include friends who do not own a Holiday Rambler.  A caravan or adventure sponsored by the club has many advantages over commercial ones because we are a non-profit organization meaning that the cost is less.  Our wagon masters and our mechanic/tail gunners are volunteers, which also lessens the price.  In that way you will get a bigger bang for your buck.  You will meet and become friends with people from all over the country.  Then, when you attend a Regional or a National meeting, you will be surprised to see friends you met on a caravan.   There is a listing of these events in the Ramblings, Club magazine, and I encourage you seriously consider making some of the trips.  Speaking for Morry and me, we have been on caravans from Mexico to Newfoundland, from Cajun Country to Alaska, as well as the week-long Big Apple Adventure in New York City, and other caravans. We’ve enjoyed every one of them.
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A PERSONAL NOTE:
 Nancy did an outstanding job as your newsletter editor, and we will miss her skills in keeping all of us up to date with chapter members and events.  Thank you, Nancy, for all your efforts on behalf of Chapter 309.
 
Husband Morry and I joined the Chapter in 1997 and watched it grow and prosper since then. For various reasons, some of the people from those days are no longer with us, but it has been exciting to welcome new members with new ideas.  We, like so many of you, spend our summers in the Northern states, but we have Phoenix area roots having owned a home in the Cave Creek area for 25 years.  We lived there full-time for several years but now spend our winter at Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise and the summer in West Linn, Oregon. 
 
As Nancy wrote in her last newsletter, please keep our lines of communications
open by calling me at 623-977-7971 or e-mailing me at mvphipps39@aol.com with any news you have.  As we learned from Nancy, it is that personal touch from the members that makes an interesting newsletter.  We’d like to hear about your doings and those of your family such as: any illness, family events, interesting trips, or anything you would like to share with others in the club.
May each of you have a joyous and blessed holiday season and may you have a simply
Great 2008.
 
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR AT PICACHO PEAK ON JANUARY 9-12.
 

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 CHAPTER 309         
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER 2007
NOVEMBER 2007

Officers:                      President:  Jerry Loomis                               602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                             480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                                 480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall               623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                  480-380-7718
                                                       Earl Peaslee                                928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season
YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE!
Dec. 4-7, 07                Distant Drums RV Park                     Chapter 309 Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ
January 9 – 12, 08      Picacho Peak RV Park                Zeek 
                                                                                               Rickenbacker:
                                                                                                        
Feb. 6-9, 08               Beaudry’s Western Bar-B-Q              Frank Menor
                                    Tucson                                                           

Feb. 18-20, 08          Apache Gold Casino                       Joy 
                                    Globe                                                Westerhausen
                                                                                                         
Mar. 18 – 22, 08         WOW
                                    Las Cruces, NM                                 check your Ramblings!
 
Attention: The Verde Valley campout will be our Christmas celebration! Come prepared to decorate your rig for the holiday. This is always a special campout and this year it will be in a new location, with all the hookups, so will be extra fun. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP! See you there!

Picacho Peak will be a buddy campout and reservations must be in by December 1st. Reservations will be cut off at that time so don’t miss this opportunity. The more that sign up, the cheaper rate we will get. (Zeeks also  need to know the size of your rig and how many slides you have.

• ATTENTION: Desert Gardens in Florence has been sold so Robinson’s are trying to find a new location and will let us know as soon as possible. So, in the meantime, the March  campout has been put on hold.
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In Case of Emergency (ICE):  Have you heard of it? Have you done anything about it?  It is for a contact person on your cell phones in case of emergency. When entering a name, first put ICE in the space for last name, with the last name of your emergency contact, then continue on with first name and phone number. We have my brother and brother in law listed under ICE. (Example: ICE Smith; John) Your home phone number is also a good number to put under ICE, as one never knows who to call if you are in an accident or something.(Example: Mesa home: ###    MN home:###) Please take time to do this now.  Another suggestion is to put in the number to call in case you lose your credit card. Then you can call that number right away before anyone has much chance to use it.
WON’T YOU TAKE JUST A MINUTE?  This article appeared in the Mesa section of the AZ Republic, weekend edition on 10/6/07….    Marine Col. Richard Simcock, the commander of USMC Regimental Combat Team 6 in Iraq, is asking for 6,000 emails for his Marines. That is one for each in his command. He is concerned about all the negative barrage that his Marines are getting through electronic means. Emails may be sent to RCT-6lettersfromh@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil                     
  
 
THIS IS ALL THERE IS:
I do believe this will be my last newsletter to you and I am having a feeling of sadness. I will miss writing you people. I’ve done it for a long time. Elvin Shaw said he’s been wondering what I’ll be doing with all my free time. Actually, I want to tell you that I sit down, almost immediately after I finish one newsletter, and I start the next. That makes it easy; I just keep adding a paragraph here and there as I get a chance. What I will really miss is your phone calls and the emails from all of you, to give me news. I do hope you will keep in touch with me anyway (so I won’t get withdrawal). Because of all your messages, I have a real feeling of closeness and I don’t want to lose it.
 Above all, now it’s time for you to write to Virginia Phipps, or call her or email her. We have such great communication that I really want you to keep it going. It’s important to our club. We have so many new members again that it’s a good way to give them a feeling of who we are.
                       
 Virginia Phipps        mvphipps39@aol.com      Phone number  623-977-7971
 
 
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 CHAPTER 309         
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER  II 2007

Officers:                      President:  Jerry Loomis                               602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                              480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                                  480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall            623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                  480-380-7718
                                                       Earl Peaslee                                 928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season
I suggest you cut these out and save them so you have them in the future when you need them.
Oct. 24-28, 07             Arizona State Rally                             See Ramblings
                                    Voyager RV Resort, Tucson 

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 07   Chapter 500 Pushers Rally                See Ramblings
                                    Indio, CA

Dec. 4-7, 07                Distant Drums RV Park                     Chapter 309 Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ

January 9 12, 08      Picacho Peak RV Park                         Zeek
                                                                                                Rickenbacker:
                                                                                                        
Feb. 6-9, 08                 Beaudry’s Western Bar-B-Q              Frank Menor
                                                                                               
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino                         Joy 
                                    Globe                                       Westerhausen
                                                                                     Toms 
·      
   Now I know that several of you couples are planning to go to the AZ State Rally, you always do, but you haven’t signed up yet. Please get this job done to help Ray out. You know you’ll have the time of your life!
 
·         Maggie has set aside Thurs., Oct. 18,, at Valle del Oro, as work day for the state rally. Come prepared to work on rally decorations. Remember to bring all kinds of goodies that can be used with an Italian theme.
 
 
o        CHANGE IN ROSTER:  Cancellation of membership:  Jean and Helen Marquardt and Martin and Sharon Lajeunesse.  Both were big assets in our club and will be missed. Marquardts have dropped out because of continuing health problems and Lajeunesse have moved back to Colorado.

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JERRY LOOMIS:  Jerry will be holding a business meeting while at the Arizona State Rally at 11AM on Thursday, October 25th. This is in regard to proposed changes in Chapter Bylaws, budget issues and other matters. Check your program upon arrival for more information. Also, mark your calendars for 5PM on Friday, October 26th, when we will gather for a chapter dinner.
            Details will follow.
 
• The ancestor of today’s Arizona State University football team was organized in 1896 at Tempe, near Phoenix. Players were students at what was then an Arizona Territory teacher training school and they didn’t wear pads of helmets. To make the grassless field softer, it was plowed before each game so falls would be easier. A substitution was allowed only when a team member was too hurt or exhausted to continue … or knocked senseless. In 2008, the Super Bowl will be taking place in Arizona. What a difference that football stadium is. This is one of the nicest that we’ve seen.
 
RECIPE:  Gidget sent us another recipe to try. Looking forward to this one Thanks Pal.
            Many cake bakers make a combination of 11 oz. White vanilla, 6 oz. Butter extract and 7 oz. of Rum flavoring. They mix it all together so when they need a flavoring it is mixed and ready to go. Just mix with powdered sugar, flavorings and cream. Another combination is orange, Irish cream and butter pecan. Now I know I won’t mix that much flavoring at one time but I like the idea of using a combination. If anyone tries any of the recipes printed, please let us know what you think.
 
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: We were actually in Marshall for ten days before we went anyplace again. Of course it was to see our kids, one more time, before hitting the road. The youngest of the family was celebrating her first birthday and we couldn’t miss that. One evening in Marshall, we packed a picnic dinner and went out to Camden State Park, for one last time this season. Love that place! We were cleaning out the refrigerator so it’s amazing what one can put together. Then we headed to Lake Cochran, SD for our last outing with our local RV club. Always hate leaving that bunch as they are such close friends. After hugs and kisses, we finally headed out on our trip to Arizona. Yes, we’re on our way but plan to “sort of” take a month getting to Mesa. Funny how that works out! We usually have such good intentions but the closer we get to Mesa, the stronger the pull gets and our plans seem to go by the way side.
We love the Black Hills in South Dakota so much that we make it a point to go there every few years.  This year it just happened to be on the way again. (If you have never been there, make it a point to put it on your list of “must see’s”.) One day we made it a point to go through Custer State Park. Now, this is a must if you’re in the hills. Once again we packed a picnic and headed out for the day. We saw more animals this year than ever before. (That’s what this area is known for.) There is a Buffalo round up the 1st of October and how we would love to see that once. We did see the corrals for the round up. There were a lot of them! Kind of sad! You can’t believe the sight when you come around the corner and the hillsides are covered with those huge animals, all running free.  Some will be sold to farmers while others will be sold to butchers for resale. From that extreme, you also see the little Prairie Dog villages, with their heads popping out of their holes, chattering away to warn their friends that there is danger lurking. We had never been to the laser show at the Crazy Horse Memorial so we went there one evening. Gosh, wouldn’t you know, the mist rolled in just as we got there so we saw the beautiful colors through the mist but didn’t see any of the figures in the show. It was a waste of $20 for us. Another “Oh well”! Do want to tell you though, Crazy Horse is huge. It is 641 feet long and 563 feet high. Now, think about it, the Lincoln Memorial is 555 high and the Statue of Liberty is 309 feet high. The faces at Mt. Rushmore would actually fit into the head of Crazy Horse. That’s big!
 Then we headed down through Wyoming. I know we took the southern route (Hwy. 80), which is so barren, but boy, there is just nothing there. The “Jackalope” was created in this area and is very popular … in that location!  It looks like a rabbit, only it has antlers like the antelope. Actually, it is a manmade, mythical animal that is seen in the tourist’s stops, cafes, post cards, truck stops, etc. Of course  we had to send the grandkids postcards of it. Down the road we saw so many antelope. When we parked for the evening, we learned that we were in the middle of the largest herd in the U.S. and we’re also in the middle of the hunting season. While Grant was in the office, he was told that the antelope is the fastest animal on this continent. They can actually run all day at a speed of 40 MPH, with burst of speed up to 60 MPH at times. Now this is just what he heard, so please don’t correct me if you have a different opinion. J They really are pretty. Hard to believe anyone would want to shoot them.
Then we headed north, going toward Salt Lake City, Utah. Funny how fast the scenery changed!  The red colored, rocky hill sides were covered with foliage of every color. I really didn’t expect to see the red leaves in this area so it was a nice surprise. Our goal here was to see and hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and we did just that plus more. One day we went to “Temple Square”, where we took a tour around the many buildings. We couldn’t get over the size of them! The square covers 35 acres (or three city blocks). One of the buildings has a complete garden on top of it, complete with trees. Then on Sunday we actually got to go hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Wow! What a wonderful experience that was.  There are 360 members in that choir, ages 25 to 60, and once they join, they are in for up to 20 years. Some live as far away as 100 miles but have to be at practice on Thursday evenings and the church service on Sundays. Actually they have about 75 concerts a year. That’s dedication!  I am so glad we finally got to see them. I was disappointed when we saw Salt Lake. I don’t know what I was expecting but it was so dirty. Of course it is lower than usual because of lack of rains. I learned it was six times saltier than the ocean. This content can only be tolerated by the blue green algae and the tiny brine shrimp. It will actually buoy a human being! We sort of got stranded in Salt Lake City as the rains and snow came! We waited for the roads to dry and then we headed south again. Some of this road was so pretty while part of it was pretty barren again. Oh well, it didn’t last long and we were in Moab, UT. We have always loved this area too. We stay at the prettiest campground, south of town. It’s right on the back side of Canyonlands. We didn’t do the national parks this year as we had just seen them a couple years ago, but decided to take some off roads and explore. Again, we took our picnic lunch along and headed on a “really winding road”. I haven’t gotten car sick for so long, but felt it was coming on so we stopped at a lodge where I asked them for crackers to settle my stomach, and they even made me some tea. Now that’s hospitality! The view was wonderful and actually, so was the picnic. I’ll just bet we go back again someday.
From there we headed down to Cortez, CO so we could explore Mesa Verde National Park. We really weren’t expecting anything that great as we have seen so many of the dwellings in Arizona and New Mexico. I guess we thought we were going to just be doing a repeat, only on a more grandeur scale. Well, it sure was! I don’t know how many “wow’s” we can handle in one year.  I so wish we had done this park a few years back, when we were younger and I was in better shape. Some of the dwellings can only be reached by steep trails, steps and ladders. The area was described as looking at the back of your hand with the fingers outspread. The villages are on top or the sides of each finger. Grant went down one walk way that didn’t even look that bad, but the steady climb out seemed to even get to the old boy. I stayed on top and looked down and have no regrets. The views were spectacular from every look out. You could see twelve dwellings from one look out alone. There were both pit houses and the cliff dwellings all along the trails to see. It was just awesome!
And then, yes, one more WOW! We took the bus to Silverton, up the million dollar highway. They get so much snow up there that there are places that can’t have guard rails as they need to be able to push the snow off the road with snow plows. Then we took the train back down to Durango, through the San Juan Mountain passes again. The track runs along the Animas River, through deep canyons, sometimes along the mountain sides … way up there. The aspen trees were at peak color, full of yellow and gold and yes, even red. Next to the dark green evergreens it was awesome too! Sorry about that adjective but, it really is. I want to tell you a little bit about Silverton. It is the highest “mean county in altitude” in the United States. According to our bus driver, there are only 14 days without frost. In fact, we had snow pellets while we were there. There were hot belly stoves in the middle of their stores, going full blast. We were on Hwy. 550, the only road to or from Silverton. There are 700 residents in the summer, 300 in the winter. Many Westerns were shot in this area. It is full of the bawdy history of a mining town of yesteryear. Today we catch our train or bus at the very same location as in 1882.
On Sunday in church, we sat in front of four different people from near our home town in Minnesota so it was fun talking with them. It is such a small world anymore. It’s a good thing I was on my best behavior. Later in the day we headed up another canyon in the San Juan Mountains, north and east of Cortez. You just can’t believe the brilliance of the autumn colors.
From this location we are headed south, back home again, in Mesa, AZ. Our rig seems to do that for some reason or other. We had planned to be on the road for another couple weeks but that pull has gotten just awful strong. Miss all you fine folks and will be seeing you soon.


 CHAPTER 309         
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
JULY  2007

Officers:                      President:  Jerry Loomis                               602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                             480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                                  480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall               623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                                480-380-7718
                                                       Earl Peaslee                                 928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season
I suggest you cut these out and save them so you have them in the future when you need them.
Oct. 24-28, 07             Arizona State Rally                             See Ramblings
                                    Voyager RV Resort, Tucson 
Oct. 31-Nov. 3            Chapter 500 Pushers Rally                See Ramblings
                                    Indio, CA
Dec. 4-7                      Distant Drums RV Park                     Chapter 309 Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ
January 9 – 12, 08      Picacho Peak RV Park                Zeek:  g.marita@juno
                                                                                       Rickenbacker:   reichenbacker@hotmail.com
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino                   Joy:  Gnjoy97530@aol.com
                                    Globe                                      Westerhausen:  wyousna@aolcom
                                                                                     Toms:  jwsjtoms@aol.com
 
• Now then, mark your calendars for October 24 – 28! Anyone who knows Ray and Hilda Nichols, knows what I’m talking about. They are planning the 2007 Arizona State Rally,  “Tuscany in Tucson”, so you know it’s going to be a good one. The rally will be held at “Voyager RV Resort”, in Tucson, AZ, which was voted number one in the nation for three years in the past. You will have full hook ups with 30/50 AMPS.  It’s going to be great! There is so much to see and do in this area and they have even lined up some special entertainment for us. Check your Ramblings for more information. Don’t let this one get by. Sign up now!
 
GET WELL: 
Don Larsen  is feeling fine but is continuing with tests for heart problems. He is so angry because he feels so good. He won’t have another test until the end of July and then hopefully some decisions will be made. In the meantime, he is still running around on his “Hog”.
• The last report I have had on Mar Tracey is that she has sleep apnea and now has to wear a mask when sleeping. Wouldn’t it be great if that was all of her problems?
 
CHANGE IN ROSTER:  email address for W. Fouche is: fouchewenmar@callschaalyaall.com
 
SORRY TO REPORT:  Some of you will remember Bob and Kate Lagle, members of the Tucson Chapter, as they attended the Arizona State Rally, the Western Sunshine Rally, Quartzsite, and Rocky Point I’m sorry to report Bob passed away on July 11. I don’t have any details at this time.
 
• We keep getting information on how we can take care of ourselves and our loved ones if we suspect that they are having a stroke. Remember the first three letters of the word “stroke”.  Ask them to Smile, ask them to Talk in a full sentence, and ask them to Raise both arms and stick out their tongue. If the tongue goes to one side or another, rather than straight out the center of the mouth, it can be an indication that they have had a stroke. Get them to a  doctor immediately. If properly treated within three hours, they can reverse the effects of a stroke.
 
Back home again:  July, 2007, was a memorable month for us. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in May our and Grant took me on a wonderful trip to Europe. Are you ready? You are in for some of the highlights! We left town on June 19th and went into Minneapolis to see family before heading out. On the 20th we headed to London. Grant was packed and over weight (yes, you heard that right) so we had to do some finagling in the airport from his suitcase to mine. He will never live that one down! We went to visit my niece and her family for a couple days before the tour actually started and to get through the jet lag. We had a wonderful time with them and she showed us around that area somemore as she had moved since we were there last time. On the 23rd we actually began our tour. We had a great tour guide, a cute little guy from the Netherlands named Keese, pronounced Case. We had a local tour guide in London. Although we had been there before, we learned so much while on the tour that we didn’t know before. From there we headed to Belgium by the Eurostar Train. The following day found us in the Netherlands. We took a cruise up the main canal which was an experience. We learned there are 1200 bridges crossing the canal. House boats are on both sides where people live the year around. Keese also took us on a walking tour of the Red Light District. This was an optional tour but most of us took it. We walked through an alley like street with the girls posing behind glass windows, dressed in very skimpy outfits, showing their wares. There was a more expensive street or a cheaper street and you knew which one you were looking at without seeing a price tag. You are all adults and get the picture! It was an eye opener. Of course we were told about the rest of the city too but I’m just giving you the highlights. In Cologne, Germany we saw what was once the largest building in the world, the Cologne Cathedral. It was one of the only buildings left standing in that city during the bombings of World War II. We also took a river boat cruise on the Rhine River. I didn’t want to get off. It was so peaceful amid the beauty of the hill sides, the vineyards, the castles, etc. Some of those vineyards were actually planted by the Romans in the old days. We spent a couple days in Lucrene, Switzerland and there was so much to see and do there that we didn’t have near enough time. We stayed right on the lake and it was like a fairy land. One day Keese took us up to Mount Pilatus (look it up on www.pilatus.ch ) We took a tram up 7,000 feet, to the top. There is an adult playground up there where you walk on one rope, hanging on to another at chest height for one thing. It was something else to watch! And then we took a cogwheel railway back down the mountain, at a 48 degree grade! It’s the steepest in the world and was actually opened in 1889. How could they do those things in those days with the things they had to work with? (It was at this time that London had a couple bomb scares so this made us think of where we had just been, days before.) I could go on and on about this city and would love to return some day. Of course we saw Mad King Ludvig’s Castle, the Neuschwanstein Castle and we drove on to Oberammergau. That is such a quaint little tiny town. We went on to Salzburg, Austria and walked the square which was filled with little markets and had a lot of street entertainment. It’s a favorite of ours. Of course we had to do Vienna too. Our hotel overlooked the Blue Danube River. We visited so many cathedrals, and dungeons, and castles and museums. They were all so different but yet the same after awhile. Then, on to Venice, Italy. Many people are moving away from this town and you could tell which ones were empty as their shutters were closed. This city is in repair, in every direction you look. I guess that is still some of the charm of the canals, like in the movies, with some of the stuckel coming off the sides of the houses. We sure were disappointed in the gondola ride as we were herded through like cattle … sure not romantic like in those same movies. Assisi was beautiful; another place I would like to return to. Rome was filthy but when you think of how old this city is and  how they heated with wood and coal most of those years, then you know how it got so dirty. It has such history there. We went to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, on to  St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica. The Colosseum fascinated me the most I think. In those movies we always see the lions and prisoners fighting for their lives. Well, this floor is no longer there now so we see what was/is under that floor. It is full of small rooms where the animals and prisoners were kept, where the doctors were so they could patch up a prisoner enough to send him back out again. It sent goose bumps up my back bone as I thought about the gruesome deaths at that place. In Florence we saw the cultural end of Italy with the Academy of Fine Arts and Michelangelo’s David. There are so many fascinating sculptures there and the size of these buildings is just awesome. Of course we saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa too. It is 180 feet tall and is now 12 feet out of perpendicular. It had been 14 feet off but has been corrected so now is considered safe again. Then on to France, where we saw Monaco. This place is breathtaking and we felt out of place there with all the yachts and the cars! This place truly looks like money! We stopped in Avignon one day too which has all the little tiny passage ways between buildings, etc. Quaint! We went up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower which is 700 feet up there. Did you know it has the first elevator ever built? Of course we went in the Louvre (which is a very modern building) and saw the Mona Lisa. We were sent off in grand style by going to a French Cabaret on our final evening in Paris. The next day we headed home. We left June 19th, home on July 14th. It was a trip of a life time. It was full days and I’m so glad we made the trip but we decided we had seen enough castles, churches and museums for a while now. I wouldn’t have had it any other way though. It was awesome.

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 CHAPTER 309         
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
JUNE  #2  (JULY) 2007

Officers:          President:  Jerry Loomis                               602-361-4899
                       V. President:  Jack Foster                             480-917-9506
                         Secretary:  Duane Gray                                480-839-0296
                         Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                         Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall               623-266-6845
                         Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                  480-380-7718
                         Earl Peaslee                                 928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season
I suggest you cut these out and save them so you have them in the future when you need them.

July 16-20                   International Rally                              See Ramblings
                                    DuQuoine, IL
Oct. 24-28, 07             Arizona State Rally                             See Ramblings
                                    Voyager RV Resort, Tucson 
Oct. 31-Nov. 3            Chapter 500 Pushers Rally                 See Ramblings
                                    Indio, CA
Dec. 4-7                      Distant Drums RV Park                     Chapter 309 Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ
Jan 9 – 12, 08      Picacho Peak RV Park             Zeek Rickenbacker:
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino                 Joy  Westerhausen Toms
                                    Globe
   
• The International Rally in DuQuoine, IL is coming up before you know it. Have you registered? They have some outstanding entertainment and a lot of great tours scheduled. There is so much to do in this area that, if you haven’t been there before, now is the time. It’s not too late to get your reservations in. Better get your Ramblings out and check on  it !
• Now then, mark your calendars for October 24 – 28! Anyone who knows Ray and Hilda Nichols, knows what I’m talking about. They are planning the 2007 Arizona State Rally,  “Tuscany in Tucson”, so you know it’s going to be a good one. The rally will be held at “ Voyager RV Resort, in Tucson, AZ, which was voted number one in the nation for three years in the past. You will have full hook ups with 30/50 AMPS.  It’s going to be great! There is so much to see and do in this area and they have even lined up some special entertainment for us. Check your Ramblings for more information. Don’t let this one get by. Sign up now!
           
·   CORRECTIONS: I sure hate it when this happens to a new member. Ed was concerned that he might be picky but I say let us know when something is wrong. It seems we spelled his name wrong right off the bat. It’s Ed Melone. Sorry about that Ed.
 
• GET WELL:  The last note I got from Tracey’s  said that Mar is feeling better every day. They went to church for the first time in two months (written June 9th). She is not on oxygen now, except when she really feels the need, usually after some exertion. She does have a new lung doctor though, so you know how that goes, he is having tests rerun. Again, they thank everyone for their concerns and prayers.
Aldean Redman is gaining ground from time to time. Gene reports that she just goes along for awhile and then she spurts ahead. The doctors just can’t get over her progress at this point. Great new!
Don Larsen  is feeling fine but is having major heart problems. He’s not even sure the extent of it but he is flunking all his tests. He will have more on Tuesday and then they will know what they are going to do and will probably do it right away. I will be gone then so can’t update you but please keep Don and Margaret in your prayers. She too was having problems and was at the hospital for tests too but for now she has been put on the back burner.
 
Congratulations to Duane and Hayden Gray: Now if everything went according to plan, this couple should be “Fulltimers” by now. Some of you may not know, but Duane had a kidney transplant several years ago. At that time they were building a new home. Then, after the successful transplant, they decided they wanted to continue their dream of fulltiming so it was discussed with their daughter and it was a done deal. She was to move into the brand new home and the Grays were hitting the road! We’re all happy for you two. Happy trails…….
 
Please travel safe this summer. We want to see everyone back this fall. Just think, that’s only four months away for some of us.

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CHAPTER 309     
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
JUNE  2007

 
Officers:                      President:  Jerry Loomis                               602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                             480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                                 480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall               623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                   480-380-7718
                                                       Earl Peaslee                                 928-427-0073
Please note:   All officers have agreed to continue their positions for the 2007-2008 season. Virginia Phipps has said she would take over the newsletter for Nancy Joy.
Do thank these people when you see them.
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season
I suggest you cut these out and save them so you have them in the future when you need them.
July 16-20                   International Rally                              See Ramblings
                                    DuQuoine, IL
Oct. 24-28, 07             Arizona State Rally                             Ray and Hilda  Nichols
                                    Voyager RV Resort, Tucson              chelanview@earthlink.net
Oct. 31-Nov. 3            Chapter 500 Pushers Rally                See Ramblings
                                    Indio, CA
Dec. 4-7                      Distant Drums RV Park                     Chapter 309 Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ
January 9 – 12, 08      Picacho Peak RV Park                        Zeek:  g.marita@juno
                                                                                                Rickenbacker:
                                                                                                 eichenbacker@hotmail.com
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino                           Joy:  Gnjoy97530@aol.com
                                    Globe                                      Westerhausen:  wyousna@aolcom
                                                                                     Toms:  jwsjtoms@aol.com
The International Rally in DuQuoine, IL is coming up before you know it. Have you registered? They have some outstanding entertainment and a lot of great tours scheduled. There is so much to do in this area that if you haven’t been there before, now is the time. It’s not too late to get your reservations in. Better get your Ramblings out and check on  it !
           
·   
CORRECTIONS: Andrew and Ruth Walls phone number is 623-556-4203

CANCEL MEMBERSHIP:  David and Linda Hinkle                    Sold Unit
                                                 Daniel and Barbara Manzer Sold Unit
                                                 Frank and Cynthia Mizner                 Sold Unit
 
• BUSY MONTH:  I don’t know what ever made me think we could just lean back and take it easy in our retirement years. It is so busy. Things are warming up in Minnesota these days and our trees are budding out (first of May). Our tulips are in bloom and the lilacs are ready to pick. And asparagus and rhubarb too. (We can still pick wild asparagus in the ditches or fence lines around here. I’m told that sort of thing dates back to pioneer days.) Those are things I look forward to in the Spring in Minnesota.
 
Our local RV club always cleans ditches in the Spring and Fall so we got that done this month. I get so upset at the things we find. Disposable diapers (babies having babies?), and there must have been twenty large Mountain Dew bottles in a one mile stretch (same person coming home from school or work?), someone smokes Marlboro’s in that same mile too. You get the idea. Each year I am so ready to write a letter to the editor in our little home town paper but what good would it do? Then too, May was volunteer appreciation month so we went to a few little teas and coffees for that. That’s always fun though. One was held in a beautiful old Victorian house that some guy has completely restored and it is so well done, just beautiful. He did so much research on the project, the colors, fabrics, styles, etc. And a lady friend made a wide selection of deserts. Everything was wonderful.
 
 This was also the month of our Golden Anniversary so we had a big open house party for that. It was such fun. We woke up that morning to terrible winds though, like 60 MPH winds! We also had rains but not like they had south of us. (My brother and wife, who live in Iowa, couldn’t even make it to our party as they had over five inches of rain in a very short time so had about two feet of water in their basement. Felt so sorry for them.) My mother made it though! She kept saying, “It’s not very often you can go to your daughters Golden Anniversary.” She’s great. I can’t keep up with her now, don’t know what I’ll be like when I’m her age. Anyway, by mid afternoon the winds died down and the rains stopped and life was good. J
 
We had no more than finished that party, when we headed to Red Wing, a lovely little town on the Mississippi River. The guys that used to work for Grant have had a reunion for us every two years and we decided it was only right for us to take a turn, so we drove over there to finalize plans for that. From there whea e ded to Iowa, for a nephew’s graduation and then to my mother’s 90th birthday. She wouldn’t let us have a party for her but we showed her! She always has the neighbor ladies in for coffee, every day at 3 P.M., so my sister baked up some goodies for that. Grant and I headed back to our campground a little later. Mom only has two nephews remaining in her family so we had contacted them and their families and had them to a brat feed, pot luck. She thought she was going to Pizza Hut, her favorite place to go, but was driven to the shelter at our campground instead for a family reunion. It was fun. The winds had been so bad all month  and let up just as everyone decided to head home so we decided it might be a good time for us to head back to Minnesota as the winds were expected again the next day. We never drive at night but we did and are so glad we did as the winds were terrible the following day. It sure was a long night though.
 
Memorial Day week end was spent in a campground near Minneapolis as it was our son’s birthday. We sure had a good time. We explored some of the little river towns. They just don’t get any prettier than they are along the Mississippi River. We hadn’t been to Stillwater for quite a few years and were pleased with even more shops (at least I was;  now I had two men sitting on the benches outside) The tree lined shore is awesome with the marinas filled with sail boats, people picnicking at the parks, walking along the trails, etc. We had planned to go to Snelling National Cemetery for their Memorial Day ceremony but there were so many people that we couldn’t get close.
 
• GET WELL: 
The latest on Mar Tracey, as of the first part of May is that she had been  having an allergic reaction to ZOCOR, her cholesterol medication. She is now using oxygen to help her breath better. I haven’t heard anything more since. Hang in there Mar. This has to be so frustrating for you both but it’s going to get better.
And then there is John Tisot! I called Joanie one day to check to see how he was doing and she said, “Oh, wait just a minute.”, and so I did and would you believe, the next voice I heard was Johns? He was/ is home and is doing wonderful. Well, he always calls me Mom so I had to give him my motherly advice, of not over doing. Of course, anyone that knows John, knows he won’t listen but I just had to try. J And the other day John called me and asked if I would please write and thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and best wishes. He said he had gotten quite a few cards too and they meant so much to him.
 
• OUR SYMPATHY:  We  had called Latheys just before we headed back to Minnesota. Chauncey told us he was doctoring but didn’t let on as to the extent of his illness. That’s another time when we so wish we had gotten over to visit them. Now we have had word that Chauncey passed away. I haven’t been able to reach them for details. I did call Dave Fellingham (he’s the one who had notified me) and he said Chauncey had called him a while back. He had said that Chauncey had a spasm in his back and had gone into Mayo. When they did an MRI they found that the cancer had spread through out his body. At this point Shirley has gone back to Michigan with her children. Dave said that Nash’s, E. Shaw’s and Fellingham’s  had made it to Chauncey’s funeral. I’m so glad some of our club members were still around. (For those of you who don’t know, Chauncey was a long time member of Chapter 309 and  Treasurer, when Grant was President. We so enjoyed working with him. We truly considered both of them good friends.)
 
• ANOTHER CORRECTION:  I wish I could blame Jerry but I know I screwed up … again! Grant and Nancy Joy’s phone number in Minnesota is:   507-532-7278. My apologies to Jerry and the Lenthalls. When I say this, I sincerely mean it. I know all the work involved in changing that sort of thing.  Jerry was waiting to get all the corrections before he sent the last roster out. The worse part is, I can remember asking Jerry if he would put it on the roster as we get so many calls from all of you and we didn’t want to miss any of them. ( I gave him my mothers prefix.) No excuses …  (Careful Jerry, I can hear what you’re thinking!)
 
Please travel safe this summer. We want to see everyone back this fall. Just think, that’s only four months away for some of us.

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CHAPTER 309     
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
MAY  2007

Officers:                     President:  Jerry Loomis                              602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                             480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                             480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                             623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall           623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                                   480-380-7718
                                                       Earl Peaslee                            928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
2007-08 Season

May 6-10                    Chapter 419 Pushers  Rally               
                                     Goshen, IN
July 16-20                   International Rally                              See Ramblings
                                     DuQuoine, IL
Oct. 24-28, 07             Arizona State Rally                            Ray and Hilda  Nichols
                                    Voyager RV Resort, Tucson                chelanview@earthlink.net
Oct. 31-Nov. 3           Chapter 500 Pushers Rally                See Ramblings
                                    Indio, CA
Dec. 4-7                       Distant Drums RV Park                 Chapter 309 Officers
                                     Verde Valley, AZ
 
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino                         Joy:  Gnjoy97530@aol.com
                                     Globe                                      Westerhausen:  wyousna@aolcom
                                                                                    Toms:   jwsjtoms@aol.com

The International Rally in DuQuoine, IL is coming up before you know it. Have you registered? They have some outstanding entertainment and a lot of great tours scheduled. There is so much to do in this area that if you haven’t been there before, now is the time. It’s not too late to get your reservations in. Better get your Ramblings out and check it out!
 
v      Busy times:  We got back to Mesa, from Casa Grande, and started to clean house. My cupboards needed cleaning out before we headed north. Grant started cleaning out the basement compartments too and then, oh my, there was our shed. You should have seen what we sorted through, into those piles of give, save and pitch. It’s amazing what we finally decided we could part with. Now I just know he pitched some of my things when I wasn’t looking too. He’s been known to do that sort or thing. Every year we go through this same procedure.  The hard part is when we get back to Minnesota and have to unpack it all, and find a place for it in our condo.
I hate leaving here more every year. This is my favorite season in Arizona.  However we are now seeing the real damage from the freezing weather that we had last January. Some of the trees are beginning to turn green again. Others never will. What a shame to see all those trees and shrubs that will have to be cut down and replaced. It sure will make a difference in the landscape in our park! “Schneph Farms”, in Mesa, have even had to cancel their peach festival. However, our citrus trees, in the park, are in full bloom again now and everything smells so good when you go for your evening walks. Everything is coming in bloom these days and I love it. However, the wild flowers on the mountain sides lay dormant this year as there wasn’t enough rain in November. There are some cactus that I have never seen bloom, as we always leave just before. Maybe some day… And parties, I have so wanted to lose some weight but how does one do that when you live down here, especially this time of year? Everyone is having just one more neighborhood get together, or celebrate an anniversary or birthday. One night we went to three gatherings, one after the other! On other evenings we went to two different RV’s for a glass of wine, only to find the most beautiful presentations of a full meal at one home and horsd’oeuvres at the other. The impressive thing about this, is that both were given by widowers and they did it alone! And then came the last evening in Mesa and the final morning before we pulled out, how I hate them. So many of our friends stop by for that good bye hug and that is so hard for me. I’m such a “wus”.
 
v      Our final campout of the season; Munds Park R.V. Campground:   It looked like a lot of us were eager to get there early. There were nine rigs at Munds the first evening. (We had a total of 16 rigs, plus two grandchildren in one of the coaches.) I know we took off early in the morning, as the guys were all antsy to get there. Three of the rigs were from Valley del Oro (and we picked Loomis’ up along the way) so it was fun traveling with friends. Bob Noftsger had made reservations for us at Rock Springs for lunch, “because they were known for their pies” and that’s all we heard about on the CB. Gosh, the menu even said that Senator Barry Goldwater used to stop there, just to have some of their famous blackberry pie. We learned that it used to be an Indian encampment way back when, later a stagecoach stop (from 1884 to 1917). There is a hotel there too, where Jean Harlow was once a guest. When we pulled in, the parking lot was filled with “hogs”, you know, the kind with two wheels. There was a news crew there and they were filming a Harley Davidson poker run. When we got to the campground, there were already three rigs  and a couple more came in later.
This is a great campground, located 14 miles south of Flagstaff. It comes complete with a heated pool and spa, a gameroom, playroom, exercise room, just about anything one would want. There’s a wonderful patio where we could have our happy hours or we could go inside where there was a fire place and a big screen TV where the guys could enjoy the ballgames. It helped on those cold mornings too. And the location is great too, nestled in between Flagstaff and Sedona.

Mornings we woke up to some nippy weather. Would you believe it was 27 degrees and a lot of us had frozen water lines? Those that had arrived the day before, explored areas of their choice, while others were just coming in. Monday evening, Maggie made quesadillas for everyone and I truly believe they were enjoyed by all. Arnold and Barbara Shackelforth came to visit our club for the campout and ended up joining. Tuesday we had visitors, Dick and Marlys Tracey showed up for our meeting. They wanted to say goodbye to everyone as we all headed out for the season. Later we all went about our separate ways, exploring the country side. We went to see Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, which was beautiful with the Painted Desert in the distance. As we drove up, we saw the lava bed, which was described as looking like a field that had been plowed when it was too wet. Of course we couldn’t get up to the actual volcano, couldn’t even walk up to it. Later we went to Wupatki National Monument. Wupatki Ruins is the largest of the many pueblo dwellings found at the monument. Again, the setting is beautiful. It was the beautiful red rock, and the sky was that Arizona blue. It blows my mind how all the Indian ruins are different and trying to figure out how they built them so many years ago, with so little to work with. And then we went to Walnut Canyon. I had never heard of the place! Can’t figure that out. It’s a WOW! I just couldn’t believe how there could even be Indian dwellings, way up on the sides of that canyon. Noftsgers walked way down to the bottom. How I would love to do that but my legs absolutely turn to rubber when I look way down there. I would have fallen right over the side of those paths. One thing I know for sure, we didn’t have near enough time to explore everything there is to see so we have decided we just have to come back to this area and spend a week of so next season. We love it here. And then … we all met for a champagne open house before dinner! Bill and Evalyn Gurney bought a new Augusta and they wanted to celebrate with us. Apparently the clubs used to do this all the time but it was a first for us and I think it’s a great idea. They had just gotten it and can’t wait to hit the road  and I don’t blame them. It’s a honey! And then, after a stone soup dinner, we were surprised with a cake for Gurney’s and our 50th anniversary. Thank you! On Wednesday morning most of us took off in a caravan for Oak Creek Canyon, led by Grant. We hadn’t been there for a while and had forgotten how beautiful it is. (Do you feel I use that adjective too much? Well, how else would you describe these places?) From that point on, everyone one did their own thing. Most of us drove into Sedona and explored some more. Then, the evening dinner was held at “Black Bart’s” in Flagstaff. What a fun place that was. College kids are working their way through school by waiting tables and entertaining, either playing the piano or singing. It was a most enjoyable evening. This was an outstanding outing and we thank Loomis for finding it for us.

Homeward bound: Well, we had more good byes on Thursday morning and headed out by 7AM. We drove as far as Tucumcari, NM  the first night. We normally don’t put in such long days but we got word that a friend had passed away so we wanted to make it back in time for the funeral. Our travels kept getting colder and colder. We ended up winterizing in Salina, KS, the first time in eleven years! It worked out great as we got to my mothers in Iowa for Easter. Then we only had three hours to travel home on Monday. We got most everything unloaded that afternoon. So glad we got our coach in storage right away as we woke to snow covered lawns on Tuesday morning. It really was miserable for us; wind, snow and slush! That’s what we go south for, to avoid all that business. It started melting already on Thursday though so guess we can tolerate it for awhile.
 
 

Shackelfords came to visit  us at Mund’s and they decided to join the club. They will be good members! They were put to work right away and did clean up for us, as the rest of us pulled out and they were staying around a little longer. Thanks you two!  Please keep your roster updated as we send out the changes. We are doing this for your benefit as well as ours.

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CHAPTER 309
HRRVC VALLEY OF THE SUN NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2007

Officers:                     President:  Jerry Loomis                             602-361-4899
                                    V. President:  Jack Foster                          480-917-9506
                                    Secretary:  Duane Gray                            480-839-0296
                                    Treasurer:  Ernie Lenthall                         623-266-6845
                                    Mem. Coordinator: Marty Lenthall           623-266-6845
                                    Directors:  Elvin Shaw                           480-380-7718
                                                     Earl Peaslee                           928-427-0073
 
CAMPOUTS
April 2–5, 07               Munds Park RV Resort           Loomis
                                     11 mi. south of Flagstaff          Joy
May 6-10                    Chapter 419 Pushers Rally  
                                     Goshen, IN
July 16-20                   International Rally                           See Ramblings
                                     DuQuoin, IL
Oct. 24-28                   AZ State Rally                             Ray and Hilda Nichols
                                     Tucson,AZ                        
Oct. 31-Nov.3             Chapter 500 Pushers Rally
                                     Indio, CA

2007-08 SEASON
Dec. 4-7, 07                Distant Drums  RV Park                Officers
                                    Verde Valley, AZ
 
Feb. 18-20, 08             Apache Gold Casino              Joy
                                    Globe,AZ                               Westerhausen:                                                                                       Toms 
(Wagonmasters of future campouts;  please get the information to me as soon as possible so I can get them on the schedule.)
 
Did ‘ja know?  Put powder around your tires to keep the bugs out! That’s right, the pests don’t like it. This is  a good one to remember if you are parked around a lot of ants, etc. The powder must be white. Almost any powder will work, although baby powder and cleansers seem to work the best. It doesn’t have to be thick. I had forgotten this idea until I read it again in RV View this month.  It’s just about that time of year again, when a lot of us will be returning to the Midwest. How I dread that thought, of returning to the bugs and humidity, but as long as we have family there, of course we will return.

Did ’ja know?   that it’s impossible to lick your elbow?  Or … that Alaska is the state which has the highest percentage of people who walk to work?
 
 
 
lunch or something? It will be awhile before we have any chapter campouts!
 
Change of address:  David Hinkle:  5648 E. Leisure Lane, Cave CreekAZ 85331
 
A request:   Donna and Phil Dagenet have not been able to attend any of our activities but are retiring the end of May. However, they are new members and would like to get acquainted with us. They will be heading to the Redmond, OR rally and would like to look you up if you are going to be there. Why don’t you email them and let them know if you will be attending? Their address is philimm1@aol.com.  I sure wish we were going that direction! We look forward to seeing you at our meetings this fall.
 
THE WESTERN SUNSHINE RALLY was held in Casa Grande again this year, from March 14th through the 17th.  We are getting bad jibes, as there seems to be something about rallies and the Joy household anymore. Last year, it was at this rally that Grant had his little heart episode and we had to go home right away. In November we left the rally in Benson, as we had an emergency back in Minnesota that we had to fly home for. This rally, it was relatively ordinary, but I got the flu (or something) and spent the first three days in bed. I dehydrated but Nurse JoAnn Good caught it and doctored me back. Later, I finally took an allergy pill and that really did the trick.  Whatever, I got better just in time for the action!

One day, while standing in line for something, the guy standing behind me, introduced himself, saying he gets emails from me all the time but we had never met. Fun! I love that part of writing this newsletter.

The opening ceremonies were held on the 14th, with the Presentation of Colors by Military Chapter 421. After a busy day, we were entertained by Central AZ College Jazz Choir. There was a lot to do to keep us all busy during the days, from seminars and meetings, to crafts and vendors. It was great to see men join the women in the crafts this year. They made some great garden angels. Now the second evening I was really impressed. Normally I’m not a big fan of “Barber Shop” or “Sweet Adilienes” but on Thursday evening we were introduced to the “Fiesta Chorus”, out of Phoenix, and were immediately told that this was not the kind of chorus our mama’s knew. Boy! She wasn’t kidding! Their mighty leader was personality plus and it showed in the rest of the girls with their presentation, … and the music was clever too. It was a most memorable evening. On Friday evening we were entertained by Harry Mathews, out of Scotsdale. He never stopped moving, playing 50’s music we could all relate to.  He was a ball of energy. The dance floor filled and everyone had a ball.

Now, food is always a big part of any rally and this one didn’t disappoint us. They called it “Continental Breakfasts” but it was a full- fledged feed every morning. There was a food stand that had the best brats (plus other goodies) and one day a crew braved the heat of the day, to grill over a real wood fire, to prepare our burgers and hot dogs. Ice cream is always a big part of every rally and this year it was appreciated more than ever, with the heat of each day. We sure want to thank the Pedapa Holiday Rambler Dealer who sponsored so many of our meals.

The final day we were finally allowed to start our generators so we could turn on the air conditioners. Heat had reached the high nineties, up to one hundred four, in our coaches during the days and it was getting to the point that we couldn’t get relief. Some of the people left the rally early while others went for long car rides. It had made for a long week as it was truly unbearable.
 
Now it doesn’t retain to rallies in particular,  but I have to tell you, there are more and more women, traveling alone in their motorhomes, and I just can’t tell them enough how much I admire them. Some are just starting their new life style, while others have been doing this for years. One gal quilts and then sells them at the rallies. I know one of my friends has a knitting machine. They keep busy and have made so many new friends along the way. If they have trouble along the road, they seem to know what to do and get “it” fixed. They are my real life heros.
 
As many of you, we are now packing and repacking, even pitching a few items now and then as we are getting ready for our return trip north. I just hate leaving this area but time will go fast and it will soon be time to return to Arizona. In the meantime, we are sure getting a lot of cleaning done.  We’ll see some of you at the campout, at Munds State Park. We send hugs to the rest of you, until we see you in the Fall.

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