Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71

                    Desert  Doin's   
     Grand Canyon Ramblers, Chapter 71 HRRVC
 Tucson, Arizona                                             February 2008
Chapter   Officers
 President: John Dittmar   520-299-4036  a3doghouse@att.net
Vice President:  Dwain Nelson   520-818-0825  dwainn@wbhsi.net                          
Secretary: Jane Nelson   520-818-0825   janen@wbhsi.net
Treasurer:  John Amend   520-529-1744   patti1902@aol.com
Membership Chairman: Jim Warner  520-749-4049   jwarneraz@comcast.net
Desert Doin's Editor:  Betty Harris  520887-3241   bilbetrv@aol.com 

   President John Dittmar
Those who missed the Willcox camp out missed a good time with great food and good company.  See the “Willcox Campout Report” in this newsletter.
    There were 18 members at the February meeting in spite of the group from the North of Tucson being frozen out.  They were unable to attend due to the closing of Oracle Rd, which was closed because of ice on the bridges.
    Send me an e mail or call if you are planning on attending the camp out at Thunderbird Lodge near Silver City, New Mexico in April  Also let me know if you are willing to help by putting together a meal or main dish for a meal for this camp out. 
don't forget the “WOW Again Rally” in Las Cruces in March.  It should be another good HR Rally.
    I hope to see you at our next Chapter 71 meeting March 4, 2008.
Mike and Lin Buren, Dwain and Jane Nelson, Jack and Pam Mathwig, Howard Brown and John and Catherine Dittmar attended the “Wings Over Willcox” camp out January 17-19, 2008.
     Mike and Lin Buren did a fantastic job of hosting the camp out.  The food was outstanding and Lin and Mike lead the two one day trips to search for the Sandhill Cranes and to the Chiricahua National Monument.  On the first day trip we stopped at Elfrieda, AZ which is almost a ghost town.  It has 15 residents.  Elfrieda was abandoned for many years after the gold mine was closed.  After stretching our legs and exploring a small area in Elfrieda we moved on to find the cranes and find them we did.  On our way to Whitewater Draw State Wildlife Refuge, Howard spotted thousands of Cranes in a harvested cornfield.  After stopping there for a while we continued on to Whitewater Draw where we saw thousands of cranes, water fowl and a large Great Horned Owl.  After eating lunch the group split up.  Some returning to Willcox and some traveling around the area. The next day Mike and Lin led us on another day trip.  This time it was to the Chihuahua National Monument where we hiked around and peeked into the original ranch house windows.  Later we went site seeing and seeing some of the most breathtaking views offered in the Chiricahua Mountains.  After lunch the group split up again to do their own thing.
     Even though the nights were the coldest of the year for Willcox, I think we all had a great time. Submitted by John Dittmar
                          from the Sidelines, by Betty Harris, Editor
 Who would have thought that some of our members from Saddlebrook would not be able to come to the meetings because of ice. Arizona apparently know that a little of that sand we have in the desert could help!.
    Bill and I visited Trudy Livesay at the Avalon Health and Rehabilation Center a couple weeks ago.  She was doing fine and looked wonderful.  Her own cheery self. She was putting weight on her leg and was walking some. Just a few days ago, her daughter Jan, wrote, "Mom is at Hundred Palms Independent and Assisted Living off Broadway and Pantano area. She is in a temporary studio suite with no phone # yet. The studio is #2118, but she might be moved to another apt. soon, so that is why we don't have an address with p.o. box, etc. or phone installed yet. She seems to be fairly happy with this place. Trudy's 5th wheel will have to be sold.  Here are the basic details:

2003 Holiday Rambler Presidential 30
Beautiful, hardly used, interior clean ( no smoker or pets)
Must see!  $21,000.
Please call 520-886-4635 to see.
   It must have been really cold in Willcox.  Jim Warner was over heard to say "even my dog didn't keep me warm at the campout." 
    Some of the long time members of this Chapter will remember Nelson Phillips, a past National Director from Region III.  We received word he had to have his pacemaker replaced and a defibrillator implanted January 24. He said he was feeling great but had little energy.
    We heard Mike Buren had surgery after the Willcox camp out.  We were unable to get in touch with her but hope she is doing well.
                                        WHAT IS A HITCHBALL?
                                    ...by Bill Harris ...#699L
 Most everyone owning an RV knows what a hitchball is and what it is used for.  If you are pulling a trailer or motor home you set the front of the hitch on the hitchball to hook up.  If you are towing your car behind your motor home enables you to tow your car or a small trailer.
    I would like to acquaint you with another type of hitchball which also relates to the Holiday Rambler RV Club.  It it a prestigious award originally started  in 1966 by the Executive Director (in the days when we had one, now we have Linda Moran who is HRRVC COO, Chief Operating Officer) as a way to recognize persons for dedication and service to HRRVC on the international level.   In the beginning, it was strictly up to the Executive Director to decide who would receive the award.  Presently, a committee made up of Past National Directors who have received this award manage and present the award.
    The award is a plated hitchball mounted on a wooden stand with two metal plaques attached:  one giving the name of the recipients and the other extolling the volunteer services performed by those receiving the award. 
    Any HRRVC member may nominate persons deemed deserving of the Hitchball by sending a resume of that person to Harold Martin (10352), or to Linda Moran, COO of HRRVC. Only international involvement is considered.
Addition  to  Minutes
If you are interested in jazzing up your RV, it was reported that George Sanchez 884-3487 does a good job.
Calendar of Events
 March 4...Chapter 71 Breakfast and  business meeting...Coco's on Speedway...We  will vote on next season's meeting place.
 April 1...Chapter 71 breakfast and business meeting...Coco's on Speedway
 April 24-27, 2008 ...*Campout in Mimbrees, New Mexico, Hosted by Chapter 71.   New Mexico Chapter 433 will join our Chapter at the Thunderbird Lodge.  Cost is $25.00/night plus attendees share of food cost.  More information will follow.  Volunteers needed to prepare and serve a breakfast or dinner.
May 22-26, 2008 ... Blues Festival - Chapter 71 Buddy Campout in Silver City, New Mexico with the Green Valley Roadrunners.  If you are planning to attend, please contact John Dittmar for details re: cost of sites which are on a first come first/serve basis (20 available), etc.
August 2-7, 2008 ... HRRVC 44th International Rally – Goshen, Indiana. 
October 27-31, 2008 ... Arizona State Rally will be held at the Gold Canyon RV Resort located east of Phoenix. 
                             If you hold a bee in your hand, what is in your eye?                
 Answer:  "Beauty"
 "Beauty" is in the eye of the bee-holder!    


 Desert Doin's
Chapter 71, Holiday Rambler RV Club
Tucson, Arizona

April 2007

...President John Dittmar
We just finished our fall-spring camping season.  The members voted to have the next chapter meeting at Coco’s on E. Broadway.  The members decided the meeting should start at 9:00 am instead of 8:30 am. 

      The Western Sunshine Rally was smaller this year by about 40 rigs.  It was a little more laid back and in my opinion it was much better than 2006.
Lodge at Mimbres, New Mexico April 26-30 for our annual joint camp out with New Mexico Chapter 433.  Our chapter will serve a spaghetti dinner for one of the evening meals.  Anyone else interested in going should let me know as soon as possible since we need a count to buy the food.

     The Arizona State Rally October 24-28, 2007 is here in Tucson this year.  Sign up as soon as you can.  The application can be obtained from the Internet at www.azhrrvc.org 

     Anyone going to the International Rally in DuQuoin, Illinois July 16-20 with early parking July 13-15, 2007 and is interested in meeting with chapter 71 members the night before early parking starts, let me know.

     I do not know what is going to happened with the annual Quartzsite cam pout in January 2008 but we could have our own camp out, a joint camp out with Phoenix chapter or join another group.  Think about it.

     I told Frank Menor of the Yuma Chapter we would like to join their chapter at their Buddy Rally at Beaudry’s Western Bar-B-Q February 6, 7, 8, 9, 2008.  If you are interested notify Frank at fcmeanor@copper.net and make your reservations with Beaudry RV.  Be sure to tell Beaudry’s you are coming with Holiday Rambler Cactus Wrens to get the group rate.

I thank Betty Harris for sending Dwain and me a list of camp out locations that Chapter 71 used in the past.  Hopefully we can check them out this summer.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer of safe traveling.  We will see you October 2, 2007 at Coco’s, at Mimbres, N. Mexico., or at DuQuoin, Illinois.
Oct. 2, 2007....9 a.m. ....Coco's Restaurant at  6095 E. Broadway
Oct. 8-14...Region VII & N.M. State Rally at  Balloon Festival...Albuquerque, N.M.
Nov. 6.....Breakfast meeting  at 9 a.m. at Coco's on East Broadway
Dec. 4....Breakfast Meeting at 9 a.m. at Coco's on East Broadway
Dec....Christmas Dinner Party.....To be determined
Drive carefully

                 Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71
Tucson,Arizona                                         November 2006

Editors Note:   Due to the Arizona State and Region VII Rally being held during the first week of November there was not a regular breakfast meeting this month.  However, there is some things that you should be aware of and by waiting until the December 5 meeting, it will be too late.

... President Russ Carlson
    I am going to update the Camping Schedule and the Roster by the end of the year. If anybody has any changes, e-mail, address, telephone or anything that they want in the roster please e-mail or call 625-3844 with them.
   The end of 2006 is fast approaching and with that the dues for 2007 are due in December. Dues are $10.00, and can be brought to the December 5th meeting at Coco’s: If paying by check please make check out to Grand Canyon Ramblers and Mail to the Chapter Treasurer:  Patti Amend  3925 N. Placita Vida,  Tucson, AZ  85718-7213

  We were saddened by the news we received of the death of Harry Aitichison #32623, member of two or more Holiday Rambler Chapters.  We are sure he was also a member of one of the Washington State chapters where he spent the summers.  Harry passed away at 11:00 AM  11-15-06.  The service was at the Venture Out Park 5001 East Main, Mesa, AZ in the Oasis Room. His wife Ruth died a few years ago.
  Elvin Shaw wrote "Harry's friend, Fawn Vander Stad had been a saint taking care of him around the country this summer.  We were with them at Fryeburg, Maine and Region I at NJ.  She insisted that they go straight home from NJ instead of VIA NY and they did.  At Tucumcari the MH sustained an oil leak. Towed back to Santa Rosa for repair.  Harry commented at the NM state rally that he did not feel good.  Fawn took him to ER and he was admitted..........heart problem too severe...........Air Vac to Mesa......Intensive Care Unit for 5 weeks...........Then to Rehab- Hospital about a week. We don't know exact cause of death but suspect heart."
This one of a different nature but still a loss to Chapter 71.  Phyllis and Ted Zappe are no longer members.  They bought another brand of RV.  Ted served as treasurer of this chapter at one time.
...by John Dittmar, vice president
2006 Region VII and Arizona State Rally was a big success.  Ray and Hilda Nichols arranged and executed a great rally at Cochise Terrace RV Resort in Benson, Arizona.  Our Chapter 71 was well represented with eleven RV’s present.  Also Chapter 71 provided the table decorations.
   The food, entertainment and Holiday Rambler camaraderie made the event well worth attending.  The resort provided large clean sites, all within a short walking distance from the meeting hall.
   Mark your 2007 calendar and plan to join us for next years state rally at Voyager RV Resort, October 25-28 right here in Tucson, AZ.
                                        UPCOMING  EVENTS
Dec. 5...Breakfast meeting 8:30 am, Coco's, 6095 E. Broadway
Dec. 13...Christmas dinner Party, 5:30 pm. El Parador, 2744 E. Broadway
Jan. 2, 2007...Breakfast Meeting 8:30 am, Coco's, 6095 E. Broadway
Jan. 17-21, 2007...Bob Haynie Memorial Campout, Quartzsite, AZ, host, Cactus Wrens of Yuma
Feb. 6, 2007...Breakfast Meeting 8:30 am, Coco's 6095 E. Broadway
Feb. 19-26, 2007...Rocky Point, Mexico
March 6, 2007...Breakfast Meeting 8:30 am, Coco's 6095 E. Broadway
March ???..Western Sunshine Rally
April 3, 2007 Breakfast Meeting 8:30 am Coco's 6095 E. Broadway
July  2007...HRRVC INTERNATIONAL RALLY... DuQuoin, Illinois
October 8-14...Region VII & NM State and Balloon Rally, Albuquerque, NM
October 25-28..Arizona State Rally, Voyager RV Resort, Tucson
       CHRISTMAS  PARTY  Don't forget to  make your dinner reservation with     Betty Harris,   bilbetrv@aol.com
before November 29th.
     A Happy Thanksgiving to all of our family and friends. 

Happy Thanksgiving!   
                   Bill & Betty Harris

Desert Doing's
Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71
Tucson, AZ October 2006
Around the Corner
...Russ Carlson, president

Here we go again with the fall meetings and we have picked up four new members since our last meeting, "Fantastic".
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

...by Jane Nelson, secretary

The monthly breakfast meeting of Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71 was called to order by President Russ Carlson at 9:00 a.m. at Coco's in Tucson on October 3, 2006.
Russ welcomed members present and welcomed Lindy Doherty and her mother, Midge Heacock, new chapter members.
Roll Call of Officers:
Present: Russ Carlson, President; John Dittmar, Vice President and Membership Chairman; Jane Nelson, Secretary; Marilyn Slater, Board of Director. Also present, Ray and Hilda Nichols, AZ State Manager.
Absent: Patti Amend, Treasurer; Paul Bradford, Director. Also absent, Betty Harris, Desert Doin's Editor.
There were no corrections or additions to the April minutes.
Treasurer's Report:
On Patti's behalf, Jane Nelson presented the treasurer's report of $1,338.27. A motion was made to accept the treasurer's report subject to an audit; seconded and passed.
Membership Committee Report:
John Dittmar reported that since our last meeting, we have sent 25 letters to potential new members to join our chapter. The following new members joined in September: Larry and Diana Steele; Joseph and Terri LeClair; Charles Coomber and Sharon Rogers; Lindy Doherty and Midge Heacock.
NM State Rally 11/02-05/06 - Las Cruces:
Russ has applications if you are interested in signing up.
Arizona State/Region VII Rally 11/8-13/06 - Cochise RV Resort:
Ray gave a brief update. To date we have 55 rigs attending. The resort is constructing a new building. Ray will be going down next week to check up on them. A question was asked regarding a walk-in fee. Ray will determine the amount.
The meeting stopped at 9:10 a.m. for breakfast and resumed at 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Dinner:
Russ stated that our Christmas Dinner is on December 13th, 5:30 p.m., at El Parador on East Broadway.
Bob Haynie Memorial Campout 1/17-21/07 - Quartzsite, AZ:
Sign up if interested in attending.
Rocky Point, Mexico 2/19-26/07:
Playa Elegante, the place we usually stay, has been sold. Russ is checking out other locations.
Western Sunshine Rally 3/14-17/07 - Casa Grande:
No information is available at this time.
HRRVC International Rallies
are going to be held in the center of the U.S. The locations for the '07, '08, and '09 rallies are as follows: July 16-20/07 - DuQuoin, IL; July 2008 - Goshen, IN; July 2009 - Sedalia, MO.
Region VII & NM State & Balloon Fiesta 10-8-14/07 - Albuquerque, NM:
It was reported approximately 185-190 have signed up for this event. If you are interested in attending, Russ has application forms.
Marilyn Slater gave a report on Monoco's Corporate Rally (Western Family Round-up)
in Salem, OR in September.. About 800 coaches came. She said the rally was great, technical sessions were wonderful, driving classes were really good and the food was great. Fifty Monoco's RV's were sold at this rally.
New Officers for Year 2007:
We are coming to the end of 2006 and will have new officers for next year. John Dittmar will be the new president; Patti Amend will continue as treasurer and Jane Nelson will continue as secretary. There are two openings - vice president & membership chair. If you are interested in either of these positions, please let Russ or one of the officers know. We need to have these positions filled in December at the latest.
John Dittmar stated that we should think about having a chapter campout in the spring. Discussion followed. We talked about possibly co-hosting with Chapter 433 or having one of our own. We discussed possible locations and when to have it.
The meeting adjourned at 9:52 a.m.


Word was received October 4 that Harry Aitchison is in a heart hospital in Mesa. His friend, Fawn Vander Stad, told us Thursday night the latest on his condition. She was with him in Tucumcari, NM when he started having heart problems. He was transferred to a heart hospital in Mesa and this past Monday he underwent triple by-pass heart surgery. Fawn, Harry's son from Reno, NV and his daughter from Fairbanks, Alaska are with him. "Dirty Harry", as he likes to be called, is a member of several chapters in both Arizona and Washington. Ruth, his wife, died a few years ago but Harry kept his motor home and found a traveling companion in Fawn Vander Stad. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.

A note from our Vice President
...John Dittmar

We are embarking on a new camping and rally season here in the Southwest and we are looking forward to having a chapter camp out.
If you know of a good campground area or outdoor event you think would be of interest to chapter members let me know. Better yet, HOST A CHAPTER RALLY. In the past our chapter co-hosted a joint camp out in April with New Mexico Chapter 433 near Silver City, New Mexico. This is a fun camp out in a beautiful area. Plan to attend next year and let me know what you think about co-hosting it in the future. Arizona has many beautiful areas
where we can have chapter rallies. A couple already mentioned are the Grand Canyon and Verde Valley. Let me or any of the chapter officers know what you think about having chapter camp outs.


Please go to your calendar now and write in Chapter 71 Christmas dinner party, Wednesday December 13. at the El Parador Restaurant, 2744 East Broadway. A social hour will be at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The chapter has held parties there in the past, and the food is wonderful. We will have a choice of an entree, with a green salad, potato, vegetable, rolls, beverage and dessert with tax and gratuity included. Chicken $21.95; Fish $23.80 or Beef $27.57.
Make reservations with
Betty or Bill Harris 887-3241 email
Trudy Livesay--- Phone 722-1448
The Harrises plan to be at the rally in Benson to take reservations




             DESERT DOIN’S   

Happy Easter


Tucson, Arizona                                                                                                                      April 2006


…by Russ Carlson, president

"When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them" Zig Ziglar


Western Sunshine Rally -- There were 180 units attending the rally. From Chapter 71 were Lagle, Dittmar, Slater, Nichols, Nelson, Carlson, Harris, Albright/Wedekind, Aitchison and Simester. I hope that I didn't miss anybody. Last I heard they called it a success and will plan to hold it again next year. Dates and place haven't been selected yet. They had a women's luncheon Hilda Nichols organized and was MC of a fashion Show with clothes from the Fashion Barn. at the same time they had a men's lunch and the border patrol put on information session. They had entertainment every night, one night they had Harry Mathews on sax and keyboard he was a one man band, sang and had energy for two straight hours on and off the stage, got people involved including a woman with a cane that got up, really was fantastic. Barbershop Quartet and desert sounds, Bracken School of Irish Dancers, and a Jazz Ensemble. They had tours; Desert Museum, Old Tucson and the Pima Air Museum with Bob and Kate Lagle as one of the tour guides. Some went to the Copper State Dinner Theater in Phoenix. Sky Diving and Hot Air Balloon rides were available. They had bingo, crafts, quilting, book exchange, and new units to look or purchase from Robert Christ of Mesa.


…by Jane Nelson, secretary

The monthly breakfast meeting of Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71 was called to order by President Russ Carlson at 9:43 a.m. at Coco’s in Tucson, April 4, 2006.

Russ welcomed everyone to our last spring meeting.  We had one guest, Elizabeth Moore, from Ohio.  The next meeting will be October 3rd. 

Roll Call of Officers:

Present:  Russ Carlson, President; John Dittmar, Vice President and Membership Chairman; Patti Amend, Treasurer; Jane Nelson, Secretary; Paul Bradford and Marilyn Slater, Board of Directors.  Also present, Betty Harris, Desert Doin’s Editor.

   The March meeting minutes were sent to all the members.  There were no corrections to the minutes and they were accepted.

 Treasurer’s Report:  Dwain Nelson audited the financial books and reported that the record keeping was very good.  A motion was made to accept the audit report; seconded and passed.

Membership:  We have new members, Mike and Jessie Eman.  John did not receive the membership report this month from the HRRVC national office.  No contacts were made to prospective members. 


Camp Thunderbird (Mimbres) NM Rally 4/28-30/06:  No formal information was available.  John stated that they will send us the information.  Anyone interested in attending, let John Dittmar know.

Western Sunshine Rally 3/16-19/06 – Casa Grande:  Russ reported that 180 rigs attended.  Eight rigs from our chapter were there.

Arizona State/Region VII Rally 11/8-13/06Russ passed around sign-up sheets to everyone. 

Russ stated that the 2006 New Mexico/Region VII Balloon Festival Rally is sold out.  The 2007 Balloon Festival is October 8-14.  Russ has applications for the ’07 rally; if interested in attending, sign up early as it sells out quickly.

     The Chapter 500 Pushers Rally is 9/13-16/06 in Oregon.  If you would like to join the group, Russ has application forms.

Christmas Dinner – Betty stated that our Christmas Dinner will be Wednesday, December 13th at El Parado Restaurant, 2744 East Broadway.  Be sure to put this date on your calendar.  There will be menus to select from at the November breakfast meeting. Chairpersons are Bill and Betty Harris and Trudy Livesay.

   We discussed and voted on the location for our future monthly meetings. The majority voted for the Coco’s on Broadway (where we are currently meeting).  We will continue to have our meetings at Coco’s on Broadway. There were three restaurant suggestions and the voting was as follows:  Coco’s on Broadway – 18 votes, Coco’s at Ina & Oracle – 4 votes, Hometown Buffet at River & Oracle – zero votes.

   The November 7th monthly business meeting and breakfast conflicts with the AZ State Rally dates of November 8-13th, with early parking on the 6th and 7th.  Many of us will be arriving on the early parking days.  The week before is the New Mexico State Rally from November 2-5th.  Due to the conflicting dates, a motion was made to cancel the November meeting; seconded and passed.

     There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.


     April 28-30, 2006  Combined camp out with Chapter 433, Camp Thunderbird, Mimbres, NM

July 17-21 42nd International Rally - Fryeburg, Maine

Sept. 8-10  Colorado State Rally - Loveland, CO.

Sept. 23-29 Texas State Rally - Minneola, TX

Oct. 3 Breakfast Meeting - Coco’s Restaurant, Broadway

Nov. 2-5  New Mexico State Rally - Las Cruces, NM

Nov. 7 No Breakfast Meeting

Nov. 8-13,  Arizona State Rally & Region VII combined at Cochise Terrace RV Resort, Benson, AZ.

Dec. 5 Breakfast Meeting - location to be announced

Dec. 13,  Christmas Dinner Party 5:30 p.m. at El Parador Restaurant,  2744 E. Broadway Blvd.

July 7, 2007 HRRVC International Rally - DuQuoin, IL.

Oct. 6-14, 2007 - Region VII & NM State & Balloon - Albuquerque, NM



   The Christmas Dinner party will be held December 13 at the El Parador Restaurant at 2744 E. Broadway Blvd.  Plans are to meet there at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  Menus will be available at the November breakfast so that you may make your choice of three different items.  Please mark this on your calendar now so that you will not miss it.  The chapter has held parties there a couple times and the food and the accommodations are excellent.  Hosts will be Trudy Livesay and Bill and Betty Harris.


                                                FROM THE SIDELINES                      

    …by Betty Harris

        We talked to Jim Newman, former chapter member, the other night.  He is in pretty good health and says his glaucoma surgery last summer was a success.  Good for him (and his doctors).  He has his Colorado garden started under glass and will transplant when it warms up enough there.    A letter from Marian Arnold, also a former chapter member from Colorado, saying she has received all of her radiation treatments and is now on oral medications.          Patti Amend’s mother is now in an assisted care home following a hospital visit.  She had pneumonia. We wish them all well.


      Please  update your roster to include:

   Paul and Janett Bradford’s change of address.  It is 10083 E. Emily Dr. Tucson, AZ.  85730

   Jim and Carol Warner’s phone number.  It is 502-749-4049


   EDITORS NOTE:  The first breakfast meeting this fall will be in October.  If you receive your newsletter by U.S. mail, and will not be in the area in October, please advise me where to mail your October Desert Doin’s newsletter.


Have a safe and wonderful summer.  We will look forward to seeing each other again at the October Breakfast Meeting at the same Coco’s Restaurant on Broadway.


Grand Canyon Ramblers
 Chapter 71, HRRVC    

TUCSON, ARIZONA                                                                                          MARCH 2006


… Russ Carlson,  president


It is really fantastic that Chapter 71 is continuing to pick up new members, five this year to date. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

  Minutes of February Breakfast Meeting

             …Jane Nelson, Secretary 

 The monthly breakfast meeting of Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71 was called to order at 9:37 a.m. by President Russ Carlson at Coco’s in Tucson on March 7, 2006.

Roll Call of Officers:

Present:  Russ Carlson, president; John Dittmar, vice president and membership chairman; Patti Amend, treasurer; Jane Nelson, secretary; Paul Bradford and Marilyn Slater, board of directors.  Also present, Betty Harris, Desert Doin’s editor.

Russ welcomed members and new chapter members Jim and Carol Warner, and two guests – Don Cummins and Michael Eman.

Russ asked if there were any corrections or additions to the February meeting minutes that were sent out to all the members.  There were none and the minutes were accepted. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Presented by Patti Amend.  The ending balance prior to the 3/7/06 meeting was $1,414.54.  Patti made a deposit of $10 and wrote three checks:  $21.78 for Christmas gifts, $6 for the Gaslight Theater rebate and $50 to the Make-A-Wish foundation.  The ending balance as of 3/7/06 is $1,346.77.  The Treasurer’s report was accepted subject to audit.

Membership:  John Dittmar reported that four letters were sent on March 3rd to four new owners of a Holiday Rambler.

Old Business:  Russ reported that 23 units went on the Rocky Point, Mexico campout in February and they had a great time.  Reservations have been made for next year (2007) and 17 have already signed up to go.  The dates are February 19-26, 2007.  Fill out an application if you are interested in going and you will be added to the list. 

Western Sunshine Rally 3/16-19/06 – Casa Grande:  Russ asked how many from our chapter were planning to attend the Western Sunshine Rally.  A show of hands indicates a large number will be attending.  Russ reported that a total of 147 have signed up to date.

Quartzsite (1/17-21/06):  Russ reported 55 rigs attended this campout.  Forty-seven have signed up for next year.

Camp Thunderbird (Mimbres) 4/28-30/06:  Sponsored by New Mexico Chapter 433.  Four to five members have signed up to attend. 

Arizona State/Region VII Rally 11/8-13/06:  Our State Manager Ray Nichols is at Rocky Point, Mexico this week with a Holiday Rambler group.  More information on the Arizona State/Region VII Rally will be forthcoming at our April meeting.

International Rally (Maine) 7/17-21/06:  Five members from our chapter are planning to attend.

The New Mexico/Region VII Balloon Festival Rally is 10/6-14/2007.  If you are interested in attending this event, it would be a good idea to sign up as it fills up quickly.

   Russ stated that our contract for Coco’s restaurant will expire in April.  We need to make a decision at our April meeting on the location for our monthly meetings.  Suggestions of where we could have our meetings include the Coco’s where we are meeting now, Coco’s at Ina and Oracle, and the Hometown Buffet at Oracle and River.  The Hometown Buffet has two meeting rooms available, one for 50 people and one for 100 people.  They like to have at least 25 in attendance to use a meeting room.  The breakfast at the Hometown Buffet is $6.50.  Russ brought a map of Tucson showing with push pins where all the members live and the location of Coco’s and the Hometown Buffet.   Russ asked that we bring any ideas/suggestions we have to the April meeting.

    Betty asked for a write-up on the Rocky Point campout and the Quartzsite campout so they can be included in this month’s newsletter.

    There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.


        March 16-19,2006   Western Sunshine Rally, Casa Grande, AZ

      March 21-April 3, 2006  The Old West-Arizona Caravan

     April 4 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s

April 28-30, 2006  Combined camp out with Chapter 433, Camp Thunderbird, Mimbres, NM

Nov. 8-13,  Arizona State Rally & Region VII combined at Cochise Terrace RV Resort, Benson, AZ.

Dec. 13,  Christmas Dinner Party 5:30 p.m. at El Parador Restaurant,  2744 E. Broadway Blvd.

                                              FROM THE SIDELINES Betty Harris

        Holiday Ramblers were recognized by the cast at the production of Gunsmokin’ or “Have Fun Will Travel” at Gaslight Theatre.  It was a fun night out for those who attended:  George and Donna Carson, Russ and Mary Alice Carlson, Jan and Paul Bradford, Catherine and John Dittmar, Lefty Burdess and his daughter Vickie (Fran was at home sick) and their out of town guests. Fran was feeling better the day after the Gaslight performance.  We are sorry she couldn’t be there as she usually is. Also joining us were Bobby Hoots (a former member) and her daughter Valerie Barney. Bill and Betty Harris had as their guests, their son Randy and his friend Lisa Horner and Bill’s cousin Martha Dow. 

     Those attending the Christmas dinner party will remember Patti Amend’s Mother who was a guest.  At the breakfast meeting Patti told us her mother had an asthma attack and was in the hospital.  We all wish her good health and a quick return home.

   Bonnie Wedekind and Bill Albright are planning an RV trip to Santa Fe and Taos, N.M. in April. That is beautiful country and we know they will enjoy the trip.


                                     MEET  OUR  NEWEST  MEMBERS

           Jim and Carol Warner # 110648

     Jim and Carol Warner have been HRRVC national members since June of 2005 and joined Chapter 71 at the February breakfast meeting.

     Jim was in the US Navy for 20 years and served on the USS Watts, USS Oklahoma City, USS Prairie, two tours as an instructor, a tour with an aviation squadron VX_8 and Mobile Technical Unit 5. He was employed by General Dynamics for 16 years, and four years at Hughes Missile Systems retiring in 1997 when Hughes was sold to Raytheon. They  lived in San Diego for 20 years before moving to Tucson..

    Carol worked as a mail room clerk and receptionist at Kelco in San Diego a Division of Merck Pharmaceutical Co. 

    They will have been married 45 years in July and have been camping and RVing all their married life. They have had two cab over campers, a travel trailer, two Class “C” motor homes, some tents, a tent trailer and now a 2005 34 ft. Holiday Rambler Admiral SE.  With the tent trailer behind a motorcycle they toured the lower 48 states and have been ocean to ocean twice.

And, round tripped Mexico to Canada twelve times.

     Belonging to Good Sam, where they are Life Members, they also are members of Family Motor Coach Association, Non Commissioned Officers Association and Fleet Reserve Association.

    They have four children and three grand children.  Carol lists her hobbies as travel and reading and Jim likes to fish. He said they have so many interesting stories and they sometimes tell best around a camp fire. True campers!

    We welcome Jim and Carol to Chapter 71 and hope to see them at our events often. Please add them to your roster:

                     Jim Warner and Carol Warner                                Phone: 520-299-4036

                     4661 N. Via Noriega                                                Email: JLWarnerAZ@comcast.net

                     Tucson, AZ  85749


                          AND….THE OLDEST  (NOT IN AGE!)  MEMBERS     

Bill & Betty Harris # 699L

    Bill and Betty Harris have been members of Holiday Rambler RV Club for 42 years.

    Our first Holiday Rambler 19 ft. trailer was purchased in 1963 just a few miles from the factory in Indiana.  Our first long trip in it was to the New York World’s Fair in 1964 before the national club was organized.  Within a few months, we received a letter from the HR corporation asking if we would be interested in joining a national Holiday Rambler Club if one was organized.  After much discussion (Betty “wasn’t ready to camp with strangers”).  In 1964, along with 483 other members, we attended the first national rally in Alliance, Ohio.  Then instead of HRRVC the club was HRTTC (travel trailer club) BMH (before motor homes).  In  1966 our Indiana chapter was formed,  Ouabache Valley Ramblers Chapter 57. We each held all the offices in that chapter as well as Chapter 71. We are still members of both chapters.

     We had fun the first 10 years and decided this was a hobby we really liked, Bill had been serving as Indiana state manager when we both volunteered to work at the Notre Dame, IN. HRRVC rally in 1978. In 1978 we were awarded the HRRVC Order of the Hitchball Award, given “for outstanding services” and Bill  later served as chairman of the Hitchball Awards for four years. For over 11 years, both were chairmen of club merchandise and traveled to many winter rallies in Florida and Texas as well as the International Rallies each summer.  Bill also served several years as chairman of sales, assigning locations for the vendors at the summer rallies.  In 1978 Bill was elected Region V director and served as national chairman in Charge of Nominations and in 1979 he was elected as National Secretary.  In  1980 he was privileged to be elected  National President.

     In 1979 Bill retired from over 36 years with RCA and we headed south to Sarasota for the Florida Sunshine Rally and took our first wagon master assignment that year to the Indy 500 Race Car Adventure and  the Badlands to Boise Caravan, then on to Alaska as assistants.  We assisted on the 1990 Alaska Caravan and led the one in 1994, helping lead HRC members to Eastern Canada three times and three Fall Color Caravans. The Adventures we organized and ran were the Rose Parade, California Gold, the Tucson Adventure and Route 66. Caravans we led, or assisted on, besides the above mentioned, were Canyonlands and Cajun Country.   We  were privileged to lead  a group of Ramblers to Switzerland in 1995.

       During these years, we coordinated or assisted at four Western Sunshine Rallies, two in Tucson, one each in Las Vegas, NV and Indigo, CA. We had only missed one national rally (Cadillac, Michigan in 1968) until the rally in Perry, GA.

       Did we have fun?  I’ll say we did! Because of the HR Caravans and Adventures, we saw a lot of the country, being in 49 states with our HR unit.  The moral to this story?  Get involved with the club (and your chapter) and meet some of the best people you will ever meet.  We now have friends in almost every state in the union. 

.    We sold our unit in 2000 for health reasons but we still enjoy going to the breakfast meetings and keeping in touch with our friends.  We are now Lifetime members of the International HR Club. Bill is an Honorary New Orleans police captain and an Honorary Kentucky Colonel due to his affiliation with the Club.   In his other life, he is a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge and received his 50 year Gold Award in 2002. His hobby is Model Railroading and taking train photos.

      During my 11 years of employment as Women’s Editor at the Chronicle-Tribune newspaper in Marion, Indiana,  I was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and Tau Nu Federated Club.  We are members of the United Methodist Church and were active in Cub Scouting.  My hobby now is photography, genealogy and editing the Desert Doin’s  newsletter.  It used to be roller skating and square dancing but time takes it’s toll.

      In May we will be celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary by taking a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera. We have three sons, a granddaughter and two adorable great-granddaughters, all who now live in Arizona.


                   WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES                                    BIRTHDAYS

                    March  03  Russ & Mary Alice Carlson                                       March 12  Harry Aitchison

                    March  15  Ray & Hilda Nichols                                                  March  26  George Carson

                    March  24  Richard & Linda Swibold                                           March 27  Richard Slater

                                                                                                                          March  29  Paul Bradford



Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71
Happy Valentine's Day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tucson, Arizona                                                                                      February 2006

Russ Carlson, president
There were no words of wisdom from our leader this month

Minutes of February Breakfast Meeting
.by Jane Nelson, secretary 

The monthly breakfast meeting of Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71 was called to order at 9:25 a.m. by President Russ Carlson at Coco’s in Tucson on February 7, 2006.
Roll Call of New Officers:
Present:  Russ Carlson, president; John Dittmar, vice-president and membership chairman; Patti Amend, treasurer; Jane Nelson, secretary; Paul Bradford and Marilyn Slater, board-of-directors.  Also present, Betty Harris, Desert Doin’s editor.
    Russ welcomed members and new members, Howard and Laurie Brown.  Howard brought along a prospective member, Pete Delcour.  Congratulations and thank you, Howard.
Russ asked if there were any corrections or additions to the January meeting minutes that were sent out to all the members.  There were none and the minutes were accepted. 
Treasurer’s Report:  Presented by Patti Amend.  The ending balance as of 1/3/06 was $1,410.54.  Patti wrote a check for $46.00 for badges which leaves an ending balance of $1,364.54 as of 2/7/06.  The Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented, subject to audit.
Membership:  John Dittmar gave the membership report.  Two letters were sent in January to prospective members and from the two letters, we received one new membership – Howard and Laurie Brown.  One letter was sent in February to a prospective member.
Old Business:  None
Quartzsite (1/17-21/06):  Russ reported there were 55 rigs that attended the Quartzsite campout.  There were a lot more rigs this year.
Camp Thunderbird (Mimbres) 4/28-30/06:  Sponsored by New Mexico Chapter 433.  Updates forthcoming.

Gaslight Theatre:  Betty reserved 30 tickets for this event on February 15th.  Twenty (20) people have signed up to go.  Also, if you would like to attend dinner at the OK Corral at 5:00 p.m. before the show, let Betty know.

Western Sunshine Rally 3/16-19/06 – Casa Grande:  Application forms are available.  A question came up regarding "walk-ins" for this rally.  This will be looked into and reported at our next meeting.

Arizona State Rally 11/8-13/06:  Russ mentioned that Ray Nichols is in Mexico this week.  Everything is going along fine for the rally and a lot of contacts have been made.  If you are interested in attending, let us know.
New Business:  Russ stated we need to discuss at our March meeting where we will have our upcoming breakfast meetings.  It needs to be finalized in April as it takes 90 days to get this information into the Holiday Ramblings publication.  Dwain Nelson suggested we have our meetings at the Coco’s on the corner of Oracle and Ina and will check into meeting room space and availability and report back to us at the March meeting.
  Betty mentioned that Peter Ford passed away a week ago on Sunday (1/29/06).  Peter and his wife, Kay, were members of Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71 and Peter served as president of the chapter at one time.  More information on this will be published in this month’s Desert Doin’s newsletter.
Richard Slater inquired about the Chapter 500 meeting in Oregon.
There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.
                         Please add the following new members to your roster
  Ralph Harrison                                        Wm. Albright & Bonnie Wedekind
  Howard & Laurie Brown                             Gary & Adele Ballew   

  John and Patti Amend #107517 joined the National Holiday Rambler Club in April of 2004 and later became members of Chapter 71 of the Grand Canyon Ramblers in October of that year.  That have attended most of the monthly business meetings and breakfasts.
n their employment years, Patti was employed at Wells Fargo Bank until 1992 and was a receptionist at Bon Voyage Travel, retiring in 2002. John served 23 years in the United States Air Force retiring in 1977.  Now they are permanent residents of Arizona.

Patti is another one of those members we like to have in our chapter. .  She volunteered for treasurer for 2006.  Thank you Patti! She says her hobbies are shopping, fishing and traveling.

John, a member of the Elks, VFW, American Legion and Knights of Columbus likes to fish and travel.
   They have ten children, 12 great grandchildren and one great grandchild.

William Albright and Bonnie Wedekind who now live in Green Valley, AZ. They hail from Corvallis, Oregon where he was a Captain and EMT for the City of Corvallis Fire Department.  Bonnie was a computer consultant and project manager at Hewlett-Packard Corp.

They joined the National Holiday Rambler Club December of 2005 and very soon after, joined the Grand Canyon Ramblers, Chapter 71. 

William lists his hobby as trains.  Bonnie likes spinning and fiber arts.    

We are happy to welcome them to our chapter.
                                                        CONGRATULATIONS  to…
                                        Donna Carson whose birthday is February 13th.
 FROM THE SIDELINES …Betty Harris, Editor
The Bradfords, Carlsons and Harrises attended the Mass of the Resurrection for Ty Pierre last month.  We were happy to see Dan and Irene Modaro, former members, there also and had a nice talk with them.  They departed our chapter a few years ago when they bought an off brand unit but we are happy to say they now own a Holiday Rambler.  We hope to see them again at one of our breakfasts. Their plans now are to spend the next two months in Arizona.

Jane and Dwain Nelson were called to Washington state for a family emergency. 

Some of the current members may remember Peter Ford #53743 who was president of this chapter at one time.  An email from Kay stated that he died in his sleep January 29.  The hospital attached him to breathing apparatus but by Sunday the family decided to take him off of it and he breathed on his own for only 30 minutes, never regaining consciousness. Kay’s address is 6171 South Mainside Drive, Tucson, AZ 85746 or email at petkay@aol.com if you would care to send condolences. Kay said no memorial is planned at this time.

 February 15, 2006  Gaslight Theatre Night Out 
March 7 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s
March 16-19,2006   Western Sunshine Rally 
March 21-April 3, 2006  The Old West-Arizona Caravan
April 4 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s
April 28-30, 2006  Combined camp out with Chapter 433, Camp Thunderbird, Mimbres, NM 
Nov. 8-13,  Arizona State Rally & Region VII combined at Cochise Terrace RV Resort, Benson, AZ



       Grand Canyon Rambler
Chapt 71 HRRVCTucson, Arizona 
  January 2006



… Russ Carlson, president

We had a great start for the year 2006. We welcomed three  new members to Chapter 71 at our January Breakfast meeting,  Ralph Harrison, Gary and Adele Ballew, William Albright and Bonnie Wedekind.  Congratulations and Welcome.  This brings our roster to 27.

            “Not fulfilling your dreams will be a loss to the world, because the world  needs  everyone’s  gifts-yours and mine. If you do what you want to do, what makes you happy, you will automatically make others happy.”

Barbara Sher

 Minutes of December Breakfast Meeting

Due to the change of officers and computer problems beyond our control, there were no minutes from the January meeting at this time.  They will be forwarded to you as soon as the editor receives them.


January 17-21 2006 at Quartzsite, AZ.

February 7 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s

February 15, 2006  Gaslight Theatre Night Out

March 7 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s

March 16-19,2006   Western Sunshine Rally

March 21-April 3, 2006  The Old West-Arizona Caravan

April 4 Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s

April 28-30, 2006  Combined camp out with Chapter 433, Camp Thunderbird, Mimbres, NM

Nov. 8-13,  Arizona State Rally & Region VII combined at Cochise Terrace RV Resort, Benson, AZ.


FROM THE SIDELINES Betty Harris, Editor

      Have any of our new members wondered why some of us wear badges of various colors?  Well, let me tell you.

      The colors represent an office that person wearing it is holding or has held in the HRRVC.  The office staff at the international club headquarters in Indiana all have a black badge with gold lettering .  Wearing gold badges with black lettering are rally coordinators or assistant coordinators.  Those wearing red badges are national board of directors. Some of these people are elected as officers of the board and theirs are also red. People wearing green badges signifying they are state managers or assistant state managers. The blue badges that you may have seen Jim and Sue Cobb wearing at breakfast last Tuesday, signified them as inter-national field staff, working as Caravan and Adventure wagonmasters, assistant wagonmasters or  service technicians. When a person no longer holds that position, the colors are reversed.  General membership wear white with blue lettering.


      If we had awards to present, we would certainly present one to Russ Carlson, our chapter 71 president.  He has done so much for this chapter.  It was just three years ago that this chapter was about to fold, for lack of members who could or wanted to hold offices.  A lot of us “old timers’ have held offices and are now emeritus and not allowed to hold office.  Russ,  the former assistant state manager of Massachusetts and a new Chapter 71 member at their very first breakfast meeting, stepped right up and said he would take the office of president rather than to see the chapter disintegrate.   His wife Mary Alice, then said she would act as secretary.  Since their coming into the chapter the membership has climbed all the way to 27 member families.  They are to be commended.  Thanks to the Carlsons for their continued support. Without them we wouldn’t have a Chapter 71.




           Sue Cobb  and  Richard Swibold , Jan. 27 and  to  Marilyn  Slater,  Jan. 28th  in celebration of  their birthdays and to Tom and Sandy Simester Jan. 30 for their wedding anniversary.                            



     In July of 2005, Richard and Marilyn Slater joined both, the International Holiday Rambler RV Club and the Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71.

    They are now permanent residents of Green Valley, coming from Marcell, MN. where he was employed by Schjedahl Co, Inc. as vice president of technology in Northfield, MN. Marilyn was owner and accountant for MS & A (Marilyn Slater & Associates) in Eagan, MN.

    Richard is a member of the Elks Club and American Legion. He lists his hobbies as restoring antiques and tractors.  Marilyn likes sewing and crafts.

    They are the parents of three children and have three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   Marilyn has volunteered to serve on the chapter’s board of directors.



Jeanette Pierre.  Wishing her God’s comfort in the loss of Ty, her husband who died last month.  As with all current members deaths, the chapter will donate $50 in Ty’s name to a charity of her choice.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 21 at the Lady of Fatima Church, 1950 W. Irvington Place, Tucson.

A letter from Marian Arnold former HR member # 96423

“I’m not going to AZ. this year as I had planned. My mind is changed for me. I had a mammogram in Nov. and called back for another mammogram. That called for a biopsy.  This was rather inconclusive, the Dr. read between the lines that it was carcinoma. I had a lumpectomy the 23rd. Then a mammosite was 'planned' to take care of it. This a new procedure. They place a balloon in the spot the lump was take out. A stem going to the outside.  It is filled with saline, then a seed is entered into the balloon and a treatment of radiation twice a day for 5 days. The seed is taken out after each treatment and reentered before the next one. The pathologist changed all that procedure for a larger area was effected so now it stands I had more surgery today, and radiation is changed to 7 weeks 5 days a week. So that means it will take until the middle March and by that time everyone is on their way home.’’



  Gunsmokin’ or “Have Fun Will Travel!”

     There is trouble in Dodge City!  Big John and his gang of ruffians are coming back to Dodge to exact their bitter revenge on the stout hearted Marshall Brett Masters.  Will Dodge City return to it’s lawless ways?  Will Brett Masters and Ms. Lily, the proprietress of the Strong Branch Saloon, find true love?  Strap on your boots, put on your cowboy hat, and come join the fun!

      This is a fun night of musical comedy and the chapter has enjoyed a night out at the Gaslight Theatre almost every February and we will do it again. The musical melodrama, Gunsmokin’ or “Have Fun Will Travel!”  will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Gaslight Theatre which is located across from Kmart at Broadway and Kolb.

      You will enjoy the authentic foot stomping musical comedy melodrama, complete with honky tonk piano playing, sing a longs and much, much more! Cheer the hero and Boo the villain while enjoying your favorite soft drink, pizza, ice cream and mountains of free popcorn! Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and you will have time to order food or drinks before the show starts. The cost is $13 per person and payment will be due before Jan. 30, 2006.  Make checks payable to Betty Harris, event chairman, and mail to 4550 N. Flowing Wells Rd. Swan Lake Estates #265, Tucson, AZ 85705.  We have only 30 seats reserved so don’t wait too long..



Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch

 DESERT DOIN'S -   December 2005
Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71
Tucson, Arizona                                                                      

        "AROUND THE CORNER"…..Russ Carlson, President
I would like to thank the Board Members for their assistance during the past two years:  Frank Ivey, vice-president; Mary Alice Carlson, secretary; Ted Zappe, treasurer, and board-of-directors, Bob and Kate Lagle.  I would also like to thank Betty Harris for doing the newsletter.
    Mary Alice and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
                                              "Peace on Earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas everyday."
                                                                                                                              Helen Steiner Rice
                                    Minutes of December Breakfast Meeting
                                                ...by Mary Alice Carlson                                         
The monthly meeting of Chapter 71, Grand Canyon Ramblers was called to order at 9:30 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant December 6, 2005.
Roll Call of Officers:
Present:  Russ Carlson, president; Mary Alice Carlson, secretary; Ted Zappe, treasurer; John Dittmar, membership chairman; also present was Betty Harris, newsletter editor.
   Russ welcomed members present and asked if there were any corrections or additions to the November minutes.  None noted, minutes accepted as presented. 
Treasurer’s Report:  Presented by Ted Zappe, Treasurer.  Beginning balance $1393.00.  Ending balance as of 12/06/05 is $1373.41.  Treasurer’s report accepted as presented, subject to audit.
Membership:  Two letters sent out in October and five sent out in November to prospective members.  Two telephone calls were made re: attending monthly meeting.  No response.
Christmas Dinner:  Russ asked Paul Bradford and Betty Harris to give update re: Christmas Dinner to be held on 12/07/05 at The El Corral in Tucson.  Paul and Betty reported that dinner was all set.  Russ presented overview of prices re: dinner with dessert vs. dinner without dessert.  Discussion ensued re: reduction of each meal.    Regarding monies in the treasury, Betty Harris stated that in the past, Chapters were not to have more than $1000 in funds.  Russ explained that this was no longer the case and that funds in treasury were to be used for materials to recruit new members; statement reiterated by Ray Nichols, Arizona State Manager.  After much discussion, members agreed that the price of each meal would be reduced and the Chapter would pay the balance.  Those members who do not attend the Christmas dinner, but attend the Gaslight Theatre in February, will have the price of admission reduced accordingly.  Motion made by Paul Bradford, seconded by Ed Sanford that Chapter allow $5.00 reduction of each dinner.  Paul Bradford made motion, seconded by Phyllis Zappe that members who do not attend Christmas dinner and do attend the Gaslight Theatre performance in February have $3.00 taken off admission. (Admission for Gaslight Theatre is $13.00/person).  For members who wanted to prepay for their dinners, a sheet was made available.
Quartzsite (1/17-21/06):  Sponsored by Cactus Wrens, Yuma Chapter.  They need definite count by January 5, 2006.  Russ asked who would be attending.  After show of hands, five Chapter 71 members indicated they will be attending.  Cactus Wrens have requested that if possible, each Chapter attending might do a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner).  Ray and Hilda Nichols indicated that they would be doing a "Chili Feed" on the 17th.  The Chapter 71 members who are attending will assist Ray and Hilda.
Gaslight Theatre:  Russ asked Betty Harris to present information re: cost ($13.00); time and date (2/15/06 @7:00 p.m.).  Betty indicated that pizza, hamburgers, etc., available pre-performance.  The name of the performance is "Gunsmokin’."
Western Sunshine Rally (3/16-19/06):  Russ received e-mail asking for help re:  security.  If interested, please let Russ know as soon as possible. Cost of the Rally will be $239/rig/4 nights.  Early parking will be 3/14-15 @$18/night.  Question was asked re: "Walk-ins."  Ray Nichols will pursue information.  Members were asked to get their registrations in as soon as possible.  At this time, plans have been made to have two technicians from Robert Crist RV dealer from Mesa be available as well as various vendors.
Camp Thunderbird (Mimbres 4/28, 29, 30/06):  Sponsored by Chapters 433 and 71. Camp fee last year was $10/person/night.  Will have use of all facilities.  Water and electricity available.  No sewage, but there will be a dump available.
Arizona State Rally (11/8-13/06):  The State Rally will be held in Benson at the Cochise Terrace RV Resort.  The State Rally will be combined with the Region VII Rally.  Reason being that the Utah State Manager has serious health issues.
E-mails to Swibolds should be sent to:  rnlswibold@earthlink.net.
Slate of officers for 2006:
John Dittmar – vice-president/membership chairman; Patti Amend – treasurer. President and secretary still open. Russ asked if anyone was interested in filling the open positions.  Jane Nelson volunteered to fulfill the secretary’s position.  Russ Carlson was asked to remain as President for one more year (By-laws referenced).  Ray Nichols, State Manager, made a motion to amend by-laws to allow Russ Carlson to remain as President.  Motion seconded by Catherine Dittmar.  Re: Board of directors, Paul Bradford and Marilyn Slater volunteered to serve with the 2006 slate of officers.  Tom Simester made a motion, seconded by Ted Zappe that new slate of officers by approved.  Motion carried.  Installation of officers will be made by Ray Nichols at the Christmas dinner.
     The treasurer’s books will be turned over to Patti Amend in January after audit by Dwain and Jane Nelson.  Ted Zappe will present letter of resignation which is required by bank management when Patti, Russ and Ray go to bank to sign new paperwork.
     John Amend asked if any of the members had heard from Rusty Mason re: voting for her as President of her Chapter in New Mexico.  John will follow up on this matter.
     There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 10:25.  

                             CALENDAR OF UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS
                            Tuesday Jan. 3, 2006  Breakfast Meeting at Coco’s
                                  January 17-21 2006 at Quartzsite, AZ.
                                February 15, 2006  Gaslight Theatre Night Out
                                 March 16-19,2006   Western Sunshine Rally
April 28-30, 2006  Combined camp out with Chapter 433, Camp Thunderbird, Mimbres, NM
Nov. 8-13,  Arizona State Rally/Region VII combined at Cochise Terrace RV Resort, Benson.
                               FROM THE SIDELINES …Betty Harris, Editor
     Aren’t we glad we are in Tucson for the winter months and not back East with all the snow they have been having?  It is a wonderful time to be here and to start our winter season RVing.
     Twenty six members and one guest attended the Christmas Dinner Party Dec. 7th at the El Corral Restaurant in Tucson.  Paul Bradford, chairman of the  event, gave us the sad news that Ty and Jeanette Pierre were not there because Ty was in intensive care unit at the hospital.  He had had gall bladder surgery a month or so ago and had not improved as hoped. A moment of silent prayer was given for Ty’s quick recovery, the soldiers serving in Iraq. Bill Harris gave the table blessing.  Following the dinner, our Arizona State Manager Ray Nichols, installed officers for 2006.  Door prizes were drawn and everyone received at least one.  Photos of each couple were taken by Betty Harris and will be distributed at the January breakfast meeting.
     Ray and Hilda Nichols joined the International Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club in 1990 and have the membership number 62633.
    Both had been employed at Boeing in Seattle, Washington.  Ray as finance manager and chief accountant of military programs.  Hilda worked in the training department. They are permanent residents of Arizona now.
  As members of the Olympic Ramblers in Washington, Ray held Chapter 151 offices of president, vice president and treasurer. Hilda served as secretary of that chapter.

    Before becoming Arizona State Manager, he served as assistant under Jerry Loomis.
    The Nichols are leading the "Mexican Get Away Trip" in  March 2006.  They list their hobbies as being busy with the Arizona Holiday

Ramblers and motorcycle riding.
They are the parents of two children.

Chapter 71 is proud to announce Ray and Hilda as new members.
      Dwain and Jane Nelson are formerly from Kirkland, WA but are now permanent residents of  Arizona. They joined the International HRRVC at the Sedalia Rally 2005 and joined Chapter 71 in July 2005.  They have already volunteered at the International rally and the Arizona State Rally.
      He was vice president of operations for Global Leisure Travel, responsible for all the telecommunications, computer operations and facilities.  Jane was executive assistant for a high tech company (Data I/0 Corporation).
      Jane’s hobbies are aerobics, tennis, hiking, reading and RVing.  Dwain’s are wood working, web design and RVing.
     They have two children and one grandchild.
     Both volunteered to audit the treasurers books and Jane volunteered to serve as secretary for the next year. 
     We like their enthusiasm by volunteering before being asked and we are grateful to have them be a part of Chapter 71.
                                          GASLIGHT  THEATRE  NIGHT  OUT
Gaslight Theatre is located across from the Kmart, at the Southwest corner of Broadway and Kolb.  The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and food and soft drinks can be ordered at your table. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. You will enjoy the authentic foot stomping musical comedy melodrama, complete with honky tonk piano playing, sing a longs and much, much, more!  Cheer the hero and boo the villain while enjoying your favorite soft drink, pizza, ice cream and mountains of free popcorn!  The show starts at 7 p.m. and is over about 9:15 p.m.
  The cost is $13.00 per person, payable at the January 3 breakfast meeting at Coco’s.  Cash or checks made out to Betty Harris. Those not attending the Christmas Dinner Party will only pay $10.00 each.  We have reservations for only 30 people so make your reservations by making your payment at the breakfast or phone Betty or Bill at 887-3241.  We must receive the money and reservations by January 30th. Your tickets will be passed out at the Gaslight entrance.
                            Next breakfast meeting 8:30 a.m. Tuesday January 3, 2006

 Grand Canyon Ramblers
Chapter 71

Tucson, Arizona                                                                       November 2005

   "AROUND THE CORNER"..Russ Carlson, President
     "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."-  Dr. Napoleon Hill 
                            NOVEMBER BREAKFAST MEETING
The monthly meeting of Chapter 71, Grand Canyon Ramblers was called to order at 10:10 a.m. at Cocos on November 1, 2005.
Roll Call of Officers:
Present: Russ Carlson, President; Frank Ivey, Vice-president; Secretary, Mary Alice Carlson; Ted Zappe, Treasurer.  Also present was John Dittmar, Membership Coordinator, and Betty Harris, Newsletter Editor.
     Russ welcomed members, and guests: Bonnie Wedekind and William Albright; and, Tom and Sandy Simester (who joined Chapter 71 today).
     October minutes -- copies were made available as some of the members had not received a copy.  Russ asked if there were any corrections or additions to the October minutes.  None forthcoming.  Minutes accepted.
Treasurers Report: Balance as of 11/1/05 is $1,303.41.  Treasurers report accepted as presented, subject to audit.
    Russ reported to the members that he had received a e-mail from Ty Pierre.  Ty had gall bladder surgery and has had a slow recovery.  Betty Harris had a card for Ty, everyone asked to sign.
    Russ thanked members who attended the State Rally in Mesa: Dittmars, Amends, Slaters, Lagles, Nelsons, Nichols, Carlsons, and walk-ins, Bill and Betty Harris.  Russ also thanked the Dittmars and Slaters for helping with the morning Hospitality on Saturday; and, extended a "thank you" to all the Chapter 71 members who assisted with the Root Beer Float Party.
     Under the direction of Ray and Hilda Nichols, Arizona State Managers, and Mike and Mairiene Miranda, Rally Coordinators, and the rest of their Rally teams, the State Rally was a huge success.  There were 101 rigs present.  During the Rally, it was announced that Mike and Mairiene Miranda are the new Assistant State Managers.
Old Business:  
                                Camping/Activity Schedule
El Corral (12/7/05): Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., 2201 E. River Road, Tucson.  After talking with Ty Pierre and leaving a message for Paul Bradford, Russ called El Corral to confirm date, time and space.  If you were not at the November 1 Chapter meeting and would like to attend the dinner, please call Russ or Mary Alice Carlson as soon as possible at 625-3844.  The total number of reservations and dinner/dessert selections must be in to the El Corral by December 2, which is before our next meeting on December 6.  We have a room that will accommodate 30 people.
Quartzsite (1/15-21/06):  Bob Haynie Memorial Campout is being hosted by the Yuma Cactus Wrens Chapter.  The camp  out is also a "Buddy Rally."
Gaslight Theatre (2/15/06):  The 15th is a Wednesday.  Cost per ticket is $13.00.  Performance (Gunsmoking) starts at 7:00 p.m.

Western Sunshine Rally (3/16-19/06):  Will be held in Casa Grande.  Theme is "St. Patricks Day".  Sign up applications are available and Rally will be listed in the Ramblings.  Information re: "The Old West Arizona Caravan" (3/21/06 4/3/06) following the Rally was discussed and will be in the Ramblings as well.  Question was posed re: walk-in cost for Rally.  If possible, Ray Nichols will have information at next meeting.
Camp Thunderbird (4/28-30/06), Mimbres, NM):  Combination between NM Chapter 433 (Wagonmasters, Don and Barb Guerin), and AZ Chapter 71.  George Carson gave a bit of history re: the area.
New Business:  Russ asked members if they had any input regarding a new slate of officers for the next two years.  Vacancies needed to be filled:  President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board-of-Directors.  After discussion, John Dittmar volunteered for Vice-president and Patti Amend volunteered as Treasurer.  Still to be filled are President, Secretary and Board-of-Directors.
     Betty Harris asked members to send her information for the Desert Doin's Newsletter.
     Ray Nichols gave some information regarding next years Arizona State Rally which will be held in Benson at the Cochise RV Resort.
     There being no new business the meeting was adjourned at 10:30.  Next Chapter meeting:  12/06/05, 8:30 a.m. at Cocos.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary
                     FROM THE SIDELINES...  by Betty Harris
    Trudy Livesay has been back in Tucson from Colorado for about a month.  She had been unable to attend the last breakfast meeting due to an appoinment. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Dec. 6 meeting. 
    Bob and Kate Lagle have a new motorhome.
   Marian Arnold, a former member, wrote that her Colorado home had been broken into Halloween night while she was at her granddaughter's.  Nothing had been taken but her and John's wedding rings. She will be back at her home in Florence, AZ. after the holidays.

   Janet and Paul Bradford became the grandparents of twin girls Oct. 27. Lauren Taylor and Katelyn Jo are the daughters of the Bradford's son David who lives in Scottsdale. Morgan, 1 1/2 year old, completes the family.
                                                      Death notice
    The services for a fellow HRRVC member Ralph Kraus #50613 was held November 8 at the Ridgefield Community Methodist Church, 1410 So. Hilhurst, Ridgefield, WA.    Donations can be made in his memory to the Ridgefield Lions Eye Bank or to Ridgefield Hospices Care and or the HRRVC Make A Wish Foundation   

Ralph and Janet were wagonmasters for HRRVC and most recently conducted the Alaska Caravans.  They were members of the Yuma chapter.
                                GASLIGHT  THEATRE  NIGHT  OUT
   The chapter has enjoyed a night out at the Gaslight Theatre almost every February and we will do it again.  The musical melodrama will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the theatre which is located across from Kmart at Broadway and Kolb.  You will enjoy the authentic foot stomping musical comedy melodrama, complete with honky tonk piano playing, sing alongs and much, much more!  Cheer the hero and Boo the villain while enjoying your favorite soft drink, pizza, ice cream and mountains of free popcorn!  Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and you will have time to order food or drinks before the show starts.  The cost is $13 per person and payment will be due Feb. 7, 2006 at the breakfast meeting, collected by Betty Harris, event chairman. A sign up sheet will be passed during the December and February meetings. We have 30 seats reserved.
                                         Meet the new members
  In this space, hopefully, in the next issue of the Desert Doin's, we will highlight new Chapter 71 members. Please, new members, send a resume'  of your Holiday Rambler life, former employment, family  etc. to me soon. My email address is bilbetrv@aol.com 
                      $   DUES ARE DUE IN DECEMBER  $

Grand Canyon Ramblers -Chapter 71
September 2005

We hope everyone had a great summer and enjoyed good health. We had a long summer; left Green Valley on July 1st, stopped in Colorado to see family, headed to Missouri to attend the HRRVC International Rally, and arrived in Massachusetts on August 14th. We spent the month catching up with old and new family members and visiting with friends. We left Massachusetts on September 5th and arrived home on September 14th. Really great to be home!!

We’d like to remind everybody of the upcoming breakfast meeting on the 4th of October at 8:30 a.m. at Coco’s, 6095 E. Broadway in Tucson. Hope to see you all.

We would like to welcome four new members who have joined Chapter 71 since our last meeting in April. Please add their names to your rosters.
Jim and Sue Cobb, e-mail: dwainn@robsoncom.net
Rob and Lynn VanSice, e-mail: vansice@comcast.net
Richard and Marilyn Slater, e-mail: smg551@aol.com

Also, please add our new State Manager to your roster as well:
Ray and Hilda Nichols
65692 E. Rocky Terrace Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85739
Telephone #: 520-818-6791
E-mail: chelanview@earthlink.net

We hand an excellent turnout at the HRRVC International Rally in Sedalia, Missouri and want to thank the members from Chapter 71 who attended:
John and Catherine Dittmar
John and Patti Amend
Bob and Kate Lagle
Jim and Sue Cobb
Harry Aitchison and Fawn Vander Stad
Dwain and Jane Nelson
Russ and Mary Alice Carlson

The Arizona State Rally will be held from October 26 – 31, 2005 at Valle del Oro RV Resort, Mesa, AZ; Highway 60 to Ellsworth Exit North, resort is on your left as you come off the exit. We have applications available. The cost of the Rally is $100/unit.

We will be asked to volunteer time at the Rally at different events; currently I know of the following:
Root beer Floats
Clarene Haynie (Cactus Wrens, Yuma) has asked for volunteers from each of the Tucson and Phoenix Chapters to work on the Greeting Committee. Anybody interested, please get in touch with Clarene at: bchaynie@yahoo.com
Mairiene Miranda is looking for door prizes; anyone who can help please e-mail Mairiene at: mmyuma@juno.com

The Western Sunshine Rally will be held in Casa Grande, AZ from March 16 – 19, 2006. Maggie Loomis is Craft Chairperson for the Rally and is looking for instructors. She is also looking for people to sell Make-A-Wish tickets. Anyone who can assist Maggie please contact her ASAP at: loomis@aol.com.

People may not remember exactly what you did or did not say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

Looking forward to seeing everybody on October 4th.

Russ Carlson, President, and
Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary

Desert Doin’s
Grand Canyon Ramblers Chapter 71

…..Russ Carlson, President

            Each day, do what you should do before what you want to do….. “When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do things you want to do when you want to do them!”

                                                                                                                                                ……….Ed Zigler


The monthly meeting of Chapter 71, Grand Canyon Ramblers was called to order at 9:20 a.m. at Coco’s on April 5, 2005.


Present:  Russ Carlson, President; Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary; also present:  Betty Harris, Newsletter Editor.

 > Russ welcomed members present and guests:  Jay and Betty Crane, fulltimers; and Jerry Bronderslev, IT Manager for Pedata RV Center of Tucson.

 > Russ asked if there were any corrections or additions to the February minutes; non forthcoming.  Motion made by John Amen, seconded by Ed Sanford to accept minutes.

 > Treasurer’s  Report – Due to illness, treasurer’s report was presented by Phyllis Zappe.   Beginning balance was $1546.66.  There was a deposit of $20.00 for two new members and a deduction of $60.00 for Christmas Party deposit, leaving a balance of $1506.66, subject to audit.

>…..Wells Fargo added a charge of $9.00 a month to our club account.  After discussion with bank officer, charge will be rescinded on next statement. Have been advised by bank to watch yearly February statement as the $9.00 fee could be charged to account again.

 > Membership:  Four letters sent out to potential new members.  One renewal mailed as well.

 > Russ thanked the members who attended the WOW Rally in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Attending were:  John and Catherine Dittmar; Ed and Carole Sanford; Bob and Kate Lagle; Ted and Phyllis Zappe; Ty and Jeanette Pierre; and Russ and Mary Alice Carlson.

 > April Campout at Augie’s in Gila Bend has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

 > International Rally – July 18 – 22 will be held in Sedalia, Missouri.

 > New Mexico State Rally – August 25 – 28 will be held at Circle B RV Park in Ruidoso.  Applications are available.

 > Colorado/Utah State Rally – September 9 – 12 to be held in Creede, CO.  Applications available.

 > Region VII Rally – October 17 -21 to be held in Odessa, TX.  Applications available.

 > State Rally – October 26-31, Valle de Oro in Mesa.  Applications available.  Chapter 71 has been asked to do the Root Beer Floats again and run the Bean Bag Baseball Game.  We have also been asked to have two people assist at the final dinner.

 > Thanksgiving – Pot luck suggested.  Need other ideas.

 > Christmas Dinner – Ty and Jeanette Pierre and Paul and Janett Bradford have made arrangements at El Corral located on River Street for December 7.  Date to be confirmed.

 > Rocky Point Outing – February, 2006 is full.  There are presently seven on the waiting list.

 > Notice from Jerry Loomis re: John Rische’s death.  He was Montana State Manager from 1996 – 1998 when illness forced his resignation.

 > Russ introduced Jerry Bronderslev of Pedata RV Center.  Pedata is the HRRVC motorized dealer in Tucson.  Jerry talked about the dealership and had handouts for those interested.  He talked about their web site and said they would put Chapter 71 on the Web.  They have five bays for repairs and emphasized that they do not “pressure” customers. 

 > Russ thanked Ty Pierre for making arrangements with Jerry to attend our meeting.

 > Betty Harris gave members her new e-mail address:  bilbetrv@earthlink.net.

 > Russ asked members if they wanted to continue meeting for breakfast at Coco’s for the coming season.  Club members agreed.  We will see you all at Coco’s on October 4, 2005 at 8:30 a.m.

 > There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m.

 Respectfully submitted.

Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary

 Betty’s “From the Sidelines” will not be available until the next newsletter in October.  Betty’s computer experienced a complete “melt down!”

 Did want to let you all know that I telephoned Frank Ivey and spoke with his son Don.  Unfortunately, Frank is still suffering from vertigo.  Get well wishes would be greatly appreciated. 

Chapter 71 Grand Canyon Ramblers
MARCH 1, 2005


 ...Russ Carlson, President

ONE FOR THE OLDER GENERATION.....A college student challenged a senior citizen, saying it was impossible for their generation to  understand his. "You grew up in a different world," the student said. "Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers....." Taking advantage of a pause in the student's litany, the old geezer said, "You're right. We didn't have those things when we were young, so we invented them. What are you doing for the next generation?"

             MINUTES   OF   THE   MARCH   BUSINESS   MEETING_____

                                                       ...Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary
    The monthly meeting of Chapter 71, Grand Canyon Ramblers, was called to order at 10:00 a.m. at Coco's on March 1, 2005.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS - Present: Russ Carlson, President; Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary; Bob and Kate Lagle, Board of Directors; and Betty Harris, Newsletter Editor.
- Russ welcomed members present, and guests, Bob and Betty Luikens from
Albuquerque, NM; and from Missouri Chapter 174, Jim and Sue Cobb; Jerry and Lucy Boragurio; Gil and Charlene Lehn; and Lee and Elsie Wehmeier.

Ted Zappe, Treasurer was not present, so the treasurer's report was
read by Russ Carlson. Beginning balance: $1,554.06; ending balance
after expenses: $1,546.66. Motion to accept treasurer's report (subject
to audit) made by Catherine Dittmar, seconded by Ty Pierre.
- MEMBERSHIP: One letter sent out last month. Two new members from
Phoenix have joined: Al and Dorothy Coir and Harry Aitchison and
companion, Fawn Vander Stad.
- Thank you note from Trudy Livesay was read by Russ. Trudy and her
family appreciated donation made to Make-A-wish in Jim's memory.
- Pictures of Quartzsite camp out were passed around.
- WOW Rally to be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico has been sold out.
- April 15, 16, 17 Camp out: sign-up sheet for camp out at Augie's RV Park in Gila Bend was passed around. Wagon masters for this camp out will be

 Russ and Mary Alice Carlson and Ted and Phyllis Zappe. For those who will be attending, and do not have units, motels are available in Gila Bend.

- Chapter monies from State Manager: Russ presented a brochure which he
would like to consider being printed and which can be used to send
information to new or prospective members re: HRRVC. If used, a center
"throw away" insert would be issued as officers change during the course
of time.
BREAKFAST MEETING VENUE: Need to think about future breakfast meetings. Stay at Coco's or find other place.
- Russ announced that Ray Nichols will be the new Arizona Assistant State
Manager. Congratulations to Ray and his wife Hilda. They live in
Saddlebrook. Additionally, the State Rally in October will again be held
at Valle De Oro in Mesa. Ray and Mike Miranda will be sharing details
for the Rally with all Chapters sometime in March.
- Names for nomination of new officers are needed as soon as possible.
Nomination committee is needed as current officer's terms expire in
- Motion to adjourn was made.
**Before adjournment, Betty Harris volunteered to make arrangements for
the Christmas dinner. Thank you Betty. Mary Alice Carlson asked who of
the members were not in Tucson during Thanksgiving, and if not, if those
who are here, would be interested in getting together at a restaurant for
dinner. Please think about this for next month's meeting.
- There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

 _______ ­FROM  THE  SIDELINES...by Betty Harris, Editor_______   

        Have you noticed that we have five new couple members just since the first of the year?  They are Richard and Linda Swibold, Lamar and Vicki Marshall, Charles and Donna Altergott.   The other two were just picked up at the Rocky Point Camp Out,  Al and Dorothy Coir and Harry Aitchison and his friend, Fawn Vander Stad.  Al is a past Arizona State Manager and Harry was his assistant. They are former members of this chapter but live in the Phoenix area where they are also members of 309.

    We missed Trudy Livesay’s smiling face at the meeting.  A phone call to her

disclosed she had not been feeling well enough that morning to come to the breakfast that day. We look forward to seeing her next month.

      Fran Burdess feels much better since a procedure on her back was performed at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

     A phone call to Sierra Vista to check on Frank Ivey revealed he has been suffering from vertigo.

     Ted and Phyllis Zappe both had surgery last month.

     We wish them all better health.

    Patti Amend told of the good time they had at the Rocky Point, Mexico camp out.  Others from this chapter attending were Russ and Mary Alice Carlson and Catherine and John Dittmar.


 MARCH 21-25...WOW or, "Way Out West" Rally    Las Cruces, NM

APRIL 5...Chapter breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Coco’s
APRIL 15-18...Chapter camp out at Augie’s RV Park in Gila Bend, AZ For reservations phone Carlsons at 520-625-3844

JULY 18-22..International HRRVC Rally at Sedalia, MO.

AUG. TBA...New Mexico State Rally at Rudioso, NM

SEPT. 9-12 ...Colorado/Utah State Rally at Creede, CO.

OCT. 17-21...Region VII Rally at Odessa, Texas

OCT. Last weekend in October...Arizona State Rally at  in Mesa

DEC...Christmas dinner party..Place and date to be announced




Sorry the newsletter was late this month. Both the Carlsons and Harrises computers were experiencing glitches.


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January 2005
"AROUND THE CORNER…Russ Carlson, President

As we travel and continue to go around corners, I picked up a short course in human relations that has been good to me and my wife over the years, and I thought I'd pass it along. The least important word is "I"; Two most important words "Thank you"; Three most important words "if you please"; Four most important words "What is your opinion?"; Five most important words "You did a good job."


                                         MINUTES OF THE JANUARY BREAKFAST MEETING
The monthly meeting of the Arizona Grand Canyon Ramblers, Chapter 71 was called to order following breakfast, at 9:30 a.m. at Coco's on January 4, 2005.

Roll Call of Officers. Present: Russ Carlson, President; Frank Ivey, Vice President; Mary Alice Carlson, Secretary; Ted Zappe, Treasurer; Board of Directors: Bob and Kate Lagle; News Letter Editor; Betty Harris.
Russ welcomed members and guests, Jim and Sue Cobb and David and Florence Hedges from Missouri, and Charles and Donna Altergott from Colorado. Russ gave a brief update on the Millers , Bonnie and Nesbert, who were tragically killed in an accident as they were returning home from the State Rally.
Russ asked if there were any corrections or additions to the December minutes. None forthcoming. Phyllis Zappe made motion to accept minutes, seconded by Ed Sanford.

Treasurer's report presented by Ted Zappe. Balance as of 1/4/05: $1,586.06, subject to audit. Treasurer's 2004 books audited by Ed and Carole Sanford and found to be in order.

Old Business:
. Quartzsite - Three couples attending - Carlsons, Dittmars and Zappes.
. Gaslight Theatre - Betty Harris updated and collected money from 21 members. Performance starts at 7:00, members should arrive no later than 6:45. Theatre located at southwest corner of Broadway and Kolb, opposite Brings Funeral Home.
. Karchner Caverns: - Amends, Carlsons and Sanfords have made or will make reservations.
. WOW, Las Cruces, NM - No further information.
April Campout (15, 16, 17) Augies RV Park, located in Gila Bend. Hotel accommodations available for Emeritus members. Additional information at next month's meeting.
. October State Rally - No information available
. November Thanksgiving Campout - Dates and volunteers needed
. December Christmas Dinner - Date and volunteers needed
November and December please come with suggestions for activities.

New Business:
Jerry Loomis, State Manager, called and informed Russ that Ray Nichols, formerly of Washington, now living in Saddlebook, has requested information on starting a new chapter. Mr. Nichols was called by Russ and invited to attend our monthly meeting. Mr. Nichols stated that he was interested in starting his own chapter and had ten or twelve parties already interested.
Phyllis Zappe asked about donation in memory of the Millers. Betty Harris suggested that we also consider donation in memory of Jim Livesay. Discussion followed and motion was made by Ty Pierre and seconded by Phyllis Zappe that donations be made to Make-A-Wish.
Condolences extended to Paul Bradford and family in loss of his mother.
Meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

                                                FROM THE SIDELINES
.                                                 ..Betty Harris, Editor

It was good to see Jan and Paul Bradford back from South Dakota. Our condolences to Paul and his family upon the death of his 95 year old mother. They said they had postponed a summer trip to Alaska because of hearing of all the fires and smoke up there.
    We also extend our condolences to Jerry Loomis and family on the death of his 91 year old mother.
It was also good to see Sue and Jim Cobb at the breakfast. They are staying in Benson this month and are going to travel to Rocky Point with the group. They are HRRVC caravan wagon masters who have done the Oregon Trail, Cajun and many other caravans.
      We missed George and Donna Carson and discovered that George had had been ill.
     Fran and Lefty Burdess showed up in a 1995 Cadillac. They had traded their 1996 in on a beautiful new looking car with only 20,000 miles on it. Such a bargain.
     The Christmas dinner party at The Cattletown Steakhouse was well attended. The meals were huge and very satisfying and as we left, Russ and Mary Alice Carlson, hosts, presented each family with a Christmas decorated box of homemade peanut butter cookies. Oh, so good! 

                                                      CHAPTER NIGHT OUT
We have 21 members planning to attend the production of "The Cisco Kid" Thursday, January 27 at the Gaslight Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Pizza, sandwiches, soft drinks and ice cream can be ordered from your table before the show starts. Your tickets will be distributed by Betty Harris at the door. Ushers will direct you to your table. The Theatre is located at the Southwest corner of Kolb and Broadway near the Brings Funeral Home.

                                                           UPCOMING EVENTS

FEB. 18,19,20....Karchner Caverns at Benson, AZ. There is a campground and you make your own reservations for the tour of the Caverns. Phone 520-586-2283. However, they reserve 100 tickets a day for "drop ins."

MARCH 1....Chapter breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Coco’s 6095 E. Broadway.

MARCH 21-25...WOW or, "Way Out West" Rally    Las Cruces, NM for reservations phone Rusty Mason, 505-298-2585

APRIL 5...Chapter breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Coco’s

APRIL 15-18...Chapter camp out at Augie’s RV Park in Gila Bend, AZ For reservations phone Carlsons at 520-625-3844

JULY 18-22..International HRRVC Rally at Sedalia, MO.

AUG. TBA...New Mexico State Rally at Rudioso, NM