WOW! As the new Western area reps we are excited to be on this new adventure. First, we want to thank Butch and Becky Moore for passing the torch. They are leaving us with big shoes to fill- (figuratively not literally).
It is hard to believe that we have been on the road for almost 3 months already. We have been to many places we have never been to before and met so many wonderful people.
We left Minnesota mid-March and headed to Indio, California. The Southwest Regional Rally was our first stop. It was a five-day outing, hosted by a committee chaired by Pat and Shirleen Doyle. The theme for the rally was “Springtime in the Desert”. There were 51 rigs attending. The SWRR Committee members carried the bulk of the workload for the event: Example, they cooked all the dinners but one that was catered, and the game set up for bean bag baseball and card bingo. Door prizes were acquired from the California State Chapters, SWRR committee, as well as WIT. Friday evening entertainment was “Magic of Richard Lee”. We were all magicians as we made a lot of food disappear! A seminar about the Palm Springs Air Museum by Bob Lilac was very interesting. It is amazing what he accomplished in his career. Look Bob’s bio up - he truly is amazing!
April was very busy as we headed for Banning, California with 5 Star Winnebago. The theme for this Outing was “Spring Outing”. This was a 4-day outing, hosted by Jon Hoefer and Ron Cascelli. There were 20 Rigs attending. This was a Queen’s outing where the men did all of the cooking, cleaning, and games. The women were waited on at each meal and treated like Queens. Door prizes were local California avocados and lemons- Games were played during any free time. There was always opportunity to join a card game, bean bag, or just visit. One new WIT first timer was in attendance as a result of having put their Winnebago up for sale. One of the WIT members went to look at their coach and asked why they were selling. They said they had no one to go camping with. As a result of that visit they joined the WIT club and came to their first campout. They said they had a great time!
Next up was the Arizona Sunbirds chapter outing. Another first for us as we had never been to Arizona. So on to the fun. This was a 4-day outing hosted by Rich and Joyce Fowler and Jack and Millie Eckardt.The outing was held just outside of Prescott, AZ. There was a full day exploring Prescott’s Sharlot Hall Museum and various other tourist spots in Prescott. The club covered the cost of the museum fees and setup the docents at the museum. Bunco and Bean bag baseball were the games of the outing.
Our next adventure took us to Westport, Wa. The rally theme was Westport Crab Races. This was a 3-day Evergreen Winnies outing hosted by George and Margaret Terpening and John and Patty Tarrant. Early arrivers on Thursday had a social hour. Friday evening meal was a variety of soups provided by the hosts followed by a game of “Crab Walk Relay”. Other table games followed. Saturday began with the monthly meeting followed by a day in Westport attending the Crab Races, where several of the club members “entered” a crab. The crab feed was attended by most of the attendees. More games on Saturday evening and a continental breakfast farewell on Sunday. If you have never attended the World-Renowned Crab races at Westport, you’re missing a very riveting event.
Then off to Sweet Home, Oregon. This was a 4-day outing hosted by the Winnie’Gonians Chapter- headed up by Marv and Karen LaVoie. There was a total of 12 RV’s. This was a planning outing for the State Rally in September at Rickreall, OR. Early arrivals met up for dinner at the Point Restaurant followed by a social hour. On Friday the plan was to tour the McDowell Creek Park but the rain presented a challenge for most of the attendees. We took one brave soul to the park and viewed two beautiful waterfalls. After dinner indoor games were played. Saturday was an Executive team meeting followed by a membership meeting to discuss ideas and preparation for the fall Rally. Three couples drove up for the day to attend the meetings. After potluck dinner there were more indoor games. Sunday breakfast was followed by a departure of some and several couples moved to Guaranty RV in Junction city for a tour of the Winnebago Factory on Monday morning.
Now off to San Andreas, CA. This was a 5-day Lone Cyprus Winnies outing hosted by Cliff and Carole Austin, Joe and Maria Johnson and Bill and Linda Crothers. There was a total of 14 RV’s. A nice group setting where all the rigs were in a u-shape with the clubhouse at the end. Mother’s Day was the theme for the weekend with lots of food and games. A nice turkey/ham dinner was on the menu served by the wagon masters for Mother’s Day dinner. A museum trip on Thursday to explore the town of San Andreas, a mining town from gold country California. The ladies made some trips to antique and second-hand shops. San Andreas is a very unique little town with a lot of gold mining history.
The Washington State Rally was held in Cashmere, WA. There were 92 rigs at Rally. This was a 5- day outing, hosted by Wash-I-Bagos and Fraser Valley Explorers. The event was very well run and the daily agenda was full of vendors, gifts, and games. Roy Robinson dealership brought in 3 show coaches: the Horizon, Vista LX, and the View. My RV Works vendor stayed on the grounds the entire 5 days and offered coach services to all attendees. There were lots of team competitions; bean bag baseball, yard games, team trivia challenge, bingo, and table games. There was a vintage car show and a Hobby show. Saturday morning was a moving Memorial Tribute for our military. A big “THANK YOU” to Ron Woodward for putting together the Memorial. A catering company was onsite for all lunch meals. Special events were: the wine/beer tasting, golf outing, ice cream social sponsored by Winnebago RV Insurance, and a model train display. Friday and Saturday dinners were catered by Ravenous Catering. Friday evening entertainment was “funaddicts”- a 50’s/60’s band. There were costume contests and lots of dancing.
As you make plans for your upcoming adventures, don’t forget to check the “Who’s Inviting Travelers” section of your latest WIT Club News. You might be able to catch a state rally or a club/chapter campout along the way.
We hope to see many of you at this year’s Grand National Rally (GNR) “Red White and W – 60 years of an American Icon.” The line-up of activities and entertainment for the 2018 GNR will not disappoint. If you’d like to take your GNR experience to the next level, make sure to submit a registration form to volunteer. It’s easy, lots of fun and you’ll meet folks from all over the U.S. and Canada. Make sure to get to GNR a little early this year, there are lots of exciting things going on Monday, July 23rd including the Winnebago Kickoff Party and Product Display Grand Opening.
Jan & Sulaine Pedersen