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Florida: Mid-Florida Winnies

January 03, 2019

Florida: Mid-Florida Winnies
December Mid-Florida Winnies Newsletter
Sun N Fun RV Resort – Sarasota
This was a great campout for our chapter. We had 17 coaches in attendance. We had three new members in attendance, The Monteleones, the Albericos and the Maddoxs. Since we didn’t have a good attendance at our November campout, there was no meeting or newsletter.
 
Some coaches arrived on Sunday and we had an informal Happy Hour at the Horner’s coach.
 
Monday’s Happy Hour was held in one of the buildings due to the cool weather.
 
On Tuesday we had a great craft hour with Elaine Schilp leading us in making a serving plate with napkins and clear plastic plates. We had a good showing with seven (7) ladies in attendance. All that attended had a great time. Some of the ladies even made more than one plate. The hosts decided that we should have Happy Hour at 3:30 pm which is a departure from our usual 4:00 pm start for Happy Hour. They also requested that no snacks be brought. Some in attendance decided to bring snacks anyway. The explanation was that the Happy Hour is too close to our evening meal and we should just enjoy the social time with friends. Our dinner on Tuesday was Hamburgers and Hot Dogs which were expertly prepared by our hosts. The hall was available for card games after our meal.
 
We were treated to an egg casserole on Wednesday morning. After our meal we all sat down for our first meeting since May. We voted on our slate of officers which will be the same as last year with the exception of our Wagonmaster changing from the Barron’s to the Schilp’s. Our Treasurer came in for the meeting but did not bring his coach since the Smalley’s are having back trouble. We also voted to continue with our current charity and to contribute $400 this year to that charity, Prader Willi. We were on our own for the afternoon but with so many interesting places to visit in the Sarasota area, no one was bored or without something to do. Some visited University Town Center a short distance from our campground. This Mall boasts a Tesla dealership and many other interesting shops and restaurants. Some visited St. Armand’s Circle which is an island in Sarasota Bay which has interesting shops and cafes. Some even visited the white sand beaches of Sarasota which are among the best in the World. The weather was a little chilly for us Floridians but not for some of our northern friends in attendance.
 
Wednesday morning, we were treated to a great breakfast provided by out hosts. This was held in a building closer to our parking spaces and we held our business meeting in the same building. We were on our own for the rest of the day, but in the evening we were treated to a ham dinner with the members providing the side dishes which were all great. During dinner we celebrated Ken Long’s December birthday. We then played a game for our gift exchange. We rolled a die to determine if we should keep the gift we had picked up, move the gifts either right or left down the line or exchange the gift with anyone else in the circle. Everyone had a great time and seemed to get the exact gift they wanted at the end. The hall was available for anyone who wished to play games.
 
On Thursday morning, we had our usual continental breakfast and said our good-byes ‘til next time.
 
Our January campout will be hosted by the Ledfords, Trents, and Bob Berube. This will be our Chili cook-off campout so we hope to see everyone in attendance.
 
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.