CEDAR SAMS: Everyone was back and ready to start camping after a long and cold winter. We started our year in April with a lunch get together. With all the rain and heat, we still had many good campouts and lots of good food at our potlucks. We played lots of games and had lots of great times.
Had a good time at the Rally and our hotdog sales went very well again this year. With our hotdog sales, we were able to give $200 to The Ronald McDonald House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Our last camp out for the year will be in October at Lazy Acres Campground in Urbana, Iowa. Our winter lunch get togethers will start in November for the ones that don't go south. Have a safe winter. Looking forward to next year and all the fun we will have.
WAPELLO TRAVELIN SAMS: Our first meeting of the year in April we welcomed our new President, Marty Williams and Vice President, Larry Kenny. We know we are in good hands. In May, as has been the case for several years, we were at Indian Lake in Farmington, Iowa. The Hannan's were hosts and we had a hot dog roast one evening and our co-op featured homemade soups. Some of us made our annual trip to the greenhouse by the river to buy vegetables and flower plants. June found us at Marion County Park in Knoxville. The William's hosted and we played yard games and also played mind games while sitting around the campfire with prizes to be won. We had a guest with us. The Hubbards granddaughter Allyson, from Illinois was with them. Some of us took the long and hilly walk around the park. The William's provided the BBQ smoked meat for our co-op and ice cream after the business meeting. We were at the State Rally the end of June with 8 rigs from our chapter making the trip. We decorated the stage for the second year in a row. We also put on a biscuit and gravy breakfast on Thursday morning. This was a fund raiser for our charities. From the comments that we heard, we think we put out a good product and made some money toward our goal. We want to thank the 4 F's Sams for letting us use their roasters to keep everything hot. We also turned in 4356 volunteer hours for the past year. July we were at Belva Deer Park and the Davis's hosted, providing smoked turkey breast for the co-op and root beer floats after the meeting. Some of the guys went to a gun shop they like to frequent. We started August with a work day on August 3. We took on the job of refurbishing some of the state games that are used at the Rally. We spent the whole day together and accomplished much. We sanded and painted 8 bean bag games, put new carpet on 4 washer toss games, installed carpet in the equipment trailer to cushion the games in transit, and washed and waxed the trailer itself. We hope that those of you that play the games at the Rally will feel that an improvement has been made. For our campout in August, we were at Pine Tree RV Park in Green Top, Missouri. The Kenney's and Jan Houser hosted this one and provided ham and meatloaf. We took a tour of A.T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. The most fascinating feature was the whole human nervous system displayed with each nerve labeled. This is valued at one million dollars. One afternoon the men went to some gun shops while the women went to quilt shops. We had two nights of pretty colorful campfires and listened to the clip clop of the Amish horse and buggies on their way home. Larry and Bernice put on a gourmet pancake breakfast Friday morning. We had a guest camping with us this month. Judy is from Lineville, Iowa and she decided to join our club. Welcome to you Judy. As I write this, we haven't had our September campout yet. Earl and I and Dale and Elaine Weaver will be hosts and are planning to play miniature golf one afternoon and have a hot dog roast one night. Earl will be doing Dutch oven cooking for the co-op. Dale and Elaine are providing Friday breakfast. October will find us at Marr Park with the Bakers scheduled to host.
Well, as you can see from this summary, when we meet, we eat. We enjoy each other's company and have a good time. Hope your club has had an enjoyable season also! Renae Hanes, Secretary/Treasurer Wapello Travelin' Sams.