BAY AREA SAMS
Our January campout was held at Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, with 21 member rigs and one guest rig in
attendance. We sharpened our skills in outdoor games. Our host, the Scheffers, treated us to beef stew and
strawberry shortcake Saturday evening. Weather was brisk; we had another great time together.
In February we had 12 rigs at the Dunnellon Samboree. The staff always goes out of their way to make sure
everyone has a terrific time. Our chapter volunteered at the door prize table and Dr. Sambones.
Our February campout was at Highland Hammocks State Park in Sebring. We are continuing our food for the
needy program this year and bring food to each campout to donate. Also, we are sending packages to Iraq for
In January we met at Little Manatee River State Park with five rigs present. We had beautiful days and chilly
nights. The Sauders were our gracious hosts; we all enjoyed the meat loaf as it is one of those comforting foods
that suits all palates.
In February we were at Lake Manatee State Park with five rigs plus guests. We had our up and down weather as
tornado watches were out all night; it did clear up for our breakfast in the morning but it was scary. What do you
do in a campground in the middle of the night if a tornado hits? I am thinking that the restrooms would be filled to
overflowing with homeless campers. The campground had to be cleared by Thursday as the TIN CAN Rally was
arriving for the weekend and all sites were reserved. Some of the vintage campers had already arrived and we
strolled around the park enjoying the old-timers.
DOGWOOD GOOD SAMS
Payne’s RV Park, Theodore, AL, welcomed our group of 12 chapter rigs this month; we also had three visitor
rigs. President Bill Schoenherr reported receiving lots of thank you mail from groups we’ve supported with
charitable contributions. Bob and Sandy Brewer attended the Dunnellon Samboree and represented us in the
parade of chapter flags.
FLORIDA EAGLE SAMS
Our February campout was held at KOA Mims with 16 rigs present, plus guests and ASDs Merle and Rae
Schimke who installed our new officers. Our hosts, Babbs and Browns, planned a Hobo/Valentine theme. Friday
was potluck; we then played card bingo, cards and other games. We held our semi-annual brown bag auction to
raise money for the dogs. We watched a video of a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN, by the Getsees, Browns, Westons
The Suwannee Valley RV Campground has not changed much over the years, just the owners. Traditions of the
campground remain as does some of the help as the years pass. The trees are older and many need to be
trimmed. Yet, this is a high and dry campground with a relaxed atmosphere. It is a drive to go shopping; but the
town of White Springs has a good restaurant. As we park near each other, it is soon apparent that the dinner
options are limited to the RV or a short drive to the Coach House. So many of us descend upon the restaurant
and their buffet. We nearly fill one room and enjoy the table talk along with the food. Saturday we have a cloudy
sky and many eat in their RVs.
We finished off the year with a bang as 12 member rigs and a guest rig arrived at Oaks n Pines Campground in
Lake City to help us show out the old year and welcome in 2008. After a good business meeting Saturday
morning, the day was filled with card and football games. After a delicious meal of homemade lasagna cooked by
our hosts, the Meehans; our ASDs, Sharon and Gene Bundy installed our new officers for 2008. Following the
installation, hosts Marty and Cathy organized a team trivia game. The weather ran the gamut from beautiful, to
raining, to cold, but it did nothing to dampen our spirits. The food was great and the fellowship wonderful.
We started the New Year out in fine fashion with seven member rigs gathering at Pecan Park RV Resort. The
weather could have been better; a little rain and then got a bit cold and windy but didn’t dampen our spirits as all
said it was a great campout. We did have to change plans as it was too raw to be outside. Instead of beanbag
baseball, we substituted an indoor game of Apples to Apples. The Sunset Ramblers were also at the park this
weekend and, as they had only three rigs, we invited them to join us. It was nice to join with another Chapter and
talk over how to make things better. We will be getting together at other campouts.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE SAMS
Everyone had a wonderful time at the January campout at Lake Oklawaha RV Resort in Ft. McCoy! We had chilly
nights but beautiful sunny days – just the right kind of weather for gathering around the campfire (thanks to Ken
and Brandi Cole). There were 10 member rigs plus one guest rig and one drive-in for the meeting. Most folks
arrived on Friday and many grouped around talking in the afternoon; but as Happy Hour approached the temps
fell and we moved inside. We decided (since the VFW no longer has their fish fry) to bring whatever we’d
planned for supper back to the clubhouse and eat together. Later we met for various games. Shortly after the
meeting Saturday everyone gathered around the fire to create pie iron sandwiches. That night we had a
delicious chili supper. After dinner, some stayed inside to play games while others went back out to enjoy the
campfire. The real excitement of the evening came when someone spotted a Florida black bear roaming through
the campground! We kept a respectable distance, of course!
GOOD SAM SEAHORSES
Another lovely December campout (11 rigs, 24 happy campers) was held at Sun ’N’ Fun in Sarasota! We started
out Friday morning feasting at the Amish Restaurant’s all-you-can-eat buffet, so good! Friday night we went to
an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet restaurant; I don’t think they made any profit on us! We held our annual
Christmas dinner (thanks to Karen Glas who baked the ham and Fran Bissell the pork tenderloin). The table was
beautifully decorated. We held our $1gift exchange, sang Christmas carols and talked about enjoyable past
Christmas memories – humorous and sentimental. Our new officers were installed. Outgoing President Walter
Smith thanked all the officers for their help and faithfulness to the Chapter. He also encouraged everyone to
support our new president Fritz and the other new officers to make our Chapter grow and to prosper for future
We were back at Little Willies Campground for our annual Christmas party. Eileen Scheid and Linda Reuss
helped put it all together. We enjoyed decorating with what we had in our rigs and using red tissue paper, cotton,
etc to make Santa outfits. Our newsletter is an extremely important entity of the chapter. In addition to being
informative, and humorous, it keeps all members aware of the chapter activities. ASD Bob Louis installed our new
There were 15 rigs at our January campout. We discussed plans for the garage sale. Beanbag baseball game
was set up and all enjoyed playing.
January outing was held at Okeechobee Landings resort and hosted by Bylsmas’s and Primozic’s with 18 rigs
attending. The campground treated us very well with private use of the clubhouse and nearby campsites as we
were competing with Bass Busters Tourney for facilities. About half arrived Thursday and we visited until dinner
time. In the clubhouse, we played various card games. Friday started out nice and warm and we played bocce
ball, holey board and hillbilly golf. We decided to have happy hour at the screened in porch of the clubhouse
which was a great idea since it poured a heavy rain 30 minutes later. After dinner many joined in with the
February outing (20 rigs) was held at Glades Campground. It’s about 7 miles from Rte 27 on 80W. Thursday
was cool and sunny; mostly, we visited. Overall, the weather throughout the weekend was just beautiful; some of
us even got a little sunburn. Friday Jim Smith and Shirley Nairn started in on a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
featuring a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Two days and nights would go by before it was completed (many of us
tried to help). Some of us traveled to LaBelle to dine at the historic Ella’s and Flora Restaurant. On the way back,
we stopped at the locks at a Corp of Engineer‘s campground – three boats came through just as we got there.
Two foursomes played golf; for dinner, many of us enjoyed the fish fry at the golf course grill. Friday night we had
the antique clubhouse on the river to ourselves so we could play cards.
LAKE EOLA SAMS
We had ten rigs plus two guest rigs (prospective members) at our January campout. Thursday we played a new
outdoor game, very much like holey board, as well as wizard, dominoes and triominoes. A great time was had by
all. Most went to the Oakwood Restaurant in Leesburg for supper. Friday some went to Crisper’s for lunch.
Games were played in the afternoon with plenty of visiting and yarn telling before going to the Oakwood
Smokehouse in Clermont for supper. More inside games were played after supper.
The February campout was at Clerbrook in Clermont with nine rigs and one guest rig. We had great weather and
we used the porch off of the clubhouse. One day the women played holey board; as usual, we played a lot of
wizard. Friday we went to our favorite restaurant – Oakwood. Our hosts Jenova and Charles Holescher and
Joanne and Morris Durrance did a super job.
OCALA CENTRAL SAMS
In January several of us made the trek to the Tampa RV Show. Ted and Jody were there but busy working at the
show. We were surprised to find that the electric hookups so efficiently handled in the past were nowhere near
ready for us; a new contractor had been hired for the job but was unable to provide the service. Wisely, the
organizers of the show negotiated with the old contractor and electric hookups were set up before the day was
over. There was some rain that turned a few sites into lake front parking but fortunately did not swamp any of us
or dampen our spirits. As usual there were a great many vendors of 1000s of new RVs of all sizes to inspect.
In February we were at Olde Mill Stream. We are grateful for the near perfect weather. There was a really good
turnout with 14 people as earlybirds. Nine more people joined us later. We played card games and outdoor
games (what is bolo toss?) And, of course, we enjoyed conversation. Wednesday we ate at The Mason Jar with
cards and conversation accompanied by coffee and cake.
Twenty-eight members plus guests were at our November meeting. We gave money to the Metropolitan
Ministries and food donations to Immanuel Lutheran Church
Thirty two members were present at our December meeting. Donations were given to the Florida Dog Guides
and Dogs for the Deaf.
We had a great anniversary meeting at Fisheating Creek in Palmdale; and, as usual, we celebrated with a fine
dinner and good conversation. All but two members attended plus we had some guests who have aspirations of
becoming a Salty Sam. The weather was excellent for the whole week. Our dinner was at Dons Steak House in
LaBelle. During the day we played beanbag baseball, had campfires, went fishing and, as usual, a little nap time
during the afternoons.
We had 10 rigs at the Samboree in Orlando. It was a fun filled week and a rewarding one. We met new friends
and also reunited with old ones. We served donuts in the morning, played holey board, beanbag baseball, cards
Our January campout was in Old Town. We had a real nice time. Most of our activities were done inside because
of the weather. It was cold. Games and cards were played in the clubhouse. A wonderful potluck dinner was
served by Jim and Diana Bowman and Al and Pat Koralewsky. They did a beautiful job with decorations.
SOUTH FLORIDA SAMS
The December campout was held at LaBelle Woods Campground, LaBelle. The Christmas dinner was held on
Saturday night with the wagonmaster bringing turkey and stuffing and everyone else brought a dish. After dinner,
everyone participated in the Christmas gift exchange and received some great presents. Thursday night we
joined in the campground bingo. Friday everyone dined out at Flora & Ella’s in LaBelle. After the meeting
Saturday, the new officers for 2008 were given the oath of office by ASDs Caroline Swinea and Bob Banasack.
The January campout was held at the Marina campground, Moorehaven. Henry and June Fuller were the
wagonmasters and we want to applaud them for doing an outstanding job. The campground served breakfasts
and dinners so many of us ate there. Saturday the Fullers hosted a BBQ dinner and everyone brought a potluck
dish. We had some great dishes as usual. Friday night the campground had some local area musicians play
instruments and sing country and bluegrass music – very enjoyable!! We also played some games.
An unofficial campout was held in February at the Glades RV Resort, Moorehaven, with six rigs attending. Friday
everyone dined out at Flora & Ella’s in LaBelle; Saturday it was potluck. There was rain Friday afternoon but it
didn’t spoil anyone’s fun. All in all everyone had an enjoyable time.
Three couples attended the Dunnellon Samboree. They had hard rain Thursday and Friday nights. Some
activities were rained out. The entertainment was good and the dinner was very good. Rosemary Bates gave a
seminar on things to know and do when losing a spouse.
ST. JOHNS PAL-A-TAKA GOOD SAMS
The February campout was held at Pacetti’s Campground, Orangedale, with six rigs plus guests and two drive-
ins. Friday night was wonderful salad night; there were some great ones this month. We had dinner and later
played cards under the pavilion. Saturday was a wonderful ham dinner. We played bocci ball, holey board and
The January campout was held at Pecan Park RV Park in Jacksonville with four rigs and one drive-in. The
Getaway Sams were also at Pecan Park for their campout. The weather was ok until Thursday when it turned
misty. The mist was only a taste of the weather to come for the weekend. Saturday we were invited to a potluck
supper with Getaway Sams. We visited the flea market and RV store next to the park.
SUWANNEE RIVER GOOD SAMS
We had six rigs at Casey Jones in January; since we only have 20 members that was pretty good. The weather
was great for sitting out and enjoying the fresh air and good company. The Wheelers hosted and had chili with
go-alongs on Thursday; by Friday lunch it was all gone. The men beat the ladies most of the weekend in hand
SUWANNEE VALLEY SAMS
`We had 11 members at our Christmas party which was held at the Telford Hotel in White Springs. We missed
those who were unable to attend because of illness. The weekend’s weather at Oaks ‘n’ Pines was perfect and we
held our meeting outdoors in the beautiful sunshine. We turned in our gifts and canned goods for our annual
holiday baskets for families in need in our community. The Petersons generously agreed to sort and deliver our
donations as they have done for the past eleven seasons.
If you weren’t with our five rigs and one visitor rig at our last campout, you missed a fun time! The weather was a
bit cool, but we managed to visit Travel Country RV and the Lake Park flea market. Cheri had chili for us Friday
and a breakfast pie Saturday. Best of all, we had the seafood buffet at Old Times Family Buffet in Valdosta!
TRAIL BLAZING SAMS
Our December meeting was held at Rally Park in Seffner with 19 rigs and three guests attending. Rally Park was
very busy at this time of the year but what a great place to hold a campout. Our hosts treated us to a delicious
ham and pasta dinner Friday followed by a Karaoke singalong. Saturday’s dinner was catered by Pop Pop Pete’s
BBQ. After dinner we sang Xmas carols accompanied on the keyboard by maestro DuBose, ending with our
rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Later we all got in a big circle and exchanged gifts. Several letters
acknowledging our recent contributions have been received; our gifts of money, goods and services are very
much appreciated by these organizations and the needy they serve. Christmas donations of $100 each have
been sent to Hospice Foundation of Florida Suncoast, Clearwater; Children’s Home Society of Florida, Tampa;
Joshua House, Tampa; and The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc., Tampa.
WUN WUN WUN
Our Christmas party at Bavarian Gardens was enjoyed by all. As usual Cal did a great job entertaining
everyone. He showed videos of past outings that brought back great memories. We also did our version of 12
Days of Christmas. Installation of officers was held.
Our January outing was a success with 10 rigs and some guests. Weather was great on Saturday but on Sunday
it was threatening to rain and we had to hold our meeting under a pavilion. (Webmaster’s note: Loved that picture
of all the children – future Good Samers I bet!)
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