Dogwood Good Sams returned to Wilderness RV Park in Robertsdale, AL, for the November 2010 campout.
Nearly the entire group arrived Thursday to get the weekend started early. We celebrated four birthdays at
dinner Friday evening.
Election of new officers was the top order of business and the following were elected to serve for the next two
Tommy Crutchfield, president, Lawrence Merino, VP, Kay Schoenherr, secretary
Roy Alsfeld, treasurer, Lonnie Myers, wagonmaster
Lois Crutchfield announced we’ll have our Christmas dinner Saturday night in December. See her to sign up for
one of the dishes. She also reported on the dinner we provided to Ronald McDonald House on October 26th.
Ten rigs delivered the meal. Although we didn’t serve the food and, therefore, didn’t have an opportunity to meet
any of the residents, the House management was most grateful for our participation in that program. Lois will
check on additional dates beginning in January when we can provide meals. Jackie Blake reported on the
Halloween party our group hosted for our special needs class at Westgate School in Pensacola on October 27th.
The holiday-themed games, snacks, & gifts were enjoyed by the ten students. Peggy and Robert Lee and Janie
and Glen Shiver joined us for their second campout. We enjoyed visiting with both these congenial couples and
look forward to their continuing association with our chapter. Get well wishes go out to Carol Braxton who
suffered a stroke November 5th. Although this is a serious illness, she was home while we were camping and we
received a good report of her condition via a phone call from Bill during our supper. He says they intend to be at
the Florida Winter Samboree the following week.
Dogwood Good Sams headed to Southwind RV Park in Magnolia Springs, AL, for our December Campout. The
monthly meeting was moved to Saturday evening before supper. Ten member rigs attended the meeting called to
order by Lame Duck President Bill Kranz. The main item of business this month was deciding which charities we
would support this year. Donna Myers told the group about a family in need with a father and three children. The
father was out of work and needed Christmas gifts for the children. After hearing about the situation, the chapter
decided to include the family in our funds distribution this year. Donna will take the money and buy the
appropriate gifts for the children. It was reported that Margie and Kent Henson had an accident while traveling
out of state and totaled their RV. They did sustain some injuries but it wasn’t clear how serious those were. Our
wishes for a quick recovery go out to Margie and Kent. The ladies reported they’d stuffed the stockings for our
adopted special needs class at Westgate School. The stockings were displayed and were overflowing with
goodies. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project. We’ll accompany Santa Claus and host the party
for the kids December 16th at 1 pm. Lois Crutchfield announced we would provide a supper to Ronald McDonald
House January 24th. We’ll prepare the food and deliver it by 5 pm that day. Following the meeting, we
celebrated the season with our traditional Christmas dinner. Thanks to all the good cooks for creating such a
Beautiful Jennings RV Resort welcomed nine Getaway Sammers on the 30th of December. One more came in on
the 31st, and Harriett and Jeanne drove up in the Saturn (with the one-eyed beans) about meeting time.
The weather was great, with the exception of some much needed rain which conveniently fell during the night. It
made sleeping easier, with the rain hitting the roof. .
We received bad news on Thursday evening when we were informed that Helen Paulin had been diagnosed with
cancer and given no more than a week to live. Friday morning, we received news that Helen had passed away.
This followed the news of less than two weeks ago that former member and founding father of our Chapter, Dick
Brodhead had passed away put a damper on our New Year’s festivities.
Sue, John, and helpers put on some great snacks, and good eats, and a good time was had by all over the
weekend. What the cost of it was, I don't know, and didn't ask, but I don't think anyone went home hungry.
The December meeting was called to order at 1003 on Friday, Sharon gave an invocation, Bob McKinley read the
purpose of the Getaway Sams, Happy Birthday was sung to Robert Roche, and Walt Clayton, who was
celebrating the big nine-oh. Thank you letters were posted from a few of our charities for anyone interested to
read, minutes, and treasurers report were given, audit committee's results were given, and any more business
was deferred in order to partakein the Installation of the new board for 2011. Assistant State Director Sharon
Bundy, in her usual outstanding way, installed Al Richardson as President, Carol Ring as Vice President, Esther
Eckhart as Secretary, and Sue Johnson as Treasurer. Installation ceremonies were followed by the formal
burning of our retired American flag. Later that evening, after supper, partying (card and joker playing that is)
continued into the evening, and at midnight the New Year, and the World Day of Peace were welcomed by those
who were still up reveling, and watching the balloon drop. A number of times Hank thanked those who had helped
him make it a good year for the Getaway Sams, and especially those who had participated in the various projects,
mostly the visits to the VA hospital.
Our December camp-out was held at Sun Lake RV Park in Ruskin, Fl. on Dec. 3rd to 5th. Present were 10 rigs
and 19 members. Rusty and Darla Wyar were Wagonmasters and they started out with a bang entertaining the
early birds with a hamburger cook-out. The brisk weather called for a warming camp-fire as everybody settled in
for a week-end of good times & fun.
Coffee sure hit the spot Friday morning when the temperature dropped below 50° but the sun warmed everybody
up eventually. Some of us played dominoes; others went looking for garage sales or just sat and enjoyed the
good company. Friday afternoon we gathered to wrap 47 Lap Robes our ladies made to be donated to the
Veteran's Hospital and Nursing homes. After that we had a delicious pot-luck repast with our Happy Hour followed
by more games. Our Meeting on Saturday Afternoon was shared with 2 guest couples, Elsa and Pete Peterson
from Sun City and Marsha and Dick Marshall from Sun City Center. After that some of us helped Darla decorate
the hall for our Christmas Dinner and Party. The Wyars provided Ham and Turkey while everybody else pitched
in with all the trimmings. What fun it was afterwards
when we exchanged gifts with the Yankee Swap. The highlight of the evening was the appearance of Mr. & Mrs.
Claus played by Dick and Kathy Brassard who then passed out gifts to all.
Sunday morning we had our coffee and sweets and then headed for home carrying some warm memories of
another week-end with our good friends. Thanks to the Wyars for the excellent job they did as Wagonmasters!
The Sunset Ramblers had 8 of our 10 rigs at the Florida fall Samboree at Wekiva Falls RV in Sorrento, Fl. We all
belong to other chapters as well as Sunset Rambles and enjoyed the opportunity to visit with everyone. We
enjoyed the many nights of entertainment and Samgo. We had a potluck group supper on Thursday night. We
attended state and various chapter meetings. We participated in games, the craft show and flea market. We
held a 50/50 raffle for our charities and raised $90 for charity and $90 for the winner. We ate hot dogs, ice cream
and the catered dinner. We really enjoyed the Samboree and loved the food, fun and fellowship. We are looking
forward to our next gathering at Pecan Park RV in Jacksonville in December. Everyone is always welcome to
come and visit with us. We would love to visit for the day or camp with you for the weekend. Please give Leo
Nadeau a call at 904-771-2762 to join us as we gather for food, fun and fellowship.
The Sunset Ramblers had 5 of our 10 rigs at the December campout at Pecan Park in Jacksonville FL. We had a
typical Good Sam’s chapter outing. We gathered and went out to supper on Friday evening. We enjoyed
breakfast Saturday morning before journeying to the flea market next to the campground. We gathered again in
the late afternoon for a fabulous Christmas meal. It was great to see our current members and even some of our
honorary members. We enjoyed the weekend of food, fun, fellowship, and food. We are looking forward to our
next gathering at Lake Bryant in January. Everyone is always welcome to come and visit with us. We would love
to visit for the day or camp with you for the weekend. Please give Leo Nadeau a call at 904-771-2762 to join us
as we gather for food, fun and fellowship.
TRAIL BLAZING SAMS
Just back from the Fall Samboree in Sorrento. What a nice event it was. A beautiful country setting removed
from the hustle of modern civilization. A country setting brings with it a side of nature we don’t see every day.
Warning signs about bears greeted us upon arrival. We didn’t see any but we did see signs that they had visited
our campground. A large bobcat was seen by many basking in the sun along the pond.
Two honors were bestowed on our Chapter this year. We won second place in the newspaper contest and the
biggest honor was when we were announced as the 2010 Chapter of the Year. An honor that we all are very
As with most Samborees our Chapter was very busy with indoor games, bocchi ball, selling water and hot
chocolate at all the events , the flea market and the craft show. We had three entrant in the Dog Walk and Dog
Custom contest. Money was raised and donated to the Florida Guide D
ogs for the Deaf.
Our new slate of Officers were inducted by our ASD Liz and Mike Abrams. There term starts with the next meeting
At this Samboree we had some really good entertainment. Two very talented artist kept us entertained by a
variety of songs on Wednesday and Saturday night. Friday the State Staff presented their version of “ Let’s
make a deal”. Some deals were better than others but everyone had a good time and there were a lot of laughs.
The above is a very brief version of our newsletter which can be found by visiting our website.
Our Christmas campout was held December 10-12th at Frog Creek Campground in Palmetto, Florida. 18 rigs
and 1 drive-in attended and brought presents to be exchange as well as 2 new unwrapped toy for the Toys for
Tots program run by the Marine Corps Reserve.
Our hostess Pat Coman provided the meals and was assisted throughout the campout by Boill and Joan Conway.
The staff and management at Frog Creek were just fantastic and helped make our weekend very enjoyable. This
season is always so special and is especially nice when you can spend these days with your family and friends.
Our full newsletter is on our web site located at: www.tbsams.webs.com Web News. Check us out.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER