SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
CITRUS COUNTY SAMS
The October campout, with sixteen rigs and a few drive-ins, enjoyed some beautiful, cooperative weather at the
Ocala Sun RV Resort. Barbara and Doc were the host/hostess along with Roma and Rod, who stepped in for
Carol and Bill due to health problems. Since this is the month for scary decorations, Roma and Rod had no
trouble in this category, as the club house was decorated in every nook and cranny. Friday afternoon
everyone gathered for those delicious and fattening snacks along with good conversation. Friday night cards
and table games were scheduled. Saturday morning more food with a pot luck breakfast and the usual chapter
meeting. At the meeting four (4) new couples were introduced ----- Jerry and Sophie ---- Kelly and Doris -----
Tom and Ruth ---- Joe and Lan. Outdoor games were scheduled in the afternoon with a Pot Luck dinner in the
evening followed by cards and table games. It is now time to focus on November and the Samboree.
Dogwood Sams returned to one of our favorite campgrounds this month: Lake Stone in northern Escambia
County. Nearly everyone arrived early on Thursday. We were still “enjoying” hot summer weather so we limited
our activities to finding a shady spot to sit and chat. One group traveled to the Wind Creek Casino Thursday
evening for the dinner buffet. Friday evening we celebrated birthdays of our members born in June - September
with birthday cake after supper. Sixteen member rigs and one guest rig attended. Members were reminded our
dues must be paid by our campout in November. A report on our visits to Ronald McDonald House during the
summer revealed we’d delivered 30 pounds of aluminum pull tabs. Several members also attended the grand
opening of the new House recently completed and reported it’s a beautiful, comfortable facility to be enjoyed by
the families who stay there. Following the meeting, the ladies made mini floral arrangements for residents at a
nearby nursing home. It was great to see so many ladies participating in this project. We created nearly 100
arrangements then delivered them to the nursing home residents. Saturday evening, Tommy Crutchfield, Bill
Kranz, and Lonnie Myers fired up their deep fryers and prepared fish, hush puppies, and French fries for our
dinner. Lots of delicious covered dishes were brought to accompany the seafood meal. If anyone left hungry, it’
s their own fault! Janie and Glen Shiver camped with us for the first time this month. They’ve been trying to fit in
a weekend campout with Dogwood Sams for several months. We’re glad they finally did and hope they return as
they’re a delightful couple and fit right in with our group. Dogwood Sams were sad to hear of the passing of
member Larry Abraham this summer. Larry had dealt with several health issues in the last year but seemed to
be on the mend. Our condolences go out to his wife, Louise Abraham, who has moved back to New York to be
near her family. Lois Crutchfield’s brother passed away in June. We express our sympathy for this loss to her
and her family. Four rigs, Blake, Braxton, Crutchfield, and Myers, attended Samborees in June in Michigan and
Wisconsin. Although the Crutchfields had to leave the group early, all reported having a great time in the far
north and thanked the State Directors and their staffs for their hospitality at both events. In addition, they
missed some of the hot weather we had here in Florida during that time.
Eleven member rigs and one visiting rig attended the Dogwood Sams’ October campout at Johnny’s RV Resort
near Foley, AL. This was our first visit to this location and all agreed we’d like to return in the future. Hot dogs,
shopping, and golf figured prominently in the Friday activities. Saturday morning’s breakfast was delicious, as
usual. Thanks to all the cooks for preparing such outstanding meals. Deadline for payment of next year’s dues
is our November campout. Dues are $7.00 per rig and must be accompanied by your Good Sam membership
number and expiration date. Lois Crutchfield announced we will provide supper for residents of Ronald
McDonald House on October 26th. The menu is ham, potato salad, other vegetables, and rolls. Sign up with
Lois to help with this meal. RMcD House residents really appreciate having a hot meal when they come in from
the hospital each day. At least nine Dogwood Sams rigs are signed up to attend the Florida Fall Samboree at
Wekiva Falls in November.
Following the meeting, auctioneer Larry Blake conducted a Chinese auction to raise funds for our treasury. As
usual, the bidding was lively and the competition fierce for some items. Thanks to everyone who bid and
congratulations to those who won “the good stuff.” Camping with us for the first time this month were the Huffs
from Beulah, FL. Joe is a volunteer fireman in his community. We didn’t have the opportunity to get to know his
wife too well but hope they’ll both join us for future campouts so we can get better acquainted. Bob and Dottie
Rance were missing this month due to medical problems. We send them a hearty get well wish and hope they’re
back with us soon.
The Sunset Ramblers held their September campout September 3-5 at the Grand Lake Golf and RV Resort in
Citra, FL. We held our campout along with our friends at North Florida Lifetime Sam’s. Between both chapters
we had 12 rigs present. As the weather was very warm we were glad we had a large air conditioned building to
gather in. We went out for dinner Friday night and then gathered at the building for an evening of visiting and
games. Saturday morning we gathered for a delicious breakfast put on by one of our chapter members. It was
delicious. We held our meeting early that afternoon. We quickly took care of business and enjoyed the
company of our state directors. We played cards until it was time to get ready for the potluck supper. The meat
was provided by two of our members and we lived up to the tradition of delicious food. That evening the
fellowship and games continued including a game of bean bag baseball. Sunday morning we said a fond
farewell to those not staying until Monday. Later that afternoon we gathered to work on our surprise for the
Goodie bags for the fall Samboree in Wekiva. Many hands made the project go quickly. The grill was lit and we
enjoyed bring our own meet to grill and a dish to share. Then the games continued including 7’s and joker.
Monday morning we packed up and got ready to go. We are looking forward to our next campout at Stephen
Foster State Park in October. 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 have been busy since our September campout. We had 4 rigs attend the fall Georgia
Samboree in Perry GA. We really enjoyed the Georgia hospitality. We also had 4 rigs attend the fall
Tennessee Samboree in East Ridge, TN which helped the state of Florida win the award for the most of state
rigs. Our October campout was held at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs, FL. We enjoy going on the
quilt show weekend. It is our tradition to go checkout the quilts. Breakfast cooked outside started off a beautiful
day on Saturday. We quickly moved on to our meeting and then on to a variety of things to keep us busy. We
ended the day with a group dinner followed by a campfire. It was fun to enjoy the togetherness that Good Sam’s
is known for. We are looking forward to our next gathering at the fall Florida Samboree at Wekiva Falls RV
Resort in Sorrento, FL. 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
Our first meeting after the summer break was held at Paradise Oaks Golf and RV Resort in Bushnell, Fl. What a
nice campground. Our chapters initial visit but for sure it will not be our last. Our hosts were the Voytons, better
known to everyone as Charlie and Linda. What a great job they did. They fed us well and organized the
weekend so that everyone had a good time.
We had 17 rigs present with 3 guests stopping by during the weekend. Our State Director Bob and Reba Ward
and ex- member Martha Lane spent some time with us.
During this campout several hundred items of school supplies were donated by our members for delivery to the
school children in the Hillsborough County School District. In addition ,Lap Robes and Afghans were made by
our members for delivery to the Hospice Centers in 3 Counties. Baby hats for new born babies were
alsocollected for delivery to Seven Rivers Women’s Center in Crystal River. Our Project Chairwomen, Lynne
Morneault and her ladies are doing a great job in making these items of comfort . October they will be
concentrating on items for our Veterans and the needy individuals and families served by ECHO.
Our October campout will be at Bay Bayou RV Resort in Tampa. Followed by the State Samboree in November
at Wekiva where we will have 17 members and 3 guests in attendance.
For our complete newsletter and other information about our chapter please visit our web site by going to Good
Sams of Florida.