Friday, November 22, 2019

Christmas Rally 2019 Update

Dogwood Christmas Rally – December, 2019
Schedule of Events:

Thursday, December 5 (pre-rally)
5:00 pm Social hour on the patio behind the office.  Americamps provides free dinner for everyone staying in the campground so we can move inside to eat.

Friday, December 6
5:00 pm Happy hour in the room adjacent to the office.  Last names beginning with A-M, please bring a light appetizer to share.  Jim Buelow will be raffling some exciting prizes!  

6:00 pm   Dinner of fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, biscuits, and dessert provided by hosts.  Bring your own drinks, plates, and utensils.
7:00 pm Option A)  Outing to Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights.  Nightly hours from 5-10 pm. Non-member tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (55+), and $8 for children (3-12).  Carpooling encouraged – leave from the room where we have dinner. See Dale Robison prior to dinner to give her the entrance fee and she’ll purchase all the tickets for those who choose to go in order to make the entrance much smoother and easier to manage.

Directions:  Head south on State Route 809 towards State Route 1259.  .3 miles, turn right on State Route 1261. 1.3 miles, turn right onto VA-656 west.  .4 miles, use the right lane to take the ramp to I-95 south. 3.2 miles, take exit 83B to merge onto Parham Road (VA-73 W/E).  .5 miles, use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Brook Road (US-1 south). .9 miles, turn right onto Lakeside Avenue. Lewis Ginter is .8 miles on the right.  Address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228

Option B)  For those who choose not to visit Lewis Ginter, we will play card bingo, with fun and fabulous prizes!  Remain in the same room where we had dinner and join your hosts, Patty and Henry Kuiken.

Saturday, December 7
9:00 am    Note that from 8 to 9am, Americamps serves free waffles and coffee to everyone staying at the campground so feel free to partake.  Dogwoods will have the room at 9:00 and the campground will stay an extra 30 minutes to prepare waffles for us. Your hosts will provide:  Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown casserole, biscuits, fruit and juice. Bring your own plates and utensils.  

10:00 am   Business meeting to include rally planning for 2020.  Please bring your thoughts on rally locations, rally activities, and a willingness to host a rally for 2020.  
Immediately following the business meeting OR Saturday evening, we will gather for a group photo in our Dogwood apparel.  (Paul Cummings will announce the time and place Friday night.)

1:00 pm Demonstration/lesson by Andrea Monaghan on putting together travel picture albums, using an on-line program.  If you’d like to bring your laptop or phone, Andrea can do a working session or you can just listen for some great ideas.   I understand Andrea presented this at the rally in November and it was so well-received, we decided to ask her for an encore! 

Just UGLY Wilt Greenwood
4:30 pm Social hour and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. 
Last names beginning with N-Z, please bring a light appetizer to share and wear your most “fashionable” Christmas apparel.  50/50 raffle will be held!

5:30 pm Dinner provided by your hosts:  spaghetti, vegetable, bread, salad, dessert.  Bring your own plates, utensils and beverages.  

6:30 pm The ever-popular Yankee Swap!  Please bring a wrapped gift per coach, valued at $25 to participate.  Laughter and mayhem are sure to ensue!  

Sunday, December 8
9:00 am Continental breakfast of Danishes, muffins, and fruit, provided by the hosts,   Bring your own plates and utensils. Coffee provided by Americamps for all staying there.

The Gourmands have tentative plans for dinner for those who plan to stay over Sunday night. 
Anyone is welcome to join them – you don’t have to be a member.
Thank you so much for participating!  We hope you have an enjoyable time!

Reid and Jenny, Jim and Susan, Dale and Robi, Patty and Henry 

Jim & Susan Buelow
Wilt & Barbara Greenwood
Robi & Dale Robison
Reid, Jenny, Ethan & Caleb Saul
Patty & Henry Kuiken
Buck & Linda Buchanan (Saturday night only)
Ed & Jean Herbert
Marion Cockrell & Dale
Kenneth & Marsha Thorpe
Rob & Donna Hill
Robert & Nancy Greene
Dave & Nanette Meyer
Ed & Connie Tilman
Paul Cummings
Jim & Mary Hunter
Clint & Pat Allen
Berkley & Karen Alexander
Roger & Andrea Monaghan (Saturday Only)
Dan Moore & Flow

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

President's Message October 2019

Presidents Message by Jim Buelow    October, 2019
Jim and Rich making Wine

Hello Dogwood Family, hope all is well with all of you. Susan and I are recently back from the Wine Rally at Shenandoah Crossing followed by the Penn Coachmen/Dogwood combined Rally at Harper’s Ferry, and we had a great time at both rallies. Thanks to our hosts and to all who attended and assisted. More on these rallies under Rally Master article. 
Now for some Dogwood business. Many of the items we need to cover are included in other articles in this newsletter, so my message will be brief. Please take the time to read and enjoy the articles and thanks again to Paul Cummings for producing a great newsletter.
As we near the end of 2019, we still have two rallies coming up. Urbanna Oyster Festival on October 31 to November 3, and the Christmas Rally at Americamps on December 5-8. More info under Rally Master Report. Please join us.
During the Christmas Rally we have several administrative items to take care of. The annual audit of our Treasurer is due, and we need 3 volunteers to act as an Audit Committee. This is not a difficult task and only takes about an hour. Please contact me if you are willing to sign up. I would also like to meet with the Executive Board on Friday for a short meeting, and following that, a meeting with Paul Cummings, Pat Allen, and Jean Herbert to do a membership reconciliation
And as is usual at our Christmas Rally, we plan rallies for the upcoming year. Please bring your ideas on locations, dates, activities, and a willingness to host or co host a rally for 2020. It takes a little work, but it is not painful, and it’s very satisfying to see it all come together. Let’s “GET ER DONE”.
Hope to see you at Urbanna or Americamps and thanks for all you do.
Regards and SAFE travels

Treasurer's Report October 2019

  Treasurer’s Report by Pat Allen     October 2019
      Pat Allen

The balance in the Dogwood Treasury as of October, 2019 is $3,210.15

IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogwood dues for 2020 are due by January 1, 2020. Dues beginning in 2020 are $15.00 per year.

Please pay your dues at the December Christmas Rally or make a check payable to Dogwood, and send to:
Pat Allen
9507 Lakewater Court
Henrico, VA 23229

Thank you,

Rally Report October 2019

Rally Master Comments by Reid Saul   10.19 
Bluegrass Music Festival May 2019

The year is almost over!  Where does the time go?  We've had a fun year with numerous rallies.  Please put on your thinking caps for next year and consider hosting a rally in 2020.  Thanks to all who have helped host, as well as those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes! 

Upcoming Rallies

November 1-3:  Urbanna Oyster Festival, 
Thank you, Ed Fisher, Host

Hosted by Berkley and Karen Alexander.  Please contact them to see if spaces are still available. or 804-754-1308.

December 6-8:  Christmas Rally

Hosted by: Reid and Jenny Saul, Jim and Susan Buelow, Patti and Henry Kuiken, and Robi and Dale Robison. 
Although the rally doesn’t officially begin until the 6th, many members will arrive on the 5th. For those that do, we may have an informal gathering, and the campground provides a free dinner on Thursday nights for those staying in the campground.

Location: Americamps Campground
                  11322 Air Park Road
                  Ashland, VA 23005
                  804 798-5298  
We have 30 sites reserved for Dogwood. Please make your own reservations with the campground. Tell them you are with Dogwood. Our group rate is $50.00 per night plus tax. Cutoff date for reservations is November 15, 2019.

Rally Fees: Rally fees will be $20.00 per adult and $10.00 per children.

Tentative Schedule:       
Note:  We plan on doing a food drive at the rally for the local food bank. More to come later on this.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:00 p.m.   Informal get together and free dinner on campground.     

Friday, Dec 6, 5:00 p.m.  Social hour and full dinner provided by hosts. Last names beginning with A-M; please bring a light appetizer to share. A group game or activity will be planned for after dinner.

Saturday, Dec 7, 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast provided by your hosts.

Saturday, Dec 7, 10:00 a.m. Business meeting to include rally planning for 2020. Please bring your thoughts on rally locations, rally activities and a willingness to host a rally for 2020. Let’s make 2020 a great year for rallies.
Note: Possibly a group activity on Saturday afternoon. 

Saturday, Dec 7, 4:30 p.m. Social hour, last names beginning with N-Z, please bring a light appetizer to share.

Saturday, Dec 7, 5:30 p.m. Full dinner provided by your hosts.

Saturday, Dec 7, 6:30 p.m. Yankee swap game. Please bring a wrapped gift per coach, valued at $25.00 to participate, and be prepared to laugh and have fun.

Sunday, Dec 8, 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and rally wrap up.

Registration Form:

Name(s) of attendees:

Number of adults times $20.00 =      _________     
Number of children times $10.00 =  _________                                                                                                                                             
Total enclosed =                                   _________

Please mail registration forms to: Reid Saul
                                                            2445 Bybee Road
                                                            Louisa, VA 23093
Cutoff date for registration is November 15, 2019.
Please join us for “FUN, FOOD, AND FRIENDSHIP at the last rally of 2019.     

Maine Rally Summary (Rich Bonewitz)

The Maine Rally was held August 28 through September 4, 2019 in Boothbay, ME. Many attendees arrived earlier and left later. Hosts were Rich and Elle Bonewitz, and assisted by Berkley and Karen Alexander, and Fairleigh and Cil Schoolar. Attendees included the Alexander’s, Bonewitz’s, Buelow’s, Grove’s Hardett’s (guests), Pasetto’s, (guests), Schoolar’s, Sohles , Spain’s, and Tilman’s . 
The Passeto’s joined Dogwood at the rally. Welcome Rick and Marcella.
Rick & Marcella Passeto
The theme was “lobster, lobster, and more lobster”. And no one was disappointed. It was another great rendezvous. Shore Hills was super with their support of tables and chairs, and we finally found a flat area to accommodate all who were there. Thanks Jim and Susan for giving up your privacy.
A big shout out to Ed Tilman who kept everyone’s coach up and running. Add a thanks to Berkley for finding out why my TV air antenna didn’t work. It seems that the antenna was missing. No idea how it left the coach. And thanks to Bob Tiffin, we now have a new antenna.

And plans are to do it again next year. Tentative dates are August 28 to September 10, 2020. Again, it will be a shotgun start, so come when you can.Hope you enjoy the enclosed pictures. As they say, pictures speak louder than words.
Hope you can join us in 2020, and call me if you have any questions.
301 481-6003
Wine Rally Summary (Reid Saul)

The Wine Rally held October 11-13 at Shenandoah Crossings Resort in Gordonsville, Virginia, had a nice showing of 8 coaches.  The weather was perfect and the company was exceptional.  Some of the group had a wine tasting at Horton Vineyard and others shopped in the quaint town of Gordonsville. Dinner from the BBQ Exchange was yummy and the ghost tour was interesting, although no apparitions were spotted.  Thanks to all who attended!        
Harper’s Ferry Rally Summary (Jim Buelow)
A combined Penn Coachmen/Dogwood Rally was Held at Harper’s Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA in Harper’s Ferry, WV October 15-17, 2019, and attendees had a great time. There were a total of 48 people attending including 5 coaches and 10 people from our chapter. Dogwood attendees included the Buelow’s (and daughter Melissa Mitchell), Bonewitz’s, Chadwick’s, Paul Cummings, and the Pasetto’s. We also gained a new member at the rally. Welcome Brian McLarnon from Charles Town, WV.
Brian McLarnon Newest Member
We met new friends from the Penn Coachmen, toured the historic Harper’s Ferry area, visited wineries, played some fun games, had some delicious meals and of course enjoyed social time with new friends.
Phyllis and Eric Britz along with Sue and Gary Cipa from the Penn Coachmen did the majority of the planning to put this rally together and they did a super job.  Dogwood provided an Italian meal on Wednesday and Susan’s meat marinara sauce was a big hit. Thanks to all who assisted in making this a very memorable event.
We will definitely keep in touch with our Penn Coachmen friends, and have already discussed doing another combined rally. It was different and definitely fun
Hope to see you at a future rally in the near future, and thanks again for your support.
Reid, 804 539-7948 

Care Report October 2019

Care Person Report by Susan Buelow   October 2019

Hello Dogwood Family,
As you know Donald Warthan passed away on October 10, 2019 at the age of 79. He and wife Carol are charter members of our chapter, and made many friends during the 23 years they have been part of Dogwood. Donald was always willing to help fix whatever needed fixing on member coaches, and always had a story or joke to share. He was an outstanding picker and singer, and on many occasions over the years, he, whether it be alone, with others pickers, or with his Heritage Band, entertained the RV community, family, and friends, and he loved doing it. We will miss you Donald, Rest in Peace dear friend and “Play On”. 

A Memorial Service was held for Donald on October 19, 2019 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Charles City. Nine members from Dogwood attended, along with several hundred family members and friends. It was a beautiful service and the church provided a delicious meal after. A quote from Carol, “Not too many people get to sing at their own funeral, but Donald did”. And that he did, via one of his CD’s. And it was very touching.
We have been in touch with Carol, and she is getting along and taking things one day at a time. And don’t be surprised if you see her at Urbanna or the Christmas Rally. That’s Carol, and we hope to see her soon.
A card from Dogwood was sent to the Warthan family, and a donation in Donald’s honor is being made to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
Please keep the Warthan’s in your thoughts and prayers, and keep me informed if you know of someone in our family who is having problems.

Thank you and take care,
757 876-8673