Friday, February 13, 2009

President's Message

Greetings Dogwood Members,

Dogwood chapter has been successful as an organization for over ten years thanks in large part to the great group of people that make up the membership and work together to make our rallies enjoyable social experiences. At our last rally I was struck by the cooperation and volunteerism as we were talking about future activities. I've belonged to many organizations through the years and there have been very few that can even begin to compare to Dogwood in this respect. This makes me especially proud to serve as president. My hope is that I can provide the small amount of leadership needed for this group in a manner that’s transparent. I don't want to get in the way.

With this in mind, I'd like to share with you one area that I think we can all work on to improve the likelihood of continued success for Dogwood. Communications in the group have sometimes broken down when membership records were either out of date or members attempted to communicate with outdated membership lists. To avoid these issues in the future, we need to maintain and utilize accurate and up to date records of our membership on a consistent basis. I've asked Carolyn, my wife and Dogwoods Newsletter Editor to use some of her expertise gained from her previous work experience in the information systems field to devise and document procedures that we'll use to maintain membership records from this point forward. Carolyn will present the results at our next business meeting at the Fort Monroe rally in the spring. In the meantime, you should have already seen a first draft of the new membership directory. Additionally, my hope is that you'll all find the new method of delivering Dogwood news a step in the right direction. Be sure to check out the new membership photo directory that I've been working on for quite some time. If your picture is missing or you don't like the one included, feel free to send me one that you'd like to see included. I'll be glad to make updates.

Carolyn and I are currently in Texas where the weather has been pretty fair and there's an abundance of good beef BBQ and country music. Life is good! We look forward to seeing many of you at the spring rally. In the interim, we wish each of you safe travels and good times.


2009 Dues

It is time to pay your 2009 Dogwood Chapter dues.
  • Dues are $10 per year.
  • Make check payable to "Dogwood Chapter - FMCA".
  • Print and complete the membership form.
  • Mail to Barbara Dyke, Treasurer Dogwood - FMCA.

Dogwood's Spring Rally at Fort Monroe

Check out the 2009 Rally Schedule and mark your calendar accordingly.

April 17-19, 2009
Hosts – The Buelow’s, Duff’s, and Schoolar’s

Rally will be held in an open area with waterfront parking. We will be dry camping, but water, dump facilities, and portable restrooms are available. There is much to see in the area. Tour info provided at rally.

Passes to Fort Monroe are required, and will be issued at the gate. Pets are allowed, but firearms are not, unless checked at the gate. Drivers license, registration, proof of insurance, and a picture ID are required for all over 18 years of age.

The rally officially begins at 12 PM on Friday April 17. If you would like to come early, you may arrive anytime after 3 PM on April 16.

The rally is limited to 30 coaches. Please reserve early; deadline to register is April 1. Cost per coach is $55.00 if you arrive on April 16, and $50.00 if you arrive on April 17. Cost includes parking for your coach and tow car along with the following meals and snacks. Additional guests are $20.00 per person.

Fri. April 17
12PM Rally Begins
5PM Social Hour (BYOB)
6PM Full Dinner

Sat. April 18
8:00AM Coffee
8:30AM Full Breakfast
9:30AM Chapter Business Meeting
5PM Social Hour (BYOB)
6PM Full Dinner

Sun. April 19
8AM Coffee
9AM Continental Breakfast
12PM Rally Ends

Please provide your own plates, utensils, and drinks for meals and Social Hour.Coffee and juice will be provided for breakfast.

Registration Form for Dogwood Rally
Fort Monroe, Hampton Virginia
April 17 - 19, 2009

Please include the name of each individual attending for security list purposes.

Name ______________________________________________

Name ______________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________


Phone _______________________________________________

Arrival date: Friday or Thursday (circle one)

Amount Enclosed $_______________

Please enclose registration fee along with registration form. Includes site and rally cost. Make checks payable to James R. Buelow.

Mail to: James R. Buelow, 112 Don Juan Circle, Yorktown VA 23693

Directions to the Rally
  1. Travel to Hampton VA. using interstate 64.
  2. Take exit 268 in Hampton, and go to top of hill
  3. At top of hill, make a left turn onto east Mallory Street.
  4. Follow east Mallory Street to Mercury Blvd.
  5. Turn right onto Mercury Blvd. (rte 258).
  6. Follow Mercury Blvd to entrance to Fort Monroe, (stay in right lane).
  7. Stop at gate to get visitors pass.
  8. Follow McNair Dr. to stop sign.(McNair changes to Fenwick Rd. at stop sign).
  9. Follow Fenwick Rd along water and to campsites on left.
  10. Our rally will be on the right side of Fenwick just across from the campsites.


For any questions contact Jim or Susan Buelow
Home: 757-596-4648; Jim cell: 757-876-7399; Susan cell: 757-876-8907

Members and Guests who have registered for the rally as of March 29:

Allen, Clint & Pat
Baker, Alan & Linda
Buelow, James & Susan
Cummings, Paul & Nancy
Davis, Terry & Judy
Duff, Mann & Carolyn
Dyke, Bobby & Barbara
Ferebee, Bill & Rachel
Fisher, Ed & Anke
Greenwood, Wilt & Barbara
Gruel, Carl & Donna
Hicks, Max & Barbara
Hughes, Mel & Diane
King, Donald & Audrey
Luxton, Fred & Maxine
Martin, Mo & Shirley
Nolte, Tom & Marilyn
Register, Sandra
Schoolar, Fairleigh & Cil
Tew, Otho & Alice
Thomas, David & Bette
Warthan, Donald & Carol
Wayman, Don & Sheryl
Weigly, John & Susan


GEAR (The Greater Eastern Area Rally) will be held June 4 - 7 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond Virginia. Wilt & Barbara Greenwood are co-rally masters for this event.

Berkley & Karen Alexander are chairing the seminar monitor committee and are seeking volunteers. This volunteer will hand out evaluation forms before the seminar, collect the completed forms afterwards, and complete a seminar summary form (# attendees, presenter, topic, room etc.). Paul Cummings is chairing the motor coach exhibit. Contact the Greenwoods for other volunteer opportunities.

If you have not attended GEAR in the past, it is a lot of fun. In addition to the rally events (seminars, motor home exhibits, vendor exhibits, entertainment, etc.), Dogwood members enjoy socializing. Last year, in addition to the chapter happy hour hosted by the Alexanders, there were impromptu happy hours, pot luck dinners, dinners out, and more.

If you plan to attend GEAR, please send a note to Berkley needs to submit a list of volunteers to FMCA and said he would include everyone from Dogwood who plans to attend as he is sure you will volunteer to help out with at least one seminar. Being on the volunteer list will allow you to park in the volunteer area.

Click here to link to the FMCA to register for GEAR

Who plans to attend GEAR?
Wilt & Barbara Greenwood
Berkley & Karen Alexander
Paul & Nancy Cummings
Mann & Carolyn Duff
Eugene & Winnie Williams
Kenneth & Bernice Wyatt
Fairleigh & Cil Schoolar
Carl & Donna Gruel
Jim & Vicki Henry
Bill &Rachel Ferebee
James & Sunan Buelow
Bob & Carol Chuilli
James & Donna Venable

Member's Travels and Travel Plans

It is always fun to meet up with other members while you are traveling and to hear where other people have traveled. Send your travel plans to: and they will be posted here.

Who plans to be at the FMCA International Convention in Perry Georgia?
Wilt & Barbara Greenwood
Bill & Rachel Ferebee
Bill & Sandy Freed
Steve & Juday Czarsty
Larry & Mim Halstead
Ryland & Evelyn Watts

It appears that Florida is the winter destination of choice. The following members are either currently in or have been to Florida this winter:
Eugene & Winnie Williams have moved to Oxford Florida
Nick & Elizabeth DeMonte
Bill & Rachel Ferebee
Ed & Anke Fisher
Berkley & Karen Alexander
Vern & Margie Davis
Larry & Mim Halstead
Steve & Judy Czarsty
Carl & Donna Gruel
Donald & Carol Warthan
Wilt & Barbara Greenwood
Lynn & Betty Gray Faber
Ralph & Jean Plott

added after original distribution:
Ed & Connie Tillman
Ron & Robin Shubra
George & Carolyn Callahan
Kenneth & Bernice Wyatt
CJ & Patricia Seamster
James & Donna Venable

Nick and Elizabeth DeMonte are in Davenport Florida. Give them a call if you are in the Disney area. They wanted to let you know that Disney is celebrating this year. With the "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" offer, active and retired US military personnel, including active and retired members of the US Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists can enjoy complimentary multiday admission into the themeparks, plus additional special ticket offers for family members and friends. This offer goes to December 23, 2009.

Berkley and Karen Alexander are in the Tampa area. They attended the Southeast Area Rally at Brooksville where they had dinner with the Greenwoods. They ran into Donna and Carl Gruel at Mac Dill.

Larry and Mim Halstead are in Dade City Florida doing a Habitat for Humanity Build with RV Care A Vanners and are having a wonderful time working with a great group of people. They spent some time in Naples and plan to go to Perry then to Americus, Georgia for another build.

Steve and Judy Czarsty had dinner with Wilt and Barbara Greenwood and managed to get in a couple of geocaches. They attended the Southeast Area Rally and plan to rally with the Elks, Full Timers, and Monaco International prior to Perry. While at Perry Judy will be interviewed by the FMCA Nominating Committee for the position of Senior Vice President Following Perry they will host the 3T's chapter rally then head to Arkansas and Louisiana; to Cincinnati for the May meetings and the Great Lakes Area Rally (GLASS); then to Richmond for GEAR. Judy said they would love to hear from their Dogwood friends as "We were the founders of Dogwood and it has a very special place in our hearts".

Carl and Donna Gruel have spent some time at MacDill AFB (near Tampa). You never know who you will run into when you are RVing. Carl was in Walmart in Wachula and ran into Carol & Don Warthan....surprise! Nick and Betty DeMonte were kind enough to put them up overnight when they they arrived at Orlando Airport very late at night after a trip to Montana for their daughter's 50th birthday. They shared a few good laughs, a great breakfast cooked by Betty and then were on their way back to pick up their rig and continue on to their next adventure.

Donald and Carol Warthan had dinner with Donna and Carl Gruel in Wachula. They have stayed at Thousand Trails Peace River and Yeehaw Junction.

Wilt and Barbara Greenwood have been in Florida, attended the Southeast Area Rally, will be returning to Richmond for a short while, then back to Georgia for the Monaco pre-rally and Perry.

Mann and Carolyn Duff are in Texas visiting with Mann's daughter and her family in Houston and spending some time in the Thousand Trails campgrounds.

Member Concerns

Please keep the following members in your thoughts and prayers:

  • Jean Plott whose husband Ralph passed away on February 9. They were RVing in Florida when Ralph was hospitalized for pneumonia. Betty Gray Faber stated that Ralph will be buried in Pulaski, however, she thought there would be a memorial service in Richmond.
  • PLOTT, Ralph M., 80, of 8180 Redgate Lane, Mechanicsville, Va., died Monday, February 9, 2009 in the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Sebring, Fla. He was born in Norfolk, Va. on February 11, 1928 and was the son of the late Omar Adam Plott and Atchie Bradley Plott. He was a retired employee of C&P Telephone (now Verizon), a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in WWII and was a mason. Surviving are his wife, Jean Kirby Plott of Mechanicsville, Va.; and sister, Mary P. Pollay of Chesterfield, Va. A graveside service was held Saturday, February 14, 2009 from the Draper Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Draper, Va. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. from the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 6930 Cold Harbor Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., Pulaski, Va.
  • Susan Buelow whose father recently passed away.
  • Tom and Marilyn Nolte whose son is recovering from surgery and chemo and radiation treatments for a malignant brain tumor. Fortunately he is doing very well and did not loose any of his senses or motor abilities. He recently returned home and to his job.

Dogwood Directory

The current version of the Dogwood Directory is dated December 10, 2015 and was emailed to members on December 10, 2015.  To preserve member privacy, the actual directory is not available on the internet.  Since email addresses frequently change, it is strongly recommended that you delete all old email addresses from your address book and refer to your Dogwood Directory for the current email addresses.

Email fmca to request a copy of the Dogwood Directory or if there are changes to your information.

Dogwood Name Badges

Please wear a name badge at all Dogwood events.

If you would like a Dogwood name badge, you can order one from Mr. Ken's Badges and Signs using this order form.

Secretary's Report

Secretary minutes from December 6, 2008 meeting.

2009 - 2010 Officers

President: Mann Duff

1st Vice President (membership): Bill Ferebee

2nd Vice President (rallies): Sheryl Wayman

Secretary: Karen Alexander

Treasurer: Barbara Dyke

National Director: Ed Fisher

Alternate National Director: Pat Allen

Vice President of Communications: Carolyn Duff