Saturday, June 12, 2010

President's Message

Greetings Dogwooders,

Carolyn and I just returned from Virginia International Raceway (VIR) where there was a small gathering of Dogwood Members for the Heacock Historic Races. For those that enjoy cars and racing, it was a nice albeit “hot hot hot” weekend. There’s probably a lesson here. Next time, I’m going to lead a delegation to speak with Mother Nature ahead of time.

There are two important things to be thinking about that will influence the continued success of our chapter. Both involve volunteering for the work that keeps the chapter healthy.

First, we need volunteers to host the Christmas rally. We all know that hosting this rally can be a lot of work at a busy time of the year. Perhaps you can volunteer to host a portion of the rally like one of the evening meals or two breakfasts, etc. If you’ve never hosted before, this would be the ideal opportunity to join with others to host this event.

Second, your nominating committee has started its work. Our chapter is made up of a diverse group with a variety of talents. This would be a good opportunity to give back to the chapter by volunteering your talent. Just make you wishes know to any of the members of the nominating committee.

Best regards to each of you. We look forward to seeing you at Rockahock.

Rockahock Rally

Dogwood's summer rally will be held August 6 - 8 at Rockahock Campground in Lanexa VA. Located on the Chickahominy River between Williamsburg and Richmond, the campground has full hookup sites and a pavilion for our group gatherings. Hosts for the rally are Bobby & Barbara Dyke and Terry & Judy Davis.

Campsite: Make your campsite reservation directly with Rockahock. Rates are $42.75 plus tax per night or $95 plus tax for a 3 day stay (several members plan to arrive on Thursday). Includes water, electric (30 & 50 amp) and sewer. Call Jody at 804-966-8362 or online at Mention that you are with Dogwood. Check out Rockahock's website Deadline for making reservation is July 16.

Rally fees are $20 per person and cover the meals listed below. Send check, payable to Barbara Dyke at 5325 Iron Bridge Road, Richmond VA 23234. Please register by July 16.

Schedule for the weekend:
5:00 pm Happy Hour. Snacks provided. Bring your own beverage.
6:00 Dinner. Cold cuts, cheese, tomato, lettuce, breads to make your own sandwich or cold plate.

9:00 am Breakfast. Salt herring, eggs, bacon, biscuits, coffee, juice

9:45 am (or when we finish breakfast) Business meeting
5:00 pm Happy Hour. Bring a snack to share.
6:00 pm Dinner BBQ ribs & chicken, garden salad, potato salad, beans, dessert

9:00 am Breakfast. Muffins, coffee, juice

Please bring your own beverage (unless noted provided), plate and utensils for all meals.

If you have any questions, call the Dykes or Davis.


The following people have signed up to attend the rally as of July 16:
Barbara and Bobby Dyke
Judy and Terry Davis
Shirley and Mo Martin
Carolyn and Mann Duff
Cil and Fairleigh Schoolar
Carol and Don Warthan
Joyce and Dennis Reid
Donna and Carl Gruel
Liz and Butch Jones
Anke and Ed Fisher
Karen and Berkley Alexander
Dian and Mel Hughes
Barbara and Max Hicks
Eileen and Bill Guttridge
Susan and Jim Buelow
Pat and Bubba Allen
Marilyn and Tom Nolte
Pat and Clarence Seamster
Paul and Nancy Cummings
Dan Moore
Bill and Rachel Ferebee
Fred and Maxine Luxton
Dickie Cannon
Benjamin Smith


Registration Form for Dogwood Rally Rockahock August 6-8, 2010

Names ______________________________________________

Number of people attending ____________

Amount Enclosed $_______________

Other 2010 Rallies

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Dogwood rallies. More information will be provided closer to the rally date.

August 11-14: FMCA International Convention in Redmond Oregon. If you will be attending and are able/willing to represent Dogwood at the National Director's meeting, please contact Ed Fisher or Mann Duff.

September 17-19: Country Waye RV Resort in Luray VA. Head to the mountains and kick off the fall season in scenic Luray. The campground has spacious sites with full hookups and a yurt for our group gatherings. Hosts: Fairleigh & Cil Schoolar and Butch & Liz Jones.
Country Waye web site

October 20 -24: GEAR in Winston-Salem NC. There will be a Dogwood happy hour one evening during the rally. If you are interested in volunteering at the rally, contact Max Hicks, for driving trams (golf carts) or Berkley Alexander for monitoring seminars.

November 5-6: Urbanna Oyster Festival. Ed Fisher's garage (and campground). Hosts: Berkley & Karen Alexander

December 3-5: Holiday Trav-L-Park Campground in Virginia Beach VA. We still need hosts for this rally. Please consider volunteering for at least one meal.

Highlights from the VIR Historic Races Rally

Six coaches attended the rally at Virginia International Raceway for the Heacock Classic Gold Historic races. Hosts for the rally were Mann & Carolyn Duff. The one word that best describes the weekend is HOT.

Throughout the weekend our hosts provided meals featuring hamburgers, French toast & eggs, and pork loin. I am not sure how much lemonade the group consumed - the Greenwoods arrived with a 5 gallon cooler of iced lemonade on Friday and the group replenished it several times throughout the weekend.

Several members (Wilt & Barbara Greenwood, Mann & Carolyn Duff and Jim Buelow) survived the Wilt Greenwood Driving Experience when Wilt drove us in his Hemi powered towed around the track at a breath taking pace.Those on board can attest to the power and speed of the of Wilt's "want to be" race car. Members watching from the infield observed for several laps that we rounded the corners on 2 wheels. Unfortunately the brakes weren't up to the task of fast laps and we finally exited the track with smoke billowing from failing brakes much to the relief those on board.

As usual at VIR, there was constant activity from early morning until late in the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our campsite was in the infield overlooking the track and in close proximity to the paddock where work to prepare cars for racing moved at a frantic pace. Those who are fascinated with cars had fun walking through the paddock, viewing the activity in the garages, and enjoying the activities in the pits. Even those who weren't all that interested in the racing found pleasure from the enjoyment of those who did. Photos of some of the weekends' activities are included here.

Member Updates

Several Dogwood members have had surgery or been under the weather in the past few months: It was good to see Susan Buelow, who is recovering from recent surgery, at the June rally and we were glad to hear that Connie Tillman, who was under the weather at the April rally, is feeling much better. Margie Davis is recovering from surgery and there are probably others who I don't know about. We wish everyone a speedy recovery and hope you are feeling better soon.

Membership: Dogwood currently has 59 members (52 whom have paid their 2010 dues). Dan & Fran Elkins and Don & Sheryl Wayman are not renewing their FMCA/Dogwood memberships. We wish them the best.

Tappahannock Rivahfest

Cil and Fairleigh Schoolar have extended an invitation to anyone interested in attending the Tappahannock Rivahfest on June 19th. If you would like, you can bring your motor home and dry camp at Fairleigh's shop which is just off of Rt 360 before you get to Bray's Fork. Or if you just want to come for the day, stop by for a visit.

For more information on the festival, check out
the festival website. If you are interesting in attending, please contact the Schoolars.