Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Presidents Message - July 2011

Greetings Dogwooders,

Independence Day has come and gone. My hope is that you celebrated heartily and continue to celebrate each and every day going forward. 

 Speaking of celebration, Dogwood celebrated its 15th anniversary at Rockahock June 24 - 26. Everyone had a great time and as usual enjoyed delicious meals and an abundance of camaraderie.  We were especially pleased to have present Dogwood charter members Steve & Judy Czarsty, Amelia Winn and Max & Barb Hicks.  Jerry and Millie Cohen were guests of honor.    Jerry, VP Eastern Area of EAMA , presented the Chapter a Certificate with a genuine gold embossed FMCA seal recognizing Dogwood's 15th anniversary as he read a message from Judy Czarsty, FMCA Sr. VP and Acting President. Notice if you will who is standing behind him.
Mann accepting FMCA Certificate on behalf of Dogwood
Images of both the certificate and the letter are included in the web site's photo section. The original documents will be retained in the Presidents files unless or until the chapter has a historian with an Archive file.

Elsewhere in eNews you'll find a report from Dogwood's audit committee. During the next few weeks, I'll review the various issues identified and will prepare a response which will very likely include some recommended changes to Dogwood's standing rules. I'll plan to call for discussion and a vote at Dogwood's next business meeting, probably in September. Notice will be sent prior to the meeting.

For those enjoying summer travels, make every mile a safe one.


International Convention at Madison

The FMCA International Convention will be held in Madison Wisconsin August 10-13. Richard Bonewitz is organizing a Dogwood caravan including activities prior to and after the convention.

You can join or leave the caravan at any point; the only request is that you let Richard know which legs you plan to participate in so that he can plan accordingly. Each participant is responsible for making his own reservations with the campgrounds.

The Dogwood caravan will be parking in a generator area at the convention. If you plan to caravan into the convention park with the Dogwood group, and did not receive your credentials before leaving home, your must pick up your credentials at will call before entry.

If you wish to participate in any of the caravan activities or have any questions, please contact Richard at 301-481-6003 or

Participants in the caravan include: Richard & Elle Bonewitz, Fairleigh & Cil Schoolar, Steve & Mary Hall, Dennis & Joyce Reid, Paul & Nancy Cummings, David & Jackie Gilbert,  Regis & Terry Johnston

Others who will be at Madison:  Steve & Judy Czarsty, Wilt & Barbara Greenwood, Berkley & Karen Alexander, Ed & Anke Fisher

Schedule for campgrounds and activities:

August 5 Overnight at Washington/Pittsburg SW KOA; Washington PA; 800-562-0254 (1 night)
Activities: 1700 cocktail party; bring an appetizer to share

August 6 Overnight at South Bend East KOA; Grainger IN; 574-277-1335 (2 nights)
Activities: Cocktails at 1700. Dinner on your own.

August 7 Overnight at South Bend East KOA; Grainger IN; 574-277-1335 (2 nights)
Activities: Tour RV Museum, visit RV Surplus stores, or visit College Football Hall of Fame and Notre Dame Campus. Finalize plans for caravan into Fairgrounds.

August 8-13 Madison FMCA Rally; Overnight at the convention park (6 nights)
Activities: Social schedule in planning stages. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The Eastern Gourmands are planning an outing on August 11. This would be a great event for our group.

August 14 Overnight Wisconsin Dells KOA; Wisconsin Dells WI; 800-254-4177 (2 nights)

August 15 Overnight Wisconsin Dells KOA; Wisconsin Dells WI; 800-254-4177 (2 nights)
Activities: Jet boat trip up the Wisconsin River.

August 16 Overnight Island Park Casino; Harris MI; 800-682-6040; $15.00 (1 night)

August 17 Overnight Tiki RV Park and Campground; St. Ignace MI; 888-859-4258 (2 nights)

August 18 Overnight Tiki RV Park and Campground; St. Ignace MI; 888-859-4258 (2 nights)
Activities: trip to Mackinac Island

August 19 Depart for home

    September Rally at Misty Mountain

    NEWS ALERT!!!!!!!  Change of plans for the September Rally.  The Tangier Boat dock no longer has decent camping anywhere in the area. So, let's enjoy a quiet weekend at Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Crozet, VA. September 16-18, 2011.  Your hosts for the weekend are Barbara & Bobby Dyke and Cil & Fairleigh Schoolar.

    Activities in the area include:  Bluegrass Festival at Humpback Rocks Pioneer Farm in Afton, Apple picking on Carter's Mountain, Afton Mountain Vineyards Vintage Celebration Party, Monticello and Jefferson Vineyards

    Campsite Reservations:  
    Make your campsite reservation with Misty Mountain Camp Resort 1-888-647-8900; be sure to mention you are with Dogwood Chapter FMCA.  The rate is $39.60 per night.  The deadline for making reservations is August 16.  For more information about the campground, click here to link to their website.  

    Rally fees for weekend are $20 per person to cover dinners for Friday and Saturday and breakfasts Saturday and Sunday.

    Friday evening :  Lasagna,salad, french bread, and ice cream sundaes.
    Saturday morning:  Scrambled eggs, sausage links, muffins, juice and coffee.
    Saturday evening:  Pork tenderloin, spanish rice, green bean, rolls, and pie.
    Sunday morning:  Continental breakfast.

    Bring your own beverages, plates, and utensils.

    Attendees (as of September 6): Barbara & Bobby Dyke, Cil & Fairleigh Schoolar, Judy & Terry Davis, Joyce & Dennis Reid, June & Bob Gausman, Carol & Don Warthan, Liz & Butch Jones, Carolyn & Mann Duff, Carl & Donna Gruel, Richard & Elle Bonewitz, Steve & Mary Hall, Steve & Sue Sohles, Fred & Maxine Luxton, Berkley & Karen Alexander, Paul & Nancy Cummings, Regis & Terrie Johnston, Patsy & Reggie Collins,  Pat & Clarence Seamster, Jim & Susan Buelow, Max & Barbara Hicks, Clint & Pat Allen


    DOGWOOD RALLY AT MISTY MOUNTAIN - September 16-18, 2011

    NAMES;  ____________________________________________

    __________________Number of people at $20 each

    __________________Amount enclosed

    Send check payable to Barbara Dyke, 5325 Iron Bridge Road, Richmond, Va. 23234

    Other Events for 2011

    Mark your calendars for the following Dogwood events.  More information will be provided closer to the event.

    October 19-22;   GEAR (Greater Eastern Area Rally) in Winston-Salem NC.  Once again Max Hicks is asking for volunteers to drive the trams (6 person golf carts) and Berkley Alexander is asking for volunteers to monitor seminars.  If you are interested in caravaning into and parking together at the Fairgrounds, please reply to

    November 4-6:  Multiple opportunities to enjoy some Dogwood fun. One group will be staying at Ed Fisher's garage in Urbanna to enjoy the Urbanna Oyster Festival activities.  Another group will be headed to Alton VA to attend the running of the historic races at Virginia International Raceway.

    December 2-4:  The Christmas rally will be held at Outdoor World in Williamsburg VA.  We are still looking for volunteers to host.

    Highlights from Rockahock Rally

    Sixteen coaches gathered at Rockhock for the celebration of Dogwood's 15th anniversary.  Hosts for the rally were Mann & Carolyn Duff and Fred & Maxine Luxton.  Click here to link to photos.  

    Those who arrived early on Thursday gathered for a covered dish bbq dinner.  The rally officially kicked off Friday evening with happy hour followed by a Taco Bar dinner.

    Saturday morning the men impressed the group once again with their culinary skills and an egg and sausage breakfast.  This group of men ceases to amaze me.  Mann asked the cooks to show up at 8 am; when I walked over at 7:30 they were all there ready to man their grills. A business meeting was held after breakfast.  

    Special guests for the weekend were Jerry Cohan, Central area VP of EAMA and his wife Millie. We were also glad to have Steve & Judy Czarsty join us for the day Saturday. Judy is currently the acting President of FMCA and a candidate for President in the upcoming election in Madison.  Saturday evening several more Dogwood members, Donald & Carol Warthan, Paul & Nancy Cummings, and Amelia Winn joined us.  We were glad to see Donald and Nancy recovering from their recent surgeries,

    Jerry Cohan presented the group with a 15th anniversary certificate.  We were fortunate to have several Dogwood charter members present:  Judy & Steve Czarsty, Amelia Winn and Max & Barbara Hicks.  Other Dogwood charter members who were not present include:  Buddy & Jean Franklin, Audrey & Donald King, and Ed & Connie Tilman.   

    We enjoyed a delicious beef tenderloin dinner prepared by the Luxtons followed by cake and ice cream to commemorate the event.

    During the weekend, some attendees managed to fit in some outlet shopping, others enjoyed bbq at Williamsburg's famous Pierces, and as usual, everyone enjoyed just sitting around the coaches and chatting with fellow members.

    Highlights from the Rolex Races at VIR

    A weekend at VIR provided a little something for everyone - from race cars to movie stars.  Despite miserable weather forecasts, there were only a couple showers which didn't dampen our spirits.  The sun shone brightly as the cars made their final laps for the big Grand Am race.

    We enjoyed dinners together at the Oak Tree Tavern and the coaches.

    The atmosphere at VIR is great.  You can walk in the paddock area to get a closer look at the cars and the race team members are always willing to talk to you.

    The highlight of the race weekend for the women was seeing Patrick Dempsey otherwise known as Dr. McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy.

    Business Reports

    A business meeting was held on Saturday June 25, 2011.  Click to link to the Secretary's report and to the Treasurer's report.

    Audit Committee Report - June 2011


    An audit of Dogwood's financial records was conducted on Sat. June 25, 2011 by Dogwood audit committee (Liz Jones, Cil Schoolar and Mo Martin). Our findings follow:

    Rally expense reports for three recent rallies are not in the files. Dogwoods standing rules require that rally hosts submit a report detailing income and expenses for each rally. The missing rally expense reports are:
    Nov 5 - 7, 2010 Urbana rally hosted by Alexander's
    Dec. 3 - 5, 2010 VA Beach rally hosted by Alexander's, Buelow's Cummings' and Hughes'  (treasurer's update:  this report had been misfiled and has been located) 
    May 12 - 15,2010 VIR rally hosted by Duff's.

    Missing rally expense reports should be located or created and added to the file to make the documentation complete. In accordance with standing rules, each rally expense report should be properly approved prior to filling in the Dogwood Treasurers records.

    The Bank statement dated Oct 29, 2010 has transactions with no explanation.

    The rally expense report for June 4 - 6, 2010 rally at VIR hosted by the Duffs includes cash refunds to participants with no receipts?? In accordance with standing rules, the excess funds should have been turned in to the Treasure not returned to the participants.

    The audit committee recommends that there should not be any cash transactions with out receipts. It is recommended that cash transactions be avoided to the greatest extent possible since they are very difficult to trace and may lead to increased opportunity for error and resulting misunderstandings.

    Procedural Suggestions
    All expense reports should include sufficient information to fully explain all expenditures. For example, instead of GEAR happy hour food, the report might say "food for GEAR happy hour to recruit prospective members and to meet with FMCA Officers".

    More complete explanations enable the audit committee and / or others to understand expenditures

    Rally Hosting-Fees and Refunds: Standing rules covering the subject of refunds to registrants who have paid but are unable to attend a rally leave lots of room for interpretation and possible misunderstandings. To correct this, it is suggested that standing rules be amended to establish a definitive cut off date for any request for refund. A cut off date to request a refund that is the same as the cutoff date for payment would enable hosts to complete planning and purchases with full knowledge of funds available to cover expenditures.

    Rally Expense Reports: It is recommended that standing rules be amended to make clear the requirement for rally hosts to submit a rally expense report even if there are no funds collected and no funds dispersed. This will make the record complete for the audit committee. It is also suggested that the VP Rallies provide a copy of standing rules and Rally Expense Report forms to rally hosts well in advance of rallies to facilitate record keeping.

    Accounting Records: Dogwood Treasurer Carolyn Duff is in the process of implementing the use of Quicken accounting software for maintenance of Dogwoods financial records. Dogwood should consider modifying standing rules to require the use of Quicken. Use of Quicken is recommended by FMCA. Standing rules should also include requirements for back up procedures for chapter records kept on magnetic media.

    With the exception of noted items above, the audit committee did not find any serious problems and we have made suggestions for some areas which could be handled better.

    Mo Martin

    Member Updates

    Welcome new members:  Fletcher & Yvonne Jessup, Lou & Patti Messa and Bill & Marion Cockrell.  Thanks to Liz & Butch Jones for recruiting the Jessups and Messas and to Fred & Maxine Luxton for recruiting the Cockrells.

    Members who did not renew their Dogwood memberships:  Lynn & Betty Gray Faber, Buddy & Jean Franklin, Sandra Register, Tom & Marilyn Nolte, Michael & Ann Foster, Bill & Donna Dennis and Ryland & Evelyn Watts.  Some of these folks were long time Dogwood members and have given up motor homing.  We wish them all the best and want them to know that they will be missed.

    Currently there are 48 paid Dogwood members.

    Marilyn and Tom Nolte celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

    Members who have had surgery or under the weather:  Donald Warthan, Max Hicks, Nancy Cummings, Connie Tilman, Otho Tew

    Nancy Cummings wrote " Paul and I would like to express our appreciation to everyone for the cards,  phone calls, well wishes and support during my recent double-knee replacement surgery.  It was great seeing everyone and look forward to Wisconsin and sharing with great friends.  Thanks ever so much."

    Carl Gruel wrote "Donna and I are back from our 6-week trip to Montana (via Aspen, CO to see son and family) -  we'll send you a summary of that trip with a few pix later.  What I wanted to send to you today was that you may remember we had a front tire blowout in late May, 2011 on our way back from Florida.  We got that all repaired and included 6 NEW Michelin tires as part of the repair.  The local shop where I got the tires did not have the equipment to spin balance 19.5-inch tires, so they added a balancing-powder to the tires.  Well, after 5,500+ miles, I can tell you-all that the balancing powder DOES NOT WORK!!!  the front tires had an out-of-balance vibration between 65 and 70MPH (at first), which had gotten down to between 59 and 70MPH by the time we got home.  We were sick of it!  I went back to the tire shop and they threw up their hands saying, there was nothing else they could do.  With help and advice from Bobby Dyke and Mo Martin, I have an appointment at Thurston Springs in Richmond on 7/15/11 to get the front tires spin balanced!  One of the requirements was that the tires be dismounted and the balancing-powder taken out - I just went back to the tire shop and had this chore done!  I'll let you and the membership know later how well that works out!"

    Evelyn Watts wrote "Just in case anyone is interested, we are selling our 2000 Winnebago Adventurer Motorhome.  It has about 37,000 milels, V-10 Triton Engine, 2 slides, ice maker, microwave, satellite system, entertainment center generator, back up camera, electric awning.  We also have lots of "stuff" to go with it - 2 big lounge chairs, 2 canvas chairs, and 4 plastic chairs, pullout on dash for computer and dressing table in bedroom for computer..  Queen bed in bedroom, couch queen bed, a grill, etc. etc!!!  :)"  If interested contact them at or 434-589-8570.

    Recipes from the Rockahock Rally

    Broccoli Salad (Maxine Luxton)
    Makes 9 servings of 1/2 cup each
    3 cups Broccoli florets chopped
    1/2 cup (2oz) shredded cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup golden raisins
    1/4 cup chopped red onion
    Dressing:  1/2 cup mayonnaise + 2 Tbsp sugar + 2 tsp lemon juice OR Marzetti's Cole Slaw Dressing 
    Cook and crumble 8 strips of bacon and add at the end.  

    Corn Salad (Liz Jones)
    2 cans white corn, drained
    1 can yellow corn, drained
    ¼ cup sweet onion, chopped
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 cup sour cream
    4 tbsp mayo
    1 tsp dry mustard
    2 tbsp vinegar
    Salt, pepper

    Combine all ingredients. Keeps several days in frig. Have substituted non fat sour cream and mayo and still good.

    Dried Beef & Horseradish Cheese Ball (Joyce Reid)
    3 Tbsp. Horseradish Sauce
    ½ cup Sour cream
    1 block Cream cheese, softened
    3Tbsp. Chopped onion
    1 cup Dried beef, chopped or crisp bacon
    2 cups Cheddar cheese, sharp

    Blend horseradish sauce, sour cream, cream cheese, and dried beef. Add cheddar cheese and form into a ball. If desired, crush pecans and sprinkle on outside of cheese ball. Garnish with olives and parsley and serve.

    Blueberry Squares (Karen Alexander)

    1 package angel food cake mix, about 14.5 ounces
    22 Ounce can of light blueberry pie filling

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Combine cake mix with blueberry filling (do not add any other ingredients). Pour batter into an ungreased 9X13 inch baking dish: bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into 24 pieces. Makes 24 servings.  
    Weight Watchers PointPlus values per serving: 2