Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dogwood 20TH Anniversary Rally Registration Information

by Jim  Buelow

A rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dogwood Chapter of FMCA will be held 3-5 June, 2016 at Rockahock Campground – 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa, VA 23089. As this is our 20th anniversary, we are inviting not only current Dogwood members, but also former members along with FMCA and Eastern Area Officers. On Saturday evening we will have a special program to commemorate our anniversary with special presentations and prizes. If you have any items or short stories from the past, please bring them along, and we will try to include them in the program. Please contact Jim Buelow, 757-876-7399 with any questions or ideas. Your hosts are the Buelows, Cummings, Hicks, and Sohles.

Campground Reservations: Make your reservations for the campground directly with Rockahock Campground at 1-804-966-8362. Please do not make your reservations online as it will confuse their system. Be sure to tell them you are with Dogwood to get a special 3 day rate of $99.00 plus tax for full hookup sites. Additional days will be $46.00 if you want to come before Thursday or stay after Sunday. A block of 40 contiguous sites has been reserved for us. Click here for campground's website for directions and additional information. 

NOTE: If are attending without a coach and are interested in staying at the campground, Rockahock does have yurts and cabins for rent. Call 1-804-966-8362 for information.

Rally fees are $22.50 per person and include dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Fees for individuals attending the rally without their coach or as a guest will be $10.00 per person for the Friday and /or Saturday night meals.  In addition, on Friday evening we will have entertainment provided by Donald Warthan’s HERITAGE Band, and on Saturday evening after dinner we will have a special program to commemorate our 20th anniversary. There will be a group picture taken at approximately 5:15 pm during Saturday's social our.  Everybody look pretty. 

Please bring your own beverages, plates and utensils to all meals.  

Thursday: Although the rally doesn’t officially begin until Friday, we expect many attendees to arrive on Thursday. We will have an informal Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. along with pot luck to follow. Please bring your favorite dish to share. For those wishing to have dinner out, there is a very good Italian restaurant on the campground and several restaurants close by.


4:30 p.m. – Social hour, bring your own beverages and a light snack to share.
6:00 p.m. Delicious Italian meal with all the trimmings along with desert.
After dinner, entertainment by the HERITAGE Blue Grass Band featuring our own Donald Warthan.


8:00 a.m.  Coffee
9:00 a.m. Full breakfast to include eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, biscuits, breads, juice, and coffee.
10:00 a.m.  Business meeting
4:30 p.m.  Social hour, please bring your own beverages and a light snack to share.
5:15 p.m. Group picture to be taken. Among other things, we hope to have this picture along with an article about Dogwood published in the FMCA magazine.
6:00 p.m. Catered pulled pork BBQ dinner with all the trimmings along with a special cake and ice cream.
After dinner. We will have a special program to commemorate our 20th anniversary. This will include presentations, a Dogwood video, some short stories about Dogwood, along with a raffle of some special items put together by your hosts.


8:00 a.m., Coffee
9:00 a.m., Breakfast to include biscuits and gravy, sausage, fruit, pastry, juice and coffee.  Rally will conclude after breakfast. Thanks for attending and safe travels.
Attendees as of 5/7: 
Alexander, Berkley and Karen                   
Allen, Clint and Pat
Barbeau, Michael and Cindy
Buchanan, Buck and Linda
Buelow, Jim and Susan
Chinery, Bob and June
Chuilli, Bob and Carol
Cockrell, Bill and Marion
Cohen, Gerry and Millie
Cummings, Paul and Nancy
Czarsty, Steve and Judy
Dyke, Bobby and Barbara
Fisher, Ed and Anke
Fisher, Sharon – Miller, Wes
Greene, Robert and Nancy
Greenwood, Wilt and Barbara
Hicks, Max and Barbara
Hill, Rob and Donna

Phillips, Ben and Pam
Reid, Dennis and Joyce
Saul, Reid, Jennifer, Ethan, Caleb
Schoolar, Fairleigh and Cil
Sohles, Steve and Sue
Tilman, Ed and Connie
Vreeland, Mike and Marcy
Warthan, Donald and Carol
Wynn, Amelia – Moore, Harry

Note: Cutoff Date for Registration is May 7TH, 2016. Please don't be late.

Names: _________________________________________

____  Number of people attending weekend event ($22.50 per person)

____  Number of people only attending Friday's dinner ($10 per person)

____  Number of people only attending Saturday's anniversary celebration dinner ($10 per person)

Amount Enclosed

If you are not a current Dogwood member, please include your email address and phone number so that we may contact you for rally updates.  

Make checks payable to and mail to:
Jim Buelow
112 Don Juan Circle
Tabb, VA 23693

757 876-7399    

Member Updates

* Welcome to new members Mike and Cindy Barbeau and to returning members Robert and Nancy Greene.

* Jim Buelow received the following email from Tom Nolte. Tom and Marilyn were very special Dogwood members. If you would like to send a note, their address is 151 Larkspar Lane, Weems VA 22576

Sent: 5/2/2016 6:28:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 20th Anniversary Dogwood Rally

Jim & Susan:
Thank you very much for the invitation.

Marilyn and I ENJOYED some of the happiest times in our lives with our coaches and especially with the Dogwood group. They, one and all, were a group of wonderful people. We miss the good times we had with them.

We will be unable to join with you at the 20th anniversary celebration, as Marilyn is under Hospice care and cannot travel.

We wish you “Fair winds at your back”, good health, and safe journeys


* Former Dogwood member Carson Christian passed away. Our condolences to Carolyn and the family. Carol and Donald Warthan attended the memorial service and saw several other former Dogwood members.

* Our condolences to Terry Davis on the loss of his father.

* Our condolences to Butch and Liz Jones on the loss of Roxie, a special 4 legged Dogwood member.