Monday, June 20, 2016

President's Message June 2016

President's Message, June 14, 2016 

Another successful Rally - special thanks to the Buelows, Cummings, Sohles and Hicks, Donald Warthan and the Heritage Band.
It was a pleasure to honor Dogwood's  charter members; its founders, The Czarstys, welcome FMCA officers the Cohens and Mallorys. I am proud to announce that there was talk of several of our former members rejoining. Welcome our newest members Michael and Cindy Barbeau.
Thanks to our members who have agreed to fill the ballot for the Dogwood officers for 2017-
2018. A voting ballot will be sent to each of our Dogwood members shortly, once you have received the ballot please vote and return promptly, so Dogwood will have time to get our officers names entered in the FMCA magazine.

Our nominees are:
Jim Buelow, President:
Pat Allen, VP Membership/treasurer:
Paul Cummings, VP Communications:
Pam Phillips, Secretary:
Donna Hill, VP Rally Master.
National Director: Ed Fisher,
Alternate Nat. Director: Rich Bonewitz. 

Our next scheduled  rally will be July 15-17 in Gordonsville, PA followed by Myrtle Beach in September, check the newsletter for additional  information.

James "Buck" Buchanan
President  FMCA Dogwood Chapter

Dogwood 20th Rally Highlights by Jim Buelow

Dogwood 20th Anniversary Rally Highlights

The 20th Anniversary Dogwood Rally was held 3-5 June, 2016 at Rockahock Campground in Lanexa, VA. The hosts for this rally were the Buelow’s, Cummings, Hicks, and Sohles. A total of 69 former, current and new members, along with invited guests attended the rally to include EAMA officers Bill Mallory, Garnetta Mallory, Jerry Cohen and wife Millie, along with Berkley Alexander and wife Karen. Former members attending included Bob and Carol Chuilli, Robert and Nancy Greene, Bill and Rachel Ferebee, and Amelia Wynne. Welcome new members Mike and Cindy Barbeau.

Although the rally didn’t officially begin until Friday, many attendees arrived on Thursday, and as they arrived, Dogwood goody bags which included special 20th Anniversary Dogwood pins were distributed. As Dogwooders do, we got together for an informal social hour and potluck. As usual, food was plentiful, and after several hours of fun and friendship, we called it a night.

Friday social hour included a 1 hour presentation and raffle by Danielle McMillian from Pilot Flying J. Danielle briefed our group on current and future plans of PilotFlying J to better serve the RV community and also solicited inputs and suggestions from attendees. A very informative presentation was made by Danielle, along with free travel guides and gift cards from Pilot Flying J. Prior to dinner; our 20th Anniversary Dogwood banner was unveiled to the crowd. Dinner included a delicious Italian meal of marinara sauce, meat balls, pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. No one left hungry. After dinner we were entertained by none other than our own Donald Warthan and the Heritage Bluegrass Band. Many thanks to the Warthan’s and Heritage for a fun filled performance.
Saturday morning included a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, grits, fruit, breads, and beverages. Breakfast was followed by a business meeting at which a full slate of officers for the 2017-2018 election were nominated.

Saturday social hour included a group picture (imagine trying to get 60 people to stand still and keep quiet for a picture after socializing for over an hour.) All went well. Dinner included pork BBQ and all the trimmings along with a 20thAnniversary Dogwood cake and ice cream.

After dinner there was a program to commemorate our 20th Anniversary with Dogwood President Buck Buchanan as the MC. The program included presentation of a Dogwood Certificate, and founding member pins to Steve and Judy Czarsty, the founders of our chapter in June of 1996. Charter member pins were also presented to Steve and Judy, along with Bob and Carol Chuilli , Max and Barbara Hicks, Ed and Connie Tilman, and Amelia Wynne. Next to come was the presentation by Bill Mallory of a 20th Anniversary Certificate from FMCA. Without a doubt, the hit of the program was a 16 minute video produced by Paul Cummings. It included pictures, documents and comments covering Dogwood from its inception to present. There were lots of ooh’s, aah’s, laughs and a big hand when it was over. (Thank you Paul.)

Following the Videothe Sohles oversaw a raffle to give away the many great items that they were able to put together for the raffle and goody bags. (Thank you Steve and Sue.) Of special mention was the Dogwood afghan handcrafted by Susan Buelow, along with the Dogwood themed cross stitch and the beautiful Dogwood centerpieces hand-crafted by Nancy Cummings. (Thank you Susan and Nancy.) The raffle concluded the program and a very fun filled evening.

Sunday morning included a heavy continental breakfast and farewells as members prepared to pack up and move out of rain soaked camp sites from a down pour the previous evening.
Many thanks to all who attended this rally, to those who contributed to its success, and special thanks to the Buelow’s, Cummings, Hicks, and Sohles for hosting a very memorable event.

Click here to see 60 pictures taken at the 20th Rally. 

VP Rallies Report June 2016

After a "long" winter, things came alive at Rockahock June 3 -5 with our 20th anniversary celebration.
the whole weekend was outstanding. Our hosts the Buelows,Cummings,Hicks and Sohles worked really hard on this event and it proved to be a huge success. Thank you to all of you and everyone else that had a part in making it a huge, fun filled weekend.
It was really nice to see Bobby and Barbara Dyke at our 20th anniversary. Bobby looks really great. Continue to remember the Dyke family in your prayers.
Just a few reminders:
July 15-17 rallly at Country Crossroads
                           Gordonville, Pa
Aug. 3-7   FMCA National rally
               Springfield, Mass.
Sept 20-25 Pirateland campground
                 Myrtle Beach, SC         If you have not made your reservations to go, don't delay, you wont want to miss it!!
Oct. 7-9 Greater eastern area rally (GEAR)
             Lewisburg, W. Virginia
Nov. 4-6  Oyster Festival
               Urbanna , Va.
Dec. 2-4 Christmas Rally
              Americamps RV Resort
              Ashland, Va
Happy Camping and be safe
VP Rallies

Secretary Report June 3, 2016 Dogwood Chapter

Secretary's Report June 3, 2016 Business Meeting 

The business meeting for the 20th Anniversary Dogwood Rally held at Rockahock Campground was called to order on 6/4/16 at 10:05 a.m by President Buck Buchanan.  Attending were:

Dykes, Tilmans, Hills, Allens, Hicks, Greenes, Warthans, Scholars, Dan Moore, Phillips, Greenfields, Cummings, Buelows, Sohles, Chuillis, Alexanders, Sharon Fisher, Reids, and Buchanans

The upcoming rallies (PA, Myrtle Beach, Urbanna and Gear) were reviewed.  Followed by Bill Mallory speaking about GEAR:  Lewisburg Fairgrounds and Christmas rally at Americamps.

A by-law change stating that the outgoing President would be Chairman of the Nominating Committee was reviewed.

Bill Mallory reported that there were two new candidates for the Southern Region VP position for GEAR: Maxine Shrimp and Chris ?

After a motion and a second, the following slate for New Officers for Dogwood was presented

                         President, Jim Buelow​
                         Vice President, Communications, Paul Cummings​
                         Vice President, Treasurer, Pat Allen​
                         Vice President Rallies, Donna Hill​
                         National Director, Ed Fisher​
                         Alternate National Director, Bonewitz
                         Secretary, Pam Phillips​

The motion was unanimously approved.

Additional business included:

Bill Mallory presented a review of national rallies,  two budgets to assist in cost of Sams charge ($100) that has come from reserve funds in the past) and the FMCA proposed dues increase.

Everyone was reminded to be present for a Dogwood Club picture that is to be taken at 5:45 p.m.

Paul Cummings moved that the meeting be adjourned.  At 10:51 it was passed.

Treasurers report was presented after that.

​Submitted by Carol Warthan, Secretary

June 2016 Membership Update

Hi to all our friends in Dogwood from the Rocky Mountains.

Joyce and I are traveling with the Bonewitz's, with plans to meet the Gilberts in Cody, WY.  After the "awesome" anniversary party Joyce and I met Elle and Richard Bonewitz in West Virginia and headed west to the Rocky Mountain National Park near Fort Collins, CO.  What a beautiful place.  We met some dear friends at the park, from Denver, who made the best tour guides ever.  
We are now on the road headed for the Black Hills, Devils Tower and a Tiffin rally in Gillette, WY.  From there it's on to Cody and Yellowstone.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures, especially the old vintage El Capitan motorhome.  We tried to get them to join Dogwood but they didn't have the $10 fee.  Oh well, we'll keep on try to grow the membership.

Click the here to see more photos of their travels this June.

Joyce an Dennis Reid

Rich and Elle's travel blog

Click here to see Rich and Elle's travel blog.

Pennsylvania Rally

by Buck Buchanan

The Buchanans and Philips are hosting a rally July 15-17 at the Country Acres Campground located at 20 Leven Road Gordonville, PA. The campground is located near the Bird n hand restaurant.  Sites are 50 amp, full hookup. I have made my reservation for July 13-17.  When calling to make reservations (866-675-4745) be sure to mention Buchanan and Dogwood. Price is $54 per night.  Anyone wishing to spend more than July 15-17 should make their reservations ASAP as they fill up quickly.  Sites are only being held until May 30.  Click here to link to website.  


Happy Hour BYOB:  Attendees should bring an appetizer or dessert to share
Dinner:  Deli Sandwiches; Chicken Salad; Potato and Macaroni Salad; and Chips.

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, fried applies, biscuits, juice and coffee
Happy Hour BYOB:  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Attendees bring an appetizer. 
We will depart the campgrounds at 5:45 pm for dinner at Plain and Fancy Restaurant.  
Click here to link to their website.   

Continental breakfast

Please bring your own plates, utensils and beverages (juice and coffee provided at breakfasts) for all meals.     

Rally Fees:  The cost of the rally is $12 per person, and includes Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, and Sunday continental breakfast

Attendees (as of 5/14):  Buchanan, Philips, Greenwood, Sohles, Vreeland

Registration Form 
Country Acres – Pennsylvania July 15-17, 2016


Rally fee is $12.00 per person.

AMOUNT ENCLOSED $__________________

Friday, we will bring an appetizer______or dessert_______.

Saturday, please bring an appetizer for happy hour.

Number attending dinner at Plain & Fancy _______

Deadline for Registration is June 30

Please mail registration form and fees (check payable to James Buchanan) to:

Buck Buchanan
349 Carltons Corner Road
King and Queen Courthouse, VA  23085Top of Form
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Myrtle Beach Rally

by Dennis Reid

Dogwood will be having a rally in Myrtle Beach the weekend of September 23-24 at the Pirateland Campground.  Your hosts will be the Reids and Schoolars.  Since the meals will be potluck and dining out, there will be no rally fee.

The 23 and 24th are the official dates for the rally.  However, 13 sites have been blocked off from the 20th, in the event you would like to arrive earlier.  We are sure that they will honor the special rates for any length of stay.  When you call to make reservations, please mention Dogwood and block #400722.  Click here to view map of our sites.  They are circled in RED.  You may select your site from the map when making your reservations.  We will use site #735 for our commons area.  Be advised that Pirateland is requiring a 30 day deadline for holding our block of sites.  So, please make your reservations before August 20th.

Campground:  Call the campground at 800-443-2267 to make your campsite reservation. Sites are approx. $38 per night.  Be sure to mention that you are with the Dogwood group.  The Pirateland Family Camping Resort is located at 5401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.

Meals -  The crowd is small and there are no kitchen facilities so once we have a final tally on attendees we can better address the potluck meals and dining out.