Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Rally 2017

Christmas Rally 2017 Summary                        by Jim Buelow

Our annual Dogwood Christmas Rally was held Dec. 1-3, 2017 at the Americamps Campground in Ashland, VA. If you were unable to attend, you missed a fun rally. We had 22 coaches and 46 members/guests in attendance. Guests included Jerry Cohen, EAMA Regional VP and wife Millie (thanks for joining us), along with Dave and Nanette Meyer, guests of the Buelow’s. The Meyers liked what they saw, just joined FMCA, and are planning on joining Dogwood. Welcome Dave and Nanette.
Many members arrived on Wednesday and attended a Gourmands dinner in Ashland at the Iron Horse restaurant. On Thursday evening. the campground provided a free Lasagna dinner for all attendees. Price was right. On Friday night after dinner, the Hill’s hosted a fun game that had us all laughing and cheering on their teams. Saturday night included our annual Yankee Swap hosted by the Bonewitz’s, along with drawing for raffle prizes. A fun time was had as usual during the swap. Paul Cummings had several Dogwood quiz’s during the rally, testing members knowledge of our chapter and awarding prizes. More fun. 
We also did a food drive at the rally. Per Christy from the Richmond Food Bank, we collected and donated 129 pounds of food. Thank you very much. 
On Saturday morning, we had our regular business meeting and on Sunday morning after breakfast, the rally concluded.
The weather was beautiful, the campground staff was great, and I think it is safe to say that a fun and good time was had by all.

Many thanks to the Dogwood Executive Board for hosting this rally