Perry Rally 2018 – FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo

I have contacted the folks in charge of security at the Perry Rally 2018. They are looking forward to our help again.

When you register for the rally you are presented with various options to select.  If you wish to attend and work security look for Early Security or Security.

Early security – Arrive on 3/11 with a meeting to be held at 3 pm. You will be working during the rally setup (pre-rally)


Security – Arrive on 3/12 with a meeting to be held at 3 pm. You will be working during the rally.

Check arriving with a caravan – “Carolina Pelicans” (We will set up a gathering time at Perry Rally for both early security and security folks) this will help us possibly park together.

If you wish to attend and not volunteer, then review other options.

Please contact me if you want to work either of these events or have signed up for either of these.

I need to send a list of names to the SEA President and FMCA headquarters.

As of the Billups Rally we have 18 members signed up.


Linda Kolfrat



April Rally – Western Fun!

Carolina Pelican April RallyWestern

Dates:  April 18 – 22, 2018

Where:  Carrollwoods RV Park at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard, Tabor City, NC

Reservations:  Call 910-653-5538, mention that you are with the Carolina Pelicans to get discounted price. April 1 cutoff date

Price:  $32.80 plus tax, per nite – They are holding 20 sites for us.

Hosted by Debbie & George Baumgartner and Dale & Charlie West

Call Dale West at 843-503-6415 or e-mail for more information.

Additional information will follow soon


Minutes for review – Billups Rally October 2017




Nancy Holtzman offered an opening prayer for the Chapter at breakfast on Saturday. Linda Kolfrat opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegience at 9:00.

The minutes of the Chapter’s Rally in Fayetteville, NC were read and accepted. Harvey Hundley made the motion to accept, and it was seconded by Bill Petras.

New Members Ted and Debbie Haguewood were recognized and welcomed with our Chapter flag and mugs.

Linda extended a Thank you to all attending, noting that this was the largest gathering ever held at Billups.

Sad news was related on the passing of Pete Walsh, one of our Charter Members.  Condolences were offered to Lonnie and Barbara Owens on the loss of their son, Chris Holtzman on the loss of a sister-in-law, and to Danny Dimmery on the passing of a brother.

Linda also mentioned that Rosemary LaBarre is dealing with sinus cancer and that Arnold Page also has medical issues.

On a happy note, Chris and Nancy Holtzman are celebrating 56 years of marriage.

Linda acknowledged Tony and Shirley Mitrione and Jim and Shirley Giffin’s work at Gear. Several new members signed up to join the Carolina Pelicans as a result.

She also described the update submitted to the FMCA website for the description of the Carolina Pelicans, and noted that incorrect dates for the next rally were listed in the magazine.

Linda brought up the Perry Rally and reported that our Chapter has been requested to work security at the event. She described that there was a need for ‘early security’ for vendor setup, and that volunteers would be entering the site on March 11th. There’s also a need for later security – for seminar sessions and so on… If members wanted to caravan, then the group could enter together, and be camped alongside each other.

The treasurer’s report was read and accepted. Chris Holtzman made the motion to accept and it was seconded by Marie Dickinson.

The Vice President, Harvey Hundley, reported on the golf outing for the other day, and the ‘turn of events’ that happened there. He also distributed updates to the directory.

This year, Jim Kolfrat, was unable to act as our National Director due to surgery, and David Toll attended the National Meeting as an Alternate. Elections were held and John Walker was elected President,

Rhett Porter, Vice President, Gaye Young, Secretary, and John Reynolds as Treasurer.

Steve Warthan as webmaster proposed posting our meeting minutes on the website and the availability of the Treasurer’s Report by request. His proposal was moved by Marie Dickinson and seconded by Ken Johnson, and approved.

Chris Holtzman was re-elected as Regional Vice President of the Southeast area, representing the Carolinas, and the 12 Chapters in that region. He described changes made to the by-laws, and reported that GEAR 2018 would be held Oct. 3- 6th, in York, PA.

The National vote on changes to the constitution of FMCA will be decided by a simple majority of the votes received from the membership.

Dave Fowler reported on the work for Habitat for Humanity before Gear opened.

Rallies for 2018:

Dale West reported that the April rally will be April 19-22 at the Grapefull Sisters campground, which has just 22 campsites, and the fee would be $32.80.  Danny mentioned a Dade Seafood in Tabor City as a good restaurant.

Ed and Ann Gallant described the June 6-9th rally to be held in Palmetto Cove, SC, in the western part of SC.

Ken and Linda reported that the Billups rally will be Oct. 24th – 27th.

The Nominations Committee reported on the slate of officers for election in December as:

President: Dale West

VP: Mary O’Neal

Secy/Treas: Anne Roney

National Delegate: David Toll, and alternate: Chris Holtzman

I asked for volunteers for a Membership committee, to ‘cover’ the Southern Area (around Charleston), the Central area (Florence), the Northern (North Carolina).  Nancy H volunteered for Southern, Linda Johnson for central, and George and Debbie Baumgartner for the Northern.  I will still contact North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys and surroundings.

There were questions asked about contacting members and discussed.

The meeting was adjourned.

These minutes will be read and approval requested at the Christmas rally in Ladson, SC.

Billups Rally Notes & Photos


Display  If you were unable to make it to our last rally at the Billups’ plantation it was a wonderful event. With 24 coaches, the weather was fantastic, food was outlandish and the company divine. I want to thank Bob, Linda & Ken from all the Pelicans for allowing us to use the grounds to have our yearly fall rally.           




For you folks that don’t remember the fun we use to have putting up the screen room and borrowed tents and never knowing if the weather condition would them to make it day to day – They now have a beautiful metal shed to use.  It’s just perfect.

The entertainment was enjoyed by all. There were two groups. Friday night Randy Turner, and Saturday was “Cool Change.“  Bob Billups’ brother was the drummer.  We also enjoyed the gun range and playing corn hole. Along with the bonfire we were served hot cider, hot chocolate and s’mores thanks to Andy & Ellyn Meshel. There was dinner on Saturday night. It was a feast for pilots and copilots. Much work was put in by our host Linda Johnson, plus George & Ro Edwards were our grilling folks.  The menu consisted of chicken, ribs, roast beef, corn, green beans, coleslaw, roasted potatoes, and lots of deserts.  Those brownies loaded with nuts were to die for.

There was a group who went out to Dinner Thursday night at the Southern Hops Brewing Co.  Wonderful beer’s brewed on site. We also did our annual trip to the Schoolhouse Restaurant on Friday night for some good southern cooking.

I sure hope that everyone enjoyed the event, we will back here again next year.

Oh, just one other thing – when any of you go out to play golf don’t let this happen to you.  Don next time you might want to wear a life jacket.


Hope to see you all in December at our Christmas Party at the Charleston KOA in Ladson, SC.

Happy Thanksgiving & Safe Travels


Christmas Rally 2017


Carolina Pelican Christmas Rally

Dates: In Dec. 7, Out Dec. 10 (Dec. 6 for golf)

Reservations: Charleston KOA 9494 Hwy 78, Ladson, SC

1-800-562-5812 Be sure to note Carolina Pelicans Rally.

Notify when you have registered. (We need a count for caterer).

Golf: If interested, contact Mike Howell He is arranging tee times at Shadow Moss. Plan to arrive on Wednesday, Dec. 6 if you are playing.


Thursday, Dec. 7: Arrival.

Happy Hour 4:00 in Rec Hall. BYOB and snacks to share.

Dinner on your own.

Friday, Dec. 8:

8:30 Breakfast – Rec. Hall.

Afternoon on your own.

6:00 Catered BBQ dinner – Rec. Hall Games and Bingo to follow.

Saturday, Dec. 9:

8:30 Breakfast – Rec. Hall

10:00 – Meeting

Afternoon on own.

6:00 Pot luck dinner – Rec. Hall. Bring own plates, drinks, etc. Meat provided by club. Bring sides and/or dessert.

White Elephant Christmas Gift Exchange to follow. Each person who wishes to participate should bring a gift for their own gender. (Men – male gift, Women – female gift) We will draw numbers and “steal” up to two times. Gift value around $10.00.


We will support the Hope Lutheran Church Angel Tree for clients of food program. Donations or Walmart gift cards will be welcome. This program provides Christmas for 150 children 12 and under each year.

Sunday, Dec. 10:

Depart for home. Happy Trails and Merry Christmas!

There are many choice things to do in the area. You will receive a goody bag upon arrival with brochures and suggestions and directions. We will be happy to assist you, but will not be able to put together guided tours this year. Just ask Chris or Nancy for suggestions and you will be ready to enjoy Charleston!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Chris and Nancy Holtzman

John and Carol Coughlin

Rally Hosts


National Rally

David Toll attended the FMCA National Rally and has provided the following notes from the proceedings.

Notes from 2017 National Rally

Notes From Your President – June


Sorry this is a bit late, but Jim and I have been busy with his rehab from a right knee replacement. He spent 2 weeks in rehab and now we are busy with in home PT and other assistance. We want to thank folks for all their thoughts and prayers.

Two rallies are now under our wings for 2017.

Our first rally this year was held at Cypress Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC. We had great weather and lots of good friends and wonderful meals. There were even some of the chapter members that were able to stop by just to join us in the gathering for dinner. A special visits was made by Mickey and Paul Serlanio, it was wonderful to see them. Paul was the president when Jim and I joined the chapter in the 90’s. We also had two new members join us. Dave & Jan Fowler plus Jerry & Marie Dickerson. Wonderful having you join the Pelicans. There was also a Hawaiian best dressed contest, at dinner Friday night, and we played LRC after dinner, some went home with a few extra quarters.

The second rally was held at Fayetteville RV Resort Wade, NC. with 17 coaches. We lost one of our members, Jim Champion, a couple of weeks before the rally. Our prayers are with Leslie and her family.

Leslie, Jim, Bill and Carol Petras were the host. Bill and Carol took the reins and continued to run the rally. As would be expected the members of this Chapter stepped up and there was another successful weekend. We were all guest of the campground for meal on Thursday night.  It was a nice pulled pork dinner that they had for everyone in the campground.  Breakfasts were great and Dinner on Friday night cooked by George & Ro Edwards was first class.   A few new folks were able to join us for this rally.  Rusty and Rosemary LaBarre, who have been members for some time were able to attend there first rally and hopefully not there last. In addition, first timers were Tom and Coleen Leighty — Welcome!

Here’s hoping everyone has an enjoyable summer and that we see you folks again in October.

Spring/Summer Rally


Let’s Get Patriotic

MAY 31-JUNE 4 2017


Fayetteville RV Resort, 6250 Wade-Stedman Road Wade, N. C. 910-484-5500

Wed. May 31st

Arrival date, dinner on your own

Thurs. June 1st

9:00 AM  Breakfast. TBD Maybe under a Tent or in Club House.  Bring your own coffee

5-8 PM Dinner in the club house for all residents hosted by the campground.

Fri. June 2nd

9:00 AM Breakfast in the club house for rally members only.  Pancakes, Sausage, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice.  Bring your own coffee.

Free Day.

Friday Evening  6-8 PM – Dinner in the club house for rally members only  Food: Steak & Chicken, Tor line Salad, Corn Souffle, Bake Beans, Salad, Bread Pudding and a Chocolate Surprise. BYOB

Patriotic Hat Contest, obsolete contest (small items only), and other games to follow dinner.

Sat. June 3rd

8-9 AM Breakfast in the club house for rally members only with a meeting to follow. Donuts and muffins will be provided.  Bring your own coffee.

Free day to enjoy the area.

Dinner Out – 4:30 PM Meet at the main office to CARPOOL to Pierro’s Italian Bistro on Ramsey Street, Fayetteville.

Possible ice cream social when we return to the campground.

Sun. June 4th

Departure Day

Hosts:  Carol and Bill Petras. 860-301-0680 cell 843-236-1780-home

April Rally – Hawaiian Outing


Join us for our Hawaiian outing.

April 19th thru April 23rd

Cypress Camping Resort 101 Cypress RV Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-293-0300

Reservations must be made by April 1st $37.80/day. Tell them you will be coming in with the Carolina Pelicans. We have 25 sites reserved, but sites not reserved by April 1st will be released.

Wed April 19th

Arrival day. Dinner on your own

Thurs April 20th

Breakfast: Pancakes and sausage

Dinner : Club will provide Hamburgers & Hot dogs. Members to provide a potluck dish to go with burgers and hot dogs OR a dessert.

A thru K side dish for dinner ——-L thru Z a dessert

Friday April 21st

Breakfast : Omelets in a bag.

Dinner: Hawaiian Dinner with the trimmings

Prizes for the best Hawaiian shirts and Muu Muu’s if you choose to dress

Sat April 22nd

Breakfast: pastries, bagels and cream cheese

Club Meeting

Dinner: dinner out, location to be announced

Sun April 23rd. ALOHA: departure and safe travels

For all you readers, we will also have a Book Exchange.  Also clean out your garage or RV basement for a Yard Sale.  Remember:  One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure.

Hosts: Anne Rone 518-542-1243 Linda Kolfrat 914-456-5043

Rally fees are $25.00 per person

Notes from your President – January

We can sure say that we had a wonderful 2016, and here’s hoping that 2017 is as good. Our membership is growing, and I once again, welcome, all our new members. Last year we had many activities, starting in March, with our group volunteering by working with the security group at Perry, Ga. We had a large turn out and also took on several new members, plus some folks came home with newer motorhomes. Then we were off to Hilton Head. We had a wonderful rally at the Hilton Head RV Resort, what a way to start the year, with wonderful food and activities. Then in June we journeyed to the James Island Park, near Charleston, SC. Great weather, nice location and good fun. Some of the members were able to make the trip to Springfield Mass, to attend an Annual FMCA rally, where again we helped with security and Jim as our National Director attended meetings. After the hot summer, our group did the trip to Lewisburg, W. Virginia, for the Greater Eastern Area Rally (GEAR.) Here our group ran the Registration & Information Desk. We have been doing this for many years now. Thanks to the Holtzmans our leaders for this event, the chapter has established a good name for its self with FMCA, and thanks to the folks that work at this event.

Traveling down the road in, October we had our annual boon docking gathering at the Billups Plantation. Where we coincide the event with a full moon. We enjoyed campfires with entertainment, ice cream social, firing our guns, and great weather. To close out the events for 2016 we had our Christmas Rally at Lakewood RV Resort. This was a wonderful outing, one of the largest groups we have had for a Rally. There were outstanding meals and a great Christmas Party with a gift exchange.  Doing the Chinese gift exchange is lots of fun for all.

I am so proud of this chapter, as your president it has been fun for me. I want to thank the supporting cast that keeps this chapter going, your officers and all the other committee folks, without them it doesn’t work.

Looking forward 2017, we have our rally’s scheduled and I am looking forward to your continued support, because that’s what makes it all happen.

Happy New Year