BILLUPS RALLY 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.