Spring/Summer Rally

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Let’s Get Patriotic

MAY 31-JUNE 4 2017

REVISED SCHEDULE (21 May 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

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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

Linda

Pelicans Rally at GEAR and at Billup’s Ranch

October 2016 was a busy month for the Carolina Pelicans.  Twenty units climbed the mountain to the GEAR Rally in Lewisburg, WV from October 1 through the 9 to manage the Information/Registration desk for the rally.  As always, we enjoyed the rally and the fellowship and the sightseeing.  gear2

This the scene on I-64 coming down into the New River Gorge.  Some of us made a side trip to this scenic area, others went to Greenbriar to see the Bunker and shop, and others just enjoyed the small town hospitality of Lewisburg.  We will be returning there next year, and Chris and Nancy Holtzman and Jim and Shirley Giffin are counting on your help again as we chair this important activity.

The weather was beautiful during our stay, with cool fallish evenings, some rain, but we had golf carts, so we enjoyed the fairgrounds which were a wonderful venue.gear1

Paul Bibb and Chris Holtzman participated in the golf cart rodeo.  Didn’t win, but they and the spectators had fun!  Better luck next year.

Almost immediately, the Pelicans flew into Effingham, SC for their annual “boon-docking” rally at the Billups with Linda and Ken Johnson and Bob Billups as hosts.  We began the rally with golf, went out to eat at the Schoolhouse Restaurant, dusted off our shooting skills as the shooting range Ken had prepared, and enjoyed campfires and evening entertainment.  We also chowed down on a delicious pork bog with all the fixins on Saturday night.  Our meeting was held Saturday morning, and several important business items were handled.  Breakfast on Saturday morning was sausage sandwiches, ably cooked by Tom Krimminger and Chris Holtzman.  The weather was wonderful this year, cooler than the previous year, so we had the ice cream social around the pool but no one was brave enough to hop in.  It was a wonderful rally and we thank the hosts for providing such a great setting for 17 or 18 coaches.  billups-1billups-2

The “wagons” are circled, just like in the old covered wagon days, and where the Pelicans land, there is always fun!

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The weather was perfect for gathering to swap stories and visit.

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The traditional campfire was perfect, and Ken Johnson proved to be an “Eagle Scout Fire Starter”.

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Bob always times this rally to coincide with the full moon, so here it is!  Perfect ending to a perfect day and a perfect rally.  Who could possibly ask for more?

Well, stay tuned and plan to join the flock for our Christmas Rally being held at Lakewood Campground in Myrtle Beach November 30 through December 3.  Hope to see you all there!  If you have any questions about this rally, contact the hosts Ralph and Jo Esposito and Joe and Eileen Lenz.  See you in Myrtle Beach.

 

 

 

 

James Island Rally

Twenty Carolina Pelican Coaches gathered at James Island County Park in Charleston, SC on June 1 – 5.  Hosts for the rally were Pat and Ron Knight and Linda and Jim Kolfrat.  The participants enjoyed socializing, eating at the Tomato Shed on John’s Island, having breakfast together, and the great dog park at the facility.  Most of the group split up and went sightseeing during the daylight hours. Some went shopping in the Market, others took carriage rides, and some went on an informative cruise on the harbor. The Harbor Cruise took us past Ft. Sumter and Ft. Moultrie, as well as the Yorktown carrier and the Ravenel Bridge.  The view of the battery was unique. After the Harbor Cruise, a group went to Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek for a delicious seafood lunch.  Some of us wanted to revisit the submarine the Hunley since it is now in a more viewable position, but when we found it closed on Friday and Saturday, we went to Magnolia Cemetery and found the burial location of all three crews who perished while giving birth to submarine warfare.  Charleston is a great location with plenty to attract almost every interest.  We look forward to visiting it again at a future fally.  It was great to meet several new members, and we welcome them to our Pelican Flock, and look forward to seeing everyone at our next rally at the Billup’s Ranch in Effingham or at GEAR in October

 

Note from your President

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Well we had another wonderful event. We were at the James Island County Park on James Island, SC.  It was a bit warm, but we had a nice turn out. There were 20 coaches that included four new members.  The Dillinger’s, Puffs, Meshels and Nancy Hild.  Welcome to all of you.  We are happy that we now have you as part of our chapter.

Again I want to thank the all of the members for stepping up and helping the host the Knights and the Kolfrats in getting this event set up at James Island.  It is a pleasant area, but some of the overhanging limbs on the streets to get there were a bit much.

We all enjoyed dinner at the Tomato Shed, and some even got to see VP Biden go by with his entourage.  Some folks went downtown Charleston, and some went on a harbor cruise.  They also had a wonderful doggie park that Chelsie and a few other pups enjoyed, they were able to run free into the water and get cool.

At our meeting it was proposed that the membership consider, changing our standing rule #1 to increase membership dues to $20.00 a year.  The dues have remained at the current amount of $12.00 since the formation of the Chapter in 2004.  A statement to this effect will be posted in the blog so all of the membership will know.  This proposal will be voted on at the next meeting (Billups Rally).

Jim and I will be heading north to Pa. soon.  I am looking forward to getting there so we can see our family.  We plan to attend the FMCA rally in Springfield along with several other members.  Jim will be attending the Directors meetings and I will be working with security again along with the rest of the folks.

Sure hope to see you folks at the GEAR in October.  Chris, Nancy & Tom our leaders, have done a lot of pre rally work for this event and it sounds like a wonderful location.  As a chapter we are proud of what we do there, working the registration and information desk, and for those of that haven’t done this before, it’s fun.  On your way home from W Virginia plan on joining in fun at the Billups Rally, Oct 13th thru Oct 16th., in Effingham, SC.  Details on this rally will be posted later.

Enjoy your summer, and safe travels on all of your adventures.

Linda

 

Pictures from Perry and Hilton Head Rallies

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The “name entertainment”, Joe Diffey, Mark Chestnut, and Lori Morgan were sensational!

Hilton Head RV Resort is a beautiful spot and Jeff and Kim Bass were outstanding Rally Hosts.

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Many of the vendors located in this building:PerryGA6

President Linda’s Letter

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Well Perry 2016 and our first rally of the New Year are over.  For those who were unable to attend you were missed and you missed a wonderful time.  Final count from the Perry rally was that our chapter has increased by 7 new members.  Welcome to them all.

Congratulations to Harvey and Yvonne, Jim and Shirley and George and Ro on their recent upgrades in motorhomes and Chris and Nancy and Tony and Shirley on their new rigs.  Enjoy.

The Hilton Head event was wonderful.  The location (Hilton Head RV Resort) is a beautiful location.  It was Jim and my first trip to the area.  Our National FMCA secretary Gaye Young along with Jerry spend a day with our group, always nice to have them with us.

A very special thanks goes out to Jeff and Kim Bass for all the work that they did.  The Breakfast and Dinners were special.  They also had planned events that all the folks there took part in.  Kim, the ladies’ tea was fun and the Easter Baskets that were made were a nice touch.  They had great help from Chris and Nancy Holtzman.  I hope Chris didn’t get dish pan hands!  Wonderful event.  Thanks

A business meeting was held.

The next rally at James Island County Park, June 1st thru 5th is a sell out.  For the folks that have a reservation and can’t make it, Don’t Call the Park. please call Pat Knight (910-579-4667 or 910-616-5485) to cancel.  She has a waiting list….

Another item:  the Volunteer Security Group are looking for assistance at the FMCA Springfield Rally, Springfield, Mass. August 3rd thru the 7th 2016.  Please contact me if you are going and would like to volunteer for this group again.  914-456-5043 or lmuller43@aol.com

Safe Travels

Linda

Note from President in Perry

Note  From Your President

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We made it to Perry, GA, all  22 coaches.  Welcome to all that were able to make it to this event and for giving of your time to Volunteer working with Security. No side arms were needed , just a pleasant smile  and a nice “Thank you for coming” was our weapon of choice.  Also, some of the folks worked for Handicap Golf Carts.

Happy that  Ralph & Jo Esposito were able to join us, despite  some of your issues you were able to get here.  Ralph, there  are some  great deals on tow bars and base plates here at the Rally,

Our presence has been noticed once again. The Pelicans were thanked by our National President, Charlie Adcock for stepping up and helping . With our assistance, the security folks had one of the larger groups of helpers in a long time. You folks are great.

Hope Harvey and Yvonne enjoy many more years traveling in their upgrade to a 42 footer, Bet you didn’t realize you had all those goodies in that older rig until you had to move . Enjoy.

Also our chapter continues to grow with as many as four new members.

After Perry some of us are off to Hilton Head, where we will be joined by some of the folks who were unable to be here .

Once again thanks for your support, we all should be proud of the Carolina Pelicans.

Safe travels

Linda Kolfrat

Word from the President

Well it is the beginning of a new year.  As your new president, along with our new officers I know that we can continue to keep the Carolina Pelican’s a happy & vibrant group.  It’s not only your officers it’s all the volunteers that help keep us afloat.  Much hard work is done to keep you folks informed and up to date as to what is going on.  We are always doing the best we can.

As you have already been made aware of, the rallies are all set up for the upcoming year. A Thank you to the folks that are hosting these rallies.  There is always a possibility for changes, so be patient.

Last year we had about 15 new members added to the chapter, and due to the normal attrition we lost about 10.  Welcome to all those members.  One of the nicest things that I have seen with this group, so many have stepped up to help keep this club what it is.

I would personally like to thank Chris and Nancy for the wonderful job they did leading this chapter and wish Chris lots of luck in his future journey with GEAR and he has our full support.

Thank you to you all, Jim and I wish all of you Happy Holidays.

See you in March in Perry.

Linda Kolfrat, President