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!


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


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


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.






One response to “Pelicans Rally at GEAR and at Billup’s Ranch

  1. We had a great time at both rallies, especially the the interaction around the fire pit and group get togethers where we were able to solve most World problems.

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