The holiday season is upon us and I am sure that you are all shopping for Christmas presents and making plans to be with family during the holidays. We at NorCal have been busy too. We have held our first Rally staff meeting in preparation for the 2019 Rally scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 2019. This meeting was very productive and we plan on having at least two more such meetings to finalize plans for this event.
We have moved the utility trailer from its former location of the Lodi fairgrounds, and it is now parked and stored at the Casa deFruta facility near Hollister. This trailer houses much of our supplies that we use to stage the State Committee Meetings as well as the annual Rally. Once the Rally runs its course, the trailer will be moved to a El Dorado Sams members property in Placerville at no storage cost to us. It will remain there until the October SCM at a TBA location.
While at the Casa deFruta RV Resort, staff was able to again review the facility to be sure that the amenities will please the attendees. This review confirmed our excitement for the move to this new location. We feel as though all attendees will find Casa deFruta to be a more suitable location to hold the annual Rally. We are confident that you will also be much more comfortable at this location.
As many of you may know, NorCal Good Sam Club has donated $1,000.00 to the Salvation Army to be designated solely to the victims of the devastating 'Camp' fire that destroyed most of the town of Paradise, Ca.. It also has been learned that El Dorado Sams has donated $1,000.00, Gold Nugget Sams donated $500.00, and Devil Mountaineers donated $250.00 to aid these victims. This is a total of $2,750.00 that I am sure will go to benefit their cause. This is another example of the philanthropic efforts that Good Samers do. On the same note, I want to ask and direct you to go to the Eel River Chapter page on this website to review the Eel River Good Sam Chapters efforts to aid and assist needy children.
My staff, and Bonne and I wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and all the best for the coming New Year.
The October State Committee Meeting met with the Committee voting to make a major change for the annual NorCal Rally, specifically the location. It has been decided unanimously to move the Rally to Casa DeFruta RV Park outside of Hollister, Ca. This means saying good-bye to an old friend, that being the Lodi Grape Festival fairgrounds, which has served us fairly well for the last several years.
It was decided that the Rally needed a new venue, a change of scenery, and hopefully a jump start to bring new interest into a fun event. The only concern of the Committee is if we can generate enough interest to bring in new volunteer helpers to assist in staging this event. To address these concerns, it was pointed out that we can eliminate some of the problem areas that we have had in the past, namely parking. Because this is a RV Resort that has marked parking spots, we can dispose of the parking staff. This is just one area that we will not need help from volunteers. We are working on other areas as well, and have sent out a sign-up sheet to all chapter Presidents and Secretaries to provide to their respective chapter members. The response to these sign-up forms is crucial for us to determine if we can have enough people step-up and help by volunteering for the positions in need. However, if we do not have a sufficient amount of vounteer helpers, we will reluctantly have to cancel the annual State Rally.
The new location promises to make this a great Rally. With your help we can make it a go, and a success. Please consider to be a volunteer helper and return the sign-up sheets before November 15th.