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Director's Blog, Newsletter - January 2020

 


   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR’S NEWSLETTER

                                                         January, 2020

                 ***PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL CHAPTER MEMBERS***

Chapter Presidents, Secretaries & Representatives,

Wishing all NorCal Good Sam’s, a healthy, prosperous, and wonderful New Year.  Can you believe that we are finishing the second decade of this century?  Wow, is that a scary thought or what?  I will be completing my sixth and final year as your NorCal State Director come December 31, 2020.   I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in this position, and I am hoping that someone from within the family will step up to take on this important task.  I want to extend a special thank you to all the NorCal staff and volunteers for making NorCal Good Sam a successful organization, and for making my time as Director thoroughly enjoyable.

During the last couple of years, we were fortunate to bring onboard very dedicated, capable, and pro-active Assistant Directors, whose main goal is to continue to make the NorCal family strong, informed, and happy chapters.  I am sure that they will continue to be very successful with their endeavors.  Invite them to attend a camp out and I am sure that they will make every attempt to camp with your chapter and if nothing less, come to the camp out as a day trip.

All the NorCal volunteers, chairpersons, appointed and elected positions have been staffed by dedicated, talented people who have all made NorCal a success.  I do not want to exclude anyone, however, I want to single out Mrs. Sharon Murray, our State Editor, and Mrs. Cricket Weight, Vendors Chair, for their untiring efforts with the publication of the Tel-A-Sam and the Rally’s daily Grapevine, and securing vendors and seminars to the Rally.  They each wear many hats, and their efforts are truly outstanding.  Thank you ladies.

RALLY

Save the dates and start making your plans to attend this year’s version of our annual Rally to be held at the Casa de Fruta RV Resort near Hollister, CA.  The dates are April 30, May 1, and 2, 2020.  I am pleased to announce that we have been advised that we will have several additional chapters joining us this year.  This shows a renewed interest in the Rally, and a trend towards growth of this event.  This is a great turnaround from the last few years.

As a note, if you are coming to the Rally as a chapter, it is suggested that you send in your pre-registration forms as a bulk mailing early and advise of the number of rigs that will be attending.  This is asked so that we can make every effort to park chapters together.  We will try to accomplish this but there are no guarantees.   Remember, wagon masters, make this a chapter camp out.  You can do everything that you normally would do at a camp out but add the enjoyment of the Rally with new friends and great camaraderie.  The pre-registration forms can be found on our website, norcalgoodsam.org.

The staff and I are currently working on putting the Rally together for an enjoyable experience.  If you have any ideas to add to this, please submit them ASAP.  Also, we need volunteers to help stage this event.  Please consider being a volunteer.  It is a rewarding experience by knowing that you are a part of your own event.

As an annual tradition, we ask the President’s, or their representatives, to bring their chapter flag for the flag presentation during the opening ceremonies.  We are also asking everyone to decorate their rigs in this year’s theme, “A Salute to America the Beautiful”.

This year will feature a large picture board for all our veterans to prominently display a picture of themselves in uniform with a description by name and branch of service.  It is a small way for us to give thanks to all of those that bravely gave service and sacrifice to our great country.  Please be sure to bring your pictures.

We will have the food court again this year, however, we would like to have more chapters contribute by providing food items for sale.  It is a good way to earn a few extra dollars for your chapter’s treasury.  To date, we will have tri-tip sandwiches, chicken salad, and root beer floats.  Some other alternatives would be appreciated.

Chapters are also encouraged to make gift baskets to raffle off as fund raisers.

A special thank you to the five chapters that have donated funds, so far, for the staging of this year’s Rally:
• San Jose Blackjacks
• Gold Nugget Sams
• Tuleburg Sams
• Sierra Sams
• El Dorado Sams

We are still accepting donations.  Please consider supporting your Rally by donating.  As indicated in an earlier memo, we ask the larger chapters, (more than 10 rigs), to donate $100.00, and the smaller chapters, $50.00.

ADDITIONAL

The new official Good Sam logo is featured on the top of this communication.  The ‘Sammy and Samantha’ faces are being redone and should be available soon.  The existing Good Sam logo is still available for use.

As always, if your have any need for assistance, or have a question that needs answering, please contact your respective Assistant Director.  They are more than willing to assist you.

Walter Weight, 916-548-3141, email: weweight@surewest.net
Wally Luihn, 209-542-3305, email: wkluihn@yahoo.com
Mike Ward, 559-916-9375, email:  megamike58@yahoo.com


Wayne Wall
NorCal State Director
Good Sam Club
916-220-4680
bonway42@att.net

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Directors Blog - March 2019

Boy, time goes by so quickly anymore, and we now find ourselves about one month away from this years' annual Rally.  All the preparations are being finalized by staff, and kudos for their untiring hard work.  The following is just a quick update and summary of the planned events.


Sign-ups are progressing and our deadline is April 22 for you to get your pre-registration forms sent in.  You can always pay at the gate, but pre-registration is preferred.


Remember, the worker/helpers complimentary dinner will be held on Wednesday evening.  Please attempt to be at the workers/helpers meeting at 4:00 pm, dinner at 5:00 pm.  


As usual, we will provide coffee & donuts beginning on Thursday  morning.  For convenience, and better attendance by chapter president's, the State Committee Meeting has been incorporated into the Rally and will be held on Thursday.  (See tentative schedule, attached).  Of course, all Good Samer's are welcome to attend.


President's, or reps., please remember to bring your chapter flag for display at the opening ceremony and throughout the Rally.

The main hall will be available for card games, dominoes etc., after the ceremonies.


Friday will bring fun and informative seminars, and the ever popular ladies 'Happy Time' luncheon featuring a new surprise entertainer.  This to be followed by a wine/beer tasting event hosted by Casa de Fruta.  New this year to the Rally will be Bingo, with great prizes and a large screen TV as the grand prize.  All of you that love to play 'Corn-Hole' can play 'Bean-bag baseball', and then continue with Bocce Ball.  Now that we have tired you out, and made you hungry, we offer the Food Court and the Lucky Ones chapter offering their delicious Tri-Tip sandwiches, along with other epicurean delights by other chapters.  Finally, this evening, not to miss, surprise entertainers for your enjoyment to cap off the day.


On Saturday, we have another new fun event, golf chipping contest, with more great prizes.  There will be a short film presentation by the Dogs for Better Living rep. followed by a Q. and A. session.  Then it is time for the 

Theme and Pet Parade, with everyone costumed to the theme of 'Mardi Gras'.  We continue with memorial services as a remembrance to those of our past and loved chapter members.  The most popular ice cream social moves into a new time slot, followed by the exciting'Stick horse' races.  Do not forget to bring your 'Horse'.  We will end the afternoon with the challenging 'Blind Driver' contest.  A catered dinner by Casa de Fruta restaurant will precede the closing ceremonies and awards presentations.  More exciting giveaways will be included.  As a reminder this is a new facility for the NorCal Rally.  It has 66 pull-through spaces, and we have reserved another 62 back-in spaces for our use.  These all have full hook-ups  except for some spaces alongside the creek that do not have sewer.  There are two level dump stations for our use.  There are shade trees, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.  There is a swimming pool, restaurant, deli, fruit stand, ice cream and candy parlors, and a Chevron service station, all on the property.  Also, a miniature train ride, and a authentic carousel.  All the above amenities we never had before and will definitely add to the pleasure of the Rally.  As much as we would like to have you stay on the property for participation in the planned events, I want to mention that you are only about one hour away from Monterey, 20 minutes to Gilroy and outlet shopping, for those that want to add to their experience.


This is like a regular camp out, only with different events going on. Yet, as a chapter, you can still conduct chapter business, have social hours, potlucks, etc., as usual while enjoying time with fellow RVers from other chapters.


My staff and I think that with the new facility that you will definitely enjoy your experience at this years Rally.  If you haven't got your pre-registration form into the mail, now is the time to do so.  Remember, the more (people) the merrier!!!


We all hope to see you there,


Wayne and Staff.

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Directors Blog - December 2018

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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.