El Dorado Sams

El Dorado Sams was chartered on December 5, 1989, and has been active and growing ever since.  We are currently the largest chapter in NorCal Good Sam Association.  

Our members enjoy all kinds of activities, from playing card and table games, to playing Corn-hole and Bocce Ball, fishing, golf, and simply enjoying the camping experience with good friends and the camaraderie that comes with it.  We visit museums, go wine tasting, and explore the surrounding areas.  If we are not going to dinner, then we have a planned dinner or pot-luck, and we do enjoy the culinary experience.

If we sound like something that would entice you to join our fun bunch, then please do not hesitate to contact us.  You will be glad that you did.

Chapter Officers - 2018

President..................Wayne Wall          Ph. 530-677-0985                                   

                                     email, bonway42@att.net

Vice President.........Ron Nepstead                                       


Secretary..................Lori Bryan  


Treasurer................. Anne Blake                                            


Wagonmistress.......Anne Hernandez                                  


2018 -Campout Schedule

  • MONTH                              DATES                     LOCATION

  • January                       
  • February                    2/8/18 Luncheon        Mimi's Restaurant,Folsom
  • March                         3/18 thru 3/22             French Camp RV Pa
  • April                            4/08 thru 4/12             Gilroy  Garlic USA RV Park April                                      4/26 thru   4/28           NorCal Rally, Lodi
  • May                             5/6 thru 5/9                  Flag City, Lodi
  • June                            6/17 thru 6/21              Casa De Fruta
  • July                              7/15 thru 7/19               Jackson Rancheria RV Park
  • August                       8/12 thru 8/16               Pismo Sands, PismoBeach
  • September               9/17 thru 9/21               Sugar Barge, S. J. Delta
  • October                    10/14 thru 10/18           Durango, Red Bluff
  • November               Thanksgiving                   French Camp RV Park
  • December                Christmas Luncheon   Cattlemen's Restaurant, Rancho Cordova


2019 - Campout Schedule

MONTH                    DATES                                                 LOCATION              

  • January                  1/6/19 thru ???                      Lake  Havasu, AZ./Quartzsite 
  • February                TBA                                          Luncheon
  • March                     3/17 thru 3/21                      French Camp, Manteca 
  • April                        TBA
  • May                         5/2 thru 5/4                           State Rally - Casa DeFruta, Hollister
  • May                         5/19 thru 5/23                      The Lakes, Chowchilla
  • June                         6/16 thru 6/20                      Clio, Gray Eagle
  • July                          7/21 thru 7/25                       The Vineyard, Vacaville
  • August                   8/18 thru 8/22                       Truckee
  • September           9/15 thru 9/19                        Olema, Point Reyes
  • October                10/20 thru 10/24                    Benbow
  • November            11/17 thru 11/21                    French Camp, Manteca
  • December            TBA

Monthly Blog

El Dorado Sams
Gold Country
October 2018

The El Dorado Sams Gold Country chapter has had a very busy year and in October, we are nearing the end of our 2018 season.
The club went to Sugar Barge in Bethel Island in September and enjoyed beautiful weather for the 4 nights.  We were hosted by Jill and Clay Butler and Ruth and Gary Pihlaja.  We welcomed two guests, Renee Wildenberg and Donna Skelton.
The club is finishing up a campout at Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff this third week in October.  Our hosts for this campout were Lori Bryan and Jack Stanley.  Several of the women put together fall-themed baskets with a solar light which will serve as table centerpieces at our November campout.  The highlight of the campout was the costume party on Tuesday afternoon.  We had many wonderful costumes and prizes were awarded for most original, best couple, best female and best male.  Except for some windy conditions, the weather was beautiful for October.
French Camp RV Park in Manteca, CA, will be the site of our final campout of the season, and where we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  This campout in November is expected to be very well attended since everyone enjoys the bountiful, catered turkey dinner with dressing and all the trimmings.  The solar-lit baskets prepared at the Durango campout will add a nice ambience to our dinner setting.  The club will also hold a “White Elephant” auction one of the evenings.  The proceeds will benefit a charity of the club’s choice.  Last year, several of us went to Duarte Nursery in Hughson to purchase poinsettias and other plants.  We certainly added to their sales that day!
Our club has lost some members over the year through death or age-related issues.  We have, however, gained some prospective members.  Overall, a great camping year!  Happy Fall and Happy Holidays!!!