Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Great Fun in Batesville!

After all the coaches had been parked, members gathered in the lodge which proved to be invaluable because of the rain.  Supper was served which included “Sloppy Joe” sandwiches, a choice of chips, pickle, and cookies.  Hoosier Cruisers enjoyed eating and taking time to visit.  After the meal the Wessel’s shared pictures of their recent trip to Alaska.  As they told their story about the beauty of the area they also told of their adventures along the roads. Because breakdowns do occur, Greg made orange 2 cones for each coach that can be used if it becomes necessary to stop along the road for emergency repairs.

The next day participants had time to visit Canal Days in Metamora.  What a busy festival.  Lots of booths and crafts.  That evening we had a “carry-in” dinner and as usual no one left hungry. Delicious!!!!  Tilmanns and Boyers provided wood for a campfire which was held at campsite 1. While swapping stories and watching the fire, members were treated to mulled cider a fall favorite.

Saturday morning began with a pancake breakfast prepared by the rally masters and assistant rally master.  Many came back for seconds of the pancakes and sausages.  The rest of the day was spent sightseeing or attending the wine festival at Ertel Winery.  Again there were crafts, wine tasting, hayrides, and rides in a Stanley Steamer automobile.  We all smiled as the steamer chugged around the field puffing steam instead of smoke.  That evening members made "smores" after roasting marshmallows over a fire in the fireplace.  As you can see Richard really enjoyed his sweet dessert.

Sunday was a day of departure, but before leaving attendees enjoyed a variety of donuts, coffee, juice, and milk.  Bettie Wessel closed the rally with devotions focused on the history of the hymn, “Precious Lord Take My Hand”.  By 11:00 a.m. the campground was vacant again and ready for the next visitors.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great Fun at Tipton

Thanks to the Stoners and Johnsons members had an enjoyable weekend in Tipton.  Their choice of the Tipton County Fairgrounds was a good one.  The campsites were spacious and level.  We also had a meeting room available for the business meeting and meals.

In addition to enjoying the Tipton County Pork Festival, the Rally Masters made arrangements to tour the Kokomo Glass Factory.  What a history factory beginning in 1889.  The factory well known for their quality of glass and it supplies stained glass used in Tiffany windows, lamps, and art.

The Stoners should be complemented on the meals provided which included a breakfast and carry-in dinner.  The food was excellent.

Many thanks go to those members who have served as Rally Masters and Assist. Rally Masters.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

October Rally and Fall Festivals

The October Rally will be held near Batesville and should be a beautiful drive to southern Indiana to enjoy the fall foliage.  Members will have full hook ups at the Indian Lake KOA near Batesville and the club will have use of the club house for our meals.
  The rally masters will provide a light supper on Thursday of Sloppy Joes, chips, and cookies.  Friday will begin with a pancake breakfast where you can see the rally masters flipping pancakes.  Wish them luck.  Saturday evening, fried chicken will be provided with members supplying side dishes.  Everyone knows what good cooks the club has, so it ought to be a great meal.  Donuts will be provided on Sunday and a short devotional service will end the rally.

Some of you may want to know what activities are planned for the rally.  Well…… Members are invited to attend two festivals.
On Friday participants can join in the fun at the wine festival at Ertel Winery where they can enjoy a pork roast, entertainment, and wares by a wide variety of vendors.  Saturday, members can travel to Metamora to enjoy Canal Days.  When visiting Metamora, it is like taking a step back in time to see how the early settlers lived.

Other optional activities include visiting the Milan Museum of sports memorabilia, Weberding’s Carving Shop, and RomWeber Marketplace.

Please mail your registration by September 15th to so that we can hold the 25 sites that we have reserved.  If we have more than 25 the campground will work to accommodate us, but they might not be full hook up sites.

Click here for October Registration 

We are excited about gathering with friends in the fall.
Bettie and Greg

Rally Masters - Bettie and Greg Wessel
Assist. Rally Master - Jane Clashman

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


June 8-11 the first rally of the season (due to the flooding at New Harmony) was held at Timberline RV Resort near Chesterfield, IN.  There were 17 coaches; and the attendees were Haldon & Sandra Ashton, Beth Bailey, Leland & Phyllis Bienz, Fred & Jane Bingman, Paul & Cheryl Brosher, Ross & Melanie Boyer, Ron & Linda Busby, Jane Clashman, Jerry & Roberta Covington, Harry & Connie Decausemaker, Jerry & Carol Hardacre, Steve & Judy Kincade, Darrell & Sharon Lane, Steve & Cassie Lisle, Bill & Susan Marr(guests), Don & Lou Ann Orman, Steve & Nancy Ruster, and Doug & Betty Tillman.  Busby, Lane and Marr’s were first timers and Marr’s joined the chapter before the rally was over.  They had just been a member of FMCA for one month.
As usual we ate well beginning Thursday evening at Golden Corral, Friday pancake and sausage breakfast hosted by Co-Rally Masters Carol & Jerry Hardacre, Friday evening dinner of fried chicken and pot luck, and Saturday evening dinner of homemade chicken and noodles at Chesterfield Christian Church.
We didn’t schedule a lot of activities, but Friday after breakfast the ladies gathered for a show and tell of their favorite gadgets and/or craft projects they work on this past winter.  Some of the gadgets were a vegetable chopper, pineapple slicer, and a stop boil over pot rock.  Some of the crafts were quilts and rugs made with fabric and yarn.  After Friday’s dinner, a business meeting was held.  See Jane Clashman’s column.  A drawing for miscellanies door prizes was held and a 50/50 drawing to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.
On Saturday morning, the men gathered for coffee and technical discussion. After about ½ hour we adjourned to the outside for Doug Tillman to demonstrate an easy way to remove the cloudy film on light lenses.  He used a paper folded paper towel and Repel bug repellant that is available at Walmart.  I bought some Sunday after the rally; and Doug, it works very well.  Great tip!!
Some of the ladies went shopping and out to lunch and some of the men went to Indianapolis to wood working shops.  The weather was great, and campfires were held each night.  Great time to catch up on the events of the winter.
Ross baked rolls for the Saturday evening dinner and was asked to provide the recipe which follows.  He also baked blueberry and bran muffins for Sunday morning coffee.  And then following, Melanie and Jerry Hardacre led devotions for the members before departure.


1 pkg Dry Yeast
2 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Warm Water
½ Cup Melted Lard (I use Crisco)
1 Cup Warm Water
½ Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
5 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
¼ lb Butter

In a large mixer bowl, cream yeast, 2 Tbs Sugar and 2 Tbs Warm Water together.
Add ½ Cup Sugar, Melted Lard, and 3 well beaten Eggs.
Add 1 Cup Warm Water, 3 Cups of Flour, and 1 tsp Salt.
Beat until smooth and add the rest of the Flour (2 Cups).
Place in large greased bowl and cover with lid or plastic wrap.
Store in refrigerator overnight.
Divide dough into 4 parts, don’t let dough get warm.
Roll ¼ inch thick 1 part of dough on floured board.
Brush with melted Butter (Only use butter).
Cut in 1/8’s like a pie.
Roll each 1/8th from wide end to tip and pinch tip to hold.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Let rise in warm area 2 to 3 hours.
Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
Brush with melted butter.  Makes 32 rolls.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Rally Cancelled

May Rally Cancelled Due to Flooding

After calling Harmonie State Park and talking to park personnel, they have said that reservations will be cancelled up to Thurs., May 18th, but could not assure us that the road to the park would be open following that date. 

The distance is too great for members to travel and find the park closed and for that reason we are cancelling the rally.  Bettie and I plan to reschedule a rally in October and it may be in the Evansville area.

All checks will be returned by mail which have been paid for rally fees.

You will need to cancel your campground reservation for a refund.  To cancel call 866-622-6746 and tell them that due to flooding you want to cancel your reservation.

We are sorry that we were unable to hold the scheduled rally in May, but believe that this is the wisest decision.

Bettie and Greg Wessel, Rally Masters 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Image result for camping in the rain funnyWeather may affect camping in state park

Bettie and I have been in contact with the state park.  They have cancelled reservations up to May 15th.  The problem is the road to the park sometimes is covered by water which makes the campground inaccessible.  They are also concerned about the possibility of flooding due to the rainfall.

At this time we plan to continue holding the rally as scheduled, but if plans change you will be notified immediately.

 In a worst case scenario, and the rally needs to be cancelled, all checks will be returned and the park stated that all reservation fees would be refunded.

Please check your email before leaving for Evansville or check the blog:

Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will improve and the rally can be held as planned.

Your optimistic rally masters,
Bettie and Greg Wessel

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hope You Didn't Forget

The first rally for the Hoosier Cruisers will be held near Evansville at the Harmonie State Park.  The Rally Masters Bettie and Greg Wessel, and Assist. Rally Master, Jane Clashman have planned a great weekend for those attending.  Hoosiers Cruisers can tour the LST ship which was used to transport troops and tanks, visit the Evansville Natural Science Museum, walk down memory lane at the Dream Car Museum, and explore a bit of history while strolling through New Harmony.

In addition to the tours plan on having some delicious food including a meal of sloppy joes, a carry-in with fried chicken, and a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.

More importantly enjoy spending time with new and long time friends that you have met as a member of the Hoosier Cruisers.

To attend complete the registration found in the newsletter and send it to the Bettie and Greg Wessel to the address on the form.  Second, call the Indiana State Parks campground registration service at 866-622-6746 and ask for a site near 142 which where the Rally Masters will be camped.

Hope to see you at the rally.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

May Rally 2017 - Something for Everyone

Hoosier Cruisers have already marked their calendar for the May Rally beginning May 18th and ending May 21st.  The rally will be held near Evansville with camping at Harmonie State Park.  If you want to get a head start on reservations call 866-622-6746 or use the online reservation service – The Rally Masters, Bettie and Greg Wessel, will be camped on Site 142, and Assist. Rally Master, Jane Clashman will be camped on site 140.  You may want to ask for a site nearby for convenience.
Sooooo……. what’s happening?????
We will set up on Thursday and a supper meal will be provided.  Gathered around a campfire we will be able to get caught up on our adventures this winter.  Friday will be a busy day with many opportunities including a tour of the Evansville Museum, a tour of the LST Ship,
and a visit to the Dream Car Museum. The Evansville Museum has a wide variety of exhibits including many natural science displays.  The LST Ship is a ship that was used to transport and land tanks during WWII.  The Dream Car Museum should appeal to those who are “car enthusiasts”.  Old cars, muscle cars, and exotic cars are all on display.
Friday will end with a carry-in meal with the meat being provided.  Members are asked to bring side dishes.

Saturday will begin with a pancake breakfast. 
Members will have some free time to pursue their own interests or take a walking tour of New Harmony a historic village.  A tram tour will also be available. Our club president, Jane Clashman, will hold a business meeting at the Working Men’s Institute.

You won’t want to miss this rally where friendships can be renewed.

Click: May Rally 2017 Registration for a printable registration form.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Newly Elected Officers for 2017

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2017!

Hoosier Cruisers 2017 Officers

President: Jane Clashman
Executive Vice President: Steve Lisle
Northern Vice President; Jane Bingman
Central Vice President: Lois Stoner
Southern Vice President: Greg Wessel
Secretary: Betty Tillman
Treasurer: Connie DeCausemaker
National Director: Carol Hardacre
Alternate National Director: Melanie Boyer

Nominating Committee:
1st year: Harry DeCausemaker
2nd year: Doug Tillman
3rd year: Carol Hardacre

Park County Party

The Hoosier Cruisers convened at the Park County Fairgrounds for the October Rally.  Rally Masters Dean and Beverly Johnson, and Assistant Rally Masters Harry and Connie DeCausemaker arranged for camping at the fairgrounds which is a level and easy place to camp.  Thursday, members enjoyed a great dinner at the 36 Saloon which seemed like a lodge on the inside.  The restaurant specialized in smoked ribs and BBQ pork.  The next day the participants enjoyed touring the covered bridges and the small communities that had many, many booths of handmade items and crafts.  Rockville and Bridgeton had a wide variety of items for sale that were both unique and well made.  That evening we traveled to Turkey Run State Park and most members enjoyed the buffet.  Upon returning to the campground, Marv Olson started a campfire which was a perfect ending to the day on a cool evening.

Saturday, members again enjoyed the sights near Rockville or an easy day visiting with friends.  The Rally Masters provided fried chicken for dinner and the sides were provided by Crusiers.  No one went home hungry.  The rally ended Sunday with coffee and donuts.  Bettie Wessel provided devotions that reminded us that our lives are like the crops that are harvested by the farmers, and that we must properly prepare our lives for the a bountiful harvest.

Many thanks go to the Johnsons and DeCausemakers for planning another successful rally.  Thanks!