Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Best of Anderson

The Anderson rally was free dry camping at the Hoosier Park Racing - Casino parking lot, August 18-21, 2011. As a result, we were able to have many new informative experiences. Our Rally Masters were Bob & Mable Heath assisted by Jerry & Carol Hardacre.

Thursday afternoon 16 of our attendees toured the renovated Historical Paramount Theater in downtown Anderson, followed by a tour of Good’s Candy with a very interesting history of chocolate from its origin to the present. Then supper was on our own.

Friday started off with a guided tour of the Willemsen Dairy Farm. Teo Willemsen, the owner and operator, is a native of the Netherlands and is now milking about 1500 head of cows three times a day. From there we came back to the casino for lunch then a tour of the race track. Friday night all 45 of our attendees traveled to Carmel, IN to Conner Prairie for a concert at the “Symphony on the Prairie” featuring “The Glen Miller Band.” We enjoyed a box supper on the front row of tables under beautiful skies. Our trips for the day were enhanced by traveling in the tour bus acquired and driven by Jerry Hardacre.

Saturday morning we traveled by bus to the Loyal and True Pet Crematories for another very interesting tour and learning experience. The casino was available the whole weekend 24/7 for gambling or watching the Thoroughbreds race in the afternoon. Saturday evening we all caravanned to Ross & Melanie Boyer’s house for a pitch in dinner and fellowship.

Sunday morning we had a continental breakfast under the awnings of the Heath’s and Hardacre’s, followed by a worship service with the music preformed by Nancy Ruster & Melanie Boyer and message by Carol Hardacre. Everything went well until a thunder storm scattered the congregation. A half hour later the sky opened up for a beautiful day from then on.

All in all, we had a very enjoyable informative weekend.

Submitted by Jerry Hardacre

Monday, August 29, 2011

Some Of Our Members Temporarily Off The Road

Ernie and Jane Clashman do everything together. Right now, recovery is the project of the day. Ernie had a recent repeat knee replacement which should get him back on track and Jane is now recovering from a shoulder replacement surgery. As I know both are fast healers we should see them soon. If you want to drop them a note here's their contact info. mailto:isjeec49@hotmail.com
Also on the tempory disabled list is our past president Greg Wessel. While moving their "stuff" to Columbus Ind. Greg took a fall and messed up his knee. He had surgery last Wednesday and is doing well but can't drive the coach for 10 weeks. I'm not sure the coach has ever been idle that long. They're living in it at Ceraland in Columbus while they look for a home near family. With Bettie taking care of him I know Greg will not be down long. He's probably wondering if he could drive the coach with his crutch on the gas/brake. While Greg's a bit unlucky I'm sure he will follow doctors orders but don't be surprised if he figures a way to drop in on a rally for a visit. If you want to contact them phone service is a bit "iffy" there so e-mail is best at gmwessel@gmail.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

September Fun in Fort Wayne

Sandy and I along with the Kincaids are looking forward to seeing all of you and the September. We have lots of fun planned and of course the Johnny Appleseed Festival is sure to be a great time. There will be a business meeting as well so bring your questions and help elect your club officers for the next year. You should have received the information and registration forms in your newsletter but here they are for your convience. Just click on the image and print if needed. See you all very soon.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fun in Auburn

Many thanks go to Helen & Jene Chadwell, and Cassie & Steve Lisle for planning a rally that went off without a hitch.  The rally was held in Auburn at the Fireside Resort Park and parking was a breeze with large, level sites. The rally began on Thursday with a tour of Sechler's Pickles in St. Joe, IN.  Even though temperatures were in the 100's our harty Hoosier Cruisers toured the plant.  Those taking the tour saw the pickling process from start to finish.  At the end of the tour many sampled the wide variety of pickles and other items and almost everyone left with something they favored.  Many members elected to go to dinner at Ponderosa.  The food was good, but the fellowship was even better.  You can see from the photo everyone was having a good time.

The great attraction to the Auburn area is the vast collection of museums.  One can view antique cars, trucks, military paraphernalia, historic items and railroad memorabilia.

Friday began with an outstanding pitch-in and WOW the food was delicious.  During the day attendees choose where they wanted to shop and where they wanted to tour.  The day ended with a catered meal at the Military History Center.  It is an amazing collection of military artifacts.  You can see that our Hoosier Cruiser President was busy chauffeuring Sandy around town.

The club began Saturday with another great breakfast.  The rally masters planned this rally with the flexibility to explore the areas' attractions at a leisurely pace.  It should be noted that Doug Lockwood was a speaker at the rally.  He discussed the Economic Outlook in our country.  Numerous club members commented that they really enjoyed listening and talking to him.  Members who want addtional information can go to the Hefty Wealth website: http://www.heftywealth.com/ to read articles regarding the Economic Outlook.

Have you ever played Card BINGO?  It is a blast! Most people in attendance tried this card game which included prizes.  The prizes were to be white elephant gifts, but instead they were really nice prizes.  There was lots of hollering and everyone had an enjoyable evening.

The rally closed with devotions given by Bettie Wessel and hymns lead by Bruce Bailey.  Everyone left with great expectations for the next rally.