Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Member update!

Linda Filson has informed me that Steve Lisle continues to have heart issues and has had another surgery to place a stent in a coronary artery.  I know he would appreciate our prayers and best wishes for a full and complete recovery.   

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers gather for Christmas

Another great Christmas dinner was enjoyed by the Hoosier Cruisers Saturday at Mullets in Nappanee.  Harry and Connie Decausemaker once again planned a great event and as always the food was exceptional.  There were many highlights not the least of which was seeing how well Steve Lisle was doing following a close call and surgery just a few days before.  We were also treated to a great Christmas skit performed by Connie along with Bea and David O'dell playing Mr. and Mrs. Clause.  Following a great dinner we all exchanged thoughtful gifts before heading home. 
I'm so thankful this has become an annual tradition as it's great to catch up with everyone as the Winter gets started.
Here is wishing all of you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New year.   
                                      Rick and Sandy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Linda Filson has just emailed me that Denny's father passed away on November 30.  His furneral will be Dec. 5th. 
She also informed me that Steve Lisle had a heart attack on December 1st.  He had surgery on the the 3rd and a stent placed and seems to be doing well.
Please keep Steve and Denny in your thoughts and prayers at this special time of year.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Member Update-Follow-up X2

Jim Francis tells me that Nina's carotid surgery is scheduled for tomorrow followed by multiple bypass surgery on Friday.  Connie Decausemaker is also scheduled for gall bladder removal on Monday.  Let's keep both of them in our thoughts and prayers during this important time.

Jim Francis called today and reported that Nina's carotid surgery went well. The Dr's said she was a stroke waiting to happen. The next day (Friday) she had a triple bypass performed and did very well. She is resting comfortably and should be moved out of CCU soon. They are both very grateful for all the prayers and look forward to being back with the Hoosier Cruisers soon.

I spoke with Harry Decausemaker today and he reports that Connie did very well with her gall bladder surgery.  Hw wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Thanks From Ernie

I received the following from Ernie and he asked me to pass it along to his fellow Hoosier Cruisers.

Dear Hoosier Cruisers!

Since my surgery I have received over 50 cards. I have read them all twice.
The one, that was hand delivered to me from the Hoosier Cruiser rally at Steve
and Cassie's. I have looked at quite a few times.

I have shown the card to a lot of friends. They cannot believe the work and time that went
into my "card". I agree with them.

It is a card that I will cherish and keep for a long time.
I thank each and every one of you for a memorable get well card.


Ernie Clashman

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October Rally

The following report was provided by Doug Tillmann.

This was the second "Lisle Farm Rally" gathering and we had eighteen coaches at this last Hoosier Cruiser Rally of the season.  After arriving throughout the day Thursday, the Hoosier Cruisers pretty much just sat around and yakked and enjoyed one another's company and the beautiful, sunny, crisp, fall weather until early evening when we caravanned into South Whitley for a nice dinner at the "Brown Stone Cafe".Friday morning there was a "Pitch In" breakfast in Steve Lisle’s meticulously clean garage/workshop.  This was another of those infamous Hoosier Cruiser "Bring-A-Dish-To-Pass" and make everyone fatter type of event where there is more food than the total number of attendees could possibly consume.
After breakfast there was a rousing game of "Family Feud" where the folks were divided into competing groups and were asked a series of goofy questions about pretty much everything.  There was a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ and it was lots of fun.  As we were leaving the "Family Feud" event we were all surprised as we were "strafed" by two A-10 Thunder Bolt fighter aircraft as they went through some low altitude, high speed, acrobatic gyrations which made our teeth and the windows rattle. These awesome, thundering, airborne fighting machines, also known as the "Warthog" were, as we found out later, based at the Air Guard base in Ft. Wayne and the event was quietly orchestrated by Steve Lisle and his son-in-law.  The Warthogs, with GAU-8 Avenger gatling guns mounted in their noses, made us tremble and we were all glad that they were not angry at us and that they are on our side.
After lunch, we spent the afternoon playing Euchre and the dice game "Toss ‘em Up" in in the Community Center/Lisle Garage.  Dinner was another pitch-in along with  a big pot of brats which Barb and Jim Gibson had prepared.
After dinner we all donned warm clothes and blankets and listened to a roving minstrel as he strummed his guitar and sang to us as we sat around one of Steve Lisle’s itty-bitty, teeny-weeny campfires which had flames leaping fourteen feet into the pitch black, chilly fall night.  Ahhh, life is good !
After another pitch-in breakfast, Saturday morning found Jim & Bobbie Gibson laboring in the field setting up yard games. We all lined up and carried marshmallows across a course between two popsicle sticks and then pitched them into a bowl.  We all acted like teeny-boppers and had lots of fun.  Then some of the Cruisers engaged in a treasure hunt by elite teams named: "The Pudgy Pumpkins", "The Squishy Squashes", "The Wicked Witches", "The Scary Scare Crows", "The Groovy Ghosts" and "The Sassy Spiders".  No kidding !   That was the team names.  Unfortunately, it began to rain and the rest of the yard games that Jim & Bobbie had worked so hard to set up went unused.
After dinner we were treated to a sort of gift/door prize drawing. This one, like the one last year at the Lisle Rally, was different in that when your name was drawn you could select a gift from the table or you could "steal" one that a fellow Cruiser had previously drawn.  Betty Tilmann drew a nice, fuzzy blanket that was promptly "stolen" from poor Betty and  then came into Lois Stoner's possession .  Now, Betty was not happy about this but the picture of Lois cradling the blanket, cuddling it to her cheeks and sort of "bonding" with it was touching indeed.  Unfortunately for Lois, poor Miss Lois, her ecstasy was short lived.  The blanket went in and out of her control countless times and resulted in Lois finally losing it to Mae Stevens which did not make Lois a happy camper.  The blanket ultimately ended up with Mae which left Lois in a state of moderate to severe depression.  Congratulations to Mae and our very special sympathies go out to poor, sad, depressed Miss Lois for losing her treasured, soft, fuzzy blanket. Boo Hoo Hoo for Lois ! ! !
A great big  - ! Yeehah ! -  type thank you goes out to Steve and Cassie and Jim & Bobbie Gibson and Danny & Mary Lou Biddle for all of their efforts in staging another absolutely top drawer rally at the Lisle Farm !
It was a great rally and brought our 2012 season to a bitter-sweet end.

See you after the snow melts !

Monday, October 8, 2012

Amana Octoberfest

Amana Octoberfest Parade
Great cooks make for great meals
The Hoosier Cruisers joined the National RV Great Lakers in a wonderful Fall rally at the Amana Colonies in Iowa.  The event began with a great evening of brats over the campfire and of course marshmallows and somores for desert. This was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and share stories of travels.  We kicked off Friday with a tour of the Amana Heritage Museum to familiarize ourselves with this very unique community.  There was ample time the rest of the day to explore the "colonies" and of course begin the shopping escapades that are always available during festivals.  Saturday began with a pitch-in breakfast followed by a parade in downtown Amana,  more touring and shopping.  After dinner on our own our rally masters had arranged tickets to a wonderful play where we enjoyed a comedy performed by some very professional actors at the Old Creamery Theater adjacent to the campground.  Sunday was very relaxing and closed with a family style dinner at the Ox Yoke Restaurant and some more campfire time.  Monday started for six of us with 18 holes on one of the most picturesque courses I've ever played.  The weather was perfect and the course condition outstanding making this outing one to remember.  The afternoon included a great tour of the Amana Furniture Factory where we learned how truly fine craftsmen and women make some to the finest furniture in the world.  We closed the rally with a carry in dinner of great food from the Great Lakers and Hoosier Cruiser ladies.
Dinner at the Ox Yoke
 We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our friends the National Great Lakers.  I know some lasting friendships were made and we look forward to another combined rally in the future.  The Hoosier Cruisers would like to invite all the Great Lakers to attend any of our future rallies and look forward to meeting those that were unable to attend this wonderful event.  I know I can speak for all attendees in extending our appreciation to Dennis and Betty Behnken and Greg and Bettie Wessel for organizing this fabulous rally.  By the way Dennis thanks for the fabulous weather- you "rock"!
It's a lonely job but somebody has to do it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Member Updates

Sadly, our Secretary Beth Bailey suddenly lost her mother Kathleen Sheets to the Lord this week.  Viewing is Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm with the furneral Sat. at 10:00am at the Genda & Bodine Furneral Home in Frankfort, Indiana.  Beth has had a difficult year and I know she would appreciate our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

On a more positive note, Jane Clashman informs me that Ernie is doing well following his lung surgery and will be released from the hospital on Saturday.  We hope to see them both soon back on the road. 
Nina Francis is scheduled soon for her surgery and we will continue to wish her well and keep her in our prayers.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Rally was a Great Time

The Hoosier Cruisers have been very busy as of late.  We had a wonderful Family Reunion in Indy however there were a few challenging moments for some of us as noted in the photo.  I guess someone didn’t like where I parked them.  For a more complete summary see my Presidents Message.

The September rally hosted by Mable and Bob Heath and Carol and Jerry Hardacre was a big hit with everyone.  The rally started with a visit to the Paramount Theater and a concert benefitting the Special Olympics.  The music was first rate and the luxury door to door transportation provided by Jerry and his church bus was very special.  Other activities for the week included and interesting visit to a casket manufacturer where we watched the finest wooden caskets being made.  For the man who has everything, a top of line unit was a beautiful walnut hand carved casket which sold in Hawaii for $25,000.00.  We were also treated to a military museum tour and a wonderful dinner followed by entertainment from a local music store/school.  Our own Jill Winebrenner took a lesson and seemed to catch on to the instrument very quickly.  Saturday began with a nice breakfast and tour at the Gaither Restaurant and music studio.  It was very interesting seeing where these famous Christian singers/musicians wrote and recorded much of their music.
Of course we also had our annual business meeting and election of new officers.  Many thanks to those officers who have served this past year and a big welcome to the new electorate.  Details will follow in the next newsletter but the new officers and e-mail contacts can be found in the column to the right on this blog.
It’s off to Amana now and Sandy and I hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers

Two of our members are about to undergo major proceedures and we can play a part. Ernie Clashman will have lung surgery on Thursday for lung cancer and Nina Francis will have several proceedures including bypass surgery soon. Please keep both of our fellow Cruisers in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 12-15 Chesterfield Rally Update

Mable informs me that Friday will be a pitch-in breakfast and supper will be a "bring a dish" event with meat provided. She also suggested that if we arrive on Thursday before supper we could carpool to a restaurant then head to the Paramount for a Country Jamboree event. Sounds like a great start to the rally. Hope to see you all there.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Up And Coming Events For The Hossier Cruisers

Our next rally after the FMCA Family Reunion in Indy is in Anderson/Chesterfield Indiana Sept. 13-16. Our hosts, the Heaths and Hardacres, have once again arranged an interesting rally for the Hoosier Cruisers. Registration will be open until the rally but reservations are only being reserved at the RV resort until August 15th. Call Timberline Valley RV Resort (765-378-5909) as soon as possible to secure a spot with the Hoosier Cruisers.

It's been a few years since we had an "away" rally and this is a great
opportunity to pack up and explore the Amana Cononies in Amana, Iowa Sept.27-Oct.2. Thanks to our rally masters Betty and Dennis Behnken this is a combined effort with the National RV Great Lakers and should be a steller event with great fun and fellowship. Check out your newsletter for complete details.

The October rally is once again at the Lisle ranch in Columbia City, In. Oct. 11-14 and will be a wonderful way to wind down a busy camping
season. Those in attendance last year reported a fabulous time and we
all know how beautiful the fall season is for camping. This is a
"dry camping" event so reservations go to the Lisles and prepare your
generators for a little exercise. Steve would like to hear from those attending by Sept. 15th.

All the details for these rallies are in your August newsletter which you should have now received. Please don't hesitate to contact the rallymasters or myself with any questions.
Each of the registration forms posted should be printable by clicking on the form to enlarge and print. A few people have found hovering over the document then right click and print works as well.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers Meet Health Issues Head On

Several of our members are struggling with health issues and could use our thoughts and prayers. Sandy Berrier reports that Bill has lung cancer which will require surgery soon. He would like for us to keep him in our prayers as he confronts this challenge. Leroy Frank has just had triple bypass surgery and is doing well. We all wish him a speedy recovery. J.R.Kelley is finishing his radiation treatments for prostate cancer and he and Louise should be back in camping mode when Indy rolls around. Finally, Connie Decausemaker had some good news as they are closer to working out her difficulties and will not need to go to Mayo.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers arrive at Circus City

Peru welcomed the Hoosier Cruisers last Thursday and even published an article in the Peru Tribune about our club. Rally master Don Orman was quoted saying "we've been here before...but it has been several years". Nineteen coaches and at least 20 grandchildren and children took full advantage of the wonderful opportunity to visit the Circus City Festival. It began Thursday with dinner at a unique restaurant called the Siding. We had our own buffet and sat at tables in old railroad cars.

Friday was a day of exploring and shopping at the festival and downtown Peru. I thought we would never see some of the women again. Friday night was a pitch in dinner with our host providing a wonderful beef brisket as the main entree. As always, we had the best side dishes possible from some of the best cooks in FMCA. The rest of the evening was relaxing mostly watching the kids and a few adults play numerous games. The water balloons were definitely the biggest hit.

Saturday brought some excitement as we headed downtown to the festival parade. Our rally masters had arranged private parking and we were escorted to our own barricaded lot. Boy did we feel special. The parade was excellent and started with a fly-by of an Army Huey gunship and appropriately our National Anthem. It was then on to the circus. Boy was I surprised. The performers ranged in age from 6-18 years of age and showed great courage, poise and professionalism. We were even treated to a seven women pyramid on the high wire performed by an all women wire act. The show closed with a great performance on the trapeze. These kids are awesome, very talented and definitely dedicated. I'm sure there were many proud parents in attendance. The evening was continued with a great catered dinner and we were then entertained by a local blue grass band singing many familiar songs.
On Sunday Bettie Wessel led us in devotions which were wonderfully geared to the children. Assisted by Betty Behnken it was the perfect conclusion to our visit. All in all a very successful fun filled rally due in large part to our terrific rally masters Don and Lou Ann Orman and there assistants Duane and Lois Stoner. Well done!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sauder Village- A Trip Back In Time

We started our journey several weeks before when Dick and Janice Schumaker asked us to help with the June rally. We were a little cautious but since they were the seasoned rally masters what could go wrong.

The coaches started rolling in on Thursday and we all headed to the " Home " restaurant for a great meal and wonderful service that evening. Following a pitch-in breakfast we toured an Indian Village and moved on the Pioneer Times. All the houses and shops had period greeters to explain their jobs and of course there were retail shops as well so the economy got a boost from our visit. Following all of that we met for happy hour and dinner at the Barn Restaurant and called it a day.

Saturday began at the Sauder Village Hotel for a nice continental spread. Afterward the ladies learned to knit a ruffled scarf and the men went to a tractor event. I was really impressed with how quickly the first time knitters picked it up. Several of them finished their scarfs the next day.

Saturday evening we had a pulled pork dinner with everyong providing sides and desserts. As usual the food was delicious and I ate too much. After dinner we played the Newlywed Game.

The Tilmanns, Winebrenners Lisles and O'dells didn't know much about their spouses so it was great fun and lots of laughs. We also had a good time playning card bingo and finished the nite with a nice campfire back at the coaches.

Sunday we had coffee and rolls followed by a church service with an inspiring talk by Dennis Filson. Jerry Hardacre lead us in song and it was time to say good bye to old and new friends.

Being a host is an exhausting but wonderful experience. I would encourage everyone to think about hosting or at least helping with a rally.

See you all down the road and keep all of us in your prayers. Connie Decausmaker

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers Have a Heavy Heart

It is with profound sadness that I report the loss of our great friend and Hoosier Cruiser Bruce Bailey. Bruce passed away suddenly early Wednesday at the GLASS rally. Our hearts and prayers go out to Beth and their entire family at this most difficult time.

We now have more information on the arrangements.
Calling will be from 6:00-8:00p.m. on Saturday at the Ballard and Son's Funeral Home in Daleville Indiana. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00p.m. at the Daleville Christian Church. A complete obituary notice can be read at

Friday, May 18, 2012

Circus City Bound

The Ormans and Stoners have arrainged a great rally for "children of all ages". Many are already planning on bringing their grandkids to this fun event in Peru, Indiana and this rally should be very special. The newsletter will be out soon but you can print the info and registration form from the documents below. Just put your cursor on the document and right click to enlarge and or print. The rally masters need to have a head count as soon as possible so lets all help out by getting our registration forms in quickly.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

The May Rally celebrated the Kentucky Derby and the coaches began to arrive on a beautiful day on Thursday. The campground, Follow the River, proved to be an excellent site for the weekend activities.  The large sites and fantastic meeting room enhanced the planned events.  That evening the members went to Mo's Steakhouse and later were treated to popcorn and the movie, “The Long, Long, Trailer”.  Even though it is an older movie it highlights many of the misfortunes that have happened to many of us.  It was interesting to see so many laughing and punching their spouses in the ribs when they saw situations that they too had found themselves in.

Friday began with a pitch-in breakfast and no one went away hungry.  The food was delicious.  Those attending had the day to choose from many interesting points of interest in Vevay including two museums, many small shops, one of the oldest hardware stores in Indiana, Markland locks and Belterra Casino.  In the evening members enjoyed a “haystack dinner” which included just about everything except the kitchen sink.  The club was lucky that the stormy weather held off so that members could enjoy carriage rides and live music.

The next day Nancy Ruster prepared her homemade donuts and Hoosier Cruisers left at 8:15 for the Power Plant tour.  The plant was built in the mid 1950’s and continues to produce electricity from coal.  It burns 100 train car loads of coal a day.  The guide shared many interesting facts including a bomb shelter was built below the control center.  Two additional tours were available including a behind the scenes tour of the Lanier Mansion and a tour of the Shrewsbury-Windle House.  In the evening the group watched the Kentucky Derby on a big screen TV.  Those attending got in the spirit of the derby by wearing “Derby Hats”. The day concluded with a horse race.  Each person had a horse that they had to move along a track.  It was an activity that was filled with raucous laughter as players exchanged places with opponents or moved to the head of the pack.  Winners were given prizes for their efforts.

The rally concluded with a church service at the Markland Baptist Church which is a little white clapboard church.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

June in Archbold, Ohio

We've got a great rally in June with thanks to the Schumakers and Decausemakers.

This will be a great trip back in time. There is a bit of a time sensitive aspect however. We need to register at the campground by May 20.2012. So get your reservations in soon and look forward to a great rally. All the info is in the newsletter but just in case here it is again. If you want to print it just put your cursor over the document and left click to enlarge. Then right click and print..

Sunday, April 22, 2012

May Rally Update Information

For those members traveling to Vevay, IN, the May Rally.  Please be aware that there is road construction in the area.  The best way when traveling from the north is to travel to Versailles and then take Hwy. 129 south to  Hwy. 156 and turn left (east).  Go through Vevay about 5 miles and the campground is on the left.

A tour of the Madison Power Plant has been added.  A limited number may take this tour.  If you are interested contact Greg Wessel, 765-749-3386.  There is no charge for this tour.

Just a reminder-we will be watching the Kentucky Derby in the meeting room and members are invited to wear their Kentucky Derby hats.  Your hat can be humorous or fashionable.  Join in the fun.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In Sympathy

Sadly, Ernie Clashman has informed me that former Hoosier Cruiser Owen Kiel has passed away at 84 years of age. The funeral is Thursday at Burns-Kish Funeral Homes, 8415 Calumet Ave,
Munster, Indiana. The thoughts and prayers of all Hoosier Cruisers go out to his entire family.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FMCA Family Renunion

I've been asked how the club can camp together in the volunteer area at the Indianapolis rally. Each member should register as usual selecting their area of choice ie electric, full generator, partial generator etc and pay the indicated fee. I am assuming most attending members will assist the club in its responsibility to man the FMCA store as volunteers. We then need you to let me know you are attending the rally so you can be added to the volunteer list. There is no pay for this volunteer service. This will then be submitted and you will receive additional credentials. Volunteers will enter the grounds on Friday. We will work out a way to caravan into the grounds so we can be together as much as possible. If you are unable to caravan with us you should still be close enough for convenient happy hour gathering. This is a great opportunity to attend a national rally very close to home. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you there. Rick Hahn

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Off to the Races - May Rally

All Hoosier Cruisers are invited to a fun filled weekend in Vevay and Madison Indiana. The Wessels and Rusters have planned a variety of activities that should appeal to everyone.

On Thursday, May 3rd, members will arrive at the Follow the River Campground that is a first class facility that offers long concrete pads and full service hook-ups at each site. We will also have the use of the meeting room that is air-conditioned or heated, and have access to a large projection screen which we plan to use to see the Kentucky Derby at no additional charge. All members attending are invited to participate in an optional dinner at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay.

Friday will begin with a pitch-in breakfast in the meeting room at 9:00 a.m. Steve Ruster has agreed to have the coffee going by 8:00 for those early risers. After breakfast members may visit the two museums in Vevay at no charge. Coupons will be provided in your welcome bags from Vevay. Members can car pool to the museums and explore them at their own pace. Other possible sites of interest include the Belterra Casino, Markland locks, Danner’s Hardware and Village Gift Shop, Ridge Winery, Dutch discount and scenic driving tours. Lunch is on your own, but plan to attend the “Haystack” dinner in the meeting room. If you have never tried a “Haystack” you are in for a treat. After dinner members will go to Vevay for the monthly festival where there will be live entertainment and free carriage rides. What Fun!

Saturday will start with Nancy’s “World Famous Homemade Donuts”. The rest of the day will be spent in Madison with shopping and tours. Members may participate in a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Lanier home and/or visit the Shrewsbury-Winkle home which has a free standing staircase which is an architectural wonder. After a busy day in Madison members will return for a “happy hour” before dinner which is “Kentucky” fried chicken with the clubs great cooks providing the sides. The campground will also have the telecast Kentucky Derby shown on a large screen in the meeting room. Continuing with the derby fun members are encouraged to wear their own Kentucky Derby hats (the wilder the better). The day will end with our own derby with the winners receiving prizes.

On Sunday, a continental breakfast will be provided and the club has been invited to attend a rural church service at 10:30 which is next to the campground.

Click on the registration below to sign-up for this event:

The Wessels and Rusters are looking forward to seeing all of you after this year’s winter adventures.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I Received the Following From Jane and Ernie Clashman

HI! Another sad passing of a Hoosier Crusier. John Willaman died February 11, 2012.
Click on the link below for his obituary.

John and Jackie were members of the Hoosier Crusiers a few years ago.
They did some full timing and also were venders at FMCA conventions and rallies.

Ernie and Jane

Monday, January 23, 2012

May Rally - Vevay, IN - May 3rd

It may seem hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner. The Wessels and Rusters have planned an exciting weekend beginning Thursday, May 3rd. The rally is going to be held in Vevay, Indiana, a little town in southern Indiana. This year we will be camping at Follow the River Campground. The facilities are excellent and the club will have the use of a large meeting room that is heated. This will be a real plus since it is hard to predict what the weather will be like in May.

As the coaches arrive they will be parked on large cement pads that provide full hook-up. That evening members can elect to join others and have dinner at Mo’s Steakhouse. The campground meeting room will be available for those who want to share their experiences this winter or maybe play a few hands of cards.

Friday will begin with a pitch-in breakfast. The club has great cooks and it is a delight to share in the good food. After breakfast members can visit the Switzerland County Historical Museum and the Life on the Ohio Museum. All members will receive coupons for free admission to the museums. Members will be treated to a “haystack” dinner in the meeting room. If you haven’t had a “haystack” before it is a mouthwatering delight. After dinner Hoosier Cruisers will be able to enjoy the night life of Vevay. The town will provide live local entertainment and free carriage rides.

The next day starts with the “world famous donuts” prepared by Nancy Ruster. Last year they were a great hit. There is nothing like fresh donuts. The rest of the day will be spent in nearby Madison where members may take a tour of the power plant or take a behind the scenes tour of the Lanier home. For those who have visited Madison before, some may just enjoy shopping and touring the town of Madison.
 Returning to the campground late afternoon, plan to enjoy the Kentucky Derby and participate in a happy hour. To make this celebration even more fun, members are asked to wear their derby hat. The derby just wouldn’t be the derby without the over the top hats that are worn by derby goers. Dinner will include Kentucky fried chicken with members providing the side dishes. We will watch the Kentucky Derby on a big screen and root for our favorite horse. To continue the festivities we will have our own horse races in the clubhouse with winners receiving prizes.

On Sunday members can attend a church service at a church next to the campground.

We are looking forward to seeing all our friends who are certain to have many tales about their adventures this winter. Hope to see you all at the spring rally.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hoosier Cruisers Winter Gather

It’s that time of year again and the weather here in Florida has been great. Sandy and I are looking forward to the Hoosier Cruisers winter gathering. For all you snowbirds and anyone traveling in the Florida area we will have a Hoosier Cruisers luncheon on Thursday February 16th from 11:00-3:00p.m. at Sun N’ Fun RV resort in Sarasota, Florida. Many of you will remember the wonderful luncheon served the last couple of years by the resort staff. You may also be interested in the new multimillion dollar lifestyle center constructed since last year. A video can be viewed on line at the Sun N’ Fun website. If any of you would like to come for a few days just call the office and ask for Elaine. Identify yourselves as Hoosier Cruisers and it may help. Feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone and I’ll do all I can to assist you. We will need a head count to make adequate arraignments so let me know as soon as you can if you can make it. We will also be sending an e-mail with this information as well. The following address and number are for the resort. Hope to see you all soon, Rick and Sandy Hahn.
Sun N’ Fun, 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Fl. 34240 . 800-843-2421
Take I-75 to exit 210 and head East for approximately one mile to entrance on left.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sad News About One of Our Own

I received the following e-mail from Jane and Ernie Clashman.

We recieved a call from Sharion Matheny tonight. Russell (Bud) Myers passed away early this morning. 2:30 am.
Mary Belle is doing ok..

Bud will be at the Weaver and Randolph Funeral Home in Clayton, IN. 4712 Pennsylvania Street, 317-539-4567
Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 6th. 4 to 8 pm.

Funeral service will be Saturday Jan. 7th at 10:30 am.
As of 8:20pm Wed. Ernie and I could not find Bud listed with the Funeral Home. His name did come up, no other information. If we find out more we will let you know. Keep the family in your prayers. Jane and Ernie