Saturday, June 29, 2013

Galloping into Gillette

What a great International Rally.  Doug Tilmann organized a caravan to Gillette, Wy.  Several members gathered at the Days End Campground in Sturgis, SD.  They arrived at the fairgrounds on Sunday and were parked near the entertainment venue, display coach
es, and seminars.  There were even some classic coaches from the past.

On Tuesday evening, the Rusters invited all HC members to a lasagna dinner at their coach.  Can you imagine seating 14 adults in a motorhome for a sit-down dinner?  Well, Steve and Nancy showed us it is possible.  It was great to see the Schmiedts who traveled from Pennsylvania and the Creels who traveled from Alabama.  We also met two new members who joined the club during the rally.

Wednesday, new officers were elected and the A & W team won.  Our new FMCA President is Charlie Adcock and our new FMCA Vice President is Jon Walker who had served as the Senior Vice President of the Great Lakes Motor Coach Area.  That evening participants were
invited to tour the new motorhomes that were on display.  Many RV brands were present.

Bright and early members had an opportunity to attend seminars that covered a wide variety of topics from motorhome maintenance to cooking in a microwave oven.  There was a good representation of vendors who offered a variety of products, information on interesting destinations, and enticing caravan opportunities.  The day concluded with an outstanding performance by the Buckinghams, a group that played and sang songs from the ‘60s.  It was great fun and many of the attendees sang along as they remembered the words from songs when they were younger.

The fun continued on Friday and three of the HC members donated quilts for the Family Services Center of Gillette.  Hoosier Cruisers spirits were not dampened even though there was rain and even a little hail.  Many of the women attended a Ladies tea which included refreshments and a humorous speaker.
Saturday ended with entertainment by Marty Stewart who entertained.

Sunday was the end of the rally and some of the HC members decided to stay an extra day because it was so muddy.  The fairgrounds personnel were accommodating and assisted the members who had become stuck by pulling them out with a 4 wheel drive tractor.  All in all it was a great rally with members leaving with fond memories of fellowship and fun experiences.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

July Rally Planned for Cicero In

Bob and Mable Heath with Dale and Wilma Elliott have scheduled a July rally with some great events.  Multiple tours and a show at Connor Praire with the church bus shuttle by renowned driver Jerry Hardacre.  The registration form is located below and should also be in your newsletter.  If you click on the form you should be able to print it. 
Don't forget you must call the campground ASAP to make your camping registrations.  Contact Bob and Mable with any questions.

Hoosier Cruiser health concerns

Don Orman informs me that Lou Ann has been hospitalized with lung and heart concerns.  Apparently it was scary for awhile but she seems to be improving.  Also Tony Winebrennner's mother has been in a difficult battle with health issues.  I know I speak for all Hoosier Cruisers in wishing them both a speedy recovery.  Please keep them in your prayers.

May Rally, A Great Time In Batesville IN!

The May rally was a great success thanks to Greg and Bettie Wessel and their team of Rem Remley, Judy Hohl, and Chuck and Lois Blodgett.  Parking was a breeze and the facilities were wonderful.  After settling in on Thursday most of us headed to a great restaurant in Oldenburg for a wonderful dinner.  Friday greeted us with perfect weather and a wonderful pancake breakfast prepared by our hosts.    Next up we visited one of the first and only remaining woodcarving business in Indiana.  Weberding's Carving Shop was founded 70 years ago and remains a family owned and operated business specializing in wood carving, custom made  furniture, statue refurbishing and church furnishings.  Their pieces are prized and located all over the world and you may have seen them with out even knowing it while visiting churches around the country. 
Next we headed to the Sherman House for lunch (yes more food) and a presentation by the owner.  The Sherman House was built in 1852 by John Brinkman and was most likely called the Brinkman House.  The name was later changed to the Sherman House in honor of General Sheman and his contributions in the War Between The States.  It turns out the hotel is also haunted and has been featured on television.  His presentation was most interesting and I'm sure I'm not the only one that felt that cold blast that went through the room before we left.  The rally continued with Saturday highlited by a visit to historic Metamora In. by some and a wonderful chicken and noodle dinner prepared by Bettie Wessel, assistant rally masters.
Once again a great time in southern Indiana!