Monday, September 15, 2014

Hoosier Cruisers October Rally

Come and join your Rally Masters Connie and Harry Decausemaker at the Rockville Indiana Covered Bridge Festival October 9th through 12th, 2014.  Camping will be located at the Park County Fairgrounds which has nice large level sites.

The Covered Bridge Festival always proves to be an interesting place for food, shopping and interesting things from yesteryear.  The usual arrival date of Thursday October 9th will find a good crowd of fellow Hoosier Cruisers waiting to join you for a fun weekend.  Earlier arrival is certainly an option just indicate so on the registration form.  Thursday evening all will enjoy a Chicken Noodle dinner at the Fairgrounds.

Friday morning there will be a pitch in breakfast that will fortify you for a long day of shopping and sightseeing in Rockville and the surrounding area.  The covered bridges in Park County take center stage for the festival.  There are many to see and travel across. Of course excellent food can be had at any of the various areas for lunch and/or dinner.  Of course “Shop Till You Drop” is the operative word. 

Saturday is another day of shopping and sightseeing followed by a pitch in dinner with ham provided.  The rally will conclude Sunday morning with our traditional coffee, juice and donuts followed by a worship service. 

So come and enjoy a fun weekend in Park County Indiana.

For a printable registrations form click October Registration Form.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great Rally in Greenville, OH

It was a great time to gather with friends at the Darke County Fairgrounds.  Bob and Mable Heath, Jane Clashman, and Beth Bailey organized an event that was enjoyed by all.  After arriving on Thursday, members ate supper at the Fairlawn Steak House and swapped "tall tales" about what they had been doing during the summer.

After breakfast on Friday, the club took a tour of the KitchenAid Plant. KitchenAid began making quality kitchen appliances in the early 1900's and continue a successful line of innovative appliances today. It was an excellent tour and we were amazed at all the different colors that are available for mixers.  Mixer can be purchased in over 70 different colors.

Following the factory tour, members visited the KitchenAid store located in downtown Greenville.  The store had discounted appliances and accessories and some of the members took advantage of the bargains.  Everyone got to participate in the preparation of apple turnovers.
As you can see Doug Tilmann was a willing participant. All the ingredients were ready to go and after the turnovers were made the staff baked each of the desserts which were later enjoyed with ice cream.

Friday evening the rally masters and assistant rally masters provided an excellent meal that included chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert. Great Meal!

After dinner Steve Kincaid chaired the business meeting where the slate of officers was presented.  All members will have a chance to approve or reject the present slate by responding by email or mail.  At the meeting George Myers, Indiana Area Vice President and his wife were introduced.

Saturday began with a pitch-in breakfast which is always fun.  Later, the members carpooled to the Garst Museum which included many interesting exhibits.  Two of the highlights included an interesting collection of memorabilia celebrating the life of Lowell Thomas and adventurer who was a pioneer in radio and television.  A second person that was honored was Annie Oakley who had an interesting career as a sharpshooter. Othe exhibits honored the service men and women, and many artifacts from the past.

Saturday evening the rally masters had arranged a catered dinner with fried chicken and all the sides.  Again, the food was excellent.

And what would a rally be without a campfire.  Bob and other members kept the fire stoked.  It was a great evening sitting around the campfire and sharing stories.

The rally ended with pastries, juice, and coffee followed by dovations which were led by Bettie Wessel and singing which was led by Betty Behnken.

Many thanks go to the rally masters, assistant rally masters, and all the members who helped make this another fantastic rally. THANKS!

Highlights of the National Director's Report

Jerry Hardacre submitted the following National Director's Report from Redmond Oregon.

  • Bylaw Amendment - past presidents would not be required to attend Executive Board meetings - motion failed
  • Financial Report - FMCA cash position is $962,418.00, investment account is $9,000,000
  • Membership - 76,397 members, FMCA is still losing members, but at a slower rate
  • Policy and Procedure - mileage allowance for motorhome travel to double the IRS rate for automobiles and Chapter and Associate Chapter Operations must be consistent with National Bylaws
  • Reinstatement of FMCAssist- become effective October 1, 2014 - details in the October FMCA Magazine
  • Upcoming Conventions contingent on negotiations - 
    • 2016 Winter, Perry, GA - Summer, Syracuse, NY
    • 2017 Winter, Pomona, CA - Summer, Indianapolis, IN
    • 2018 Winter, Perry, GA - Summer, Gillette, WY
To view the complete report click National Director's Report

Monday, September 8, 2014

Election of Officers 2015

votersAt the September Rally the club will elect officers for the upcoming year.  The following slate of nominations has been submitted by the nominating committee who has contacted all the members and they have stated their willingness to serve our organization.

President. - Steve Ruster
Exec. Vice President - Dick Schumaker
Secretary - Betty Tilmann
Treasurer - Mable Heath
Nat’l Dirirector - Jerry Hardacre
Alt. Nat’l Director - Bettie Wessel
Northern Vice President - Steve Kincaid
Central Vice President - Carol Hardacre
Southern Vice President - Judy Hohl

Nominations can also be made from the floor.

The slate of nominations was presented at the September Rally.  Members will be emailed or mailed the slate of nominations and are asked to respond by email or mail as to whether they accept or reject the slate of officers.

Please respond to Beth Bailey:


P.O. Box 28,  Daleville, IN  47334