Thursday, August 4, 2022

Slate of Hoosier Cruisers Officers for 2023


President-  Jerry Covington

Senior VP-  Al Fordeck

Treasurer-  Paul Brosher

Secretary-  Roberta Covington              

North VP-  Doug Tilmann

Central VP-  Jim Wall

South VP-  Kevin Watters

Natl Director-  Steve Ruster

Alt Natl Director-  Betty Tilmann

Nominating Comm:  

Darlene Gebhart

Suzi Pluhar

Linda Wible



Nominating Committee                               

Roberta Covington

Suzi Pluhar

Nancy Wilcox


You can vote for the Hoosier Cruisers officers at the September Rally.  Please plan to attend. 

The club thanks those members who are willing to serve and support the events and activities for the upcoming year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Shipshewana Fun......

Many thanks go to Jerry & Roberta Covington , and Doug & Betty Tilmann for organizing a fun rally.  They had prepared a dinner on Thursday of  Sloppy Joes, hotdogs, chips, and sundaes. We enjoyed the meal and fellowship around the campfire.  Shipshewana was a great location for the rally.  Members were able to take a tour of the Jayco factory and have a great dinner at Essenhaus restaurant.  Enjoy the pictures below of the fun that we had.


Sunday, June 19, 2022



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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Fun, Fellowship, and Entertainment at GLAMARAMA

Hoosier Cruiser Chapter Dinner.  It was a great dinner planned by the Tilmanns.  Seven new members joined and were welcomed.

Margaret McGlashan celebrated her 85th birthday.

Members enjoyed the pancake breakfast.

Members enjoyed a campfire and were serenaded by Danielle Clashman with music that she has written and recorded. 

September Rally at Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville


Don’t Miss the September Rally



             Al and Billie Fordeck and Dave and Ruth Bracey are hosting the rally on September 22-25 at Bixler Lake Park and Campground in Kendallville, Indiana. This park is located on the east side of Bixler Lake and should be entered via CR 1000 E at the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex. The road to the campground is on the far west side of the complex parking lot.  If you put the actual street address for the park into your GPS, you will probably be given directions to go through the city streets---not a viable route for large rigs. Google does provide directions to the Recreation Complex.

Thursday evening the rally masters will serve ham and beans, corn muffins, Subway meat wraps and other goodies.

Friday morning we have scheduled a tour of the cabin in the woods at Gene Stratton Porter State Memorial on Sylvan Lake near Rome City. Fees are regularly $5 for children 3-17, $8 for adults, and $7 for sixty and over. We will receive a $1 discount on all tickets.  Participants will pay at the cabin. 

Saturday morning we will tour the Mid-American Windmill Museum located just south of the sports complex on 1000 E. Cost is $5 for all adults; children get in free (again pay at the museum).The evening meal will be at the Kendallville American Legion Post on Main Street beginning with social time at 5:30.  The menu consists of a variety of salads, baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy. Coffee, tea, and lemonade are included with the price of the meal.  A cash bar will be available for other beverages.

If you have any questions, contact Billie (260-343-8021; or Ruth (260-223-1473;


August Rally at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum


Hoosier Cruisers August, 2022 Rally

August 11-14, 2022

Elkhart, Indiana

Come join us for a weekend of exploring Elkhart, Indiana...

The RV Capital of the World!!


We will be parking on the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum located at 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, Indiana. The museum houses an amazing collection of recreational vehicles dating back to the early years of RVing, all with a story and a place in the history of the RV industry. You will not want to miss the celebrity units of Mae West and Charles Linbergh. A tour of the museum is planned on Friday morning.

Elkhart offers many interesting sites to explore, in your free time, such as the Wellfield Bontanic Gardens, Parks in the downtown area, 1910 Ruthmere Mansion Museum, 1848 Havilah Beardsley House (founder of the City of Elkhart), Quilt Gardens throughout the county and even a Hall of Hero’s Museum (the only Superhero and comic book museum in the world). A SPECIAL TREAT this year is the return of World Renown Sculpturer, Steward Johnson’s bronzed life size statues which will be located around the city and the county.

We’ll have coffee gatherings to start your day and dinners planned to end your day, all with the company of your fellow Hoosier Cruisers. You are welcome to arrive on Wednesday, August 10 and hang out with us (we may even put you to work)!!

See you in August,

Doug, Betty, Kevin and Denise


Saturday, May 28, 2022

July Rally - Shipshewana, IN

 Simple Shipshewana Rally Shipshewana RV Park
510 E Farver St.
 Shipshewana, IN 46565 
July 14-17, 2022 

Join us for our July rally at Shipshewana RV Park. You will need to call the park to make your reservation at 260-768-7627. Be sure to tell them you are with Hoosier Cruisers and they will try to park us together. Call as soon as possible as the sites are first come first serve. We will gather at 6:00 on Thursday July 14 for a light meal and fellowship. On Friday morning we are working to schedule a tour of the Rise and Roll Bakery. That afternoon we will be touring the Annie Oakley Perfumery factory in Ligonier. The cost of the tour is $5.00 (pay at the door) and you will receive a $5.00 coupon to spend on a $10.00 purchase. They have many items such as perfume, essential oils, home scents, bath and body etc. Saturday is a free day to spend in Shipshewana. We will have buffet dinner at the Essenhaus Saturday evening. The cost is $17.99, pay at the restaurant. We will gather around the campfire each evening weather permitting. Sunday morning we will bid farewell with donuts (from Rise and Roll) and devotions. 

Hope to see you there 

 Rally Masters: Jerry and Roberta Covington 765-748-3747
                         Doug and Betty Tilmann 574-261-1612

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Camping Season is off to a Great Start


The May Rally was a success with members attending the rally held in Crawfordsville at the Sugar Creek Campground.  Our hats are off to the Rally Masters, John Saalwaechter & Penny Johnson, and Assist. Rally Masters Tony & Margo Brandenburg. They planned and organized a rally which included time for fellowship with other members and a wide variety of activities.  Members could visit historic mansions, a railroad museum, a rotary jail, enjoying meals with friends, and just sitting around a campfire. 

Our thanks go to Betty Tilmann for submitting the photos of the rally activities.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Do You Want to Help? Read on for suggestions for rally sites

 Suggestions for Southern Indiana Rallies for Hoosier Cruisers
Jeffersonville/New Albany  - 2021
·        Charlestown State Park – 812-256-5600 , great sites, no building
·        Visitor Center – 812-280-5566
Shelbyville – 2019
·        Shelby County Fairgrounds – 317-392-1612, great to work with, nice
building, park on grass
·        Visitor Center – 317-398-9623, was not the best to work with at that time
·        Strand Theatre – 317-395-3318, great to work with
Madison – 2018
·        Jefferson County Fairgrounds – 812-265-8919, nice building, great to work with, park on grass, Rodeo Sept. 23-24 and Fair July 9-16
·        Visitor Center – 800-559-2956, very helpful, lots to do in area
New Harmony & Evansville – 2017
·        Harmonie State Park – 866-622-6746, no building but could use library in town for meeting, had to cancel because of flooding
·        New Harmony Visitor Center – 812-682-4474, good to work with, set up historical town tour
·        Evansville Visitor Center – 812-421-2200, set up LST ship and Museum tours
Columbus – 2016 & 2015
·        Ceraland – 812-377-5849, rally campground or regular campground, no building, had an event coordinator
·        Visitor Center – 812-378-2622
Vincennes – 2014
·        Knox County Park – 812-882-4316
·        Visitors Center – 812-886-0400
Batesville – 2013 & 2017
·        Indian Lakes – 800-388-7788
·        Visitors Bureau – 812-934-3986
Vevay – 2012
·        Visitors Bureau – 812-427-3237
·        Follow the River Campground – 812-427-3330
·        Great facility with room
Corydon – 2011
·        O’Bannon State Park – 812-738-8232
·        Harrison County Visitors Center – 888-738-2137
Jasper – 2010
·        West Bogg Campground – 812-295-3421
·        Dubois County Visitors Center – 812-482-9115
Clarksville, IN – 2009
·        Add More Campground – 812-283-4321
·        Visitors Bureau – 812-280-5566
Bloomington, IN – 2008
·        Visitors Bureau – 800-800-0037
·        Monroe County Fairgrounds – 812-825-7439
Versailles, IN – 2006
·        Ripley County Fairgrounds – 812-689-6535
·        Versailles Visitor Center – 812-689-7431
For additional information about these rallies go to the club blog:
·        Access with Google or Safari
·        Hoosier Cruisers
The blog has a search box that will allow you to find information posted on the blog.  For example search with the word Batesville and Batesville Rally information will be displayed.

Thursday, May 5, 2022



Elkhart County Fairgrounds Goshen, Indiana

 Thursday, June 9 has been scheduled at Glamarama as Chapter opportunity during the rally for each club to “get together”. We have arranged for a local restaurant (The Galley) to cater a summer picnic dinner of: Burgers, Brats, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Baked Beans and Dessert. Plates, silverware and napkins will be provided. You will need to bring your own beverage. 

Cost is $15.00 per person.
Doug and Betty Tilmann 

Questions–call or text Doug (574-261-1611) or Betty (574-261-1612) 
June 9, 2022 Chapter Night Dinner at 5:00 PM Number of People ____ @15.00/ea =________

Make checks payable to: Betty Tilmann 
                                    58965 C.R. 1, Elkhart, IN 46517