Dave Shank & Lynn Barley (24088)
Fulltimers Chapter – Presidents
“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts” – Ella Fitzgerald
Some of our NKK Fulltimers Chapter members have experienced losses to their coaches and property from hurricane Ian. We wish them a speedy recovery and hope they will be able to get back on the road soon.
For those of you who were not directly affected, has the storm changed your plans? Do you normally winter in Southwest Florida? Will you be visiting this year? Let us know.
Personally, as we write this article, we are in Nashville, visiting some of the local sites with our Vice Presidents, Victor & Pam Lorentz. Some of you know that Lynn was unable to attend our two rallies in Heber City and Rock Springs due to a family emergency. I spent several weeks working back across the country after the rallies to arrive in Cincinnati where she was able to catch up with her two dogs on August 26th. After a few days in Nappanee having some work done on the coach, we spent five weeks moving up the west side of Michigan to Mackinaw and back down the east side enjoying the cool weather as well as many historical sites.
By the time you read this, we will be starting our Holly Jolly Rally at Creekside RV Resort in Punta Gorda, Florida, December 4-8. Our hosts, Tom & Roni Lehmkuhl, have been instrumental in planning this event and we appreciate the effort they have put in to assure a successful event. We have 60 people signed up to attend and join us on a Harbor Cruise to view holiday lights and tour the Edison-Ford Estate, in addition to meals and activities at the campground. Our humanitarian cause for this rally will be the Charlotte County Shop with a Cop program. We would like to thank and acknowledge North Trail RV in Fort Myers for supporting this effort with gifts and prizes. We expect to continue our atmosphere of “Fun and Friendship” as we meet up with old friends and make new ones.
If you are attending the Tampa SuperShow Special Event with the Newmar group, we would like to invite you to join us for a Fulltimers Chapter get together. We have not been assigned a day or time for the social, so look for notices at the Newmar tent with details on time and date. This is open to all current Fulltimers Chapter members, and anyone interested in learning more about us or the fulltiming lifestyle.
You may also join the Fulltimers Chapter by accessing the application form from the Fulltimers web page at www.newmarkountryklub.com or contact Tom & Barbara Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning is well underway for a Desert Bloom Rally in Casa Grande, Arizona, with arrival on Tuesday, April 18 and departure on Saturday, April 22. There will be meals and group outings. All the details about this rally will be in the Winter edition of our Travelling Times newsletter with registration opening in mid-December on the NKK website. Hosts are Terry & Terri Roberts and Barbara Nuehring.
We hope one of our members may want to organize another 2023 summer rally, perhaps in the northwest part of the country. Any suggestions will be happily accepted.
2023 Fulltimers Rally and Annual Business Meeting – This rally will be held in Hannibal, Missouri September 24-29, before the International Rally in Sedalia, Missouri. We have reserved 60 sites and registrations will take place through the NKK Website in the first quarter of 2023. The rally will be held at the Mark Twain Campground. Insert picture # 101609 near here. We are planning on several historical tour venues and activities in the area along with free time to come and go as you please. A sunset dinner cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat and a tour of the Molly Brown Birthplace is planned in addition to four breakfasts and two other dinners.
The NKK International Rally will be held the following week in Sedalia, Missouri. We always have a good turnout of chapter members at the International and we will once again be offering lemonade and popcorn to attendees and hope to present seminars.