As we enter our 5th year as International Directors of the Newmar Kountry Klub, a very bitter sweet time for us has come – this will be our last year as International Directors. We cannot believe how fast the last five years have passed; but, alas, it is time for us to quit hogging all the fun and we have decided to retire after this year. It has been a great ride for us – After these many International Rallies, Regional, State and Provincial, Chapter Rallies, and Special Events, we still love the excitement, meeting with and having fun times with you our members, sharing meals and entertainment.
Along with our new web site, Facebook accounts, chapter newsletters, twitter accounts, the Konnection magazine, the monthly e mail blast “The Happenings”, we need to strive to keep our seasoned members, our new members, and soon to be members well informed about our good times together.
We began with our first International at Lewisburg, West Virginia and what a good time we had!! It was delightful having a rally so close to our home in Virginia and we got to know more about our neighbor state of West Virginia. We set events up at the Greenbrier Golf Course, toured the Bunker, discovered a jewel of a location for fine restaurants, and introduced our members to the art of “creative” storytelling.
Our next gathering was in Pueblo, Colorado and once again we discovered another beautiful area of our USA. We had some fantastic tours with beautiful scenery, discovered you can eat green chilies on everything, Cowboy church, a special presentation by a Medal of Honor recipient, and a HUGE arena for entertaining and showing off our new line of Newmar Motor Homes. During this period, the Kountry Klub membership continued to increase and grow.
Our third gathering was in Sedalia, Missouri in the middle of the country. We gained a new respect for BBQ, a history of train travel, the New Aire was introduced by Newmar, our sessions for Freightliner and Spartan training continued to sell out and our Kountry Klub continued to grow.
Our 4th International Rally was in Gillette, Wyoming and what a grand time we had. There was a tornado warning just for fun (thank goodness!), fantastic meals, super entertainment and outstanding facility staff on site. Once again, our Klub continued to grow and attendance at the International Rally continued to grow.
Our 5th and last International will be in Syracuse, New York in the biggest arena we have ever visited – the new Expo Center. We are in the planning stages and look forward to this new adventure and greeting many of you in our bright Syracuse orange shirts!
We started this journey as ID’s with our formal introduction in the November, 2014 Konnection. We spent a few weeks with Jim & Wilma Weeks and worked with them in Escanaba, Michigan to learn the ropes … so to speak. We will end this journey by working with the new appointed International Directors with a wonderful gathering in Syracuse. It has been a hoot! We are so proud to say that our Kountry Klub continues to grow and grow and grow and gathered in a record breaking 108 new members in January 2019!
Looking forward to meeting you!
Bob & Bonnie Krieger (12508)