Well, we sure hope that y’all folks above the Great State of Florida have begun to thaw out. The weather sure has been one crazy day after another. Of course us folks here in Florida…… well….. guess we have said enough.
We are still feeling the effects of COVID throughout the United States and all over the world. Glad to see some are getting the shots needed to protect themselves. This COVID stuff is still trying to do it’s best to stop us from rallying but, we, the Newmar family, are rearing to go and get out and about safely. All our Chapter and State rallies are still on schedule with COVID protocols in place.
The Newmar Kountry Klub Tampa Super Show was held in January this year with just 112 coaches in place. Our hosts Region Five Directors Gary & Wanda Smith, International Directors Ron & Wanda Llewellyn, Region 7 Directors Bob & Jane Hadley, Carolina’s State Directors Carl & Gail Webber and Margie & I, your co-hosts all worked hard to ensure that all COVID protocols were met and that everyone had a great time.
Even though our Newmar Tech’s and Executives were not at our rally, we still received many positive remarks concerning the Super Show Rally. Newmar did step up to the plate big time and provided service tickets for those in attendance, something they sure didn’t have to do. But that is why we all purchased a Newmar, for the customer service they provide for an outstanding motorhome product, something we do not hear of from other motorhome companies.
For some fun and fellowship, we had a corn hole tournament and all the participants had a great time. And of course, First Place was taken by Gary Smith, Region Five Director, who also brought in a corn hole ringer by the name of Elmer Yoder (Elmer, I’m sure most of y’all know him, he is one of the best Newmar Service Tech’s around). We are glad y’all enjoyed your time with us.
At the Tampa Super Show there were over 50 new Newmar First Timer’s in attendance and we had a lot of them attend our Florida social. Many in attendance signed up for our Florida Manatees, Sea Turtles & Pelican Chapters.
Also, would like to take a moment to let the Florida Manatees know that an old friend stopped by to say hello. That’s right he is still here to haunt us: Mr Tom Gafner. He showed up in his new hot rod, a VW convertible. Tom stuck around for the Florida Social and reconnected with several old members. Tom is now living at a new home with his daughter, Laura at 5700 Bay Shore Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221, tel: 941-266-8166. Tom said that he hangs out at the local Elks Club and volunteers there also doing odd jobs. As Tom says he keeps his hands in his pockets until he is told to do something, then he still gets himself into trouble. So reach out and send him a big hello, he would love it.
By the time that everyone reads this article we will have attended a few rallies. We will say more about the fun and fellowship we had in our next article.
Margie & I want to say that we sure do miss y’all and hope to see everyone real soon. Take care and stay safe.
Remember, “The best part of any journey is the people we meet along the way”.
We can be reached at email@example.com Greg’s cell: 954-914-8335.
Greg & Margie Harrop (20694)
Florida State Directors