Michael & Barbara Agrati (20411)
New Jersey State Directors and Secretary
Spring finally arrived, and we hosted our State Rally in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey at The Depot Travel Park. Assisting us as always were our President and Vice President (April Danley & Colin Smith) and our Treasurers (Bill & Angela Mannion). We had 12 coaches in attendance. Despite the bad weather and constant 55 MPH winds, we had a lot of fun and we got to meet with friends that we had not seen in a while and also made new friends as well.
This was a beautiful park for this kind of event because you can ride your bike to anywhere in Cape May to see all that it offers, including the wonderful Victorian Homes. While at the rally we had arranged for everyone to see the restoration of a 36’ Coast Guard Motor Life Boat (MLB). This 36’ was based at the Great Egg Station in Ocean City, New Jersey before it was decommissioned. I served in the Coast Guard and was stationed there in 1971-1973 as a boat coxswain. It was a real thrill to see this work horse that saved many lives including ours. In addition to this experience, the weekend that we had the rally was also to be the weekend of the open house at the Coast Guard Training Center. Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to the weather. If you are ever in Cape May when this event is on, make sure to visit the Training Center – a worthwhile experience.
Barbara & I had the good fortune of spending two weeks in South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming with our daughter and our two grandchildren. What a fun time we all had camping and enjoying each other. Memories for all!!
Barbara & I then left our daughter and our two grandchildren at the airport in Billings, Montana for their flight home. We then headed south to Wyoming for the International Rally so that we could join up with friends that had not seen in a while.
We hope that you all are doing well, staying safe and healthy, and that 2022 brings new opportunities for more Newmar gatherings, as we miss you all.
AND…JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER…We are ACTIVELY SEEKING a SECRETARY for our wonderful New Jersey Garden Aires. Your membership has responsibility, and we all need to do our part to continue the smooth running of this great chapter! Without cooperation and participation from our members, our chapter cannot sustain the excellence that we now have. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you with understanding and learning the duties of this very rewarding position! THANK YOU!