Larry & Patsy Wood (12255-L)
Region Three Directors
We have been busy attending several of the state rallies in Region Three. In September, we went to Elmandorf, Texas, where Kathy & Mike Hutchens had organized a wonderful rally. Kathy and her helpers prepared delicious food for us each day and had lots of fun activities planned. The meals and activities were different and creative. One night was “movie night” and everything you might get at a movie theater was served. One of the activities was a craft class where we learned to make flowers out of tin cans. Our instructor was wonderful and patient with those like Patsy who are not very crafty. The finished product looked good enough that it now sits on our kitchen table.
We enjoyed getting to see Katie Harrington, former Region Three director, while we were at the Texas rally. She only lives a few miles away, so she drove over each day and joined us. She is doing well but misses the lifestyle they once had.
As most of you know, it is not unusual for something to stop working correctly when you travel in a motor home. After breakfast one morning, we were not able to open the door to get into the RV. Larry had to crawl in through the window. Once he was inside, he still wasn’t able to get the door open. Finally, thanks to Carlos Espinoza and his “magic touch”, the door was opened!
In mid-September, we traveled to Sedalia, Missouri—the location of the 2023 International Rally. Because Region Three is in charge of parking and registration again this year, we met with Ron & Wanda Llewellyn to scout out the parking sites and buildings. We are happy to say that everyone will get 50 amp full hookup service and we will also have more room than usual to possibly be able to put a unit in every other space. We will soon be asking for volunteers to help with the International Rally parking and registration. If you are interested, send us an email. Let us know if there is a particular duty you would like to volunteer for. There will be outside jobs for parking and inside jobs for registration. Also, please let us know if you have any physical limitations. Volunteers will need to arrive several days earlier than everyone else.
Once we were finished with our reconnaissance of the fairgrounds, the four of us headed for a rally in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Larry & Myra Markley were our excellent hosts! Although they just recently joined our Newmar group, they volunteered to host a rally. They live in the Eureka Springs area and were able to take us to places that we had never experienced before, even though we have been there many times. Although it was a small rally, we actually gained three new member couples who were by chance staying in the same RV park as us. We knocked on their doors and invited them to join us. We are so happy they did!
The Oklahoma State Rally was held at “By the Lake RV Park” near Ardmore by Lake Murray in mid-October. New State Directors Allen & Natalie Jones did a beautiful job of organizing food and activities. They, with the help of several others, including Susan Effron from Tulsa, a former caterer, prepared the welcome meal and all the breakfasts. You couldn’t get better dining at a fine restaurant! The room where we gathered was comfortable and had everything we needed, and the RV sites were on concrete pads. The weather was perfect most of the time we were there, including our morning at the Choctaw Cultural Center. The facility was beautiful, and we learned so much while we were there.
We want to thank all the couples in our region who hosted a rally this year. Without your help, the Newmar Kountry Klub would not be the same.
Some of the state rallies have already been scheduled for next year. They are Kansas – August 24-27, Oklahoma – April 27-30, Texas – October 12-15, and Arkansas Razorback Kountry Klub – May 4-7. We hope you will try to attend. Be sure to put the Region Three Rally on your calendar. It will be June 14-18, 2023, in Branson, Missouri. It will be a lot of fun. Space is limited to 35 coaches, so get your reservations in as soon as you can. Watch for the ads in the Legacy magazine.