June 2004 Travel ‘N Fun Report
By the time this hits the newsstand, the “Travel N Fun Klondikers” and your regular activity reporter – Gary, will be on their Alaskan Trek, and perhaps we might even have a few photos or at least a scrap of a journal entry to let us know how the odyssey is going.
Celebration Planning: The 25th Anniversary Celebration team continues their planning efforts for a gala celebration on August 9th. Dick and Stella Davis, Bud and Lorraine Maves, Gary and Sherie Lewis and Darrel and Stephanie Schmittler together with Dan and Margie Harper would welcome any effort to locate and invite past members who have lost touch, just call 373-2908 and let Dick or Stella know if you have any leads.
The April Outing revisited as we enjoyed the game plan prepared by Jim and Peggy Brooks, Dave and Judy Gertsch, Carl and Elaine Buettgenbach and Darwin and Gloria Gilchrest. The early birds stepped out on Wednesday to hors ‘d oeuvres at the Azteca, along with libations. Thursday brought games and heavy hors’d oeuvres, along with some Knock Poker. Friday the table was laden with a huge pot luck spread followed by a forced exodus while the host team set up for the games. With skilled tutors, (and a shrill whistle blower) we were set up in ten groups of four and each group started a game, then pairs of each four person were rotated at random to a different game. Tripolee, Chinese Checkers, Dominos, Pokino, Skipbo, UNO, Sorry, Yatzee, Phase 10, and Monopoly kept the scrambled teams hopping, but we all had a ball and even learned a thing or two. The absolutely totally and independent judges made the following awards based on performance and crucial observation skills: Really Hot – Bill Varsafsky; Brightest – Maxine Grevstad; Bubbliest – Joyce Cordova; “Cuss Box” – Merle Lewis; Broken Train – Dick Davis (who couldn’t keep his train together); The Entertainer – Daryl Schmittler; Quietest – Beth Gertsch; Weighty Thinker – Larry Watson; and “Husky Fans” – Chris and Gary Blankenship. Winners all…
The crew put together a “Money Tree” to gather cash donations for the Lady Elks “Relay for Life” fund raiser effort for the American Cancer Society. President Marilyn Bergeson acknowledged the Travel ‘N Fun RV Club generosity of $272.00 from the April Outing Group.
Saturday brought a Continental Breakfast, and the club fielded a sea of “Purple Shirts” at three long tables at the Lodge for “Hamburgers on the Patio” (always a favorite) A Garlic Chicken dinner was served by the hosts, followed by celebrating “The Big One” Birthday for Judy Gertsch with special thanks for sharing a great cake. After dinner, we enjoyed yet another fun exercise as we learned and played a dice game called Left, Right and Center.
Sunday we enjoyed a cup of coffee and rolls before heading out, while many took in the Lodge’s Sunday Brunch where all the proceeds go to support charity work.
May’s outing was at the perennial favorite, the Port Townsend Elks Lodge. Hosts Dan and Margie Harper are joined by co-hosts Frank & Bonnie Severs to create a “Magical” outing. Many helped Port Townsend celebrate “Rhododendron Festival” and associated parade over the weekend. On Thursday evening some of the Travel ‘n Fun group enjoyed an “on your own” Chimicum Café visit.
Friday’ breakfast was fixing’s by the hosts, and dinner was augmented by folks bringing their own “Baked Potato and condiments” to the table at the RV park clubhouse. Saturday the hosts provided dinner including Bonnie Severs famous dessert, followed by an evening of “Magic and Fun”.
By the time this hits the street we should be in the final stages of planning for the ever-popular Swiss Colony June outing at LeBam, where the Port Townsend Elks Wapiti Nomad RV Club will join us. The Sande’s and Rott’s are the hosts.
July is upon us and this year’s Rally at Hood River Fairgrounds promises to be better than ever. Wayne and Vivian Bernhardt are hosts for the Rally which carries a Lewis and Clark Expedition theme. Awards will be made for the best theme decorated site, and as usual, we need lots of contributions for the Country Store. Please help Janice Watson by donating books, jewelry, hand crafted and other items to support our annual financial healthiness. Juanita will be managing the Flags and Patches booth as we always do. You should have already registered by now, the deadline is 17 June, and a $10 late fee will be charged after that. Expect all the games we know and love; Washues, Golf, Horseshoes, Holiboards, Bingo and Cribbage are in the plan along with a ladies fashion show with jewelry and makeup. We are advised that all should have 20 amp power available. Donut’s and coffee Friday and Saturday mornings, An Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Dinner on Friday and Saturday Evenings, Breakfast on Sunday and entertainment planned each evening.
The remainder of 2004’s schedule:
We still need hosts for the August outing at Woodland, see Darrell Schmittler who is standing in for traveling Chris Blankenship
August 9th the Great 25th Anniversary Celebration
August 19-22 – Woodland, Washington at the Columbia Riverfront RV,
September 23 - Toppenish, WA Yakama Nation RV
October 21-24 Hoodsport, Rest-a-While RV
November 8 Bremerton Sons of Norway Thanksgiving Dinner (Subject to Change)
December 10 Bremerton Elks – Christmas Dinner (Subject to Change)
Wagonmaster Chris Blankenship has the following schedule set up for 2005:
February TBD (To Be Determined) March 17-20; Bremerton Elks RV Park April 15 -17; Westport - American Sunset (for the crab races) May 19 – 21; Puyallup Elks RV Park June 16 -17; Port Townsend Elks RV Park July 14 – 16 Port Townsend/Jefferson County Fairgrounds Northwest Elks Rally August 18 – 20; Hoquiam, Hoquiam RV Park September 15 – 17; Rochester, Outback RV October 13 – 15 Hoodsport, Rest-a-while RV November TBD December TBD
SUNSHINE: Our thoughts are with Norm Savage as he recovers from Surgery, Basil Barrett who was recently hospitalized and Joyce Cordova who was scheduled for surgery in late May at this writing.
Swing Set Raffle is well underway, and once more our thanks to master carpenter Al Sande for yet another woodworking masterpiece. Be sure to contact Lorene Brannon or Merle Lewis who need help with ticket sales on Hamburger on the Patio days at the lodge. And of course, buy a couple of books yourself – you’d look good on Al Sande’s seat.
I’m just filling in for Gary, who by the time this hits the street should be enjoying the wild North Country along the ALCAN (ALaska/CANada Highway).
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Cheers from Larry Watson,
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