Date:  March  2005
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Sunday, February 13, forty campers celebrated romance at the Cloverleaf Tavern at the Club’s annual Valentine’s Brunch.  Stephanie Schmittler and her committee, Nancy Bellings and Kathy Josephson, and the Cloverleaf staff presented a delicious meal, lovely decorations and great prizes.  Thanks, ladies, for another fine, fun outing.

March 17 to 20 will find Travel N Fun at the home lodge for a no-host outing.  The schedule of events is:  Thursday – dinner on your own; Friday – dinner at the Lodge; Saturday – Hamburgers on the Patio and for dinner, hor'dorveres, salads and deserts; Sunday – breakfast breads.

April 14 -17 Travel N Fun returns to American Sunset at Westport for crab races and seaside fun.  Hosts are the Schmittlers, Josephsons and Goulds.  May 19 – 22 we head to the Puyallup Elks for an outing hosted by the Brooks, Sandes and Davis’s.  Look for a casino night.  June 16 -19 is at another Elk Lodge park, Port Townsend, hosted by Gary and Sherie Lewis.  Plan on a work party at the fairgrounds, preparations for the July Rally.

We need hosts for the outings August 18-21 at Hoquiam RV Park and September 15-18 at Outback RV in Rochester. 

A peek at 2006 (all subject to change, of course):  March – home park; April – Puyallup Elks for the Daffodil Campout; May – Lebam; June – Northwest Rally at Hood River; July – Sequim Elks and the Lavender Festival; August – Tokeland; September – Leavenworth; October – Hoodsport.

SUNSHINE:  Stephanie, under the weather.  To report Sunshine, call Judy Gertsch at 360-895-2304 or Gary Blankenship at 360-373-6416.

Dues are due. 

The Travel N Fun Red Hat Society members dressed in their hats and wraps for our February meeting.  They were all exceptionally lovely ladies.  The Chapter meets at 6 pm the evening and location of the regular Club general meeting.  Call Juanita Spong at 360-895-8797 for information about the chapter and planned events.

Bill Spong is taking orders for sleeved club sweatshirts (crimson) at $32 each and vests (cream or gray) at $34.  Both are embroidered with an Elks logo.  Sam Josephson and Dick Miller modeled the vests just as if they were on a fashion runway.

Please fly your flags.  And if you do not have a set or yours need replacing, Bill and Juanita sell US, Elks and Club flags as well as flag holders, travel guides and club pins.

With the rally only a few months away, it is not too early to start collecting items to sell in the Rally Country Store, or to make crafts to sell or raffle.  If I am correct, we need a chair for our booths at the Rally.

The general meeting is Monday, March 14, 7 pm at the Lodge.  We gather before the meeting for talk, popcorn, refreshments – and sometimes brownies (thanks to Nancy Bellings.)

It seems like everyone is a snowbird this year.  Last month, I was bragging about our weather compared to the Southland storms; but as I write this column the temperature in Bremerton is 28 or less.  Which way to Yuma?

If you have any questions, news or comments, call 373-6416 or email

Gary Blankenship

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