CHAPTER TIDBITS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

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Spring is here and chapters are out and about enjoying their beautiful Tiffin coaches.  Below are some rally recaps and interesting places to visit.  Perhaps you will learn of something fun and interesting to add to your next rally!

New Mexico – Zia Allegros

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all are having a nice spring.

Our April Rally was held at Lady Bird Johnson’s RV Park in
Fredericksburg, Texas.  George and Pam Raney were our Rally Masters.  They did a great job, Pam outdid herself with our wonderful welcome evening dinner.  She made BBQ Pork, Mac N Cheese, beans, slaw, apple salad and 3 homemade pies for dessert.  Yummy, thank you Pam for all your hard work.

Those who attended were the Barbers, their friends the Fords, Boyadjians, Eckels, friends of Hoffmans, Harrisons, Holmes, Twinings and of course our hosts, the Raneys.

On Thursday several golfed, others went into town and shopped or just looked around.  Then we all had dinner at Andy’s Restaurant.

Friday some couples went for a ride to see the beautiful Bluebonnets and other wildflowers, or to the LBJ Summer Whitehouse Ranch.  That night some went out for pizza.

Saturday the golfers went again and that night we had dinner at Auslander German Restaurant and onto the Rock Box Theater to see Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Aretha Franklin and George Strait impersonators.  What a great show and John Barber was such a great sport to get up on stage with Marilyn.

Saturday we had the pleasure of being entertained by some airplanes from the World War II era that were flying at the airport near the RV Park.  It was quite a show.

Sunday some went to church, that afternoon we went to Luckenbach to enjoy some Texas music.   There is so much to do in the area.

Monday more golf and a potluck.  We had so much good food and fellowship.

The Holmes had to leave Monday.  Tuesday the Boyadjians, Barbers and Fords left.  That day those remaining went shopping and had lunch at Fredericksburg Brewing Co.  Dinner was at another German restaurant.  Boy, now we all need to go on a diet for sure.  After dinner we had a movie provided by Bill and Bev Eckel.

Wednesday everyone said their goodbyes.  So a big thank you to George and Pam for putting on a great Rally.

We had our club meeting Monday.  For those who know Dick and Diana Hickox, they are moving from Pagosa Springs to lower elevation for Diana’s health problem.  So they will not be with us too often.  Dick has resigned as VP of our club but Bruce Twining has stepped up till January.   Thanks, Bruce.

Our next rallies are:

June 8th – 13th takes us to Durango, CO at Alpine Rose RV Park.  If you plan on going you must make your reservations by May 8th.  If you are interested please call 970-247-5540 ASAP and be sure to let Norbert and Patsy Baca know you are coming.  Npbaca52@gmail.com or call Patsy 505-459-3611

June 30th-July7th takes us to Creede, CO.  Harrisons and Hoffmans are Rally Hosts.  We are staying at the Mountain View Rivers Edge RV Resort.  Please call 719-658-2710 and ask for Helen.  Let her know you are with the Zia’s or DJ Hoffman.   It’s a beautiful area if you haven’t been. Please let DJ or Betty know you are coming.  jphffmn@aol.com or betharris351@q.com

July 7th will take us to Pagosa Springs, CO at Wolf Creek Run RV Resort.  This will be a “NO Rally Rally” meaning no Wagon Masters and no firm agenda.   I believe we have 6 sites and so far we only know the Barber’s, Harrison’s and Hoffman’s are attending.  So if you are interested please call Diana at Wolf Creek for your reservations at 970-264-0365 let them know you are with the Zia’s.  It will be from July 7th – 11th.

August 16th –September 13th is our second “Rolling Rally” to Yellowstone, the Tetons and Rapid City, SD (Mount Rushmore).  John and Brenda Barber will be our hosts.  So far we have Baca, Barber, Halasz, Harrison, Hoffman, and Twining.  Brenda is making all of our RV Park reservations and then we are on our own.  More information to follow from Brenda.

October 7th- 14th will take us to Montrose, CO.  We will be staying at the Centennial RV Park.  Call 970-240-3832.  Bruce and Donna Twining will be our Rally Hosts.  More information will come soon.

Safe Travels,

Betty Harrison

Secretary/Treasurer

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Chapter 81, Pelican Allegros of Louisiana

Mai Cherie this ol’bird’s wings sure are sore.  As you know a number of the flock, including us, ventured off in various directions from Charleston in search of great roosting areas.  Many of us deciding that if we were already away from the nest we’d just keep the journey going and use Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, AL as a way point on the flight home.  The early birds on Wednesday were the Holliers, Louvieres, Robichauxs and guests Lee & Anna Darbonne and Francis and Ann Brian.

Thursday the rest of the flock began arriving as the Browers, Garys, Griffins, Heberts, Lams, Mieschs, Raybons, Schnebelens, Trahans and Tregues landed after a safe flight, albeit full of those dreaded love bugs.  After ridding themselves of the black masks, some of the folks visited Fairhope and Pt. Clear to see historic homes and sites.  Late that afternoon we met to share assorted treats and stories of our journeys.

Friday dawned another beautiful day that was enjoyed by all to the fullest.  A few visited Mobile, while others continued their exploration of the East bay area or on to the west to Dauphin Island.  That evening we all gathered together at Felix’s Restaurant on Battleship Parkway near the battleship Alabama where we enjoyed many great dishes from Soft Shell Crab to Red Fish Oscar.

Our meeting Saturday morning was held under the pavilion and Dwight started the meeting with the first order of business of voting in our newest members Lee and Anna Darbonne. Stacie gave the treasury report. There were some minor corrections that were needed to members’ address/phone numbers in our membership booklet that Liz Miesch put together so if anyone has any personal information that needs to be changed in the booklet or the PALS roster, please let either Stacie or Liz know ASAP.  Debbie went over the evening’s dinner plans and the upcoming outings including those in early 2016.  It has been proposed that we look into going to the Kentucky Derby for our long trip in May 2017.  Let us know what you think.

After the meeting, most everyone went to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL for lunch and then to either ride their bike along the coast or enjoy a beverage on the veranda while they waited for the bicyclers.   After working up an appetite, we got together to watch the Kentucky Derby and then eat a fabulous crawfish etoufee made by Glenn Hebert.   After the rainstorms of early last week, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for our weekend.

Safe travels,

Lonnie

Listed below are the scheduled and proposed outings:

June 11-14, 2015

French Quarter RV Park New Orleans, LA

(504) 586-3000

Group Name:  Pelican Allegros of Louisiana

Thursday evening pool side for snacks, Friday at Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House, Saturday bring your own meat or whatever you want to grill by the pool.

July 9-12, 2015

Belle Terra RV Park, Gulf Shores, AL

(251) 970-2370

Speak with Courtney

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Texas Bluebonnet Allegros Chapter 202 South Central Texas

Boerne Rally (pronounced Burnie for non -Texans) April 8-12, 2015

The Texas BlueBonnet Allegros rallied in Boerne, Texas May 8-12. Our beautiful Texas Bluebonnets were in bloom everywhere. There were many things to do. Members went shopping in quaint downtown Boerne. They drove around the hill country to view the Bluebonnets. Some went as far as Fredericksburg and Pipe Creek. For those that arrived early Wednesday, we went out to the Dodging Duck Brew Pub for dinner. All kinds of games were held every night in the clubhouse and most participated. We had “42”, jokers and pegs, card games and puzzles, etc.

The hosts Art & Shirley Buckert and Shirleen & Hank Smith provided a ham for the potluck on Thursday night. Friday night, the hosts put on a catered feed of brisket, sausage, smoked turkey, pinto beans, a spinach salad, and a chocolate dessert.  Saturday we held our regular business meeting, where we elected our new officers for the coming year. We followed the meeting with our usual tech talk forum discussing anything from add-ons, to things about our coaches. Afterwards many went downtown to the Saturday Market Days. Saturday evening we went to the Hungry Horse Cafe for good meals and plenty of food (which we did not need!)

Sunday saw a light breakfast and good-byes until next month at Port Aransas, Pioneer RV Park, May 13-17 although many are coming earlier.

We had members from Houston, Vidor, Victoria, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Dripping Springs, Salado and many other towns attending. 15 coaches in all!

Submitted by:

Hank Smith, reporter

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Spring Campout – Zooland Campground, Asheboro, NC

Our club just returned from its first campout of 2015.  Five couples camped at the Zooland Campground in Asheboro, NC from April 8-12.  Two other couples came to the campground on Saturday to spend the day with us.

The Hales hosted a welcome “Mexican Fiesta” meal in the campground clubhouse followed by fun and socializing.  Friday saw the group splitting up with some visiting the Asheboro Zoo, others sightseeing and shopping in town, and a few lazing around the campground.  That night everyone went into town for dinner followed by bingo and card games at the clubhouse.

Saturday night was potluck at the clubhouse and all the dishes were excellent as usual including TOO MANY wonderful desserts.  Our meeting followed, then a card bingo game with two very happy winners.  We followed this with a small goodies grab bag giveaway – one per couple.  Each member was then forced into committing the crime of theft of one item from another couple’s booty pile.  A Tiffin visor became the most coveted item incurring four thefts before it finally found a home.  The grand door prize drawing won by Snow included several larger items including another Tiffin visor which made Pat Snow, an earlier visor theft victim very happy!

Sunday morning found most of us standing around saying our goodbyes and getting off to a last departure.  Hope everyone had a safe journey onward!
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Chapter #_215, Peach State Allegros, Georgia

Chapter Reporter – Clint Boyd, 770-478-3613, jcboyd@bellsouth.net

Tropical Palms RV Resort, Kissimmee, FL: 278 full-hookups,(202 pull-through), 30/50 Amps, heated pool, free (but weak) WiFi.  NOT recommended for chapter rallies.  Park failed to keep contract for adjoining sites.   Site maintenance was below average for a “resort”, with tree litter and ruts in overgrown grass.

We visited Capone’s Dinner and Show, Kissimmee, a buffet dinner with musical comedy show.  Service was very good and a good time was had by all.

Regarding attractions:  it’s Orlando, after all!  Disney World, Universal Studios, Atlanta Braves spring training all close by. A classic and street-rod car show was held a block from the park on Saturday.

12 coaches from the Chapter (including two first-timers) met for a weekend of camaraderie before the Allegro Club Orlando rally. Hosts Jens and Henny Christensen expertly planned several participatory meals and appetizer arrays and arranged for the group outing at Capone’s.

The group met at one especially large area between two member coaches, and did not need nor use resort facilities. A Chapter business meeting was held on Sunday morning, followed by a discussion of the route and times for getting to the Tiffin Allegro Club rally.  The group travelled independently to the Fairgrounds, met in the staging area, and entered and parked together which enhanced social gatherings of the Chapter.

Two Chapter members purchased new Tiffin coaches from La Mesa RV during the show, and many more crunched numbers at the new coach display. Kudos to the volunteers who parked us and made the Rally a success, especially for the first-time attendees.

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CAR NEWSLETTER, Chapter 135

“HE’S BACK!”  (to be Continued).*

Chris & Joan DeBar (one of 3 of our new members did a terrific job on their first time as our wagon masters!  Bill & Margaret Bachman helped them along the way.

Chris & Joan are a “Happy Go Lucky” couple.  They are retired and live in San Leandro.  They have 3 children.  Their pets are 2 small dogs and a white Cockatoo.

Chris likes to garden.   He is also interested in space beyond the earth’s atmosphere and has a telescope.  Joan likes crafts and crocheting.  They were married 41 years on April 27th.

Joan’s cousin Don and wife, Nancy attended in their recreational vehicle. Don did the barbequing and Nancy helped with the craft.

We were at Flags City Resort in Lodi, Ca.

Thursday 4/9:   Seven members arrived.   One of them being Joe & Bonnie Dell’Orfano in their very nice new Allegro Red.

Friday 4/10: The DeBars decorated the clubhouse with white tablecloths and placed colorful miniature potted roses on the table.  They gave us the plants to take home.

Two more coaches arrived.  One of them being Steve & Gina Stephenson.  Steve has his Cochlear Implanted. Has to wait for another procedure before it can work.

Joan handed out schedules for the weekend.

We assembled breakfast casseroles for Saturdays’ breakfast.

At 6:00 PM we had a delicious homemade soup, French bread, pies, dump cake & ice cream for dessert.

Eight of us played “31” with Alyssa (one of Bachman’s granddaughters’ winning).

Saturday 4/11:   9:00am Breakfast casseroles, fruit & toast, O.J. & champagne.

10:00 meeting. Ron & Marilyn Baker came for the meeting.

2:30 a craft of making soap with melted glycerin, red, blue or yellow drops of color and drops of lavender poured in a mold. This was very good and easy.

6:00 dinner of Tri Tip, baked potatoes, kale salad, greens salad, French bread, cheese cake & cherry crumble.

7:03pm *   HE’S BACK!  ELVIS was in the house!  What a nice Surprise!

Joan rolled back the divider for another club on the other side to enjoy the entertainment also.

Elvis sang and joked around the audience.  Be on the lookout for pictures!   As Joan put on her schedule “HAVING FUN!”       Elaine, reporting.