Hitch 'N' Go  #082
Kissimmee, FL

September 2009


Our Chapter caller, Charlie Pergrossi, and his lovely wife Sarah were hosts for our September campout, assisted by past-presidents, Dick and Nancy Fournier. They all did a fantastic job, as you will read as you progress through my report.

Our fun-time took place at the Floridian RV Resort in St. Cloud, FL during the fourth weekend of September. It was our first weekend of square dance camping after a summer of monthly social gatherings.

Five couples were early arrivals on Thursday. As always, that day is spent relaxing with those campers catching up on each other's news.

Friday, more rigs trickled in throughout the day until we had a final count of 9-1/2  couples. As the campers arrived, Sarah handed each a list containing a schedule she worked up as to times and activities planned for the weekend. It was a wonderful tool for all of us, knowing exactly what to expect and when and there were many favorable comments expressed. Great idea, Sarah!

Friday morning several of the men went golfing.  Around 2 PM, Sarah served up welcome cookies as we geared up for the rest of the day.  Soon after the golfers' return our president, Phil Sortore, checked with each camper about joining in on a pizza supper - he then picked up the pizzas for us all to enjoy. Thanks, Phil!

It sure was great to get back in the square dancing mode at our casual Friday dance. Charlie is always so up-beat and ready to get us moving. I had to smile when very early in the evening, he did my favorite singing call; always fun to dance to that lively tune! And we had a nice surprise when two of our couples who opted not to camp came and danced with us. The evening ended with an after-party at the dance hall.

Bright and early Saturday morning, Charlie and Dick served up not just the usual pancake breakfast, but had sausage sizzling and fresh fruit supplied. Very tasty and enjoyed by all.

Afternoon activity enjoyed by several of the women and one of the guys: Sarah planned a craft session with the theme being 'pirate' - in preparation for our pirate-themed camporee coming up in October. The fun ideas Sarah presented were: making a parrot, eye-patch, bracelet and earrings. It was a very enjoyable and constructive pastime for everyone participating.

The hosts planned a Saturday supper of soup, salad and sandwiches. Of course, there were plenty of all those choices, delicious as always - plus a birthday cookie to honor our September honorees, one of whom was Charlie! Our president Phil Sortore mentioned and honored all our members who had birthdays during the summer.

We congratulate the new editors of our camping magazine, NSDCA Times, our very own Sarah and Charlie Pergrossi. We welcome new associate members to our chapter: Roger Tipps and Janet Bowen.

Jan and Pete Shankle arrived Saturday evening to do as Jan called it: early, early, rounds at 7 PM. Great to see them both. We all of Hitch 'n Go appreciate their talent and dedication to us.

Jeanne Hartwig,

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