Hitch 'N' Go  #082
Kissimmee, FL

December 2010

 

The KOA Campground in Port Orange, FL was our destination to send off 2010 and welcome in 2011! We had 10 member couples pull in with their rigs along with 3 guest rigs. Some arrived as early as Wednesday, December 29 with several arriving both on Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31.
 
Along with our members, our guests were: daughter Kim and grandchildren Tyler and Lauren of our Vice-Presidents, the Kellys;  the Riley's daughter Nancy, granddaughter Sammi; Riley friends, Norma and John; and our NSDCA National Secretary, Roger Tipps.
 
It did not take long for our members to realize and find some excellent restaurants for meals throughout the long weekend in the area! Imagine - in Florida! - an Italian restaurant with walls filled with Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia....and serving excellent food!
 
The KOA had informed our Vice Presidents when they set up the camping details with them months ago we would be welcome to join in their New Year's Eve celebration. Several of us gathered that evening in the hall joining in the festivities with other KOA campers. We brought snacks to share and our own drinks, the campground also supplied quite a variety of goodies. The DJ was there when we arrived and he played non-stop music throughout the night until the midnight hour started to approach.
 
Our entertainment for the evening actually turned out to be the teenagers mentioned above along with our caller's teenage grandson, Aaron. They put on quite a show with their dancing and antics. Enjoyed watching Sammi manuever with her leg in a cast! They are a wonderful bunch of kids, very supportive and caring to all of our members.
 
Some of our members went to a New Year's Eve square dance being held close by and reported they had a fantastic time there.
 
On Saturday, we had our usual pot-luck. Earlier in the day we were very pleased to see one of our couples arrive sans their motorhome, we were glad Sandy and George were able to be with us for dinner. Our cuers Pete and Jan Shankle, along with their son, Dennis, also arrived in time for the dinner bell. At our General meeting which followed, our President announced we had a new member: Roger Tipps, our NSDCA National Secretary. Welcome, Roger!
 
Soon it was time for our square dance - it may have been a small hall, but the laughs and dancing were at an all-time high, thanks to our cuers and our caller, Ron Reardon.
 
Several couples from The Great Outdoors Campground visited and danced with us. Always happy to see them and fun to dance with!
 
At one point in the evening, Ron had the aforementioned teenagers on the floor square dancing. Not only were they instantly dancing better than some of us, they were grinning from ear to ear throughout! It was great to see them having a grand time, I am sure I speak for all in our chapter when I say - wish they (and several other kids/grandkids of our members!) were with us every month!
 
Our next outing at the end of January will be in Umatilla with the installation of our 2011 officers, plus we will be having an auction and elephant sale...come join us...

Jeanne Hartwig,
Secretary


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