What gorgeous weather we had for our 35th annual
Florida State Camp-O-ree! Held at the NASCAR RV Resorts
at Blueberry Hill in Bushnell, FL, we had 10 couples
attending, along with our caller Ron Reardon and cuers Pete
and Jan Shankle.
The theme for the event was 'Mardi Gras'. Costume night was
Thursday during the evening's Trail-In dance. The hall was
packed with dancers wearing beautiful costumes and many
intriguing masks! For the 3rd year in a row, our Chapter
hosted the ice cream social after the dance. The entire
evening was a huge success!
Friday morning several campers participated in the sports
activities. Very early Saturday morning 24 individuals left
to participate in the golf tournament. Congrats to our
member George, who golfed with the winning foursome! The
sports activities were chaired by our chapter.
Square dance and round dance workshops were presented both
Friday and Saturday afternoon - the turnouts for both were
Many thanks to our members, Eileen, Dot and Bill, and Al,
for dolling up and strutting in the fashion show held at
Last month I wrote about our 'adopted Marine' - we planned
to collect donations and fill boxes to send to him and his
men. Saturday afternoon, with money donated, several of our
members went shopping, returned with bags galore and with
the help of many more members we were able to fill 8
boxes. Thanks to Sandy, George, Laureen and Joyce who did
the shopping and also to all the other members who worked so
well together, completing the project in record time.
Packages were on their way by Monday afternoon!
Most couples wore their orange and white Florida state
outfits to Friday's dance; then on Saturday, we gathered for
the grand march in our chapter outfits. The hall was filled
to capacity both nights with dancers having a great time
socializing and dancing.
To top off a great weekend, the campground personnel of
NASCAR invited the campers to breakfast Sunday morning. It
was another wonderful time to relax and socialize before
Please note - nominations for our slate of Officers for
2011 were presented during our General meeting in September.
They are: President: Phil and Deanna Sortore; Vice
President: Jim and Laureen Kelly; Secretary: Tom and Jeanne
Hartwig; Treasurer: Tom and Eivor Brown. Elections will be
held at our November 12/13 campout at Sanlan Ranch in
Lakeland. We will be welcoming Sharon Short as our guest