Our Chapter started camping and dancing in a big way after a
3 month summer hiatus! We gathered at the Floridian RV
Resort in St. Cloud, FL on the 4th weekend of September. The
weekend was hosted by Dick/Nancy Fournier and
Several couples came early to start their R & R on
Thursday, September 23rd. Once the lovebugs settled down, we
were able to enjoy sitting outside catching up on everyone's
By Friday afternoon, all the campers had arrived; a
few went out to dinner, while the rest ate at their
campsites. Finally it was time to have our Friday night
casual dance. Our caller for the weekend was Ron Reardon,
who arrived earlier in the day with his lovely wife, Sue,
his grandson, Aaron, and a couple who were mainstream
dancers (and who also had a motorhome), Al & Mary.
Two of our couples who did not camp arrived for the Friday
dance. Ron called alternating mainstream and plus tips both
Friday and Saturday nights, giving everyone a chance to
perhaps dance a few seldom-called figures!
Saturday morning hosts Dick and Tom served up
a pancake breakfast; members Sandy and George, along with
Nancy and Jeanne, provided additional help. After breakfast
the officers had their board meeting, after which everyone
did their own thing until it was time to meet in the hall in
the early afternoon. Root beer floats were served up by our
President, Phil. This was a treat for our members from a
couple who live in Wisconsin and are friends with Laureen
and Jim - Harvey and Diane - this was their way to show us
their gratitude for the friendship we bestow on them when
they visit our campouts.
The hosts, along with the Fournier's daughter and
grandson, had a unique activity set up next: They had
planned several games for our members to try from the TV
gameshow 'Minute to Win It'! A few 082 members, along with
Fournier daughter Sherry, Hartwig daughter-in-law Shelly,
Fournier grandson, Zac, Reardon grandson Aaron and Hartwig
granddaughter Ashley participated in such games as: Face the
Cookie (get the cookie from your forehead to your mouth, no
hands!), Pool Noodle (drop marbles through a pool noodle
until you knock over 5 thick upright pieces of chalk!), On
the Nose, (pick up several cotton balls with your nose
dabbed with Vaseline and drop in basket!), each challenge to
be done in one minute!! Thanks to all who participated and
who provided laughter for those who did not! I am proud to
relate the Hartwig girls walked off with the grand prizes!!
During our General Meeting, which followed our pot-luck
dinner on Saturday, our President announced Ron Reardon will
be our club caller. Welcome back to the Reardon family!
During the dance, it was announced the Reardon friends, Al
and Mary, joined our chapter! Warm welcome to Al and Mary!
Several years ago, 082 'adopted' a young Marine, Philip
Pete, friends of Sandy and George. Philip is on his 3rd
tour, now in Afghanistan. At our meeting it was unanimously
agreed we would do something for Philip's group (7 men in a
remote section of the country.) Our goal is to fill 10 'flat
rate' post office boxes with as many donations as we can get
from our members, fill them at our Oct. campout in time to
be mailed for Christmas.