Hitch 'N' Go  #082
Kissimmee, FL

January 2013


This month's outing took place at Olde Mill Stream RV Resort in Umatilla during the 4th weekend.  Our hosts and hostesses were George and Sandy Oakes and Fredda Barlow along with Jim and Laureen Kelly.

More on them later...

Nineteen member couples were in attendance; 2 couples arriving early Wednesday, with quite a few folks coming in on Thursday and the rest on Friday. The local restaurant' 'The Umatilla Inn'  was a popular site for many of us with some members dining there every evening! Pizza Hut was another popular spot and I heard there may have been a trip made to T. G. I. Friday's!

As always with our January campouts, this was a very busy weekend. This is the month we conduct a white elephant/bake sale and auction as a club fundraiser. So, starting sometime Friday, our members gather together, bringing their sale items to be sorted and priced. By the end of the day, all the mishmash of items are neatly set up on tables ready for the shoppers! Thanks to all the women who helped price and organize.

It was nice to see and chat with former members Lee and Joyce Whitten who stopped by to check out the event.

Early Saturday morning quite a number of the folks from the park came by to look and buy! It soon was time for the auction which was conducted by John Ruppel along with help from Ray Nofsinger and their wives, Wilma and Leda. Thanks for a job well done!

There was another set of folks having a rally at the park, The Osceola Good Sam Club. It became known to us they were very interested in seeing a square dance demo. So with the help of our Canadian friend Kim Hamilton, Thursday evening we were able to show them some square dance figures. A few of the folks joined in dancing and the entire audience seemed to enjoy the demo. Kim was also at the Friday night dance helping out with cueing some rounds. Thank you Kim, for your help!

This  is the year of our 38th Anniversary. It was celebrated with a beautiftul cake decked out in our club colors, black/yellow/red. It was presented for dessert by our hosts and hostesses after first serving up our club-sponsored spaghetti dinner with salad, meatballs, sausage, bread and fruit cocktail. The tables had beautiful centerpieces consisting of a wooden design of our chapter logo (made by George's brother-in-law) set in ruffles in red, black and yellow fabric (constructed by Sandy and Laureen). Fredda made adorable candle accents. Our sincere thanks to all of you for, as always, an outstanding showing of beauty and fellowship. 

Our early rounds Saturday started at 7:15 so we could have installation of our 2013 officers at 7:45 before the dance: President, Al and Mary Teschner; Vice President, John and Wilma Ruppel; Secretary, Tom and Jeanne Hartwig; Treasurer, Fredda Barlow. Thank you to Ace Taylor for doing the installation.

Our dances both nights were packed with fun and laughter. Plus a little craziness thrown in. All of which adds to the enjoyment of our caller, Ron Reardon.! We all enjoyed his calling and were happy to welcome back Jan Shankle who cued the rounds. Saturday's dance was followed by a wine and cheese after-party.

Thank you to Tom and Eivor Brown for the years of service as various officer positions of our chapter - you served us well!

I want to thank our Canadian friends Kim and Lillian Hamilton and Tom and Barbara Haffie for being there with us at our dances - thank you Lillian for your help with photo-taking.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank our web-master, Bruce Morgan. I appreciate his help and the many suggestions he has given me over the months/years! He knows I think he is awesome!

Sandy Oakes goes over and above every month designing and sending greeting cards to our members as needed, we are so happy she will continue to do this for us.

And most of all, let me acknowledge our former Activities Directors, George and Sandy Oakes. Over the years they have done a fabulous job caring for our kitchen items and helping out in the kitchens at all camp-outs. They are a super couple! Ray and Leda Nofsinger are our new Activities Directors.

Jeanne Hartwig,
January 30, 2013

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