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NewsletterGranite StatersNovember 2003
Bruce Brown, President Carol and Dave Bovee, Editors

Our hearts and prayers go out to Gene and Connie Ross who recently lost their son in a construction accident.


FROM THE PRESIDENT, Bruce Brown

HACK, HACK, HACK

Sorry we missed you at Salisbury Beach. I had the coughing virus and just didn’t feel up to it. I hear there was a great turnout and a good time.

Brooksville Rally
Now we are looking forward to the Southeast Area Pre-Rally and Rally in February in Florida. Bob Burnham and Betty & Tom Robicheau are the hosts for the pre-rally at the Red Barn Campground in Bushnell, Florida. See the registration form in this newsletter. I expect that most people will come only for the last night, but we could be pleasantly surprised!
To park together at the big rally, we must arrive together. Therefore, Bucky Buck and Larry Adams will lead us in a caravan that leaves the Red Barn Campground at 8:00 AM on Monday, Feb. 2nd. If you do not attend the pre-rally, you can still join the caravan. Bob Burnham tells me that there is a WalMart across the street from the campground. You could park there. I would not be surprised to see 40 coaches in the caravan.

Our LAWN CHAIR BRIGADE will march in Brooksville on Thursday afternoon. We would love to have you march in the Lawn Chair Brigade (but you don’t have to). We will train you at a practice at the rally. If you are in doubt, you can practice and then decide if you want to march in the parade. Bring a lightweight, aluminum lawn chair and some loud, crazy, mismatched clothing. We have a few loaner lawn chairs and clothing. You do not have to park with us to march in the Brigade.
We will have a Social Hour every afternoon at 4:00 PM and coffee and donuts on mornings before the rally officially starts. Join us even if you do not park with us.

Bruce & Anne Brown’s Florida phone number is (321) 264-9441 and our cell phone numbers are (321) 446-0203 and 0204. We will arrive in Florida about November 12th.

Bruce


NORTHEAST AREA RALLY
ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT
JULY 15 – 16 -17, 2004
Granite Staters will need 66 volunteers for the Day Gate and Security assignments. Rally officials expect each volunteer to spend 4 hours at the assigned post. (This may be 2-two hour shifts or 1-four hour shift.) Current plans are to meet (at a yet-to-be-determined site) and caravan into the fairgrounds on Monday, July 12th.
Volunteers will each receive a $5.00 chit to be used at selected vendors on site. Each volunteer will also receive a T-shirt with the rally logo. We will need your shirt size when you sign up, along with a means to contact you, either by phone or e-mail.
This year, we do not expect to have to shut off volunteers at our 66 quota, but expect to be able to assign them to an overflow pool, which may be called upon as the need arises. (This may be merely standing by your coach in case you are needed.) We received 64 volunteers at the Goose Hollow and Salisbury rallies. We will need a few more to fill our quota due to possible changes in plans and (heaven forbid) sickness.
Please contact Fred Roberts 33 Woodfern Rd. Weare, NH 03281 (mail will be forwarded thru the winter), or by e-mail FDR26@pocketmail.com or by phone after May 1st (603) 529-1868.

Thanks for volunteering!! Fred Roberts, Bob Smith, and Fred Rhine


From The Membership Chairpersons

Bobbie and I had a fabulous time at Goose Hollow, even though the weekend was rather hectic since we had to drive back to Freedom to attend a friends wedding. We understand the Soup and Chowder potluck was well received by all and we are truly sorry that we missed it especially since it was Glenn’s idea in the first place. Unfortunately we were unable to attend Salisbury due to construction and Bobbie’s mother’s 85th birthday on Friday night. We hope you all had a great time and we are sadly winterizing our motorhome as we type this letter. Every year it gets harder to see the winter come as many of our friends prepare to head south, but we always have something to look forward to when they return in the spring

Here are the new members who have joined us since Goose Hollow :
Bill & Luella Soulia
     Pittsford, VT
Ed & Cathy Ancewicz
     Laconia, NH
Carl & Mona Ricard
     Hollis, NH

Have a great winter, Take care out there…!! Bobbie & Glenn


See the
Rallies Page
for the 2004 Schedule


Salisbury Beach 2003
Friends, food, fun; it was all there.

Some of our meets at this wonderful beach location have been extraordinarily warm while others, last year comes to mind, have been inhospitably cold and wet. This year was as it should have been... a typical October weekend; dry, 60° by day and chilly at night. The fire felt great! Thanks to everyone who brought a log or two, they didn't go to waste. 120 coaches were on hand to enjoy.

Friday's soup again hit the spot. Roger LaRose was on his own this weekend, assisted by many good friends, as Margaret was unable to be there but the soup still lived up to its reputation. Thank you Roger and company, another home run.

The Coffee team of Bill and Peggy McShea assisted by Tom and Pat McPherson, Ed and Mary Carpenter and Geoff and Fran Blair were outstanding. I don't know where those donuts came from but they were a cut above the norm. Great job!

The Hungry Traveler accommodated about 130 of our group and as usual, everyone came away smiling and contented.

Special thanks to Frank and Lorraine Hendrick for abandoning their site. The telephone Registration Service gave them D13 which the campground was supposed to be holding for our tents. They graciously consented to changing sites. Lorraine did remind me constantly, however, that I was on her property.

The Shriners did not show up to pickup tabs on Saturday as they have for the past several years. Bob Parsons said we didn't have enough. All weekend long people kept bringing bags (in one case a large box) of tabs to the tent for next year's collection. Save your tabs, Stet Hunt and Bob are building a stockpile to deliver a record setting amount to the Shriners at this meet next year. They'll need everybody's help.

Something new this weekend, music under the tent. John Doheney was at the keyboard ably assisted by his side-kick Rene Gendron playing the, I am not sure what that was Rene was playing, entertained us for two evenings. Thank you John, we enjoyed your music. You added a lot to the experience.

See you all next year. Save your tabs and don't listen to the weather forecast, they will probably be wrong again.

Dave LeBlanc

HOME FROM GOOSE HOLLOW

40 motorhomes made it to Goose Hollow, way up in the hills of Campton, NH for the weekend of October 3, 4, and 5th. Actually about a dozen of them arrived on Thursday and I believe one as early as Wednesday. Stet Hunt was there Thursday to do his usual great job of parking. Is it the bright orange hat "official parking" that gives him the insight as to which coach will fit where? Or is it just natural ability? Probably the latter. Anyway, he did a great job. He says this is his swan song and the end of his parking duties. Let's all hope he changes his mind by the time the next rally season rolls around.

Friday evening we had coffee and brownies made by the lady hosts. And, of course, social hour (now called Attitude Adjustment) both Friday and Saturday hosted by President Bruce Brown. Outside in beautiful sunshine Friday and inside to stay out of the rain on Saturday.

Saturday after morning coffee there was a flea market in the rec hall. Some nice items. Seems like this is something folk said they would like to do again - but with more notice so they could bring more things. The Saturday evening soup/chowder potluck was a huge success. Lots of great soups and chowders and lots of people took recipes. Have heard this idea is going to be used again. . Several door prizes were given out. Ooops! Bill Read forgot to bring two pairs of folding chairs so the winners will get them at Salisbury - if he remembers.

  And what a great bingo game with a professional setup! Bouncing balls that popped up and that great caller, Fred Rhine, would sound out the letter and number and place the ball in a pocket so that it would appear on a lighted screen. Think Fred was as professional as the game equipment.

How many of you at the rally saw Bob Parsons riding on his new (to him) gasoline scooter? Seems Stet decided he likes walking more than riding and Bob didn't wait a moment after finding Stet planned to sell before he availed himself of the opportunity. Good riding, Bob. And for those of you who were not at the rally, ask Bill Read how he happened to end up with a hundred feet of sewer hose and several. connectors (not at the flea market) for $10.80.

Even with a day of rain and temperatures that went down to 31 degrees before midnight and were at the same level in the AM., it seemed that everyone had a good time.

George and Rene Perry, owners of Goose Hollow, were very nice to us. And said they would be glad to have us again. Hopefully those of you who enjoyed the place (and lots of you who haven't been there) will find your way to Goose Hollow for a stay. Let them know that you are a Granite Stater coach just to show appreciation of their efforts. A nice RV park!


Perhaps you remember Big Al & Elayne Bryant? They were charter members of the Granite Staters, but they had to give up driving their motorhome. Now Al and Elayne do as many bus tours as they are able. They are still going places even without the motorhome!!


NewsletterGranite StatersSeptember 2003
Bruce Brown, President Carol and Dave Bovee, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT, Bruce Brown

TWEET, TWEET, TWEET

      We hear that the Wells Beach Rally was such a success that we will go there again next year. Anne and I were only in attendance on Friday because the next day we flew to Tallahassee to pick up our old 1998 Monaco Dynasty. Yes, we sold the Country Coach (at a profit) after owning it for four months. Do I sound like Ron Parsons or what?
      We just got back from the Sandwich Rally and it was a huge success. Stet Hunt and Jerry Goulet parked 82 coaches. Merle Lyon is a gifted host. Everything was first rate including a big brand new building for meeting and 58 door prizes. Dave Munroe made hobo stew on Friday and The Common Man restaurant catered a great barbeque dinner on Saturday. There is talk that Merle may serve as a host next year.
      It's not too early to be thinking about the Southeast Area Rally in Brooksville, Florida the first week in February Bob Burnham is in the process of setting up a pre-rally at the Red Barn Campground in Bushnell, FL, ten or twelve miles north of Brooksville. Then we would leave in a caravan from the campground early in the morning on Monday, February 2 to go to the big rally. The Granite Staters Lawn Chair Brigade will march in the parade in Thursday. Bob will give us more details in an upcoming newsletter and he will probably also have info on the Granite Staters Website. In case you are traveling and don't get your newsletter, you could call Anne and me on our way to Florida after November 15. Our Florida number is (321) 264-9441.

Bruce


MINUTES
FMCA Granite Staters Business Meeting 6 September 2003

    The annual meeting of the FMCA Granite Staters was called to order by President Bruce Brown at 9:08am on September 6th 2003 at Sandwich Fair Grounds in Sandwich, NH. There were approximately 135 people attending the meeting, with 82 rigs registered.
    Bruce introduced Northeast Area Vice President Bill Conway who spoke briefly about the upcoming Spring rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the entertainment improvements being made.

Officers Reports
    Bill McShea (Secretary) read the minutes of the meeting held June 21st, 2003. Three omissions/errors were noted: 1) in noting that minutes were read from the meeting of September 7th, 2002 - that Caroline Hatley was Secretary (even though Bill Hatley submitted the minutes); 2) that the club voted in June to conduct annual elections at their annual rally by voice vote, Bill forgot to add "if a voice vote is unopposed"; and, 3) that the treasurer's report presented on June 21st, 2003 listed the Goose Hollow rally escrow fee as $1,087.05 and not the $10,087.05 that Bill stated.
    Bill Read (Treasurer) presented the treasurer's report. At the end of August there was $6,500.80 in the treasury, including: $1,707.00 in advance dues, and $1,944.00 in escrow for the Goose Hollow rally - leaving a useable balance of $3,523.80.
    Bob Parsons (Vice President) gave an update on the Shriners can tab drive and its progress to date.
    Evelyn Merrill (National Director) discussed FMCA's national board's consideration of raising dues from $25 to $35 each year - the first raise in 20 years. FMCA will be operating under a deficit budget next year. The current membership dues represents a benefit value of $368.00 per member. Evelyn provided an example of what one member saved when he became ill out of state and was eventually taken home with his rig at FMCA's expense. Other discussion followed, including comments by Bill Conway. In a poll of the members present, it was apparent the increase would be unanimously supported by the Granite Staters.
    Glenn McCracken (Membership) discussed the membership roster. It has currently dropped to 266 from the 275 reported in June.
    Louise Parsons (Wagonmaster) discussed the availability of the new Sandwich building for RV storage, and then spoke about the tentative schedule for 2004, which (at this time) includes:

           May - Hopkinton Fair Ground
           June - TBD (Rhines & McCrackens hosts)
           July - Northeast Area Rally at Essex Junction, VT
           August - Wells Beach, ME
           September - Annual Birthday Bash at Sandwich Fair Ground
           late September/early October - TBF (Blairs & McSheas hosts)
           October - joint rally at Salisbury Beach

    Anne Brown (Clothier) discussed the Granite Staters line of clothing and sales in general.
    Bruce Brown mentioned the other appointed officers/positions: Newsletter editors Carol and Dave Bovee (who were absent); Historian/photographer Peggy McShea (who was looking for 1st time rally participants); and, Webmaster, Bob Burnham (also absent).

Old Business
    Stet Hunt rose to read a letter to the Granite Staters from 'national', thanking everyone who participated in security at the Buffalo rally.
    A thank you was offered to Roger Merrill from the floor, thanking him for his effort to keep the Granite Staters who couldn't caravan in to the PEI rally together when they did get there.
    Marilyn Smith (Chairperson for the Nominating Committee) nominated the existing slate of officers as the new officers of the Graniter Staters for 2004. A motion was made by John Greene and seconded by Merle Lyoons to approve the slate nominated. After a request by Bruce Brown for any other nominations from the floor, a motion was made and seconded for the Secretary to cast one ballot for the slate.

New Business
    Geoff Blair mentioned an air show (fly in) in Oshkosh next July that he was interested in traveling to, and welcomed the company of anyone else interested in attending.
    A request was made from the floor to place a current copy of the membership list on the table for people to review. This was done.
    The McCrackens reminded folks that when the sent them (the McCrackens) a change of address, they also needed to notify the national offices (FMCA Membership Services).
    Gerry Goulet introduced a motion that - beginning in 2004 - up to 2 couples hosting a rally would not be required to pay the rally fee. That motion was moved and seconded and passed unanimously.
    Bruce asked for a show of hands of those interested in or already planning to attend the Brooksville Rally in February.

Other
    Merle Lyons discussed the planned Saturday and Sunday activities at Sandwich, and thanked Gerry Goulet and Stet Hunt for handling the parking; Dave Munroe for the "hobo stew"; the Merrills for the Bingo game; the McSheas, Blairs, Allards, Rhines, and McPhersons for their help with coffee et al in the mornings; and many, many others for crafts, shared driving for the boat ride, and 50/50 sales help.

Respectfully submitted - Bill McShea
10 September 2003


SEE THE RALLIES PAGE
for the
GRANITE STATERS' 2004 SCHEDULE

Come to the rallies, we do have fun!
A typical Rally includes:
Saturday & Sunday morning coffee, tea, cocoa, doughnuts, bagels (bring your own beverage cup)
Friday & Saturday 4pm Social Hour with shared snacks (bring a beverage and a chair and something to share)
Saturday evening dinner. This could be a potluck, a catered meal or a restaurant dinner.
There is usually an event or sightseeing in the area of the rally

The most important part of the weekend is friendship and fellowship



BOB'S JOKE OF THE MONTH
Rodney won the ten million dollar lottery and was being interviewed by the local news. He was asked what he is going to do with all the money.
Rodney thought for a moment, then said, "I guess the first thing I'll do is go and pay a few bills."
"And what about the rest?" Asked the reporter.
Rodney shrugged and answered, "Well, I guess they'll just have to wait."


From The Membership Chairpersons

Bobbie and I had a great time at the Sandwich Rally and we want to thank Merle and Ginny Lyions for hosting our annual get together as well as the other volunteers who helped the Lyons make this rally so enjoyable. I believe Merle said there were 82 coaches attending this time. The Sandwich Fairgrounds Association should take pride in errecting a state of the art building and continuing to improve the Fairgrounds.

Please remember to pick only one address, as we receive numerous requests to change addresses back and forth,

Here are the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter:

Beverly Wasson and Sandy Baker    Allenstown NH
Robert and Anne Roney    Milford NH
Harry and Peg Glover    Plaistow NH
Ron and Bonnie Gardner    Greenland

Hope to see you soon, Take care out there...!!

When you see these new folks or other new members at a rally, please take the time to go up and introduce yourself.

Bobbie & Glenn


NATIONAL DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF ED. BEERS, F69979, WHO PASSED AWAY JULY 28TH AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS. HE WAS TAKEN ILL DURING THE GOVERNING BOARD MEETING IN HAMBURGH, NY. ED BEERS AND HIS WIFE CAROLINE WERE CO-RALLY MASTERS FOR THE N.E.M.A. RALLY AT CABOT PARK, ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

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THE GOVERNING BOARD OF FMCA MET AT THE ERIE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN HAMBURGH, N.Y. JULY 16 AND 17, 2003. 368 DELEGATES OUT OF 456 OR 80% WERE IN ATTENDANCE.

AFTER OPENING CEREMONIES, THE STANDING RULES FOR THE MEETING WERE APPROVED.

REPORTS BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STANDING COMMITTEES, SPECIAL COMMITTEES, EXECUTIVE BOARD, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, PRESIDENTS REPORT AND THE COMMERCIAL COUNCIL WERE ACCEPTED AND PUT ON FILE.

THE PROPOSED DEFICIT BUDGET DREW A FEW QUESTIONS. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS ASKING FOR A DUES INCREASE OF $10.00 A YEAR. CHANGING THEM FROM $25.00 TO $35.00 A YEAR. FMCA HAS NOT HAD AN INCREASE IN DUES SINCE THE EARLY 1980'S. RIGHT NOW EACH MEMBER IS RECEIVING $360.00 IN BENEFITS FOR THEIR $25.00 DUES. THE FIVE YEARS FOR $100.00 WILL STILL BE OFFERED FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF NEXT YEAR (2004).

ALSO REQUESTED IS AN INCREASE IN EARLY REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS. DUE TO THE PRESENT STATE OF THE ECONOMY THE COMMERCIAL VENDORS CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY ANY MORE.TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS.

THE GOVERNING BOARD WILL BE ASKED NEXT MONTH TO VOTE ON THE INCREASES. IF THE VOTE FAILS, THE BUDGET WILL BE RETURNED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER CUTS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.

THE PROPOSED POLICY AND PROCEEDURES REVISION WERE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD. FOUR OF THE PROPOSALS WERE WITHDRAWN AS THEY WERE COVERED IN THE BY-LAWS. ALL OTHERS WERE APPROVED AFTER MINOR CHANGES IN THE TEXT AND APPROVAL LEVEL. THE P & P IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE TO READ ON THE FMCA WEB SITE.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

PRESIDENT................................................R. G. WILSON
SR. VICE PRESIDENT..............................DON MOORE
SECRETARY..............................................GINGER PAINTER
TREASURER..............................................CONNIE POOL

EVELYN MERRILL


NewsletterGranite StatersJune 2003
Bruce Brown, President Carol and Dave Bovee, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT, Bruce Brown

TWEET, TWEET, TWEET

Anne and I hated to miss the May rally. We had to be in San Antonio, Texas for a family wedding. From what I hear, it was a really good rally. The fairground facility was so nice that we are using it again in June. We look forward to seeing you there.

Note in the schedule that we have a brief business meeting on Saturday morning. Our bylaws require that we have at least two business meetings per year. The main item of business is to appoint a nominating committee for the September election of officers.

Well, OK, I might as well tell you in case you haven't heard. We will be arriving at the June rally in our new 32 foot Country Coach. It is a 2002 Allure model with a single slide. You must admit it is pretty good for us to have kept that old 1998 Country Coach "beater" for more than two years.

Bruce


BOB'S CORNER

Hello again to all you Granite Staters and a special welcome to the new members of the chapter.

TABS

Many thanks to the folks that brought in all the soda tabs at the May rally. For the new members, the Granite Staters collect tabs for the Shriners Hospital for Children. We have been doing this for five years and we have collected over four million tabs. About two and one half tons. The salvage money from the tabs is used when the hospital needs things for the children. This is a non-profit hospital and there in no charge for a child up to the age of eighteen, Please keep the tabs coming.

Prince Edward Island Rally

Anyone that missed the P.E.I. meeting at the last rally will be able to get all the information after the business meeting at the June rally in Hopkinton. It will be a short question and answer kind of a meeting. Those that were at the last meeting, all "Walkie Talkies" must not be used on channels 8 to 15, in P.E.I.

Joke of the Month

John goes to his doctor complaining of aches and pains all over his body. After a thorough examination, the doctor gives him a clean bill of health. "John, you're in excellent shape for an 85 year old man. But I am no magician -I can't make you any younger than you are", says the doctor.
"Who asked you to make me any younger?" says John, Just make sure I get older".

See you in Hopkinton

Bob Parsons

Change of venue:
Our June rally will be at the
HOPKINTON FAIRGROUNDS
June 20-22, 2003
The Maine Wheels chapter cancelled our joint June meet, and the Granite Staters decided Ossipee wasn't practical on our own. The Hopkinton Fairgrounds is a good facility and was available on short notice, so we're going back again this month.


From The Membership Chairpersons

Well, we have just returned from the first rally at Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, and what a pleasure to see everyone again. The Granite Staters have become a second community of friends and neighbors to us, and we can't imagine a summer without your company.

Thanks to all of you who got your membership renewals in to us promptly. If we didn't already see you at Hopkinton, your new membership card should be stapled to this newsletter.

Your membership expiration date is on your mailing label. If it is highlighted in PINK it expired on 5/31/03 and you will not receive any more newsletters until it is renewed. Please send application & checks payable to Granite Staters to
        Bobbie & Glenn McCracken
        252 Burnham Rd.
        Freedom, NH 03836

Here are the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter:

John & Linda Garey
    Haverhill, NH
Steven & Randi Greene
    Bedford, NH
Allan Hale & Eugenie Hessler
    E. Wakefield, NH
Robert & Enid Herlihy
    Gilmanton, NH
Van & June Hill
    Boscawen, NH
Richard & Mary Leonard
    Deerfield, NH
Ellwart & Alice Regan
    New Brunswick, Canada
Robert & Lucille Richard
    Dover, NH
William & Sharon Rowell
    Northfield, NH
John & Naomi Sainsbury
    Ward Hill, MA

When you see these new folks or other new members at a rally, please take the time to go up and introduce yourself.
Take care out there- see you at Hopkinton again in June !!

Bobbie & Glenn


See the Rallies Page
for the 2003 rally schedule


NATIONAL DIRECTORS UPDATE
AS I WRITE THIS, IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING.  TIME TO TAKE THE
MOTORHOME OUT OF STORAGE AND HIT THE ROAD. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD
TO ATTENDING THE RALLY AT THE HOPKINTON FAIRGROUNDS IN MAY. I HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THE RALLY IN BROOKSVILLE. THANKS FOR ALL THE
HELP YOU GAVE THE HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. WE ONLY SPENT THREE WEEKS
IN FLORIDA AND THEN IT WAS BACK TO THE FROZEN NORTHEAST. IT WAS A
GOOD DECISION ON OUR PART AS WE FOUND WATER IN OUR BASEMENTWHEN WE
DID GET HOME. OUR WATER HEATER DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO BE REPLACED. WE HAVE RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT THE CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS FOR
FMCA WERE PASSED. THE BYLAWS PASSED 303 TO 24 OUT OF A POSSIBLE 451
VOTES. NOW IT IS THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL TO BE WORKED ON
IN BUFFALO THIS SUMMER. THE FMCA NATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE HAS PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING
NAMES FOR THE TERM 2003-2004. THEY ARE: NATIONAL PRESIDENT JIM AMMENHEUSER F157201 R. G. WILSON F21025 SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DON CRAWFORD FllO12 DON MOORE F154921 SECRETARY MARY LAWLER F1l9890 GINGER PAINTER F23514 TREASURER JUDY CZARSTY F79148 CONNIE POOL F140306 THEIR RESUMES WILL BE IN THE MAY ISSUE OF FMCA MAGAZINE. PLEASE READ THE RESUMES AND GIVE ME ANY INPUT YOU MAY HAVE AS I WILL BE VOTING ON THESE CANDIDATES AT THE JULY MEETING IN BUFFALO. Evelyn Merrill


Can You Help?

Granite Staters Geoff and Fran Blair are looking for a semi-permanent site (2+- years) for our coach beginning as early as late summer this year. We are selling our house and will be living in the coach full time. We will need full hookups (preferably 50amp). We are wondering if there are any of you with such a parking space and will be heading south for the winter, (which would get us started- although we'd prefer not to move once settled) or perhaps you know of a mobile home park which will accept full time motor homers. We'd prefer Concord north to Plymouth, either side of I-93 but not too far East or West of it. If this is a site you might have, we certainly would be glad to pay fair rent and perhaps caretaking service for your home. If you might know of other possibilities we'd sure appreciate hearing about them.

Email gblair@unitednhvt.com or phone 603 523 9112.

Thanks and we'll see you on the road!

NewsletterGranite StatersMarch 2003
Bruce Brown, President Carol and Dave Bovee, Editors

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Bruce Brown

     We had a great time at the Southeast Area Rally in Brooksville, Florida. We had 30 coaches parked together at a nice spot near the edge of the field. It was good to see old friends, and many new ones were made. Even the Greniers, who sold their coach, showed up at social hour along with the Munroes. Blanche Roberts injury to her shoulder is healing well.

     The Lawn Chair Brigade was the biggest hit of the parade, as usual. We had 31 marchers, and 24 of them were doing it for the first time. They were really good and we had lots of laughs. Some of the women had fun shopping at the local Goodwill Store. Cheryl Adams got some “adorable” orange tennis sneakers.

     We look forward to a fun season of rallies with the Granite Staters. Anne and I expect to get home to New Hampshire the second week of May.

Bruce


BOB'S CORNER

Welcome to all you wonderful people that have been waiting for the first day of spring. As I sit here typing this, I feel as if I must be in another world. The weather report says that it will be in the fifties today. Wow, isn't that great? The snow banks in my drive have now melted down to only five feet high. Can motor homing be far behind? The Admiral sits out in the yard looking like a big igloo, but as soon as the first good weather comes around it will be raring to go. That is "if I can afford the gas".

P.E.I.

     I know that many of you are looking forward to going up to Prince Edward Island this summer as I now have a list of volunteers nearly complete. The list now includes twenty-six members of our chapter that have volunteered to work on the "Trams". The cut-off number, allowing for a few dropouts, is thirty-four. Any member volunteering after the cut-off number may be asked to help other chapters that have not been able to get enough of their members to volunteer for their particular duties. The schedule for the "Tram" volunteers will be a two-hour tour of duty. That's it, after you work for two hours, you will be free to do as you please for the rest of the rally. Our work is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th. No definite plans have been made about caravans as yet. Temporary dates of arrival will be either Tuesday, July 22nd in the afternoon or Wednesday, July 23rd in the morning. Definite plans will be announced later. REMEMBER! In order to park with the group, you must enter the park as a group.


If you want to arrive either early or later you will be asked to park in the general parking area. Non-volunteers will park in the general parking area. More news as the plans get finalized.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

     Over the years, my wife and I have usually managed to decode the cute but sometimes confusing gender signs that they sometimes put on restaurant's restroom doors (Buoys and Gulls, Ladies and Lassies, etc.), but every so often we get stumped. Recently I wandered off in search of the men's room and found myself confronted by two marked doors. One was labeled "Bronco," and the other was designated "Cactus." Completely baffled, I stopped a restaurant employee. "Excuse me, I need to use the restroom," I said, gesturing toward the doors, "Which one should I use?" "Actually, we would prefer you to go there," the employee said, pointing to the door down the hall marked ‘Men’,Bronco and Cactus are our private dining rooms."

Happy Motorhoming! Bob Parsons VP


FUTURE NORTHEAST AREA RALLIES

The Northeast Motorhome Association has announced tentative locations for the next five summers’ NE Area Rallies:

year facility/ location
2003 Cabot Beach Provincial Park, PEI
2004 Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct. VT
2005 The Big E, West Springfield, MA
2006 NY State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY
2007 Freyburg Fairgrounds, Freyburg, ME

For 2004, several sites were considered, with Essex Junction, VT being the chosen venue. The first choice site (as voted at the NEMA spring 02 meeting) was the War Bird Museum near Elmira, NY, with the Eastern States Exposition (“The Big E”) in W. Springfield, MA being the second choice. When the site-selection experts visited the War Bird Museum, they rejected it because of limited indoor space, and uncertainty of permission to use an adjoining field for parking from the late owner’s estate. The Big E was not available in 04, so finally we switched years with Essex Junction, previously booked for the following year, and will use Eastern States in 05.
The NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse is under consideration for 06, and the Freyburg (Maine) Fairgrounds are tentatively planned for the 07 rally.


NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Evelyn Merrill, our chapter’s national director, has provided the dates for future FMCA conventions for your travel plans.

JULY 18, 19, 20, 2003
BUFFALO, NEW YORK

MARCH 16, 17, 18, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

AUGUST 17, 18, 19, 2004
REDMOND, OREGON

MARCH 22, 23, 24, 2005
PERRY, GEORGIA

AUGUST 16, 17, 18, 2005
MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA

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CHAPTER RALLIES
for 2003

Hopkinton Fairgrounds May 30-June 1
Ossipee Fairgrounds June 20-22
Beach Acres August 22-24
8th Birthday Bash September 5-7
Goose Hollow October 3-5
Salisbury Beach October 17-19

See the 2003 Rallies page for full descriptions and applications when they become available,


From the Membership Chairpersons

News Flash

       It's that time again...dues need to be paid by anyone who's address label on the mailed newsletter is highlighted in pink.

       If there is no date on the label, please contact us, as that informationdid not get printed into the database in the past. Your renewal date is on your membership card.

       To renew your membership, print the membership application and send with your check to Bill Read.

WE WANT TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR RESPONDING PROMPTLY, AS ONCE CAMPING SEASON BEGINS, WE WILL HAVE MUCH LESS TIME TO WORK ON THIS!!!!!!!!!!

Glenn and I have had a busy winter in Freedom. We really appreciate hearing from all our fellow Granite Staters, and are very envious of those who have been wintering in warmer areas of the country. We're looking forward to the Spring and the beginning of another season in the RV. Unlike many of our friends, we have not purchased another motorhome, but are doing some remodeling on our STORM. Can't wait to see how it comes out.

Please bear with us as we enter into our first season of spring renewals. We'll try to keep up with Bob Parson's past performance, but can't make any promises.

Members who have joined since October of 2002
  Aime and Barbara Prudhomme
Normand and Brenda LeBlanc
Bob and Tamy Ekmarck
Rick and Debbie Gremlitz
Jay and Monika McGillicuddy
Dick and Carole Crandall
Donald and Irene Lewis
Robert and Pauline Ernst
Raymond and Mary Hebert
Scott and Jan Hayes
  Medford MA
Westfield MA
Nashua NH
Durham NH
East Hampstead NH
Moody ME
Goffstown NH
Salem NH
Andover MA
Gilford NH

See you all soon. Keep safe out there!

 Bobbie and Glenn McCracken
 Membership Chairpersons


SENIOR MOMENTS

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?" Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'" The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You got a heart murmur. Be careful.'

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 280. Please be careful!" "It's not just one car," said Herman. "It's hundreds of them!"

More Senior Moments

Three old pilots are walking on the ramp. First one says, "Windy, isn't it?" Second one says, "No, its Thursday!" Third one says, "So am I. Lets go get a beer."

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect." "Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?" "Twelve thirty."