Feb. 17 - Feb. 20, 2006
As an “unstructured” rally, some members enjoyed morning swims in the inviting Burlington KOA pool. . . others, trail walks in the brisk air. A group of women headed for the LaConner Quilt Museum & lunch at Palmer’s, and took advantage of specialty store sales — while some of the guys found a good micro-brew nearby; and others headed for Camping World, Costco, and the Skagit Casino. A dozen couples carpooled to the casino Saturday evening to enjoy the prime rib dinner buffet. A few members who came without coaches stayed in cabins. As forecast, night temps fell into the teens and Jack Frost painted car windows!
At the KOA’s hall, wagon masters, Penny Braden & Ben Paschall, kept the welcome going — with a warm meeting place & fresh coffee, tea, etc. Camaraderie thrived at nightly happy hours, three fine potlucks, & visiting each others Treks — including a new ’06 29RBD Trek on its first outing. Donna Weibel , our historian, displayed the club scrapbook, and Jeanette Block set up our Chapter Fair board & photo display for the FMCA International Convention in Pomona, CA — also a bulletin board displaying the business meeting information. Jeanette brought NWTFC logo pins & logo embroidered items that quickly sold. . .bucket hats, ball caps, tote bags, & aprons. The board, with all ’06 officers, met for its first meeting of the year, followed by a general meeting/rally planning after lunch with a quorum of the membership.
President, Ed Block, presented the wagon masters, past officers & committee chairmen with FMCA gifts in thanks for a job well done. A “standing rules” amendment re: election procedure dates, passed unanimously. Minutes taken by Secretary, Barb Brown, will be posted on our website. The rally guidelines had been carefully updated by Rally master, Dean Weibel, approved by the Board & were presented at the meeting along with a helpful flow chart. These will also be posted on the club website. Ron Rawson announced a 2-week Sept./Oct. “rolling” rally he & Ginny are planning throughout B.C.’s Okanogan wine country, and new members, Roland & Suzan Williams, stated a desire to host a Skagit Tulip Festival rally in Washington, early spring ’07. All attending signed a large club logo to present to the campground office.
(report by J. Block)