Bill and Pat Shay have a busy schedule for our November Rally. Check out the October 2016 Manatee for the Rally details and the campground registration requirements. The Manatee can be seen at the link on the left side of this web page.
At the March 2016 Florida Spring Unit Business meeting the membership approved waiving the Unit membership dues for the the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017.
New members can join our unit by paying the WBCCI International dues of $65.00. Existing members will pay $0.00 for maintaining membership in the Unit in 2017.
Florida Spring members enjoyed a new location for our January Rally …. Venice Memorial Gardens. David and Joanne were wonderful hosts, ensuring that we had great restaurants for breakfast and dinner, tips on places to explore and making sure our rally style camping went off without a hitch. The Saturday night potluck and bonfire topped off 3 days of fun and fellowship in the Venice area.
Camping behind the Memorial Gardens was quiet and serene, plenty of space to hike around the lake, plus enjoy the peacefulness of the Memorial Gardens. We also had the chance to look at some of David’s toys, a collection of vintage tractors, a restored military jeep and several other unique things. As a member of the Florida Flywheelers, he gets several chances each year to show off his collection while enjoying the other members in this unique club.
With everyone having a great time, we’ll return in January 2016 for another rally at the same location.
It was a great Christmas Rally at Suwannee River Hideaway Campground in Old Town. Carl and Wendy Taylor out did themselves with all the Fun and Fellowship. Tucked away along the River, it is a quiet, peaceful place with a long boardwalk that takes you out to the river.
Things kicked off Thursday afternoon when everyone gathered for happy hour before heading over to the town of Suwannee for dinner at the Salt Creek Restaurant. It is a stunning view from the dining room as you look out over the water. The food was very good and the service excellent.
Friday started with hot breakfast in the clubhouse and then some of us spent late morning and early afternoon exploring the area. Friday night we had a potluck dinner. The staff from the campground judged our trailer Christmas decorations and as we learned later it was a fierce competition with 2 first place winners, Dale and Janis Edwards and Jim and Alice Trusley.
Saturday afternoon we headed to the Putnam Lodge for a tour of this historic facility and a Christmas dinner in the dining room. The food was outstanding and the tour was well worth it. The owner gave us her personnel best. The future plans for Putnam Lodge are evolving and so we expected to hear more about the good things happening there.
The evening was just getting started when we returned to the campground. A favorite tradition got underway with the “White Elephant” gift exchange. Everyone was waiting to see who got Billy Bass, You know, that fish that sings a song for you. Before the night was over not only was Bill in the hands of new owner but brother Bobby appeared so next year two people will have a chance to take home this treasured prize.
Beginning with the 2015- 2016 Rally year the membership, at the November 2014 Rally, approved changing the way our Unit finds and hosts rallies. With this change Regular and Affiliate members will sign up to find a location (RV campground) and host the rally. The second weekend of the month is still the most desirable time for the rally but activities in the area are good reasons to change this tradition. As many of us keep a calendar, it is important that rally hosts that wish to change from the 2nd weekend get the word out early so we minimize any calendar conflicts.
We already have some of the rally months taken, but everyone is encouraged to volunteer to host. .
With this change it gives our hosts an opportunity to find new places and be creative for providing a great Rally weekend.
As a help to anyone interested in hosting a rally a “ Rally Host Guide” is available for guiding you along the way – Rally Host Guide